January has flown by. So many things have been happening in our building that it's difficult to do them justice in a short review but I will try to highligh some of them. We started the year with our Vice Principal, Mr. Akrap, visiting our feeder elementary schools for articulation. He brought along some Tupper students (as elementary alumni) to bring some familiar faces to our incoming grade 7 students. We are projected to welcome close to 200 new grade 8 students next year and are looking forward to events throughout the spring to get to know them.
We hosted Parent/Teacher Conferences on January 12 (which had been rescheduled from December due to snow). On January 13, our Dance and Drama students put on a performance for our elementary feeder schools. Honour Roll and Principal's List award ceremonies took place during Reading Break from January 16 to 20. It was so wonderful to see so many students honoured for their achievement.
We welcomed approximately 250 people at the Grade 7 Parent Night on January 17. Our Jazz Band performed in the foyer and numerous staff and students set up classrooms and stations throughout the buildling for families and students to tour around. Our Dance students opened the night with some short performances, followed by some information from Mr. Akrap about the Grade 8 program at Tupper.
The Grads held a Grad Fun Night on January 18 where there was stand up comedy (performed by our very own grade 12 students) and a movie. Our first PAC meeting of the year also took place that evening.
All of our grade 8s participated in the Junior Achievement Program on January 20 and many community members came to Tupper to present to them. Interim reports went home with students on Tuesday, January 24. Our Band students put on a concert for our elementary folks on January 25. Lunar New Year celebrations took place in the foyer at lunch on January 27 and our UBC Teacher Candidates arrived on January 30.
In terms of Athletics:
- our Table Tennis team is currently in 3rd place in league play
- our Wrestling team heads into the City championships ranked number one
- the Junior Boys Basketball team is also currently first in league standings
- the Grade 8 boys Basketball won the St. Thomas More tournament
- the Senoir Girls Basketball team is to going to the playoffs
- the Senior Boys Basektball team starts playoffs the first week of February
In addition to all of these events and activities, staff organized myriad enriching field studies opportunities for students, including: visits to the Sarah McLaughlin School of Music, Cavell Garden Nursing Home, the Vancouver Police Department Museum, walking tours of the public art on Kingsway and Main Street, and students competed in a Case Study Competition at Burnaby Central (placing second).
In the midst of all of this, the provincial government allocated an additional $50 million dollars to the provincial eduation system. This started a process for applying for additional staffing for the remainder of the school year. We applied for an additional 20 blocks to add to our timetable and were allocated 18. We are currently working hard to put staffing and rooms in place to get students into the enrolling blocks as soon as possible.
All of this is in addition to the amazing day-to-day teaching and learning that is taking place at Tupper. I am looking forward to continuing to get to know the students and families in the Tupper community and to see what new adventures and opportunities February brings.