Sir Sandford Fleming Elementary School

Sir Sandford Fleming Elementary School

Infobox Education in Canada
name= Sir Sandford Fleming Elementary ["For School Data, Source: [ BC Schools Book] ." "Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Education" January 16, 2006.]

imagesize= 200px
streetaddress= 1401 49th Ave E
city= Vancouver
province= British Columbia
postalcode= V5P 1S2
areacode= 604
phone= 604-713-4793
fax= 604-713-4795
schoolnumber= 3939066
schoolboard= School District 39 Vancouver
superintendent=Mr. Gary Little
principal= Ms. Heather Gascoigne
viceprincipal= Mrs. Luanne Kerry
fundingtype= Public
schooltype= Elementary School
grades= K-7
language= English
area= South Vancouver
mascot= Train (used to be the firebirds)
teamname= The Fleming Trains
colours= Red and Black
founded= 1913
enrollment= 493
enrollment_as_of= September 30, 2006

Sir Sandford Fleming Elementary is a public elementary school in Vancouver, British Columbia part of School District 39 Vancouver.


Construction began in 1911, and opened in 1913 as South Vancouver High School. When John Oliver Secondary School opened in 1921, South Vancouver High was renamed General Gordon School and was converted to an elementary school and 300 students enrolled in Gordon. General Gordon was considered an annex of Makenzie when it reopened in February of 1921. Red and black were chosen as the Schools first colours. By 1916 the school had twelve divisions and spring of 1928 plans were approved to add a six room wing to the west end of the school. When South Vancouver was preparing to join another district municipality, there already was another school named General Gordon. It was renamed Sir Sandford Elementary School. In the Summer of 1945, Walter Moberly Elementary School was burned down and Fleming housed its 150 Students until it was rebuilt.

By 1947 East 49th Avenue was repaved and Knight Road was newly paved and by Fall a bus service had been added to make getting to school easier for students. With the roads getting busier the school grounds were fenced in. By the 1950s Gladstone Secondary School opened and all kids in Grade 7 and 8 were transferred. Enrolment dropped to 470 from 543. But by 1952 it had bounced back to 550, to accommodate the increase Fleming was rewarded $415,000 for a new wing. In February 1955 a school named Fleming 2 and three classes were moved to Fleming 2 from Fleming 1 along with some from Walter Moberly Elementary School, J. W. Sexsmith Elementary School, Van Horne and Mackenzie to make up the new schools population.

The new wing for Fleming 1 was opened 1959 with a new gym. Fleming 2 was reopened as John Henderson School. A new addition was added in the last few years which includes a new library and a computer lab and six new classrooms. The grounds of the schoolinclude the main front black top area, an inside courtyard, primary playground, intermediate playground and all-season field for soccer and other field related games.

Calendar and Schedule

Fleming abides to the VSB calendar published at the end of May each year. Classes begin at 8:45 am, recess is from 10:25 am to 10:40 am, lunch from 12:05 pm to 12:55 pm; except on Fridays when students are dismissed at 12:05 pm.


Sir Sandford Fleming Elementary School has a Volleyball, Cross Country and Track and Field team. They play against other school such as Tecumseh Elementary School, Henderson Elementary School, Sir James Douglas Elementary School, David Oppenheimer Elementary School, Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith Elementary School, Sir Alexander MacKenzie Elementary School, Walter Moberly Elementary School, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School, J. W. Sexsmith Elementary School and Waverley Elementary School. Fleming Track and field team is in Zone 6. The events are held at Moberly but the Championships are held in Swangard Stadium near Burnaby B.C. Fleming also has a Sports Day where all the students play 12 different kinds of events.

Famous Alumni

Former Team Captain of India's National Volleyball Team Raman Nat


External links

* [ Student Statistics 2006/2007]
* [ Satisfaction Survey 2005/2006]
* [ School Performance 2004/2005]
* [ Skills Assessment]

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