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We are honoured to live, learn, play and work on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh Nation and the shíshálh Nation.

Vision: We are a community engaged in lifelong learning and educational excellence.

Mission: We support and inspire each student to experience joy and fulfillment in realizing their potential as a knowledgeable, confident, and contributing citizen in the global community.

Affirmation: The Board of School District 46 affirms its commitment to Indigenous Peoples and Reconciliation by building relationships and deepening understanding of Indigenous history, worldviews, and ways of knowing.

The Sunshine Coast of British Columbia is located 30 kilometres northwest of Vancouver and stretches 96 kilometres along the picturesque shores of Georgia Strait. Reached by a 40-minute ferry ride across Howe Sound from Horseshoe Bay, the Coast offers a wide range of recreational and educational activities for students and their families.

School District 46 – Sunshine Coast (SD46) provides public education to over 3,100 students supported by 600 dedicated staff in the beautiful coastal communities of the Sunshine Coast, from Earls Cove to Langdale, and including Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Sechelt, Halfmoon Bay, and Pender Harbour. SD46 is dedicated to creating a safe, caring and healthy learning and working environment that is inclusive of the diversity of our entire learning community. The district is focused through its Strategic Plan on providing meaningful learning opportunities for all students and staff and in partnership with families, our community agencies, and associations. 

SD46 has nine elementary schools, four secondary schools, and a wide range of innovative programs including prenatal and early education supports, a K-7 nature based learning program, and alternative education and distance learning programs. A wide variety of extra-curricular activities complete the comprehensive student experience. To see SD46’s commitment to student achievement, please visit the Student Excellence Website.

 

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          Health & Safety

          Please remember:

          • All students should conduct a Daily Health Check. To support daily screening, a K-12 health-checker app has been developed for students and their families and can be found HERE.  
          • All staff should conduct the WorkSafeBC Employee Daily Health Check.
          • All visitors should conduct the WorkSafeBC Visitor Health Check upon entry to any of our facilities. 
          • Stay at home when sick.
          • Get a health assessment and/or COVID-19 test when sick. *New Provincial COVID-19 Testing Guidance: Anyone in the VCH region with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, however mild, can now be assessed for and get a COVID-19 test. Contact your physician or nurse practitioner’s office, or a local community collection centre to arrange for a test. Phone numbers and locations of collection centres can be found HERE or by calling 8-1-1. 
          • Perform hand and respiratory hygiene.
          • All adults must wear a mask or face covering when inside a school building.
          • All students in grades 4 through 12 must wear a mask or face covering when inside a school building.
          • It is strongly encouraged for all kindergarten through grade 3 students to wear masks when inside a school building as well.

          Thank you for following our health & safety protocols and keeping our community safe! 

          Ready, Set, Go! It's Time to Get Set for Kindergarten!

          Registration is open for the 2021-2022 school year. 

          We have a really simple online process for you to register this year. 

          For more Kindergarten Information, click HERE.

          Click HERE to begin the online student registration.

          Welcome to SD46!

          Active Travel

          This school year due to COVID-19 and physical distancing recommendations, students are encouraged to walk or cycle to school.

          Walking and cycling to school has the double bonus of promoting children’s health while reducing carbon emissions at the same time. For more information visit transporationchoices.ca or contact TraC at coasttrac@gmail.com.

          Helpful links to get you started:

          The Story Behind the Art

          Students and staff members from Langdale and Cedar Grove have enjoyed the travelling gallery of Salish Weave prints by Coast Salish artists.  The students encounter the prints through experience and sharing, facilitated by Indigenous Learning staff.  The next school is scheduled for April.  Gearing up, in March the Indigenous Team will be supporting transitions to secondary school and to post-secondary opportunities as well as annual consultations with students and parents.

          Gender Equality in the Work Place

          The Industry Training Authority (ITA) is developing a strategy to shift  the gender balance of the trades training workforce from its current landscape – one that is predominantly populated by men – to one that is more diverse and inclusive.  We  are proud of the many opportunities that our students have as our staff encourage everyone to try new skills that can lead to exciting futures that are freed from a focus on gender stereotypes!

          District Inclusion Support Team

          We are so excited to introduce the District Inclusion Support Team!  

          Picture: Karys Foley, Fiona James, Tricia Klassen, Paula Stroshein-Martinez, and Catherine Cooper (Left to Right)

          Catherine Cooper is the team’s Education Assistant.  She brings  a wealth of knowledge from her professional development around Autism Spectrum Disorder and from her volunteer experience in the community.  Catherine is excited to be part of this team and is looking forward to connecting and collaborating with all other teams in the district!  

          Karys Foley is the team’s Family Support Navigator. Expanding understanding and polishing approaches to behaviour through the lens of neuroscience and attachment theory are her passions.  Karys is really pleased to be in this new role with this new team!

          Fiona James is the team’s Inclusion Support teacher.  She is actively involved in the development of programs and plans which serve and support educators, students, parents and school goals.  Fiona is excited to be part of this dynamic and innovative team!

          Trisha Klassen is the team’s Education Assistant.  As a mom of a child who needs extensive supports, and as an EA in the district, Trisha has advocated for a more inclusive education model.  She is so grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a dynamic team whose focus is to help support our schools to make this happen.

          Paula Stroshein-Martinez is the team’s Inclusion Support teacher.  Paula is passionate about inclusive education and teaching to diversity and is a strong advocate for collaboration and connection.  She feels very fortunate and excited to be part of such an exceptional district initiative.

          Our vision is that education will be an inclusive experience for all, where everyone has the opportunity to reach and celebrate their true potential.  Together, we hope to help clarify the concept of inclusive education as a paradigm shift, and help make the “how” of teaching to diversity easier and accessible to all.

          A Tribute to the Sunshine Coast

          This video created by Dolf Vermeulen Creative, sponsored by Rachel Dempster Real Estate, and narrated by Rita Poulsen, Indigenous Education Teacher at Kinnikinnick Elementary and Chatelech Secondary, expresses beautifully how grateful and honoured we are to live, learn, play and work on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh Nation and the shíshálh Nation.

          Sunshine Coast Family of Community Schools​

          Sunshine Coast Community Schools are committed to supporting and improving student learning and to strengthening individuals, families, and vibrant, healthy communities by providing quality programs, lifelong learning opportunities, and connections to school and community resources.

          The Community Schools secure grants and external funding to provide valuable programs, services and activities in and out of school time to address nutritional, physical, social and emotional well-being.  Community Schools enhance the work of both School District 46 and our communities by offering site-specific community-based programs as well as regional programs that benefit the entire Sunshine Coast.

          The Gibsons & District Public Library (GDPL)

          The Gibsons & District Public Library (GDPL) is ready to support you. They have databases for research, learning a new language, learning to read, and for your next science project. They have ebooks and audiobooks for every reading level. With a GDPL library card you have access to all the library has to offer.

          • Listen and watch animated storybooks with TumbleBooks
          • Compare countries, learn about animals and browse popular topics with World Book Kids
          • Enjoy unlimited streaming access to film, television, and educational resources with Kanopy Kids
          • Learn a new language with Mango
          • Find full-text, peer-reviewed articles for your research with EBSCOHost

          Access a world of eBooks and audiobooks through the library catalogue. If you can’t find an eBook or audiobook you want, or are having to wait – let them know and they will do their best to get you a copy. Their doors are open Monday to Saturday 10:00 – 5:00 pm and their databases are 24/7!

          Thank You

          The Sechelt Hospital Foundation and generous community members have funded the creation of masks which are then sewn by Julie Astalnok, Christine Ritz and their enthusiastic team of volunteer sewers from the Friends Wear Masks to Save Friends mask making group, the Hospital Auxiliary and the Quilting Guild for our students at the secondary and elementary schools. Thank you Sechelt Hospital Foundation for your financial support and to the volunteer sewers for their time, talent and fabric donated.

          So far they have made over 1,300 masks for the high schools and 838 for
          the elementary schools. 

          We are so thankful to our caring and supportive community! 

          Education During CV19 Pandemic: Information, Resources & Supports click here
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