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Reopening of Playgrounds and Hard Courts

The District will begin re-opening playgrounds and hard court areas in a phased approach, beginning June 1, in alignment with the City of Burnaby and Metro Vancouver. Playgrounds will […]
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Expansion of In-Class Learning in June

The Burnaby School District has detailed plans for both health and safety, as well as the expansion of in-class learning. Students returning to school in June will notice significant […]
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A Video Message for BCSD Students and Their Families

Several schools have recorded videos for students and families – yet another creative way to build community, as seen here in greetings from staff at the British Columbia Provincial […]
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A Virtual Visit With Seniors from Students at Second Street

Two local seniors homes – Normanna and George Derby – were the recipients of this heartwarming video created just for them by students from Second Street Community School. They […]
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AP Students Given Their Own Theme Song

AP Students writing their Advanced Placement exams had their own theme song, thanks to Burnaby North teacher Jennifer Cowley.   Usually I would hand out little goodie bags of […]
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COVID-19: Sharing Clear and Current Information

You can find current information from the Burnaby School District as well as curated resources on our website using the links below. In this ever-changing situation, we are committed […]
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Supporting LGBTQ+ Community: Annual Event Reimagined

Community matters even more in challenging times. Each year, the Burnaby School District recognizes the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHAT) with a student breakfast and speakers. The […]
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Arts Alive 2020: Student Art Exhibition at BAG Goes Virtual

Working with the art teachers at all eight of our high schools, the Burnaby Art Gallery – together with the Burnaby School District – is taking the annual Arts […]
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Spotlight on Creating Community

Even as COVID-19 has changed how people come together, school principals, staff and teachers have been finding creative ways to build community with students and families, as well as […]
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Spotlight on Creative Assignments

While COVID-19 has changed how we live, work, and learn, what hasn’t changed is the creativity and innovation of Burnaby Schools teachers and their students. Here is a spotlight […]
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Singing Sensations: Musical Assignments

Music continues to be powerful in supporting education in multiple respects, even as the way students learn has shifted because of COVID-19. Check out these examples – from throughout […]
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Lyndhurst Launches Gratitude Project

The school community at Lyndhurst Elementary began a “Happiness Challenge” in May. Each week students are challenged to a daily activity to improve their happiness and well-being.  The focus […]
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Virtual Assembly Supports Grads with Safe Choices

Grade 12 students from every high school in the Burnaby School District attended the first-ever interactive and virtual assembly with an internationally-renowned speaker about making safe choices during grad […]
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From the Board and District: Messages of Hope and Appreciation

Our schools are the heart of our community, and continue to serve in that role throughout the challenges each and every one us face with COVID-19. We are proud […]
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Health Resources for You and Your Children

During these uncertain times, there are many ways in which we can continue to look after our own physical and mental health. We can also help our loved ones, […]
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Helping Where We Can: Supporting Families

Schools are at the heart of our community and have a much larger function than their core responsibility of providing education. The Burnaby School District recognizes the significance of […]
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Supporting Families with Access to Technology

When in-class instruction was suspended in March, it became clear that remote learning would become a key part of continuing students’ education, yet not all families have access to […]
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Supporting Families with Food

Even in good times, for many students school meal programs are the difference between being hungry or fed. As the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more people […]
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Finding New Ways of Connecting

Teachers, students and families have been finding new ways to build community and support each other in the midst of COVID-19. Creative Use of Video School staff are reaching […]
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Looking After Your Physical Health

To reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, BC’s Provincial Health Officer recommends the following: Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water. If […]
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Supporting Mental Health

During these uncertain times, there are many ways in which we can continue to look after our own and our children’s mental health. These links are from the Burnaby […]
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COVID-19: Getting Answers and Help

The Provincial Health Officer advises anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to contact their primary care provider or […]
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Social and Physical Distancing – Tools to Help Build Awareness

The Provincial Health Officer is calling for physical and social distancing to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and making one another sick. This means keeping about two metres […]
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Continuing Learning K-12

You can find the latest letter from the Superintendent with updates from the Burnaby School District here. While learning opportunities will not be a direct replacement for what was […]
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Words Writing Project

The 2019/20 Words anthology is hot off the press. You can read it here: Waves of Words. Check out the May 14 edition of the Burnaby Now for the […]
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Limited Access to Schools and District Buildings

Families, students, and members of the general public are asked to call regarding any inquiries, including those for which they would have previously made an in-person appointment. The District […]
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Closed: Playgrounds, School Fields, and Hard-Court Areas on School Sites

All playgrounds on school district property closed on March 21, with all hard-court areas and fields following on March 23. Superintendent Gina Niccoli-Moen: “The health, safety and well-being of […]
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Counselling and Mental Health Resources

Resources for Children and Youth to Access Online Counselling and Mental Health Support Anxiety Canada An interactive resource for youth to get information and strategies to manage anxiety – […]
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Creativity, Compassion & Community

Students, teachers, Principals and other staff are rising – together with our wider community – to meet the challenges precipitated by COVID-19. While life looks different for all of […]
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Updates on COVID-19

You can find the latest updates to families here from the District, Government of BC, and Fraser Health Authority. As the situation continues to evolve, the safety and well-being […]
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COVID-19 Time Capsule Assignment

A Social Studies class at Burnaby Mountain was challenged to make their own personal COVID-19 time capsules. Evann, a Grade 8 student, employed his newly found animation skills cultivated […]
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Childcare Survey for Essential Service Workers

The Burnaby School District partners with a number of on-site childcare operators and is working collaboratively to provide childcare for children of Essential Service Workers. Please complete this form […]
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Priorities for the 2020-21 Operating Budget: The Board Invites Your Input

The Burnaby Board of Education is seeking community input to develop priorities for the 2020-21 operating budget. We invite you to: Please Submit in Writing Email budget@burnabyschools.ca or mail […]
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We Mean Green: Our First Sustainability Plan

Nearly 140 secondary students, staff, and special guests at the “We Mean GREEN in Burnaby Schools” event generated ideas that will help inform the Burnaby School District’s first Strategic […]
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Grade 7 Public Speaking Challenge 2020

The 2020 Grade 7 Public Speaking Challenge took place on March 11. Since it began in 1983, students have had the opportunity to develop confidence and pursue excellence in […]
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Supporting Essential Service Workers

The Burnaby School District is working hard, in partnership with our childcare providers, to support children in grade K – 6 whose parents are essential service workers. We recognize […]
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Student Finds Creative Way to Support Health Care Workers

A Burnaby North student is using his hobby and skills to support health care workers on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. Aaron Lu is mobilizing his 3D […]
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Supporting Families with a 60% Increase in Childcare Spaces

The Westridge Elementary community was joined by special guests for a major childcare announcement on March 9. The District is partnering with the Province and the City of Burnaby […]
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Students Explore Careers: Partnership with Burnaby Business

One hundred and twenty Grade 10-12 students from all eight secondary schools participated in the Career and Leadership Exploration World Café, which took place over two sessions in February. […]
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Creating a Summer Session Experience

Registration for Summer Session starts Wednesday, April 15 at 10am for Secondary students, and Monday, April 20 at 10am for Elementary students. In addition to core offerings, summer options […]
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Indigenous Learnings and Moscrop’s Spindle Whorl

Moscrop Secondary held a Blessing Ceremony in February for its newly completed Spindle Whorl, carved under the guidance of Indigenous artist and Squamish Nation Elder Xwalacktun. He and the […]
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Raising Awareness to Stop Sexual Exploitation of Youth

In Burnaby, we work together as a community to keep children safe from exploitation. The District is part of the “Burnaby-New Westminster Task-Force on Sexually Exploited and At-Risk Youth,” […]
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Pink Shirt Day in Burnaby Schools & in the Community

Pink Shirt Day reminds students that they can be who they are, encourage others to do the same, and stand up to name calling or discrimination. When students feel welcome, […]
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Hands-On Drumming Project Supports School-Wide Indigenous Education

Students at Montecito Elementary spent many months on their Indigenous Drumming Project, gaining an understanding of Indigenous perspectives and knowledge through experiential learning. They created traditional drums under the […]
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Our Students Win Silver Medals for Canada at International Science Fair

Burnaby North Secondary students Claire and Vanessa Scrimini (first photo L to R) were BC’s only representatives at the International Science Fair held in February at the National Taiwan […]
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Diversity Dance 2020

High school students are invited to this year’s Diversity Dance held at Byrne Creek Community School. Put on by the District’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Committee in […]
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Students Help Animals in Australia Impacted by Fires

Burnaby students are doing their part in the global effort to help animals that have been injured or displaced by the devastating bushfires in Australia. Millions of acres of […]
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Winter Weather Procedures

With winter weather here, we want to remind you about how the Burnaby School District shares weather-related school closures. All schools will remain OPEN, unless there is heavy snowfall, […]
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All Schools are Open

All schools in the District are OPEN. The decision to send your child to school or not is ultimately a family one. If for any reason you feel that […]
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All Schools are Open

All schools in the District are OPEN. The decision to send your child to school or not is ultimately a family one. If for any reason you feel that […]
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Programs of Choice for the 2020-21 School Year

Program options allow students to explore their specific interests and passions in greater depth. These include language and arts programs, sports academies, programs for highly able learners, summit programs, […]
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Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2020

Kindergarten is offered at all 41 Burnaby Elementary Schools. Students entering Kindergarten next Fall must visit their attendance area school to register. To find the school that your child is […]
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February 2020 is Registration Month For Next Fall

February is the time to register for the 2020-21 school year. Priority placement will be given to those who apply by the deadline of Thursday, February 27 for:  Students […]
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School Expansion Also Supports Childcare

The University Highlands Elementary community was joined at the end of January by special guests to mark their new expansion. The addition brings eight new classrooms and space for […]
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Approved 3 Year School Calendar

Following a period of public input, the Burnaby Board of Education, adopted and approved — at its regular meeting on January 28, 2020 — the following Three-Year District Calendar […]
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Burnaby Community Supports Literacy Week in Schools

Burnaby Schools celebrate Family Literacy Week every January (or early February), which is acknowledged in different ways around the province. The week was created to highlight the benefits of […]
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Reminder: Winter Weather Procedures

With winter weather here, we want to remind you about how the Burnaby School District shares weather-related school closures. All schools will remain OPEN, unless there is heavy snowfall, […]
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Information Evenings and Open Houses – Planning for 2020-21

You are invited to attend any of the following information sessions about elementary language program offerings and secondary options. Please note rescheduled dates due to inclement weather. Apply by […]
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Words Writing Project 2020

Burnaby Schools are proud of a unique literacy tradition that began in 1985. It celebrates the best in student writing and provides career exploration by inviting students district-wide, from […]
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Board Endorses Burnaby Children’s Charter

The Burnaby Board of Education endorsed a newly created children’s charter at its November 2019 meeting. Immediately before the unanimous support, Vice-Chair Jen Mezei said: The quotes in the Charter […]
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“ReconciliAction” at Alpha Secondary

Alpha Secondary held a Blessing Ceremony for its newly completed Coast Salish Storyboard, which was created under the guidance of Squamish elder and artist Latash Nahanee. Nahanee and the […]
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Students Entertain Family, Friends, and the Community

Burnaby Schools students look forward to sharing these holiday performances with family, friends, and the community. Wednesday, December 4 7pm Alpha Secondary Concert “Snowfall” at Michael J. Fox Theatre […]
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Administration Office Closures for the Holidays

The Burnaby School District Administration Office is closed for the holidays from December 23 to January 3. We will reopen on Monday January 6, 2020 at 8:30am. The Burnaby […]
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Opportunity: Public Member, District Audit Sub-Committee

The Burnaby School District is seeking two community members with financial expertise and business knowledge to serve on the District Audit Sub-Committee. More information and application package.     […]
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Student Handbell Choir Wins CBC Music Honour

The Sound Wave Handbell Choir has taken top spot in their category in CBC’s Canadian Music Challenge. This is a very prestigious honour, as 50,000 students from close to 1,200 […]
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Opportunity for Feedback on District’s Proposed 3-year Calendar

The Burnaby School District is welcoming feedback and comments until January 8, 2020 about the proposed three-year calendar for the school years from 2020-21 through 2022-23. The calendar sets […]
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Student Competition Supports Sustainability Skills

Top Photo: First place team L to R, Daniel Wang, Andy Shaw, BCIT mentor, Alex Logan, William Li, and James Zhang. Bottom Photo: Second place team L to R, […]
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Sleep: What Students and Families Need to Know

Everyone knows what it feels like to try to get through the day if you haven’t had enough sleep. For students, that can mean having trouble learning because of difficulty […]
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Three New Accessible Playgrounds for Burnaby Schools

Three Burnaby schools – Sperling Elementary, Maywood and Second Street Community Schools – are celebrating the installation of brand new playgrounds, complete with accessible features. The schools and their […]
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Childcare in the Burnaby School District

The Burnaby Board of Education has been engaged in supporting childcare programs at Burnaby schools for over 35 years. We’ve made space available in our schools and on our […]
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New Strategic Plan

The Burnaby School District has a new five-year strategic plan. It articulates where we’re headed and identifies our focus for the coming years. It also sets out the District’s […]
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Vaping: Information Night for Families

Burnaby Central Secondary is hosting an information night on November 6 (7-9pm) about substance use, including vaping. Put on by the District Parent Advisory Council, the event includes: speakers […]
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South and Moscrop Win Awards for Physical and Health Education

Burnaby South and Moscrop Secondary Schools are being honoured nationally for their quality daily physical education programs for the 2018-19 school year. Of the BC winners, they won the […]
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Confederation Park Elementary Receives Prestigious Arts Designation

Confederation Park has been designated an “Exemplary School” by the Arts Schools Network, in recognition of its commitment to excellence. The network is a collective made up of arts […]
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Transit Job Action: Schools and District Remain Open

UPDATE (6:45am November 27): Translink and the union announced that they reached a tentative deal just before 12:30am, averting a complete shutdown of bus and SeaBus service in Metro […]
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Teacher-Librarian Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Patricia Finlay has been awarded the Val Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award by the British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association (BCTLA). The annual award recognizes the commitment and achievement of Teacher-Librarians who have made outstanding […]
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District Awarded for Environmental Impact

The Burnaby School District is being honoured for its leadership and innovation in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Efficiency in Action Award from Fortis BC recognizes our efforts in […]
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National Award for Communications on SOGI

The Burnaby School District has been recognized by the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education for a SOGI Awareness Campaign. The national awards program honours outstanding performance in school […]
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Students Showcase Talents Through Project with Indigenous Artist

A new art display will greet all who enter the Canada Way Learning Centre. Students created it under the guidance of Indigenous artist Trenton Pierre – also known as […]
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Our Winners: Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education

At an awards ceremony in Victoria, Burnaby Schools educators Scott Stefanek and Wendel Williams came out on top in their categories for the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education. […]
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New Indigenous Week of Learning: Hundreds of Students Participating

Five-hundred Grade 4 and 5 students are participating in the first-ever Indigenous Week of Learning (Oct 7-11), which is being put on in partnership by the City of Burnaby […]
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Honouring Our Recipients of the Governor General’s Academic Medal

The Governor General’s Academic Medal is awarded to the top student at each secondary school in Canada. These students’ impressive accomplishments in their Grade 12 year (2018-19) were shared by their Principals or […]
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First School in BC to Earn Fair Trade Designation

University Highlands Elementary has been designated a “Fair Trade School” – the first and only in BC. There are 25 Fair Trade schools across Canada. A “Fair Trade” designation requires […]
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Orange Shirt Day Supported by Students in Burnaby Schools

Orange Shirt Day (September 30) is one of the visible ways our District strives to highlight our shared history in Canada and honour those who attended residential schools. Every […]
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Global Climate Strike

Part of a world-wide student-led movement, the Global Climate Strike (September 20-27) is a series of international strikes and protests to demand action to address climate change. The Burnaby […]
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Cariboo Hill Hosts Provincial SOGI Funding Announcement

As one of the early leaders among school districts in Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) work, the Burnaby School District was pleased to host the Ministry of Education’s […]
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Byrne Creek Students Win at NASA Competition

Byrne Creek Secondary students represented Burnaby Schools at a prestigious competition held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center this summer – and three of them were on the winning team. Four students […]
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Back to School: Rainbows, Sleep and a New Strategic Plan

Burnaby Schools are now in session for the 2019-20 school year. Throughout the Burnaby School District, staff have been busy preparing to welcome students back after summer break. If […]
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Pride Events – Summer 2019

Fun was had by all at this summer’s Pride events. Burnaby Schools participated in the Vancouver Pride Parade on the August long weekend. Annually, staff, students, and families are invited to participate […]
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Summer School Evolution

For many, summer school used to be about making up a course or getting ahead to make room in your schedule. In Burnaby Schools, we still have those choices, […]
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Four Educators: Finalists for Premier’s Awards

Four of 30 finalists for this year’s Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education are from Burnaby Schools. Launched in 2018, the annual awards began as an opportunity to recognize […]
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Students Impress with Millions in Scholarships

Burnaby Schools graduates have been awarded an impressive $6.9 million, collectively – and still counting – in scholarships. From small to large awards, every little bit helps the students […]
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New Outdoor Murals

Two elementary schools unveiled new murals before the end of the school year that are sure to warm the hearts of passers-by for many years to come. SUNCREST ELEMENTARY […]
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Students Help Food Bank Stock Up for the Summer

Parkcrest students and head teacher, Holly Lloyd, came up with a great way to welcome the Greater Vancouver Food Bank to its new location in Burnaby. And, with the […]
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Seismic Upgrades Announced for Parkcrest and Seaforth

The Ministry of Education announced a total of $28.6 million in seismic upgrades for both Parkcrest and Seaforth elementary schools. Students, staff, and dignitaries were in attendance at the […]
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Students Celebrated for Efforts to Support the Environment

In Burnaby Schools, we care about our district’s environmental impact and so do our students. A number of them have been recognized for their efforts. Return-It Award: Aubrey’s Green […]
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Indigenous Carvings Unveiled at End of the School Year

Three Indigenous legacy art projects were revealed in June at our elementary schools. Indigenous artists worked with students – at Edmonds, Sperling, and Stoney Creek – to create stunning […]
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Student Reportedly Youngest to Receive Award for Helping to Save a Life

A Grade 3 student at Lochdale is believed to be the youngest person ever to receive a Vital Link Award. Presented by BC Ambulance, the award honours the skillful actions […]
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Educator Wins UBC Alumni Teacher of the Year Award

UBC annually recognizes one of its graduates with the Alumni Teacher of the Year Award. This year, that honour was given to John Nanson, Community School Coordinator at Edmonds […]
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Vaping: Information to Help Students and Families

The Burnaby School District has created resources to help students understand the consequences of vaping, which is an emerging issue with youth throughout the province. As a District, we […]
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Student’s Personal Quest Before Losing Sight Leads to School First

Le Yi Deng is a Grade 12 student at the British Columbia Provincial School for the Deaf in Burnaby. She first came to BCSD in Grade 3. When she […]
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Secondary Choir Carries the Chorus in Music Video for Hip-hop Artist

Burnaby Mountain Secondary’s choir collaborated with a local Indigenous hip-hop artist named Theresa Warbus, who performs as Keliya. She created a music video for her song, “Take Us,” that […]
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Science Fairs: Burnaby Students Dominate at Regionals and Win at Nationals

Secondary students excelled at the regional science fair, and made up nearly half of the contingent who went on to compete at nationals in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The Greater […]
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Elementary Band Invited to Canada’s National Music Festival

Even though they’ve only been playing their instruments since last September, Stride Avenue and Westridge band students wowed listeners at the Vancouver Kiwanis Band & Orchestra Festival. Adjudicators were […]
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Massive Medal Haul at Regional World Scholar’s Cup

Burnaby South students went to the World Scholar’s Cup, held in Vancouver in May, and left with a fist full of medals. The World Scholar’s Cup is an international […]
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Words Writing Project 2019

It was a packed house as student authors, the student who did the cover art, families, teachers, administrators, and trustees gathered at the Michael J Fox Theatre to celebrate […]
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Arts Alive and Transitions: Student Exhibitions at the BAG

Arts Alive and Transitions are exhibitions of student art on display at the Burnaby Art Gallery until June 9. A nearly 40 year partnership with the gallery (BAG) has […]
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Burnaby Schools Earn High Scores in Math

Moscrop math mavens are number one in the province in Grade 9, 10 and 11 contests put out by the University of Waterloo. Nationally, Moscrop Secondary ranks third, fourth, and second […]
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Burnaby Students Medal at Provincial Skills Competition

Several Burnaby Schools teams placed in the Skills Canada Regional Juniors and went on to the provincial competition. There, young people throughout the province showcase their mastery of trade […]
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Burnaby Schools Students Earn Top Awards at Concours d’art oratoire

Burnaby Schools students earned top awards at the 36th annual French public speaking competition, Concours d’art oratoire. The Provincial Finals were held at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus in […]
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New Agreement With France Creates Opportunities for Students

Christophe Gargot, Director of International Relations for Académies d’Aix-Marseille et de Nice and Gina Niccoli-Moen, Superintendent of Burnaby Schools signing the agreement between the two districts Throughout history, France […]
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Teacher Named Burnaby’s Citizen of the Year

Laida Falsetto is already a beloved teacher at Byrne Creek Secondary, and now the City has named her Burnaby’s Citizen of the Year. Ms Falsetto was awarded the Kushiro Cup […]
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Mental Health and Well-being for All

Every day, well-being is a shared responsibility that requires thoughtful and ongoing collaboration linking schools, families, and community partners. Increasing understanding and support of mental health and well-being is […]
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Funding for Three New Playgrounds

Three new playgrounds have been announced for Burnaby Schools. The playgrounds will be built with provincial funding over the coming months at Maywood Community School, Second Street Community School, […]
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Parent Information Night: Keeping Children Safe from Gangs

The Burnaby School District invites parents and guardians to attend an information session that is part of an expanded provincial school-based gang prevention program. Thursday, May 16th at 6:30 […]
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Grade 7 Public Speaking Challenge

At a special event held at the Centre for Dialogue at Byrne Creek Community School in March, the District’s top eight Grade 7 orators delivered their speeches to an […]
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Moscrop Students Earn Top Tier Award at the UBC Physics Olympics

Moscrop Secondary’s Physics team placed fourth overall at the prestigious UBC Physics Olympics competition held in March. The UBC Physics Olympics is one of the largest and oldest high […]
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Every Piece Matters: Autism Awareness and Fundraising Campaign

Gilmore Community School and Gilpin Elementary are partnering for Autism Awareness Month. Students are learning about autism, how each of us is unique, and that everyone should be a […]
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Inspiring Academy Award Winning Actress Visits Burnaby School

Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin generously took time away from her busy filming schedule in Hollywood North for a spontaneous visit to the BC School for the Deaf […]
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Finding their Voice: Indigenous Students Create Hip Hop Song at School

A group of Indigenous students from throughout the District came together at Burnaby North Secondary for five days to create and record an original song that reflects their experience […]
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Priorities for the 2019-20 Operating Budget: The Board Invites Your Input

The Burnaby Board of Education is seeking community input to develop priorities for the 2019-20 operating budget. We invite you to: Submit in Writing Email budget@burnabyschools.ca or mail a letter to: Burnaby […]
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Beyond the Pink: Celebrating Diversity and Kindness in Burnaby Schools

Pink Shirt Day began more than a decade ago as a campaign to bring awareness around bullying. In Burnaby Schools, we value kindness every day of the year, and […]
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Students Build Industrial-sized Robot to Compete on World Stage

A team of high school students from Byrne Creek Community School competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition in Victoria. The “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics” […]
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How Sharing Culture is Connecting Adult English Language Learners

When you’re learning a language it can sometimes be hard to connect. Recognizing that culture is something that can be experienced and shared regardless of one’s stage of language […]
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Celebrating Black History Month in Burnaby Schools

Black History Month provides a wonderful opportunity in our schools to celebrate the richness of what makes us unique. Burnaby is a diverse community, with nearly half of our […]
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Feb 15 – All Schools in the District are OPEN

All schools in the District are OPEN. The decision to send your child to school or not is ultimately a family decision. If for any reason you feel that your […]
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Kindergarten and Grade 1 Student Art Exhibition

Impressive artwork from Confederation Park Elementary’s Kindergarten and Grade One students is on display at Burnaby Neighbourhood House for the month of March. The North location at 4908 Hastings […]
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Seaforth: Thinking Outside the Box with a Box

Students at École Seaforth Elementary spent a week on a cardboard box-based project that was a “magnificent thing.” The school-wide project was inspired by the book The Most Magnificent […]
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Basketball Season Heats Up

Basketball season is here at both elementary and secondary schools. This is but one great example of our many partnerships with parents and families. At the elementary level, volunteer […]
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It’s a Pattern: Moscrop Math Team Making their Mark

Moscrop Secondary math students are in a rhythm that is a “sine” of things to come. Team Moscrop is currently in second place in all of Canada after four […]
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Literacy Week: Connecting with the Community and Families to Showcase Reading

Burnaby Schools are celebrating Family Literacy Week this January, which is acknowledged in different ways throughout the province. The week was created to highlight the benefits of reading and […]
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Indigenous Students and Artists Craft 400-year-old Cedar Log into Giant Storyboard

Indigenous students at Alpha Secondary are creating a piece of art to greet all who come to their newly rebuilt school. Students are carving a storyboard under the guidance […]
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Open Houses and Info Evenings

At Burnaby Schools, we offer educational choice to allow our students to explore their interests, support their strengths, get exposed to a career, or open up their worlds. Information […]
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New Playground for Suncrest Elementary

Students, families, staff, trustees, and special guests gathered for the official opening of a brand new playground at Suncrest Elementary. This valuable addition to the school is the result […]
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Happy New Year: Student Wishes for the World for 2019

Students at Edmonds Community School took a moment to put their wishes for the New Year out into the universe. The school reflects the diversity in the community that […]
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Programs of Choice: Students Showcase Experiences to Board of Education

Students from Burnaby’s secondary schools came to the January 2019 meeting of the Board of Education to talk about their own experiences with the District’s Programs of Choice. The […]
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Students Learn While Giving

Brantford Elementary students ended the calendar year in the media spotlight. The grade 5/6 class was studying a book about a young Japanese girl, who became ill with cancer […]
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Board of Education

Elected school trustees were officially sworn in at the inaugural meeting of the Burnaby Board of Education on Monday, November 26, 2018. The Board is comprised of two long-term […]
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STEM for Girls

200 girls in grades 6, 7 and 8 got together for Stem4Girls Days – a first time event held at Cariboo Hill Secondary. Offered to Burnaby Schools students over […]
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Moscrop Secondary Hosts BC’s GSA Forum

The Burnaby School District is proud to have hosted the most significant event in British Columbia for LGBTQ2+ and allied high school students. More than 300 educators and students […]
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Learning About Canada’s Favourite Pastime

Students and families at Lochdale Community School had a chance to learn about one of Canada’s national obsessions: hockey. Principal Dino Klarich explained why he decided to celebrate hockey […]
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Honouring Our Recipients of the Governor General’s Academic Medal

The Governor General’s Academic Medal is awarded to the top student at each secondary school in Canada. The Burnaby Board of Education is proud to recognize the outstanding academic achievement of […]
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Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Students throughout Burnaby Schools are celebrating the holiday season by sharing performances with family, friends and the community. The Burnaby North Vikings Marching Band launched the festivities with its […]
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Confederation Park Earns Prestigious Arts Award

Confederation Park Elementary has been awarded the 2018 Arts Integration Award from the Arts Schools Network (ASN) – North America’s largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools. The award celebrates outstanding […]
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Kindergarteners’ Kindness Project Garners National Attention

Suzana Barisic’s Kindergarten class has garnered national attention for their kindness project. It all started with a little jar filled with pompoms and a love for books written by […]
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South’s Sr Boys Basketball Team Making National Headlines

Burnaby South Secondary’s Senior Boys Basketball Team has earned the country’s attention. Featured in the National Post, they are the reigning Quad A provincial champions, as well as the […]
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Lacrosse Academy Hires Elite Coaches

Practices held on SFU’s Burnaby Mountain Campus are being led by Mackenzie Terrio, former coach with the Burnaby Mountain Selects Elite Development Program and Matthew Sobey, a long time coach […]
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A Brand New Burnaby North Secondary Announced

Speaking at the official announcement of a brand new high school for Burnaby, Grade 9 student Marin Dobson says she and her peers are thrilled. Students and the Burnaby […]
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Indigenous Students’ Drum Circle

The Burnaby School District’s Indigenous Education Program provides culturally relevant programming and services to students of Indigenous ancestry. An example of one of the opportunities for students is the “Drum […]
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Lakeview Elementary Teacher: Premier’s Award of Excellence Finalist

Lakeview Elementary Teacher Nancy Sinclair with Superintendent Gina Niccoli-Moen at the Premier’s Awards of Excellence Ceremony One of our own was chosen as a finalist for the Premier’s Award […]
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Proposed New Burnaby School District Admin Office

Burnaby School District is proposing to relocate its current Administration Office at 5325 Kincaid Street to the Schou Education Centre at 4041 Canada Way. The Schou Education Centre would be […]
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Words Writing Project – The Freedom of Words

More than 100 Burnaby Schools students have been published! We are proud to present this year’s Words Anthology, The Freedom of Words. Congratulations authors! Many thanks to their dedicated […]
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Congratulations Grads – You Make Us Proud!

More than 2000 Burnaby Schools students celebrated their high school graduation this year. The Class of 2018 Valedictorians were featured in the June 6 edition of the Burnaby Now. […]
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Live Performances in Burnaby Schools

Live performances are abundant in Burnaby Schools, and this year was no exception. The combination of talent, hard work, and the dedication of our staff and students always makes […]
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The Arts are Alive in Burnaby Schools

Arts Alive is an annual showcase of student works held in collaboration with the City of Burnaby. This 36th edition presents a selection of artwork from all eight of our […]
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Burnaby’s Got Talent

An annual tradition, Burnaby Schools secondary students share their talent at a spring performance held at Michael J Fox Theatre. This year’s winner of Burnaby’s Got Talent is Burnaby North […]
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Local Pride Events – Vancouver and Burnaby

Burnaby School District will be participating in the Vancouver Pride Parade again this summer. The parade starts at noon on August 5 on Robson Street (at Thurlow) and will […]
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Burnaby Board of Education Elects New Chair

Elected by acclamation by fellow trustees, Gary Wong is the new Chair of the Burnaby Board of Education. A Burnaby resident for more than 25 years, he has served […]
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Transitioning Students with Special Needs to Adulthood

Attend an information evening Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30-9pm at Burnaby Central Secondary. All are invited including parents/caregivers, teachers/support workers, and students ages 13-24 with physical or social employment […]
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On My Way to Kindergarten

For preschool aged Indigenous children and their families/caregivers, there are four On My Way to Kindergarten sessions to choose from. Adults and children explore, learn, and have fun together […]
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Trustee Election 2018

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Diversity Dance 2018

Fun was had by all at the second annual Burnaby Schools Diversity Dance held on March 7. Celebrating the diversity and inclusiveness of our schools, students from around the […]
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Blue Jays Land at Gilmore

GO JAYS GO! Where do blue jays fly for the winter? To Gilmore Community School of course! It was an exciting start to the New Year when Toronto Blue […]
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Registration for Fall 2018

New District students, including kindergarten students and Burnaby residents who are not currently enrolled in the District, should register at their local school as determined by their residential address. […]
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Grade 7 Public Speaking Challenge

The Grade 7 Public Speaking Challenge began in 1983 to provide elementary students the opportunity to develop their confidence and pursue excellence in public speaking. Each year, every Burnaby Schools […]
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Secondary School “Reads” Program 2017/18

Burnaby School District’s secondary school “Reads” programs are school-wide initiatives designed to inspire students and staff to read and talk about great books. If you have some reading time on your hands, consider […]
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Students Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

Moscrop’s Brennan Strandberg-Salmon and Burnaby Mountain student Griffin Andersen were recently recognized for their environmental stewardship work. They each received the Dr. M. Wosk Environmental Leadership Award from the […]
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Alpha Student Wins National Essay Contest

Dante Wong, a 2017 graduate of Alpha Secondary won First Prize in the A&E Lives That Make a Difference Essay Contest. His topic was Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and […]
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Update on New Curriculum from BC’s Education Minister

Please review updates from Education Minister Rob Fleming regarding: 1) New curriculum implementation for students going into grades 10-12 2) Provincial Graduation Assessments If you have specific questions regarding […]
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Taking the Learning Outdoors

Aubrey Elementary School tried a new concept for Community Day this year. Rather than invite community guests in, the students headed outdoors to explore! Students spent half a day […]
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Authors in our Midst

Everywhere you turn, authors are popping up in Burnaby Schools! Armstrong Elementary Learning Support teacher, Jillian Ma, has written a book about a boy with autism called In My World. […]
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The Places They Will Go

The times they are a changing when students want to go to school when teachers are having a pro-d day. That’s what happened recently at Taylor Park Elementary when […]
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A Literacy Event With An Awesome Twist

A recent literacy event at Maywood Community School included a book reading by former Educational Assistant turned author Brandee Buble and other guest readers – but that’s not all. […]
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Orange Shirt Day Means Every Child Matters

Orange Shirt Day, on September 30, honours the students who attended residential schools. Its origins stem from an Elder reflecting on a new orange shirt she wore on the […]
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Governor General’s Academic Medal Recipients

For over 125 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have been awarded to graduates who have received the highest average in their high school, college or university program. Pierre Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, and […]
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Burnaby Schools Early Learning Centres Open

For children ages 0-5 the District’s 12 StrongStart Early Learning Centres are now open for business! A free drop-in program for children and their parents/caregivers, centre facilitators are qualified early childhood […]
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Come Learn With Burnaby CCE

Are you seeking a way to graduate from high school? Learn English? Or perhaps explore a new skill or train for a new career? Whatever your goal is, we’re […]
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We Are All One

On Sunday, September 24 more than 70 people from the Burnaby Schools community proudly participated in the Walk for Reconciliation. It was likely the largest reconciliation event in Canadian […]
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Mountain Student Receives Schulich Leader Scholarship

Burnaby Mountain graduate, Miranda Andersen is a recipient of a $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. Anderson was the top biology student and top student of the year at her school, […]
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North Grad Recipient of Humanitarian Award

Monica Hsu, a recent graduate of Burnaby North Secondary is the recipient of a $28,000 Terry Fox Humanitarian Award. It recognizes young people who embody the legacy of Terry […]
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Registering your child for the upcoming school year

Are you new to Canada with a valid Citizenship & Immigration Canada Work or Study Permit? To begin the eligibility process to register non-fee paying international students, you must book […]
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They are SO Hip!

Inspired by Canadian musician Gord Downie and his band, The Tragically Hip, teachers from Parkcrest Elementary and Chaffey Burke launched a collaborative school project to accomplish three goals: 1) […]
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Burnaby South “Solves for Tomorrow”

The future will be inspired by students who are proficient in STEM subjects – and Samsung is helping engage students in STEM with its “Solve for Tomorrow” Challenge. Burnaby […]
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End of the School Year

As we approach the end of the school year, we want to thank you for your support of Burnaby’s public schools. The year has been an exceptional one, once […]
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Head of the Class 2017

So proud to see a number of Burnaby Schools faces in The Province newspaper’s annual “Head of the Class 2017” high school round-up. Congrats to Burnaby Central’s, Joel Harrison, who […]
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Science In Everyday Life Videos

The District’s “Science in Everyday Life” Video Contest encourages students to take a deeper look at the science around them through student inquiry, creative and critical thinking, and communication. […]
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Provincial Track and Field Stars

At the provincial track and field event held in Langley last week a number of District students led the packs. Burnaby Mountain’s Hannah Vorell picked up silver in the Grade […]
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Coexist with Wildlife? There’s an App for That

A couple of techno-loving, entrepreneurial young ladies at Cameron Elementary have merged their love of wildlife with a way to keep both wildlife and people safe. Collaborating with Wildsafe BC […]
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Moscrop Tops Fryer Math Contest

Results for the Grade 9 International Fryer Math Contest are in and students at Moscrop have plenty to be proud of. Moscrop was ranked #1 in Canada and tied […]
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Words Writing Project

The District is proud of a unique literacy tradition that began in 1985 and continues to make its mark, the WORDS Writing Project. Congratulations to our Burnaby schools students […]
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Burnaby’s Got Talent

Burnaby students displayed talent beyond their years and essentially raised the roof of the MJ Fox Theatre at the 2017 Burnaby’s Got Talent event. The top four finalists included vocalist Linn Rosa Meyer […]
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Supporting Safe & Caring Schools

When students feel welcome, supported, respected and safe they are more engaged in learning. Burnaby School District remains committed to creating cultures of belonging in our schools by providing […]
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“Ask me what I’m reading?”

Burnaby School District’s secondary school “Reads” programs are school-wide initiatives designed to inspire students and staff to read and talk about great books. If you have some reading time on your hands, consider […]
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Alpha’s “Promject” Benefits Aplenty

Ecole Alpha’s leadership class took on a new fundraising efforts this year under the direction of PE/Leadership teacher Tammy Wirick. After collecting donations of grad attire they offered them up for  sale to interested […]
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Parent Input Sought on Reporting Process

The Ministry of Education is seeking parent input with regards to student reporting for the redesigned curriculum. The ultimate goal is to develop a student reporting process that gives families […]
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Discover Career Education

Burnaby School District’s Career Education Programs provide the opportunity for students in grades 11 & 12 to gain knowledge and skills that can lead to industry certification, apprenticeship, and […]
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Snow and Ice Removal Continues

The safety of students and staff is always our priority. While this long stretch of cold winter weather has created its challenges, our facilities teams have been out in […]
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A Stuttering Superhero Is Born

South Slope/BC School for the Deaf students welcomed their very own resident author, Secretary Kim Block to a recent school assembly. Her self-published children’s book “Adventures of a Stuttering […]
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Drama Empowers Youth to Combat Racism

Grade 10 English students at Byrne Creek Community School are learning how to stamp out discrimination through active learning. Using a program called Voices into Action, the students are […]
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A Winning Team

Teachers in Burnaby School District’s LINC program have won another award. This time it’s first place in the cross-Canada-CCLB “Language is the Key” contest in the category teacher/administrator. Additionally, […]
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Parent Input Sought on Reporting Process

The Ministry of Education is seeking parent input with regards to student reporting for the redesigned curriculum. The ultimate goal is to develop a student reporting process that gives families […]
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International Students Enrich Learning for All

International students from 37 countries provide global perspectives that enrich the learning experience for everyone in our Burnaby Schools. Minister of Education Mike Bernier was at Byrne Creek Community School […]
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Program Serves up Coffee While Building Community

Students in Byrne Creek Community School’s Access Program are an integral part of the school community – filling coffee orders for staff and delivering. They do it all, take […]
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Parent Input Sought by MOE for Student Reporting

The Ministry of Education is seeking parent input with regards to student reporting for the redesigned curriculum. The ultimate goal is to develop a student reporting process that gives families […]
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Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Inman Elementary School music teacher Janet Nordstrand is this year’s recipient of the BC Music Educators’ Association award for outstanding professional education in elementary music. An elementary school music […]
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University Highlands to Expand

MLA Richard T Lee on behalf of Education Minister Mike Bernier announced recently that a $3.9 million expansion of University Highlands Elementary will address the growing need for an additional 195 […]
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International Program receives STAR Award

Study Travel magazine is a leading voice in the international education sector. They work with a variety of organizations and institutions, such as language schools, high schools, colleges and universities. Annually, education […]
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Burnaby Literacy Program Wins Award

On International Literacy Day (Sept 8) in 2016, the District learned that the National Council of the  Federation had awarded our LINC Program (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) a BC Literacy Award.  It […]
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Burnaby Grads Making a Difference

Finding a solution for the at-risk and homeless population to access basic services that having a phone provides was the task at hand. And two community entrepreneurial leaders, who […]
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Sound Wave Opens International Symposium

Twelve students who play in the Burnaby School District Handbell ensemble, Sound Wave, played at the opening of the international Handbell Symposium in Vancouver this summer. Under the direction of […]
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Registration Information for Fall 2016

Just moved to Burnaby or interested in registering your child into a Burnaby public school for the Fall of 2016? Find out what school your child should attend by […]
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Our Brightest Lights

The Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence has honoured exceptional elementary and secondary school teachers since 1993.Recipients are recognized for their remarkable achievements in education and for their commitment […]
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WORDS Writing Project

The District is proud of a unique literacy tradition that began in 1985 and continues to make its mark, the WORDS Writing Project. Congratulations to our Burnaby schools students […]
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NASA Hones in on Talent of Burnaby Elementary Student

There were 996 entries received from 23 countries competing in the NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest but the work submitted by Thidas Loku Bogahawattage, a grade 6 student at […]
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Moscrop Secondary Makes Mark on the World

Waterloo’s Fermat Contest is an opportunity for grade 11 students to have fun and to develop their mathematical problem solving ability. Interested students wrote the test in February – […]
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Truth and Reconciliation

Burnaby North Secondary recently celebrated Aboriginal culture and history as part of their annual Day of Truth and Reconciliation. It was also a day of learning for students and staff alike, and featured […]
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District Students Excel at Skills BC

The Skills BC Competition showcases the top secondary & post-secondary students in a variety of vocations & trades. Over 7000 people attended the show in April. Congratulations to Burnaby […]
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Gene Researcher for a Week

Zeynab Asadi Lari, a grade 12 student from Alpha, was one of 50 students nationally selected to participate in the “Gene Researcher For A Week” Program during Spring break. This […]
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Flying Hands

Students and staff at the BC Provincial School for the Deaf at South Slope Elementary School will be heading to Vancouver, Washington just prior to spring break to participate in […]
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Race Matters

Last weekend, in recognition of Black History Month, Burnaby Mountain Secondary, in partnership with the National Congress Black Women’s Foundation put together an impressive day-long conference entitled Race Matters. […]
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Play to Learn Open Houses

Parents of 3-5 year olds, join us for a fun and interactive session exploring a variety of learning activities and enjoy a performance by Children’s Performer Will Stroet. Talk […]
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Governor General’s Academic Medal Recipients

We are proud to recognize Burnaby School District’s 2015 recipients of the Governor General’s Academic Medal. The award is given to the graduate with the highest average at each […]
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A Perfect Score

Daphne Patterson, a 2015 Burnaby Mountain graduate knows micro-economics. Her performance on her AP Micro-Economics exam was so superior that it falls into a select category. Besides receiving a […]
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Burnaby CCE’s Winter/Spring Offerings

Are you seeking a way to graduate from high school? Learn English? Or perhaps explore a new skill or train for a new career? Whatever your goal is, we’re […]
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Head of the Class

The BCAMT (BC Association of Mathematics Teachers) annually recognizes outstanding teachers in BC. Recently they singled out one of Burnaby’s finest, Daryl Goeson, Burnaby North’s Math Department Head. He […]
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Governor General Academic Medal Recipients 2014/15

For over 125 years, the Governor General Academic Medals have been awarded to graduates who have received the highest average in their high school, college or university program. Pierre Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, and […]
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Inspiring Excellence in Burnaby’s Public Schools

Public Education means that every child is given the opportunity to learn and to be inspired to reach their potential. People like Jacqueline Shen who was an integral leader of […]
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Honouring Aboriginal Traditions

Brentwood Park Elementary staff, students and parents all have a deeper understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal customs and traditions since artist in residence Jackie Timothy arrived in February 2015. […]
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Student Advocates for Youth Involvement in Health

A manuscript written by Burnaby North student Aki Ediriweera has just been published in the October issue of the Canadian Journal of Public Health. His thought provoking piece was on […]
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Lessons in Democracy

All Burnaby secondary school students have been learning about federal election issues – and will head to the polls in a “Student Vote” mock election next week. A national program, “Student Vote” engages […]
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Nobel Prize Winner Kicks Off District Speaker Series

The District’s Science and Trailblazer Speaker Series, brings in top scientists from Canada and the US. The first session last week at Burnaby South captured the interest of 60 District […]
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Clinton Elementary Recognizes Orange Shirt Day

The origins of Orange Shirt Day came from an elder remembering the new orange shirt she’d picked out for the first day of residential school and how it was […]
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Best High School Yearbook Ever!

Each year, hundreds of schools across North America enter their yearbook into the American Scholastic Press Association Contest. Scoring yearbooks on a point system, they receive a FIRST, SECOND, or THIRD […]
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One to One Literacy Helps Create Readers

A reading program that provides extra support for struggling readers is making a difference in several Burnaby Schools. The program matches reading volunteers with individual students who together enjoy some uninterrupted […]
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Seismic Upgrades Announced for Two District Schools

Burnaby students, teachers and staff will benefit from seismic upgrades and new classrooms at two District schools, thanks to more than $30 million in funding from the Province’s Seismic Mitigation […]
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CLASS of 2015

Grads of 2015 – you make us proud. Enjoy reflecting on the time you’ve spent in school, what lies ahead and some words of inspiration from your class valedictorians. […]
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Burnaby Schools Fundraise for Nepal

When the students in many of our schools learned of the devastation of the two earthquakes in Nepal, they wasted no time opening up their hearts and their piggy […]
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En Français S’il Vous Plait

The provincial finals of Concours d’art oratoire was held on May 2 at SFU Surrey. There were 240  students competing, including 19 from Burnaby schools. Speaking on a wide […]
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Math Mentors Making a Difference

A “math buddies” mentoring program where up to 30 students from Burnaby North visit five elementary schools, after school, is making a difference all around. While the grade 5-7 […]
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Burnaby Schools Registration

Do you want to register your child in a Burnaby school for the 2014/15 school year? To determine what your neighbourhood school is (based on your home address), click […]
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