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Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

- Joshua J. Marine

Important Dates 2019 - 2020

International Baccalaureate and Venture Programs at Britannia


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Venture 8 Information Meeting for Parents of Grade 7 Students

Parents of current Grade 7 students are encouraged to attend the Venture 8 Information Meeting that will start at 6:00pm on Monday, November 4th in the Auditorium.  Come to receive important information and to get your questions answered about this enriching program for students grades 8-10.  Applications and information about the application process will also be provided.  More information about Britannia’s Venture program can be found on the IB & Venture pages in the Britannia website.

Cheakamus Camp 2017


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)

IB Medal Winners - 2017

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Congratulations to Sonny, Tony and Talhia, the 2017 IB Diploma Medal winners. We are proud of your hard work, dedication, and accomplishments!

IB and Venture Banquet - May 2017

IB Grads 2017

The annual Venture and IB Banquet took place on May 24th at the Italian Cultural Centre. A good time was had by all the students, teachers, administrators and parents who attended this enjoyable event. We would like to especially congratulate the IB 12s in all of their future endeavours! Enjoy the photo gallery.

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!

IB11 & Venture 10 Information Meeting

The IB 11 Information meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 7:00 pm in LRC. This meeting is open to parents and students who are interested in the Britannia IB Program in grade 11.

Applications for Venture and IB will be available at the meeting or can be downloaded from the IB/Venture section of our website.  The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, January 25th, 2019.

IB Applicant Testing will take place Wednesday, February 6th at 6:00pm in room 215/16.  (the rooms are actually on the main floor)  Entry can be had by the double doors at the North-East corner of the school near the Britannia Community Centre swimming pool.  Please bring a pencil, eraser and a pen.  There will also be a sign up sheet where IB Diploma applicants will be able to select an interview time from the February 19th-21st interview dates.

IB and Venture Expectations - What Are They?


The Tip Sheet for Surviving IB Exams (pdf) is well worth reading and implementing!

Venture and IB Programs Course Calendars

The Venture Program in grades 8 to 10, and the International Baccalaureate Program in grades 11 and 12, offer students at Britannia unique academic challenges. The IB program is recognized world-wide as the best preparation possible for university study. It includes a full slate of academic coursework, as well as preparation in research and essay-writing, and a commitment to extra-curricular activities through CAS. Students who complete the full Diploma program can obtain preferred admission and advanced credit at most universities. Once there they will find that the skills in communication and thinking they have gained from the IB will help them be successful from the very beginning.

The Venture program serves to prepare students for the demands of the IB program in grades 11 and 12. Courses include expanded content, as well as the skills necessary to be creative and critical thinkers who can communicate ideas effectively and efficiently.

Students interested in the IB program are strongly recommended to join the Venture Program no later than grade 10. Students must make application to both programs. We are looking for a good academic record, a solid work ethic, and a commitment to activities outside the classroom.


Applications to Venture and The International Baccalaureate Program can be found here, or through the school. Call 604-713-8266 or email to ibventure@vsb.bc.ca.

Two challenges that IB and Venture students must deal with to be successful are time management and effective study skills Here are two documents that we feel provide a good start in developing and practicing those skills.