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SD71 Programs

A school district is more than a collection of schools. School districts have had to evolve to represent the ever-changing world and SD71 is a leader  offering innovative and challenging programs the students of the Comox Valley.


Around the World!

Around the World!

In the Spring of 2005 the Superintendent of the day, Mr. Brian Morgan, had a vision of bringing the world to our students and our homes. The school district’s Mission – Vision – Values speaks clearly to embracing diversity and it was clear that our schools were predominantly culturally homogeneous. Could we become an exemplar of multi-culturalism to which our Canadian Constitution speaks and lives?

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Explore’s Annual Garage Sale

Explore's Annual Garage Sale

The SD71 program Explore has an annual garage sale to help with the travel costs of the outdoor education experiences. This year was a huge success! The doors did not open until 8am, but the line-up was long by 7:30am. It was crazy! There was everything […]

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StrongStart BC

StrongStart BC

StrongStart BC is a free, drop-in early learning program for children birth to 5 years old, accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Qualified early childhood educators lead learning activities, including stories, music and art to help children get ready for success in kindergarten.

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Navigate Parent Perspective

Navigate Parent Perspective

It’s a very exciting time for parents to be actively involved at our school. Many people are shocked to hear how there’s such a strong sense of community at a school like NIDES when so much of the learning happens at a distance from the teacher. But the reality is that parent engagement is happening quite naturally at our school because parents know that there are plenty of meaningful ways for them to plant themselves in our school community.

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SD71 Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement

SD71 Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement

An Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement is a working agreement between a school district, all local Aboriginal communities, and the Ministry of Education designed to enhance the educational achievement of Aboriginal students.

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A Modern Alternative to Homeschooling

A Modern Alternative to Homeschooling

Navigate serves more than 3,000 learners across Vancouver Island and throughout BC in K-9, high school and adult learning programs. That includes more than 1,400 cross-enrolled secondary students, many of whom access our courses online or through an Independent Learning Centre located within a bricks-and-mortar BC high school.

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Telling Stories Through Art

Telling Stories Through Art

One staff member Damaris Munro was amazed at how the project gave students an experience in self reflection and awareness as they were also asked to write a short paragraph about the mask or the experience.

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