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Victoria District and Curriculum
In Victoria, the public schools use the curriculum that was developed by the British Columbia Ministry of Education. This curriculum describes what children should know and what skills they should develop in order to be proficient in the academic subjects. There is also a focus on core competencies beyond literacy, numeracy, and core content knowledge. The Ministry of Education defines the core competencies, which are developed in all subject matter, as communication, thinking, and social and personal development. These are considered intellectual and personal proficiencies that students need to have upon graduation.
Schools in Victoria include:
St. Michaels University School is located at 3400 Richmond Road, Victoria, B.C. V8P 4P5. St. Michaels University School covers Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Contact St. Michaels University School at (250) 592-2411. The vision of St. Michaels is to comprehend, command, and serve, in order for each student to discover the promise in themselves and in the world. Their mission is to develop the excellence in each of their students, with both compassion and passion. They believe in creating a society shaped by truth and goodness, and one that provides preparation for higher learning, and for life. They passionately believe that the most fundamental teachings, both academic and emotional, enable their students to pursue who they are as individuals, as well as who they have the potential to become. They also recognize that the path of each student will differ from each other, which is why they are very fluid in their curriculum and approach to educating. They have designed their entire program around the following five principles: Development of character, a learner-centred approach, excellence and rigour, critical thinking, and a love of learning. They believe that students will succeed best in an environment where the character and self grow as well, where the students develop as whole people. The program fosters virtues such as integrity, tolerance, respect, self discipline, cooperation, honesty, and leadership. Students have varied styles of learning and different strengths. They differ in their growth rates and experiences, which that colour the way they learn. Excellence begins in the full development of each student’s potential, and therefore each student should be measured in terms of that potential.
Cedar Hill Middle School is located at 3910 Cedar Hill Rd., Victoria BC, V8P 3Z9. Cedar Hill School covers sixth grade through eighth grade. Contact Cedar Hill Middle School at (250) 477-6945. With a school population of about 500 students, Cedar Hill provides an welcoming, affirming, and safe learning space for a diverse group of students. They provide a dual track program, which means education programs are offered in both in both French and English. This plays a role in forming a well rounded, student-central approach to education. They place an emphasis on academic greatness; appreciation of the fine arts; participation in athletics and physical fitness; and instruction in nutrition, healthy living, and social responsibility. They also have a Middle School Advisory Team, which allows them to focus on the needs of individual students within a smaller group, while efficiently using the resources and facilities offered by a larger school. In order to achieve this, Cedar Hill is structured around the Greater Victoria School District’s Middle School Model. Additionally, Cedar Hill has a longstanding relationship with the surrounding community, and they regularly connect students with local Seniors Centres. Cedar Hill has a long history, and it is one of the district’s oldest schools. Originally, it was built as Mount Douglas High School, then it became Cedar Hill Junior High. Many old students come back to enjoy walking down the hallways and perusing former graduation class photos. Various works of student art are still commandingly displayed; students are constantly see examples of the proud legacies of older students who have passed through the same building.
Glenlyon Norfolk School is located at 801 Bank Street, Victoria, BC V8S 4A8. Glenlyon Norfolk School covers kindergarten through twelfth grade. Contact Glenlyon Norfolk School at (250) 370-6801. At GNS, staff members devote their time to each and every student. It is a co-educational, university preparation school, and it is built on a foundation of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Round Square. It is one of only thirteen schools in Canada certified to provide three IB programs. GNS is proud of its one of a kind IB Advantage program: a modern approach that dedicates time for educating the whole child, in order to create global thinkers. GNS offers five day and all week long boarding options for students not local to the Victoria area, and they also provide an extensive co-curricular program. A beautiful waterfront property on Oak Bay is the location of the Junior School. Younger students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 5 are set to learn at a school where the sandy beaches are their playground, and sometimes, their classroom. Hidden among the six acre large Pemberton Woods are the Glenlyon Norfolk Middle (Grades 6–8) and Senior (Grades 9–12) Schools. The buildings on this campus are interconnected by pathways leading through gardens, which lend the campus a serene and graceful feeling. Some of the facilities on site include a 340 seating performing arts hall, as well as art, music and band rooms; libraries; classrooms; fitness centre; a turf field; gymnasium; and labs for science and information technology. Though they are separate, the Middle and Senior Schools share some of their facilities and programs, combining the advantages of the age separated approach with an overall sense of community.
Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Victoria District Curriculum
The math curriculum seeks to develop a range of mathematical thinking skills in students. By the time students begin high school, they will have been introduced to proportional reasoning, operations using whole numbers, fractions and integers, linear relations and the quantitative connections they represent, the ability to make sense of 3D objects, and data collection and representation. When students are in high school, they will be able to apply these to lessons in statistics and their practical uses, geometry and its use in design, and the math that underlies technological innovation.
The English language arts curriculum helps students master the language and develop an appreciation for literature. Word study is important throughout the school years, and students go from mastering words to being able to grasp the nuances in language and works of literature. Through reading, students are expected to broaden their ability to think critically, make connections, and express ideas that emerge from the text through discussion or presentation. Another goal of the English language arts curriculum is to develop inquiry and reflection skills while deepening students understanding of self and society.
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Keeping Informed: Recent Victoria Educational News
- Athletic Programs - Students who participate in athletics are now benefited by Academy’s to enhance student’s skills in their sport while also maintaining a strong academic record. Currently, students may join the Soccer Academy, the Lacrosse Academy, the Hockey Academy, the Curling Academy or the Baseball and Softball Academy. All programs are offered at local area schools.
- Environmental Initiatives - Local area schools are focusing on all areas where they can make a positive environmental impact. Schools are planting more trees, participating in energy reduction efforts and increasing recycling. Additionally, contests and initiatives are offered to connect local efforts to national efforts for students and their families to participate in. Recently there has been the Lights Out Canada Challenge and the National Sweater Day Initiative.
- It Takes A Village - The District, in conjunction with their Healthy Schools Initiative, recently adopted a village in Ecuador! The purpose of this project is to help students in both locations understand what it takes to empower families and improve educational, health and civic institutions.
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About Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria, is the capital of the province of British Columbia; Victoria is relatively small, covering an area of only 19.7 km2 . Victoria has a population of 85,792, and is the seventh most densely populated city in Canada, even denser than Toronto! Victoria is the furthest south of all major cities in Canada, and was named after Queen Victoria. It is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, with the British settlement beginning in 1843, with many historic buildings still standing.
The population of Victoria was 80,017 in 2011. The Victoria Census Metropolitan Area, comprising thirteen municipalities informally referred to as Greater Victoria, has a population of 344,615 and is the largest urban area on Vancouver Island. By population, Greater Victoria is the 15th largest metropolitan area in Canada. The Capital Regional District, which includes additional rural areas, has a total population of 345,164.
The Royal BC Museum Corporation is one of Canada’s greatest societal gems. The museum was founded in 1886, and the Archives in 1894. The aforementioned organizations joined together in 2003 to become BC’s provincial museum and archives, collecting artifacts, documents, and specimens of BC’s natural and human history, protecting them future generations and sharing them with all who visit. Through their research and learning programs, the museum desires to expand understanding about the province and seed curiosity and wonder in their visitors. They are passionately sharing BC’s story with the millions of visitors who walk through their doors and explore their website each year. For more information, please visit their website located here.
Beacon Hill Park is the pride of Victoria’s park system, with over 200 acres of park land. There are naturally growing areas, paths, tended and maintained flower beds and gardens, and many sports and play features to provide fun for the whole family. The park features 2 playgrounds,baseball diamond, tennis courts, washrooms, a water park, Garry oak meadows, a rose garden, a story pole, a stage, a golf putting green, cricket pitch, footpaths, flower beds, sports fields, law bowling, picnic shelter, a petting zoo, and more! Beacon Hill Park has a ton of natural features, which include the native Garry Oak eco-subsystem that host amazing spring displays of flowering blue camas and other native wildflowers, large grasslands and Douglas-fir woods. Wandering footpaths offer pleasantly long strolls aplace regulated flower beds and features, fit for either quiet contemplation or loud adoration. Kite enthusiasts, paragliders and sailboarders can take advantage of the wind from the open vista across the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Beacon Hill Park also has an important status as Mile “0”, the western terminus of the of the 8,000 kilometre Trans-Canada Highway. For more information, please visit their website here.
- The median age in Victoria is 43.1 years – about four years older than in metro Vancouver.
- Victoria has four sister cities – Napier in New Zealand, Morioka in Japan, Suzhou in China and Khabarovsk in Russia.
- Victoria’s Chinatown is the second oldest in North America after San Francisco. You’ll find the narrowest alley in all of Canada here.
- Approximately 3.5 million visitors spend at least a night in Victoria every year. There are another 50,000 visitors who come for a day only – primarily via cruise-ships.
- Famous people from Victoria include singer Nelly Furtado, basketball star Steve Nash, musician David Foster, director Adam Egoyan, artists Nick Bantock and Jack Shadbolt.
Chalk Talk: Do Colleges Read Resumes?
College admissions offices receive a lot of mail, and they don’t have a ton of time to spend reading it all, so adding more paperwork might seem like a risk. A college resume is designed with this in mind, though. Resumes are one page long and formatted in bulleted, succinct paragraphs so that they’re easy to scan. The student’s name, contact information, and grade point average are centered at the top for easy reference, and below that, the student’s extracurricular involvement, ranked from most to least important, arranged in groups with central themes, are laid out across the rest of the page, with brief descriptions of each activity and the dates the student was involved. They are meant to be read quickly, and the only style guide to keep in mind is brevity and coherence. Considering how chock-full of useful information they are, the resume is one of the most important parts of a college application.