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March 11
A Message from Coach Gourley (and for Coach Gourley)

A huge congratulations to our Senior Boy's Basketball team, coaches, and managers.  As you can tell by the description of their final game below, our Senior Boys worked hard and played hard.  While I know that this is because they are fantastic young people, I also know that the person who brings out their best qualities is the coach, Jeff Gourley.  Thank you for all that you do for our community.  

February 2015 Courier Article - Basketball Coach Gourley Always Putting Kids First

And now from Coach Gourley . . . .

Yesterday afternoon your Tupper Tigers played their final game of the season at the Provincial Championships at the Langley Events Centre. Their opponent on the day was the # 6 ranked, Condors of Prince George's Duchess Park Secondary. Up for grabs - 5th or 6th at the Provincial Championships.

This was a match made in basketball heaven for the final game of the season between two evenly matched teams. It was a see-saw affair right from the tip off as the two teams exchanged baskets and the lead on several occasions.
The Tigers lead 26 - 22 at the end of the first quarter but the Condors went into the break with a 1 point advantage at 42- 41.

The Tigers put their foot to the floor and entered the fourth quarter leading by 10, 68 - 58, but the Condors were not going to go home without putting up a fight. With six ticks left on the clock and your Tigers inbounding the ball with a 1 point lead 75 - 74, they turned the ball over and it was the Condors chance for heroics. The Prince George team inbounded the ball got the shot up but it rolled off the rim and junior forward Jovan Dhillon snatched the rebound to end the game with a 5th place finish for your Tigers at this year's championships.

Leading the team on the day were junior guards Norben Bulosan and Gaurab Acharya with 26 and 24 points a piece. Acharya was named player of the game for his efforts. Later in the evening he was named to the 2nd team all-star team.

We are so proud of our boys for battling so hard all year long. With the obstacles and injuries they had to overcome, many other teams would have simply given up but the boys worked harder and played fiercely throughout the playoffs even while missing so many key players up until the Provincial Championships.

To come into the tournament ranked 10th in the province and defeat #9 Clayton Heights, #7 Duchess Park and #5 McMath the finish was somewhat of a story book ending to the year.

We say good bye to seniors Paul Santos, Neerav Kaila, JJ Roldan, Benson Laconsay and captain Ranell Sebastian but starting this Wednesday we will be greeting center Matthew Dunkerly's fellow junior teammates to the senior ranks to begin preparation for next season.

The Tigers would like to thank all the educators, administrators, and students who came out to the LEC to support us as well as throughout the year.

We would like to thank the Physical Education department at Tupper, especially Ms. Wong for juggling the gym schedules and for all their support.

To all the parents who were there through the thick and thin of the season with rides, food and over all support - thank you.

A very special thank you to parent manager Kehl Peterson whose help, dedication, organization and support has no way to be measured.

Last but not least,  a huge shout out, thank you and all out love and respect to the most amazing Associate Coach any one could ask for. Thank you Patrick Cumaual from all the players, parents and myself.

Another year goes into the history books and preparation has already begun for next year as your Tigers have been invited to every major tournament in the province so far!

Coach Jeff Gourley

Tupper Basketball
Hear the R.O.A.R.S.

March 08
​Tigers Charge Into Quarter Finals!

Tigers Charge Into Quarter Finals!

Last night your Tupper Tigers charged in the Provincial Semi Finals with a 90 – 70 win over the Night Riders of Surrey’s Clayton Heights Secondary.  Leading the team on the night was junior guard Norben Bulosan with 14 and 8 assists. Bulosan was named player of the game for his performance. Next on the score board was junior guard Gaurab Acharya with 13 points and 8 assists.  Forward Simon Crossfield returned to action for the fist time since January 13th when he fractured his foot and put up 11 big points which included 3 treys!  Junior forward Jovan Dhillon celebrated his birthday with 11 points as well. Rounding out the scoring in double figures were senior Benson Laconsay & sophomore Matthew Dunkerly with 10 points each.


Tomorrow the Tigers are pitted against the #1 team in the tournament when they face the Bulldogs of Byrne Creek at 8:15 at the Langley Events Center.


This is the largest High school sports event in Canada with over 1200 athletes competing for 4 provincial titles all at once!  On Saturday evening there will be 6000 live fans in attendance and 28,000 watching on line and your Tigers are in the mix for the title.

Tiger Basketball
Hear the R.O.A.R.S.​

February 01
Applying to Tupper For Next Year? Information and Timeline for New Tupper Students

As we move into February, timelines and deadlines for applying to Tupper are a popular question at our Main Office.  Please find links below to information about the two most commonly asked questions.  Both the Cross Boundary process and the Mini School Acceptance process are determined by the District.  

Cross Boundary Applications

Mini School Applications

Applying to Tupper as an In Catchment Student 

Students living in the Tupper catchment are automatically transferred to Tupper from their elementary feeder school.  We ask that students fill out an application form to indicate their elective choices as well as if they require any additional support for their learning.  It is important to submit the application form as soon as possible (the soft deadline was January 31) so that we can build a timetable that meets the requests of students.  Students coming from Tupper's elementary feeder schools were given the application forms in January and those forms were to be returned to the elementary school and were picked up by Tupper's Vice Principal.  

Families will be receiving communication from the school in the summer via email and phone.  Information about the first day of school will also be posted on the Tupper website.  Students will receive a copy of their timetable on the first day of school.  

November 21
A letter to families of grade 12 students

Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School

419 East 24th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5V 2A2

Telephone: (604) 713-8233 è Fax: (604) 713-8232

                                                                                                                                                                                                      November 20th, 2017

To the Parents/Guardians of Tupper Grade 12 students,

Re:         Grad Events and School Leaving Ceremony

This year marks the culmination of 13 years of public education for our grade 12 students and their families. We are all excited about the coming year where the grade 12 students are planning their futures by investigating potential options for next year. For families, it is a time to be proud of their children for their hard work, successes and perseverance. This will be evident at our School Leaving Ceremony on June 15th, 2017 where we will honour our students for their accomplishments.

We want all of our grade 12 students to participate in this years’ grad events (i.e. Grad Fun Nights, Grad Cruise – April 28, Dinner Dance – June 15th) and the School Leaving Ceremony as they are important events for both the student and their families.  Students, however, must meet some basic expectations to be eligible to participate.  Our expectations include:

  • Attending all classes regularly and on time
  • putting forth best efforts to meet the academic requirements of the classroom
  • following ROARS (our School Code of Conduct)

​If grade 12 students do not meet these expectations, they will jeopardize their participation in grad events. These expectations are not set up to be punitive towards our students, but to encourage our students to develop positive study and work habits to be successful and focussed until the end of the school year.  We will be monitoring all of the grade 12 students’ progress and if a student is not meeting the expectations, we will meet with the student and their family to create an action plan to support student success. Our goal is for all of our grade 12 students to participate in grad events and the School Leaving Ceremony. 

We encourage you to have a discussion with your child about these expectations and their plan to exceed them. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our expectations for your child, please contact me at 604-713-8233. Thank you for your support in making this year memorable and a positive experience for your child.

Yours truly, 

Ms. A. Ogden 


November 10
A letter from the Minister of Education RE: Curriculum Implementation

Please see the letter below from the Minister of Education regarding the change in scheduling for the implementation of the Graduation Years (Gr. 10-12) curriculum.  

curriculum implementation 2018-19.pdfcurriculum implementation 2018-19.pdf

September 18

​The Vancouver School Board has moved to an online communication of marks and attendance as well as viewing your child's timetable.  Families can access the MyEducation BC Family Portal by logging in ​to with the username being your child’s student number and the password initially set to Tupp$2017.  Quick reference guides are available below.  Families who do not have access to the internet, or are having difficulty getting access, will have the opportunity to request paper copies of report cards.


August 28
Happy New (School) Year!

With acknowledgement that we work, learn, and play on the unceded and traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil Waututh) and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Coast Salish) peoples.

Welcome back to a new school year!  September is one of my favourite months in that it brings the beginning of a new school year and the possibility of so many opportunities.  I look forward to seeing our returning students and staff on September 5 and to meeting all of the 191 grade eight students who will be joining the Sir Charles Tupper community.   

All students are scheduled to attend their Homeroom at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5th.  This homeroom should last for approximately 30 minutes.  Our grade 8 students should come to the small gym at 9:00 a.m. on September 5 for their full morning orientation session with their Link Crew team.  They will be guided to their Homeroom class by their Link Crew Leader.    

In June we said goodbye to two retiring teachers - Mr. Campbell and Ms. Maretic.  As September approaches, I wish them well as they start a whole new ‘beginning of the school year’ tradition.  We also have a number of new-to-Tupper educators joining our school.  Please welcome the following staff members:  Ms. Batko (French), Ms. Bhatti (Life Skills), Ms. Desai (Vice Principal), Mr. Green (Tupper Alternate Program), Mr. McAlpine (Business), Ms. Metzner (Diverse Learners), and Ms. Read (Dance).  Ms. Kim (Applied Skills, English), Ms. Lau (Tupper Young Parents), and Ms. Lau (Business), are also returning from leave.  The Tupper staff work collaboratively to create a wide variety of opportunities for all of our learners and I am very excited to continue to work with them in supporting learning within the context of the new (and draft) curricula.  Please visit to learn more about the changes to the curriculum.

Please check the website frequently as this is the place where new and updated information is posted and take an opportunity to review the information included with this letter that outlines our school opening procedures.  Students will be given their schedules in their first Homeroom class on September 5 along with additional information.  School fees are due in the first week of school.  Some forms require your signature or information before being returned to the office.  Please return all forms to the school during the first week. 

In addition to the paper agenda, we are also providing students with the opportunity to use an electronic agenda app.  More information about this will be given to students in the beginning of the year assemblies and will be sent home to families as well.

At Tupper, we are very fortunate to have an active parent community.  I strongly encourage all parents/guardians to attend the monthly Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meetings.  The first PAC meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 13 at 7 pm in the Staff Lounge.  There will be coffee and snacks and all parents/guardians are welcome. 

Mr. Akrap, Ms. Dasai, the Tupper staff, and I look forward to working with you to ensure success for your child in this upcoming school year.  I welcome your input and your feedback.  You can reach me at 604-713-8233 or by e-mail at

Yours  truly,

Ms. A. Ogden


June 15
Family Portal for Attendance and Reporting
The Vancouver School Board will be transitioning to online communication of marks and attendance starting in Term 3.  Families can access the MyEducation BC Family Portal by logging in to with the username being your child’s student number and the password initially set to Tupp$2016.  Detailed instructions can be found on the Tupper website -  Families who do not have access to the internet, or are having difficulty getting access, will have the opportunity to request paper copies of the final report card.
Have a safe and restful break!  

June 12
Student Self Assessment of Core Competencies

All grades 8 and 9 students must complete a self assessment on the Core Competencies.  

Tupper students will be reflecting on the self-regulation asset which falls under Personal Awareness and Responsibility.  Please click on 2017 Tupper Self Assessment.docx2017 Tupper Self Assessment.docx to find the self assessment template.  Paper copies of the template can also be picked up in the main office.  

Once complete, this document must be uploaded to the student's digital locker, found in the MyEd portal. ​

Watch a video walkthrough of how to access the self-assessment form and how to upload to your MyEdBC page:


There are three main competencies: 

1.  Communication 

(connecting and engaging with others; acquiring, interpreting and presenting information; collaborating to plan, carry out and review constructions and activities; explaining/recounting and reflecting on experiences and accomplishments) 

2.  Thinking

  • Creative Thinking (novelty and value, generating ideas, developing ideas)
  • Critical Thinking (analyzing and critiquing, questioning and investigating, developing and designing)

​3.  Personal Social 
  • ​Positive Personal and Cultural Identity (relationships and cultural context, personal values and choices, personal strenths and abilities)
  • Social Responsibility (contributing to community and caring for the environment, solving problems in peaceful ways, valuing diversity, building relatiohships)
  • Personal Awareness and Responsibility (self-determination, self-regulation, well-being) 

March 11
A little Spring Break reading . . . .
Just in case you were still searching for the perfect book to kick back with over Spring Break, here are some suggestions from Ms. Scott (our newest Teacher Librarian).  

How to be a Bawse
Lilly Singh (aka Superwoman) has released: How to be a Bawse: A guide to conquering life. Wonder what the key to success is? According to Singh, success is fought for, not wished for. Using personal accounts, she demonstrates there are no shortcuts to success.
You can also see Lily speak on April 25 in Vancouver.

even this page is white
You may remember author Vivek Shraya from his book God Loves Haireven this page is white is a collection of poetry. It is a bold, timely, and personal interrogation of skin―its origins, functions, and limitations. Poems that range in style from starkly concrete to limber break down the barriers that prevent understanding of what it means to be racialized. Shraya paints the face of everyday racism with words, rendering it visible, tangible, and undeniable.  

Girl Mans Up
M-E Girard write about a queer teen named Pen who realizes the only way she’ll get people off her back is by standing up for herself – even if that means her relationships with her friends and her family get messed up in the process. It’s also about a gender-nonconforming teen who struggles to own her identity as a girl when she looks and acts like a boy and everyone around her expects her to be one or the other.

Highly Illogical Behaviour
Teen and adult fans of All the Bright PlacesMe and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Everything, Everything will adore this quirky story of coming-of-age, coming out, friendship, love...and agoraphobia.
Solomon is a smart and resourceful teen with a love of Star Trek and a supportive family. He also has crippling panic attacks that have prevented him from leaving the house. When he tentatively opens the door to an out-going girl, a Pandora’s box of good and ill come pouring in.

Love Letters to the Dead
For those who loved Fault in Our Stars, Ava Dellaira is sure to deliver.
Laurel's English teacher sets her class an assignment: write a letter to a dead person. Laurel gives it a shot, and then finds herself writing to tons and never turning the assignment in to her English teacher, Mrs Buster. Instead, she unravels her tale to around 10 dead people, including Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Judy Garland and so many other people.
Sleeping Giants
This debut novel written by Neuvel Sylvain is a page-turning thriller. Those of you who loved World War Z ​are guaranteed to enjoy it.
The story starts with Rose falling through the earth ending up in a square hole, glowing with intricate carvings. What firemen find as they are rescuing Rose is even more perplexing – a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand. Rose grows up to be a physicist and works with a team trying to crack the code of relic. Is it an instrument for lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?
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