Further to my previous post…
25 year recognition event
On Monday, March 10 we held our 25 Year Employee Recognition event at the Education Services Centre. This year, a record 57 employees were recognized for achieving 25 years service in the school district. Collectively, these employees provided service to more than 30,000 students, their parents and our community. Regardless of their position or role in the district, we sincerely appreciate their dedication to providing for the education of our children.
District Student Leadership Council Forum
Our District Student Leadership Council (DSLC) Forum was held on Wednesday afternoon at the Education Services Centre. Students from each secondary school participated in activities and discussion related to the topic of Assessment. Thank you to the DSLC Executive who organized this event and to sponsors Brenda Bell, Greg Hockley, and Cary Hungle for pulling everything together. Assessing our Assessment featured a guest presentation by Kathleen Barter who facilitated the dialogue.
On Wednesday, March 12 our North Vancouver Parent Advisory Council presented “Bullying ends Here” featuring Tad Milmine at Queen Mary Elementary School. Tad Milmine, a Surrey RCMP officer, is an inspiring speaker who is committed to breaking the cycle of bullying through acceptance, tolerance, and understanding. Thank you to the NVPAC for sponsoring this event and for bringing this great presentation to North Vancouver.
VSO Honours Band and Honours Strings Concert
Also on Wednesday, March 12 our District Secondary Honours Band and Honours Strings groups performed in a concert with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Centennial Theatre. This is the 16th year we have partnered with the VSO to showcase our Honours music students and give them an opportunity to play alongside these professional musicians. A special thanks to Bill Piggott, Kevin Yang, and Sab Kabok for their role in putting together this concert, and to the members of the VSO who dedicated their time to rehearse with our students.
Thank you to our Trustees who hosted their annual reception on Thursday for our partners in education. Each year the Board of Education holds this event to celebrate those in the community who support our schools. This year’s event ended with a special video filmed and produced by Sheila Arellano and Wakana Shimamura, student filmmakers in our Digital Media Academy. The video project highlighted the work experience and career programs in our school district, and we are proud of the quality of work the girls produced. Thank you also to the Handsworth Sax Quartet who provided musical entertainment for this event as well as for Monday’s celebration.
AFK Print Release
Also on Thursday was the latest Artists for Kids Print Release by Xwalacktun (Rick Harry). Entitled Inchult Snaam, or “One Strong Spirit”, the work by native artist Xwalacktun is inspired by his stunning carving of the doors to the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art. This highly anticipated print was a sell-out in front of a packed crowd at the gallery. A collection of Xwalacktun’s works will also form an exhibition in the Mezzanine Gallery. More information about this print can be found on the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art blog: