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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime
Learning Experiences & Opportunities

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Junior Firefighter Programs

Coquitlam Fire Rescue: March 10 - 17, 2023​ (first week of Spring Break)

Port Moody Fire Rescue: April 20 - 23, 2023 (plus a few days before/after)

The Coquitlam School District is very excited to partner with both Coquitlam Fire Rescue and Port Moody Fire Rescue​ to offer two different firefighter acade​mies this year!  It is open to SD43 high school students currently in grades 11 and 12.

The Junior Firefighting Programs will give the applicants a true understanding of the basic components both physical and educational of Fire Rescue’s basic training for new recruits.  The educational component will test the applicant’s knowledge learned in the classroom of firefighting equipment, fire behaviour, the fire tetrahedron and the products of combustion, to name a few.  The practical component of the program will test the applicant’s strength, endurance and teamwork skills.  Some examples may include: dragging charged hose lines, carrying ladders in a group, climbing the four-story hose tower and cutting up cars in teams using the “Jaws of Life”.

The Coquitlam academy will be accepting 12 students and will run for 8 days (9​.00am to 5.00pm) at the firehall located at 1300 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam.

The Port Moody academy wil​​​​​​l be accepting 4 students and will run for 4 days (8.00am to 6.00pm) at the firehall located at 150 Newport Drive, Port Moody. There will be a few more days before/after attached to this academy, those will be updated later.

Students are able to participate in one of the two offering mentions above.

There are three phases to being accepted:

  • complete an "application"
    • ​it is a fillable .pdf, so the expectation is that students will type in as much of the application as possible, really only needing a pen for signatures and dates​
  • pass a "fitness test", and
  • pass a "personal interview​"

The ​application deadline for the 2023 academy has now passed (De​cember 2, 2022).

If you currently in grade 10 or 11, look for next year's applications to come out on Nov. 1, 2023.

EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY - 'Headstart in Art'
September 13 - December 13, 2022

This "Foundation Drawing Studio" course (FNDT 112) will be available to students going into their grade 12 year (or current grade 12s who will graduate on June 30 and would like to take this course as a "recent grad") from any of the secondary schools in School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) and surrounding area. The course will carry degree credit at Emily Carr and transfer credit to other Fine Art programs. The course is particularly aimed at students considering post-secondary studies in visual art, media art or design.

An Emily Carr instructor will teach the course on Tuesday evenings (6.00pm - 9.00pm) at Gleneagle Secondary School (room 107​).​

This course explores the fundamentals of drawing such as line, shape, tone, texture, volume, proportion, shadow, space, composition, scale, mark-making tools, and media. Exercises and projects work on perceptual and expressive drawing and hand-eye ​coordination. In-class projects and homework assignments will encompass various aspects of drawing while visual presentations and class discussion will introduce students to contemporary and historical ideas of art and design.

The September 2023 intake application will be available in Spring 2023. It will be advertised at your high school and on this webpage. 

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​New Westminster Police Dept. Student Acade​​​​​​​my
begins early July  

This two week program gives you a behind the scenes look at all aspects of being a police officer. From physical conditioning and self-defense tactics, to scenario-based simulations and firearm safety, you’ll receive from police the most up to date tactical training.

You will learn about the many different aspects of policing from exciting guest speakers. Meet members of the K9 Unit, see the police helicopter – Air 1 up close, and get out on the water with the NWPD Marine Unit.​

See link in right column. ​​Students are responsible for dropping of completed applications to the ​​New Westminster police station. Unfortunately the July 2022 intake has been cancelled due to CoVid... ideally they are hoping to run it in the summer of 2023.

Camp Ignite Mentorship (Firefighter) Program
TBD: usually first week of August

Camp Ignite will show you a future of limitless opportunities demonstrating that anything is possible. Camp Ignite is a four-day camp that educates and inspires young women to follow their dreams.​

The camp is open to British Columbia girls in grades 11-12 (ages 16-18 ), and gives them an introduction to the world of firefighting. Aside from firefighting, each participant will learn about fitness, nutrition, health and teamwork.​​ See helpful links in the right column.​​​​​​​​​

Check the links in the right column for updated information as it becomes available.​

School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3J 0M6
604-939-9201 604-939-7828