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

March 7th , 2018

1. Students
a. The musical theatre production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat took place at Chatelech Secondary on February 24th and March 2nd and 3rd. The performances were superb and won thunderous applause each show!
b. The District Technology Committee is launching an in depth effort to fully understand how and where technology is improving education in schools. One of the key questions is, “How do we know?”
c. We are proud to acknowledge our students attending the Skills Canada Competition from our Train in Trades programs this year. Our students swept the regional Canada competition. Our top two students will continue on to the Provincial Competition at Abbotsford in April. 
a. SPARK! 10 is nearly completed for all schools. SPARK! 10 provides an insight for grade 10 students on developmental stages of very young stages and how to support them in their growth. The program includes a classroom component and an experiential component in our StrongStart Centres.
b. Aboriginal students are visiting post-secondary campuses to ensure they are aware of the opportunities available to them in their future plans.
c. This year's MDI school reports have just been released.  Principals have been given access to this valuable data and we are making plans to work with the DSLT to visit schools and delve in deeper with our results.  For our District report, please see http://earlylearning.ubc.ca/mdi/.

2. Staff
a. Schools are forming plans to further develop their curriculum implementation utilizing “mini-grants”. The funds can be used for resources and professional development.
b. Heart Mind Conference: Several staff members braved the snowy weather on Friday, Feb 23rd to attend the Heart-Mind conference hosted by the Dalai Lama Centre.  The theme of this year's conference was "Self-Care" and highlighted the new research and neuroscience around the health and wellness of educators and the impact on their classroom.  Staff learned more about the stress response in children and adults, and the subsequent impact on the body and brain.  Daniel Siegel was the keynote speaker on the Saturday and all attendees received a copy of his new book, "The Yes Brain".  It was a fascinating and informative day!   For more information and a chance to see archived information, please visit https://www.dalailamacenter.org/conference/heart-mind-2018-take-care-yourself.
c. Spring Break training for staff: District Support Services will be offering two training opportunities for EA's over the Spring Break.  Monday, March 19th will be a focus on Speech and Language skills and strategies, and Tuesday, March 20th will be a conversation around Fine motor skills and Self-regulation strategies.  A huge thank you to our staff, Janet Stevens (SLP) and Melissa Berryman (OT) for the preparation and delivery of these two courses.

d. District counsellors have put together an evening on April 25th at Roberts Creek Library for any interested staff to view the documentary, "Paper Tigers", based on a school that chose to employ trauma-informed practices in order to meet the needs of their challenging population.  The film has great reviews and will be an opportunity for any interested staff to discuss this approach.  For a preview, please visit  https://vimeo.com/110821029.

3. Community
a. The Environmental Education Committee is proud to invite SD46 staff and the Sunshine Coast Community to a Skype presentation of Richard Louv, internationally noted author who promotes children and families spending more time outdoors. The event takes place on Tuesday, March 13th at 4:30 p.m. and includes a visit to the spectacular Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre in the Gibsons Public Market.

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