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January 2016



New programming launched at West Vancouver Schools by

Beverly Pausche


hese are exciting times, as a slate of new programming has just been approved by the West Vancouver Board of Education. The district’s renowned Premier Academies will be expanded to include new Rugby and Field Hockey programs, open to male and female athletes entering Grade 8-12 this fall. Once only available at Sentinel Secondary, students from any of the district’s three high schools may now apply for these programs. Academies run in the afternoon block, which has been matched at each school to allow students to complete their academic courses in the morning, and take part in optional Academy programming in

the afternoon. New this year is the addition of academies outside athletics – one in dance and the other in mechatronics robotics. Located at West Vancouver Secondary School, but open to students from all three schools, the Premier Mechatronics Robotics Academy is open to students entering Grade 9 and up this fall. To support the new Mechatronics Robotics Academy, the district has launched a new series of courses for grades 10, 11 and 12 called the Theory & Principles of Mechatronics Robotics. Other new courses include a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course for students who would like to become certified Yoga teachers and Outdoor Connections 11 focused on preparation, safety and activity in the natural environment. Course content includes hiking, survival training, orienteer-

Thank-you Starbucks for supporting our students!


e at The Beacon would like to thank Caulfeild Starbucks for donating the prizes for our youth art competition, organised by Rockridge student, Scarlet Roth. The students

ing, kayaking, climbing, day outings and overnight trips. For students with an interest in performing arts, Drama Improvisation 10, 11 & 12 will be available for registration this fall. The courses are offered through West Vancouver Secondary School, with the exception of Outdoor Connections 11, which

is offered out of Rockridge Secondary. For more information on our academies, new programming or admissions, please visit our website at:

Students reach for the stars by

Beverly Pausche


hen you empower learners, the sky really is the limit. Micro-gravity experiments from three elementary teams at West Vancouver schools were sent in November to the Smithsonian Institute for final selection

as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). The winning project will be sent to the International Space Station, where it will be carried out in zero gravity by scientists in late spring. The students on the winning team will complete their project here on earth, so that results can then be compared. The semi-final teams are from Caulfeild, École Cedardale and Westcot Elementary schools.

are loving their beautiful mugs and gift cards. And it’s wonderful to see the winning artwork displayed on the walls. See the story on page 4 for how to enter the next contest.

Photo: L. Pfeil Scarlet, Sam and Patrice at Caulfeild Starbucks.

Photo: Courtesy of WVSD The semi-final teams from Caulfeild, École Cedardale and Westcot Elementary schools, with Superintendent of Schools, Chris Kennedy.

The Beacon Newspaper - January 2016 Edition  

West Vancouver Community Newspaper

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