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Our Britannia Support Society 2017 AGM is on Tuesday, October 3 @ 7:00 am. Everybody welcome as we elect our Board of Directors and fill our Executive positions. We will meet at Britannia in Room 304.
After some discussion amongst the organizers, we have decided to proceed with this year’s annual get together.
It will be held on September 9 at the usual venue, Meadow Gardens Golf and Country Club in Pitt Meadows.
We have maintained the same cost for the last two years as we would like to emphasize the social aspect of this get together. We would like to acknowledge a very large donation made by Henry Jung at last year’s dinner dance. As a result of his generosity, 8 graduating students this year received bursaries donated in his name to assist in their future studies. Kudos to Henry and to all who made financial donations last year. (Apologies if I have omitted your name).
Following our tradition every year, we will be honoring another teacher who has made significant contributions to Britannia, not only during his teaching career but also following retirement.
This year’s honoree is Grant Hulme who retired after a long and distinguished teaching career. A donation was made to the Graduation Committee in Grant’s name that allowed the graduates to celebrate their graduation with their family after the ceremonies at the Italian Cultural Centre. This donation follows our tradition of honoring past teachers, Bill Vance, Rose Marie Vance, John Minichiello, Jack Schreiber, Mike Evans, George Rapanos, Bob Fitzpatrick and Adelle Case.
Join us once again for a fun evening of a fabulous meal and all night dancing, and most of all, a chance to reconnect with your fellow grads and spouses.
For all golfers, if you would like to play in a foursome playing a Scramble Format, please indicate so on the registration form and we will try to accommodate you. Despite whatever format you play, there will be no prizes awarded for best scores (side betting allowed).
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2017 Reg and Payment Forms
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RIP Barbara Howard, Brit alumni, track & field star, teacher and inspiration.
Closing Brit – NOT! Special thanks to alumni who stepped up – voted on-line, attended VSB public meetings, attended the Save Brit Rally (400 showed up). The entire process seemed to be a celebration of Britannia. Comments by the government appointed VSB Chair Diane Turner ( former Vice-principal at Brit) plus the Canada Supreme Court victory by BC teachers seem to say that schools will not be closed. Well perhaps an annex or two! But certainly not Britanni
Greetings all Brit Alumni.
The day started with some heavy rain but for the 7 golfers who braved the weather, the clouds parted and they were treated to a cloudy but rainfree day.
A delicious meal was served by Meadow Gardens Golf Club followed by dancing. Those in attendance regained their youthfulness as hips swayed until past 12 midnight.
A huge “Thank You” to Gloria Lim Russell, Rohit Lal and Willy Quan for donating door prizes. The lucky 50/50 winner was Art Nishi.
Past honoree John Minichiello attended and former students enjoyed the evening having a chance to reconnect with him. He looked well.
This year’s Dinner Honoree was Bob Fitzpatrick who retired from teaching at Britannia after 42 years. The Alumni donated two bursaries of $500.00 in his name at the 2016 graduation ceremonies in his name. We also donated $2,000.00 towards a tea/coffee get together for the grads and their relatives after the graduation ceremonies at the Italian Cultural Centre. This grant was made in the names of the past Honorees, Bill Vance, Jack Schreiber, Rose Marie Voakes, George Rapanos, Mike Evans, Adele Case and John Minichiello.
This year, the committee has announced that Grant Hulme will be recognized for his long teaching career and commitment to the students. Grant also retired this year.
Two bursaries for $500.00 each will be awarded in Grant’s name at this year’s graduation ceremonies. Thank you Grant for your contributions to Britannia. We will also be making a monetary contribution towards this year’s post graduation ceremonies in the names of all past Honorees.
Take a look at the photographs taken at the Dinner Dance. Everybody looks great and honestly, no photoshopping was done. Thank you all for attending and for your generous donations, this year and in the past.
We will keep you informed as to the 2017 event. Stay well, everybody.
On June 20, 2016, VSB senior management staff announced a preliminary list of schools that could be considered for closure and notifications to potentially affected schools have been sent to school principals and PAC chairs. Britannia is on that list.
If you want to help save Britannia, there are a number of things that you can do.
Chloe Gray has started a petition to save Britannia Secondary School. You can sign the petition at https://www.change.org/p/the-community-saving-britannia-secondary-school
Before you do, however, you should read the following from Mike Lombardi, a Britannia Alumni and chairman of the Vancouver Board of School Trustees
The committee to save Britannia have put together a press kit so that you can familiarize yourself with the issues.
There is a Trustee Public Meeting on Sept 15 at 5:00 pm aat Charles Tupper High School. Trustees have a number of previously submitted questions.
We are trying to fill the place with “Don’t Quit on Brit” supporters! See you there. Wear Brit colours!!!!
Prior to making any decisions trustees will review a detailed report on each school presented by staff in September 2016. Once this has occurred, trustees will then make a decision about whether any schools from the preliminary list should be considered for closure. If so, the VSB will then conduct significant communication and public consultations with affected school communities in October and November 2016. Following a report on the consultation and staff information, trustees will decide about school closures at a public VSB meeting in December 2016.
Information about these consultations will be widely publicized, but if you would like to receive information directly you are invited to fill in a contact form here.
Additionally, the VSB continues to advocate for the elimination of the arbitrary Ministry of Education-imposed 95%. District-wide capacity utilization formula that is the ministry required foundation for the VSB Long Term Facilities Plan.
The VSB also continues to advocate for adequate and stable funding to address our $21.8million 2016-17 budget shortfall resulting from years of chronic underfunding and downloading of costs from the provincial government.
You are encouraged to support the VSB in its advocacy efforts to secure additional funding and to eliminate the arbitrary 95% capacity utilization target.
Please communicate with the Premier, Minister of Education, and your MLA about these matters. I would also encourage you copy VSB trustees on your messages.
-Contact information for the Premier, Minister of Education, and Vancouver-area MLAs:
Contact information for Vancouver-Area MLAs:
Contact information for VSB trustees:
Also, here is great information from the East Van Education Network (EVEN).
6 points, or key themes from the presentation
A timeline for those wanting to be more active and take part in:
September 6 (1st day of school) Information flyers distributed to parents at elementary and also to Brit students at High School.
September 9 – 10:00 am MEDIA EVENT at Britannia Carving Pavilion.
September 15 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Town Hall style meeting at Astorino’s. We hope to fill the place with Brit families, Brit alumni, students, etc.