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INSPIRING EXCELLENCE - BURNABY'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Public Education means that every child is given the opportunity to learn and to be inspired to reach their potential. In Burnaby’s public schools, we work together to provide engaging, inclusive and welcoming learning environments. We embrace the rich diversity found in our school communities, and we support the unique needs of each child. We are making a difference. It is evident in the many local, provincial, national and international scholarships and awards won by our students, teachers and schools. Success is measured one student at a time, and our teachers and staff are dedicated to providing the support needed to inspire each child to succeed. We invite you to learn more about Burnaby’s exceptional public schools. LEARN MORE

REGISTER IN FEBRUARY FOR FALL 2015
Is your child starting kindergarten this fall? Or will they be new to the district? Perhaps they are interested in changing district schools, attending a district school for the first time? Registration starts in February.  Priority placement for the upcoming school year will be given to applications received during the month of February. Applications are also being accepted for entry into the district's language programs (Early & Late French Immersion or Mandarin Language Arts). LEARN MORE

YOU'RE INVITED - SECONDARY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES
Burnaby’s secondary schools offer many opportunities for students to reach their potential. With one of the largest AP programs in Canada, Burnaby students are poised to succeed. Rates of completion and transfer to post-secondary are well above the provincial average and annually, more than $6 million in scholarships awarded.

We invite parents and students to attend one or more of our Open House Evenings. It’s an opportunity to tour the schools, meet the teachers and principals, learn about optional programs and course selection. You’ll also find out how to register if you’re new to the district or you’re considering a school outside your catchment. Event details are available on each school website. LEARN MORE

SO MANY PROGRAM OPTIONS AT BURNABY SCHOOLS
MANDARIN LANGUAGE ARTS
 is an option for students entering Kindergarten to grade 5 at Forest Grove Elementary. LEARN MORE

FRENCH IMMERSION is an option for students entering Kindergarten or grade 1. It is offered at  7 elementary schools. A Late Immersion Program for students entering grade 6 is offered at 3 elementary schools. LEARN MORE

A MINI-SCHOOL FOR HIGH ABILITY LEARNERS entering grade 8 will begin in the Fall of 2015. It will be at Alpha Secondary.  LEARN MORE     Click here for an article on the program.

The AP CAPSTONE DIPLOMA PROGRAM is a two-year program for grade 11 students who are seeking a greater challenge. Students from all schools are welcome to apply for  the program that is offered at Burnaby North and Burnaby South. Applications due February 16. LEARN MORE

ACE-IT, INDUSTRY TRAINING & APPRENTICESHIP are options for students entering grades 10-12. A variety of choices are offered at secondary schools throughout the district. LEARN MORE

 

WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN
Parents of children with special needs who will be going into kindergarten in the fall of 2015 are invited to an information session. It will take place on Tuesday, February 10 from 6 to 7:30 at Burnaby Central Secondary. LEARN MORE

PLAYING CARNEGIE HALL
Alpha grade 12 student Elisa Colasurdo has been accepted into the Honours Performance Series in New York - a program that brings elite music students from around the world together to study for a week. In February, the 2015 High School Honours Orchestra will perform at Carnegie Hall. Elisa is a member of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Senior Orchestra where she plays the oboe and the English horn. She has also played in the BCMEA Honours Wind Ensemble. Elisa’s family credits the guidance of many of the district’s music teachers and principals throughout the years for her inspiration and success. LEARN MORE

SOUTH STUDENTS WIN BIG AT 48 HOUR ZOOM FILM FEST
A team from Burnaby South secondary were big winners at this years 13TH ZOOM Film Fest. The event challenges students to write a script, film and edit it – all in just 48 hours. From the moment they receive their topic and “required prop,” this team hit the ground running. Their film, Mile Past Everston was directed by Nils Kimmel and Winston Bohl. Actors included Kellen Ray and Zac Leowen. Eric McDonald was part of the production team. The film won first place awards for cinematography and technical film, second place for best overall film and third place for best male actor (Kellen Ray). Kimmel, a South student also attends the ACE-IT filmmaking program at Burnaby North. View it at www.zoomfest.com. LEARN MORE

BURNABY BOARD OF EDUCATION

The next public meeting of the Burnaby Board of Education will take place Tuesday, February 10, 7 pm at the District Office, 5325 Kincaid Street. All are welcome. LEARN MORE
 

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