Monday, 19 May 2014

Learning and Commitment - A Winning Combination

This month SD 60 students showed, yet again, that they are amongst the best in all of Canada when it comes to demonstrating commitment to learning. Whether in the areas of careers, specialized science projects, or energy education and awareness, our students have consistently proven that they are some of the best anywhere.

On May 7th representatives of local business and industry, district staff, teachers, students and families gathered in the North Peace Secondary School cafeteria to celebrate the annual Sponsor and SSA Scholarship recognition banquet. Over 100 persons attended to celebrate as thousands of dollars in scholarship funds were distributed to deserving winners. To be eligible for SSA Scholarships, ITA registered youth apprentices must graduate with a Grade 12 Dogwood Diploma or Adult Dogwood Diploma, successfully complete SSA 11A, SSA 11B, SSA 12A and SSA 12B, maintain a C+ average or better on  all their Grade 12 numbered courses, and report a minimum of 900 hours to the ITA within six months of secondary school graduation.  Students were honored for their work in such diverse trades as construction, hair dressing, and electrical.  

The Spectra Energy Endowment Fund provides scholarships and bursaries to recognize the accomplishments and provide financial help to northeast BC students participating in a Northern Opportunities dual credit program and/or apprenticeship. Approximately $43,000 – $45,000 is available annually to be distributed through the Northern Opportunities Student Awards Program. While much of the rest of the province is just becoming aware of the potential of careers education, SD 60 has been excelling at it for years,

May 15th saw five of our district's students participating in the Canada Wide Science Fair held in Windsor, Ontario after qualifying for nationals at regionals. Few districts can match the achievement of sending five students ranging in age from grade seven through 12 to nationals. That four of the five brought home medals for their effort, including one gold is a tribute both to the efforts of the students and of their teachers and families for supporting them. SD 60 has a tradition of sending strong performers to Canada Wide and even International Science Fair, and with the support we have from the dedicated members of the district science fair committee, it seems that tradition will continue.

Its a great accomplishment when individual students achieve success. Its even better when a whole school collaborates to win a national contest together - not just once, but three years in a row! On May 16 Canadian Geographic announced that Duncan Cran had won its Classroom Energy Diet contest for the third straight year out performing over a thousand other schools from all across Canada. The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge is a competition among Canadian classes from kindergarten to Grade 12 that aims to increase energy awareness among youth and educators. To successfully defend their title for the second straight year Duncan Cran was able to muster 100% participation from all students and classes.

Having students recognized either individually or as part of a greater team effort is a source of tremendous pride both for them and their families and for the district as we work to ensure our students are provided with the best education possible. While some agencies might point out the challenges that come with growing up in a small northern community, we would rather celebrate the accomplishments of our schools and students and recognize just how well our students stack up when compared with others. SD 60 has long said that we want our students to be amongst the best in, and for, the world. Results like the ones described above show we are continuing to make good on that promise.

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