Superintendent’s Update

Posted On Friday April 29, 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

As we come to the end of April, it is timely to honour and celebrate accomplishments and to consider how we can continue to work and learn together safely and joyously.

National Day of Mourning

On April 28, we lowered our flags to half-mast to honour those workers who lost their lives in workplace incidents. We continue to advocate for health and safety measures designed to prevent workplace harm, injuries, and tragedies.

Employees’ Mental Health and Safety Week - May 1-8

Thank you to the Staff Wellness Committee who collaborated to create engaging activities (e.g., quiz, bingo) and events (e.g., “Mindful Mondays” and “Brain Dance”). Packages including a calendar of these events and activities, Sept-April Wellness and Safety Tips, and stickers have been sent to each building and are available here.

Vancouver Model United Nations

From April 21-23, SD73 secondary students took part in the 21st annual Vancouver Model United Nations (VMUN). They experienced a model of the United Nations held at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver.

South Kamloops Secondary School and NorKam Senior Secondary School students participated in this program in April. Participants represented a country on one of the 19 committees offered (e.g., World Health Organization, United Nations Human Rights Council, Canadian House of Commons). The VMUN simulates world diplomacy.

Participants kept long hours (10–12-hour days) over the three-day conference, which challenged students to think critically and collaboratively to co-create solutions to pressing global issues. Thank you to the teachers (Mr. Josh Ansley, Mr. Trevor Pendergast and Ms. Nicky MacFarlane) who supported these programs in their schools.

Equity-centred, Trauma-informed Professional Learning Series

School and district leaders took part in the second of a series of sessions organized by Assistant Superintendent Mochikas and District Principal Bowden focused on equity-centred, trauma-informed practices. This session took place by Zoom on April 27, 2022, and almost 100 participants learned from Alex Shevrin Venet and invited guest, Helen Thomas, a Hunkpapa Lakota educator, curriculum designer, and professional learning facilitator.

They engaged participants in considering how to shift away from being “saviors of students” to fostering reciprocal, respectful, participatory relationships with students and their families. We look forward to continuing this learning series which furthers our District priorities of Truth and Reconciliation and inclusive practices and environments.

Communicable Disease Prevention Plan

In our District’s Communicable Disease Prevention Plan , we enact safety measures in the Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings, Provincial Health Officer orders, and public health guidance from BCCDC and Interior Health. There are no changes since our last update. Please continue the daily health awareness check and follow safety measures such as staying home when sick, practicing hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, and respecting personal choice to wear a mask.

Thank you for working together as we prepare for year end celebrations. In this time of returning to traditional events, it is important to be sensitive to those who may be less comfortable with this return to larger gatherings. Thank you in advance for being kind, compassionate, and respectful.

Enjoy your weekend and take time to rest, rejuvenate, and enjoy the outdoors.

Rhonda Nixon, PhD

Superintendent

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