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Maquinna Elementary School was officially opened in 1953 as Nelson Annex.  It was the Annex to Lord Nelson Elementary School.  In 1968 it was re-named Maquinna Elementary School and was followed by the it's own annex- Maquinna Annex in 1968.  The schools are located close to Renfrew Street in East Vancovuer.  The main school entrance is just off of 2nd Ave., and the Annex is located at 4th Ave., and Renfrew St.  There are approximately 350 students enrolled in K-7 in the two schools.  The Annex is unique in that all students are primary age in classes from K-3.  The main school is larger with more resources and runs K-7.  Maquinna schools have a culturally diverse population.  There are over thirty languages spoken in the community, with the most predominate being English, Cantonese and Mandarin.  The majority of students come from homes where English is a second language.  Parents are formally involved in school planning through participation in the Parent Advisory Council (PAC).  The PAC consists of a dedicated group of parents who are committed to ensuring that their children receive a high quality educational program that is engaging and informative.  The parents of Maquinna schools are involved in the school programs and have participated as active partners on the learning team. 


School Highlights:
Parents expect that the staff at Maquinna schools will provide high quality instruction to all students in every area of the curriculum. In addition, parents maintain that visual, performing and fine arts are important and a wonderful compliment to our strong athletic program.  The school program is enriched with many opportunities to observe and to perform music, dance, drama and art. Musical and dramatic productions such as Winter and other concerts and the district Choral, Dance, and Strings Festivals give forums for our Grades One to Seven Choir and our Intermediate Strings Program. Personal Planning and Physical Education Programs add important dimensions to our curriculum. Intra and inter-mural sports activities encourage participation and enjoyment in physical activity. Noon hour clubs, which may include activities such as Dance Team, Art Club, Games and Puzzles Room, Kilometre Club, Ukulele Club, Student Council, Playground Monitors, Tap Dancing, Peer Tutors and Library Helpers extend the school programs for many students. The school also provides, with help from the PAC which has included a swimming program for Gr. 4, skating for the school, a Hip Hop dance lesson series, CPR life-saving lessons for Gr. 6 and 7, and a Safe Teen program for Gr. 7.
An enrichment program for the Sunrise Area which includes Maquinna schools is provided for students from Grades Two to Seven. Approximately twenty four students attend these sessions annually.
Five minutes per day is devoted to a listening program (over the school Public Address system), featuring the music of classical and contemporary composers. This program runs daily all year round.
As an integral part of our school philosophy, students and staff study and celebrate the cultural diversity of Canada's population. Included in our program is the recognition and celebration of special events and festivals, assembly presentations featuring the song, dance, literature and artwork of various cultures , monthly displays highlighting seasonal festivals, a study of racism by senior students and mini units about important global issues. For a number of years, Maquinna has had a resident artist with "ArtStarts in Schools" funding to work with students and extend the fine arts curriculum in the school program. One year, the artist worked in visual arts, another year focused on dramatic arts, etc.
Maquinna schools have resource teams which include teaching staff, itinerant staff and administrators which provide special services and resources to meet the educational, emotional and health needs of all students.
At Maquinna schools we stress the three "R's" - be respectful of yourself, of others, and of this place.