Twenty-five years ago, Mike Bernier toured the Province with his rock band “Final Cut.” Now, as Education Minister, he’s back on tour visiting schools and seeing B.C.’s new curriculum in action and the innovative learning happening in classrooms. He’s connecting directly with teachers, students, parents, educators and administrators – covering every region of the province.
Students and staff from Dover Bay Secondary school in Nanaimo welcomed Education Minister Mike Bernier and MLA for Parksville-Qualicum Michelle Stilwell for a visit and tour of their school. The visit included a trip to the woodwork class, mechanics class, computer labs and the band room where the concert band performed.
Students are back in class and safer thanks to the recently completed seismic upgrades at Cloverdale Traditional Elementary school and the almost complete replacement of the leaky gym roof at Bayside Middle school.
Education Minister Mike Bernier toured the two schools with school district officials, staff and students to get a first-hand look at the progress at Bayside and the upgrades at Cloverdale.
A group of kindergarten students at Canyon Heights Elementary school in North Vancouver will be the graduating class of 2029. The students - and other kindergarten students throughout the province - will be the first to be taught the new curriculum all the way from K - 12.
The tour to SD 62 showcased the district's two new high schools, Belmont Secondary and Royal Bay Secondary, both opened in September 2015. At Royal Bay, students showcased their athletic skills on the rooftop basketball court and sports fields. Minister Bernier also joined the lacrosse academy for a practice. Off the field, the Minister visited an AP English classroom and the culinary arts kitchens. At Belmont, students toured the Minister through their piano and music rooms, and had him join a French immersion class and a grade 11 AVID classroom.
At Guildford Park Secondary School in Surrey, Minister Bernier met a class of refugee students from Syria who started school on April 26. The students are learning in an elementary classroom model, where one teacher covers all subjects. Bernier then joined an Expressive Art Therapy class specifically designed for ELL students with PTSD. The visit also included a stop at the Guildford Park ELL quad, where 250 ELL students are enrolled.
The tour to school district 5 included a visit to Isabella Dickens Elementary in Fernie, where the Minister joined a grade 5 French Immersion class, and Mount Baker Secondary in Cranbrook, where students showcased their music, drama, robotics, drafting and biology courses.
Students at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley invited Minister Bernier to join their French 9 intensive course and a grade 8 shop exploration program. At McKim Middle School, students taught Minister Bernier finger math.
Minister Bernier visited six schools in Williams Lake and 100 Mile House, part of the Cariboo Chilcotin school district (SD 27). The tour included a stop at the Scout Island Nature Centre grade 7 Outdoor Education Academy and the William’s Lake Seniors’ Village, where Cataline Elementary School runs an intergenerational program.
Education Minister Mike Bernier and Northern Development board chair Evan Saugstad announce the expansion of the 'Shoulder Tappers' program while touring Quesnel's Correlieu Secondary School with officials from the Quesnel School District and community leaders.
Minister Bernier visited Ecole Cedardale Elementary in the West Vancouver school district (SD 45). Ecole Cedardale is set to become the first International Baccalaureate (I.B.) public elementary French immersion program in B.C.
Minister Bernier visited two schools in the North Vancouver school district (SD 44), including Argyle Secondary where students across the district can participate in the Digital Media Academy. Learn more about the Digital Media Academy at http://www.dmacademy.ca/
The Minister also visited Mountainside Secondary, the district’s alternate program location. MSS offers Distributed Learning courses, a therapeutic day program, parenting teens program and an integrated mental health centre with Vancouver Coastal Health.
Minister Bernier visited William Cook Elementary in the Richmond school district (SD 38). At William Cook, students use iPads and tablets to practice mental math strategies and share their progress with their teachers and parents on the FreshGrade app. The Minister also visited William Cook’s Early Learning Centre.
Minister Bernier visited two schools in the Coquitlam school district (SD 43) on November 30, 2015: Heritage Woods Secondary and Eagle Mountain Secondary. He also had the opportunity to announce that a new school, Smiling Creek Elementary will open in September 2018 in the Burke Mountain area.
While visiting Thomas Haney school and Albion Elementary in Maple Ridge (SD 42), Minister Bernier learned how to reach the top of the playground and how students use technology in the classroom.
The Minister visited six schools in Dawson Creek: Pouce Coupe Elementary, Tremblay Elementary, Ecole Frank Ross, Parkland Elementary, Peace View Elementary and South Peace Elementary. At Pouce Coupe, the Minister Bernier played rhyming bingo with a kindergarten and grade 1 class and joined a grade 5, 6,7 class for a discussion on government and the voting process. At Tremblay Elementary, students showed the Minister how their guided reading program works using a Smartboard. Leadership students at Ecole Frank Ross toured the Minister through their school. The Minister was busy at Parkland Elementary, participating in Literacy Centres, a social studies class and an art class. Peace View Elementary showcased their mathematics skills and South Peace Elementary facilitated a writing workshop.
Minister Bernier visited Surrey Christian School with MLA Marvin Hunt. Christian School is one of 17 projects of the K-12 Innovation Partnership. The K-12 Innovation Partnership gives public and independent schools the opportunity -- and support -- to explore new programs and practices to help students and teachers succeed.
Minister of Education Mike Bernier, along with Delta-North MLA Scott Hamilton, visit Monica Maia (grade 8 student), at a wood shop class at Sands Secondary school in Delta.