Hi teachers, staff and parents,
There are lots of exciting changes at VSB and to help keep you informed I am including an outline of some of the current items. We will have lots of time to discuss what this will mean for our great Renfrew School and all that happens here to provide wonderful learning for our students. Just as we give our students homework, I hope you will take time to do some homework and read the messages below and follow some of the links. Our teachers will be meeting in March and April to examine the new curriculum and start to adjust their teaching. We want to keep the good teaching and learning practices while adding new and deleting old.
Looking forward to lots of talk about this.
The world is changing… BC’s New Curriculum:
Parents want their kids equipped to succeed. So do teachers. So does the Ministry of Education.
The world is changing – and we have to change too. Technology and innovation are reshaping society – and the future.
That's why it's critical we refine our education system, designed in the last century, so students can succeed in the 21st Century.
British Columbia’s curriculum is being redesigned to respond to the demanding world our students are entering. Transformation in curriculum will help teachers create learning environments that are both engaging and personalized for students. At the heart of British Columbia’s redesigned curriculum are core competencies, essential learning and literacy and numeracy foundations.
• Find out how these changes will support learning
VSB2021 Strategic Plan Update
Did you know? The Vancouver School Board is now updating its Strategic Plan, as part of its ongoing efforts to meet the needs of our unique district and ensure student achievement and well-being.
The new strategic plan will provide a clear framework for action over the next 5 years, but to update the plan effectively, we need your input!
Over the next 8 months, a wide range of students, families, teachers, staff and stakeholders will share their ideas for the future of our District. Key questions include:
• How can we make sure that all students have equal access to quality education?
• How can we engage our students to reach their full potential?
• What role should our schools play in their communities?
• How do we set priorities and use resources most efficiently?
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
There will be various ways to get involved in each phase of the update. Initial activities include:
• Attend the Ideas Fair on Thursday, February 18th at Prince of Wales Secondary School. Drop-in to this fun, interactive event any time from 4 – 7pm. Share your ideas for a chance to win great prizes!
• Complete a brief survey to tell us about your key ideas, issues and priorities for the future.
• Sign up for email updates to find out about upcoming events and activities, review input summaries, and stay up to date the plan as is developed. Your information will be kept confidential.
• You can also follow #VSB2021 for updates.
Don’t miss your chance to shape the future – join the VSB2021 conversation!
VSB Community Engagement and Consultation
How to Get Involved?
Safe Schools: Seismic Upgrades
Committee II Report – Interim Long Range Facilities Plan
Interim Long Range Facilities Plan - Background Report
Appendix L – Possible Timeline for Implementation of the LRFP
Seismic Mitigation Program
Current Capital Projects
Capital Projects Process
Completed Capital Projects
Planning and Consultation
Beginning in late February 2016, we'll begin public consultation about our Long Range Facilities Plan.
We will share information and research and, most importantly, listen to your ideas and knowledge about your schools and neighbourhoods.
Watch this page for updates on events, meetings and community engagement. Check back for the latest information and opportunities to participate in this conversation.
What is a VSB Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP)?
The VSB has more than a hundred schools across the city to manage and maintain. Just as the City of Vancouver develops local area plans to guide long-term land use planning, the Vancouver School Board must create a long range facilities plan (LRFP) to outline specific goals and targets for the management of its properties.
The LRFP is a framework to help achieve an important goal – getting students and staff into safe, seismically upgraded schools as quickly as possible. It will also ensure we have schools where they're needed to meet future enrolment demands.
This 14-year plan offers a starting point for setting priorities. It will be reviewed every year to reflect changes in the city of Vancouver and changes in district priorities. It is not an implementation plan.
Decisions about specific schools will only be made only after more study, specific community consultation and direction from our elected trustees.
See the Long Range Facilities Plan FAQs on this page for more information about the latest on the process.
What will a successful plan look like?
We have set some guiding principles for this plan. They include:
• Safe and sustainable schools;
• Facilities that support innovative, educational approaches, ultimately providing effective learning environments;
• Schools located where they can support school-aged populations now and in future; and
• Planning that takes into account economic, community and environmental benefits for students, families and all citizens of Vancouver; and
• Improved facility conditions.
How to Get Involved?
The VSB's facility planning approach combines staff expertise with values expressed by parents, students, community members, and direction from elected trustees.
We are committed to inclusive and meaningful community consultation. Over the coming months we will be holding workshops, open houses, posting online surveys and multiple opportunities for your to add your voice to the planning process.
Please watch this site, our social media feeds along with school and parent advisory councils for updates on how to stay informed and involved.
Safe Schools: Seismic Upgrades
The Province has committed to completing its Seismic Mitigation Program by 2030. It is the Ministry of Education funded program that retrofits and/or replaces schools to ensure that, during an earthquake, all staff and students can exit the school safely.
As of January 2016, the Vancouver School Board has upgraded or built 20 schools through funding from the Ministry under the seismic mitigation program. Another 69 schools are classified as high seismic risk and require seismic mitigation. Five schools are currently being upgraded or replaced. A further 24 have been approved to undertake project definition planning, and 40 more have not yet received support from the Province to proceed.