Vanier News: April 14th

Principal/Vice Principal Message:

It was a busy week at Georges Vanier. Students have been working hard as we have begun the third term of learning. Parents are encouraged to connect with the classroom teacher with any questions about your child’s learning. Students have been reminded to dress in appropriate clothes for April showers (boots, jacket, hood) as we will be going outside as often as possible at recess and at lunch. Thank you parents for your on-going support! 

Our running club got off to a great start! Parents are reminded to ensure that students have a safe way home when the running club ends at 3:00 pm. All parents are invited to come and run with the students! Our badminton team and our ultimate team have been working hard and we look forward to more games this week. 

On Thursday, April 17th, we invite all students and staff to dress in traditional attire as we acknowledge Vaiskakhi at our school-wide assembly at 9:30 am. We would like to wish our community a very happy Vaiskakhi!

School will be closed on Friday April 19th and Monday April 22nd for the Easter holiday.

Please continue to say hello if you see me outside or drop by the office. I enjoy connecting with all parents and feel so fortunate to be a part of the Georges Vanier community.

Mrs. Lianne McBride and Mr. Brian Newbold

Pictures of the Week: 

Grade 6 and 7 students in Division 1 (Mr. Abraham) displayed their learning this week for the staff and students at Vanier. Students created a ‘prototype’ based on their Genuis Hour projects. Students were able to explain why they chose to create the different protoypes and what they found challenging and/or surprising during the process. 



What’s happening at Georges Vanier: 

  • Running Club is continuing on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 2:30 to 3:00 pm. Parents are welcome to run with the students.
  • Students are invited to dress in traditional attire on Thursday April 18th as we acknowledge Vaisakhi.
  • Fire drill is scheduled for Wednesday April 17th (morning).

Community Board: 

Please take a moment to visit our community bulletin board directly outside the office. Upcoming events and community gatherings are continually updated. This week, you will notice information about early learning opportunities for younger children and an invitation for mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and sisters to participate in Creators of Peace Circles. For more information on the Peace Circles, please contact 

Upcoming Dates: 

April 16th: Grade 7 evening open house at Frank Hurt

April 19, 22nd: School closed for the Easter holiday










Vanier News: April 7th 2019

Principal/Vice Principal Message

Welcome back to school! We hope that everyone enjoyed a relaxing Spring Break. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Lianne McBride and I am thrilled to be joining the Georges Vanier community as your new principal. I feel fortunate to be working along side Brian Newbold (Vice Principal) to complete your administration team. I have loved working in the Surrey School district as a teacher and as a Vice Principal for over twenty years. I feel like I have come a ‘full circle’ as twenty five years ago, I was a student teacher at this wonderful school. I am the proud mother of two children; Nolan (11) and Brady (8) and when I am not at Georges Vanier, I join my husband at the hockey rink or at the swimming pool to watch our boys in each sport. The picture below is of our two boys on the first day of school this past September.

During my first week at Georges Vanier, I felt very welcomed into the community. The students and staff seemed happy to back to school after Spring Break and are ready for rich learning as we begin the third term.

Please do not hesitate to come by and say ‘hello’ either outside or come by the office. I look forward to getting to know all the students and families that make up this wonderful community.

Mrs. Lianne McBride and Mr. Brian Newbold.


Mrs. McBride’s boys: Nolan and Brady







Pictures of the Week:

Division 9 and 10 enjoyed a fun filled day at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. It was a beautiful day for learning together.  

Getting active at Georges Vanier! 

  • Congratulations to our Ultimate team who played their first home game of the season on our field this week. The weather cooperated and our students displayed wonderful sportsmanship against Woodward Hill Elementary.
  • Our badminton practices are in full swing 🙂 and the students are looking forward to the playday at Chimney Hill Elementary on April 25th.
  • Our school’s running club begins on Tuesday April 9th. Running club will be from 2:30 to 3:00 pm and parents are asked to ensure that your child has a safe way home at 3:00. Parents are welcome to come out and join the runners!

Upcoming Dates: Mark your calendar! 

  • April 8th: Curriculum Implementation Day (Pro-d). Students do not attend.
  • April 14th: Vaisakhi
  • April 19th: Good Friday: School Closed
  • April 22nd: Easter Monday: School Closed


Looking forward to a great week ahead! 

Vanier News March 11 – 15, 2019

Principal / Vice Principal Message

We are very excited to welcome Ms. Lianne McBride, the new principal who will be coming to Georges Vanier after spring break.  Ms. McBride visited the school on Thursday to meet the staff and students.  She felt very welcomed by everyone and is looking forward to being here as our permanent principal.

Although I have only been at Georges Vanier for a short time, I have become very attached to the school.  The students are hard working, care about their school and are eager to learn new things.  They are working hard at developing self regulation strategies such as calming, breathing techniques and fitness breaks to help them become more effective and engaged learners.  I have been impressed with the collaborative culture at Georges Vanier, where everyone works together to support student learning.  I have thoroughly enjoyed working with such a dedicated, professional staff, as well as involved and helpful parents.  Thank you for your support this term.

I have especially appreciated the knowledge, expertise and work of Mr. Newbold.  He has been instrumental in my transition to Georges Vanier.  He is a true asset at the school.

Mrs. Carrie Burton

Tower Garden

Ms. Attle has taken the lead on a very special project at the school – a tower garden.  It is a “dirtless” garden that has a self watering structure and can hold over 20 plants.  The garden has just been planted with fruits and vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, mint and cucumber.  When the plants are fully grown, they will be harvested and used in the school’s food program and special classroom events.

Forest Walks

Many of our classes enjoy the natural space behind our school and integrate curricular learning with nature.  The kindergarten classes had buried pumpkins in the forest to observe what happens when things decompose.  Mrs. Murtsell, Ms. Milic and their students went on a forest walk this week and look what they saw!


Staff vs Boys Basketball

The basketball season wrapped up with a fun “staff vs boys” basketball game on Wednesday.  What an exciting game with the boys catching up in the last period.  Although the staff won the game, the boys played exceptionally well.  Spectators who watched contributed over $90 dollars toward the new school team jerseys.  Thank you for everyone who helped and participated in the game.


Buddy Bench Project

The final stages of the buddy bench project is underway.  A reporter from the Surrey Leader was at the school to takes pictures of the project and talk with the students who are involved.  The bench designs were created and painted by students.  Many thanks to Mrs. Buckton who has been working with our students on this special project.


Upcoming Dates

March 18 – 29          Spring Break

April 1                      School Opens

Have a restful and safe Spring Break!  Enjoy the time with your friends and family.


Vanier News March 4 – 8, 2019

Principal / Vice Principal Message

Teachers and students are preparing for parent / teacher / student conferences on the early dismissal day: Tuesday, March 12, 2019.  Your child’s FreshGrade account is an excellent portfolio of the ongoing learning that has taken place this term.  Taking time to visit the classroom, discuss their progress with the teacher and have your child share some of the things they have been working on, is an important part of communicating learning.  We look forward to meeting with parents and discussing your child/ren’s progress.  Please Note: 1:30 pm EARLY DISMISSAL – TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019


Ache Brasil – Fine Arts Performing Group

Ache Brasil, a performing arts group, visited Georges Vanier on Friday.  They shared some of the traditional songs, dances, music and stories from Brazil.  The students and staff really enjoyed the performance, and we thank the PAC for paying for the presentation.  All of the students participated by creating rainforest sounds, making rhythms and mimicking drums.  A few of or students were brave enough to join in the stories and dances.  The group was a hit!


Staff vs Girls Basketball Team

Some of the staff and the girls’ basketball team played in a fun game this week.  Many of the students wanted to watch, and paid $1.00 to be part of the audience.  We are raising money to help purchase new school jerseys for our teams.  It was a great event enjoyed by all, and the girls played exceptionally well.  We are very proud of them!

Next week, the boys will be playing the staff.  Stay tuned for an update.

PAC Movie Night (5:30 to 8:00 pm)  Thursday – March 14, 2019

The PAC is planning a movie night this Thursday.  They will be showing “Ralph Breaks The Internet”.  Doors open at 5:30 pm.  Tickets for the movie only cost $2.00.  The movie, pizza and a drink costs $5.00.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  We hope many of you are able to join us for a fun evening.


Upcoming Dates

Friday, March 15          Last day of school

March 18 – 29                SPRING BREAK

Monday, April 1           First Day of School



Vanier News Feb. 25 – March 1

Principal / Vice Principal Message

This was another busy week at Georges Vanier with our recognition of Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, Feb. 27.  Many of our students and staff wore a variety of pink shirts with messages about showing respect, kindness and tolerance for others, and accepting that diversity and differences are what makes us unique.  One of our intermediate classes also decorated pink shirts as an art project and displayed them for others to see.

Georges Vanier also hosted the boys and girls basketball playdays on Feb. 27 and 28.  The teams did very well, were wonderful hosts and showed great determination and sportsmanship.  The boys placed 3rd and the girls placed 4th.  We are very proud of the way our teams represented their school and themselves.  Thank you to Ms. Chang, Ms. Dixon, Ms. Henry, Ms. Singh and Mrs. Jouzy for coaching the teams, as well as all of the parents who provided transportation and support of our students.  Mr. Newbold and some student leaders also organized a concession for both days.  They were helping to raise money for new team jerseys, and raised approximately $150.00 for the school.  Well done, everyone!

Pics of the Week

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Upcoming Dates / Events

March 8     Fine Arts Performance @ 1:00 “Ache Brasil”

March 12   Early Dismissal @ 1:30 pm   Parent / Teacher / Student Conferences

All teachers use FreshGrade as an ongoing way to communicate student learning with parents.  Individual teachers will notify parents about their available times for conferences.  The afternoon of March 12 is set aside to provide opportunities for these conferences, but working parents may need different times.  Please contact your child’s teacher or the school to arrange times.  We look forward to meeting with parents to discuss your child/ren’s learning.

March 15   Last day before spring break

March 18 – 29     SPRING BREAK

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.

IMG_0317 DanceIMG_0315 DanceIMG_0314 SackIMG_0308 Graffiti Wall

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.

50th Pic


Monday, Feb. 18          Family Day

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

Wed., Feb. 27                Pink Shirt Day