Education

Queen Elizabeth Secondary school students reported multiple incidents of experiencing racism, sexism and bullying. (Surrey Schools photo)

Racial slurs, sexual harassment, bullying towards BIPOC students was reality at B.C. high school

Report on student and staff experiences captured in November, released to public recently

Queen Elizabeth Secondary school students reported multiple incidents of experiencing racism, sexism and bullying. (Surrey Schools photo)
A basic intermediate classroom at Irene Kelleher Totí:ltawtxw elementary in Abbotsford. Getting the school finished was a major project over the summer for the district. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Elementary and middle school enrolment still on the rise in Abbotsford

Annual reports the main business as board of education cracks books open

A basic intermediate classroom at Irene Kelleher Totí:ltawtxw elementary in Abbotsford. Getting the school finished was a major project over the summer for the district. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
Abbotsford Christian School has a new rubberized surface made from recycled tires on its playground and short track for its middle-secondary campus. (Submitted photo)

Recycled tires provide rubberized surface at Abbotsford school playground

Abbotsford Christian School received $30,000 grant from Tire Stewardship BC

Abbotsford Christian School has a new rubberized surface made from recycled tires on its playground and short track for its middle-secondary campus. (Submitted photo)
Rod Santiago from Archway Community Services laughs as he tries out the built-in reading nooks in the library at Irene Kelleher Totí:ltawtxw Elementary School in Abbotsford during a tour of the new school. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Inclusion and Indigenous culture featured throughout Abbotsford’s newest school

Official opening of Irene Kelleher Totí:ltawtxw elementary included tours and speeches

Rod Santiago from Archway Community Services laughs as he tries out the built-in reading nooks in the library at Irene Kelleher Totí:ltawtxw Elementary School in Abbotsford during a tour of the new school. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside and partners in provincial K-12 education issued a statement on Sept. 16, 2022 in support of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) policy. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. Education Minister and partners in K-12 education issue statement in support of SOGI

Statement on inclusive policy comes 1 day before election campaign to elect school board trustees

Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside and partners in provincial K-12 education issued a statement on Sept. 16, 2022 in support of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) policy. (Black Press Media file photo)
Screenshot of Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld addressing a congregation in the Langley Fireside Calvary Chapel for “a prayer meeting of the education sector” on Sept 8, 2022. (Barry Neufeld Youtube)

Chilliwack’s Barry Neufeld trying to raise $60K for Supreme Court of Canada battle

Censured school trustee said Oct. 11 hearing is ‘to protect his right to have access to children.’

Screenshot of Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld addressing a congregation in the Langley Fireside Calvary Chapel for “a prayer meeting of the education sector” on Sept 8, 2022. (Barry Neufeld Youtube)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks during a COVID-19 update at the legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, March 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks during a COVID-19 update at the legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, March 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A national school food program is needed, B.C. advocates are urging. (Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion file)

Urgent need for a national school food program in classrooms: B.C. group

The Coalition for Healthy School Food wants the federal government to create a national program.

A national school food program is needed, B.C. advocates are urging. (Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion file)
Irene Kelleher Totí:ltawtxw on Eagle Mountain is the newest elementary school to open in Abbotsford. (Abbotsford school district photo)

New school opens in Abbotsford; improvements coming to others

Irene Kelleher Totí:ltawtxw opens on Eagle Mountain with capacity for 460 students

Irene Kelleher Totí:ltawtxw on Eagle Mountain is the newest elementary school to open in Abbotsford. (Abbotsford school district photo)
A child poses for a photo with a Backpack Buddies bag of food. (Submitted by Backpackbuddies.ca)

B.C. food-aid programs seeing spike in hungry students amid high inflation, grocery costs

The school year began on Sept. 6, after a summer of inflation rates reaching as high as 8 per cent .

A child poses for a photo with a Backpack Buddies bag of food. (Submitted by Backpackbuddies.ca)
A WildSafe Ranger display at a B.C. school. (WildSafeBC photo)
A WildSafe Ranger display at a B.C. school. (WildSafeBC photo)
University student Chloe Goodison, shown in this handout image, founded a group that provides overdose prevention education to high school students in Coquitlam, B.C., but is expanding the program this fall with hopes that the province will make awareness about overdose from illicit street drugs a mandatory part of the curriculum instead of leaving that decision to individual school districts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

Make overdose education mandatory in B.C. schools amid drug emergency, advocates say

More than 10,000 deaths since B.C. declared toxic drug supply a public health emergency in 2016

University student Chloe Goodison, shown in this handout image, founded a group that provides overdose prevention education to high school students in Coquitlam, B.C., but is expanding the program this fall with hopes that the province will make awareness about overdose from illicit street drugs a mandatory part of the curriculum instead of leaving that decision to individual school districts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
French immersion students make up roughly 9.7 per cent of the B.C. student body. (Canadian Parents for French BC & YK photo)

B.C. schools coming off a record year for French immersion students

Provincial average in 2021/22 nearly reached 10 per cent of all students in public school

French immersion students make up roughly 9.7 per cent of the B.C. student body. (Canadian Parents for French BC & YK photo)
Sean Fraser speaks at an event in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. The immigration minister says the government is looking at ways to prioritize visa applications for international students set to start school this coming semester as many are left wondering whether they’ll make it to Canada in time for school.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Visa delays leaving international students in limbo for fall semester

34 per cent of pending applications were taking longer to process than government standards

Sean Fraser speaks at an event in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. The immigration minister says the government is looking at ways to prioritize visa applications for international students set to start school this coming semester as many are left wondering whether they’ll make it to Canada in time for school.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
Avalynn Kwok, 4, walks with her dad, Manny Kwok, outside Lynn Valley Elementary School as her parents drop her off for her first day of kindergarten in North Vancouver on September 9, 2021. For years, Staples Canada has advertised back-to-school supplies to the tune of the “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” with parents eager to see their children return to class after a busy summer. But back-to-school supplies can quickly add up, and parents already feeling the crunch from a rising cost of living may need to strategize how they approach this shopping season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Looking to save some money this back-to-school season? Here are some tips

Parents facing increased costs as they get the kids ready to return to class

Avalynn Kwok, 4, walks with her dad, Manny Kwok, outside Lynn Valley Elementary School as her parents drop her off for her first day of kindergarten in North Vancouver on September 9, 2021. For years, Staples Canada has advertised back-to-school supplies to the tune of the “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” with parents eager to see their children return to class after a busy summer. But back-to-school supplies can quickly add up, and parents already feeling the crunch from a rising cost of living may need to strategize how they approach this shopping season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Nerlap Sidhu, a teacher at Eugene Reimer middle school, is among three Abbotsford educators who have been named as finalists for the 2022 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education. (Darren McDonald/UFV)

Three Abbotsford educators in running for Excellence in Education awards

10 recipients of the provincial honour will be announced in October

Nerlap Sidhu, a teacher at Eugene Reimer middle school, is among three Abbotsford educators who have been named as finalists for the 2022 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education. (Darren McDonald/UFV)
Classroom chairs. (Photo: Pixabay)

Chilliwack teacher suspended after ‘crossing personal boundaries’ with students

Sheldon Lyle Nickel admitted to inappropriate conduct, including sending personal text messages

Classroom chairs. (Photo: Pixabay)
A California school district is hoping to attract more teachers by providing them with affordable housing. (Associated Press/screenshot)

VIDEO: California school district builds affordable housing to attract teachers

Rising rent, teacher shortages piquing districts’ interest in workforce housing

A California school district is hoping to attract more teachers by providing them with affordable housing. (Associated Press/screenshot)
Abby senior secondary is the first school in the Abbotsford school district to have a rainbow crosswalk. (Submitted)

VIDEO: Abbotsford school district publishes short video of rainbow crosswalk unveiling

Abbotsford senior secondary crosswalk the first of its kind in school district

Abby senior secondary is the first school in the Abbotsford school district to have a rainbow crosswalk. (Submitted)
Photo of First Nations totem polls in Vancouver B.C. from pixabay.com.

First Nations courses for high school grad credits now available to B.C. students

Students can participate in First Nations courses due to expansion of External Credentials program

Photo of First Nations totem polls in Vancouver B.C. from pixabay.com.