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Happy Halloween! October 31, 2011

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Today was a great day of Rebels’ school spirit.  Students of all grades came dressed inspired by their ghoulish thoughts and many teachers got in the act as well.  Events included the Leadership students lunch hour costume contest, the Southpoint photo shoot, and the Social Studies Deparments’ annual homage to notables from both recent and ancient history!  Below you will find a small sample of photos from today’s haunted fashion runway as a sample of some of the great work that went into costumes.  For more photos you will have to wait for the yearbook!

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Homecoming October 27, 2011

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There have been many questions about the impact of the Teachers’s strike.  Many parents have been been concerned about their child’s progress and are somewhat relieved to hear through the media that reports will be issued from the schools.  What those reports look like and the extent of the  information included, is yet to be determined.

For the students, while some are concerned about receiving their marks, largely their concerns have been over the impact on student activities.  One of the most consistent questions that has been presented to the Administration is whether the annual Homecoming Formal will still happen.

We know how important this event is to our students, some have waited 3 long years looking forward to this Rebel tradition.   We are also aware that many of our students have already picked out dresses and suits in preparation for this wonderful evening. 

We are happy to report that Homecoming 2011 will be available to our grade 11 and 12 students again.  With the uncertainty created by Phase One of the teachers’ job action, a group of dedicated student leaders have taken on the planning of this event.  These students are collaborating to make this event a memorable experience for their peers. 

This year’s event will take place on November 23, 2011 at the Metrotwon Hilton at the same cost as which students have paid previously.  Please stay tuned as more information becomes available.

School Groups at Work October 24, 2011

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Last week I had the pleasure of having lunch with one of our largest clubs at Burnaby South.  The interact club now has over 100 members who meet regularly to plan activities.  These activities nearly always involve the students working towards the benefit of others.  Whether they are planning Christmas Shoe Boxes or acting as ambassadors at a Burnaby South/BCSD evening function, this group of students is always happy to help.

Here are some photos of their lunch where they hosted representatives of the Kiwanis Club for a feast of noodles and rice.  Before eating they also enjoyed some time playing a series of ice-breaker games that emphasized teamwork and fun.

Interact Lunch

Teambuilding Activities

Mr Kwan

Lunch Activities October 19, 2011

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You may be wondering “What do students do at Lunch?”  The activities that students participate in is as diverse as the student population at our school.  The gyms are always a busy place and today was no exception as you can see that several students kept themselves busy in a range of activities.

Table Tennis Club

Students and staff participating together in the Table Tennis Club.

Another group of students taking the initiative of a pick-up basketball game.

Pick-Up Bball

And multiple groups share some space playing soccer.

Futbol

It was great to see so many students sharing the gyms and keeping active by their own choices today at lunch.

Questions, Questions, Questions… October 17, 2011

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Recently,  Ms. Hari recognized there was a need to help keep parents of graduation students informed.  The result of her observation was our first Grad Parent Information night (click here to view the presentation). 

Last Thursday we had nearly 160 parents attend an information session that covered topics such as Provincial Graduation requirements, Scholarships and school sanctioned Grad activities.  The evening went smoothly and the formal presentation was followed by a general Question and Answer period.

Not surprisingly many questions surrounded concerns about the impact that the teachers’ strike may have on graduating students. There were number of questions and a high level of concern stressing to us that now, more than ever, communication from the school is a vital connection between home and students.  Yes, many students are fantastic at bringing home messages and passing on important information.  However, based on the questions we fielded Thursday night, we realized that regardless of how great our students are, we can always find new ways to get the message out.

On Thursday we told parents about our email listserve, the school’s Twitter account as well as Facebook, and if you are reading this, you are already aware of the Admin Blog!  One avenue to help with those questions is that we will take questions that you have and post responses to try and answer your queries.  Chances are, if you have a question in mind, someone else has been wondering the same thing!

So, send us your questions (yes students can ask too!) using either the Twitter account, Facebook or by commenting on one of the posts here and we will do our best to answer them.

Looking forward to hearing from you.