- Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School (Vancouver)
name= Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School
motto= Pro Virili Parte
postalcode= V6P 3P7
School District 39 Vancouver
trustee= Don Lee
principal= Mr. Andy Krawczyk
viceprincipal=Mr. C. Parker
Ms. M. Jensen
Mr. J. Rutley
colours= Red, Blue, White
enrollment= 2055 [http://www.vsb.bc.ca/NR/rdonlyres/F4CC82AB-7655-4240-B8BD-1C35CF67054A/0/ReadyRefcondensedversionrevisedjan.pdf 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 Baccalaureateschools (along with Britannia Secondary School) and one of three French Immersionsecondary 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 Quilchenaand Sir James Douglas Elementary Schoolfeed into its French Immersion Program.
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 Programmefor 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
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.
An annual school
science fairis 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.
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
Sir Winston Churchill is currently a strong competitor in
Reach for the Topas 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 Canucksplay-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.
* [http://churchill.vsb.bc.ca/ Official website]
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