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Crowd at Sept 26, 2016 VSB meeting

Political smear or necessary investigation?

Six senior VSB managers went on “indefinite leave." Two letters leaked to news media alleged a toxic work environment. Patti Bacchus is one of the VSB trustees who was fired. This is her analysis.

Two thousand backpacks for Syrian and Canadian children

Syrian refugee children and low-income Canadian children living in the Lower Mainland will be fully equipped for the 2016 school year. At least that’s Jenny Kwan’s holiday wish. The Immigration,...
U-Hill Elementary

U-Hill Elementary Conquers the Grouse Grind (and Transit)

The school year started with a big transit and fitness adventure for 76 Grade 7 students from U-Hill Elementary. Using transit, the entire class managed to navigate their way from UBC to the...

How we made a difference in Nicaragua

For two and half weeks recently, I gave most things up in my world and had a life changing experience. Over the past 10 years a small group of students from West Vancouver Secondary School have taken...

Brainboost helps struggling students uncover hidden potential for learning

For Ben, school never quite fit. Grade 8 was a huge challenge. His mother, Beth, remembers that her son was always "bright" and "capable," but that educators overlooked his talents.  "All...

Redefining success: an overachiever's view

My Planning 10 teacher taught the students in my class how to answer interview questions this year, but there was one question that particularly stood out to me: “Do you consider yourself successful...

Fresh-faced foodies follow different paths to success

Vancouver culinary school graduates find new ways to break into the food and beverage industry.

Premier expected to give B.C. school boards the pink slip

A Vancouver School Board trustee has told the Vancouver Observer that there is speculation Premier Gordon Campbell may announce in his public address tonight plans to fire elected school boards in B....

How to REALLY green your child's classroom in five easy steps

There is a lot of talk about going green, but many schools haven't caught up. Kids our most vulnerable and they spend 1/3 of their days in schools, many that are making them sick. What can you REALLY