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Irvine students engage in new school visioning

February 16, 2018
On February 13, 2018, SD43's Facilities Department engaged  with 12 students in grades 3 and 4 at Irvine Elementary School on a visioning process for the new school.  This involved: an introduction to architecture from our architects, a student sharing session and a student design activity. During the sharing session, students...

SD43 schools celebrate Lunar New Year

February 15, 2018
Many SD43 schools celebrate Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival. This year's Lunar New Year of the Dog  officially begins on Friday, February 16. Celebrations last for seven days. Students at Terry Fox Secondary School received blessings from a traditional Chinese Lion Dance. During the dance, performers...

SD43 supports Real Acts of Caring week (Feb. 11 - 17, 2018)

February 15, 2018
SD43 and its schools are proud to be part of the 12th annual Real Acts of Caring (RAC) week (February 11 to 17, 2018). Schools, students, employees and parents throughout the district help celebrate this important week by doing something kind for someone else!   Here are some great examples of...

Irvine students give Minister a lesson in coding!

February 02, 2018
​On Tuesday, January 30th, the Minister of Education and other special guests from the Ministry and School District came to Irvine to announce the funding for a new Irvine Elementary. They also highlighted the amazing work being done with technology at Irvine Elementary. Five of our students, Matthew Harford; Shea Hynes;...

Riverside's 14th annual "Tournament for Emily"

December 22, 2017
Riverside Secondary School's girls' basketball club are hosting the 14th annual "Tournament for Emily" December 20-22.  Senior girls' basketball coach, Paul Langford started the tournament with the aim to create a culture where his players learned to give back.  In 13 years its helped raise $81,900 for the BC Children's Hospital...

SD43 student Ty Waters' new Christmas song helps Music Heals

December 14, 2017
Music has had a profound effect on 12-year old Ty Waters, a grade 7 student at Eagle Mountain Middle School . Throughout his life music has been a source of healing and strength. Now he's giving back to his community by working with Music Heals , a B.C. non-profit.  Together,...

École Glen Elementary Volleyball Jambouree and Multicultural Day

November 28, 2017
​This November, École Glen Elementary celebrated diversity and made connections through sport.
Volleyball Jambouree

École Glen Elementary School hosted a hugely successful volleyball jambouree thanks to the generosity of Pinetree Secondary School and their PE department.

Nearly 300 grade 5 volleyball players from Glen, Walton, Westwood, Cedar Drive and...

SD43 students and schools - B.C. High School Champions!

November 28, 2017
Dr. Charles Best Boys' soccer team won their fifth AAA Provincial Championship . The title ties the record for the most by any school since the secondary schools soccer commission was formed in 1947. Swimming Provincial Championship Results: Heritage Woods Secondary: Team gold in 4X50m mixed medley; Brody Young...

Coquitlam Continuing Education Winter/Spring 2018 Course Catalog

November 21, 2017
SD43's Coquitlam Continuing Education (CCE) is an Adult Education program which services students who are 17 years of age or older. With seven learning locations throughout the Tri-Cities including online, CCE offers a variety of  programs and schedules to assist students in achieving their educational and career goals. For more information check out the...

SD43 Language, Culture, & Identity Coordinator receives national award

November 16, 2017
Congratulations to  SD43 Language, Culture, and Identity Coordinator, Mme Sophie Bergeron for receiving the annual André Obadia Award for excellence in Immersion Teachin g at this year's ACPI conference held in Charlottetown, P.E.I. The Canadian Association of Immersion Teachers awards the André Obadia Award annually to recognize professional excellence in immersive teaching....

SD43 Remembers Canada's Veterans

November 08, 2017
​This week, SD43 remembers Canada's veterans and their service and sacrifice for our country by holding assemblies, creating special exhibits and engaging in meaningful activities leading up to Remembrance Day. Students, employees and trustees will also represent SD43 by attending ceremonies in the community on Saturday, November 11.

Here are a...

Citadel Middle, B.C.'s first all-LED upgraded school

October 20, 2017
​Citadel Middle School is the first school in B.C. to switch to 100 percent energy-saving LEDs , , which is expected to save $27,000 annually in energy and maintenance costs as well as provide improved lighting for learning. Congratulations to...

UPDATE: HWSS Move 4 Mana Campaign

October 19, 2017
On World Food Day (Oct 16) Heritage Woods Secondary launched a month long campaign called "Move 4 Mana" where students will track their fitness activity on a smart phone app that they developed. For every 500 calories burned by a HWSS student, Food for Famine Society, will donate a...

Terry Fox inspires unique run and fundraising across district

October 06, 2017
​Terry continues to inspire SD43 schools to run and raise money for cancer research. Thanks to all of our participating students, staff and parents. On Friday, October 6, 105 students from five elementary schools participated in a very special event called Running Terry's Money Home . Participants ran  12.4  km in total...

Student Filmmakers win International Film Competition

September 07, 2017
​Seven filmmakers from Heritage Woods Secondary won top honours in an international media competition for their video "Bullying in the Workplace" as part of the  XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work. The video was shown September 3 to 6, 2017 at the conference and will appear on the World Congress...

New Centennial Secondary School

September 05, 2017
​On Tuesday, September 5, 2017 the new Centennial Secondary School welcomed students, staff and teachers for its inaugural 2017-18 school year. With 1,400 students  expected to attend, the new school features significant amounts of natural lighting, wood interior features, a large open foyer/cafeteria, a  state-of-the-art science lab, teaching kitchen, 234-seat theatre, high speed wifi...

HWSS Self Regulation Family Portrait Fundraiser

August 30, 2017
As a fundraiser for Heritage Woods Secondary , an official school photographer will be offering family portraits to help support and bring awareness about Self Regulation in schools. When: Sunday September 10th, 2017 Time: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Where: Rocky Point Park – meet at the entrance to the pier...

Congratulations Class of 2017

June 28, 2017
​ Best wishes to all graduates School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) congratulates the graduating class of 2017. We are proud of you for successfully completing your secondary school education and reaching this important milestone in your life's journey. As graduates you are not just earning a graduation certificate. Your journey to...

Aspenwood Elementary Water Challenge raises over $8K for WE Charity

June 27, 2017
​ Over 200 students at Aspenwood Elementary were provided with a unique learning opportunity while raising funds for WE Charity by participating in a Water Challenge on June 9. The grades 4 and 5 students at the school experienced firsthand the challenges that many in developing or third-world countries go through...

Blakeburn Elementary unveils innovative new four-classroom addition

June 22, 2017
​Blakeburn Elementary held a special opening ceremony on Thursday, June 22 to unveil their innovative new four-classroom addition. Principal Andrea McComb presided over the event attended by SD43 Board Chair Kerri Palmer Isaak, Vice-Chair Carol Cahoon, trustees Chuck Denison, Barb Hobson, Judy Shirra, Diane Sowden and Michael Thomas, Superintendent Patricia Gartland,...

SD43 and TELUS unveil student-designed artwork in Port Coquitlam

June 22, 2017
​School District No. 43 (Coquitlam), in partnership with TELUS, proudly unveiled six student-designed artwork pieces being used as graphic wraps for six TELUS electrical boxes in Port Coquitlam. The winning students, their parents, school staff, school district trustees and district leaders, City of Port Coquitlam dignitaries, and TELUS staff were on...

SD43 congratulates scholarship recipients

June 19, 2017
​SD43 congratulates the numerous scholarship recipients in the graduating Class of 2017. Over 300 scholarships totalling over $365,000 have been awarded to SD43 students in the Class of 2017 from district and ministry scholarships alone. On top of that are numerous external awards and scholarships from local, regional and national organizations...

2017 CSSAA athletic award winners

June 16, 2017
​The Coquitlam Secondary Schools Athletic Association (CSSAA) handed out their annual awards at their AGM & Awards Banquet Night on June 13.
Congratulations to all of this year's award recipients listed below: Jack Davis , tennis, Heritage Woods Secondary - Graduating Male Athlete of the Year Jacqueline Lew , wrestling, Pinetree...

SD43 Reel Stars Student Film Festival winners

June 14, 2017
​ The ninth annual SD43 Reel Stars Student Film Festival was held on June 13 at Port Moody Secondary School. Created by District Media LSA members – Jodey Udell, Brent Phillips-Watts, Mike Schoenhals, Martin Novotny and Bill Kingsland – its purpose is to honour excellence in student film making. This year,...

SD43 students combine for 11 medals at Track & Field Championships

June 05, 2017
​ Students representing schools across SD43 took part in the 2017 BC High School Track & Field Championships. SD43 congratulates all of our participating students for all their hard work training for the event and for representing our district and schools with pride. The following is a list of all the...

SD43 hosts first-ever Middle School Sphero Challenge Day

May 26, 2017
​ School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)’s talented middle school students put on a show at the first-ever Middle School Sphero Challenge Day held on Thursday, May 25 at Winslow Centre. All 14 middle schools in the district were represented at the event by over 90 students and teachers. Each schools’ teams...

Suwa’lkh School students explore Broken Group Islands

May 23, 2017
​Students at Suwa'lkh School recently ventured out on a seven-day canoe trip to the Broken Group Islands in Pacific Rim National Park. The students canoed over 60 kilometres exploring the many island that make up this archipelago system. The outdoor adventure program at Suwa'lkh School is co-facilitated between school staff and...

Pleasantside Connects project culminates with new Welcome Post

May 23, 2017
​Pleasantside Elementary unveiled their new Welcome Post carved by Squamish Nation artist Xwalacktun at a special ceremony held on Wednesday, May 3. The Welcome Post was the culmination of the school’s Pleasantside Connects project. Among the guests that attended the unveiling included SD43 trustee Barb Hobson along with Assistant Superintendents Reno Ciolfi and...

SD43 students win at Coquitlam Public Library Science Expo

May 12, 2017
​SD43 students swept the top prizes in all four categories at the second annual Coquitlam Public Library Science Expo (CPLSE) held on May 11. In total, nine of the 12 winning projects came from students representing SD43 schools. This year marked the second running of the event which is hosted by...

SD43 raises $33K at annual golf tournament

May 09, 2017
​ School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) held its fourth annual charity golf tournament on Sunday, May 7 in support of KidSport Tri-Cities. Thanks to the generous support of all participants, SD43 raised $33,000 for the cause. 

Boccia introduced at Leigh Elementary

May 08, 2017
​ Courtesy Angelina Di Fonzo, teacher at Leigh Elementary Boccia, the Paralympic version of bocci, was introduced to students at Leigh Elementary on Tuesday, April 25. Jade Werger, Sport Development Coordinator at SportAbility and Jasmine Webster, volunteer Boccia programmer, taught the basics of the game to three eager grade two classes...

SD43 teacher receives Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence

May 05, 2017
​ School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) is proud to announce that Greg Skerratt, a technology teacher at École Kwayhquitlum Middle School, has received a Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Mr. Skerratt received a Certificate of Achievement for his work at the school. This is the second year in a row...

SD43 program finishes as finalist for prestigious Cmolik Prize

April 28, 2017
​ An Inquiry Hub program – one of five total submissions from an SD43 group or individual employee – was recognized as being one of the top three shortlisted finalists for Simon Fraser University’s prestigious $100,000 Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Public Education in B.C. The Inquiry Hub program, titled...

SD43 continues to innovate in information technology education

April 27, 2017
​School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) has been an innovative leader in advancing learning opportunities in applied design, skills and technology for students from K-12 in the district and increased student engagement and enthusiasm is just one of the many positive outcomes as a result. At the public board meeting held on...

Panorama Heights Elementary School celebrates 25 years

April 18, 2017
​ Panorama Heights Elementary School celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special event held at the school on Thursday, April 13. Among the attendees included SD43 Board Chair Kerri Palmer Isaak, Vice Chair Carol Cahoon, Trustees Barb Hobson and Michael Thomas, SD43 Superintendent Patricia Gartland, SD43 Assistant Superintendent Reno Ciolfi, School...

SD43 students earn awards at science fair

April 12, 2017
​ Innovative SD43 students walked away with a bevy of awards at the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair held April 6 to 8 at the University of British Columbia. A total of 16 middle and secondary students from four SD43 schools – Heritage Woods Secondary, Riverside Secondary, Inquiry Hub and Hillcrest...

Pitt River Middle - CSI Project

April 10, 2017
​Pitt River Middle students had a chance to put their sleuthing skills to the test as part of the school’s recent CSI unit project. Upon returning from Spring Break, they discovered the fictitious theft of their Terry Fox memorial thus beginning a two-week long campaign played out on Twitter that involved...

SD43 SSEP Mission Patch winners announced

March 30, 2017
​ School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) is proud to announce that Emily Reilhan and Kathleen Diaz Ng have been selected as the winners of the Student SpaceFlight Experiments Program (SSEP) Mission Patch design competition. The two respective winning designs will be turned into official patches and will accompany SD43’s winning science...

SD43 hosts Lieutenant Governor of B.C. school visits

March 28, 2017
​Six SD43 schools had the honour of hosting The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, as part of the Canada 150 tour to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia visited Riverside Secondary, Pitt River Middle, Eagle Mountain Middle, Heritage Woods Secondary, Aspenwood...

Mountain Meadows Elementary unveils new mural

March 13, 2017
​ In an effort to support its ongoing multi-year theme of "Building Community", Mountain Meadows Elementary School commissioned the services of artist, Lauren Albrice, to support the school's community members in creating a mural in the gymnasium that depicts the physical landscape of the MME area. Each student, staff member, many...

Maple Creek Middle wins bike-friendly award

March 08, 2017
​ Maple Creek Middle School was honoured at the HUB Bike Awards on February 28 by being named the region's most bike-friendly middle school. Learn more at this Tri City news story. Photo courtesy Tri City News

SD43 hosts Lunar New Year gala

February 20, 2017
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam), in conjunction with Lanzhou University, hosted a special Chinese Lunar New Year gala on February 15. The event attracted an audience of over 400 attendees, included among them SD43 Board Chair Kerri Palmer Isaak, Board Vice-Chair Carol Cahoon, and trustees Chuck Denison and Keith Watkins. Also...

SD43 students celebrate exchange program trip to Japan

February 16, 2017
​SD43 Superintendent Patricia Gartland, Centennial Secondary Principal Jon Bruneau, Gleneagle Secondary Principal Ken Cober, along with SD43 students from the two schools as well as Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart had the privilege of being invited to the residence of Ms. Asako Okai, the Japanese consul general in Vancouver, for a special...

Roy Stibbs Elementary unveils Welcome Pole

February 01, 2017
​Roy Stibbs Elementary unveiled their Welcome Pole on Monday, January 30 during a ceremony at the school. Among the guests in attendance at the unveiling included SD43 Trustees Carol Cahoon (Vice-Chair), Barb Hobson and Diane Sowden, along with Assistant Superintendents Gerald Shong and Rob Zambrano. The Welcome Pole was designed and...

SD43 Secondary School Theatrical Productions

January 26, 2017
​Theatrical productions are coming to SD43 Secondary Schools starting in February. Here's your chance to see talented SD43 students hit the stage. Be sure to get your tickets before they sell out. Upcoming productions include: Pinetree Secondary presents The Sound of Music at the Treehouse Theatre. The show runs February 2-4...

Three SD43 students named finalists for prominent award

January 11, 2017
​ Three SD43 students have been named finalists for a Loran Award, a prominent honour bestowed by the Loran Scholars Foundation based on evidence of character, service and leadership and offered in partnership with 25 Canadian Universities.  Kieran Cyphus (Heritage Woods Secondary), Jamie Fajber (Gleneagle Secondary) and Anna Yang (Dr. Charles...

iHub student recognized for fundraising efforts

January 11, 2017
​As a foster child, Andrew Teel understands the struggles and challenges that others in his shoes face growing up. Although Andrew, an Inquiry Hub student, has had the good fortune to be adopted by a loving family, he remains committed to helping those who may not be as fortunate as him....

Two Kenyan students make two-month visit to SD43

December 12, 2016
​ From Michele Reid, Principal at École Mary Hill Elementary On October 28 two Kenyan students, Allan Waithira and Denis Chege, arrived in the Coquitlam School District for a two-month stay.  They were selected due to their hard work in a course called Butterfly Effect; an independent study course where students...

Terry Fox Secondary captures provincial football championship

December 07, 2016
​ Devin Passaglia played the role of hero at the 2016 high school football AAA provincial championship kicking a walkoff field goal to lift the Terry Fox Ravens to a 17-14 victory over East Vancouver's Notre Dame Jugglers. It was Terry Fox Secondary's first AAA senior provincial football championship since 2008....

SD43 SSEP finalists recognized

December 02, 2016
​ School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) celebrated the top-eight finalists of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program at an event held at Simon Fraser University on December 1. The top-eight finalists were recognized at the event which featured numerous special guests including new SD43 Board of Education Chair Kerri Palmer Isaak and...

Basketball rules at Heritage Woods Secondary

December 02, 2016
​Basketball in all forms has been prominent at Heritage Woods Secondary. For the past two weeks, students in PE classes and intramurals have giving wheelchair basketball a whirl leading up to a friendly match against the Port Moody Police that took place as part of the Kodiak Klassic. The wheelchair basketball...

SD43 receives $25,000 RBC Learn to Play grant

November 29, 2016
​ SD43 is the recipient of a $25,000 RBC Learn to Play grant which is being aimed at a community wide strategy to be more intentional about teaching movement in schools and in the community. The aim of the project is to develop a common understanding of the importance of seeing...

Pies thrown for job well done at École Coquitlam River

November 17, 2016
​École Coquitlam River Elementary School held a Pie Throwing event to celebrate a job well done on Wednesday, November 16. Honouring a promise to students for raising over $2,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation, Principal Ross Jacobsen and Mrs. Lisa Dunn enjoyed a rather tasty facial with pies. The last part...

SD43 Student Spaceflight Experiment Finalists Announced

November 16, 2016
​The countdown is on to determine which SD43 science experiment will go to space! 277 team proposals from over 1600 grade 5-12 students at several SD43 schools were initially reviewed. 30 proposals were shortlisted and further reviewed by a panel of experts with science, technology and proposal writing backgrounds from SD43,...

SD43 students attend WE Day Vancouver

November 04, 2016
​ Students across SD43 had the opportunity to attend WE Day on November 3, 2016 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. In addition to students, also in attendance were Board Chair Judy Shirra, Board Vice-Chair Michael Thomas, Superintendent Patricia Gartland, and Associate Director of Instruction for Learning and Information Technologies Stephen Whiffin...

Southside Family of Schools team up to "scare" hunger

October 25, 2016
​The Southside Family of Schools in Port Coquitlam are teaming up for their annual "We Scare Hunger" campaign, previously known as "Halloween for Hunger," to collect non-perishable food items for the Tri-City SHARE Food Bank. The Southside Family of Schools is comprised of École Riverside Secondary, Citadel Middle, École Pitt River...

Mountain Meadows Elementary hosts Juno Award-winner

October 11, 2016
​All classes at Mountain Meadows Elementary were treated to a three-day in-service provided by Juno Award-winning singer and songwriter, Norman Foote. Mr. Foote met each class twice over the course of three days to teach some of his songs, but also to teach kids about the songwriting process. Students were able...

École Mary Hill Elementary unveils new mural

October 11, 2016
École Mary Hill Elementary held a special event on Thursday, October 6 where they unveiled their new school mural. Invited guests at the event included members of the Kwikwetlem band, members of the Aboriginal Education Department, parent volunteers, Trustee Kerri Palmer Isaak as well as the entire staff and students of...

Hair goes flying at École Kilmer Elementary

October 11, 2016
​Plenty of hair went flying on October 7 at École Kilmer Elementary as a result of the school's successful fundraising for this year's Terry Fox Run. The school raised $6,914.25 this year, adding to the $26,619.22 they've now raised over the past five years. To mark the success, 20 students had...

Little school with big heart raises $4,000 for Terry Fox Run

October 04, 2016
​R.C. MacDonald Elementary School has a population of only 136 students but that didn't stop this little school with a big heart from shattering their school goal by raising $4,000 for this year's Terry Fox Run. Principal Ceri Watkins provided ample incentive by agreeing to dye his hair and beard blue...

SD43 to send student-designed experiment to space

September 20, 2016
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) has been selected to take part in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) run by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and will be providing a student-designed science experiment to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) in low Earth orbit. The experiment...

SD43 student Ty Waters inspires peace with song release

July 21, 2016
​School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) student Ty Waters, who attended Aspenwood Elementary and will be attending Eagle Mountain Middle in the fall of 2016, is sharing his message of peace and unity through the release of his first song, “Only Human.” The music video was released on YouTube on July 20....

SD43 schools raise over $25K for Fort McMurray relief efforts

July 12, 2016
​School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) is presenting the Canadian Red Cross $25,420.21 in support of the relief efforts for the Fort McMurray residents that were displaced by the wildfires that resulted in one of the biggest evacuations in Canadian history. The monies were raised through an initiative spearheaded by Grade 7...

Aspenwood Elementary leads fundraising push

July 11, 2016
Over 20 SD43 schools took the time to give back to the community through their participation in the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart program this year. Special acknowledgement goes to Aspenwood Elementary for being the top fundraising school in the Fraser area and third overall in BC by...

Summer resources and information

July 11, 2016
​School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) wishes all students, parents, teachers, staff and administrators a safe and happy summer season. We look forward to welcoming you back in the fall. For tips on how to have an enjoyable summer, see some of the resources and information links below. Sun Safety Tips ...

Congratulations Class of 2016

July 11, 2016
Best wishes to all graduates School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) congratulates the graduating class of 2016. We are proud of yo​​​u for successfully completing your secondary school education and reaching this important milestone in your life's journey. As graduates you are not just earning a graduation certificate. Your journey to this point...

Inquiry Hub Secondary has its first graduation class in 2016

July 18, 2016
On Thursday, June 17, Inquiry Hub Secondary celebrated its first-ever graduation class. Inquiry Hub is an SD43 program that provides students in Grades 9-12 an innovative, technology driven, full-time program which allows them to pursue their own learning questions by shaping their educational experience around their interests instead of structured classing....

Ranch Park Elementary wins Enthusiasm and Spirit Award presented by Lt. Gov. of B.C.

July 22, 2016
Congratulations to Ranch Park Elementary teacher, Grace Lee, and students on being awarded the Enthusiasm and Spirit Award for their song entry titled "A Little Thanks" for the Sing Me A Song program. Click here to see the song video.   This is the first time a B.C. school has been...

Congratulations to our Provincial Championship winners!

July 22, 2016
Congratulations to Heritage Woods Secondary senior AAA Tennis Team for winning the Fraser Valley Championship and the Provincial Championship.   Congratulations to Gleneagle Secondary senior boys' rugby team for winning the AAA Tier 2 Provincial Championship.   Congratulations to Gleneagle Secondary golf team for winning the AAA Provincial Championship for the...

Gleneagle Secondary earns visit from Japanese Consul General

July 18, 2016
The Japanese club at Gleneagle Secondary raised over $1,000 for the victims of the Kunamoto earthquake which struck in mid-April. Their efforts earned them a visit from the Japanese Consul General, Asako Okai, on June 7. The special assembly, which was also attended by School District 43 (Coquitlam) trustees, Superintendent Patricia...

SD43 athletes shine at Provincial Track and Field Championships

July 22, 2016
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) Student-Athletes were at the top of their game in the Provincial Track and Field Championships held in Nanaimo from June 2-4.

Three SD43 athletes were triple medal winners in the event including Chanell Botsis from Dr. Charles Best Secondary who won the women’s senior discus and...

Second Edition of "The Canoe"

July 22, 2016
  The SD43 Aboriginal Education Department has released the second edition of The Canoe magazine  to an even wider audience and in partnership with the Surrey and Mission School Districts, click here to read. In February, the first edition was released, click here to read. The magazine's purpose is to highlight our...

2nd edition of SD43 Aboriginal Education Department's "The Canoe" coming in June!

July 22, 2016
​In February, the SD43 Aboriginal Education Department released their first edition of the magazine "The Canoe."   Now they are gearing up to release the second edition in mid-June to an even wider audience. The magazine's purpose is to highlight our success stories, stress the good work that our teachers and students are...

SD43 teachers honoured with Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence

July 22, 2016
Two SD43 teachers,  Emmanuel Escueta and Greg Tjosvold, were recently awarded Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence . Recipients are honoured for their remarkable achievements in education and for their commitment to preparing their students for a digital and innovation-based economy. Emmanuel Escueta , a grade 2 French Immersion teacher with École...

SD43 Students Win Top Awards at Canada-Wide Science Festival in Montreal

July 22, 2016
After winning gold medals at the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair last month, three SD43 students  competed at the Canada-Wide Science Festival (CWSF) on May 14 in Montreal.  All three students won top prizes, achieving a gold, a silver, and a bronze in their respective categories.   In addition, they won $17,500   in...

New Mural at Miller Park Elementary Brightens School Courtyard

July 22, 2016
Miller Park Elementary students, teachers, staff and community members came together to bring life to a beautiful 56-foot-long mural highlighting local mountains and wildflowers. The new mural is a colourful addition to the school courtyard.  
Photo courtesy of the Tri-City News. For more information, please see this Tri-City News story. ...

Tri-Cities Champions for Young Children Awards

July 22, 2016
Tri-Cities Champions for Young Children Awards of Excellence recently recognized SD43 Early Learning Coordinator, Andrea Hunter as the Leadership Champion winner and Strong Start Facilitator, Julia Punzo as the Individual Champion winner. Andrea is very passionate about the early years and has been a big leader in this area at both the...

SD43 Student Finalists at Provincial French Public Speaking Competition

July 22, 2016
Out of 10,000 students from across British Columbia, 260 total and nine from School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) competed in the provincial finals for the 33rd Annual French public speaking competition, Concours d'art oratoire .   The event this year was held on May 7 at the Simon Fraser University campus in Surrey . Student participants are...

Coquitlam Public Library Science Expo Results

July 22, 2016
On May 12, the Coquitlam Public Library in partnership with SD43 , the City of Coquitlam, and Douglas College, hosted a Science Expo   open to Coquitlam students from grades 3-12.  Students from 17 schools participated in the event in four categories based on grade level: elementary, middle, junior and senior.   Winners received ...

SD43 school teams win 1st & 2nd at YELL Venture Challenge

July 22, 2016
May 8 at the Young Entrepreneurship Leadership Launchpad (YELL) 2016 Venture Challenge 18 teams from Richmond, West Vancouver and Coquitlam competed in the Venture Finals. Two SD43 teams took home 1st and 2nd place.   1st Place - Cering is a wearable technology that is activated with the simple touch of a button to call...

Seaview Elementary Promotes Friendship with Buddy Benches

July 22, 2016
  Seaview Elementary students helped to paint two colorful buddy benches. The benches will be installed on the playground and are intended to promote friendship. For more information, read this   Tri-City News article.   Photo courtesy of Tri-City News.

Heritage Woods Secondary Hosts Welcome Tea

July 22, 2016
  On May 12, Heritage Woods Secondary  hosted a Welcome Tea  for new immigrant and refugee families in the Tri Cities. The event included student performances and was attended by  close to 200 guests.   1.       Special thanks to all of the students, staff and   Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) team for an unforgettable event....

Upcoming SD43 Musical Productions & Concerts

July 22, 2016
    1. Gleneagle Secondary’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast runs May 11-13 and 18-20 with shows at 7 p.m. Tickets are available from students or at the front office during school hours. For more information click here. 2.  Terry Fox Secondary’s Rock the Fox concert will take place...

SD43 schools to represent Canada at Odyssey of the Mind World finals

July 22, 2016
  After winning gold at the provincials, SD43 schools are sending six teams from three schools to Iowa (May 25-29) for Odyssey of the Mind Worlds. Teams from Harbour View Elementary, Glenayre Elementary, and Port Moody Secondary School (four teams) will represent Canada later this month.   Odyssey of the Mind  is an international educational...

Gleneagle Secondary and Heritage Woods Secondary win SD43 Sr. and Jr. District Golf Championships

July 22, 2016
  Congratulations to Gleneagle Secondary’s Senior Golf team for winning the District Championships. They’re off to the Fraser Valley Championships on May 26. Dr. Charles Best 's team finished second and Riverside Secondary 's team placed third. H eritage Woods Secondary's team took home the Junior title.  

$31,000 raised for KidSport Tri Cities at SD43's 3rd annual Charity Golf Tournament

July 22, 2016
  Thanks to all who came out to support SD43's 3rd annual golf tournament on May 1 to benefit KidSport Tri-Cities and helped us to raise over $31,000! This amount allows over 120 children and youth to play sports within our community and within our schools.

SD43 Secondary School Apprenticeship Scholarship winners

July 22, 2016
  31 SD43 Secondary School Apprenticeship Scholarship winners receive $1000 awards. The apprentices included plumbers, electricians, cooks, refrigeration mechanics, carpenters, joiners, cooks and hairstylists. Congratulations to these apprentices who are well on their way to successful trades careers! For more info on the Secondary School Apprenticeship option, visit this website: ...

38th Annual Como Lake Relays

July 22, 2016
    On April 13 and 14 over 2,000 grade 4 and 5 elementary students from across the district participated in the 38th Annual Como Lake Relays. Photos courtesy of the Tri City News.  See more photos   here.  

SD43 Aboriginal Education Canoe Now Installed in Port Moody

July 22, 2016
We are pleased to share the news and the pictures of SD43's Aboriginal Education Canoe that is now fully installed in the new Port Moody sky train station.  The Aboriginal Education Department would like to give special thank Laurie Ebenal and Malcom Key who initiated this project two years ago. Listen...

SD43 Community School Coordinators host School of Wonderstanding camp for students

July 22, 2016
  SD43 Community School Coordinators along with SFU student teachers and Faculty Associates, hosted a week-long camp over spring break for students called the School of Wonderstanding. The camp is dedicated to ensure that students have opportunities for both learning and fun during their time away from school. and takes place...

Dr. Charles Best Secondary Student 5th at National Qualifier Synchronized Swimming Championships

July 22, 2016
  Dr. Charles Best Secondary grade 10 student, Mikayla Papillo, came home with a 5 th place finish from the Canadian National Qualifier Synchronized Swimming Championships. She and her BC Aquasonics team placed 5 th in Junior Team Routine and 6 th overall with their championship score. This is the highest...

École Moody Middle Celebrates Learning on a Grand Scale

July 22, 2016
  Last year, Moody Middle began to focus on presentations of learning (POL) and their significance in celebrating and sharing learning.   This is not only an important step in the inquiry process but also fits very well with the school's vision of learning through the arts.   Presentations of Learning...

Kwayhquitlum Middle School 21st Anniversary Invitation

July 22, 2016
  ​Please join us in celebrating Kwayhquitlum Middle’s  21st Anniversary Wednesday, April 20, 2016    1:45 p.m. Assembly—students, parents and staff 3:30—5:00 p.m. Kway Anniversary Party—school gym 5:30—7:00 p.m. Get-together at Samz, 2342 Elgin Ave., Port Coquitlam All current and former staff members are invited to attend. Come reconnect with old...

SD43 sports news: HWSS senior boys win provincial lacrosse championships

July 22, 2016
Heritage Woods Secondary's senior boys' lacrosse team took home the Tier 2 BC high school provincial championship after a perfect undefeated tournament. Riverside Secondary's boys' curling team placed 4th in the BC high school provincial championships. Riverside Secondary's senior girls' basketball team placed 5th and Dr. Charles Best Secondary...

RAC inspires École Glen Elementary students

July 21, 2016
  On March 3, 2016, three Maple Creek Students, Dorsa, Zachar and Jasmine accompanied Mrs. Evans’ grade 1 students from É cole Glen Elementary on their walking field trip to Save On Foods. These same middle school students visited Mrs. Evans’ class three weeks ago as part of Real Acts of Caring...

Inquiry Hub Secondary students place 2nd in BC at University of BC's annual Physics Olympics

July 22, 2016
    Congratulations to the Inquiry Hub's team for their 2nd place finish out of 63 teams in BC (Pre-build category) at the University of British Columbia's annual Physics Olympics.

Pedal desks help Panorama Heights Elementary students learn

July 21, 2016
  Panorama Heights Elementary is one of 10 schools in School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) to purchase pedal desks and other active equipment for use in classes this year. The initiative is one of several strategies SD43 schools are using to teach students self-regulation. For more information, please read this Tri-City News article....

Dr. Charles Best Secondary experiences 3D virtual reality field trips with Google Expeditions

July 22, 2016
  Students at Dr. Charles Best secondary got to swim in a shark tank, visit the pyramids of Giza and Machu Picchu, and stand on the moon — without leaving the classroom. Google brought its new virtual reality (VR) technology and pilot program Pioneer Expeditions to the Coquitlam school — the...

Teaching self-regulation in schools

July 21, 2016
  As highlighted in a full-page feature article in the Tri-City News, many SD43 schools are using self-regulation techniques as part of the social and emotional curriculum. SD43 has been working with the Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative on programs to help students recognize and reduce stress. Some tools and technique being used...

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