Message from the Chair - October 2017

October is one of the favorite months for the Board of Education as that is when we have the swearing in ceremony for the new student trustee to join us at the governing table for school district decisions.  Each year a grade twelve student is chosen from the membership of the District Student Leadership Team and that student is introduced to the Board at our October public meeting.  On Wednesday, October 11, Pearl Deasey from Chatelech Secondary School became the student trustee for the 2017-18.

Pearl was a member of the DSLT last year and showed she will be a strong trustee with a verbal report on September activities across the district, including feedback on a new app available to students and teachers as well as reporting on student spirit rallies across the district.

School District No46 (Sunshine Coast) and School District No. 39 (Vancouver) are the only districts in BC that have a student officially as a member of the Board of Education.  Our Board has been advocating to the Minister of Education for several years to formally encourage other districts to incorporate the voice of students to their board deliberations.  Pearl, in her official capacity as a trustee, will join representatives from the Sunshine Coast at the BCSTA Academy in late November to assist us in presenting "The Courage to Work Together: Governing to Create Communities of Learning" as one of the optional workshops at the conference. This is an opportunity for trustees from across the province to see how important collaboration is in our district and how  strong student voices add to those collaborations. 

 All our elected trustees look forward to working with Pearl and it is a great pleasure to welcome her to our board.


Superintendent's Report to the Board - October 11, 2017

Superintendent’s Report to the Board of School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast)

October 11, 2017

1.     Students

a.     Students in grades 4 and 7 have begun completing the Foundation Skills Assessment as of last week and can complete it during the month of October.

o   Many students, staff and community members participated in Terry Fox runs. More than an event at many of our schools, this is an opportunity for our students to develop an understanding of persistence, sacrifice and dedication to a cause.

b.     Staff are learning about Google Chrome computers particularly on applications to accessibility. Most of the Chromebooks are at the secondary level at this time.

c.      Secondary students from across the district will be attending a conference at Elphinstone Secondary School to learn more about options that are available to them after their high school career is completed. Special thanks to Pender Harbour teacher Scott Bruce for his diligence in putting this event together.

2.     Staff

o   District Teacher Librarians are keen to prepare for Coast Reads again this year. Coast Reads has proven to be highly motivational for many students and staff.

o   District staff has been working diligently with the Sunshine Coast Teachers’ Association to collaboratively ensure the Memorandum of Agreement signed by the provincial parties is appropriately implemented. We are now at a stage where solutions to remedy issues are being addressed and implemented.

a.     District staff attended the BCSSA Metro Fall retreat to share and learn about succession planning across the metro region. There is a clear need for support and recruitment to these critical roles in all districts.

3.     Community

a.      In partnership with our Aboriginal Education staff, our students participated in Syiyaya. Our Families. Our Stories. Students prepared meaningful artwork and deepened their relationships with their own culture and community. This was a project of Canada150.

b.     A new cohort of Educational Assistants has begun their two-year training program at Capilano University to become Educational Assistants, potentially in our district.




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Wishing everyone a safe summer

Please listen to Lily (grade 1) and Kalen (grade 3), students from Madeira Park Elementary School as they wish everyone a safe summer!


First Day of School in September 2017

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June 2017


Dear Parents/Guardians:

For the first day of school, Tuesday, September 5, 2017, schools will be in session for half the day and will start approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes later than regular start time. As a result, students will need to ensure that they have a snack with them as the start and finish times (for that day only) will be as follows:

School Revised School START Time Revised School END Time
Cedar Grove Elementary 10:50 AM 1:15 PM
Davis Bay Elementary 11:00 AM 1:15 PM
Gibsons Elementary 11:15 AM 1:30 PM
Halfmoon Bay Elementary 10:40 AM 1:15 PM
Kinnikinnick Elementary 10:45 AM 12:45 PM
Langdale Elementary 10:55 AM 1:15 PM
Madeira Park Elementary 11:15 AM 1:45 PM
Roberts Creek Elementary 11:00 AM 1:20 PM
West Sechelt Elementary 11:00 AM 1:30 PM
Chatelech Secondary 11:15 AM 2:00 PM
Elphinstone Secondary 11:00 AM 1:45 PM
Pender Harbour Secondary 11:15 AM 1:45 PM

School bus services for this day will reflect the start time change.  All stop locations and routes will remain the same, but morning pick up and drop off times will be approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes later.

With the exception of Cedar Grove Elementary School, kindergarten students do not come to school on Tuesday, September 5th. Parents of children entering kindergarten should contact their school directly regarding the schedule for kindergarten students.

Best wishes for a safe and relaxing summer. We hope you can read books with your children at the beach or on your summer adventures.




Patrick Bocking

Superintendent of Schools


Letter to Parents/Guardians from the Provincial Health Officer

Please read the letter to parents and guardians from the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall, regarding talking to youth about substance use.



Grad 2017 Representative Message

Please listen to a message from Sam Knight, representing SD46's 2017 Grade 12 Students! Click here!


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