Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School (Vancouver)

Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School (Vancouver)

name= Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School

motto= Pro Virili Parte
city= Vancouver
province= British Columbia
postalcode= V6P 3P7
schoolnumber= 3939015
schoolboard= School District 39 Vancouver
superintendent=Gary Little
trustee= Don Lee
principal= Mr. Andy Krawczyk
viceprincipal=Mr. C. Parker
Ms. M. Jensen
Mr. J. Rutley
schooltype= Secondary school
grades= 8-12
language= English, French Immersion
area= Marpole
mascot= Bulldog
colours= Red, Blue, White
founded= 1956
enrollment= 2055 [ Ready Reference March 2008] ]
enrollment_as_of= March 2008

Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School is the largest public secondary school located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The school is named after the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill .

Churchill Secondary is one of two International Baccalaureate schools (along with Britannia Secondary School) and one of three French Immersion secondary schools in Vancouver.

Churchill is fed by the surrounding elementary schools in its catchment area. They include Sir Wilfrid Laurier Elementary School, Dr. Annie B. Jamieson Elementary School, Sir William Osler Elementary School, J.W. Sexsmith Elementary School, and David Lloyd George Elementary School. Although not within Churchill's catchment area, L'École Bilingue, L'École Quilchena and Sir James Douglas Elementary School feed into its French Immersion Program.

IB Programme

Churchill Secondary offers the IB Diploma Programme (International Baccalaureate) to approximately 130 students every year. IB courses offered include English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Art, World Cultures, Psychology, Film Studies, Theatres, Mathematics, and Theory of Knowledge. There is also a Pre-IB year in grade 10, and an informal Middle Years Programme for grades 8-9. The IB program provides a challenging and globally accepted curriculum for all its students.

Information sessions are held each year by the school for prospective IB students. Entry into the program requires a written application, previous academic performance record, testing and an interview. Pre-IB students are automatically considered for the IB program and teacher interviews are held concerning each Pre-IB student.

Arguably, the program better prepares students for post-secondary studies, and a high percentage of Churchill's IB graduates go on to prestigious universities, which have included Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, Stanford University and Cornell University in the past three years.Fact|date=February 2008

French Immersion

Secondary French Immersion is for students continuing on from elementary French Immersion. It is an excellent program to take opening up many doorways and opportunities later on in life. They can receive a Bilingual Graduation Certificate. Students in French Immersion can also participate in the IB program, and receive a bilingual IB diploma.

cience fair

An annual school science fair is held at Churchill Secondary, and twenty projects are chosen to represent the school at the Vancouver District Science Fair. Winners there move onto the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair, and then onto the Canada-Wide Science Fair. Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School has been well represented in past years, and at the CWSF2005, Churchill students set a record for all schools in Canada, taking home 18 medals under the guidance of Dr. Geoffrey Gabbott.

Mission statement

Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School contributes to the intellectual, educational, physical, aesthetic, creative, moral, and social development of its students by providing challenges and opportunities to gain the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to enrich their lives and society.

Notable former faculty

*Justin Trudeau (eldest son of the late Pierre Trudeau) - French & social studies teacher
*Nancy Campbell (wife of current BC Premier Gordon Campbell) - vice-principal

Extra-Curricular Activities

Sir Winston Churchill is currently a strong competitor in Reach for the Top as well as Model United Nations. Churchill students have participated in local science fairs. Involvement with other extracurricular activities is highly encouraged by teachers and staff.

Notable alumni and students

*Sam Chan, actor in Hong Kong, son of Shek Sau
*Angela Chang, singer and actress in Taiwan
*Mike Harcourt, former premier of British Columbia
*John Shorthouse, sportscaster (Vancouver Canucks play-by-play)
*Brad Swaile, voice actor in the Gundam anime series
*Jeff Wall, Graduated 1964, Artist, Photographer, in collection of Museum of Modern Art (NY), and others.


External links

* [ Official website]
* [ Ideal Mini School]

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