September 7, 2016
Welcome to the 2016/17 school year!
We are excited about this new school year. This is the year that we implement a new modernized curriculum for Grades Kindergarten to Grade 9. What and how we teach our students has been redesigned by the BC Ministry of Education through consultation with local and international educational experts. The new curriculum provides greater flexibility for teachers while maintaining a focus on being student-centered, developing skills in literacy and math, and fostering deeper learning.
An important part of this curriculum transformation is the authentic and respectful inclusion of Aboriginal content, culture, and knowledge. Aboriginal knowledge and perspectives have been integrated throughout all areas of learning.
Another change is the addition of Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies into Grades Kindergarten through Grade 7. This provides a greater opportunity for teachers to provide students with cross-curricular opportunities to integrate hands-on applied learning and design from the disciplines of Business Education, Home Economics, Information Technology, and Technology Education.
Last year, R.L. Angus Elementary School incorporated many aspects of the new curriculum in their Symposium of Learning activities. Students were provided personal choice to delve deeper into a variety of learning opportunities, including aboriginal culture. This year we will see more of this approach to learning.
We have an exciting science project called ASPIRE that we are introducing to students at RL Angus and GW Carlson Elementary Schools. This project lead by Mrs. Lori Gilbert, will provide students with authentic science experiences to improve their science and technological skills and literacy through self-directed research projects and mentorship with a network of scientific professionals and researchers.
All of our schools are involved in exciting and engaging activities for students.
I encourage parents to drop by and see what is happening in your schools.
We are looking forward to a great school year.
Superintendent of Schools