Wishing everyone a safe summer

Please listen to Lily (grade 1) and Kalen (grade 3), students from Madeira Park Elementary School as they wish everyone a safe summer!


First Day of School in September 2017

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June 2017


Dear Parents/Guardians:

For the first day of school, Tuesday, September 5, 2017, schools will be in session for half the day and will start approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes later than regular start time. As a result, students will need to ensure that they have a snack with them as the start and finish times (for that day only) will be as follows:

School Revised School START Time Revised School END Time
Cedar Grove Elementary 10:50 AM 1:15 PM
Davis Bay Elementary 11:00 AM 1:15 PM
Gibsons Elementary 11:15 AM 1:30 PM
Halfmoon Bay Elementary 10:40 AM 1:15 PM
Kinnikinnick Elementary 10:45 AM 12:45 PM
Langdale Elementary 10:55 AM 1:15 PM
Madeira Park Elementary 11:15 AM 1:45 PM
Roberts Creek Elementary 11:00 AM 1:20 PM
West Sechelt Elementary 11:00 AM 1:30 PM
Chatelech Secondary 11:15 AM 2:00 PM
Elphinstone Secondary 11:00 AM 1:45 PM
Pender Harbour Secondary 11:15 AM 1:45 PM

School bus services for this day will reflect the start time change.  All stop locations and routes will remain the same, but morning pick up and drop off times will be approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes later.

With the exception of Cedar Grove Elementary School, kindergarten students do not come to school on Tuesday, September 5th. Parents of children entering kindergarten should contact their school directly regarding the schedule for kindergarten students.

Best wishes for a safe and relaxing summer. We hope you can read books with your children at the beach or on your summer adventures.




Patrick Bocking

Superintendent of Schools


Letter to Parents/Guardians from the Provincial Health Officer

Please read the letter to parents and guardians from the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall, regarding talking to youth about substance use.



Grad 2017 Representative Message

Please listen to a message from Sam Knight, representing SD46's 2017 Grade 12 Students! Click here!


Superintendent's Updates

Read more on the latest school district updates from the Superintendent.


Congratulations, 2017 Graduates!

Letter from Superintendent Patrick Bocking – June 2017

Dear Graduates,

Am I really ready to graduate?

Many new high school graduates ask themselves this. To be sure, it is completely natural to wonder what’s next. Where am I going to be? What am I going to do? Who will be with me? How is all of this going to happen?

Look back to kindergarten thirteen years ago. Since then you have learned so much, much more than any of us can really grasp all at once and most of it we tend to take for granted. Through your own effort, and with a lot of support from your family and your teachers, you’ve grown enormously. When you think back to the many teachers you’ve worked with, the people you’ve known, the subjects you’ve taken, the experiences that you’ve enjoyed; it’s really amazing!

You are a graduate from one of the best school systems in the world. British Columbia students, like you, rank very highly on international tests; you are among the best anywhere! And while British Columbia graduates are known to have high academic success, they are also known to have compassion, generosity and acceptance of others.

Are you ready to graduate and move on to the next stage in your lives? I have an easy answer for you. You have the knowledge, skills, and the attitudes that will ensure your success throughout your life. It will take work as all good things do, but you are most definitely very ready.

We could not be prouder of you.

Very sincerely,



Patrick Bocking
Superintendent of Schools



Chair's Updates


Solar Power Upgrades


School District No. 46 (SD46) students and staff are excited to move towards the use of solar power at several sites. Students at Pender Harbour Secondary have been focusing during Exploration Learning Blocks on how to move to Solar Energy. This project ties into their learning and creates real hands-on projects that students can be part of.

SD46 is investing capital funding in a solar power system at Langdale Elementary School that could provide up to one-third of the annual power required for the school! Capital approval has been received for heating and ventilation upgrades at Davis Bay Elementary and Pender Harbour Secondary Schools. With these funds, existing air handling units will be replaced with air source heat pumps and the upgrades will also include solar enhancements.

The following charts compare potential savings based on current and projected utility costs for natural gas, biodiesel and solar generated electricity at Davis Bay Elementary.






Secretary-Treasurer Nicholas Weswick commented, “Both Pender Harbour Secondary and Davis Bay Elementary Schools are unique in that they are both heated using electricity only, so the cost to convert to a lower-cost fuel source (natural gas) would be significant. Using this same investment to implement electricity generation instead presents a solid business case and avoids adding 20 tonnes of CO2 annually to the atmosphere at Davis Bay Elementary alone.”

Superintendent Patrick Bocking stated that “environmental sustainability is a key aspect of our Values Statement. Our facilities department is doing a great job of modeling this for our students.”

The next step in the design process is to conduct feasibility studies to confirm that both Pender and Davis Bay are suitable locations for solar. SD46 also plans on issuing requests to tender for solar projects at Langdale, Pender Harbour and Davis Bay schools.


Parent Newsletter

Please read the most recent edition of the SD46 Parent Newsletter.


SD46 Announces Principal Assignments for 2017-2018 School Year

Annually after Spring Break, School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast) announces principal or administrative changes in the district for the upcoming school year. This year, Superintendent Patrick Bocking is pleased to announce that every principal and vice-principal will stay in their current position for the 2017-2018 school year. This is great news across the district in every community on the Sunshine Coast, as it will support continuing the innovative projects that schools are working on.

Patrick Bocking thanks all principals and vice-principals, who make up the district’s educational leadership team, and their staffs for their efforts on behalf of students. “The Board and I are proud of the superb leadership and support that our principals and vice-principals provide our students, staff and community. Our leadership team works hard to achieve our ambition: Excellence in all we do!


News & Updates