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

May 9th, 2018

1. Students
a. The DSLT organized SD 46’s Got Talent! Students and staff gathered from across the district at Chatelech Secondary School to share their talents and raise funds for charities.
b. The Aboriginal Advisory Circle met recently to discuss programs that support students in culture, language and academics, strategies to listen to students to fully understand their perspectives, and coordinating efforts with local communities.
c. Secondary students from all four high schools met with trustees at the annual Student Forum. Topics included curriculum issues, safety, and technology.
d. Students attended the Skills Canada competition recently to gain greater knowledge about the variety of career opportunities that exist for students. One student competed in the Carpentry competition, placing 4th in the Province. Female students had the opportunity to participate in a “Women in Trades” seminar with female Red Seal tradespeople.
2. Staff
a. A team of teachers, principals and the district staff have been meeting for two years with SFU professors and colleagues from across the metro Vancouver region to delve into positive dialogue issues and strategies. The local team has gone deeper with the discussions in order to enrich dialogue in our district. The series is continuing next year with a new cohort.
b. The Parent Engagement Committee is planning for connecting DPAC with PACs in a more intentional way by developing school committees with regular post-DPAC meeting connections. Parents are also receiving, through school bulletins, activities that they can do at home with their children that are connected to the Core Competencies.
c. The district and school leadership teams are finalizing plans to welcome colleagues from the Sea to Sky school district. Collaboration amongst professionals is a consistent focus in our district and we look forward to rich professional dialogue.
d. The Teacher Placement evening took place on May 2. The focus was on supporting our staff during this important structure to assign teachers to assignments. It can be an emotional time and were pleased that few moves occurred which reduces stress for all concerned. 
e. Human Resources staff attended a teacher recruitment fair in Toronto supported by Make a Future.
f. Staff attended a Risk Management conference sponsored by the BC Government Risk Management Branch.  This conference considered comprehensive approaches to Risk Management across Facilities, Business Management and Human Resources.
3. Community
a. Habitat for Humanity unveiled a plaque dedicating a children’s play area to the memory of Robert Shantz, a longtime supporter of Habitat, and acknowledging the collaboration between themselves, the School District and Vancouver Island University.
b. A district committee is conducting an SD 46 Website review and redesign to ensure efficient and clear communication to our community.
c. Community Schools’ Coordinators met with school and district leadership to ensure that the important work of the community schools is maintained. Two grants are supporting after school programming and have been a particular focus this year and will be into next year.

 

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