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Explore Aviation Summer Camp

To encourage the next generation of female leaders to soar to new heights, NAV CANADA is announcing a new educational camp for girls, called Explore Aviation Summer Camp. 
Explore Aviation Summer Camp will offer 20 girls entering Grade 10 insider access to learn how aviation works in Canada, and about the people who help keep aircraft flying safely. This one week, all-expenses-paid camp uses hands-on learning to explore exciting career choices in aviation to allow participants to experience the power and potential of a science education and to be empowered to reach for success.
Who can apply: Girls entering Grade 10 in September 2018
Where: NAV CENTRE, Cornwall, ON, with day trips to Montreal and Ottawa
When: July 15-20, 2018
Cost: Paid for by NAV CANADA bursaries
Why: To inspire girls to explore their personal and career potential in aviation
Explore Aviation Summer Camp points the spotlight on careers in aviation where STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education is the key to success for tomorrow’s workforce. Science-based careers are predicted to dominate the marketplace, with up to 70 percent of Canada’s top jobs already requiring a STEM education, according to Let’s Talk Science, a Canadian charity dedicated to education and outreach to support youth development.
Participants will be selected from across Canada by a NAV CANADA committee composed of aviation professionals. Applicants must submit an essay of 350 to 500 words explaining why they want to attend Explore Aviation Summer Camp. A letter of recommendation from a teacher or community leader must be included with the application.
The application deadline is March 9, 2018.
If you know a girl who is a good fit for this program, please visit NAV CANADA’s website for more information and to apply at

Free “One Stop” Resource Tool on Post Secondary Schools – BC


This is a free “one stop” resource, that brings to “one site” a zillion sites for exploration, and broadening knowledge of the vast array of careers available to our young people.

This website focuses specifically on post-secondary information and other career-related links that I believe will be an excellent tool for Grade 9-12 High School Career Counsellors, teachers, parents and students.

 Highlights of the site:

  • Universities, colleges, bible colleges and trades schools across Canada and USA;
  • Parent page (if available) links that answer some very important questions for students applying for the very first time
  • Counsellor page links (if available)
  • There are many other tools on the site which I also believe can be incorporated into any career class lesson plans or career workshops that are offered at the high school.

This website can be viewed on any handheld device, computers, chrome books etc and is quite user-friendly.

One Stop High School Career Counsellor

Free tutoring through LearnNowBC

Live Tutors are real, live people here in BC ready to answer your questions and help you gain a deeper understanding of the subject material.

  • available Sun-Thu, 6-10pm
  • 1-on-1 with a real person
  • expert tutors
  • 20 minute sessions

SFU Admission Requirement Changes (Fall 2019 and Fall 2020)

Beginning Fall 2019, SFU is changing its admission requirements for high school students. The university’s current admission model, which calculates an average on only four approved grade 12 courses, has provided an inflexible and incomplete view of our students’ academic high school achievements.

Their goal is to identify high school students who demonstrate the capacity to be successful in their program of choice at SFU. The flexibility of the new admission process allows the institution to uncover potential in students who may not have risen to the surface in the more restrictive four-course evaluation model.

The new admission model will be phased in over two years; detailed information at

The grade 11 and 12 courses required for admission to some programs at SFU will continue to be quite specific, while other programs will have more flexible requirements. SFU’s new admission process values and considers all approved courses completed by a student in grade 11 and 12, and reflects their institution’s interest in encouraging a holistic approach to their students’ academic preparation for their post-secondary career.

The changes below will impact course selection for current high school students.

FALL 2019 Incoming cohort (current grade 11 students)

Grade 11 requirements: no changes. Students must present:

  • English 11
  • Language 11
  • Science 11
  • Math 11 (minimum 60%)

Grade 12 requirements:

  • minimum of 5 approved grade 12 courses, including English 12
  • minimum final blended grade of 70% in English 12
  • two lists of approved grade 12 courses for each program/faculty:
    • List A: includes grade 12 courses required or recommended for the program
    • List B: includes additional approved grade 12 courses
  • admission evaluation is based on all approved grade 12 courses, with greater emphasis on List A courses, and allowances made for students who have completed 6 or more grade 12 courses

FALL 2020 Incoming cohort (current grade 10 students)

Grade 11 requirements: one additional grade 11 course required

  • English 11
  • Language 11
  • Science 11
  • Math 11 (minimum 60%)
  • Social Studies 11*

Grade 12 requirements:  inclusion of grade 11 courses in the evaluation

  • minimum of 5 required grade 12 courses* including English
  • minimum final grade of 70% in English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
  • literacy assessment must be written at the time of admission – further details will be announced when available
  • two lists of approved grade 11 and grade 12 courses for each program/faculty:
    • List A: includes grade 11 and grade 12 courses required or recommended for the program
    • List B: includes additional approved grade 11 and grade 12 courses
  • admission evaluation is based on all approved grade 11 and grade 12 courses, with greater emphasis on List A courses, and allowances made for students who have completed 6 or more grade 12 courses

*Course lists will be adjusted with new courses as the new curriculum is finalized; information to be released by January 2019.


Changes are bolded.

Current (Fall 2018) Effective Fall 2019 Effective Fall 2020

Required Grade 11 courses:

·English 11

·Science 11

·Language 11

·Math 11

Required Grade 11 courses:

·English 11

·Science 11

·Language 11

·Math 11

Required Grade 11 courses:

·English 11

·Science 11

·Language 11

·Math 11

·Social Studies 11*

English 12 with a minimum final blended grade of 60% English 12 with a minimum final blended grade of 70% English Studies 12 with a minimum final grade of 70%
Minimum of 4 Grade 12 courses from SFU’s approved course list (including English 12) Minimum of 5 Grade 12 courses from SFU’s approved course list (including English 12) Minimum of 5 Grade 12 courses* from SFU’s approved course list (including English Studies 12)
Admission average based on 4 Grade 12 courses (including English 12) required by program  Admission evaluation based on all Grade 12 courses taken from SFU’s approved course list.  Admission evaluation based on all Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses taken from SFU’s approved course list.

*Course lists will be adjusted with new courses as the new curriculum is finalized; information to be released by January 2019.

Reminder: RE/MAX Quest for Excellence Bursary due on March 12, 2018

RE/MAX of Western Canada Quest for Excellence bursary program closes March 12, 2018!
This year they are once again offering (16) $1,000 bursaries for a total of $16,000 to grade 12 students.
This program was established by RE/MAX of Western Canada to recognize the success and ongoing pursuits of Western Canadian students in regards to leadership and community contribution initiatives. Students can enter online at

B.C. girls and women get a step up in the navy and coast guard

Achieve Anything Foundation offers chance to learn about high-tech careers

January 27 – Day sail on the Navy warship HMCS Ottawa – departing from Vancouver, BC Jan 27

February 3 – Canadian Coast Guard / Fisheries & Oceans Canada – SAR & Science at Sea to be held at the Institute of Ocean Sciences, Sidney BC

March 31 – Search & Rescue with Canadian Coast Guard – Hovercraft Base, Richmond BC

Find out more information in the linked article.  You will also find the sign-up link in the article.

B.C. girls and women get a step up in the navy and coast guard

Student Book Reviews Wanted!

If your child reads a book over the Christmas holidays, have them write a review to submit to the library in January to earn a prize!  

You’ll want to note that a book review is different than a book report!  A book report is simpler than a review because in a report, the student would usually focus on the plot often to demonstrate that they have read the book!.  A book review is mostly about your reaction and thoughts about the book and helps readers decide if they want to read that book.  Here’s a great article with guiding questions for your younger child’s review. Or here’s a more in-depth description and aid for an older student writing a book review.  

Submissions to the library should be dropped off in person at TLA Hawthorne or emailed to between Jan 8 – 31.  Mrs. Shulba will be posting book reviews on her blog on the TLA website starting in January.  The prize for submitting a proper book review (not report) is a coupon for a free book of their choice through Scholastic Book Clubs (for the first 30 students)!  

I can’t wait to hear your recommendations!  Have a Merry Christmas and I hope you get to enjoy a good book over the Christmas holidays!

Mrs. Shulba

TLA Teacher Librarian

***If you haven’t checked out our new OverDrive digital library yet, Christmas holidays are a great time to digitally borrow a book to read!  You can borrow up to three books at a time.  However, because we shut down our systems for the holidays, OverDrive will not be accessible after Dec 22 so be sure to download your books before then!  There’s lots of great books for adults as well as students!

Wishing You a Merry Christmas

I stepped out of my RV early this morning to change over the propane tank. This tells you two things: 1. My new house is not quite ready for occupancy, but only a few days left before we officially move in. 2. It was cold in the RV with the heat having gone out sometime in the night.  But that isn’t the reason for the opening statement. That was a precursor to tell you that in the space of a minute, even while concentrating on hooking up a new propane tank, I saw three very bright meteorites streak across the sky. If you can get out from under the covers, out into the darkness, and under a cloudless sky over the next few nights, you should be treated to some spectacular meteorites.


Yet these rocks burning up as they race through this planet’s atmosphere pale in comparison to the sight those shepherds had long ago under another midnight sky as they watched over their flocks. May you be doubly blessed this Christmas season as you consider the wonder of the shepherds, the passion of the magi, the fear and hope and anxiety that must have been Joseph’s, the pain followed by joy mixed with confusion that must have been Mary’s, and the faith and salvation that has been given to mankind.


During the two weeks that the school systems will be shut down, I trust that the furthest thing from your mind will be academics for academics’ sake. Rather, may you be at liberty to enjoy family, enjoy friends, enjoy faith, enjoy the meteorites and the other wonders of the creation, enjoy relaxation, and even enjoy the cultural festivities associated with Santa. May the God of all Goodness bless you with a season of happiness.

2017 Faraday Science Show – Physics of Winter

2017 Faraday Show – Physics in Movies (& Reality!)
14th Annual Faraday Science Show

Time/Date: 2:00-3:30pm on Sunday, December 10, 2017

Location: UBC Hebb Theatre (2045 East Mall) . The North Parkade is the closest parking lot to the Hebb Theatre.

The show is free of charge and open to the public – everybody is invited!
But bring non-perishable food items to support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

The Faraday Show is UBC’s annual science lecture, designed for children, presented by UBC Physics & Astronomy. This year the show will be about the wonderful season of winter! We’ll use fun experiments and demonstrations to answer questions like: Why do the seasons change? How do clouds, snow, and icicles form? How can we see heat and keep it in? And, what is the science behind the warmest winter jacket, or your favourite winter sports?

This show is for children of ALL AGES, and adults who are young at heart!

No RSVP required, though we recommend arriving 15-20 minutes earlier to get good seats.

For more information, visit the Faraday Show website ( or contact the outreach program at:  / 604-822-0596.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Canadian Women in Municipal Government Scholarship

This $1000 scholarship is open to young women students who are making a contribution to their school’s leadership teams or student councils.  More information can be found here.

Application Deadline: December 15, 2017


The Stacey Levitt Memorial Award

This is an annual student award of $2,500 created in Stacey’s memory, encouraging Canadian youth to embody her qualities and ideals along with Parachute’s vision of a long life lived to the fullest while maintaining an approach that is rooted in injury prevention.

Click here for more information on Stacey and the application process.  

Application Deadline: March 2, 2018


Bursary Opportunity from Charlene Reaveley Children’s Charity

The Charlene Reaveley Children’s Charity is a non-profit organization offering support and assistance to families with children experiencing the loss of a loved one.

All bursaries require that candidates are in good academic standing, contribute to their communities, and will be furthering their education at a post-secondary institution upon graduation. CRCCS board of directors will select the successful recipients.

To qualify for a $1000 CRCCS bursary, the student will be required to meet the criteria.  The criteria can be found here

Application Deadline: April 15, 2018


Ministry of Education’s scholarship program: District Authority Awards (DAA)

The purpose of the District/Authority Scholarship is to acknowledge superior achievement in the following categories:  

Applied Skills  

Community Service  

Fine Arts  

Indigenous Languages and Culture  

Physical Activity  

Second Languages  

Technical and Trades Training

The application, with more details, can be viewed here.  If you would like to see some sample  rubrics (by category) which the adjudicators consider when assessing and awarding scholarship-worthy packages please email Mrs. VanderHorst

Application Deadline:  Monday, April 23, 2018
Applications must be submitted to Mrs. VanderHorst at Hawthorne