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December Events

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Term 1 Report Cards were distributed to students to be taken home on Friday, Dec. 2nd.

Wednesday, Dec. 14th is a BIP. The first class of the day will start at 10:08 am.

Winter Vacation will start on Monday, Dec. 19th. School will re-open on Tuesday, January 3rd.

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Principal's Message # 1 (pdf)

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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).

Snow Closures

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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.

Additional information from the VSB about snow events and their potential impact on students can be read here (pdf).


PAC

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PAC would like to thank Shelley Sullivan for her excellent presentation on Adolescent Anxiety at the December 7th PAC meeting. Here are some of the helpful resources (PDF) she shared with us. She also recommended exploring the following excellent website: https://www.anxietybc.com/


December 2016 Newsletter

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Our newsletters keep you up to date about all of the activities that happen at Brit. Enjoy the last newsletter of 2016.


Principal's Message - #1

 


BC Ed Curriculum News

Please open this pdf from the BC Ministry of Education to read about the most recent changes to the new curriculum.


Loon Lake 2016

Our annual IB/Venture trip to Loon Lake was a soggy one this year, but it couldn’t dampen our spirits! In fact, it only made us work harder to find the fun.  Not only did we nature walk and create outdoor art, but some of us were even brave enough to jump in the lake.  We got learn about ourselves, and our classmates – who plays a mean ukulele, who has the messy room, who snores, and who has the biggest mouth (based on the number of marshmallows they can stuff in there!) – and to reflect on what it means to be in the Venture and IB programs.  With the Learner Profile as our guide, we were thinkers and communicators, risk-takers and inquirers, kept open minds, shared knowledge, were principled and caring of one another.  We can’t wait to do it again next year!

Enjoy the photo gallery!


Teenagers and Sleep

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They often do not get enough of it! This is a very worthwhile article for parents of teenagers.


Letter to Parents from the Minister of Education Mike Bernier

"I’m writing today to ask you to share your opinions with the Ministry of Education as we work to update student reporting in kindergarten through Grade 9. Students in these grades are experiencing B.C.’s new curriculum in classrooms in every part of the province." Click here (pdf) to read the complete letter.


Attention Parents: How to Notify the School About Your Child's Absences

Britannia Secondary School has a new way for parents to inform the school about their child's absences from classes. It can now be done by email instead of by a paper note that is sent to school with the student. Either of these methods is acceptable but we encourage you to use our new email service. Simply email britabsences@vsb.bc.ca with:


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Sacy Workshops

For information about two workshops for parents that will be held at Britannia in January and April 2017 please open this poster (pdf).


Acknowledgement of the VSB Acceptable Use of Technology Policy

Attention parents and guardians: All students are required to read and sign the VSB Acceptable Use of Technolgy Policy. They will be doing this in their homeroom classes. Please read this letter from Principal Andrew Schofield which contains details and links about the policy and the official regulations associated with it.


For Parents: Emergency Contact Information

This information is very important so that you can be reached if an emergency happens at school.  It must be kept up to date.

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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.


Britannia Standardized School Fees for 2016 - 2017

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


A Letter from the Vancouver Police Department to All Parents and Care Givers About Fentanyl

The VPD has advice about how to keep your children safe. Click here to download the letter (pdf).


Vancouver School Board Student Registration Information

Complete the attached Student Application Form and bring it to your neighbourhood school, along with the required original documents as listed below. Go to www.vsb.bc.ca/schools to search for your neighbourhood school by postal code or by map. Who should register at neighbourhood schools? Kindergarten to Grade 12 students born in Canada, who speak English at home as the home language. These are the documents that you need to fill in and bring to Britannia Secondary School.


Grade 12 Information and Resources

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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 6 - 16 are due on or before Friday, December 2nd, 2016. 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 3th, 2017. 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

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


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 Yao Zhang, 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: yao.zhang@vancouver.ca