Strikers Weekly - Week of September 9, 2018









Welcome back.  Hopefully summer gave all of you the break you needed and was enough time away to allow for the excitement to build for this upcoming academic year.  




Aided by several student mentors, the newest students, our grade eights, were welcomed for their first day of McRoberts.  We look forward to many years to come.




PAC Meeting (AGM) Wednesday at 7pm


Just a reminder that Wednesday will be our first PAC Meeting of the year.  Looking forward to seeing you there.



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New Bell Schedule (Moving to "zeros and fives")

As balanced as our previous system was, starting and ending classes at the wide array of numbers (9:49am, 12:32pm, 12:46pm....), this year we have changed our bell schedule to start or end on the "fives" or "zeros."  Below please find our new bell schedule for this upcoming year.



Explore... a Student Adventure

Recently, one of our students had an opportunity of a lifetime.  Below Eric shares his experience with the Explore Program.

Normally during summer break, I would go traveling with my family, visiting friends or go to cadet camp. However, this summer, I went on an adventure like no other. I traveled alone across Canada (2 flights, bus ride and taxi, not mention that I missed the bus) to go to a 5 week French program called Explore. It was located at a little Francophone town named La Pocatière, 2 hours away from Quebec City along the St. Lawrence River.

These 5 weeks have been the best 5 weeks of my life. I’ve discovered other amazing people but at the same time I have found who I am through other people’s eyes. The 5 weeks changed me as a person for the better.

When I applied for this program, I expected to improve my French and make friends. The end result of this program was much more than I could have imagined.

From getting up at 3am to watch sunrises, to savoring roasted marshmallows around a campfire by the shore while watching the sun set over the ever distant hills. There are too many memorable things to mention. Of course we did other things which weren’t allowed…. sneaking out to McDonald’s at 1 am, getting caught speaking chinese to chinese international students while making instant noodles in a tea kettle to try and remember what chinese food tasted like, just to mention a few…

In the morning, we had class sessions with a lot of fun things like interclass competitions, Olympics where we would have to sing, dance and compete in multiple challenges throughout the day. We sang until our voices cracked, stomped our feet and gave it all we got. In the end, my class won 1st place. Our teacher said he had never won the Olympics for the last 10 years. He was literally jumping with happiness and rewarded us with Timbits the next day! In the afternoons and evenings, it was all about exploring and participating in activities.         We participated in “soirée cinéma” , and we watched movies in the park with locals. We also did many various themed dances, “soirée tropicale”, and “soirée Halloween”, to mention a few. I vividly remember when the DJ started to play the french version of “Congratulations” by Post Malone. Everyone started to sing the english lyrics then the DJ turned the music off! He then announced “les paroles seulement en français, s'il vous plaît” (lyrics only in french please), then promptly switched the song!   

In the end, this journey has helped me grow as person and made me very proud to learn who I am. I have realized that this experience I had cannot be taught in a classroom. The Explore program truly inspired me to step out my comfort zone and explore the unknown. I have explored and found my true self. What will you find in your 5 weeks?


P.S.   Boy to Girl ratio is 1:11. Guys, what are you waiting for?



2019 Admission to UBC

We have received a number of questions regarding the changes to UBC admissions for 2019.  Below please find information directly from the UBC Website:


UBC has changed how we evaluate your application for admission. Find out what's changed and what hasn't changed for admission to UBC in the 2019/20 academic year and beyond.


You must still meet UBC’s general and degree-specific admission requirements


UBC’s general and degree-specific admission requirements have not changed. If you’ve already selected your Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) courses based on UBC’s general and degree-specific requirements, you’ll still meet these requirements for 2019 admission to UBC. You must still:



You should still focus on your achievements beyond academics

The Personal Profile is a very important part of UBC’s online application. It helps UBC assess whether you are prepared for university studies by telling the University what you’ve learned about your experiences, about your academic and extracurricular achievements, and about your leadership qualities.


And here’s how UBC will evaluate your courses and grades

UBC will look at more than just your grades in a limited number of academic Grade 12 (senior level) courses. UBC will now consider all Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) courses when evaluating the competitiveness of your application


1. Admission requirements

  • While there is not a strict minimum number of courses, UBC recommends that if you’re graduating from a Canadian secondary school, you should plan to present six Grade 12-level (senior level) academic or non-academic courses (including Grade 12-level courses taken in your Grade 11 or junior year). If you have fewer than the recommended number of senior-level courses, UBC will consider this on a case-by-case basis.
  • If you’re graduating from a secondary school outside of Canada, the recommended minimum number of senior-level courses will vary.


2. Overall academic assessment (all degrees)

  • No matter what degree you are applying to, UBC will broadly evaluate your academic history by looking at your grades in all academic Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) courses. This does not include applied design, skills, and technologies courses; career education courses; physical and health education courses; or faith-based courses.
  • UBC will exclude the course that has your lowest grade – as long as the course is not a degree-specific requirement or relevant to your intended area of study at UBC.


3. Core academic assessment (degree-specific)

Here, the degree that you apply to will determine which courses UBC evaluates. UBC will look at your grades from all the academic Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) courses that fall under subject categories related to the degree you applied to at UBC. If you present a course at both Grade 11 (junior) and Grade 12 (senior) levels, UBC will focus on the higher level only.


See link ( for degree-specific subject requirements.


Policy 100


As you may know, the Board of Education approved the new Policy 100 – Vision, Mission, Values this Spring. Below please find the Policy 100 poster which comprises of the statements and artwork.


Below is Policy 100 and Policy 100 Regulation:

Vision: The Richmond School District is the best place to learn and lead.

Mission: The Richmond School District’s mission is to cultivate a safe, accepting and engaging community that inspires a passion for lifelong learning.

Values: The values that will guide our work together to achieve our vision and mission are: collaboration, creativity, curiosity, resilience, respect and equity, for all.


The Board of Education recognizes the power of the Vision, Mission and Values Statements in transforming learning, leading and teaching in the Richmond School District. The intention of the regulation is to invite members of the Richmond School District community to engage in regular discussions about these statements and to live them in our schools, workplaces and community. As a result of our shared commitment, implementation of the Vision, Mission, Values Statements shall be the joint responsibility of the Board, students and staff in collaboration with parents and our community.