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…

That day in Angola: a UN official’s story

When was the last time you heard a news story about Angola, Africa? Never? Angola is often lumped into conversations about Africa, represented in the statistics about HIV/Aids, education and literacy, and conflict. This is about to change for a group of Burnaby secondary school students. District students will learn about Angola by examining a…

Welcome Director Kelley of the UNHCR: Syrian Refugee Crisis

The United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) Director Ninette Kelley has graciously agreed to speak with Burnaby students via videoconference on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 in the second session of the Global Experts Speaker Series being held at Alpha Secondary School. The session will be in a traditional United Nations “Press Debrief” format, with…

Bridging the World with Burnaby Students

When students arrive at school at 6am, you know something is up. In this case, these students were up for a big challenge, along with students from 5 other countries all from different time zones. Together about 100 students engaged virtually in the United Nations Student Conference on Leadership Development (UNSCLD). The final outcome was…

Around The World in 24 Hours

How comfortable would you be if your high school principal carried a concealed weapon? What are the issues surrounding health care in the United States? How do schools differ between Burnaby and Passaic Valley in New Jersey? These are the questions which framed the discussion between Ms. K. Elliott’s Social Justice 12 class at Alpha…

UNTCHR: Teaching for Peace and Human Rights International Conference

How often can you converse with people in five countries all at the same time and see them as well? ┬áIn the Burnaby School District, it does happen fairly often!! Even then, cultural intercommunication is powerful and important and is needed to remind all of us how critical it is to approach subjects from a…

Ghana is a Modern African Nation

February is Black History Month. Byrne Creek is an amazing highly multicultural secondary school. Put the two together and you have a perfect opportunity for a successful videoconference with Ghana, Africa. Thanks to the long-term and herculean efforts of teachers Amelia Pederson and Judy McLeod, students from African countries have a means to express their…

We Day field trip

UNC club students will converge downtown via skytrain on Thursday, October 18th for the big event We – Day. Big name bands, famous speakers and engaging activities will keep everyone occupied for the full day. Ms. McIvor and student teacher Mr. K. Peruniak will be joining the event. Lots of effort and lots of results….