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Superintendent’s Report to the Board | June 2023

Circle of Care: Students

  1. DSLT Secondary Spirit Week: Secondary schools were brought closer together through an incredible initiative by the District Student Leadership Team—Spirit Week, held from May 29th to June 2nd! The week was filled with fantastic themes for each day, igniting excitement and creativity among students and staff. Monday embraced medieval vibes, immersing everyone in the enchanting world of knights and castles. Tuesday was all about celebrity doppelgängers, encouraging students and staff to showcase their best look-alike outfits and embody their favorite stars. On Wednesday, students and staff stepped away from backpacks and expressed their unique style in creative ways. Thursday offered the ultimate relaxation as students and staff enjoyed a cozy day in their comfortable pajamas. Finally, Friday was Formal Friday, where students and staff dressed to impress in their finest attire, exuding elegance and style. Exciting prizes awaited participants, and the school that accumulated the most points throughout the week triumphed in Spirit Week, earning the coveted Spirit Week Cup. It was a remarkable week of unity, fun, and friendly competition among the secondary schools. (1a)
  2. Field Trips and End of Year Activities: During the months of May and June, schools provide numerous occasions to commemorate a year of learning and make the most of the warmer weather by organizing outdoor activities, concerts and engaging field trips. (1b, 1c)
  3. Coastal Voices Anthology: Marking its 13th year, the 2023 Coastal Voices Anthology presents a curated collection of works submitted by students ranging from kindergarten to Grade 12 across SD46. On June 8th, a joyous reception was held at the Festival Pavilion at the Rockwood Centre, where published students, accompanied by their parent/caregivers and distinguished guests, gathered to celebrate their accomplishments. This endeavor is made possible through the collaboration between the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts and SD46, fostering a valuable partnership. (1d)
  4. SD46 Sleep Week: From May 29th to June 2nd, SD46 Sleep Week was held, offering an entire week dedicated to promoting healthy sleep habits and enhancing the well-being of children and youth. This engaging event featured a variety of activities and enjoyable challenges aimed at instilling positive sleep practices. It was a wonderful opportunity to prioritize rest and contribute to the overall betterment of our students’ health and wellness. (1g)
  5. Active Travel Campaign: The SD46 Go Active Travel Weeks campaign took place from May 29th to June 9th, encouraging students, families, and staff to choose active modes of transportation such as biking, walking, or rolling to and from school. Exciting prize raffles were held to incentivize participation. Building on the success of the previous year, SD46 partnered with ICBC for Road Safety Blitzes at four elementary schools and collaborated with Cycling BC to offer HopON Bike Skills courses at three schools. Best Routes to School Travel Maps are now accessible online for all elementary schools, serving as a helpful navigation tool. Research in the field of health highlights the numerous benefits of Active Travel, including improved cardiovascular health and bone strength, reduced anxiety, enhanced alertness, the promotion of friendships and healthy independence, better academic performance, improved sleep patterns, and a positive impact on air quality and traffic reduction around schools. (1g)
  6. District Elementary Track and Field: Recently, Elphinstone Secondary hosted the annual District Track and Field Day, where over 400 students from all SD46 elementary schools enthusiastically participated. The event was a thrilling display of competition, as students showcased their skills and determination. The atmosphere was filled with joy and camaraderie, with students cheering for their peers and inspiring everyone to give their utmost effort. We would like to express our deepest appreciation to all the participants, coaches, staff, and volunteers who played a vital role in making this event possible. Their unwavering commitment and passion were instrumental in creating a day of tremendous success and memorable experiences for all involved. (1g)
  7. Band Blast is a blast! On June 15th, all grade 7 band students will converge in the Elphinstone Secondary Gymnasium to showcase their talents to their peers. It promises to be a truly spectacular experience! (1k)
  8. Capstone Projects: Secondary schools recently held fairs to showcase students’ Capstone Projects. The projects are designed to show a culmination of learning from the Career Life Connections (CLC) 12 program. These events bring together families and the community to witness the progress made by students in their learning journey, which includes earning 2 credits for brainstorming the project and an additional 2 credits upon completion. It is a celebration of the diverse paths students have taken and the knowledge they have acquired along the way. (1l)
  9. Graduation and Leaving Ceremonies: The week of June 26th is designated for graduation events and grade 7 leaving ceremonies. This highly anticipated time of year brings immense joy, and we eagerly anticipate the chance to celebrate these milestones! (1l)

Circle of Care: Staff

  1. Celebrating Retirees: This year, a special event was organized at the Blue Ocean Golf Course to pay tribute to retirees, acknowledging their dedication and commemorating their valuable contributions. We extend our heartfelt wishes to all the retirees of this year, hoping for their well-being and joy throughout their retirement. We express gratitude for their dedicated service and the impact they have made. (2a)
  2. Service Recognition: This year, the dedicated staff members who have devoted 5, 10, 15, 25, 30, and 35 years to our district were recognized and honored with well-deserved service awards. As a token of appreciation, they received a meaningful gift along with a heartfelt written expression of gratitude for their remarkable service. We celebrate their remarkable commitment and contributions, which have made a lasting impact on our district and the lives of our students. (2a)
  3. Pride Month: June is Pride Month, and Sunshine Coast Schools are actively showing their support and celebration of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. By proudly raising the pride flags at their sites, schools and district departments send a powerful message of acceptance and create safe spaces for all staff, students, and families. Embracing diversity and inclusivity is a core belief, and the district is committed to fostering an environment where everyone feels seen, respected, and valued. The updated website now offers a parent/guardian FAQ section with valuable resources and information to support the diverse school community. The Ministry of Education, along with education partners, stands united in solidarity to ensure that every school provides a sense of belonging and acceptance for students. The Sunshine Coast Board of Education re-affirms its commitment to providing safe and inclusive learning environments, respecting the diversity within school communities. They are dedicated to promoting inclusion and supporting 2SLGBTQI+ students, staff, and families. Let’s join together in spreading love, support, and acceptance during Pride Month, educating ourselves, amplifying all voices, and working towards a future where everyone feels safe, loved, and free to be themselves. (2c)
  4. Trustee School Tours: Recently, the Board of Education had the opportunity to visit SD46 sites. During these visits, the Board members witnessed firsthand the exceptional qualities that make each school community unique. They celebrated the diverse strengths and achievements of the schools, gaining a deeper understanding of the remarkable efforts put forth by students, staff, and the entire school community. These annual trustee school visits provide a valuable platform for recognition, appreciation, and further support of the outstanding work happening within SD46 schools and departments. (2d)
  5. Thank You Volunteers and Coaches! In the SD46 learning community, the invaluable support of volunteers and coaches is recognized and celebrated. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to these dedicated individuals who selflessly contribute their time and energy. Their unwavering commitment has made a significant impact on our schools and students. Throughout the month of June, schools have been acknowledging and honoring these exceptional volunteers and coaches, expressing deep appreciation for their ongoing efforts. Their generosity and dedication are truly cherished, and we are grateful for the lasting positive influence they have on our learning community. (2e)

Circle of Care: Community

  1. Kinnikinnick Elementary Playground Equipment: Kinnikinnick Elementary has received $195,000 through the Province’s Playground Equipment Program (PEP) for a playground which will be designed, built and installed over the next year. For the full Ministry News Release, visit (3b)
  2. Thank You Scholarships and Bursary Donors! We are thrilled to announce that this year, a remarkable 140 scholarships and bursaries are being awarded to the graduating class of 2023, amounting to an incredible total of approximately $400,000 in financial support. Donor support has made a profound impact on students’ lives, empowering them to pursue their dreams. With their help, students can embark on their next chapter with increased confidence and determination. (3c)
  3. Vision Zero Grant for Active Travel: We’re thrilled to receive Vision Zero Grants for two important projects: 1. Encouraging active school travel and supporting the walking school bus at Gibsons Elementary. 2. Installing a high-visibility crossing with a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon in the Kinnikinnick Elementary area in Sechelt. These initiatives prioritize student safety and sustainable transportation, benefiting our community. We will continue to advocate for opportunities for safety and infrastructure improvements throughout all of the communities on the Sunshine Coast. (3c)
  4. Indigenous History month: June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, an opportunity to deepen our learning about First Nations, Inuit, and Métis history, worldviews, and ways of knowing. This month we celebrate and honour the stories and achievements of Indigenous Peoples who have lived on this land since time immemorial. During this month, we continue our journey of discovery and understanding. We acknowledge the profound impact of colonization and the ongoing struggles faced by Indigenous Peoples. We recognize the need to confront the injustices and work towards reconciliation. Together, we can foster a future of respect, equity, and understanding. (3c)


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