We'll miss you, Mr Van.
Congratulations, Graduates! You've made it. Final message and grad video are now available :)
We'll miss you, Mr Van.
We have a little over 2 months left until the end of Grade 12 and so it's a great time to send out my second installment of important graduation information. Please make sure that you take the time to read the information and watch the video I've made explaining it all. Video can be found HERE.
Hello Grads and families!
We're starting to get into the busier season as we move towards June and graduation! Please take some time to read through this, click the links, send the necessary information, complete the necessary forms, and ask questions if you have any.
Wishing you well, Mr Van.
Road Safety and Kevin's Story
Hey Grade 12s,
COVID has frustratingly taken many things away from us and one of them is our ability to bring in a powerful guest speaker to the auditorium, like the one I'm going to share here. Kevin has shared with a previous grad class before and it's intense. His message is important and I really want you all to take some time over the next 8 days to watch the one hour presentation.
Next Thursday (March 4th) you'll have the opportunity to meet here in this channel (see event above this post) to discuss with Kevin over Teams about what you thought and ask questions. Link is
As a way to sweeten the deal, Ms Beetlestone has kindly offered to give anyone who watches, participates in the Q&A, and then fills out a simple reflection 3% on their CLC grade. That means if you have 83, now you have 86, etc.
Please take the time to do the following...
Quarter 3 and 4 Schedule
We've got a new schedule for Quarter 3 and 4. Classes don't change, but students will have the face to face with smaller breaks in between. Specifically, students will have one week between classes instead of two.
I've attached the PDF version of the new rotation schedule (as a download and as a visual here) as well as an Excel sheet the admin made that students can edit to make their own schedule :)
Some REALLY Good Resources
I don't actively publish/share too many resources, instead normally sharing them to students and families as they come up but these collections are incredibly good and updated, so I wanted to share them now :)
I'm going to also house them in the Youth Corner of the page for later use by anyone.
Much love and I hope a good start to 2021 for you all,
The Fifth Annual Van Tech Holiday Hamper Drive is on! Running the two weeks from November 30th until December 11th. As always, we are continuing to support about 100 families, all from our school. What makes this year a bit different, however, is that we know from talking with families that the need and anxiety are greater than ever. I don't think there has ever been a better or more important time to show some love and care to each other.
So you're asking yourself, how can I help!? Two great ways!
1. We're collecting both food and non-food items (see attached list) in both Rotation 2 (first week) and Rotation 1 (second week) classes. As we always have, there will be prizes for lucky students in classes with a high number of items in.
2. We also collect money that we use to make gift cards and buy additional items we need for the hampers. And what's awesome for parents and families is that we can give a tax receipt for any donation $20 or over!
I'd love to help and get a tax receipt, how do I do it?
Option 1: Send your student with a cheque of $20 or more to their class. The money gets collected in the classes and then totaled at the end of the two week hamper drive.
2. Go to the VSB Donation page and make your donation online.
Important! You need to choose a "Fund Destination" of "S-Vancouver Technical".
And in the "Message: (optional):" you should type "Holiday Hampers".
Thank you, as always, for your incredible support.
Nick Van, Murray Anderson of LRP, and the Van Tech staff!''
As mentioned at the parent night, here's the big online fair for students and parents that can be attended next week. Definitely worth checking it out! The email I got reminding me was so good, I basically copy pasted it here :)
This is an incredible place to go beyond just looking over information and ask recruiters and university and post-secondary staff questions. Pretty much every BC post-secondary is represented and ready for you there! It's a huge opportunity.
"Just a reminder about the PSBC Virtual Fairs next week [Monday & Tuesday - Nov 30-Dec 1] for students in your schools. I have attached the Information Handout for students and parents, and this is also available on our PSBC website under EVENTS.
- Our Fairs are for Grade 11 & 12 students, their parents and Counsellors.
- Visitors can login in at any time during the 3-hour fairs; institutions doing live presentations will start them at 15-minutes after the hour; some institutions might do three presentations, while others may only do one or two, so students should plan to use all the time available to them to explore all the members booths in the fair and see who are doing presentations. Some institutions will also have pre-recorded presentations that can be viewed at any time.
- Students can return at almost any time after their assigned days to visit the booths, view pre-recorded video presentations and download documents. In between our live fair events the platform will be open most of the time so students, parents and you can access this information. If you and/or teachers want to use pre-recorded videos on the platform in a class, please feel free to do so.
I have also attached a ‘Student Assignment Sheet’ for your use, if you wish to use it. It’s just a tool we have created for you – it’s not something we would want back from you!!
I encourage you to also regularly go to our PSBC Website [www.postsecondarybc.ca] where you will see under EVENTS that many of our member institutions are starting to schedule many different kinds of virtual presentations and information sessions that both students and parents would be interested in. Please continue to share our website with your students and parents as a primary resource for post-secondary information.
Hopefully all of you who were able to come and join in our Post-Secondary night last month enjoyed it. I was so pleased by the reception, interest, questions, and comments. I'm happy to present another opportunity, this one run by the pros at EducationPlannerBC, with an emphasis on how parents can be a help in the process.
EducationPlannerBC (check out all their website HERE) is the main application point for students applying to BC Post-Secondaries. They cover everywhere our kids would be applying with the exception of BCIT and UBC, both of which will probably use it the year after this one.
When is Parent Night for Van Tech? I've booked (with Churchill Secondary) for: Tuesday, Dec 1st 6:30-8:00.
Register here to get a spot: https://sfu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsdOmtqj4jHNxs8HdSuDgUoF3M8cBZLbNb
What they say about what you can expect:
- An overview of all the resources that are available on EducationPlannerBC.ca
- Supports available from post-secondary institution
- Tips on scholarships and financial aid
- Time for questions! Your questions will be answered in real-time during this virtual session.
Let me know if you have questions. Cheers, Van.
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