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

April 11th , 2018

1. Students
a. The Annual Early Years Fair was a resounding success again! This year’s theme was based on the book, “You Hold Me Up and My Heart Fills with Happiness” by noted children’s author Monique Gray Smith. Quilt Making, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Farmers Market and Lunch made for a wonderful introduction to learning in SD46 for our future students!
b. On Thursday, April 19th our students and even some staff will share their skills at the second annual SD46’s Got Talent at 6:30
c. The Elphinstone Secondary School Travel Club travelled to northern Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia. The students learned about the general history of the areas and explored caves at Postojna, Slovenia, and hiked through beautiful waterfalls at Plitvice National Park, Croatia. The Grade 10-12 students learned first-hand about the effects of war and the slow process of rebuilding by listening to survivors of the Croatian/Slovenian/Serbian conflict of the 1990's and witnessing devastating effects to homes and buildings.
d. On May 1st at Elphinstone Secondary there will be a presentation called, “The White Hatter: Internet Safety & Digital Literacy for Parents and Caregivers.”
2. Staff
a. There was a packed room of SD46 Staff and coast community for the Richard Louv Webinar and Marine Education Centre Tour at the Gibsons Public Market on March 16th. Louv spoke about the world-wide interest in finding ways to help our younger generation connect with nature ("no child left indoors movement"). Nature can be both preventative and therapeutic for all ages and the inspiring message got the room buzzing with ideas on how to integrate opportunities to get outdoors.
3. Community
a. We are very pleased to acknowledge a successful startup for the Joint Use Agreement between our district and the Sunshine Coast Regional District.

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