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As we near the end of June, we’d like to reflect back on a few of the things that happened over this school year. We have some incredible programs and initiatives in this district, all focused on engaging our students, staff and community in lifelong learning. We see more of our students out learning in the community and that is partly due to our Multi-Function Activity buses. Thanks to additional transportation funding from the province, we now are able to provide more support to schools for extended experiences.

Our board has long been an advocate for student voice at the local and provincial level. This spring, we had strong support from trustees around the province to lobby the provincial government to embed student voice in the School Act, as well increase support and develop resources for school boards wanting to bring authentic student voice to the board table either through student trustees or student advisory councils. Our district has had great success with our District Student Leadership Team in increasing student engagement and student voice, and this year’s student trustee Pearl Deasey has been a fantastic ambassador for our district.

We love to have parents engaged in their children’s schools. To affirm our commitment we have solidified a DPAC (District Parents’ Advisory Council)/PAC (Parents’ Advisory Council) board policy to strengthen our commitment to supporting parents. We also have a Parent Engagement Committee comprised of parents and staff; their goal is to increase communication between homes and schools and help parents become more involved in their children’s education.

SD46 integrates Indigenous learning throughout the district with our Aboriginal Education team. We are incredibly privileged to be living and learning in the unceded territory of two First Nations communities - Skwxwú7mesh and shíshálh and we’ve had some amazing experiences with our aboriginal partners in the past few months. The Chekwelhp origin story pole carved by Wes Nahanee (Chiaxsten) of the Skwxwú7mesh Nation was blessed and raised at Gibsons Elementary in April and more recently, the second welcome pole at Pender Harbour Elementary-Secondary was raised. shíshálh master carver Arnold Jones (kwatamus) carved the pole at PHSS with students, staff and community members. These poles are incredible gifts to our school community and honour the traditions and future of this beautiful place in which we live.

We now have solar panels on two more of our schools –Davis Bay and Pender Harbour. Not only will these panels help keep electricity costs lower and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, staff and students have been using them to learn more about math and science by integrating their use into the classroom.

Congratulations to all of our graduates – thank you for calling us “home” and we wish you all the best for your next steps in your journeys. We wish all of our students, staff, families and community members a wonderful and safe summer. See you in September!

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UPDATE RE: Possible Child Abduction

Sunshine Coast

2018-06-20 15:38 PDT

File # 2018-3936

The Sunshine Coast RCMP would like to provide an update on the investigation of a possible attempted child abduction on June 19th in the West Sechelt area.

The investigation led by the General Investigations Section identified the vehicle and occupants involved in the incident. It was determined that the actions of the vehicle occupants were not criminal in nature. The investigation has been concluded.

We would like to thank the public for their assistance on this matter and remind parents to regularly speak with their children about personal safety and stranger awareness.

Released by

Cst. Karen Whitby

Media Relations Officer
Sunshine Coast RCMP



June 19, 2018


Yesterday at approximately 8:30am a West Sechelt Elementary student was approached by two males in a 4 door red sedan and was asked to get into the car. The student refused and the males drove away. The men are described as caucasian, 20-30 years old, bald with brown beards.
The RCMP were still interviewing the student and investigating so we did not have any information to share with Sunshine Coast families until Tuesday evening. Students at all schools have been or will be reminded of safety precautions while out in public. We invite parents to remind their children of their family safety rules as well.


If you have any information that will assist the investigation please contact the RCMP at 604 885 2266.

Superintendent’s Report to the Board of School District No. 46
(Sunshine Coast)

June 13, 2018

1. Students
a. Elementary students ran, jumped and threw at the Elementary Schools Track Meet on May 31st at Elphinstone. Staff and students enjoyed the day of friendly competition as they performed the skills learned in their physical education classes and after school practices.
b. Band Blast was a blast! All grade 7 band students came together on May 10th in the Chatelech School Gymnasium to present to their fellow students, and then as an entire group playing together on the same piece. Spectacular!
2. Staff
a. The FreshGrade communication platform continues to be of great interest to many of our teachers, students and parents. The schools in the Innovation Project have deepened the use of the tool and it is well accepted.
b. The SD 48 (Sea to Sky) leadership team came over to meet with our leadership team to compare notes of addressing the curriculum and other challenges and opportunities faced by school and district leaders. They visited Elphinstone Secondary to learn more about the inclusive model being employed there and to have a delicious breakfast provided by the teacher, chef and students of the Cougar Café. They learned about the Chekwhelp story pole, new build processes and gender-neutral student washrooms at Gibsons Elementary.
c. The Superintendent met with Ministry staff and all superintendents to review curriculum and other implementation issues in all districts. The positive energy in the room suggested a team approach in B.C. education.
3. Community
a. Our first Annual Family Expo was a huge success!  On May 25th we had Deborah MacNamara as the keynote speaker, who talked to parents about the need for children to learn resilience and how to foster this valuable skill development.  The next day, over 55 registered families and many drop-ins attended a day of workshops, free yoga, chair massages, and an amazing lunch hour concert with Charlotte and Matt Diamond.  Thank you to our many community partners who provided information booths for families - Open Door, MCFD, Vancouver Coastal Health, DPAC, Family Smart, and the RCMP. Stay tuned for next year!
b. Our district participated in the cross-Ministry Mental Health Conference on May 10th and 11th in Richmond.  Dr. Stan Kutcher presented "Mental Health Literacy", a new program for secondary students designed to increase knowledge and decrease stigma.  We are sending a team of three in September to become trained and facilitate this program in our schools.


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