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Upcoming Events

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Friday, November 27th is a non-instructional day. Classes are not in session.

PAC will meet at 7:00 on Wednesday, December 2nd in Room 304.

The Britannia Winter Concert will be held on Thursday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm in the Britannia Auditorium.

First term report cards will be issued on Monday, December 7th.

Grade 7 Parent and Student Information Evening is at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 9th in the Britannia Auditorium.

There is a BIP on Wednesday, December 16th. The first class of the day will start at 10:08 am.

Breakfast with Santa will be held on Thursday, December 17th. All Grade 12 students are invited. Details will follow.

Winter Vacation is from December 21st to January 1st. Britannia will reopen for classes on Monday, January 4th.

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Britannia CrestOur school’s Code of Conduct outlines the reasons why we have expectations of student behavior at Britannia, what these expectations are, and what the consequences may be for behaviors that violate the code.  Click here to read the Britannia Code of Conduct (pdf).

Grade 7 Parent and Student Information Evening

Brit crestPlease join us on Wednesday, December 9th at 7:00 pm in the Britannia auditorium to hear about the exciting curriucular and extracurricular opportunities that are available at Brtiannia Secondary School for next year's Grade 8 students.

Canned Food Drive

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The CANley Cup is a district-wide event that aims to collect non-perishable foods for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. The food will be distributed to the homeless, as well as support families that are less well off in order to make it through the winter. Please open your hearts and your spirit of giving and bring cans or other non-perishable foods to your 1-1 class from November 17th to December 18th. Student Council and your period 1-1 teacher will be providing more details about this wonderful activity.

Britannia Winter Concert

musicPlease bring your ears to the Britannia auditorium on Thursday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm to listen to enjoyable performances featuring the Junior Band, Senior Band, World Music and the Britannia Choir. There is no charge and optional donations.

2015 BCIT High School Business Case Competition

Britannia's Business Education students competed in the BCIT High School Case Competition held at the Telus Theatre on November 14.

Nine schools from the Burnaby and Vancouver districts participated in the event which invoved creating a marketing plan to help the Vancouver Aquarium increase participation of the Shoreline Cleanup Program and to better integrate the program into activities in schools, companies, and community groups.

Each school presented their findings to a panel of judges and were evaluated based on variables such as market research, SWOT analysis, implementation plan, and presentation. The day proved to be a fun venture for all involved with many excellent solutions provided by students.

Competing in this competition for the first time, Britannia's team represented their school well, finishing 3rd amongst the nine schools. We congratulate these students on a job well done!


SNOW CLOSURES:  All public schools in the Vancouver school district will remain OPEN, if at all possible during winter weather, including snowfalls.  Please do not phone the school to ask if school is open as we need the telephones lines open for emergencies.  Please listen to your local radio station or TV stations.
Any decision to close schools will be made by 6 a.m. at the latest and will be announced via local media outlets, including:

School closures will also be announced as an alert on the front page of the district website, and notices issued via Facebook and Twitter. Information about schools being closed due to weather will also be available at 604-713-5000. Individual school closures due to unique circumstances (e.g., power outages) will be announced as early as possible in the same manner. No announcement will be made saying that schools are open.  Only closures will be announced.

Attention Parents and Students Who Use EPI Pens


Please download and read this letter (pdf) from VCH Chief Medical Health Officer about a recall of EPI pens.

Important Notice to Parents About the New Curriculum

BC logoAs you may know, a new comprehensive curriculum for the K-12 system is being developed in BC. This work has been years in the making with teachers, administrators and the Ministry of Education involved in its development. At the present time, the curriculum for students in Grades K-9 is being piloted throughout the province. New curriculum for students in Grades 10-12 will be available for piloting in September 2016.

Earlier this fall the Ministry of Education and the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) announced a plan to support the ongoing implementation of the new curriculum. As part of this plan, districts have been asked to add two days of curriculum implementation time during the 2015-2016 school year. This time will be provided for teachers to continue to familiarize themselves with the new curriculum and to plan for its full implementation in the coming years.

In Vancouver, the following two days have been selected as our local non-instructional days for curriculum implementation:  Friday, March 4 and Friday April 15

Schools will not be in session for students on these two days.

Grade 8 Handbook

Britannia CrestGrade 8 students and their parents are invited to download this very useful guide that will assist students transition to their first year of secondary school at Britannia and ensure that it is a positive and successful experience.

Important Research Results about Post Secondary Success and the IB Program

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UBC representatives will be presenting the UBC research that resulted in concrete evidence that International Baccalaureate Diploma students were more successful at university than those who did not complete the IB programme.  This research will be shared with all interested individuals during sessions that will be held at a variety of locations. To find a session to attend that is convenient for you click here (pdf).

An Invitation to All Britannia Parents


All Britannia Secondary School parents are invited to a free dinner and evening workshop Tuesday, November 24th to explore the world of high school parenting. Read all of the details in this digital poster. (pdf)

Another Invitation to All Britannia Parents

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All parents are invited to attend a 2 hour presentation about mental health in children and youth on Thursday, November 26th from 7 - 9 pm at David Thompson Secondary School. You must register to attend. Please read this digital poster for details.

Britannia's New Daily Schedule for the 2015-2016 School Year

Please note that each school day typically begins at 8:30 AM with “Tutorial/Seminar” time. While our regular class start time is 9:00 AM for 2015-2016, teachers may call students in at 8:30 AM for make-up work, special seminars and events, or a variety of other reasons. Students are expected to attend at 8:30 AM when a teacher has requested they come in early, or whenever the student is seeking additional teacher help with studies.

Britannia provides this extra tutorial time for students to access teacher help in order to better serve the needs of our students. Additionally, we are helping our families with younger siblings by scheduling regular class times to begin at 9:00 AM each day. Moreover, there is considerable research suggesting benefits to student attendance and academic achievement, with a later school start time such as this.

All Britannia students are expected to arrive in class on time and our staff will be following up on students who are late or absent. Parents and Guardians should be certain the school records clerk has accurate, up-to-date contact information so that our automated contact system regarding absences can reach the correct number or email.
Feel free to call the school administrators with any questions about our school schedule or our attendance policies. For more detailed class schedule information at Britannia, please follow the “Weekly Timetable (PDF)” link which will always be available at the top right corner of the Britannia homepage.

Britannia Standardized School Fees for 2015 - 2016

Click here to open a pdf that contains the details of standardized school fees. Some of these fees are program specific and others apply to all students attending Britannia Secondary School

BC Ed Curriculum News

Letter to Parents About BC's New K-12 Curriculum (pdf)

Introduction to BC's Redesigned K-12 Curriculum (pdf)

Timeline for Changes to the New BC K-12 Curriculum (jpeg)

Grade 12 Information and Resources


Important Dates

Grad Transitions

Completing the Grad Transitions booklet is a requirement for graduation in British Columbia. In other words, if it is not completed, you will not graduate! All Grade 12 students should have received a hard copy of this booklet in October. Pages 5 - 14 are due on or before Friday, December 4th, 2015. Please hand in your completed and stapled pages in the basket labelled Grad Transitions in the main office. The second part of the Grad Transitions booklet is due on Friday, March 4th, 2016. You are required to complete pages 1 - 4 (the yellow pages in your hard copy) and staple them and turn them in to the main office on or before this date.

The Grad Transitions booklet is also available for downloading on this website as a pdf document.

Post-Secondary Institutions (PSI) Selections Form Now Open (Part of Grad Transitions)

The online PSI Selections Form is now available for students graduating in the 2015/16 school year. This online form should only be submitted by Grade 12 students who expect to graduate this school year and are applying to any Post-Secondary Institution for September 2016 admission.
Students access the online form by logging into the Student Secure Web (SSW), www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/tsw/tsw/student/, and clicking the menu option "Post Secondary Institutions Selections".
An instructional document is available at: www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/trx_updates/pdf/psi_selections_instructions.pdf
Make sure to complete this as soon as you can.  This is part of your Grad Transitions package.

Scholarship Information on the School Website

$A new scholarship listing (pdf) is available on the Britannia Website. It is a listing of Canadian scholarship opportunities, including their descriptions and criteria. These scholarships are sponsored by external organizations. If you are serious about finding funds for your education go through the listings, select the scholarships you meet the requirements for and start preparing the applications today!

Important information for Grade 12's about scholarships, bursaries, grants, post-secondary institutions and much more is available in the Career Centre section of the Britannia Website. Keep checking back because the Career Centre information is frequently updated.

Career Centre Bulletin


Are you thinking about your future. Continue to read the Career Centre Bulletins and all of the other extremely helpful information that is regularly posted to the Career Centre section of the Britannia website.

Exciting Volunteer Opportunities In Your Britannia Community

Give back to your community. Meet new people, learn new skills and have valuable thvolunteersings to include on your resume. Please get in touch with Mawi Bagon, Coordinator, Volunteer Program Britannia Community Services Centre 1661 Napier St. Vancouver BC V5L 4X4 to learn how you can get involved in giving back.

Email: mawi.bagon@vancouver.ca