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Superintendent’s Report
Submitted by Superintendent Patrick Bocking
April 10th, 2019


1. Students
a. Early Years Fair 2019 was another fabulous success! The Fair this year was based on the children’s book, “The Best Part of Me” and had fantastic community response. (1a)
b. The Student Leadership Forum takes place on Thursday, April 18th. This is a terrific opportunity for us to learn from our high school students as they reflect on their learning, their school cultures and what is important to them. (1k)
c. We very much appreciate receiving $105,000 in provincial funding for an accessible playground upgrade at Roberts Creek Elementary School. (1e)
d. We are working in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health to ensure that Measles immunizations are being offered to as many families as possible. This is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Health and Education that we are strongly supporting. (1e)
e. A group of dedicated and generous students and chaperones spent their Spring Break in Ecuador through the WE Schools program. (2h)
2. Staff
a. The annual Service Recognition Celebration was a superb opportunity to acknowledge the dedicated work of our staff. Many thanks to Heidi Zurbrugg for her excellent preparation for the gathering. (2g)
3. Community
a. The next DPAC meeting takes place at Pender Harbour Secondary School on April 25th at 7:00 p.m. (2d)
b. The Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre is prioritizing working with our students to build environmental and ecological awareness for the marine life on our coast. We appreciate their partnership and enthusiasm! This spring ten of our elementary classes will participate in educational programs. (3b)
c. The Annual Partners in Learning Showcase and Celebration highlighted the importance of our community in supporting the learning and developmental needs of our students. The district is so very fortunate to have such partners. Many thanks to Stephanie Murawsky for her organization of this special event! (3b)
d. We have been approached by UBC to be one of their official partner school districts for the Community Field Experience (CFE) program and have 8 students joining us this spring as part of their Education program. We welcome our first two students to Chatelech Secondary School on April 23rd! (3g)

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Respect: A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

We are all stakeholders here on the Sunshine Coast, and regardless of our differences and demographics, the outcomes of our youth affect everyone. Mutual respect is a must.

Point in fact, on the 7th of March we sponsored and participated in the Partners in Learning presentation held at Chatelech Senior Secondary. This was a collaboration between our partners within the community, working together towards student success. In addition to interactive display booths, there were also presentations made by four diverse groups, the CYMH Action Team, Gibsons Paddle Club, Train-in-Trades with Sunshine GM and Project Impact, Community Schools & United Way. These presentations were generally made up of a member of the organization, a district staff member and a student who has experienced or been a participant of said project. This event turned out to be a wonderful success.

Last month, I also went to the Gibsons Public Market for an announcement made by Bill Beamish and BC Housing, regarding the Housing project application on School Rd. I was able to sit with one of their consultants and ask questions that I knew many of our parents and community members would want answers to. Approaching issues and concerns with the respect they deserve makes for a much deeper conversation. Fast forward to last week (April3rd & 4th) when the Secretary-Treasurer and I attended separate public consultations set at the Legion. Through discussion, it has been made clear that the Town of Gibsons, BC Housing and RainCity are very willing to keep the School Board and its stakeholders ‘in the know’. They have already made a presentation to the GES PAC and further meetings are in the works with the board. You can also go to for more information

Vice-Chair Leech, District Principal Deasey, Superintendent Bocking and myself visited with MLA Simons to discuss our communities need for more daycares, and funding required to make that happen, including the new $10-a-day program.

At the end of last month, Trustees Amaral, Hampvent and I attended the Centre for Civic Governance, High Ground Conference. This is an annual conference open to all municipally elected officials, including trustees, which deals with nurturing leadership for inclusive and sustainable communities. Some conversations and presentations will be carried back to the board table, including the above housing issues, pads in schools, the taxation changes to stipends and how to support those on our team/board/council/staff. The Sunshine Coast had the largest representation. It was an amazing opportunity to network with our local municipal governments regarding both local and global issues.

Lastly, we held our Service Recognition Award Ceremony on Monday, April 1st. Together, the recipients, who were honoured for each 5-year milestone in our district, equaled 1065 years of knowledge, experience and of course, well-earned respect.


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Superintendent’s Report to the Board of School District No. 46
(Sunshine Coast)
Superintendent Patrick Bocking
March 6th, 2019

1. Students
a. Early Years Fair 2019 is coming soon to the Sechelt Learning Centre! The Fair this year is based on the children’s book, “The best part of me” and takes place beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 9th. (1a)
b. Pink Shirt Day was February 27th. Students and staff wore pink to show that we will not stand by when others are bullied in any way. (1d)
c. Fiddler on the Roof is incredibly successful! All shows are sold out including the extra show that has been arranged! We are immensely proud of teachers Sara Douglas and Tom Kellough for their dedication to musical theatre. (1f)
2. Staff
a. District Day on February 15th was highly successful. The SCTA developed a strong program of professional learning including the highly relevant and entertaining keynote speaker Shelley Moore who spoke about including all of our students in our learning programs. (2a)
b. Strategic Plan consultations are taking place with students, PACs, school staffs, and committees. (2c)
c. The District Parent Advisory Council’s next meeting will be on Thursday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m. at Pender Harbour Elementary/ Secondary School. District Principal Deasey will be speaking on district strategies for “Supporting Parents Through the Early Years”. (2d)
d. The district is proud of teacher Rita Poulson, from Kinnikinnick Elementary and Chatelech Secondary Schools who received recognition and an interview on a Global News item which celebrates excellence in teaching. Rita teaches Shashishalhem to students of all ages. (2g)
3. Community
a. Formal dresses can be expensive! The Dreams Come True event was developed by a local volunteer to help each of our students find a lovely gown for the special celebrations this year. (3b)
b. Our Secretary Treasurer has partnered with Vancouver Coastal Health to develop a comprehensive drinking water plan that ensures our students’ and staff health, eliminates water wastage and saves staff time from regular water line flushing. (3b)
c. A celebration of the community partnerships that enable our students to succeed and thrive takes place at Chatelech Secondary School on Thursday, March 7th at 5:00 p.m. Staff, partners and student presentations on “inclusion” will follow a chance to view table displays by our community partners. All are welcome! (3b)

Schools will dismiss one hour earlier than their set times on the following dates:
Wednesday, March 13th and Thursday, March 14th, 2019

**This does not apply to SCAS students**

All buses will arrive for their afternoon runs 1 hr earlier than normal.

Early Dismissals:

Schools / Pick Up Time
Cedar Grove – 1:30 PM
Davis Bay – 1:40 PM
Gibsons –  1:50 PM
Halfmoon Bay – 1:25 PM
Kinnikinnick – 1:15 PM
Langdale – 1:36 PM
Madeira Park – 1:51 PM
Roberts Creek – 1:41 PM
West Sechelt – 1:46 PM
Chatelech – 2:20 PM
Elphinstone – 1:59 PM
Pender Harbour – 2:10 PM

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