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

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


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 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

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