Looking Back at 2015-16

The 2016-17 school year was a resounding success, in global terms! Global Learning Programs (GLP) finished off the year on a forward note, with the support of the first district-wide and student-led Coding Conference in Burnaby. On the heels of the BC Premier’s announcement that school-based computer coding classes would be a province-wide phenomenom, Lighthouse…

Looking Over the Legacy

The Canadian International Model United Nations is now done. The student delegation from Burnaby School District has been returned home. What was accomplished? New Friendships! With over 600 delegates from Canada and the United States, and up to100 students participating in each committee session, it is difficult not to meet new people with similar interests…

The New-ish Paradigm: Model UN

As students entered the Centre for Dialogue at Byrne Creek Secondary, there was an air of formality and a buzz of excitement that allowed only a hint of trepidation to show for what was about to happen. They were about to start a Model United Nations committee session, which meant that public speaking, debating, critical…

Coding Workshop Invitation

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) found that in 2015 over 80% of Canadians believed that ensuring young people graduate with computer coding skills would likely increase the competitiveness of the Canadian economy. A Burnaby team of students, with grade 12 student James Kan at the helm, have made this their mission, organizing a fantastic…

A Photo is Worth…

Saturday, April 16th represented the second Burnaby Model United Nations conference ever. Entirely student-organized and student-run, BMUN is an accessible opportunity for many students because it is one-day event with an affordable registration fee designed simply to cover costs. Without such conferences, students are left to extend their Model UN experiences at 3-day hotel conferences,…

The World for our Students

Kianna Rodriguez Morvai recently participated in the Global Experts Speaker Series offered at Ecole Alpha Secondary School – the four sessions hosting real-world UN officials boosted awareness of current global issues and the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. Kianna learned directly from the Director of the New York office of the…

Burnaby Students Show Vancouver How It’s Done

Once again, the hard work, persistence and developed skill of Burnaby students has become clear. A group of 20 students participated in the UN Association in Canada Mini Model UN Forum, held at Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School in Vancouver. 6 of the students acted as Mentors – facilitating small group break-out sessions in order…

Grand UN70 Finale

A contingent of Burnaby School District students will be attending a special event honouring the 70th anniversary of the United Nations this upcoming Wednesday, March 30th. This event ends the string of organized Burnaby events directly related to UN70. Our students will join others from across Metro Vancouver to devise strategies to achieve the Sustainable…

Success! Student Led District Workshop

February 19 was not simply the district-wide Burnaby Professional-Development Day, it was the inaugural student-led Model United Nations (MUN) workshop – 90 minutes in which Burnaby’s own multi-aged students showcased their MUN skills to teachers in addition to their in-depth global knowledge. The tables were indeed turned; teachers had a steep learning curve and relied…

Global Experts on Climate Justice

Climate change is one of the most serious challenges mankind has ever faced and has serious implications for the realization of human rights,” according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. David Estrin, Senior Fellow at the Center for Governance Innovation agrees. He has spent 40 years immersed in environmental law,…

World Class Science Expertise in Our Own Backyard

We can all appreciate that Burnaby is situated in the best geographical situation possible. Close to Vancouver, transit to everywhere, and only a videoconference call away from any and all countries of the world. Having said that, when it comes to expertise and knowledge, with the inspiration and motivation of students in mind, we truly…

“Beyond Burnaby” Coming Soon to Burnaby Central

Business Education is thriving, dynamic and well supported in the Burnaby School District, and Burnaby Central Secondary School is a great example of this fact. A close-knit team of students have organized the Beyond Burnaby Case Competition to be held at this fabulous school site on Friday, January 29th, 2016 with students invited from every…