Blakeburn Elementary is located on the eastern edge of north Port Coquitlam in a suburban neighbourhood and is adjacent to Blakeburn Park. The community includes children, parents and staff from a variety of different cultural backgrounds. Parents play an integral role in fostering community at Blakeburn. They are active in the school both as part of the PAC and through other activities that happen throughout the year.
Our enrolment for this year is approximately 385 students in grades K through 5, and students are divided into seventeen divisions. A growing school, last year Blakeburn was fortunate to have a beautiful new addition added, which houses four classrooms.
Blakeburn has a rich history of being a socially responsible community. Our school motto is:
Take care of yourself.
Take care of each other.
Take care of this place.
Each morning, the whole school starts the day in the gym with "Bounce at the Bell". This is one of the ways we build community and connection. This time is used to celebrate birthdays, make daily announcements, reinforce school goals, and build/encourage socially responsible behavior. One of the favorite parts of daily "Bounce at the Bell" is when we all move to the music. Staff and students choreograph different routines to energize us all for the day. Blakeburn students know that exercise gets the brain going and helps build capacity to learn and focus during the day.
Performing arts are showcased in a variety of ways including a wonderful school choir and performances of local, national, and international artists from a variety of different musical genres.
Developing a love of reading is important at Blakeburn and we develop students' reading by using structures such as Guided Reading, Shared Reading, Home Reading, Buddy Reading, and Independent reading and responding, depending on the grade level.
After school and noon hour programs, such as Port Coquitlam sponsored Beyond the Bell, Odyssey of the Mind, Intra Murals, Running Club, Choir, Gardening and Peace Squad occur throughout the year. We also encourage student leadership and our Grade 5's, in particular, take an active role in building their leadership skills and in supporting our younger students in a variety of ways.