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Ten years of local fruits and veggies in B.C. schools

Mon, 2015-05-25 10:25

B.C. is proud to celebrate 10 years of the BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional program, and thanks to $3.5 million in new funding this year, it will continue bringing fruits, vegetables and milk to children in classrooms throughout the province.

New Aboriginal agreement promotes traditions and culture

Fri, 2015-05-22 11:30

Student performances, drumming, singing and traditional music highlighted a new agreement signing today to support Aboriginal student success in the Vancouver Island West school district (SD 84).

Traditional school to get modern upgrade

Thu, 2015-05-21 08:30

Another Victoria area school is slated for a seismic upgrade to protect students and staff in the event of an earthquake.

Gibsons Elementary celebrates their social heart

Tue, 2015-05-19 13:15

The official opening of Gibsons Elementary school today applauded a community already engaged in lifelong learning. Staff and students from the Sunshine Coast school district celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Northern students benefit from flexibility and innovation

Fri, 2015-05-15 11:35

Education Minister Peter Fassbender made his fourth stop on the K-12 Innovation Tour today where he engaged local leaders from inside and outside the education sector on how they can support innovative learning opportunities for students in northern B.C.

Minister Fassbender’s statement on B.C. Court of Appeal ruling

Thu, 2015-04-30 10:55

Education Minister Peter Fassbender made the following statement today on the B.C. Court of Appeal ruling:

B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint celebrates one-year anniversary

Wed, 2015-04-29 12:30

Today, the government celebrated progress and success on the one-year anniversary of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, government’s plan to help British Columbians find their fit in the province’s diverse, strong and growing economy.

Aboriginal agreement affirms sustained commitment to success

Wed, 2015-04-29 11:00

Today a traditional cultural ceremony is underway featuring drummers, singers and dancers celebrating the fourth consecutive Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement signed between the Ministry of Education, school district 72 (Campbell River) and local Aboriginal communities.

More action to end gang violence: B.C. commits new funding to Surrey youth program

Tue, 2015-04-28 14:15

The B.C. government’s comprehensive approach to crime received a boost today, including a significant contribution to the successful Surrey Wraparound Program (Wrap), which reduces gang-related activity among youth.

Historic agreement supports Aboriginal learning

Thu, 2015-04-23 11:15

A traditional welcome and blessing set the stage at Swan-e-set Longhouse today as members of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district, the Katzie and Kwantlen First Nations and the Ministry of Education officially signed their fourth Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement.

Student transitions reach new high; class size remains low

Fri, 2015-04-17 08:30

Class sizes in British Columbia remain low and stable while the number of students successfully moving to the next grade has reached record highs, according to the Ministry of Education’s latest data on class size and grade to grade transitions.

New Aboriginal agreement supports traditions and culture

Mon, 2015-04-13 14:11

Speeches, singing and traditional drumming highlighted a new agreement signing today to support aboriginal student success in the Okanagan Skaha school district (SD 67).

Award-winning school officially opens for Anmore and Port Moody students

Thu, 2015-04-09 19:45

With a lush green slope as the backdrop, families from Port Moody and Anmore gathered today for the official opening of their new $28-million Eagle Mountain Middle school.

Canada’s Aboriginal heritage at heart of enhancement agreement

Thu, 2015-04-09 11:45

The Conseil scolaire francophone (School District 93) marked the signing of their second Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement with a banquet that celebrated the tastes of First Nations and French Canadian cuisines featuring wild B.C. salmon and a maple syrup dessert.

Bill 11 to strengthen K-12 accountability, efficiency and professional development

Thu, 2015-03-26 10:20

Bill 11, the Education Statutes Amendment Act (2015) will help school districts reduce overhead costs, establish a modern framework for teacher professional development and put a stronger focus on accountability for student outcomes, Education Minister Peter Fassbender announced today.

Special advisor to proceed with review of board finances

Fri, 2015-03-20 11:15

Under the School Act, Minister of Education Peter Fassbender has directed the Vancouver board of education to allow the special advisor appointed March 12, 2015, Kevin Brennan of Ernst & Young LLP, to complete the duties assigned under that order prior to adopting its budget.

New trades centre prepares students for tomorrow’s jobs

Fri, 2015-03-13 10:10

Training workshops, specialized equipment and lecture areas will give secondary school students hands-on learning opportunities for years to come at the $7.4-million NorKam Trades and Technology Centre, which officially opened today.

Advisor to assist Vancouver Board of Education

Thu, 2015-03-12 13:45

Education Minister Peter Fassbender will appoint an independent special advisor to review, evaluate and make recommendations aimed at helping the recently elected Vancouver Board of Education to balance its budget, reduce overhead and find administrative efficiencies, while protecting and enhancing resources for student instruction.

Seismic upgrades are making students safer

Wed, 2015-03-11 11:30

For more than a decade, government has been making schools safer from earthquakes to protect students and staff. In fact, so far, we’ve spent over $2 billion dollars.

New director joins the Vancouver school district's seismic project office

Wed, 2015-03-04 09:30

Janson Ho has been appointed director of the Vancouver seismic project office, which was created last fall to expedite the Province’s Seismic Mitigation Program in the Vancouver school district (SD 39).