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March/April Activities


Friday, March 16 – Term 2 Report Cards Issued in Homeroom class.

Friday, March 16 - Last day of instruction before District Closure and Spring Vacation.

March 19 to March 29 - Spring Vacation and District Closure.

Friday, March 30 - Good Friday.

Monday, April 2 - Easter Monday.

Tuesday, April 3 - School re-opens after Spring Vacation and District Closure.

Friday, April 27 - Non-Instructional Day. Classes are not in session.

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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).

Brit CrestThe BRIT Way (pdf) is a description of the values that all Britannia students are actively encouraged to demonstrate while at the school and in the rest of their lives. 

Brit CrestBritannia Secondary School's Academic Integrity Policy is explained in this pdf document. The document also contains links to useful resources related to academic integrity.




New to Britannia Secondary! Britannia Film Academy!


Are you a student currently in grade 10 or 11? Are you interested in a career in the film industry? If you are, then read on!

New to Britannia Secondary next year is a film academy which we are putting in place to match Vancouver’s world class film industry. This will be a state of the art program where students are connected with the top film schools and studios in Vancouver.

This film program would function similarly to the many other BC government approved ITA (industry training authority) programs, where high school students (Gr. 12’s and 11’s for our program) attend the 4 program courses related to film on a Day 1 or 2. On the opposite day, students would take their remaining academic courses.

Students from other VSB schools would only have to attend Britannia every other day to get their elective credits (all four blocks would be film industry related credits). This would allow students to continue attending their current high school for their academic studies and graduation ceremonies. 

If you are interested, please see Mr. Despotakis or email him at ndespotakis@vsb.bc.ca indicating your interest in the program.

Join Us For Screenagers!


Britannia’s PAC and Counselling Departments are co-hosting a public showing of the film “Screenagers”, an award winning documentary about growing up (and parenting!) in the digital age. For further information on the film please refer to the Screenagers website linked here. Mark your calendars for Thursday April 19th, from 7:00 to 9:00pm, in the Auditorium. Enter from the public parking lot/staff parking lot next to the Carving Pavilion at Cotton Drive. Go under the skywalk and up the stairs. Enter the school and head left to the Auditorium. Signs will also be posted! We look forward to seeing you!! Thanks to the PAC and the Counselling Department … the screening is free!!

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 6:00 a.m. at the latest and will be announced via local media outlets, including:
· CKNW (980 AM)
· CKWX (News 1130 AM)
· CBC Radio (690 AM and 105.7 FM)
· CJVB (1470 AM) and CFHG (96.1 FM)
· BC TV/Global TV (Cable channel 11)
· City TV (Cable channel 13)
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.

Governor General Academic Medal Winner 2017 Tahlia Ifada!


Congratulations Tahlia! Tahlia is studying Commerce at the UBC Sauder School of Business on a full scholarship. While studying, she is committed to taking opportunities and gaining new experiences at UBC. Currently, she is planning to specialize in either finance or accounting with her dream job being a position of management that allows her to travel the world.

A Letter to VSB Parents and Guardians

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Please download this joint letter from Janet Fraser, Board Chairperson, and Suzanne Hoffman, VSB Superintendent to parents.

2017 - 2018 Vancouver School District and Britannia Secondary School Calendars


The VSB school calendar for 2017 - 2018 (pdf)

The Britannia Secondry School calendar for 2017 - 2018 (pdf)

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:

New Web App Available!!!


Have you ever wanted to be more organized and kept up to date with what is happening at school? If you have, then this is your lucky day. Please download the new school app, BritBlocks, from The App Store or Google Play onto your smart phone or tablet! Once downloaded, make sure to turn on notifications and select the channels in the setting of the app in order to receive the appropriate notifications to your device. A handy guide with instructions is available here.

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 2017 - 2018

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

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.


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


Important Dates

School Leaving Ceremony, Tuesday, June 12th, 5:30pm – Italian Cultural Centre. Ticket information to be announced at a later date.

Grad Banquet – Tuesday, June 26, 6:00pm, Heritage Hall, Vancouver

Britannia Academic Scholarship Applications (pdf) - due TBA

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 8th, 2017. 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 2nd, 2018. 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


Important information for Grade 12's about scholarships, bursaries, grants, post-secondary institutions and much more is available from your counsellors. Be proactive about ways to finance your post secondary education. Remember, Google is your friend! Britannia's PAC has done some very helpful research about scholarships and the results are available here.

Meet the Runner: Eero!


This is the story of Streetfront's first runner to get into the Boston Marathon. Download the engaging story here! (pdf)

Cheakamus Camp 2017

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Our annual leadership camp for incoming Venture and IB students moved to the wonderful facilities at the Cheakamus Centre in Brackendale, BC.  Students participated in field studies where they explored the life cycle of salmon, determined the health of an ecosystem, created sound scan maps of the forest. They challenged themselves at archery, canoeing and on the ropes course, and were hosted by the Squamish First Nation in a traditional longhouse where they learned songs and made bannock over an open fire. Guided by the IB Learner Profile attributes, our students showed themselves to be thinkers and communicators, sought knowledge, inquired about their surroundings and treated them in a principled manner, were open-minded and undertook positive risks, were caring of themselves and others, and spent three days seeking balance with nature.  We hope their reflections of the trip, guide them throughout their academic journey.

Enjoy the photos! (pdf)

Patagonia Chile 2017

Patagonia Chile

Britannia and Streetfront students completed the W-Circuit of the famous Torres del Paine hiking trek during the spring break- here is the team’s official photo in front of the North, Central, and South towers … with the Bruins wearing our Britannia Support Society sponsored team jackets. Patagonia was the second of the Street2Peak (Streetfront Alternative/Britannia Secondary) trips- you might remember the first trip that took our students to Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti in 2015. Photos of both remarkable events- no other secondary school in Canada has both climbed Kilimanjaro and trekked the W-circuit- can be found on the Street2Peak Facebook and web pages.

For photos of our day in Sandiago please see https://www.facebook.com/gord.howey/posts/810978852403494. Additional photos of the trip will be uploaded to our Street2Peak Patagonia facebook page.

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.

Teenagers and Sleep


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

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