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Superintendent’s Report to the Board | March 2023

Circle of Care: Students

  • Pink Shirt Day: We are proud to celebrate Pink Shirt Day in February each year, and we are thankful for the support of the Ministry of Education and Child Care in working alongside our community to stand up to bullying. Staff and students make it a practice every day to show kindness and acceptance and embrace inclusion. Pink Shirt Day is an important event that highlights these values and efforts, and we look forward to continuing to promote belonging and empowerment daily throughout the district. (1f)
  • Provincial Snow Boarding: Chatelech and Elphinstone Secondary both had snowboard teams who qualified and competed at the provincials at Sun Peaks Mountain this past week. (1g)
  • BC Provincial High School Wrestling Championships: Wow, Elphinstone wrestling makes history again at the BC Provincials High School Championships! It’s amazing to see how a small team of only 8 wrestlers from Elphinstone and 1 from Chatelech were able to make such a big impact. To have 3 wrestlers make it to the finals, the largest number from any one school in the province, is a remarkable achievement. It’s also great to hear that Elphinstone finished 2nd in the female division and took home the Mid Valley trophy, which is a testament to the team’s dedication and hard work. And to top it all off, winning the overall team title and the Larry Kliparchuk trophy is an incredible feat. Congratulations to all the wrestlers and coaches on this amazing achievement! (1g)
  • Podium Results:


6th Coen Enthoven


6th Lia Trent

4th Dylan Drope

2nd Alice Clements

1st Sienna Treliving

1st Ethan Sullivan (first male ever to be Provincial Champion from Sunshine Coast)

Match of tournament: Alice Clements

Girls Division: Elphinstone 2nd place

Provincial Champions: Elphinstone (top school in the province)

Sunshine Coast 6 out 9 made podium

With 3 in finals Elphinstone was the school that had the most kids in the final

  • Elphinstone Declamation Awards: Congratulations to all the students of Zachary Cavasin’s Drama class (Grades, 10, 11 and 12) for their hard work and dedication in the Declamations Competition! It is inspiring to hear of the growth of each student as they worked together to develop their speeches. We would like to especially congratulate the top voted speeches: Zander Stewart, Scott Parsley, Jeremy Wilhelm, and Katie Hoang. We would also like to thank Elphinstone Secondary Principal John Brisebois for his generous support and purchasing of the trophies and plaque. This is a wonderful tradition to start in the Elphinstone Drama Program and we look forward to hearing of more outstanding performances in the future! (1k)
  • Duffle Bag Theatre Presentations: Elementary schools across SD46 recently had the amazing opportunity to experience a live performance of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ by Duffle Bag Theatre! The performance was part of the valuable ArtStarts program, which is funded by an ArtStarts grant and subsidized by the district and brings art and performance experiences to schools every year. We are thankful to have such a wonderful program that gives our students the opportunity to engage with the arts in a meaningful way. (1k)
  • Course planning is underway at secondary schools! Secondary school students are in the process of designing their schedules for the upcoming school year including options available through the district’s Careers Programming. (1l)

Circle of Care: Staff

  • Nature and Place-Based Certificate: This February, Langdale Elementary Principal Jenny Groves hosted an information session regarding the Nature and Place-Based Certification offered for free this spring in collaboration with SFU to all SD46 staff as we build capacity for nature-based learning across the district. As of this report submission, 28 staff have registered. (2b, 2d)
  • Crisis Response Flight Training: The Ed Leadership Team and Counselling Team received training in the area of Crisis Response with Cheri Lovre in early March building a comprehensive foundation to help schools/community recover when crisis or tragedy strikes. (2b, 2d)
  • Assistant Superintendent Position: As a result of the retirement of the current director
    of instruction of human resources and secondary programs, we have posted an assistant
    superintendent position. (2d)

Circle of Care: Community

  • Primary Nature and Place- Based Learning at Langdale Elementary: Nature based learning is moving forward at Langdale for primary students for the 2023/2024 school year. The 23-24 school year will be a year of transition as everyone learns together. (3d)
  • International Student Program Update: We are excited to welcome our new international students and to have the opportunity to show them the beauty of British Columbia! Our International Program Coordinator Barry Krangle has been hard at work organizing a variety of activities and excursions for the students to enjoy. In February, the group explored the Pender Harbour area and had a wonderful hike in Skookumchuck and a stop in Madeira Park. After Spring Break, they will venture into Vancouver for a cultural tour and visit to UBC, the Anthropology Museum, Chinatown and Lynn Canyon. Lastly, in May and June, they will get to go kayaking, tour the Port of Vancouver, bike around Stanley Park, and enjoy some local hikes and outdoor activities. We hope our international students have a great time and make lasting memories while they are here! (3g)
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