This Wednesday, was Take Our Kids to Work Day. Though we know that not all of our grade nines had the chance to visit the workplace of one of their parents or a family friend, we hope that those that did go had a chance to experience the world outside of school. For those lucky enough to go to a parent's workplace, hopefully they will have had a chance to know what it is you do everyday when you go to work.
PAC Date Changes: December and January
There have been a couple changes to the PAC Meeting Dates as published in the calendar. December’s PAC meeting has been canceled. January’s PAC meeting will be on January 9th, not January 16th as published. Sorry for the confusion.
International Student Writes about the International Student Experience
Recently, Michael Ma had the opportunity to share his and other students from our International Program's experience here attending school in Richmond. Below is a copy of the text of his article from the Richmond Sentinel http://www.richmondsentinel.ca/uploads/archive/2018/RmdSentinel_vol2_21.pdf.
When I was young, I often wondered if one day I would be studying in a foreign country with a vastly different culture.
This innocent wonder has become a reality after I moved to Richmond in 2015. During the past three years, I found many of my fellow international peers have also made similar decisions yet we held diverse views regarding the experiences as an international student. Currently in the Richmond school district, about 1 in 20 students are international students.
At Hugh McRoberts Secondary, we have 105 international students, hitting 10 per cent of the total population. In my role as student council vice president, I have devoted a significant amount of time and effort into helping newly arrived international students to integrate into Canadian society. I interviewed Kacie from China, Rinaa from Japan, Chris from Chile, and Elsa from Brazil about their impressions of life in Canada. I asked them why they chose Canada and specifically Richmond.
“My brother has been a long-term resident in Richmond and he knows the contexts of this city well,” said Kacie. Chris felt the same way. “I have family here in Richmond and I have visited this city before. I simply like it.” Rinaa, who lives with a local homestay family, said her main goal is to improve her English. “I think there are lots of Asian people in Richmond so I don’t have to worry too much about the cultural differences.” Elsa said local public schools are better structured and organized than those in Brazil. Also, in Richmond there are a lot of classes unavailable in Brazil such as photography, sculpture/ceramics, law, drawing and painting.
When asked about some of the most unforgettable challenges that they have encountered while studying here, the answers varied. “I think it is a process of transitioning from a dependent daughter of my parents to independent adulthood.” Kacie said. “I vividly remembered the first time to buy a SkyTrain ticket, and how I trembled to the wrong station and missed an important appointment,” Chris, a Grade 11 student from Chile, shared his story of joining the school volleyball team. “Being part of the boys volleyball team, brings me both rewards and challenges.” He said the challenge is to “fit” into the team and adapt to Canadian ways. Rinaa, a Grade 11 Japanese student, and Elsa from Brazil, echoed that the biggest challenge they are facing is language issues. “My first language is not English and I have to try very hard to understand the language” Elsa said. “I struggled with my English 12 essay, it is so hard for me,” she said. How is school here different from back home? “In China, we have eight or nine classes per day, whereas here we only have 4 blocks. Also, we have a lot of homework back in China,” Kacie said. Chris disagreed. “I feel like I need to do more homework here in Canada; back in Chile, we literally have no homework.” Rinaa agreed with Kacie “Schools in Japan are kind of strict, I think here is better. Schools here are more free and relaxed.”
Although the views are varied from nationalities and cultural backgrounds, one thing they all agreed upon is that schools here in Richmond can provide them more freedom and opportunities compared to home.
Homesickness, which I considered as an inevitable part of experience as an international student no matter where you study, still remained one of the most significant challenges. Kacie and Rinaa both expressed that they have experienced homesickness to various extents, but they tried not let it interfere too much with their life for the same reason. “I occasionally felt homesick but just looking at the volume of homework I have to finish, I have no time to feel sad or tired,” chuckled Kacie.
Junior Boys Vancouver and District Champions
Congratulations to the Junior Boys Volleyball Team. With head coach Ms. Frier on the sidelines, the team rallied to win the Vancouver and District Championships. Next week, the team will travel to Kamloops for the Provincials.
Juvenile Girls Runner Up in the Vancouver and District Tournament
Congratulations to the Juvenile Girls (Grade 9) Volleyball Team. After some hard fought matches, the girls finished in second in the Vancouver and District Championships. Next up for this team is the Provincials in Surrey.
Yearbook in Progress
The creation of the yearbook involves amazing photos, an ability to transform photos into a pleasing presentation using graphic design program, an ability to script sophisticated prose and mainly the ability to work as a team. While months away from publication and even longer away from distribution, this year's edition of the school's yearbook is well underway.
BC Electoral Reform Referendum
Perhaps not a fitting topic for a weekly school newsletter. While some may have already made up their minds, in talking with many students and parents, it is clear that not everyone knows exactly what the referendum is really all about. Recently CBC published a helpful guide to help British Columbians understand the options. Here is a link to the site (where the video above has been published) . Though it is arguably short, it is a helpful guide to understanding the choices. The link will provide much more detailed analysis.
Richmond Christmas Fund
Richmond Christmas Fund has been active for 85 years and was established to support Low-Income families in Richmond (this is separate from the City of Richmond, Working Poor Christmas Fund). As you will note, the first registration date is a week this coming Saturday, Nov 24th with three additional dates on subsequent Saturdays.
Please note that the Christmas Fund is not a government program, and is supported almost entirely by donations from the community. The program exists thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors and volunteers.