Vanier News Feb. 13 – 21, 2019

Principal / Vice Principal Message

We have had a very busy week at Georges Vanier.  Our 50th Anniversary was celebrated on Thursday, Feb. 21 with two special events: an assembly and an open house.  At the assembly, students and staff shared songs, dances and interesting information about the decades of Georges Vanier’s history.  Mr. Dekerf was our special guest and opened with an explanation of how the school prepared for the event, the research about Governor General Georges Vanier (who the school was named after), and the vision for the celebration.

  • The Grade 6/7 students shared a slide show of pictures and information about each decade (60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s), and had many of us remembering how things have changed.
  • The Grade 7 band under the direction of Ms. Norman, performed several selections, with an all time favourite “Let’s Go Band”, which they changed to “Let’s Go Vanier”!
  • The Grade 5’s performed a challenging mixed medley of dances to songs through the decades.  They were fantastic!
  • The Grade 4’s shared a choreographed dance to “Billie Jean”, that was amazing!
  • The Grade 2/3’s led the entire school to the “Macarena”.  It was a great community builder and enjoyed by all!
  • The K/Grade 1’s performed a dance to “I Like To Move It”.  Great spirit!
  • The choir, under the direction of Ms. Tovarova, led the entire audience through the decades with songs such as: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough; YMCA; The Final Countdown; It’s A Beautiful Life and Believer.  Everyone was dancing!

We want to thank Mr. Newbold and Gurmanjot for their support with technology.  They did a fantastic job making sure the music, pictures and slides were in order.  Well done!

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The school officially opened on February 28, 1969, and so it was fitting that we invite previous students, staff, administration and parents to the open house that took place after school from 3:00 – 4:30 pm.  There were several activities for everyone to enjoy including a dancing in the gym, a GV trivia game, photo memorabilia, graffiti wall, playground games and a giant 50th anniversary birthday cake.

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A special thank you to Lavish Photo Booth and Grandma Basi for setting up a fun place for everyone to be part of making memories with photographs.  We would also like to thank Pavin Khera for spending all of his time taking pictures.  We really appreciated it!

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We want to thank all of the staff who worked so hard in preparing students, planning and setting up the station activities, helping with signs and parking, as well as baking and icing over 500 cupcakes!  During the open house, we had everyone stop what they were doing and sing “Happy Birthday to Georges Vanier”!  Everyone was able to have a cupcake from the giant birthday cake.  Above all, it was a wonderful celebration with many previous staff, students, parents and administration returning to visit.  You are / and were a special part of the Georges Vanier school community.


Wednesday, Feb. 27         PINK SHIRT DAY

Wednesday, Feb. 27         BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYDAY (Georges Vanier is hosting!)                        Thank you to Ms. Dixon and Ms. Chang for coaching the boys’ team.

Thursday, Feb. 28             GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYDAY (Georges Vanier is hosting!                        Thank you to Ms. Henry, Ms. Singh and Mrs. Jouzy for coaching the girls’ team.

Friday, March 8                  Fine Arts Performance @ 1:00 pm –  “Ache Brasil”

Wednesday, March 12       Early Dismissal @ 1:30

Thursday, March 14           PAC Movie Night from 6:00 – 8:00 pm   (Movie TBA)

Friday, March 15                 Last day of school before Spring Break



Upcoming Events

Georges Vanier 50th Anniversary  – Feb. 21 Open House (3:00 – 4:30 pm)

We invite all previous students, parents, staff and administration to the 50th anniversary of Georges Vanier.  If you have any old photographs to share, please bring them to the “Walk Down Memory Lane” room (Learning Commons).  There will be disco dancing, a graffiti wall, playground activities, a GV trivia game, coffee, tea and cupcakes.

You were / are a special part of the Georges Vanier school community, and we would love to have you join us. No RSVP is required – just drop in and visit old friends.

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Monday, Feb. 18          Family Day

Friday, Feb. 22             Non-Instructional Day (No classes for students)

Wed., Feb. 27                Pink Shirt Day

Vanier News Feb. 4 – 8, 2019

Principal / Vice Principal Message

We had a very busy week at Georges Vanier!  Many classes celebrated 100 days of learning, and as indicated on one of the pictures: “We Are 100 Days Smarter!”  Some primary students created individual capes decorated with 100 items including cereal, feathers, stickers, hearts and animals.  There was a parade of students throughout a few of our primary classrooms with special activities to recognize the event.

Helping Teacher Ms. Jen Barker Teaches Numeracy Lessons

Last month, many teachers attended a lunch session on implementing “Counting Collections” in their classrooms.  One of the Surrey School District’s helping teachers, Jen Barker, is now working alongside teachers in the classroom to demonstrate how these lessons can be used in teaching number sense, math operations, fractions and decimals.  Collections of objects, recording sheets, markers and various materials for sorting the collections are used.  Teachers and students are learning multiple applications of this concept and building their capacity for teaching and learning.

VanierNews Jan. 28 – Feb. 1, 2019

Principal / Vice Principal Message

One of our Grade 6/7 classes have been working on “Passion Projects”.  They choose a topic, researched and learned about that topic, and then created a way to show their learning.  Working models, dioramas, computer presentations and illustrations are some of the ways the students shared their learning.  Other intermediate classes had a chance to view the projects and talk about them.  Thank you Mr. O’Neil / Mr. Abraham’s class!

Examples of the passion project topics included: Wild Fires; Downs Syndrome and A Way to Feed Homeless Animals.

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Buddy Bench

Ms. Buckton, our Aboriginal Youth Care Worker, is working on a project called a “Buddy Bench”.  There are a couple of benches outside in our undercover area that are often used by students, and a “buddy bench” is a place for students to sit if they want others to play with.   She is working with many students to gather their ideas on how they want the bench decorated. This picture is a sample of how many ideas are being submitted.  Thank you to all of the students who are currently working on this project.


Snowshoe Trip To Mt. Seymour

All of our Grade 6/7 students are participating in a snowshoe trip to Mt. Seymour.  Not only do they begin to learn how to snowshoe, but they also participate in outdoor activities such as building a shelter or learning about terrain and mountain conditions.  Our Grade 6 students travelled by bus to Mt. Seymour on a cold, sunny day and had a great time.  Here are some pictures from this trip.


Upcoming Dates

Feb. 15   Monthly Assembly / Student Recognition

Feb. 18   Family Day Holiday

Feb. 21   Georges Vanier 50th Anniversary Celebration

Celebration Assembly   10:30 – 11:30

Open House     2:30 – 4:00

Feb. 27    Pink Shirt Day