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May 24
Windermere 2017-18 Calendar
May 12
Windermere Students Recognized in Parliament

​Windermere students Flora Xu, jeazyl Pichay, Ava Bui and Celina Joel submitted an 800 signature petition to Member of Parliament Don Davies regarding Nestle's access to B.C's groundwater.

The issue is that the Nestle's Company is paying $2.25 per million litres of BC water to sell in plastic water bottles from the kawkawa Lake sub-watershed. The Windermere students created a petition and obtained 800+ signatures against such actions. MP davies presented the petition to the parliament on March 22nd which coincided with World Water Day.

Congratulations to our students for raising such an important issue and having their voices heard in parliament.

April 30
Windermere Newsletter April 2017
April 28
13 Seasons Why Netflix Series - Guidance for Parents/Guardians/Caregivers

  13 Reasons Why Netflix Series

Guidance for Parents/ Guardians/ Caregivers:
In light of the popularity of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why and its depiction of suicide, bullying, drunk driving we want to bring to your attention the following information.
The B.C. Ministry of Education and many mental health organizations are highlighting concerns and providing guidance to school communities and parents to be aware of the dangers and risks associated with children and young people who have been exposed to the series.
It is important for parents to know what children are watching and if necessary, engage them in reflective conversations to make sense of what they are seeing on TV or social media. The following article was created by the Suicide Awareness Voices for Education Society (SAVE), reasons/ as a guideline for talking to children about the TV series. It explains much of the shows content, and the reasons why some mental health associations are urging caution in allowing children/teens to watch the show unsupported.
School counsellors can assist school staff and parents to engage in supportive conversations with students as well as provide resources and offer expertise in preventing harmful behaviors.
If you need help:
    HealthLink BC- Call 811 or visit
    BC Mental Health Support Line- 310-6789
    Kids Help Line 310-1234
    Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
    Call 9-1-1 if you believe that someone’s life is in danger.
Important Information – Please Translate
   這是一份重要資訊請找人為您翻譯      Mahalagang Impormasyon - Paki sali sa sariling wika
   这是一份重要信息请找人为您翻译       Información importante - Por favor traducir
   Thông tin quan trọng - Xin phiên dịch
April 28
Mandinu DeSilva Wins Provincial Titles in Badminton

​Windermere student Mandinu De Silva won gold medals at the Provincial Badminton Tournament in both Singles and Doubles competition. Congratulations Mandinu on your achievement!Mandinu De Silva.jpgMandinu De Silva.jpg

April 25
Windermere Team Places 2nd in Sun Run

​The Windermere team finished in 2nd place at the Vancouver Sun Run 10K Marathon where we had 456 students participating out of a total school population of 1060 students. The Windermere team received a cheque for $400 to acknowledge having the second highest participation rateSun Run Cheque.JPGSun Run Cheque.JPG. Congratulations to Mr. White and the Physical Education Department for encouraging our students to participate. 

April 19
Information on 420 Event

​The Vancouver School Board has provided some information on the 420 evnt that is scheduled to take place tomorrow. It is the school's expectation that students are at school as usual. Please refer to the 2 documents attached for more information. SACY 420 2017.pdfSACY 420 2017.pdf​

April 05

Term 2 Report Cards will be issued ONLINE on April 6th.  Parents/Guardians can access Term 2 Report Cards by logging into the Student/Family Portal​.  Please ask your child to provide you login information to view their Report Card.​

  • ​The primary focus of the Student Family portal is to make accessible attendance data and formal end term reporting information to students and parents/guardians.
  • Detailed course assessment may be available through the portal, but using the portal is just one of many options available to teachers to communicate student learning.
  • A paper hardcopy of student's report cards will be made available upon request to the school.
  • The accounts will be initially set up such that email communication generated from MyEd will be sent to the Office 365 email account.  A school would not manage a change of email address by the student/parent/guardian except to reset this back to the Office 365 email account.
    • The 'I forgot my password' process will send a new password to the Primary email address. Users should ensure that they know how to access this email account be it the Office 365 account or another email account that they changed to during the 'First Time Logging In' process.

QRG First Time Logging In.pdfQRG First Time Logging In.pdf

QRG Student Family Portal Tour.pdfQRG Student Family Portal Tour.pdf

QRG Switching to Desktop View from a Mobile Device.pdfQRG Switching to Desktop View from a Mobile Device.pdf

April 05
VPD Student Challenge Reflections

​The Vancouver Police Department conducted a Student Challenge for Vancouver students who are interested in a career in Policing. Windermere had 4 students selected to participate in the challenge that took place over Sporing Break. The student reflections below provide insight on their experiencing.

Billy Wu Reflection

The Vancouver Police Department Student Challenge has been around for 30 years. This year was my year as I was lucky to have been accepted to be one out of the 48 applicants for the 20th annual VPD Student Challenge! Recommended by Constable Mariya Zhalovaga (Windermere School Liaison Officer), this was the best 8-day youth Police Academy I’ve ever been a part of! With many inspirational speakers coming in from different departments of the force, challenging challenges and a handful of new friends, there’s not much to say other than good words about this program.

Days start off early meaning that a good sleep schedule is required in order to stay awake during legal studies. I found that the first few days were the hardest as most people were getting to know each other, however, the fear of not knowing anyone quickly subsides as the academy progresses. I loved how the program reinforced the importance of teamwork! In addition, the speakers that were invited frequently mentioned teamwork which served as a constant reminder, especially when team challenges were introduced. It pushed everyone to truly work as one. My personal favorite thing out of the program had to have been the simulations. The simulations leave me speechless purely from how real the entire duration of the simulation felt as I was doing it. Lastly, came the ranch. Three days and two nights. The fights over who got to shower first, who could eat the most pancakes at breakfast and the sleepless nights in the cabin due to laughing at the simplest of things. This was where the everlasting friendships were made!​

The program provided so much content and the liaison officers were so proud of the program that the atmosphere was extremely positive. What I’ve explained doesn’t merely cover all that this 8-day Youth Police Academy offers. If I had a time-machine, I would go back and do the whole challenge all over again, start to finish.​

Elisha Aziz

From March 12-18 I was given the great privilege, of being apart of the 2017 student challenge.  During this amazing week I learned a number of topics including legal studies, where we learned the difference between common law & civil law. Another subject we were educated on were self defence as well as  when & which appropriate times/ technics we are permitted to use. The next one is my favourite, tackling. We learned the proper & appropriate self defence  proficiency. This included pepper spray, batons, handcuffs & a series of guns. I also had the wonderful opportunity of nesting members of the VPD on their days off to give us a better understanding in use of equipment. Sargent Daniels and her husband came in with her husband to show us how traffic control & speeding laser radars. Another officer came in from the K-9 unit and revealed surprising facts about the K-9s, one of them is  how the k-9s actually have silver caps on their canines for a more secure and gripped hold. Another wonderful person that came in was Sargent James Pearson who led the 2017 student challenge drill team. He was very professional and precise with each count and command yet a very humours and smiley person. I had an amazing time learning drill with Sargent Pearson & also may Pursue it in the near future. To conclude this reflection I'd like to give a special thanks to the constables who led the student challenge and for going out of their way to makes sure it was memorable for the students. I hope all the constable acknowledge  how respected and admired they are. I also hope that they know that we  will always remember them for influencing us to achieve the best because they could see the best in each and everyone of us when we couldn't. How the pushed us to our very last straw when we were so so close to giving up, yet they kept pushing us because they knew we could do it. How they taught us the importance of the true meaning of a team and to stick together as a team as well as to NEVER leave a team mate behind under any circumstances. I'd also like to give a very special thank you to Constable Zhalovaga for always seeing the best version of myself when even I couldn't. For always pushing me to my very last straw even when I was about to fall down and get back up & always giving me that great big blissful smile of reassurance. You taught me the most important lesson in life, which is to never ever give up on anything in life because I'm always a step closer to the finish line than I think. I thank you for despite being a mother of 2,  always sparing the time to check up on me and making sure that we both knew I was keeping up the good work. You truly are my Guardian angel. ​

Asia Przyborowska Reflection

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Dear Diary,

Today I woke up a little late, due to the unfortunate event of my alarm clock – or my phone rather – not jumping forward an hour as it should have for Daylight Savings. Without Mummy calling down to tell me to get my rear end upstairs, I might have been late for my first day of the Student Challenge. I quickly got ready to go, my bag already packed thanks to the insistence and wisdom of my mums the night before. Racing up the stairs, I grabbed two blueberry muffins for breakfast, my lunch from the fridge, and was out the door in seconds.

I waited for the bus, impatient and getting more worried with each minute that passed. Finally – after what seemed like hours – the bus arrived. The trip took no more than 30 minutes total – I was still 15 minutes early. There was a police officer waiting for me – well, for the Student Challenge members, really – and was led upstairs. Once upstairs, I was told to find my seat, which was conveniently the first one I saw. Beside my chair was a duffel bag – like the bags sports players use to carry their equipment. Turns out the bag I’d brought with me was completely unnecessary.

Upon the arrival of all the members of the 2017 Student Challenge, we were told to change into our uniforms, which we would be wearing all week. We reached into our new bags and pulled out a t-shirt, pants, a hoodie and a jacket. We headed to the bathroom, got dressed and went back inside the classroom where we would be spending most of our time.

We did a team building exercise where we interviewed one person from our team – though in blue and green’s case, there was one group of three – so that we could get to know our teams better.

Once the orientation and introduction were complete, we went down a level and all filed in to a smaller classroom where the ERT – Emergency Response Team – was waiting for us. They put on a short video for us to show exactly what it is that they do – though the two ERT members teaching us said that they don’t often use most of the stuff shown in the video. The two ERT members took us to the kiosk to do a relay race/obstacle course. We also got to see one of their armoured vehicles.

After ERT, we were sent for lunch, where the blue team decided to be one step ahead of everyone else and chose our team captain early. We headed straight into I & P – Investigation and Patrol. The leaders showed us a Power Point where we took notes before we set out to do some Radio Procedures. During Radio Procedure, we had to follow commands given to us by ‘dispatch’ – or our instructors pretending to be dispatch!

Then came drill – either the most exciting or scariest part of the day – depending on who you are, of course. One of the kids just would NOT stop wiggling and Sargent Major James Pearson called him the ‘c’ word. Everyone was shocked out of their minds. It would have been funny if we hadn’t had to do push-ups because of it.

Finally we headed back inside, our instructors saying that we could put our run off until tomorrow, which most people liked, so instead of running, we had a quick debrief and were sent home.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Dear Diary,

This morning was better; I actually got up on time today. I arrived early again. We did our timed run first thing in the morning. I got really wet. We got back to the classroom, back to power points. We had legal studies and team building where one person drew a picture, another person faced away with a paper and a pen, with one person at their back describing the picture. One boy – Miguel – drew an elephant just like the one you see to the side. Cute, right?

The next part of the day was Success, where Constable Mariya Zhalovaga told us her story about how she had been a participant in the student challenge when she was a student. She told us all about what they did, and showed us pictures of her time doing the program. It was really cool listening to Cst Zhalovaga’s story. It gave me insight and perseverance. I was struggling to see how I would get through the week – especially seeing as how I hadn’t done much hard physical activity for nearly 2 years.

After Cst Zhalovaga told her story, we heard from recruiting, who gave us free stuff. They told us about training, about what they used to do, about what is needed to get on the force. There was a jail guard there as well, who told us about his job. He told us that all VPD members do jail work; I think it’s a mandatory process to get onto the force. Even Cst Zhalovaga worked as a jail guard! The recruiters were really nice and allowed us to ask lots of questions – which we did.

After recruiting came traffic. Two officers came in and talked about their jobs. They told us stories of stupid people who did stupid things on the road. We went outside to use a radar gun, which was super cool! Then, sadly, lunch came along and we had to go back inside.

We had more legal studies after lunch, and another round of I&P before we headed to drill. Drill was painful due to the amount of push-ups we had to do; the guys didn’t shave. I felt like dying after those stinking push-ups.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dear Diary,

Today was the POPAT; the worst and most grueling physical training exercise course THING I have EVER experienced. We ran around an obstacle course; refer to picture above. There are numbers indicating each step of the course. We had to run the course 6 times before moving on to the push and pull machine. After that, there was a 4-foot pole aspect of the entire thing. This part included lying on your stomach, jumping up, getting over the bar, lying on your back, getting up, jumping over the bar, lying on your stomach, getting up, jumping over the bar, etc. We had to do it 5 times on each side. By the time I’d finished, Sargent Major James Pearson had come in – JUST TO SEE ME! How awesome is that?!

After the POPAT, we switched to I&P before having lunch. We went back to the gym where we’d just done the POPAT and did control tactics, learning how to take someone down. We also did what is called a Caterpillar push-up, where you line up with your feet on the shoulders of the person behind you and then do a push-up. THAT was horrible – mostly because the blue team had completed the push-up successfully, but none of the teachers saw. Blue team felt it was unfair.

After control tactics, we had a debrief and went home.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dear Diary,

Today we were at 2010 Glen Drive; this is the Tactical Training Centre (TTC) where we spent the whole day learning about some really cool things. We had the Welcome and lecture first before we were divided into 3 groups. My group went to the shooting range first. While there, we shot a pistol, a .40 carbine, a shotgun and a fully automatic M13. I had the most success with the M13, sadly.

Next we went to the gym and did some more control tactics. During the lessons, we were called out to do simulations (or sims for short) and my partner and I went first for the doubles sim. We were sent into a dispute between roommates. I managed to get one guy to sit on the couch calmly, while my partner dealt with the other one. I turned around and the next thing I knew, there was a gun pointed at me. Granted, it was a fake gun with a blank in it, but I now have a deeper appreciation for cops who’ve had guns pointed directly at them. Thankfully, my partner shot the guy, but by that time everything was pretty much over.

The next simulation, I was sent in alone. We were pushed down to the ground and had to get up quickly and diffuse the situation at hand. There was this guy yelling obscenities at me, saying the cops were following him, etc. and then he pulls an axe out of I don’t know where. He starts coming towards me, around this table separating us, and I shoot. I purposefully aim for his leg, though the pistol had blanks so the actor just took it as a shot to the chest or something of the sort.

After control tactics, we were taken outside to do some traffic simulations. We ‘pulled over’ a car and asked the driver for his license and registration, got a query on the plate and the license, and gave him a ticket. We went back inside to do a few more simulations, and I got to play the role of an asshole… more than once. It was fun to watch the police officers get flustered, not knowing what to do with me. Finally, lunch rolled around and we all ate, discussing the events.

Once that was done, we got to meet the mounted police. They were so cool! There was a quarter horse – the more common type of horse on the force – and a white stallion. The stallion constantly flipped his lip up and down, which made the group laugh – he was more ADD than the quarter horse. The officers told us that they had to desensitize their horses to all the scary things so that they wouldn’t spook while on the job. Sadly, the officers had to go, so our day ended and we set off home.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Dear Diary,

Today started off boring, with I&P. We were subjected to more powerpoints, which were fine by me because Constable MacLaughlin was really funny. He would tell us stories of the stupid things people did and how he had to deal with them. We learned about drug trafficking and domestic calls. He explained to us that one time he was called in by some neighbours who had heard screaming, but by the time they got there the house was quiet. The police officers knocked on the door and a lady screamed, “Help, he’s going to kill me!” before a man called, “Everything is FINE!” The police took the opportunity to break down the door and there on the floor was a woman, above her, a man with a knife poised to stab. It was a lesson learned for all of us.

After I&P, a man came and talked about Major Crimes. He showed us some graphic photographs of a crime scene, which actually turned out to be a suicide. It was gruesome. The guy cut into his own stomach, his intestines pouring out of his belly. The man discussed another murder with us; a mother dead in the bathroom with a towel over her face. Her daughter had killed her. It was horrible, really.

After learning of these horrible cases, we went to drill. We didn’t have to do any push-ups today. Well, the guys who didn’t shave had to, but not the rest of us. Sargent Major James Pearson let us off early and we got a head start to Timberline Ranch. It was about an hour’s drive.

Once at the ranch, we were sent to our cabins and told to immediately go to the classroom. We listened to the camp rules, and then had more legal review. It was the last time my black shoes were clean. We went out for a mud run, where I lost my shoe twice. Thankfully dinner wasn’t long after that, though I didn’t get to have a shower because some people took far too long. The day wasn’t over yet, though.

We went through more simulations – six of them in total – in groups of four. We had to deal with several situations – some of which involved foul language and mature subject matter. There was a break and enter case, a domestic abuse case, a suspicious persons case, a road rage case, a speeding case, and the loitering of two drunks. It was all really fun.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Dear Diary,

Today we had inspection before breakfast. We had to stand and wait while our instructors inspected us. After passing the inspection, we went inside the dining hall and were able to eat. We headed straight for drill, which didn’t last too long. We did fairly well, to be honest. But it was what was to come next that I was excited for the most. 

The dogs were ridiculously cute. They were so happy to be working – or in their case, playing – that I couldn’t help but be happy, too. Their owners, showing off their speed had the dogs doing tricks for us. One of the dogs even got swung around while it held on to the arm sleeve its owner was wearing! It was all just fun and games to the dog, just another day playing. We got to learn about how the dogs catch criminals, and how​ they take them down. It was all really fun!​

After the dog squad, we had another mud run. It was HORRIBLE. We were knee deep in mud – yucky, icky, horse-poopy, water-goopy mud. It was awful. At least it was over fast. We got changed, showered and prepped for lunch, then headed to the classroom for more control tactics. We learned about pressure points and how to use pepper spray, though the two bottles my partner and I tried were utterly empty, so while the rest of the members got wet, I stayed BONE DRY! MWAHAHAHAHA!

We had dinner not long after that, then my group set out to do the challenges that the other half of the group had to do the day before. As a group, we had to get 11 people up and over a 12 foot wall, over a 6 foot wheel that looked an awful lot like a sideways spindle – also called the meat grinder by our leaders – had to arrange ourselves on a log in alphabetical order by last name, then get off the log in backwards order, and then balance a teeter-totter like wooden thing without it touching the ground. We finished an hour earlier than the time the other group did to finish the tasks the day before. Nonetheless, we got to sleep for an hour longer than the rest of our cabin-mates.​ 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Dear Diary,

Today is the last day. We had a timed run before breakfast, which I was the only one smart enough to prepare for. Before the run, I went into the dining hall to have a muffin. Then we go out for a 1.5 k run. This run is just as painful as the last, but I manage to get through it. Then we have breakfast, which – as usual – is uneventful. After we’d finished our meal, we are sent to our cabins to study for the exams coming up. The exams were my least favourite part of the whole thing.

Once the exams were done, we all wrote reflections on our time at the VPD Student Challenge. I think mine was the longest. We had lunch, and then the last day of drill before we had to pack up. We are released from the station when we arrive home.​ 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Dear Diary,

I almost didn’t make it to Killarney on time. I raced out the door, forgetting my nametag – which was somewhere in my messy room. I tried to get my brother to find it but my room was far too cluttered for him to know what he was looking for. Thankfully, Mama saved the day and found the darned thing for me. The hour-long ceremony is rather boring. We have a nice meal at the end and watch the video one of the officers put together for us. I can’t wait to see it. We sit with Ashley and her dad and have a nice conversation with them. It’s nice to know they are doing well. There are photos being taken all over the place and I feel like many people are pulling me every-which-way for a picture. We say our good-byes and Mummy, Mama, Adam and I head out the door and home.

All in all, this may have been one of the best spring breaks ever!

Thank you for reading!​ 











March 07
City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence Presented to Shawna Turai

​Windermere student, Shawna Turai, was presented with the City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence​ for her Civic Volunteerism in the Youth Category. This is an extremely prestigious award  given to people that make a real difference to the community. Congratulations to Shawna for making the Windermere Community proud. Please see Shawna receiving her award with Mayor Robertson.

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