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SCHOOL DISTRICT 23

Central Okanagan

La Vie en turquoise- École Dorothea Walker's journey of reflection and hope! The mural project at École Dorothea Walker documents a journey of reflection and hope.  The intention was to bring community together, and celebrate the sources of strength that sustained them through a year of challenge and uncertainty. The collage contains many layers representing the complexity of experience. Through literature, dialogue and their own writing, students explored what brings light, joy and connection to their lives. The overlapping edges represent joy in reconnection - even as we all remain physically distanced. Every child and every adult has a hand somewhere in the finished project that hangs in the hallway and celebrates the beauty and strength in community.

 


SCHOOL DISTRICT 37

Delta

*South Delta Secondary prioritizes mental health!*On May 26, more than 500 Grade 8 and 9 students participated  in the  Balancing Our Minds Youth Summit. The conference was aimed at destigmatizing conversations about mental health, self-care and providing access to valuable resources.Some students were able to identify with the feelings of the speakers, especially with the five courageous youth who participated in the youth panel and shared their experiences.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 22

Vernon

Educators are super heroes too! The students from Kidston Elementary in Vernon put together this special thank you video to teachers and staff for their hard work during COVID-19.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 5

Southeast Kootenay 

Celebrating Earth Day 2021! The Socials 11 classes at Elkford Secondary School made posters of actions  they could take to help mitigate the impacts of climate change. Some ideas included: growing their own food, starting a garden, reducing their waste, using less plastics, walking to school more rather than driving, carpooling, eating less meat, composting and no longer using single-use plastic. 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 68

Nanaimo Ladysmith 

Student Council at Ladysmith Secondary (LSS) recently created a website with resources, videos, information and guides on five important topics.  Topics include Anti-Racism, LGBTQ2+, Mental Health, Indigenous Teachings and Sexual Health. The purpose of the website is to keep the community up to date on school events, educate the staff and students of LSS on important topics and spread positivity around the school.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 37

Delta

Sands Secondary Students spiral into solutions! Over the last 18 months, students have been using an established research framework known as the Spiral of Inquirydeveloped by Judy Halbert and Linda Kaiser who also lead the Networks of Inquiry and Indigenous Education (NOIIE), to investigate complex issues and bring about positive change in their school community. Students have used the Spiral of Inquiry to look into serious issues such as navigating social media, racism and mental health. Students have felt a sense of self-determination in their learning and gained confidence inn using their voices to make a real difference for others as a result.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 41

Burnaby

Awareness of Sustainability

Students raise awareness of sustainability! High school students who are part of the district’s Burnaby Youth Sustainability Network (BYSN) led a three-part virtual speaker series to raise awareness of environmental issues and how we can all live more sustainably. The series for students, their families, district leaders, and staff, took place in April and May. It brought people together online to discuss what sustainability means, how leaders in sustainability are involved in the field, and how we can improve upon sustainability in our communities. Nearly 80 people joined the first online presentation, alone, which was held on the eve of Earth Day.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 73

Kamloops-Thompson 

Students get hands-on learning through community garden! Blue River Elementary students are getting ready for the upcoming growing season by planting lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and various other vegetable plants and melons in their school's indoor garden. Once these plants have matured the students will move them to their outdoor boxes at the Blue River Community Garden. Not only do the kids learn how to plant produce and watch them change and grow, it coincbring their curriculum to life, said Lee Onslow, a certified education assistant at Blue River Elementary. From the life cycle of a plant to the make-up of seeds and how they sprout, the indoor and outdoor gardens are both fun and educational. 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 41

Burnaby

Students publishing powerful art

Students publish powerful art spotlighting social justice! have published powerful art spotlighting social justice issues. The five Burnaby School District high school students whose work was showcased in the e-zine shared their voices through text and art on everything from breaking the glass ceiling to homelessness and climate change. The opportunity to be published in the e-zine –came through their Graphics and Media Arts career exploration program and also presented the chance to get some real-world experience in the midst of the pandemic.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 41

Burnaby

Burnaby students heading to national and International science fairs! Secondary students in Burnaby received high honours for their projects, with multiple awards at the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair, and three students moving on to prestigious national and international science fairs held virtually in May. Read more.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 68

Nanaimo Ladysmith  

Music from Learning Alternatives. Introducing a group of high school students in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district who learn, play and record music that matters to them.  In their studio, they produce, engineer and mix the music utilizing advanced skills to produce dynamic videos under the guidance of teacher Steve Holmberg. Check them out Instagram


SCHOOL DISTRICT 37

Delta  

Gray Elementary Students Spread Kindness: Grade 6 and 7 students at North Delta’s Gray Elementary have been spending their time spreading kindness and making a positive impact in their community. When their teacher Mary Messer asked them “what action can you take that would positively impact someone or something in your community?” students researched agencies such as the local food bank and animal shelter to see how they could get involved before choosing a project to work on. Student Noah Cook made a video showing a guided tour of the night sky for seniors at Delta View care home. Other students made toys and blankets for animal shelters, donated baby food to the food bank, and taped notes of appreciation to teachers’ classroom doors. 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 23

Central Okanagan  

Grade six students at Rutland Middle School are climate investigators! They listened to stories of climate heroes, identified personal strengths regarding climate awareness, and took inventory of their community's plastic problem. Through voice and choice, many of the students decided that they wanted to communicate their concerns for the environment through a peaceful demonstration. So, they took to the streets with signs in their hands, chanting "There's no Planet B." With thanks to Mrs. M Harris, Grade 6 Teacher, Rutland Middle School.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 44

North Vancouver

Card campaign. In recognition of the hard work of healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic, Windsor Secondary’s Social Justice class invited elementary students from across the North Shore to join them in a card-making campaign. In a matter of weeks, over 1,000 cards were created for healthcare professionals! Cards were distributed during the month of April to a long list of medical clinics and care homes on the North Shore, as well as Lions Gate Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital and BC Cancer Agency. Read more


SCHOOL DISTRICT 33

Chilliwack

Artful adaption keeps program going in the pandemic! Every two years, Unsworth students participate in an event called Art for Others.  Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, they were unable to have their traditional ‘Evening of the Arts’ for community members to attend. Instead, they partnered with the Adopt-a-Senior program in Chilliwack and are donating the art pieces to the long-term care homes in our community. Students also sent local seniors a video of four classes performing songs under the direction of Mrs. Heisler and Ms. Lousier.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 44

North Vancouver

North Vancouver student earns $100,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship! An Indigenous North Vancouver student described as a “change-maker” by teachers has been selected for one of Canada’s most coveted undergraduate scholarships. Raven Caron, a Seycove Secondary graduate, is one of only 100 bright students across the country to receive a $100,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship in 2021 toward his future education. The scholarships are awarded to entrepreneurial-minded high school graduates enrolling in a science, technology, engineering or math program across 20 partner universities in Canada.  Caron will study engineering at the University of British Columbia, starting this fall.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 36

Surrey

Semiahmoo Secondary student taking wildfire prevention app to international science fair - Gurik Mangat is on fire with his innovative science project that’s designed to put them out! The Grade 11 student at Semiahmoo Secondary has designed FyreWatch, a computer application that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and satellite data to detect wildfires and help firefighters to more safely extinguish them. For his efforts, he is heading to the 2021 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair to show off his project virtually.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 36

Surrey

Hjorth Road Elementary student wins Red Carpet Poetry Slam with World Peace Poem - Grade 5 student Hans Hanna at Hjorth Road Elementary is the latest winner of the Red Carpet Poetry Slam, a competition that encourages creative writing and performance for Grade 4 and 5. Hanna captured the top spot in the contest by Canada SCORES – a charity that provides after-school programming combining soccer, poetry and community projects – for his poem “World Peace,” which paints a picture for a better world for everyone.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 8

Kootenay Lake 

Grade 12 Mount Sentinel Secondary student named 2021 Loran Scholar. Tala MacDonald, is one of the 30 exceptional young Canadians who has been selected from  6,084 applicants to be  a 2021 Loran Scholar. Each year, the Loran Scholars Foundation conducts a nationwide, comprehensive scholarship selection process, seeking applicants who demonstrate a firm commitment to character, service and leadership potential; breadth in academic and extra-curricular interests; integrity; and a high level of personal autonomy.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 41

Burnaby

Annual student communication contest

Annual student communication contests reimagined during the pandemic! Students in Burnaby normally come together at big events like the annual Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Grade 7 Public Speaking Challenge. This year, due to the pandemic, the events were reimagined virtually to continue to provide learning experiences that empower students with the skills and opportunities that help them succeed.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 85

Vancouver Island North 

Two North Island Grade 12 students are giving back to Port McNeill seniors! The students worked together with a child and youth care worker on the "Operation Giving Back" , aimed at making the pandemic a little easier for seniors to deal with. This project wasn't part of a class assignment, or for  extra credit, it was done out of the goodness of their hearts. Gift baskets for seniors were filled with flowers, games, handmade cloths and soaps, and the girls paid for it all with donations and from their own pockets. Thirteen seniors in Port McNeill who live at the senior living complex received a gift basket.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 44
North Vancouver

North Vancouver’s Seycove Secondary Social Justice 12 students, Saege Bramley and Samantha Yuen, have learned how important mental heath and wellness is for their school community and beyond. Saege and Samantha have recently restarted theirs school’s mental health club, distributed mental health posters and are both currently helping to encourage students to participate in activities like walking or yoga to benefit everyone’s mental health. The students also created a social justice action plan that allowed them to donate a large amount of personal protective equipment and supplies to a youth crisis centre in Vancouver that helps workers stay safe and healthy so they can continue to help Vancouver’s young people.


SCHOOL DISTRICT 41

Burnaby

Secondary yearbook team gets top honours at North American competition! The hardworking students behind Burnaby Secondary’s 2019-20 yearbook captured school life before and after COVID-19, including photos of students in what they had intended to wear to prom. Now the student yearbook creators at Burnaby North Secondary School have won a first place title in a North American-wide competition.

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Student Yearbook


SCHOOL DISTRICT 5

Southeast Kootenay

Congrats Cranbook Students

Congrats Cranbrook students! Mount Baker Secondary Drama, Film and TV students produced a video and earned a Bronze medal at the Skills Canada BC Video Production Virtual Competition!.

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Educational tool for B.C. high school culinary arts students shines spotlight on duck

The Spotlight Series on Duck by the BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation teaches high school students about duck farming, duck trivia and even recipes. The Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry in Chilliwack also recently donated Pekin duck to high school teaching kitchens throughout B.C. This donation, to the Take a Bite of BC program, will directly support 6,784 Grade 11 and 12 culinary arts students and will also help influence an additional 59,000 students to eat locally grown dishes on a regular basis in school cafeterias.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 5

Southeast Kootenay

Design Labs provides creative learning opportunities for Kootenay kids! SD5 opened two Design Labs in Cranbrook to Elkford regions in 2018. K -12 classes in both rural and urban schools have possibilities to access and explore innovative technologies. The Design Labs are a place for students and their teacher  to learn about emerging technologies and take part in ADST projects.  The projects provide opportunities for some students to be experts and leaders.

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Design Labs

 

SCHOOL DISTRICT 34
Abbotsford 

Home “School of Rock”! Students at @Howemiddle in Abbotsford are united in music and technology. A group of teens recorded themselves individually at home – singing and playing instruments – then they edited themselves into a rock video.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 82

Coast Mountains

Hazelton Secondary Student Makes a Difference with Care and Compassion.

Grade 8 student Sarah Swift took her “On the Land” project through the school’s Language & Culture program to heart. As a gift to her cousin, Sarah learned how to make a salve from the buds of cottonwood trees, used for treating eczema, psoriasis, mosquito bites, dry skin, sore muscles and bruises. Traditional practices like these inspire connection, care and compassion. “On the Land” projects promote traditional Gitksan ways of knowing, healthy living, and healing.


SCHOOL DISTRICT 34

Abbotsford

A song for the frontline workers. Last year, a Grade 7 class at Eugene Reimer Middle School in Abbotsford produced and recorded a music video to the song Lean on Me and dedicated it to frontline workers. The class worked on the project from home and invited seven other local schools to participate. Taking part in the video were a total of seven school principals, 13 students from eight schools, 13 teachers from several schools, and local doctors, paramedics, police officers and more

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 42

Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows

Educators are super heroes too! The students from Kidston Elementary in Vernon put together this special thank you video to teachers and staff for their hard work during COVID-19.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 43

Coquitlam

Birchland Elementary students created letters and cards to lift the spirits of patients at Surrey Memorial Hospital during the pandemic. Students embraced the chance to give back to their community and to offer some much-needed hope to these patients.


SCHOOL DISTRICT 22
Vernon 

French Immersion students showed their artistic side when created heart shaped artwork in many different sizes and colours. The students created messages of hope for essential workers, friends and neighbours. They said it was a simple but profound way to show gratitude and help everyone stay connected during the pandemic.


SCHOOL DISTRICT 8

Kootenay Lake

Students embraced passion projects during the pandemic. Grade 7 to 12 students at Crawford Bay Elementary-Secondary School were asked to select a “passion project” to help them develop tangible skills away from the computer screen. Suggested skills included learning to play a musical instrument, a new crafting skill or a new talent like juggling or archery.


SCHOOL DISTRICT 42
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows 

When the pandemic first began, a grade 7 student named Quinn used a 3-D printer to make ear guards for frontline health-care workers. Quinn started 3-D printing at his local school, Hammond Elementary, which is also using 3-D printers to create similar devices. Since Quinn’s story aired in the local paper last year, he received interview requests from throughout Canada, the United States and the U.K. See media coverage: