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The Book - Student Handbook 2013-2014 - St. George's School

THE BOOKST. GEORGE’S SCHOOL PARENT AND STUDENT HANDBOOKBUILDING FINE YOUNG MEN.ONE BOY AT A TIME.THE BOOK | PAGE 1


TABLE OF CONTENTSMESSAGE FROM THE HEADMASTER 5OUR VISION 6OUR MISSION 6GUIDING EDUCATIONAL PRINCIPLES 6OUR CORE VALUES 6FACULTY & STAFF 7Administration 7Frequently used phone numbers 7Senior School 7Junior School 7Harker Hall Residences 7Faculty and Staff contact information 7COMMUNICATION WITH THE SCHOOL 8STEPS TO FOLLOW WHEN RAISING AN ISSUE WITH THE SCHOOL 9GENERAL INFORMATION 10Attendance 10Inclement Weather 10Labelling 10RESIDENTIAL LIFE 10Harker Hall Residences 10STUDENT HEALTH CENTRE 10THE SCHOOL PRAYER 11THE SCHOOL GRACE 11THE SCHOOL HYMN 11ST. GEORGE’S SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS 12ST. GEORGE’S PARENTS ASSOCIATION 12Get Involved 12Used Uniforms 12St. George’s School Fair 12Contact Information 12THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY AND PROVISION OF INFORMATION 13SCHOOL STORE 13Contact information: 13THE GOOD NEIGHBOUR POLICY 14TRAFFIC, TRANSPORTATION AND OUR COMMUNITY 14School Buses 14Junior/Senior School Daily Bus Departure 14Biking and Walking 14Translink Passes 14Traffic and Parking 14Options to avoid congestion and frustration 14SCHOOL REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES 15Student Code of Conduct 15Standards of Dress and Appearance 15Grooming 15TECHNOLOGY USE POLICY 16Personal Computers 16Technology 16THE BOOK | PAGE 2


Guiding Principles 16The internet and Education 16Responsible Use 16Wireless Access 16Technology Use During Instructional Time 17Technology Use During Non-instructional Time 17Video, Photo and Sound Recordings 17Reporting of Students in Personal Distress 17Social Media 17Consequences 18Information for Parents on Technology Use at Home 18ACADEMIC DISHONESTY (Cheating/Plagiarism) 19RULES, INTERVENTIONS AND CONSEQUENCES 20Truancy 20Missed Tests Without Prior Notice 20Misbehavior in Class 20Violence 20Harassment 20What to do if you are being harassed 20Theft 20Dangerous Driving 20Smoking 20The Use of Alcohol and Non-Medicinal Drugs 21Possession of Weapons or Dangerous Substances 21Gambling 21Grievance procedures 21SOCIAL OCCASIONS 22FIELD TRIPS AND OTHER OFF-CAMPUS LEARNING 22Missing Class Time 22PERMISSION, ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK, AND INFORMED CONSENT 22Missed Class Planner 22Typical Activities 22A-Typical Activities 23Student Expectations 23Emergency Contact and Medical Information 23Reaching Your Son and Teacher 23JUNIOR SCHOOLPRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE 26THE JUNIOR SCHOOL GRACE 27JUNIOR SCHOOL STAFF 27JUNIOR SCHOOL TIMETABLE 27ACADEMICS 29Promotion Policy - Grades 4 - 7 29Academic Requirements 29Report Cards and Parent/Teacher Conferences 29Letter Grades 29Prep / Homework 29Textbooks and Library Books 29Supplies 29STUDENT LEADERSHIP 30Student Government 30Wings 30STUDENT SERVICES 31JUNIOR SCHOOL REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES 32Attendance 32Lateness 32Appointments 32Off Games 32Extended Holidays 32THE BOOK | PAGE 3


Assembly 32Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up 32GENERAL INFORMATION 33Clothing Requirements 33Building Security 33Valuables 34Telephone 34Messages 34Lost and Found 34Extracurricular 34Computers 34Band Program 34Field Trips and Tours 34Fire and Emergency Drills 34ATHLETICS 35Player Expectations 35MAJOR ANNUAL AWARDS AND RECIPIENTS 35SENIOR SCHOOLSENIOR SCHOOL TIMETABLE AND BLOCK ROTATION 38ACADEMICS 39Academic Standards 39Course Selection 39Honour Roll 39Timetable 40Prep/Homework 40Resource Program 40University Counselling Services 40STUDENT LIFE 41Heads of Grade 41Advisor Program 41Personal Counselling Services 41Service Learning 41Global Perspectives And Community Service Program (GPACS) 41Service Recognition Program 41STUDENT LEADERSHIP 42Executive Body 42Leadership Council 42Class Reps 42SENIOR SCHOOL REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES 42Attendance 42Student Driving and Parking 43GENERAL INFORMATION 44Lockers 44Lost and Found 44Lunch and Breakfast 44Messages and Items for Pick-up 44Personal Expenses 44Security and Valuables 44Library 44Textbooks 44Fire and Emergency Alarms 45ATHLETICS 46Games Program 46Award System 46Games Activities 47CLUBS & ACTIVITIES 47MAJOR ANNUAL AWARDS AND RECIPIENTS 47THE BOOK | PAGE 4


MESSAGE FROM THE HEADMASTERDR. TOM MATTHEWSHEADMASTERSt. George’s is a school with a rich history and proud traditions.Since 1930, we have provided boys with a challenging andsupportive learning environment within which to grow, mature,and flourish. Our mission is to “build fine young men”, one boyat a time.Reflecting the belief that important life lessons are learned bothinside and outside of the classroom, St. George’s is committed to abroad and inclusive educational experience embracing academics,the arts, athletics, leadership, and service. Our goal is to ensurethat every boy is fully involved in the life of the School and thathe is inspired to do his best in everything that he undertakes.Expectations are high, but so are the accomplishments of ourstudents as they acquire the knowledge and skills that will allowthem to become committed lifelong learners and effective globalcitizens.The privilege of belonging to the Saints community brings withit many responsibilities. Every boy is expected to play a positiverole, reflecting our dual commitment to excellence and socialresponsibility. Drawing inspiration from our motto—Sine TimoreAut Favoure (Without Fear or Favour)—I encourage every boyto model values such as integrity, respect, and responsibility.Another important attribute is resiliency, the ability to bounceback from setbacks and to learn from one’s mistakes. To quote anineteenth century historian, “You cannot dream yourself into acharacter; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” Ultimately,that is how you will grow and develop during your time at theSchool, becoming a young man of character able and willing tomake your world a better place.A legendary American headmaster once remarked that a trulygreat school is a place where every student is known andloved. Here at St. George’s School, we have a dynamic team ofcommitted faculty and staff members who understand boys andtheir learning. They are here to challenge, support, and inspireyou. Your connection to them, as well as to your classmates, willbecome the linchpin of your Saints experience.I am truly honoured to be part of the St. George’s team. I wouldlike to take this opportunity to welcome you as a new school yearbegins, while thanking you for your engagement and commitmentin the coming months and years.Dr. Tom MatthewsHeadmasterTHE BOOK | PAGE 5


OUR VISIONCanada’s world school for boys.OUR MISSIONWe build fine young men.GUIDING EDUCATIONAL PRINCIPLESSince the School’s founding in 1930, the concept of the“well-rounded boy” has been the defining characteristic of aSt. George’s education. Mindful of their ethical, intellectual,physical, and social development, we educate and supportboys to achieve fulfilling lives, here and after graduation,to be lifelong learners, and to engage meaningfully in theircommunities.We therefore are committed to:• Breadth of Program: A rich and diverse educationalexperience rooted in the liberal arts tradition andembracing academics, the arts, athletics, outdooreducation, service, and leadership.• Character Development: The development of characterwith particular emphasis on values such as empathy,humility, integrity, resilience, respect, and self-discipline.• Meeting the Learning Needs of Boys: Varied, engaging,and research-based instructional practices acknowledgingthe diversity of learners, and meeting the learning needsof boys.• Core Academic and 21st Century Global Skills: Thedevelopment of key skills, including creativity andinnovation, critical thinking and real-world problemsolving,communications, collaboration, and leadership.• Personal Wellness: The strengthening of our students’physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being throughmentorship and counselling, physical and healtheducation, and an athletics program promoting activeparticipation and healthy competition.• Continuous School Improvement: A culture ofcontinuous school improvement through which all areinspired to do their best.OUR CORE VALUES:• EMPATHY is the ability to move beyondourselves, to identify with others, to walk a mile inanother’s shoes.• HUMILITY is the ability to be humble, not to bebig-headed or boastful, and to recognize that weall still have a lot to learn.• INTEGRITY is an extension of honesty; it is doingthe right thing even if no one is watching.• RESPECT is feeling regard and even admirationfor yourself and for others; it is being thoughtfuland considerate of others.• RESPONSIBILITY is being accountable, doing ourbest to meet our commitments, and to keep ourword.• RESILIENCE is an extension of courage. It’s theability to recover quickly, and to not give up whenbeset by setbacks and disappointments.THE BOOK | PAGE 6


FACULTY & STAFFADMINISTRATION• Dr. Tom Matthews• Mr. Barry Mitchell• Ms. Karen Potter• Ms. Adrenne Davidson• Mr. Neil Piller• Mr. Gordon Allan• Mr. Shawn Lawrence• Mr. Brian Lee• Mr. Bill Collins• Mr. Stephen Ziff• Mr. Greg Devenish• Mr. Stephen Sturgeon• Mr. Alan Hesketh• Mr. Jeff Farrington• Mr. Roger Pimenta• Mr. Pat DyckHeadmasterDirector of FinanceDirector of Human ResourcesDirector of AdvancementDirector of Operations & Risk ManagementDirector of AdmissionsPrincipal, Senior SchoolAssociate Principal, Student LifeAssociate Principal, AcademicsDeputy to the Associate Principal, AcademicsPrincipal, Junior SchoolDeputy Principal, Junior SchoolInterim Director of Residential Life, Director of OutdoorEducationDirector of LearningDirector of Information TechnologyDirector of Summer and Adult ProgramsFREQUENTLY USED PHONE NUMBERS• School Switchboard - Ms. Gail Spence and Ms. Nicole Heighton 604-224-1304• Admissions Office, Junior School – Ms. Sarah Burns 604-222-5883• Admissions Office, Senior School – Ms. Monica Cheng 604-221-3915• Advancement Office – Ms. Betty Lo 604-221-3889• Business Office (billing or student accounts) – Ms. Melanie Cui 604-221-3604• Headmaster’s Office – Ms. Nancy Kudryk 604-221-3608SENIOR SCHOOL• Attendance (email preferred) senior_attendance@stgeorges.bc.ca / 604-221-3636• Nurse’s Office 604-221-3696 / Cell: 604-880-3343• Principal’s Office – Mrs. Elaine Poon 604-221-3684• Associate Principal, Academics – Mr. Bill Collins 604-221-3613• Registrar – Ms. Florence LeBlanc 604-221-3612• Head of University Counselling – Ms. Christine Wessler 604-221-3644• Administrative Assistant, University Counselling – Mrs. Nasreen Maherali 604-221-3626• Associate Principal, Student Life – Mr. Brian Lee 604-221-3619• Head of Grade 8 – Mrs. Santhe LeBlanc 604-221-3667• Head of Grade 9 – Mr. Chris Healy 604-221-3610• Head of Grade 10 – Dr. Philip Webster 604-221-3634• Head of Grade 11 – Mr. Luke Fredeman 604-221-3625• Head of Grade 12 – Mr. Pat Palmer 604-221-3623• Director of Athletics – Mr. Richard Cohee 604-221-3645JUNIOR SCHOOL• Attendance (email preferred) junior_attendance@stgeorges.bc.ca / 604-221-3901• Nurse’s Office 604-222-5802 / Cell: 604-880-3343• Principal’s Office – Ms. Tricia Lane 604-222-5801• Deputy Principal, Junior School – Mr. Stephen Sturgeon 604-222-5806• Head of Athletics – Mr. Nino Sose 604-222-5899HARKER HALL RESIDENCES• Interim Director of Residential Life – Mr. Alan Hesketh 604-221-3897• Residential Life Assistant – Ms. Shawn Hamilton 604-222-5865• Nurse’s Office 604-222-5802 / Cell: 604-880-3343FACULTY AND STAFF CONTACT INFORMATIONFor a list of faculty and staff contact information, please visit: www.stgeorges.bc.ca/contactusTHE BOOK | PAGE 7


COMMUNICATION WITH THE SCHOOLBACK TO SCHOOLThis publication is mailed to all families in early August to give you a comprehensive overview of the School and what to expect inSeptember. More detailed information, including regular updates about the upcoming year, key dates, the online school calendar,and links to school publications is available at: www.stgeorges.bc.ca/backtoschoolE-COMMUNICATIONSAs part of our efforts to reduce paper usage, and to provide the most up-to-date information, St. George’s relies heavily onelectronic communication. It is vital that we maintain reliable email addresses for you at all times. Any electronic communicationswe send to you you (including information from teachers and the Headmaster, as well as news bulletins) will be sent to the emailaddress we have on file. To update your email at any time, please contact applicationsupport@stgeorges.bc.ca.All students have access to an @stgeorges.bc.ca email account, and should check it regularly (particularly Senior School students).Each staff member has an email address which (with some exceptions) is the first letter of the person’s first name, followed by theperson’s last name. All school email addresses end with @stgeorges.bc.ca.E-NEWSThis is the School’s primary and most important form of communication. It is emailed to the entire school community and containshighlights of upcoming events and profiles of interesting stories at the School. Please ensure that your email account is set toreceive emails from: stgeorges@pushpage.org. The eNews is delivered each week, so if you haven’t started receiving our eNewsin early September, please contact communications@stgeorges.bc.ca.OUR WEBSITEThe school website is where you will find the most up-to-date details of all upcoming events, photos of life at the school, coursedescriptions, teacher and administrator contact information, and information on school programs and services. There are severaltools within the site which will help you find relevant information. These include:1. School Portal: This provides access to your parent, student, and household information, including the ability to edit emailaddresses and update medical information when necessary. Mid-term and term-end Report Cards are posted here. As well,re-enrollment occurs through this portal in early spring.2. School Calendar: The calendar can be viewed by day, week, or month and may be filtered by the type of event (Junior, Senior,Outdoor Education, etc.). For the most up-to-date information delivered automatically, the calendar provides a feed that mayby synced with your Outlook, iCal, or Google calendars.3. Junior and Senior School Athletics Schedulers: These house all home and away games, scores, and Google maps, whichprovide directions on how to get to away games.4. Contact Us: This contains key school phone numbers as well as a faculty search engine that allows you to find faculty contactinformation.5. Search: Can’t find what you’re looking for? Use our search engine to filter your request for information.The website is mobile and tablet-friendly, so you can always find the latest information, even while you’re on the go!OUR CHINESE-SPEAKING FAMILIESA summarized Chinese version of our eNews is regularly provided and is also accessible via the School’s mobile app.EMAIL BLASTSSpecific emails are sent out, above and beyond our regular eNews to keep parents informed of urgent information such as schoolclosure due to weather. Again, please make sure your email account does not channel this mail to your junk email box.PARENT MEETINGSParent Information Meetings are held regularly at both campuses. The various dates are published in the calendar on the website.Please note the dates and times on your personal calendar, as critical information is distributed at these meetings.RECEPTIONISTSt. George’s is one of the few institutions where you can still telephone during the day and talk to a real person. The switchboardfor both schools operates from the Senior Campus. When calling, please give the name of the staff member with whom youwish to speak. Direct-dial phone numbers for Senior Administration (e.g. Heads of Grade) are published in the Back to SchoolNewsletter that you receive mid-summer and are always available on the website under “Contact Us”.THE BOOK | PAGE 8


STEPS TO FOLLOW WHEN RAISING AN ISSUE WITH THE SCHOOLNATURE OF THE ISSUE JUNIOR SCHOOL SENIOR SCHOOLAcademic or SocialAthleticUniversity GuidanceEmotionalGeneral CommunicationSafetyFinancialAdmissionsAdvancementHomeroom or subject teacherPE teacher or coachNAHomeroom teacherHead of CommunicationsDirector of OperationsDirector of FinanceDirector of AdmissionsDirector of AdvancementSubject teacher or advisorPE teacher or coachAssigned university counsellorAssigned counsellor or Head of GradeHead of CommunicationsDirector of OperationsDirector of FinanceDirector of AdmissionsDirector of AdvancementIF THE ISSUE IS STILL NOT RESOLVEDAcademic or SocialAthleticUniversity GuidanceEmotionalGeneral CommunicationSafetyFinancialAdmissionsAdvancementGrade CoordinatorHead of Athletics (Junior School)NAGrade-specific personal counsellorDirector of AdvancementPrincipal, Junior SchoolHeadmasterHeadmasterHeadmasterHead of GradeHead of Athletics (Senior School)Associate Principal, AcademicsAssociate Principal, Student LifeDirector of AdvancementPrincipal, Senior SchoolHeadmasterHeadmasterHeadmasterIF THE ISSUE IS STILL NOT RESOLVEDAcademic or SocialAthleticUniversity GuidanceEmotionalGeneral CommunicationSafetyDeputy PrincipalDeputy PrincipalNADeputy PrincipalPrincipal, Junior SchoolHeadmasterAssociate Principal,Academics or Student LifeDirector of Athletics or Head of PEPrincipal, Senior SchoolPrincipal, Senior SchoolPrincipal, Senior SchoolHeadmasterIF THE ISSUE IS STILL NOT RESOLVEDAcademic or SocialAthleticUniversity GuidanceEmotionalGeneral CommunicationPrincipal, Junior SchoolPrincipal, Junior SchoolNAHeadmasterHeadmasterPrincipal, Senior SchoolPrincipal, Senior SchoolHeadmasterHeadmasterHeadmasterIF THE ISSUE IS STILL NOT RESOLVEDHeadmasterISABC OmbudsmanTHE BOOK | PAGE 9


GENERAL INFORMATIONATTENDANCEThe Ministry of Education requires that the School keep detailed attendance records and audits them yearly. Therefore, allstudent absences or appointments resulting in late arrival or an early departure must be communicated to the School by a parentor legal guardian. Your message must include your son’s name, grade, advisor or homeroom teacher, and the date and reason forhis absence, tardiness, or early departure.Outside of illness or injury, bereavement, or a religious holiday, any other absence from school requires two weeks’ notice, directedto your son’s Head of Grade (Senior School) or homeroom teacher (Junior School).INCLEMENT WEATHERIf weather conditions warrant, classes may be cancelled. Should conditions develop overnight, an email blast will be sent andinformation will be posted on the website by 6:00 am. You may also listen to the radio for school closures. Again, it is importantthat you maintain a stable email address to receive this information.LABELLINGWe cannot stress enough the importance of LABELLING clearly, with both surname and first name, ALL of your son’s clothingfrom his blazer to his underwear. All items purchased at the School Store are labelled at the time of purchase. Iron-on nametagsfor your son’s other clothing can be ordered through the School Store. Each term, hundreds of pieces of clothing are found andremain unclaimed. Without identification, we cannot return them. All unclaimed items are donated to the Used Uniforms orvarious charities.RESIDENTIAL LIFEHARKER HALL RESIDENCESResidential Life at St. George’s offers students a lifestyle that empowers boys through their own independence, learning,and accountability; encourages them to become responsible, honest, and ethical citizens; and promotes their tolerance andunderstanding of others. Situated on the beautiful and historic Junior School campus, Harker Hall Residences welcome over100 students from over 15 countries. A team of experienced and dedicated adults support the boys who live and interact withinthis dynamic multicultural setting by providing leadership and pastoral care. Strong bonds of respect and friendship are formedthrough the sharing of experiences within this vibrant, extended, and caring community. The Residential Life Program is a fullyintegrated part of St. George’s School, affording its members the living and learning experience of a lifetime.For more information on the Harker Hall and the Residential Life Program, click www.stgeorges.bc.ca/harkerhall.STUDENT HEALTH CENTRE (NURSES)Registered Nurses are on-site daily to provide care for all the medical, first-aid, and mental health needs of the students at St.George’s School. Student Health Offices are located at the Senior School and in the Harker Hall Residences; the latter servicesboth the Junior School and the boarding community.The nurses coordinate all the medical care your son requires while at St. George’s School. If your son is injured or not feeling well,the on-duty nurse will be notified immediately and will assess your son’s condition. If it is a simple matter and can be addressed atthe School, the nurse will treat the problem on site, always referring to the medical information you have provided. If the matteris more serious or persists, the nurse will contact the parent/guardian to discuss how you would prefer the matter to be handled.Each year we coordinate with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority to provide immunizations, communicable disease control,programs for health promotion and a healthy lifestyle, as well as sexual health education for all grades. We liaise between students,families, and school staff regarding health issues.Please notify the Nursing Staff of any changes to your son’s health during the year that may affect his academic or physicalperformance and participation at School. Each year, you will be asked to complete an online medical form regarding your son’spast medical history and past allergies or medical concerns.With proper authorization from parents or guardians, the nurses will dispense prescription medications provided they are properlylabelled and in their original bottle or package. Please do not leave medications with the teachers or office staff.JUNIOR SCHOOL: The Student Health Centre for the Junior Campus is located in Harker Hall Residences. Nursing coverage isprovided by Ms. Kelly K. Bodutch, Mrs. Ravinder Biling, Ms. Gert Lee, Mr. Jon Mislang, and Ms. Lori Quinn.SENIOR SCHOOL : The Student Health Centre is located next to the Principal’s Office in thea Senior School. Nursing coverageis provided by Ms. Kelly Bodutch.HARKER HALL RESIDENCES: Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm and Friday from 7:00 am to5:00 pm. A nurse is on-call 24 hours/day and may be reached via the emergency cell phone.THE BOOK | PAGE 10


St. George’s School was founded in 1930 in Vancouver, Canada as an all boys’ school in Anglican and British(public) school traditions.As such, St. George’s was defined in part by Christian traditions and values. Today, students of all faiths andnone are educated together at Saints in a largely secular environment. However, reflecting our heritage,the School retains some elements of its Christian roots through the School Prayer, the School Grace and theSchool Hymn (below). In addition, one of the most significant and valued traditions at St. George’s is theSenior School’s annual Remembrance Day Service which always takes place on November 11th, even whenthat date falls on a Saturday or Sunday. As well, we pay tribute to the Fallen (the 27 Old Boys and Masterswho died in the two world wars) within an Anglican service that includes traditional prayers and hymns.THE SCHOOL PRAYERTeach us good Lord,to serve thee as thou deservest;to give, and not to count the cost;to fight, and not to heed the wounds;to toil and not to seek for rest;to labour and not to ask for any reward,save the joy of knowingthat we do thy will.Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)THE SCHOOL GRACEFor what we are about to receive, may the Lord makeus truly grateful. Amen”FOR ALL THE SAINTS: THE SCHOOL HYMN1. For all the saints who from their labours rest,Who thee by faith, before the world, confessed,Thy name, O Father, be forever blest,Alleluia!2. Thou wast their rock, their fortress and their might,Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well-fought fight,Thou in the darkness drear, their one true light,Alleluia!3. O blest communion, fellowship divine!We feebly struggle, they in glory shine,Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine,Alleluia!4. The golden evening brightens in the west;Soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest;Sweet is the calm of Paradise the blest,Alleluia!5. But lo! There breaks a yet more glorious day,The saints triumphant rise in bright array,The King of glory passes on His way,Alleluia!6. From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,Singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost,Alleluia!THE BOOK | PAGE 11


ST. GEORGE’S SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORSSt. George’s School is a not-for-profit society, run by a Board of Directors consisting of currentand past parents, Georgians (Old Boys), and Friends of the School. To access a list of the School’sBoard of Directors, please click here.ST. GEORGE’S PARENTS ASSOCIATIONFor more information and to access a list of the St. George’s Parents Association Board, includingthis year’s Fair Convenors, please visit stgeorges.bc.ca/sgpa.The St. George’s School Parents Association (SGPA) is a vibrant and inclusive community ofparents who volunteer their time and talent for the betterment of the boys, the School, and theparents themselves. For 60 years, the SGPA has been dedicated to:• promoting the interests and welfare of students• supplying equipment and other means of educational assistance; and• contributing to the amenities of their school lifeParents become joint members of the SGPA when their son enters the School. A $25 membershipfee is automatically charged to each student’s account to support the Association’s volunteeroperations.GET INVOLVED – parents@stgeorges.bc.caAs a parent of St. George’s School, there are many ways you can support your son’s school lifeand activities. If you have hours or only minutes each month, there are over 60 opportunities foryou to get involved. Here are a few examples:1. St. George’s School Parents Association – Become a volunteeron an SGPA Committee or a Grade Parent, join the SGPABoard, or volunteer in the many programs we support.2. BoyOBoy Speakers Series – Three speakers are featured each year. TheSeries is a collaborative effort between faculty and parent volunteers,providing parent resources helpful in the raising of our children.3. Annual Welcome Back BBQ – is a great get-together opportunity for the St.George’s community. Parent volunteers make this a fun and smooth-running event.USED UNIFORMSOur Parents Association supports the school community with the re-sale of gently used St.George’s uniform pieces and athletic wear at reasonable prices. This is an affordable way toreplace articles that are lost or outgrown during the year.Our two major sales are on the day before School starts in September and on Fair Day in May.Used Uniforms are also available for sale monthly during our “Sales Days” at the Junior School.Sales dates and locations are available here.ST. GEORGE’S SCHOOL FAIROccuring each May since 1953, this is the Association’s major fundraiser and community event.Every year, on the first Saturday in May, students, parents, faculty and staff, Old Boys, andneighbours come together for a fun-filled day of food, fun, games, and shopping. We encourageevery parent to participate. The money raised at the Fair enhances curricular and extracurricularactivities for students in the areas of arts, athletics, technology, program enhancement, and clubs.The Association Endowment Fund is also supported annually by the Fair. Through this fund, theAssociation awards six scholarships (one per Grades 6 through 11) to boys who demonstrateachievement in academic and extracurricular endeavours.CONTACT INFORMATIONContact the Association Office (located on the main floor of the Junior School)Email: parents@stgeorges.bc.caPhone: 604-222-5812Website: www.stgeorges.bc.ca/sgpaTHE BOOK | PAGE 12


THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY AND PROVISION OF INFORMATIONStudent information is gathered with a view to best serving the educational interests of each student and family. Student files areregarded as private and access to personal information is limited to administrators, relevant teachers, medical staff, and counsellors.Requests for information from other schools are limited to report card marks, transcripts, attendance records, and the ‘StudentLearning Plan’. Discipline records, health documents, counselling intervention, and related psychological testing are not availableto other schools without the express written consent of the legal guardian / parent. Students and parents have the right to viewtheir personal files, in the presence of a school administrator.St. George’s School is responsible for maintaining and protecting the personal information under its control. In fulfilling thismandate, the School has designated an individual who is accountable for the School’s compliance with the Ten Privacy Principles.The Privacy Officer at St. George’s School is Karen Potter, Director of Human Resources.SCHOOL STOREWe are pleased to offer two conveniently located stores that carry not only all of the standard required uniforms, but alsogiftware, fan ware, basic school supplies and much more.The Senior School Store is located in Room #117 on the lower level of the Senior School building. The regular hours of operationare 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and reduced hours of 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the summer months.The Junior School Store is located on the second floor of the Junior School building beside the Admissions Office. The regularhours of operation are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and increased hours of operation during thesummer months are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Thursday in July and Monday to Friday in August.For further information on the Stores, please visit: store page.Parents should purchase all of the school uniform items from the School Stores. Proceeds from the stores’ sales help to fundscholarships and bursaries for St. George’s students.Although appointments are not necessary, you may call ahead if your son is a new student and will require a complete outfitting.Please be reminded that the last two weeks of August are an extremely busy time and we highly recommend that you make yourpurchases well ahead of this time frame.All store purchases can be charged to your son’s school account through his student number, or if you prefer, we accept Visa, MC,Amex, debit and cash.We do not accept returns or exchanges on any used or labelled items. All returns will be refunded using the method of paymentthat was used at the time of the original purchase, as long as it is within 30 days of the purchase date and you have a proof ofpurchase. We ask that you take any items to the store location where you originally purchased the item, in case we need to assistyou in printing a copy of your original receipt.CONTACT INFORMATION:Senior Store: Junior Store: Ashwin BennyT: 604-221-3899 T: 604-222-5858 Head of Retailseniorstore@stgeorges.bc.ca juniorstore@stgeorges.bc.ca abenny@stgeorges.bc.caTHE BOOK | PAGE 13


THE GOOD NEIGHBOUR POLICYThe School has been an integral part of the Dunbar community for over 75 years and works to preserve and promote the qualityof life that all members of the community have come to expect as residents. Our neighbourhood commitment is articulated in theGood Neighbour Pledge on the website.TRAFFIC, TRANSPORTATION AND OUR COMMUNITYStudents are encouraged to use the school bus service as their primary mode of transport.St. George’s School is an active member of the Dunbar community and contributes much to the neighbourhood throughout theyear. From Labour Day to Hamper Drive to Summer at Saints, the School is a busy place, welcoming families, neighbours, sportsteams, and community groups to both campuses. The traffic impact on our residential community is monitored and managed ina number of ways designed to encourage responsible commuting choices to support the School’s commitment to maintainingstrong community ties and excellent relations with our neighbours.SCHOOL BUSESThe School runs a bus system, which is available for students at no additional cost. Pick up points are spread across MetroVancouver and include UBC, Burnaby, the North Shore, Richmond, and White Rock/South Surrey. Morning pick-ups operateon a ‘hub’ system. Routes and schedules are available on the website, and are adjusted to align with the school timetable. Twoafternoon runs ensure that students involved in after-school activities have a ride home after those activities finish. There is noadditional cost for the service, however students must register online or on the buses during the first week of school.JUNIOR/SENIOR SCHOOL DAILY BUS DEPARTURESchool route buses depart the Junior School Monday to Friday at 3:35 pm and Monday to Thursday at 5:25 pm. All buses departfrom the Senior School Monday to Friday at 3:45 pm and Monday to Thursday at 5:30 pm.BIKING AND WALKINGWe encourage students to commute to school by walking or cycling, both of which promote a healthy use of our bodies. TheSchool provides bicycle storage at both campuses.TRANSLINK PASSESMonthly concession passes for BC TransLink may be ordered through Transportation. Currently the School subsidizes 35% of thecost. Email busservice@stgeorges.bc.ca if you would like us to order a monthly pass for you.TRAFFIC AND PARKINGWe ask that you respect our neighbours’ property, other drivers on the road, and pedestrians walking in the neighbourhood. Parkor wait away from school bus zones and give priority to school buses at all times.Traffic attendants are in place at both Senior and Junior Campuses for drop-off and pick-up periods. Please follow their directionsand obey signs.Note:• Access to campus is for permit-holders or carpool (2 or more students) drop-off only.• Any student wishing to drive to school must complete the vehicle registration procedure.• Any vehicle left unattended on campus without a valid pass will be towed at the owner’s expense.TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS TO AVOID CONGESTION AND FRUSTRATION:• School Bus Service—catch it from home or pick it up en route.• TransLink passes—monthly cost to students is $30.• Park a block or two further away and walk.• Bike to school.THE BOOK | PAGE 14


SCHOOL REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURESSTUDENT CODE OF CONDUCTSt. George’s School is a community of boys and adults who share a proud tradition of high achievement in academics, arts, service,outdoor education, and athletics. We strive for personal growth in all areas while maintaining our respect and support of thebroader collective community. The success of this process is dependent on the highest level of commitment on the behalf ofeach individual involved.• I commit myself to strive for honourable behaviour in my daily life, according to the standards as set forth by the School.• I will behave in a way that always brings credit to the School, with honesty, dignity, respect, and courtesy.- I recognize that the taking of tests and exams requires an exemplary standard of honesty and I will not misrepresentmyself by cheating, copying, or plagiarizing.- I recognize that honesty is a clear expectation.- I recognize that semi-permanent borrowing of possessions not mine, without the owner’s knowledge and consent, isstealing.- I will care for all property, whether it is public or a peer’s personal possessions.- I will avoid disruptive behaviour at all times, and will strive to treat all others with great respect.- I will respond in a respectful way to all adults while at school and while participating in any school-related event.- I will avoid any possession, use, or distribution of alcohol, cigarettes, drugs or related paraphernalia, weapons, replicaweapons, fireworks or any other dangerous or illegal items or substances.- I recognize that unwanted physical contact, verbal abuse and threats, unwelcome remarks including jokes, innuendo,or taunting (in verbal, written, or digital form) about a person’s body, race, gender, attire, (perceived) sexual orientation,or religion are all forms of harassment.• I will avoid bringing any ill-repute to the School at any time, including evenings and weekends, or over any school breakor holiday.• I will comply with all school policies as they relate to upholding the standard of excellence of St. George’s School at alltimes.• I understand, accept, and will respect all of my school- related time commitments.- I will arrive to School on time and attend all classes, assemblies, practices, rehearsals, and field trips as outlined by myteachers.• I will take pride in my personal appearance.- I will be dressed appropriately at all times for all events as outlined by the School.- I will abide by the grooming rules as outlined in the Standards of Dress and Appearance section and always observe theaccepted standards of personal hygiene.STANDARDS OF DRESS AND APPEARANCEUniformSchool uniform is to be worn at all times while classes are in session, unless otherwise noted for a special event. All uniform itemsshould be purchased at the School Store. The No. 1 Uniform, or Formal Dress, consists of:• a single breasted navy blazer with crest• grey uniform dress pants• a white dress shirt• a school tie• a black belt• grey socks• black leather polished dress shoesDuring Term III, there is also a Summer Dress Option available, at the discretion of the Headmaster.For more information on the School Uniform, please click www.stgeorges.bc.ca/store.GROOMINGHair should be kept neat and off the collar, shaped close to the head and away from the face, with approximately half of theear visible. No peculiar, extreme, or radically cut or dyed hairstyles will be allowed. In addition, students must be clean-shaven atschool. Students may not be allowed to enter the school until their hair or facial hair meets these requirements. The administrationis not interested in battling students who want to push the limits of our grooming regulations.THE BOOK | PAGE 15


TECHNOLOGY USE POLICYPERSONAL COMPUTERSSt. George’s does not require students to own a portable personal computer. When computers are required, classes will beconducted in a computer lab or students will be provided with mobile computers. Many students find having a personal computeruseful, particularly in senior grades, but this must be a family decision. It is important for families to recognize that when they sendtheir son to school with a computer or other wireless device it is difficult for the School to control his access to inappropriatecontent, social media or gaming activities (particularly during non-instructional time). Families who send their son to schoolwith a computer must accept the consequences if the computer is damaged, lost, or stolen while at school. Before purchasing acomputer, please consult with your son’s teachers and discuss your son’s computing needs.TECHNOLOGYTechnology hardware and software change rapidly and it is difficult to know today what may be available to students by theend of the school year, let alone in the more distant future. The School’s Technology Use Policy seeks to encompass the use ofall electronic data and personal entertainment and communication devices (hardware), including but not limited to: computers,data tablets, cellular telephones, smart phones, digital cameras (still and video), video games, and video players. Software includesthe use of applications loaded onto data devices and web-based applications, including social media, games, video, etc. ThisTechnology Use Policy is intended to cover students’ use of technology both at and away from the School.GUIDING PRINCIPLESTechnology offers incredible opportunities to enrich the academic and personal lives of students, but these benefits do comewith the risk of misuse. It is important that students use technology in a manner that protects:• the privacy and personal well-being of other users;• themselves from emotional or physical harm; and• their identity and personal information.THE INTERNET AND EDUCATIONSt. George’s is committed to providing educational experiences that are consistent with and make use of the world ofinterconnected technology. The internet expands classroom resources dramatically by making global resources and mediaspecialists, including original source materials, available to students and teachers. It brings information, data, images, and evencomputer software into the classroom and the home from places otherwise impossible to reach, and it does this almost instantly.Access to these resources can yield individual and group projects, collaboration, curriculum materials, and idea sharing not foundin schools without internet access.RESPONSIBLE USERather than trying to limit access to technology, St. George’s School is committed to helping students foster the ability to makegood technology-use decisions. However, students need to understand that there are other technology users who may not beinterested in the well being of children. Accordingly, students shall:• only access information that is appropriate (not offensive or hurtful to the user or their community);• speak and write about other people in a manner that is respectful;• only post or share images and ideas that they will be proud of in perpetuity (students must recognize that everythingon the internet is permanent and may be accessed by anyone);• only share appropriate images of others with their consent;• be aware of the impact of their technology-use on those in their immediate vicinity;• avoid sharing their personal information, or that of their family, their peers, their teachers or other members of the St.George’s School community (this may include their real name, address, phone number, photo, Social Insurance Numberor banking information, for example);• not arrange to meet in person an individual they met online unless they have their parents’ permission;• not make financial transactions online without their parents’ permission;• not attempt to access (hack) secure sites to which they have not been granted access;• not use the accounts or passwords of another individual without their explicit consent.WIRELESS ACCESSSt. George’s provides a campus-wide wireless connection to the internet. This service is available to students during class timeand non-instructional time (before/after school, breaks and at lunch). While the School does employ filters and other devices tolimit student exposure to objectionable material, this is only partially effective. Students themselves must take responsibility forresponsible use.THE BOOK | PAGE 16


TECHNOLOGY USE DURING INSTRUCTIONAL TIMEDuring class time and in resource spaces, students may, at the discretion of their teacher/supervisor, use a variety of data devices.Students using devices in a manner that is deemed irresponsible or outside of the teacher/supervisor’s stated expectations, mayhave their device confiscated.TECHNOLOGY USE DURING NON-INSTRUCTIONAL TIMEBefore and after school, and at break and lunch, students may use their own data devices and access school computers. It isimpossible for staff to fully monitor how and when students use or misuse this technology. Students are encouraged to playoutside, converse in person with friends, eat meals and join organized clubs and activities. It is important that students are notoverly consumed by technology and avoid excessive use of social media, texting, video games and other pursuits.VIDEO, PHOTO AND SOUND RECORDINGSIt is important that students recognize the rights of all individuals to privacy. Students wishing to record a class or other schoolevent with still images, video, or sound must obtain the consent of those involved. Students wishing to record all or part of a classmust speak to the teacher prior to recording.REPORTING OF STUDENTS IN PERSONAL DISTRESSChildren and teens are often more comfortable sharing personal concerns with friends online through social media than in personor with an adult. A student in severe personal distress is likely to make comments about harming themselves or others before theytake action. It is important that peers of those in distress are able to recognize warning signs and bring the matter to the attentionof the School’s Counselling Department. The School’s counsellors are trained to handle these types of situations in a professionaland confidential manner that will protect the reporter and provide assistance for the individual in distress.SOCIAL MEDIASt. George’s School realizes that 21st century learning means adapting to rapidly changing methods of communication, andrecognizes the importance of teachers, students, and parents engaging, collaborating, learning, and sharing in these evolvingdigital environments. To this aim, St. George’s School will continually work on developing solutions that will both enable andpromote the use of social media services and online collaboration where we can control and promote safety for the St. George’scommunity. Students will have the ability to use the same tools and similar capabilities provided by public internet services (blogs,THE BOOK | PAGE 17


wiki’s, Twitter, etc.) but hosted within the School’s intranet or the internal private community network (Saints Private), which isnot visible or available to individuals outside of the St. George’s community.St. George’s School’s internal social media tools will encourage students to participate in social activities, discussions, websitedevelopment and publishing; however, it is still important to continually educate and foster an atmosphere of trust and individualaccountability and responsibility. Users of the School’s social media services must keep in mind that information produced on anySt. George’s systems is a reflection on the entire community and is subject to the School’s overriding Student Code of Conduct.By accessing, creating, or contributing to any internal St. George’s blogs, wikis, or other social media for classroom, personal orschool-wide use, you agree to abide by this Code. Please read it carefully before posting or commenting.On occasion, and as deemed necessary by the class curriculum, there will be projects and assignments requiring students workto be posted on the public internet. Prior to any internal work being published to the public internet, a consent form will becirculated to parents requesting permission to post materials and work for the world to see. The work will be monitored and besubject to St. George’s Technology Use Policy and Student Code of Conduct guidelines. This process ensures a level of safety andcontrol over the publications and interactions on the public internet. St. George’s School can and will remove material at itsdiscretion or as needed.Simple guidelines to remember when using St. George’s social media tools or posting away from School. Respect copyright andfair use guidelines. Refer to Canadian Copyright Office.• Be sure not to plagiarize and give credit where it is due. When using a hyperlink, be sure that the content is appropriateand adheres to St. George’s standards and appropriate code of conduct.• Be cautious about commenting about school-related matters and remember that the School’s logos and trademarksmay not be used without written consent.• What you post reflects both on you and on St. George’s. You are reminded to use good judgment and not to post anycomments or photos that may reflect negatively on the School.• Remember that you also have a duty to protect the School’s confidential information even after you leave schoolproperty or leave the school permanently.• Follow the School’s Code of Conduct when writing online. It is acceptable to disagree with someone else’s opinions;however, it must be done in a respectful way. Make sure that criticism is constructive and not hurtful. What isinappropriate in the classroom is also inappropriate online.• Blogs, wikis, publications and personal site posts should be well written. Follow writing conventions including propergrammar, capitalization, and punctuation. If you edit someone else’s work be sure it is in the spirit of improving thewriting.• Students who do not abide by the Student Code of Conduct may lose their opportunity to take part in online projectsand/or access to future use of online tools and subject to disciplinary action.• You should have no expectation of privacy with respect to your use of social media through St. George’s systems.• You should be on notice that St. George’s School does monitor social media. If any communication is discovered thatis in breach of this Technology Use Policy, or in breach of law, we may request revisions to, or removal of, certain postsor content, if it is necessary to ensure compliance with this Technology Use Policy or to avoid damage to the School’sreputation or our relationship with our community.CONSEQUENCESStudents who do not adhere to this Technology Use Policy may face disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct. Dependingon the intent, the severity of the offense, and whether it is a repeat occurrence, an appropriate consequence will be applied.INFORMATION FOR PARENTS ON TECHNOLOGY USE AT HOMEIt is important that families are aware of the impact technology has on their son. As a parent you should:• work on improving your own technology literacy;• visit www.safekids.com or other internet safety education sites (search “internet safety” on YouTube or other searchengines)• discuss appropriate technology use with your son—particularly before buying him a new device;• monitor your son’s use of technology;• consider the use of internet filters at home, particularly with younger students;• talk with your son about his online identity and his choice of passwords;• restrict your son’s access to secure family information (credit card numbers, social insurance numbers, etc.);• place computers in a common area of the home;• restrict the amount of time your son spends computing , playing video games and engaging through social media;• contact the School’s Counselling Department if your son is spending excessive time online, is displaying anti-socialbehavior, or you have other concerns.THE BOOK | PAGE 18


ACADEMIC DISHONESTY (Cheating/Plagiarism)Academic integrity is of the utmost importance to the St. George’s community. Academic dishonesty, which includes cheating andplagiarism, contravenes the St. George’s Student Code of Conduct and undermines our values system.Cheating and plagiarism are acts of deliberate dishonesty. To view our detailed policies on Academic Dishonesty, please click here.Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, the following:A. Exams and Tests1. Impersonation of a candidate on an exam or test.2. Looking at and/or copying from another student, or making information available to other students knowing that this is to besubmitted as the borrower’s own work.3. Use of unauthorized material.4. Submission of a take-home examination written by someone else.B. Laboratories1. Copying a laboratory report, or allowing someone else to copy one’s report.2. Using another student’s data unless specifically allowed by the instructor.3. Allowing someone else to do the laboratory work.4. Using direct quotations or large sections of paraphrased material in a lab report without acknowledgment.5. Falsifying laboratory data.C. Essays and Assignments1. Submission of an essay written in whole or in part by someone else as one’s own.2. Preparing an essay or assignment for submission by another student.3. Copying an essay or assignment, or allowing one’s essay or assignment to be copied by someone else.4. Using direct quotations or large sections of paraphrased material without acknowledgment including fabricating bibliographies.5. The buying or selling of term papers or assignments.6. The submission of the same piece of work in more than one course without the permission of the instructors.7. Submitting the whole or part of a computer program with or without minor modifications as one’s own.Plagiarism should be distinguished from cooperation and collaboration. Often, students may be permitted or expected to workon assignments collectively, and to present the results either collectively or separately. This is not a problem so long as it is clearlyunderstood whose work is being presented, for example, by way of formal acknowledgment or referencing. Teachers will informstudents as to what constitutes acceptable workmanship, proper form of citation, and use of sources.All cases of cheating/plagiarism must be reported to the Head of Grade and the Associate Principal, Student Life. A student canexpect a ‘zero’ on that particular test or assignment; a designation of academic warning, probation, or suspension entered into thehis discipline file; and his parents to be contacted. Further consequences, will be discussed with the teacher. St. George’s Schooltreats academic dishonesty as a serious breach of school standards.THE BOOK | PAGE 19


RULES, INTERVENTIONS AND CONSEQUENCESSt. George’s School has a “firm but fair” approach when dealing with breaches of the Student Code of Conduct. While there areconsequences for the breach of the Code of Conduct, the Administration always reserves the right to modify the severity ofany consequence by taking into consideration factors such as: the student’s maturity level, the student’s previous history, theseriousness of the damage, and the attitude of the student since the transgression. It is expected that a student will take fullresponsibility for their actions and display a genuine willingness to change. It is also expected that the student will accept theconsequence with honour, will apologize; and then move on. Some examples of infractions and possible consequences follow.TRUANCYStudents who miss a class without PRIOR permission from a teacher, administrator, or a parent should expect parents to benotified, to make up the time and work missed with those specific teachers involved, and to be subject to further consequences,which may include suspension.MISSED TESTS WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICEWhen the dates for exams and tests are publicized ahead of time and a student cannot sit the exam, he has the responsibilityof communicating his situation to the teacher involved ahead of time; failure to do so will likely result in some penalty at theteacher’s discretion, which may include a zero on the exam or test.MISBEHAVIOR IN CLASSTeachers set high standards for classroom behaviour. Typically, students are not allowed to use electronic devices such as mobilephones, mp3 players, etc. during class time. If a teacher has not given a student permission to use such a device, it may beconfiscated for a short period of time. If this becomes a chronic issue for a student, administration will deal with it directly.VIOLENCEIntent to injure another person, unwarranted physical confrontations and/or loss of control will be followed up by parentcontact and likely suspension. Remediation may include community service time, counselling, various appropriate assignments,and detentions. Depending upon the severity of the offence and/or the frequency of occurrence, some acts may warrant amembership review.HARASSMENTStudents may not persist in conduct that is unwelcome to others, including faculty members. This includes conduct which theharasser knew, or ought reasonably to have known, was unwelcome to the recipient. Unwanted physical contact, verbal abuseand threats, unwelcome remarks including jokes, innuendo, or taunting (in verbal, written, or digital form) about a person’s body,race, gender, attire, (perceived) sexual orientation, or religion are all forms of harassment. Cyber-bullying is the use of electronicmedia such as websites, email, MSN, Facebook, video recording or chat-rooms for harassment and will be treated in a similarfashion. Direct counsel, parent contact, documentation and appropriate consequences, which may include long-term suspensionor expulsion, are likely consequences of any such behaviour.*Please note that many aggravating behaviours are NOT actually harassment. Perception of unfair treatment, personalityconflicts, and inappropriate conduct are serious issues that may need resolution, mediation, or investigation but may not satisfy theaforementioned criteria.WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE BEING HARASSED:If at all possible let the harasser know privately that his behaviour is unwelcome and simply ask him to stop. This action providesthe antagonist with “fair warning.” If the problem persists, write down what has happened, what you did, names of witnesses etc.If you do not feel comfortable facing your harasser, the school staff will help. See a trusted teacher, counsellor, or administrator.THEFTTheft will be dealt with seriously; suspension, membership review, and possible expulsion should be expected. Keeping an itemyou ‘found’ without permission or borrowing an item without prior permission are both unacceptable practices. Finding an articleand not promptly handing it in to the Front Office, a Head of Grade, or the Principal’s Office is a form of dishonesty and may beconsidered ‘theft.’DANGEROUS DRIVINGAll vehicles driven by students must be registered. *Click here to read the section on “Transportation Guidelines”. A student drivermust have consent from his parent/guardian. All students are expected to drive safely and all reports of unsafe driving will becommunicated to parents and driving restrictions will be encouraged. In some cases, the right to drive to school may be removedfrom a student that is deemed to be either a non-compliant or a “dangerous driver”.SMOKINGAll boys must refrain from smoking at all times on or off campus. Consequences for smoking will likely include parent contact,THE BOOK | PAGE 20


community service, and a referral to the School Nurse. Smoking within any school building will result in an immediate suspension,membership review, and possible expulsion. Repeat offenders will have their membership reviewed. Grades 8-11 students arereminded that they must remain on campus, within the school boundary, during the school day. Pacific Spirit Park is not part ofour campus.THE USE OF ALCOHOL AND NON-MEDICINAL DRUGSAll boys must refrain from use of such substances at all times and in all places. The bringing of drugs or alcohol onto any schoolproperty (e.g. dances, social occasions or school events at our school or other schools) or appearing on school property whileunder the influence of drugs or alcohol is absolutely forbidden. The suspected use or possession of drugs or alcohol (e.g. the smellof marijuana or alcohol), possession of related paraphernalia, suspicious behaviour, and/or signs of impairment, are subject to thefullest investigation, including the possible use of drug testing and/or a breathalyzer.This most serious breach of discipline can only be expected to be dealt with severely. The School affords every member ‘dueprocess’ and will review all offences on an individual basis. Previous record, circumstances, acts of restitution, attitude, and futurerisk to self or the student body are all factors that are taken into consideration. Consequences will include suspension andmembership review, including the possibility of expulsion.Students who obtain drugs or alcohol and spread them around to friends or acquaintances are trafficking, whether or not theycharge money. Such cases will be dealt with severely. Students found to have been “trafficking” in drugs or alcohol may expect tobe expelled.POSSESSION OF WEAPONS OR DANGEROUS SUBSTANCESAll weapons or potential weapons are forbidden on school property. This includes knives, fireworks, and pellet guns. In the interestsof public safety, students suspected of weapons possession will have their lockers and personal belongings searched. Using aweapon to threaten others is a serious offence. Weapons infractions will likely result in suspension, psychological assessment,membership review, and possible expulsion.GAMBLINGGambling is not permitted on school grounds and is discouraged at all times. Consequences may include detentions, parentcontact, counselling, suspension, and possible expulsion.GRIEVANCE PROCEDURESIn the event of a student grievance with a staff member or a school policy (or the application of a policy), the following stepsare recommended. Opportunity for resolution and notification of intent to seek resolution must be provided to both sidesahead of time. The Associate Principal, Student Life can help arrange for voluntary mediation. An opportunity for each side tohear the others’ concern will be offered. If the offer of mediation is rejected or unsuccessful at that level, the issue will be heardby the Principal. If either party cannot reach satisfaction there is a further option of appealing to the Headmaster. All pertinentdocumentation of prior intervention, remediation, and recommendations will be prepared before an official meeting with theHeadmaster.THE BOOK | PAGE 21


SOCIAL OCCASIONSSocial occasions are held under the direction of a Social Committee that works in conjunction with the Administration. Thenumber of tickets is restricted in accordance with fire regulations, and therefore separate social occasions are organized for theyounger grades. The following rules apply to all social occasions:1. Social occasions are planned for boys who attend St. George’s School.2. Under normal circumstances, male guests are not permitted.3. Students whose conduct is improper will be asked to leave the Social Occasion and subsequent action will be takenby an administrator.4. Chaperones and security personnel will have full authority.5. All school rules apply.6. A reciprocal agreement exists between St. George’s and other schools with respect to behaviour at school SocialOccasions and Dances.7. Students must provide a Go-Card or photo ID for entry.FIELD TRIPS AND OTHER OFF-CAMPUS LEARNINGSt. George’s School offers a wide range of curricular and co-curricular off-campus opportunities that encourage students to shapepositive futures for themselves, their families, and the global community. These endeavours seek to support the School’s Mission.Opportunities include:• taking part in academic enrichment field trips (visiting galleries, museums, science facilities, etc.);• competing and collaborating in local, national, and international events with students from other schools in areasof academics, athletics, and a host of club activities (e.g. Debating, Model United Nations, Destination Imagination,Classical League);• participating in Outdoor Education Programs;• experiencing cultural tours to international destinations;• conducting service projects both locally and abroad; and• participating in exchanges with students in other schools.MISSING CLASS TIMEWhile every effort is made to offer off-campus opportunities outside of class time, this is not always possible. Participation inprograms that involve missing classes requires that students are in a suitably strong academic position and are willing to accept theresponsibility to make up missed learning, assignments, and tests. Students are strongly encouraged to speak with their respectiveteachers and discuss implications and strategies before committing to an activity that will have them miss classes. Academicteachers have the authority to deny a student’s participation in an activity if they deem it will negatively affect him. Studentsmust remember that participation in off-campus learning is a privilege. Students should consider the following questions:• What will I gain by participating?• Will I have another opportunity to participate?• How many classes will I miss?• Will I miss ‘critical’ lessons or tests?• Am I the type of student who can learn independently while away?• Am I the type of student who will actively seek out and catch up missed work when I return?• What are my target or required grades in courses? Will these be affected?• Will my involvement affect exam preparations and writing?• Do I have other pressing commitments at the same time?Heads of Grade, Personal Counsellors, and advisors are available for consultation and to assist students in answering thesequestions. Students should not feel pressured to participate in activities and are encouraged to seek support in decision-making.PERMISSION, ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK, AND INFORMED CONSENTMISSED CLASS PLANNERSo that students and parents can list and organize anticipated/experienced trips and liaise with the student’s advisor, the Schoolhas created a “Missed Class Planner” template which is accessible by clicking here.TYPICAL ACTIVITIESFor activities that are deemed integral to a course, sport, or activity, and that parents would generally expect their son toparticipate in, parents will be provided with information on the outing, including logistics, transportation, classes missed, cost, anda permission slip to sign.THE BOOK | PAGE 22


For sports with multiple fixtures, parents and students will likely receive this information at the start of the season. Examples ofthese types of activities include field trips to local sites (museums, galleries, cinemas, beaches, scientific labs, or restaurants) andsports fixtures in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.For typical activities during the regular school day (or games period) to sites within walking distance of the School (ChaldecottPark, Pacific Spirit Park, Junior School Campus, or Dunbar Street), no special permission will be sought.Note that travel to and participation in athletic competitions with the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island are consideredtypical and no additional permission will be sought unless additional a-typical activities will be included in the itinerary.A-TYPICAL ACTIVITIESFor activities that are beyond what parents would reasonably expect their son to be participating in, a comprehensive parent letterand an Acknowledgement of Risk and Informed Consent Form will be provided. These documents will describe the proposedactivity in great detail and will ask parents to consent to their son’s participation. For most trips, parents will be provided theopportunity to consent to some or all of the activities being offered. It is important that parents only consent to those activitiesthat are within their comfort zone and risk tolerances. These documents will be provided for all overnight activities outside ofthe Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.STUDENT EXPECTATIONSEach time a student participates in an off-campus activity, they are acting as an ambassador for St. George’s School. The School’sCode of Conduct is in full effect and students are expected to behave in a manner that will reflect positively on both the studentand the School. Any infractions of the Student Code of Conduct will be addressed by teaching staff or, in more severe cases, theschool administration. Students who are involved in the use of drugs or alcohol or are a threat to themselves or others will be senthome, at their parents’ expense, to face disciplinary and /or counselling consequences.EMERGENCY CONTACT AND MEDICAL INFORMATIONIt is critical that each student’s Emergency Contact Information (names and phone numbers of family and friends) and medicalrecords are up to date in the School’s database. If there have been changes in medical information or phone numbers, pleaseupdate this information through the School Portal on the website. In the event of an emergency, the School and medical personnelwill rely on this information.REACHING YOUR SON AND TEACHERBefore your son leaves on a trip, please ensure that you know how to contact your son and his teachers. In most cases, theorganizing teacher will provide a mobile phone and/or hotel phone number. In the event that you are unable to contact your sonor teacher directly, please call the School and ask for the administrator-on-call. If it is after-hours, the answering service will giveyou the option to press “1” and be connected to the “administrator-on-call”.THE BOOK | PAGE 23


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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGEAttending St. George’s Junior School is anopportunity of a lifetime for a lifetime. St. George’sSchool has a long tradition of teaching boys, andyou are now a member of an all-boys school thathas been part of the City of Vancouver for over80 years. Our goal is to prepare you academically,culturally, athletically, socially, and spiritually forlifelong learning and productive citizenship.St George’s offers a wide assortment ofextracurricular activities from clubs to drama tosports. We encourage boys to participate not onlyto broaden their horizons, but also to contributeto school life. At St. George’s, we believe stronglyin developing well-rounded students. Honesty,participation, and understanding of others are keyelements we value at the School.I feel privileged to be the Principal of such afine school. Each day brings new challengesand rewards. The St. George’s experience startswith the very first day you arrive and continuesthrough to the end of Grade 12 and graduation.The faculty and staff at the Junior School arecommitted to laying the foundation for successat the Senior School and beyond.I welcome you to the start of a new academicyear, and wish you all the best for the upcomingyear and the years that lay ahead at St. George’s.Mr. Gregory C. DevenishPrincipal, Junior SchoolTHE BOOK | PAGE 26


THE JUNIOR SCHOOL GRACEIn the Junior School the boys will say the following Grace at lunch:“As a Community of St. George’s let us give thanks;Thank you for a place where friends become a family;Thank you for an environment enjoyed by all.”JUNIOR SCHOOL STAFFADMINISTRATIONJunior School Office 604-224-1304Fax 604-224-3515PrincipalPrincipal’s Executive AssistantReceptionist & Office AssistantRegistrarDeputy PrincipalHead of AthleticsCo-ordinator, Gr. 1, 2, & 3Co-ordinator, Gr. 4 & 5Co-ordinator, Grades 6 & 7Co-ordinator, Student ServicesLibrarian/Enrichment Program – Gr. 3 - 7Library TechnicianFood ServicesJUNIOR SCHOOL TIMETABLEMr. Greg DevenishMs. Tricia LaneMrs. Louise JonesMs. Diana JonesMr. Stephen SturgeonMr. Nino SoseMs. Jessica TinkerMrs. Victoria LauMr. Jonathan MarshallMs. Daphne BeamesMr. James WeberMs. Elizabeth WalkerMs. Melissa GaudielTIME8:00 am8:10 - 8:308:30 - 9:109:10 - 9:509:50 - 10:1010:10 - 10:5010:50 - 11:3011:30 - 11:5011:50 - 12:2512:25 - 1:051:05 - 1:451:45 - 1:501:50 - 2:302:30 - 3:103:10 - 5:00CLASSSchool opensHomeroom / Assembly / ChapelPeriod 1Period 2RecessPeriod 3Period 4LunchRecessPeriod 5Period 6TransitionPeriod 7Period 8After-school activitiesNOTES:• Assembly is held on Tuesdays.• Chapel is held on Wednesdays for Primary (Grades 1-3) and Fridays for Grades 4-7. Formal Dress required.MONDAY SCHEDULE: Homeroom: 8:25-8:35, Period One: 8:35-9:10THE BOOK | PAGE 27


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ACADEMICSPROMOTION POLICY - GRADES 4 - 7It is the aim of St. George’s to meet the academic needs of each child, and it is necessary for each child to demonstrate a basicunderstanding of both the knowledge and the skills components of the curriculum in order to qualify for the next academicyear’s course of study. It is also necessary for each child to demonstrate a positive attitude and willingness to get involved in theextracurricular programs offered at his grade level. It is noted that not all children qualify for all of the programs, but making avalid attempt is required.ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTSIn order to qualify for the next academic year, a minimum average of 60% in each subject in the final term, and an overall averageof 60% or above on the June report is required.REPORT CARDS AND PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCESThere are three end-of-term Report Cards (December, March, and June), as well as a Progress Report in October; all are availablevia the School Portal on the website. Parent/Teacher Conferences are held in November and April. Parents will be able to bookappointments online through the website.LETTER GRADESLetter Grades shown on the Report Cards for Grades 4 to 7 are as follow:A 86% - 100%B 73% - 85%C 65% - 72%D Below 65%PREP / HOMEWORKPrepIn the Junior School, students should expect to be assigned prep. The formula for determining how much prep is assigned is totake the student’s grade level and multiply it by 10. For example, a Grade 7 student should have no more than 70 total minutes ofprep an evening.In addition to formally assigned prep, from time to time it is expected that students will complete other, longer-term projects overweekends. This is especially true at the more senior grade levels.Parents and students should note that teachers will often assign prep ahead of the actual deadline, and this is to allow moreflexibility in its completion. The best strategy is to attempt and complete prep on the evening it is assigned.Prep BooksThe Prep Book is a planning and organisational tool designed for St. George’s students. Students in Grades 5, 6, and 7 are expectedto carry their Prep Book with them throughout the day. Students are also expected to have their Prep Book signed by theirhomeroom teacher at the end of each school day.The Prep Book is also the prime means of communication between staff and parents. As such, we ask that parents sign it nightlyto ensure that their sons are keeping up-to-date with their assignments and to see if there has been any communication fromtheir son’s teacher.TEXTBOOKS AND LIBRARY BOOKSThe Homeroom Teacher issues barcoded textbooks. Immediately after issue, all books must be labelled with the student’s name,class, and year. Each student is responsible for the care and custody of his books. When texts are returned at the end of the schoolyear, a check is made of the condition of each book. A charge is made for any book that has been lost or abused. Students are alsoresponsible for all library books that they have checked out of the school library and will be charged for books they fail to return.SUPPLIESSupplies for all students in the Junior School are ordered from Edu-Pac by the school and given to the students in September.Parents should be prepared to buy minor supplies i.e., pens, pencils etc., throughout the year from the Store.THE BOOK | PAGE 29


STUDENT LEADERSHIPSTUDENT GOVERNMENTThe Junior School Student Government consists of a Head Boy, an Assistant Head Boy, and Grade 7 committees. They areappointed by the Principal on the recommendations of the faculty and election by the Grade 6 students.The Head Boy and Assistant Head Boy for 2013-2014 are:Head BoyJustin Del NegroAssistant Head Boy Owen VandenbergWINGSTo stimulate intramural competition, the student body is divided into four Wings. Upon his acceptance into St. George’s JuniorSchool, each student is assigned a Wing. Brothers are assigned to the same Wing if possible. The names of the Wings honour fourmen who valuably served the school:• Clark: named for Brigadier General Clark, who was a governor of St. George’s from its earliest days until 1976;• Fell: named for Lt. Col. James Pemberton Fell, who was one of the original directors of St. George’s until 1960;• MacDougall: named for Mr. Jack MacDougall, and one of St. George’s first two directors; and• Tupper: named for Mr. Reginald Tupper, Q.C., who was among those who founded St. George’s in 1930 and served asa governor until 1962. Mr. Tupper was the grandson of Sir Charles Tupper, one of the Fathers of Confederation.WINGClarkFellMacDougallTupperCOLOURYellowGreenNavyRedTHE BOOK | PAGE 30


STUDENT SERVICESAs an integral part of our students’ educational experience, Student Services at St. George’s School supports the personal growth,the academic learning, and the social emotional development of each boy. Specific skills and advising are provided in a proactiveand preventive manner to ensure school success for all students. Through a collaborative and coordinated effort, Student Servicesactively works in partnership with faculty, staff, administration, parents, and private practitioners to meet the specific needs ofstudents.As both professional educators and specialists, the Junior School Student Services team understands and responds to the manychallenges of today’s elementary and middle school boy. The department is divided into two distinct but interrelated areas;Personal Counselling and Learning Resource Support.Our comprehensive program aligns and works with the guiding principles of our School’s mission and delivers its service tostudents by providing the following:• Attend to and support student, staff and parent concerns, which may affect a student’s progress and development;• Administer proactive and preventative approaches in supporting students;• Academic support planning, including time management and organizational, test taking skills and learning styles awareness;• Academic and Diagnostic Assessment;• Interpretation of assessment outcomes and the development of appropriate Individual Educational Plans and StudentSupport Plans;• Program design and implementation;• Self-Awareness (personal, academic, social) education as they relate to academic potential, special aptitudes and interests;• Transition planning and preparation;• Goal setting and decision-making;• Interpersonal skill development, self-assertiveness training and coping strategies;• Communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution;• Support students in a variety of counselling issues some of which may include: anxiety, stress, behaviour issues, social skills,bullying, self-advocacy, communication, grief and loss.Our team uses a variety of strategies to deliver these services, which include:• Individual and small-group counselling, advising, assessment, advocacy, HACE classes;• In-class support;• Pull-out remedial intervention and academic support;• Individual/family/school crisis intervention;• Conflict resolution meetings;• Consultation/collaboration and teaming with parents, faculty, and administration;• Referrals;• School-wide needs assessment;• Data analysis through surveys and queries.STUDENT SERVICES TEAM• Student Services Coordinator, Primary Resource Teacher: Daphne BeamesLearning Resource Support• James Weber - Teacher Librarian, Inquiry-Based Teacher• Pat Pachchigar - Intermediate Resource Teacher (Grades 4-5)• Leanne Watts - Intermediate Resource Teacher (Grades 6-7)Personal Counselling• Dr. Karin Kemeny - Counsellor (Grades 5-7)THE BOOK | PAGE 31


JUNIOR SCHOOL REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURESATTENDANCEWhen your son is absent, it is important you notify the School by 8:15 am, by email (junior_attendance@stgeorges.bc.ca) or phone(604-221-3901). All absences need to be accounted for either by note, email, or phone message. The School’s policy is that a childshould attend school every day unless there are medical issues, bereavement in the family, or celebration of a religious holiday.LATENESSStudents must check in at the Junior School Front Office whenever they arrive after 8:10 am.APPOINTMENTSWhenever possible, medical and dental appointments should be made after 3:10 pm on weekdays to avoid conflict with theschool timetable. We ask that you report, in writing, appointments that your son must keep during school hours. All students arerequired to sign out and in with the Front Office when leaving for and returning from appointments.OFF GAMESShould your son be incapable of participating in the Games Program (due to illness, etc.), please advise the PE Department eitherby email, or with a written note, specifying the reason and duration.EXTENDED HOLIDAYSThe School provides a calendar outlining our generous yearly holidays. It is imperative that your son be in attendance during allother periods of the school year.ASSEMBLYTuesdays, and some Thursdays, the Junior School day begins with Assembly from 8:15 am to 8:30 am.STUDENT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UPWe ask parents to be very careful dropping off and picking up students. Please use the designated area only and obey all parkingregulations. Drop-off and pick-up times are between 7:30 - 8:10 am and 3:00 - 3:30 pm. Please follow the instructions of the trafficmonitor.• Grades 1 to 3:Please use the right-hand side of the main driveway. Please note: the left-hand side of the driveway provides access foremergency vehicles, and NO STOPPING is allowed. Do not double-park, and have your son exit your car on the right,so he does not step into traffic.• Grades 4 & 5:Please drop students off on 29th Avenue. (Use the Main Gate on the north side of 29th Avenue).• Grades 6 & 7:Please use the east side of Wallace Street. Do not block the entrance or drive into the parking lot. Students use theWallace Street Gate as pedestrian access only. Parents may stop in the No Parking Zone for up to 5 minutes. Pleaserespect our neighbours’ property and avoid blocking their driveways or parking on their grass.• School is dismissed at 3:10 pm and there is a strong expectation that parents will pick up their children between 3:10pm and 3:20 pm or, in the case of half days, between 12:00 and 12:15 pm.• Late Pick-up:Please do not pick up your son from any activity after 3:45 pm either in the playground or on 29th Avenue or WallaceStreet. This is a safety issue. The School will do all that it can to impress upon the boys at the Assemblies that after3:45 pm they are to be picked up in the School Foyer or at their place of activity.THE BOOK | PAGE 32


GENERAL INFORMATIONCLOTHING REQUIREMENTSNormal Daily WearThe daily school uniform consists of the school blazer or sweater, white dress shirt, school tie, grey trousers, belt, grey socks andblack leather shoes (NOT running shoes). Grade 7 students need to purchase their own Grade 7 senior tie.Summer DressSummer dress is worn in the summer term when deemed appropriate by the Headmaster. Students may replace their white shirtand tie with a school-crested golf shirt. Students are still expected to wear their blazers or sweaters and grey dress pants to schoolalong with their black shoes and dark socks. Grey dress pants may be replaced with knee-length grey dress shorts and knee-highgrey socks. The crested school golf shirts must be purchased from the School Store.School TiesNew students are requested NOT to wear their ties on the first day of school as they s will be presented with a new tie at the TieCeremony. Students moving from Grade 6 to Grade 7 must purchase their own Grade 7 tie.AppearanceA note will be sent home if a student’s uniform or appearance does not meet the standard of the School. If the student continuesto fail to meet the standard he will be required to see the Principal, who will also send a letter home.Rainy Weather ClothingIt is the school’s policy that all students go outside for all recess breaks. Please be sure your son comes to school with both bootsand a rain jacket with a hood on rainy days. The School store now carries a rain jackets.Cold Weather ClothingIt is imperative during cold weather that students arrive at school with the proper winter clothing in order to be comfortable andhealthy—warm jackets, hats, mittens or gloves.Games ClothingAll games clothing should be purchased at the School Store. All students in Grades 3-7 are assigned a PE locker in the changingroom. Games clothes are to be kept locked in the locker during the week, and go home every Friday for laundering. ALL CLOTHINGMUST BE CLEARLY LABELLED.Mandatory ItemsGrades 1 – 7:• 1 track suit• 2 pairs black PE shorts• 1 black sweatshirt• 2 wing t-shirts• (New students wear a plain white t-shirt until they have been assigned to a Wing)• 1 pair soccer/rugby red socks for Grades 5 - 7 soccer and rugby players• 6 pairs white sport socks• Eye Guards• 1 padlockGrades 2 – 7:• Swimsuit: Saints speedo suit or thigh-length speedo Jammer suit (highly recommended, especially for primary grades)• Swimming Goggles - two pairs required• Small bag for swimming gear• TowelSports Shoes:• 2 pairs gym shoes (indoor & outdoor)• 1 pair soccer/rugby boots (cleats) Grades 5 - 7 soccer and rugby players onlyRugby Players only: Grades 6 & 7• 1 red rugby jersey• 1 pair soccer/rugby red socks• 1 pair black rugby shorts, compression shorts optional but recommended• 1 mouthguard for Grade 6 rugby players.BUILDING SECURITYIdentification tags are kept at the Front Office for Parents’ Association personnel, visitors, and volunteers. Please make sure that,when in the School, you sign in at the Front Office and pick up an identification tag. This procedure is in place to ensure that weknow everyone in the building in case of an emergency and also to improve security.THE BOOK | PAGE 33


VALUABLESThe School is frequently an open facility, with freedom of access for students and, on occasion, members of the community.For this reason, students are asked not to bring electronic equipment to school. Should students choose to do so, they solely areresponsible for their possessions. If large sums of money have to be brought to school, they should be left with the Office forsafekeeping. Students are strongly advised not to leave anything of value unattended.TELEPHONEWe do not allow students to use the school telephone unless it is an emergency. We encourage students to organise their rides,lunches, and PE clothes prior to coming to school. Students wishing to use the telephone during the day must first obtainpermission. Students may use the telephone from 8:00 - 8:30 am and from 3:15 - 4:00 pm; however, they must ask the Front Officestaff for permission. Cell phones are not permitted during school hours.MESSAGESMessages are emailed to the homeroom teacher with a copy placed in the homeroom teacher’s mailbox. Please note that thesupport staff will not interrupt classes except in the event of an emergency.LOST AND FOUNDLost and Found articles can be found in the bins on the 1st floor by the side entrances and in the locker room. Items of considerablevalue (i.e., watches, wallets, eyeglasses, etc.,) are turned into the Front Office where they will be safely stored. A great deal of lostclothing is unlabelled and, quite often, even labelled items will remain unclaimed. To reduce the chance of your son losing any ofhis belongings, please ensure the following:• Make sure that all of your son’s belongings are clearly labelled. Many lost items are not.• Encourage your son to accept responsibility for his belongings and to check the lost clothing bins regularly wheneveranything is missing.• Check your son’s clothing periodically (or have him check his own) to make sure the clothing belongs to him.Lost articles that are not labelled will either be donated to St. George’s School Parents Association or sent to charity.EXTRACURRICULARThe School considers the extracurricular program an integral part of school life. It provides a wide range of activities andopportunities to develop personal and leadership skills that will last a lifetime. Programs at the Junior School include sports suchas swimming, cross-country running, soccer, basketball, rugby, and track & field. The School also offers a whole host of clubsincluding Chess, Choir, Community Service, Georgian (yearbook), and Model UN. All students are encouraged to participate. St.George’s does not stress victory at all costs nor focus on specific activities at the expense of all others.COMPUTERSComputers and Information Technology are an important part of your son’s education. Computers are available in the computerlab, library, and in the individual classrooms. Students may access these computers only under the supervision of a staff member.The use of computers is to be confined for research papers, class projects, and word processing. As a precaution, parents are askedto monitor their son’s activity closely on computers and handheld devices. Parents are expected to read the Technology Use Policycarefully; there are consequences for students who misuse the computers.BAND PROGRAMSt. George’s offers students in Grades 6 and 7 the opportunity to learn an instrument. Our goal is to give young people theexperience of playing music together and individually, while developing the highest possible level of musical achievement. It is alsoour goal to foster listening skills, positive attitudes, self-reliance, a spirit of cooperation, and, above all else, to help young peopleto become increasingly sensitive to all that is beautiful and artistic in life. For more information, click here.FIELD TRIPS AND TOURSField trips and tours are taken to enhance and complement academic and extracurricular activities.• Students must abide by all school rules while on the trip.• Students are representing St. George’s School and are expected to act responsibly and behave properly at all times.• All missed assignments and homework must be completed. Specific field trips may have other or additional conditions.FIRE AND EMERGENCY DRILLSFire DrillsOn hearing the fire alarm, all instruction and activity will cease. The students will remain quiet and await instruction from theteacher. The teacher will instruct the students to close the windows, and then form a line facing the door. The teacher will openthe classroom door, after determining that it is safe to do so, determine the route to be taken, and lead the class out of thebuilding to the assembly points. Students remain quiet at all times. The last person through any door will ensure that the dooris closed to prevent the spread of the fire. The teacher will bring the Emergency Procedures Clipboard with them. This boardcontains class lists, escape routes, assembly points, “Buddy” lists, and other information.THE BOOK | PAGE 34


Earthquake DrillsWhen the alarm sounds (3 short bursts of the school bell) you must follow these procedures quickly and quietly:• In the classroom move away from windows, shelves, and heavy objects that may fall. TAKE COVER under a desk, table or counter.• Wrap one arm around the leg of the desk or table and hold your arms folded over your head as you face away from the window.• Count to 60 out loud, slowly, with your classmates and teacher.• Unless your teacher tells you to remain in your classroom, leave the building immediately after the shaking stops and proceed tothe area outside where you line up after fire drills.ATHLETICSSt. George’s is committed to encouraging physical fitness as a principle of good health and thus has an excellent athletic programthat enables students to develop skills and a level of excellence in a sequential manner. Our students have gone on to excel inathletics at zone, provincial, national and international levels. We urge parents to ensure that their sons are taking part in physicalactivity daily.St. George’s offers the following variety of sports. Due to overwhelming numbers, try-outs are held at the Grades 6 and 7 levelsfor some team sports.JUNIOR SCHOOL SPORTS OFFERINGS BY TERM:FALL• Cross-country (Grades 3 - 7)• Soccer (Grades 5 - 7)• Swimming (Grades 3 - 7)• Volleyball (Grades 6 - 7)WINTER• Basketball (Grades 5 - 7)• Swimming (Grades 3 - 7)SPRING• Rugby (Grades 6 - 7)• Track & Field (Grades 3 - 7)PLAYER EXPECTATIONSAs a member of a St. George’s Junior School team a student is required to live up to the following expectations:1. Complete academic assignments to the best of his ability and on time, and demonstrate acceptable behaviour in class.2. Be in regular attendance at all team practices and competitions. If conflicts arise, a student is expected to communicatethis to the coach as early as possible and make suitable alternate arrangements.3. Demonstrate an attitude and effort at practices that will enable him and his team-mates to achieve practice objectivesand progress towards personal and team goals.4. Demonstrate good sportsmanship and fair play in all competitive situations.5. Care for and wear the team and school uniform with pride.6. Be a positive member of the team and the St. George’s community.Failure to comply with these expectations may result in a temporary or permanent suspension from the school team (at thecoach’s/School’s discretion).MAJOR ANNUAL AWARDS AND RECIPIENTSFor a list of the major awards we offer, including last year’s recipients, please click here.THE BOOK | PAGE 35


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SENIOR SCHOOL TIMETABLE AND BLOCK ROTATIONMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY8:30-9:45 amPeriod 18:30-9:45 amPeriod 18:30-9:45 amPeriod 18:30-9:45 amPeriod 18:30-9:45 amPeriod 19:50 – 10:15 am9:50 – 10:15 am9:50 – 10:15 amAdvisor PeriodGrades 8 – 10Advisor PeriodGrades 11-12Full School AssemblyAssemblyGrades 11-12AssemblyGrades 8 – 1010:15-10:30 am Break9:45-10:00 am Break10:15-10:30 am Break9:45-10:00 am Break10:15-10:30 am Break10:35-11:50 amPeriod 210:05-11:20 amPeriod 210:35-11:50 amPeriod 210:05-11:20 amPeriod 210:35-11:50 amPeriod 211:55 am -1:10 pmPeriod 311:25 am -12:40 pmPeriod 311:55 am -1:10 pmPeriod 311:25 am -12:40 pmPeriod 311:55 am -1:10 pmPeriod 31:10-1:55 pm Lunch12:40-1:55 pm Lunch1:10-1:55 pm Lunch12:40-1:55 pm Lunch1:10-1:55 pm Lunch2:00-3:15 pmPeriod 42:00-3:15 pmPeriod 42:00-3:15 pmPeriod 42:00-3:15 pmPeriod 42:00-3:15 pmPeriod 4Block rotation by termTERM 1September 4 - November 21TERM 2November 26 - March 4TERM 3March 5 - June 5DAY 1DAY 2DAY 1DAY 2DAY 1DAY 2Period 1AEAEAEPeriod 2BFDHCGPeriod 3CGBFDHPeriod 4DHCGBFSemesters:1st Semester: September 4 - January 222nd Semester: January 23 - June 5THE BOOK | PAGE 38


ACADEMICSThe Associate Principal, Academics oversees all aspects of academic life at the Senior School.ACADEMIC STANDARDSMarks are generated five times per year: at the end of each term and in the middle of terms one and three. Grade 12s also receivea set of marks at the half-year point. Anecdotal reports and marks are accessible online at the end of each term and, for studentsnew to the school in September in the middle of the first term via the School Portal.Students who fail courses will be required to complete a remedial program at summer school (at least 30 hours) or an equivalentprogram (with a testing component) to ensure that they are prepared for the following year.The letter grade / percentage range is as follows:50% - 59% = C-60% - 66% = C67% - 72% = C+73% - 85% = B86% - 100% = ACOURSE SELECTIONIn Grades 8, 9, and 10, students take six core subjects: English, Math, Social Studies, Physical Education (including Health andCareer Education 8 - 9/Planning 10), Science, and either French or (beginning in Grade 9) Spanish or Mandarin. Two elective blockscomplete the roster of eight classes required.Grade 11 students must take English, Math, Social Studies, and a second language, plus elective choices in four other blocks. Theonly absolute course requirements for Grade 12 students are English 12 (or English AP) and Planning/Transitions, with a minimumof 6 instructional blocks overall.HONOUR ROLLSt. George’s publishes an internal Honour Roll at the end of each term. The number of courses used to determine the averagevaries from grade to grade. In Grades 8, 9, and 10, all eight courses are used. In Grade 11, the average is based on English 11 andthe best five courses, and in Grade 12, English 12 and the best four. At the end of the school year, certificates are presented tostudents for their academic achievement. Honours with Distinction go to those students who achieve an average of 89.5% orgreater. Honours standing is awarded to those students with an average of 82.5% or greater. A student’s official school transcriptshows only year-end marks and an average based upon all subjects.THE BOOK | PAGE 39


TIMETABLEThe School’s eight blocks of instruction are divided into Day 1 (Blocks ABCD) and Day 2 (Blocks EFGH). With four periods perday, classes are 75 minutes each. Days 1 and 2 alternate throughout the year—regardless of long weekends. Thus, if Friday is a Day1, Monday (or the Tuesday after a holiday) will be Day 2. To provide a break from routine and to allow afternoon field trips formore classes, the three calendar terms use a block rotation:• Term 1: Day 1 = ABCD Day 2 = EFGH• Term 2: Day 1 = ADBC Day 2 = EHFG• Term 3: Day 1 = ACDB Day 2 = EGHFPrior to long weekends or holidays, school usually ends at 12:30 pm. These are regular school days with all four blocks as shortenedclasses.PREP/HOMEWORKAs no student can have homework assigned in more than four courses on any given day, a prep schedule is not necessary. However,students are reminded that the best strategy is to tackle homework on the day it is assigned.RESOURCE PROGRAMThe Resource Program assists students with identified learning challenges with their academic courses. Identified students receivean Individual Education Plan (IEP) that outlines specific classroom interventions and exam accommodations to help foster success.Inquiries about the Resource Program, IEPs, and psycho-educational testing should be made to any of the counsellors.UNIVERSITY COUNSELLING SERVICESUniversity Counselling and advising begins in Grade 10 with course selection workshops and an introduction to the Naviancesoftware, an interactive web-based software program that supports students throughout the university application process.During the spring of Grade 11, each student is assigned a University Counsellor who is responsible for advising and assistingstudents through the transition process from high school to University. The department maintains information about postsecondaryoptions, the selection process, admission trends and policies, university representative visits, and financial aid andscholarship opportunities.The University Counselling department sees the university admission process as both educational and maturational. Throughresearch, students will naturally learn more about specific institutions; more importantly however, the process teachesstudents about planning and responsibility, decision-making, self-reflection, goal setting, and self-presentation.For a complete list of Heads of Departments, please click here.THE BOOK | PAGE 40


STUDENT LIFEThe Associate Principal, Student Life is responsible for overseeing the direction, development, delivery, assessment andimprovement of the student experience at the Senior School in the following areas: Discipline and Standards; Personal Counsellingand Health Services; Service Learning; and the Clubs Program.HEADS OF GRADEThe Head of Grade (HoG) acts as the authority for their assigned grade and is the individual responsible for the day-to-day oversightof that specific grade; as such, they are the recommended point of contact for parents. In addition to teaching responsibilities, theHoGs manage day-to-day discipline and standards (including attendance), monitor the academic results of their grade, and overseethe Advisor Program. The HoGs work collaboratively with advisors, staff, administration, parents, and community agencies tofulfill the School’s mission and strategic priorities. For a complete list of Heads of Grades, please click here.ADVISOR PROGRAMAs a key component in our School’s character education and support services plan, our Advisor Program provides a relationshipbasedlearning environment where students are known, heard, and understood by at least one faculty/staff member. Students areassigned to an Advisor Group which includes 8-10 students and a faculty/staff advisor who acts as a mentor for the duration ofthe student’s high school years. In addition to one-on-one conferences as needed, students formally meet with their advisors eachweek during Advisor Periods and also participate in a weekly Advisor Assembly. Areas which the Advisor Program addresses include(but are not restricted to): academic planning and student well-being, recent and upcoming school events, and issues involvingcharacter development and core values.In working to understand the developmental needs and interests of their advisees, the advisors become a powerful resource andadvocate for students. Alongside the Head of Grade, the advisor acts as a key point of contact for their advisees’ parents, and isinvolved in important school-related matters concerning their advisees.PERSONAL COUNSELLING SERVICESThe Personal Counselling team includes three counsellors who are responsible for supporting the personal and social-emotionalneeds of every student in the Senior School. They help students and their families address circumstances that may inhibit astudent’s educational development and overall well-being. As such, they assist students in developing their sense of awarenessand self-worth through personal exploration, and supporting them in the areas of decision-making and goal-setting. Our PersonalCounsellors endeavour to create a safe place for students and serve as a resource for students and parents.SERVICE LEARNINGIn accordance with our Mission Statement, the Service Learning Program encourages students to willingly play a role in thebetterment of society. Involvement in service initiatives provides real world experiences that allow students to develop leadershipskills, attain personal satisfaction from giving back to the community, establish positive contacts, gain work experience, and supportcauses they truly believe in. Participation also fosters empathy—one of the School’s Core Values—through an understanding ofglobal issues, and gives our boys a means of making a positive contribution to the broader community. Our aim is to inspirestudents to make a lifelong commitment to charitable involvement and to recognize the importance of doing so, particularly fromour position of privilege.GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES AND COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM (GPACS)Taking part in Service Learning initiatives allows students to develop leadership skills, gain personal satisfaction from helping theircommunity, establish positive contacts, gain work experience, meet new people, and support causes they truly believe in. Ouraim is to inspire students to make a lifelong commitment to charitable involvement and to recognize the importance of doing so.SERVICE RECOGNITION PROGRAMThe St. George’s Community Service Program consists of five levels and focuses on three major areas: research, action, andreflection.Students are awarded ties or pins after the completion of each level. Levels are defined as follows:Level Eligible Grades Volunteer Hours Required1 8-12 20 hours (max. of 15 completed in the School)2 9-12 40 hours (max. of 20 completed in the School)3 10-12 60 hours (max. of 25 completed in the School)4 11-12 80 hours (max. of 30 completed in the School)5 12 only 100 hours (max. of 35 completed in the School) including participation that demonstratesa long-term commitment to a single organization. Students must also complete a writtenreflection piece based on their experience at this organization.Students must complete each level prior to beginning the following level. Students are required to submit their booklet to theHead of Service Learning prior to adding service hours to the next level. Students may complete more than one level in a schoolyear. To download booklets from the Head of Service Learning, please visit: www.stgeorges.bc.ca/service..THE BOOK | PAGE 41


STUDENT LEADERSHIPEXECUTIVE BODYThe Student Council Executive consists of the School Captain, Vice-Captain(s), and the Captain of Boarding They are responsiblefor officially representing the School at special functions, serving the general student body, and initiating positive studentventures and projects. The Headmaster makes the appointments after receiving input from the staff and the senior student body.Announcements of all three positions are made during the Prize Day ceremonies.LEADERSHIP COUNCILA team of elected Grade 12 Prefects work with the Executive on the following committees to improve school life:• Admissions • Arts & Culture • Graduation • Residential Life • Service Learning • Sports • Student Life • Student GovernmentCLASS REPSClass Reps from Grades 8-11 are elected by their peers each fall to help with the promotion of school events. Heads ofGrade facilitate the election process. The Class Reps meet with and report to the Leadership Council on a regular basis.SENIOR SCHOOL REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURESATTENDANCESigning In and Out of SchoolStudents must report to the Front Office when they arrive at School late (after 8:30 am) or leave the premises early (before 3:15pm). When leaving early, a parent/legal guardian must communicate to the School in advance via email (senior_attendance@stgeorges.bc.ca) or by phone (604-221-3636). When signing in or signing out, students are required to have this verification, orsubmit a note from a parent/legal guardian, doctor, school nurse, or in the case of boarding students, the Director of ResidentialLife. Only Grade 12 students have the privilege of leaving campus for their free time during lunch or a spare. This privilege may belost as a result of any disregard for school rules or standards. Grades 8 – 11 students are not permitted to leave campus, exceptfor appointments.TardinessArriving to class on time is a form of discipline and respect. Students are considered late if they are not in class by 8:30 am.Excessive tardiness will result in early sign-in procedures, detentions, and eventually more serious consequences. As a matter ofrespect and safety for the community, students are requested to stay home if they are sick..AppointmentsParents should take advantage of the predictability of the daily timetable to schedule all appointments outside of school time.If necessary, students having a doctor, dentist, physiotherapist, or similar appointment during the school day must sign out andback in as outlined above. Students may not sign out other students. Students are expected to inform teachers in advance of anyabsence for an appointment. Failure to notify faculty in advance of absences may result in some penalty, at the individual teacher’sdiscretion, for any missed work, tests, or quizzes.Illness During the School DayBefore a student is permitted to return home, all cases of illness and injury must be reported to the Student Health Centre. TheNurse will contact parents or guardians if students are to be sent home and will give the student a Sick Leave Slip and send themto the Front Office for signing out. In order for the student to be able to sign out, he must hand the Sick Leave Slip, signed by theNurse, in to the Front Office.THE BOOK | PAGE 42


If Boarding Students are ill and need to return to the residence, the Senior School Nurse will contact the Residence Nurse and theboy will walk back or be picked up at the nurse’s discretion. Signing out procedures are the same as for day students.Day Students who are off-games for medical reasons or due to appointments must have a note from parents/guardians, a doctor,or the School Nurse. Boarders must have all notes from home or their doctors co-signed by the Nurse.Absence for Health ReasonsIf a boy is going to be absent from the Senior School for health reasons, the School requests that a message be left atsenior_attendance@stgeorges.bc.ca or 604-221-3636 by the parent or legal guardian. Please advise the School of the boy’s name,advisor teacher, student number, date, and the reason for his absence. Parents who do not phone in to the Attendance Line mustprovide a written note for absence. Attendance is a requirement for course credit and the Ministry of Education grant. As a result,any student may be denied credit for a class, should his absences make it impossible for the teacher to justify promotion, or hemay lose his grant.Parental RequestsEach teaching day is critically important! Families are accommodated with extra vacation time at Winter and Spring Breaks andare discouraged from requesting more time for holidays. If more time is necessary, two weeks’ notice is required for any extendedabsence outside of illness/injury, bereavement, or religious holiday. Notification should be sent to their Head of Grade. A ‘StudentAbsence – Required Work’ form will be emailed to parents or guardians and must be filled out by your son and returned to hisHead of Grade in order for that absence to be designated as “Excused” for Ministry Audit documentation. This is only to beaccepted after a parent or guardian has notified the school in advance of the intended student absence.STUDENT DRIVING AND PARKINGDepending on their birthdates, students in Grades 11 and 12 may be eligible to drive automobiles. The decision of whether or nota student has the necessary maturity to safely operate a vehicle and drive to school rests with his parent/guardian. Students whowish to drive to/from school or be a passenger in a vehicle driven by another student are required to complete a Student DrivingPolicy and Consent Form and return it to the Associate Principal – Student Life. To access the School’s Driving Policy, please clickhere.School Driving Policy1. Students must recognize that, as minors, driving is granted to them as a privilege and not a right.2. Students are not required to drive to or from school nor will they be required to drive to or from a school event. This is strictlya family decision. The School will always make every effort to organize group transportation to school events.3. St. George’s School in no way sanctions or encourages student driving. This is an important family decision.4. Students may only drive another student within the parameters of their license (e.g. Class 7 “N” may only carry one passenger)and insurance, and only with the passenger’s parent/guardian’s consent. More information is available at www.icbc.com.5. Students in Grade 11 do not have daytime sign-out privileges and therefore may only drive before and after school withappropriate consent.6. Boarding Students are not permitted to have a car at school. Unique and exceptional circumstances, however, may warrantthat special permission be granted for Grade 12 students; this would require formal written approval from the Director ofResidential Life.7. Students may only drive to or from school events if the organizing teacher has received, prior to the event, an email from theboy’s parent/guardians indicating that they consent. The School will only permit students to drive to school events that are atthe conclusion of the school day and where the parent/guardians indicate that they desire their son to be dismissed and able todrive home or to another function after a school event.8. Students must drive in a responsible and courteous manner and within the law.9. Students may only drive or be driven if this consent document is completed and submitted to the Student Administration andStandards Office.10. Motorized cycles requiring a driver’s license may not be driven to/from school. Ecofriendly mopeds and/or limited speedvehicles require the same consent as an automobile.Parking1. Campus parking is strictly reserved for permit holders.2. Students may park on the street in accordance with any posted parking regulations, but are advised not to park in front ofresidential properties. Parking on residential streets is regulated by City of Vancouver bylaws and vehicles may be ticketed ortowed without notice.Drop-off and Pick-up zones:• In the morning, on-campus drop-off is permitted only for vehicles carrying two or more students and the driver (carpool).• No left turns are allowed eastbound onto the property from West 29th or from the property onto West 29th between 7:30 amto 8:30 am.• In the afternoon, parking or waiting is not allowed on the campus driveway between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm.THE BOOK | PAGE 43


GENERAL INFORMATIONLOCKERSEach student is assigned a book locker. Grades 8 and 9 students will also be assigned a PE/Games locker in which their strip canbe stored. It is important that students understand that they do not own the locker nor do they have the right to store anythingin it that represents a safety risk to themselves or the student body. Suspected illegal substances or weapons will result in a lockersearch. Only school-sold locks are permitted; these are available for purchase at the School Store. Students are discouraged frombringing large sums of money or valuable items (e.g. mp3 players, mobile phones, digital cameras, video equipment) to school. Alimited number of games lockers are available for day use only and students should not store valuable items in any of these lockers.LOST AND FOUNDAll items should bear the owner’s name so that they can be easily identified. All articles other than books or games clothes foundin or around the school buildings should be brought to the Front Desk or the Lost and Found room located in Dixon Gym. Lostswimwear items are generally kept at the Pool (ext. 3652). Books are returned to the Book Room, and games clothes are placed inbins in the changing room.The Lost and Found is generally open Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm.Lost and Found email: lost&found@stgeorges.bc.ca.LUNCH AND BREAKFASTBreakfast, lunch and snacks are available for cash purchase from the Saints Café.A Hot Lunch Program is offered for a nominal fee. You may sign up your son online when you complete the enrollment contract,or contact the Business Office.Students must present their “Lunch Cards’ for billing in McLean Hall, or they may pre-load their lunch card with a maximum of$100 for use at the Café.Each student is responsible for clearing away his own mess. In McLean Hall he should take his used tray and utensils to abussing centre. Elsewhere, he should ensure he ‘leaves no trace behind’ and pack up his garbage to take home or deposit it inthe appropriate place. The School expects a high standard of behaviour at all times, including meal times. Students who actinappropriately may be assigned to some form of community service that may include cleaning tables and removing accumulatedgarbage. Acts of dishonesty or more significant misbehaviour will result in a review of the incident, followed by a more appropriatelevel consequence and parent contact.MESSAGES AND ITEMS FOR PICK-UPThe School does not have an intercom, and staff may not disrupt classes to deliver items or personal messages. Items may be leftfor pick-up at the Front Desk.PERSONAL EXPENSESMoney, except a boarder’s weekly allowance, will not normally be advanced by the Business Office without a parent’s permission.We strongly discourage students from putting purchased items on your student account.SECURITY AND VALUABLESThe Senior School is an open facility, with freedom of access for students and members of the community, particularly duringsports and other joint school activities. For this reason, students are asked not to bring expensive electronic equipment such asradios, mp3 players, and cell phones to school. Should students choose to do so, they are solely responsible for their possessions. Iflarge sums of money must be brought to school, they should be left at the Business Office for safekeeping. Students are stronglyadvised not to leave their packs or anything of value unattended.LIBRARYThe School Library is an excellent resource for all types of student learning. Students are encouraged to take advantage of theextensive book collection, online databases, and knowledgeable staff. Whether you need help researching a project for class orfinding something new to read in your leisure time, the Library should be your first stop.Library hours are from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am – 4:00 pm on Fridays.For information on the Senior School Library, please click: www.stgeorges.bc.ca/seniorlibrary.TEXTBOOKSTextbooks are issued from the Bookroom and are on loan to students for the academic year. Texts are due back in June or beforethat if a student drops a course and no longer needs the book. Each student is responsible for the care and custody of his books.Each textbook is barcoded and each student is responsible for the specific barcoded books he is given. If a student returns atextbook with a barcode that is different from the one he was issued, he may be charged for a missing book. If a book is returnedseverely damaged, there will be a charge to replace the book.THE BOOK | PAGE 44


When a student returns books that do not match the barcodes of the books that were originally issued to him, his account willshow them as still being out. If these books do not show up after all books have been collected in June, they will be classified as“outstanding”. Notices will then be sent to parents informing them that their son’s account will be charged the said amount fora replacement copy.To minimize the possibility of this happening:• Each student should make a list of all their textbooks with their corresponding barcode numbers. At the end of theschool year they can then check to see whether the barcodes of the books in their possession match those on theiroriginal list.• Each student should write his name, grade, and year in his books on the stamped label provided for that purpose. If alost text is found, it can then be returned to its rightful owner.Bookroom days and hours of operation are posted on the door.FIRE AND EMERGENCY ALARMSWhen the Fire Bells ring:1. All instruction and activity must cease and students must remain quiet.2. Close all windows and then follow your teacher’s instructions in an orderly manner.3. Walk to the assembly areas on the field on the east side of the School and assemble in advisor / grade groupings.4. If not in class, use the nearest exit and proceed to assembly areas on the fields.Tampering with any emergency equipment is a serious offence.In the case of an earthquake:1. Drop, cover, and hold.2. Count slowly backwards from 60.3. Wait for instructions from your teacher or evacuate the building from the nearest safe exit. Proceed to assembly areason the fields.Emergency Alarms:When both the fire alarm and the school bells ring simultaneously, the following procedures should be followed:1. Students, staff and faculty outside a classroom should immediately go into the nearest classroom. Secure and barricadethe classroom doors. Do not open doors (no bathroom/drinks).2. Turn off all lights. If possible (and safe to do so) cover all classroom windows/pull the shades. If this is not possible, allindividuals in the classroom should remain out of line of sight of door and windows and as low as possible at all times.3. Everyone inside the classroom should take cover (or find concealment if cover is not possible) and stay as silent aspossible. (Note: Cover can stop a projectile; concealment merely hides an individual –think “desk versus curtain”).4. Cellphones should be turned on but they should be in silent mode.5. Teachers (if safe to do so) should monitor their cellphones and email for further messages.6. Unless a hostile threat is imminent, do not leave the classroom until cleared by the police or another reliable person.7. Teachers with classes/students on the playing fields will take immediate cover and evacuate the playing fields if safeto do so. Teachers and students will evacuate (if safe to do so) to our other campus away from the dual alarms andwait for further instructions.8. All teachers should make every effort to establish accountability for all students.THE BOOK | PAGE 45


ATHLETICSGAMES PROGRAMThe School considers this co-curricular program an integral part of school life and essential to our students’ fullest development.Most importantly, the program presents a wide range of group and individual activities with opportunities to develop personalskills and leadership that can last for the remainder of each student’s life.Students are required to attend each session, be on time, and dress appropriately. Any transfer from one activity to another mustbe approved and registered by the Acting Head of Senior School Athletics, Mr. Darryl de Leeuw. As attendance is mandatory, theboys, with the assistance of their parents, should make sure that no appointments are made during Games times.When travelling with a school team to an away fixture, students must realize that they are representing the School and mustdress and behave accordingly. If a student has a potential conflict regarding a school fixture, he must see the coach concerned inadvance of his absence.AWARD SYSTEMParticipation and achievement in athletic activities are recognized with the following Junior and Senior awards, which are presentedat the appropriate assembly or Prize Day.Students who make a strong commitment to a sports team and exhibit sportsmanship and dedication to their team will earn theirAthletic Pin. Athletic pins are awarded at the discretion of the coaching staff.1. Small Block: with membership on three competitive sports teams in a year.2. Large Block: with membership on six competitive sports teams in two years or three teams in Grade 11.3. Junior Athletic Tie: with membership on nine competitive sports teams between Grades 8-104. Senior Athletic Tie: with membership on six competitive sports teams between Grades 11-12.Regular Games WearRugby Players Gear1 Black PE shorts Black rugby shorts2 School t-shirts Red rugby jersey6 Pair of white socks Striped rugby jersey1 Pair of gym shoes Rugby socks1 Track suit (for teams) Rugby cleats1 Swim suit Mouthguard2 Towels1 Swim GogglesAll students competing for any competitive sports team must purchase a school athletic team track suit from the School Storeprior to your first away contest. Clothing items purchased from the School Store are labelled at the time of purchase. Other itemsshould be labelled at home.THE BOOK | PAGE 46


GAMES PROGRAM: ACTIVITIES OFFERED BY TERMTERM ICompetitive TeamsCross-country (8 - 12)Rugby (8 - 9)Soccer (Jr, 2nd XI, 1st XI)Swimming (8 -12)Volleyball (10 - 12)Recreational ActivitiesBall Hockey (8 - 10)Basketball TrainingBasketball 3-on-3Fitness, After School (8 - 12)Fitness, Morning (8 - 12)Flag Football (11 - 12)Golf, Skills Development (8 - 10)Recreational Volleyball (8 - 10)Bouldering (8 - 12)Rowing Training (8 - 12)Squash Training (8 - 12)Spin Biking (8 - 12)Tennis, learn to play (8 - 12)Tennis, competitive (8 - 12)Yoga (8 - 12)TERM IICompetitive TeamsBasketball (8, 9, Jr Varsityand Sr Varsity)Ice Hockey (U14, U16, U18)Rock ClimbingSkiing/SnowboardingSquashTable TennisWater PoloRecreational ActivitiesArcheryBasketball OfficiatingFitness (Jr, Sr)Curling Rec.Rec. Ski/SnowboardingRec. SoccerRock Climbing Rec.Rowing TrainingRugby Training (Jr, Sr)ScubaSpin BikingTable TennisTrack and Field TrainingYogaTERM IIICompetitive TeamsBadminton (8, Jr, Sr)Cricket (Jr, Sr)Field Hockey (U14, U16, U18)GolfRowingRugby (Jr, 2nd XV, 1st XV)Tennis (Jr, Sr)Track & Field (Jr, Sr)TriathlonUltimate (Jr, Sr)Volleyball (8, 9)Recreational ActivitiesRoad HockeyDragon BoatingFitness (Jr, Sr)Mountain BikingPool KayakingRoad CyclingSailingSoftballSpinBikingYogaCLUBS & ACTIVITIESParticipation in co-curricular clubs and activities is strongly encouraged but not compulsory. Most meetings are scheduled atlunchtime. In the case of after-school activities, boys must take care to select their games choices accordingly. Some clubs andactivities occur all year and other may be in only one semester. They are publicized in the daily announcements and provide uniqueopportunities for friendship and personal growth. Inquiries to the Club Coordinator, Ms. Bassett, are welcome any time.To access all Club and Activity choices for the year, please visit: www.stgeorges.bc.ca/clubs.MAJOR ANNUAL AWARDS AND RECIPIENTSFor a list of the major awards we offer, including last year’s recipients, please click here.THE BOOK | PAGE 47


JUNIOR CAMPUS: 3851 West 29 th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1T6SENIOR CAMPUS: 4175 West 29 th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1T 604-224-1304 | E info@stgeorges.bc.ca | stgeorges.bc.caTHE BOOK | PAGE 48

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