VanierNews Sept. 4 – 2016

Principal / Vice Principal’s Message

Last week teachers were learning more about Outdoor Education with staff from the Surrey Nature Centre.  We look forward to continuing to inspire learning within the natural environment and our neighbouring Hazelnut Meadows Community Park.

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Thanks to our dedicated staff for preparing our school for September start-up!


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Student Planner

We encourage all students in Grades 1-7 to purchase a School Planner at a cost of $5.00. Included in the planner is our school code of conduct, school calendar, and school district information. We find this to be an excellent tool for facilitating home/school communication, as well as for developing our students’ organizational skills.  Please send cash or cheque (payable to Georges Vanier Elementary) to school as soon as possible, or inform the teacher if you are unable to pay due to financial constraints.


BC Curriculum Changes 

Curriculum changes continue to be phased in this fall

The updated curriculum developed for K-12 education will continue to be phased in at Surrey schools in the 2016-17 school year, with changes to assessment and provincial exams also taking hold beginning this year.

Until now, the curriculum has been optional for teachers in kindergarten to Grade 9, but it will be the official curriculum in those grades starting September 2016.

Why a new curriculum?

As explained in a May 2016 letter to parents from the education minister, the world has become much different since the original curriculum was developed. New technologies enable access to a wealth of information on virtually any topic. Today’s students need to learn skills to successfully locate, analyze and evaluate information, then apply it in a proper and useful way.

The emphasis now is more on understanding concepts and processes, as well as a personalized learning experience and flexibility to better match individual student strengths and needs, as described in B.C.’s Education Plan.

What has changed?

  • There is more flexibility for teachers to tailor learning to a student’s needs and passions.
  • There is also increased flexibility for teacher innovation; for example, to take advantage of current topics of interest to students and to develop learning experiences that cross different subject areas.
  • There is greater focus on communication, creative/critical thinking, positive personal and cultural identity and social responsibility as core competencies.
  • Aboriginal perspectives and content are integrated into all subjects.
  • There is an emphasis on core foundational skills while focusing on higher-level conceptual thinking.

Safe Drinking Water

GV Staff will be sharing information about Safe Drinking Water with students and families during the first week of school.


  • Drinking water update

    With guidance from the Fraser Health Authority, the Surrey School District has conducted water lead level tests over the summer at more than 620 water source locations at 63 schools that were constructed before 1990.

    The results have been summarized in a letter to parents, and each school’s test result, as conducted and reported by an accredited, independent laboratory, is posted below. (Please do not contact the laboratory as staff are unable to comment on the reports). Tests for some schools were done on two different days, resulting in two reports.

    Surrey Schools has taken action at each of the tested schools to ensure the drinking water for students and staff is only available from fountains and sinks with water quality meeting health standards. Safe drinking water is available at multiple locations in every school.

    At the request of the district, additional information about lead in drinking water has been provided by Fraser Health with links to further resources.

    Parents with any questions are welcome to speak further with Mr. Dekerf.

    Georges Vanier     Georges Vanier 2

Upcoming Dates For The 2016 – 2017 School Year

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