Schools

The Crofton Old School Museum sits near the Crofton waterfront. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Crofton Old School Museum a treasure on the waterfront

Newcomers and long-time residents alike will find lots to explore

 

Bradley Furman, 30, broke into tears as BC Supreme Court Justice Clarke Burnett sentenced him to a total of 38 months in prison on Tuesday, Feb. 11. (File Photo)

Ex-Okanagan teacher who sexually exploited student released after 1 year in jail

Bradley Furman is being released from prison with conditions

 

Graeme Arkell receives a certificate as an honourary athletic department member at Chemainus Secondary School from athletic director Kim Magnan. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Some sports activity definitely better than none

Chemainus Secondary School keeps students interested in athletics busy

 

NorKam secondary student Karis Wilson in the outfit that got her sent home from school on Feb. 23, 2021. (Kamloops This Week photo)

School district dress code changed after B.C. teen sent home for turtleneck, lace-edged dress

Karis Wilson said she was sent home because a teacher told her that her outfit had made her uncomfortable

  • Jul 7, 2021
NorKam secondary student Karis Wilson in the outfit that got her sent home from school on Feb. 23, 2021. (Kamloops This Week photo)
Hannah Southern is the junior female athlete of the year award winner and Mason Copeland the junior male athlete of the year award winner at Chemainus Secondary School. (Photo by Greg Wall)

Deserving students receive major and subject awards

Chemainus Secondary honours the school’s best in many different capacities

Hannah Southern is the junior female athlete of the year award winner and Mason Copeland the junior male athlete of the year award winner at Chemainus Secondary School. (Photo by Greg Wall)
Chemainus Secondary School 2021 grad class valedictorian Chayla Pollock is pleased to receive some gifts through the Grad Ninja program. (Photo submitted)

Gifts give grads great joy

Community gives Chemainus class members a boost with special deliveries

Chemainus Secondary School 2021 grad class valedictorian Chayla Pollock is pleased to receive some gifts through the Grad Ninja program. (Photo submitted)
Students graduating from Chemainus Secondary School made quite a haul in scholarships and bursaries. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Impressive totals for Chemainus Secondary students in scholarships and bursaries

Community provides abundant funds toward post-secondary education

Students graduating from Chemainus Secondary School made quite a haul in scholarships and bursaries. (File photo by Don Bodger)
Seven-year-old Eva Mailhot Maclean plays in a playground in Montreal, Saturday, May 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

B.C. study probes if more time in the shade as a child prevents skin cancer in adulthood

Researchers will install shade structures outside and track preschool-age children for six months while they play

Seven-year-old Eva Mailhot Maclean plays in a playground in Montreal, Saturday, May 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Chemainus Secondary School 2021 graduate and valedictorian Chayla Pollock receives her certificate from principal Lori Hryniuk. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Valedictorian Pollock’s address to the Class of 2021

Different kind of setting in a classroom for the traditional presentation

  • Jun 22, 2021
Chemainus Secondary School 2021 graduate and valedictorian Chayla Pollock receives her certificate from principal Lori Hryniuk. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chemainus Secondary School 2021 graduate Nina Bumstead. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Grad ceremony proceeds, with a twist

Red carpet outside works out well for Chemainus Secondary’s Class of 2021

Chemainus Secondary School 2021 graduate Nina Bumstead. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Central Okanagan Grade 12 grads are set to get $500 each after a more than $1 million donation from a Kelowna couple. (File photo)

B.C. couple donating $500 to every Grade 12 student in the Okanagan

Anonymous donors identified as Kelowna entrepreneurs Lance and Tammy Torgerson

Central Okanagan Grade 12 grads are set to get $500 each after a more than $1 million donation from a Kelowna couple. (File photo)
Himalayan Life helped finance the construction of Nepal’s Yangri Academic Centre and dormitories after a 2015 earthquake devastated the valley, killing more than 9,000 people. (Screen grab/Peter Schaeublin)

B.C. charity founder pledges to rebuild Nepalese school swept away by flash floods

Six years after an earthquake killed more than 9,000 people, Nepal faces another catastrophy

Himalayan Life helped finance the construction of Nepal’s Yangri Academic Centre and dormitories after a 2015 earthquake devastated the valley, killing more than 9,000 people. (Screen grab/Peter Schaeublin)
FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)

Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
The grads of 2021 at Chemainus Secondary School will be resilient based on their experiences through COVID. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Making the most of grad events

Class of 2021 will carry resilience with them throughout their years based on COVID experience

The grads of 2021 at Chemainus Secondary School will be resilient based on their experiences through COVID. (Photo by Don Bodger)
FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry listens as B.C. Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside describes new mask wearing policy for public schools, Feb. 4, 2021. (B.C. government)
FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry listens as B.C. Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside describes new mask wearing policy for public schools, Feb. 4, 2021. (B.C. government)
Girls just wanna have fun. From left: Danielle Dela Cruz, Melanie Cheng, Hanna Starkie, Camille Storteboom, Rebecca Rhode, Sian Diewert and Brianne Pamminger at the Crofton seawalk. (Photo by Alana Starkie)

Prom night brings some semblance of normalcy for 2021 Chemainus grads

Being together at least provides class members with some comfort

Girls just wanna have fun. From left: Danielle Dela Cruz, Melanie Cheng, Hanna Starkie, Camille Storteboom, Rebecca Rhode, Sian Diewert and Brianne Pamminger at the Crofton seawalk. (Photo by Alana Starkie)
Deep Cove Elementary School principal Shelley Hardcastle (right) and vice-principal Mary Kaercher help to restock Reay Creek with fish – in this case, coho fry – after a recent bleach spill killed hundreds of fish. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Deep Cove Elementary School principal Shelley Hardcastle (right) and vice-principal Mary Kaercher help to restock Reay Creek with fish – in this case, coho fry – after a recent bleach spill killed hundreds of fish. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A recent UBC study found 8 in 10 trans boys and 6 in 10 trans girls in B.C. said they’d been bullied in the past year. (Unsplash)

B.C.’s gender-diverse teens 6x more likely to experience ‘extreme stress’: UBC study

Researchers say family and school support can cushion the blow of bullying for these students

A recent UBC study found 8 in 10 trans boys and 6 in 10 trans girls in B.C. said they’d been bullied in the past year. (Unsplash)
Artist’s conception provides an example of what an outdoor learning space coming to Chemainus Secondary School might look like.

Final requirements reached for Chemainus Secondary outdoor learning centre

Project will be available to the public after school hours

Artist’s conception provides an example of what an outdoor learning space coming to Chemainus Secondary School might look like.
FILE – The fence of Erickson Elementary School was lined with 22 orange shirts on Sept. 30 in honour of Orange Shirt Day. (Aaron Hemens - Creston Valley Advance)

B.C. teachers to wear orange shirts to honour children found dead at residential school

Discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children was confirmed by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation

FILE – The fence of Erickson Elementary School was lined with 22 orange shirts on Sept. 30 in honour of Orange Shirt Day. (Aaron Hemens - Creston Valley Advance)