IN THIS ISSUE:
- PRINCIPAL / VICE PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
- BC CURRICULUM
- SAFE DRINKING WATER IN SCHOOLS
- UPCOMING DATES
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.
Thanks to our dedicated staff for preparing our school for September start-up!
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
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.