Principal’s Desk

August 30, 2019

Welcome Back!

There has been a lot of activity at the school these last 2 weeks to get ready for the arrival of students on September 3, 2019.  We are excited to be implementing some new courses for the new Grade 11 and 12 curriculum.  There are changes to the Provincial Assessments this year as we phase out the Provincial Exams and bring in both Numeracy and Literacy Assessments for our Grade 10s.   Please visit the BC’s New Curriculum website at as it provides information about courses, curriculum and assessment.

Our timetable now includes FLEX sessions in the afternoons on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The teachers will continue to have Collaboration Time every second Thursday so, there will be early dismissal on those days.  Please check our Trimester Schedule as it includes Holidays, Professional Development Days (Non-Instructional), FLEX, Student/Parent/Teacher Interviews and Collaboration Days.  This year students will be spending their Tuesday FLEX in one of their five classes to ensure they are keeping up with their course work and they will choose a FLEX session on Thursday afternoons that they are interested in.  Students will be completing their Core Competency Self Assessment once each trimester to earn credits.

Our Library Learning Commons (LLC) is under construction and we look forward to the big reveal sometime in the late fall.  Watch for more details and a formal announcement about the large red cedar log in our entryway!

Northern Health is working with us to provide a public health nurse two Mondays every month to meet with and support our students.  We are pleased to continue our Breakfast and Lunch Programs at the school.  Please inquire at the front office if you are interested in donating or want to find out more.

I cannot even begin to describe all of the amazing lessons, events, games, concerts, speakers, and labs that are going to occur this year.

It is with great anticipation we look forward to learning and working together at Charles Hays Secondary School!

Sandra Pond