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February Events

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Enjoy the Lion's Dance in the halls of Britannia on Friday, February 5th. It will start at 12:25 pm.

Monday, February 8th is Family Day. Schools are closed..

Tuesday February 9th is a non-instructional day. Classes are not in session.

On Thursday February 11th the annual Science Fair will be held in the cafeteria.

There will be a BIP on Wednesday February 17th. Period 1 will start at 10:08 am.

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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).

Draft Calendar for the 2016 - 2017 School Year

The proposed draft calendar for the 2016-17 school year has now been posted on the VSB website. There is also a proposed draft calendar for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. These can be viewed at https://www.vsb.bc.ca/calendars-events. Should parents wish to provide any feedback, they are welcome to do so by emailing calendar@vsb.bc.ca before February 26th. The final school calendar(s) will be approved and published before the end of March.


Honour for Britannia's Mike Evans: Never a Critic, Always a Coach

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Read all about Britannia's Coach Evans and the special ceremony in his honor in this Vancouver Courier article. Thank you for everything you do Mr. Evans!


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:


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.


Important Notice to Parents About the New Curriculum

This notice has been translated into 4 other languages for the benefit of Vancouver parents who do not read English:

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.


An Invitation to All Britannia Parents

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All Britannia Secondary School parents are invited to the next 2016 workshop that will explore the world of high school parenting on Thursday, May 26th. Read all of the details about time, location, and theme in this digital poster. (pdf)


Congratulations Brianna!

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Hockey Academy Students Visit With Kirk McLean

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A group of academy students had the chance to attend the Vancouver Canucks game on Jan. 4th in a suite. Canucks Alumni, Kirk McLean, came to speak to players and sign autographs.


Remembrance Day 2015

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Britannia continued its tradition of excellence and honour in Remembrance.  This year over forty students participated in the Remembrance Day Project. The students collectively put in well over 200 hours of service time to create a digital show with musical accompaniment that honoured Canadians who have made the ultimate sacrifice as well as all living Veterans.  This year's service especially focussed on Veterans suffering from PTSD.  In the closing segment of the service, all Britannia students were challenged to remember the past and to find ways to create peace as they move forward in their daily lives. All of the staff and students who work on this project, do so with a sense of gratitude, respect, and honour.

You are invited to read a letter of appreciation written by Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Romano O. Acconci CD who attended the Britannia Remembers 2015 Ceremony.


IB and Venture Loon Lake 2015

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Each year the Venture and IB program students attend an overnight camp to build a strong group dynamic and have some fun in nature. Usually the Venture 8s attend with the IB 11s but this year was special. Two camps were held; one for Venture 8 & 9 students, and another for IB 11 & 12 students. This made up for losing out on camp during the year of job action. The camp included some interesting and challenging physical activities, as well as some creative and cooperative fun that brought all grades together. All participants learned something about themselves, something about their school-mates, and something about the power of the group. Enjoy these photos!


Ms Boulet's art class recreated the work of Vincent Van Gogh in plasticine!

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Street Front 2015 Seattle Marathon Runners

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The Streetfront Alternative Program ran the Seattle Marathon for the 16th consecutive year this past Sunday. It was a record year for Streetfront with 17 kids running the full marathon and 8 running the half. This is the largest collection of high school marathoners in the world. The staff at Streetfront are very proud of the heart, commitment and perseverance of these amazing athletes. Job well done!!!!

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

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

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


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 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

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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 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

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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