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Save the Date: 2017 Education and Career Fairs

You can view the Educations and Career Fair Schedule for each city below, including a list of exhibitors and presentations.
The fairs run from 9 am – 2 pm:
  • Nanaimo: Thursday, Nov 23 at the Beban Park Social Centre
  • Surrey: Tuesday, Nov 28 at the Cloverdale Agriplex
  • Vancouver: Thursday, Nov 30 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building
  • Abbotsford: Tuesday, Dec 5 at the Tradex
  • Kelowna: Thursday, Dec 7 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts
  • Online: If you can’t make it, you can still listen to the Learning Lounge Talks on Facebook Live! 
I will send another note when the registration link is ready.

Post Secondary School Requirements and DL Courses

Hello, Grade 12 Students!

It is very important you check with the universities you plan on applying to see how they treat DL courses.  I have included information for UBC and SFU.

It is also very important that you are checking application deadlines already.


DL Courses and UBC and SFU

UBC requirements can be found here

If you’re taking or plan to take Distributed Learning courses (e.g., online courses, distance learning, or courses at another school) to meet your requirements, you must list these in the Academic Profile section of your UBC application, as courses you will complete this year. Do not provide an in-progress grade for them.


  • You must complete it by February 1; and
  • The Distributed Learning school must submit your final grade in time for UBC to evaluate your application (you’ll receive instructions by email about how to submit your grades to UBC).


To use a Distributed Learning course to meet degree-specific requirements:

  • You must complete it by June 30.

SFU requirements can be found here

Distributed Learning (DL) courses (distance learning/online learning courses) can be used to meet your admission requirements as long as the course is 100% complete by April 30th.

Your DL provider must report your grade to the Ministry of Education to ensure our office receives your official grade electronically in May.

DL courses completed after April 30 can be used to meet course prerequisites but will not be used for admission purposes.


Former UBC student-athlete helps others find unclaimed scholarships and awards

Paying for school just got easier!

Check out  This site has a lot of fantastic resources to help you with University Admission and Scholarship Applications.

Here is a bit of information from the website founder, Madison Guy.

Stressed about money? Let me help you find access to free money in the form of scholarships, bursaries, and grants from a variety of third-party sources. After having collected over $50,000 for my own education, I know how to access simple and easy money for other students.

Need help with budgeting, finding jobs or looking at your financial aid options? I can make sure you head into your school year feeling secure about your financial situation.

Concerned about getting into your first choice school? I have a wealth of experience with the application process to the top schools in Canada and I would love to help make the application process as seamless as possible for you.

And the financial award goes to … those who apply, apply, apply

Tips for finding free money

Most students could use help paying for school, and one important source not to forget is scholarships. Here is some advice on seeking and successfully finding some education funding.

Cast a wide net

Create a profile on scholarship websites such as and Check out Universities Canada awards at

Build a foundation

Start early to build a profile as a scholarship candidate. Find your passion. Volunteer and participate in activities that can demonstrate leadership, initiative, and innovation.

Get organized

Read the award criteria carefully. Get reference letters and school transcripts well before deadlines. Spend time to craft an essay template that can be adapted to different scholarships.

Don’t ignore the small fry

It’s tempting to target big-ticket awards and snub those offering $500 or $1,000. But winning several smaller ones, which may have fewer applicants, can still add up to a tidy sum.


Student Research Opportunities at BC Children’s Hospital

The research community invites teachers to nominate promising future scientists and researchers to attend the following free education events at BC Children’s Hospital.

Intended for students in grades 10-12, these events are an opportunity to learn about new and exciting research discoveries, meet some of Canada’s leading researchers, and get a behind-the-scenes look at a variety of research-related careers.

Nominations are accepted on first-come, first-serve basis. Students cannot register themselves. As space is limited, not all nominated students are guaranteed a seat. All events are extremely popular, we encourage you to nominate students as soon as nomination forms are available. 

Please let Mrs. VanderHorst know as soon as possible if you would like to be nominated for any of the events.  Details for each event are listed below.

Mini Med School

Curriculum – The 2017 Mini Med School series, presented by Mini Med School Dean Dr. Kishore Mulpuri, will provide insight into the world of surgery. Topics will include: neurosurgery, orthopedics, anesthesia, plastic surgery and surgical training.

Schedule -This 6-part series takes place Wednesdays, October 18 to November 227:00-9:00 pm at BC Children’s Hospital.

Nominating Students – Nomination forms will be available online starting Monday, September 25 at 3:00 pm. Each school can nominate a maximum of 2 students to attend, please refer to the Nomination Guidelines for details.

Gairdner High School Symposium

Curriculum – The Gairdner High School Symposium gives students the opportunity to hear from Gairdner award-winning scientists and attend a behind-the-scenes tour of BC Children’s Hospital research facilities. Event Poster

Schedule – This half-day event is scheduled for Monday, October 23, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Nominating Students – The registration form will be available online starting September 25. Each school can register a maximum of 20 students to attend, please refer to the Registration Guidelines for details.


Discovery Days in Health Sciences 

Curriculum – At Discovery Days in Health Sciences students explore a variety of careers in medicine and the health sciences, interacting with researchers, clinicians and educators in their real-life work setting. The day is comprised of a dynamic keynote lecture, hands-on workshops and a career panel discussion.

Schedule – This event is scheduled for Friday, December 8, 8:00 am to 3:15 pm.

Nominating Students – School registration is now available online. Once a school has been registered teachers may nominate students to attend. Each school can nominate a maximum of 2 students to attend, please refer to the Registration Guidelines for details.


Research Open House

Curriculum – The Research Open House at BC Children’s Hospital is an interactive morning event that offers high school students an opportunity to visit research labs, interact with research trainees and participate in research activities

Schedule – This half-day event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, 8:45 am to 12:00 pm.

Nominating Students – Nomination forms will be available online in early March 2018. Each school can nominate a maximum of 3 students to attend, please refer to the Nomination Guidelines for details.

Vancouver Aquarium is recruiting student volunteers!

Educate, amaze and inspire young minds.

Join the Vancouver Aquarium Youth Volunteer Team

If you have a passion for animals, biology, and amazing children, apply now and become a Youth Marine Educator through the Youth Work Experience Program at the Vancouver Aquarium.

You will learn how to handle invertebrate animals and how to use the wet lab to teach and inspire children about aquatic conservation.

Training is provided.

See attached files for more information.


Youth Work Experience – Wet Lab Fall 2017

Welcome to 2017-18!

Hello TLA Families,

Welcome to the first official day of school! Blessings on you all as you embark on what we pray is a joyful and fulfilling year of learning. You have an enthusiastic team of support alongside you – your teachers, our office staff, the technical team, educational assistants, and leadership team are all here to serve. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help if you’re confused about anything or have a question.

There are a few items I’d like to bring to your attention today:

  1. “Hang School and Hit the Beach” – we’ve been running this event for several years during the first week of school to celebrate the start of the year, meet other students and families, and to take advantage of the flexibility that distributed learning allows. There are multiple events around the province this year:
    • today in Enderby at Tuey Park at 1:00pm, contact Michelle Johnson or head down now!
    • Sept. 7 in Fort St. James at the Historic Park – contact Jen Duncan for details:
    • Sept. 8 in the Castlegar area (“Hang School, Let’s Hike”) – contact Darren Stoltz:
    • Sept. 8 at Blackie Spit in White Rock from 11am to 2pm. Show up with some snacks and maybe some beach toys. Nothing formal is planned, normally parents mill about and chat, while students and children play.
    • Sept. 12 in Prince George – contact Amy Wilkinson for details:
  2. For students taking Online and Blended courses, TLA teacher Gaynor Sward has developed an excellent course called Intro to Online and Blended Learning that teaches students how to use the primary digital tools needed to learn online at TLA. This course is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended, and within the course there is an optional extension that allows students from grade 8-12 to gain high school credit. Parents are encouraged to go through the course alongside their children in order to become familiar with the tools as well. All online and blended course students will see it on their list of courses when they log in to the Hub.
  3. Blended Open House – we will host an Open House for our Blended programs on September 7 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The Open House will start with a short welcomeat the William of Orange school gymnasium. After the general welcome, parents and students can find teachers of the K-6 Blended programs and courses at the William of Orange portables, and the grade 7-12 programs and courses at TLA Hawthorne.
  4. School-Wide Orientation 7:00-9:00pm at TLA Hawthorne and online (meeting link here) – meant primarily for new K-12 families but all are welcome. The orientation will involve an overview of the school and our programs, with time afterward to talk to me and vice principals Steve Borley, Mary-Anne VanderHorst, and Lindsay Sanderson, along with any teachers in attendance.