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Blog: Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

RBSS, Embracing the New Curriculum

Robert Bateman Secondary School has experienced a very exciting first few months of our school year. Our staff and students have immersed themselves in many of the new opportunities with the new B.C. curriculum. Our school participated in the District Aboriginal Festival. Students had an opportunity to take part in a number of activities to better understand the aboriginal culture such as weaving, history of Sumas Lake, myths and world views, language and drumming, and many more indigenous learning opportunities.  A teacher in the Fine Arts Department is presenting two school performances as a semester-end presentation of Gord Downie's Secret Path. This presentation is joining in on the national conversation of Truth and Reconciliation, their performance is in response to Downie’s collection of songs narrating the story of Chanie Wenjack- a young Aboriginal boy who ran away from a residential school in Ontario and never returned home. This is a great opportunity to enrich classroom discussions around residential schools, especially for Socials, English, and Psychology classes. Staff will be given lessons to provide follow up discussion questions to help teachers unpack what reconciliation means and why it's such an important topic for Canadians in our era.

Our school will be participating in a blended learning pilot program during our second semester. This program partners two Humanities teachers from Bateman with the Virtual School to allow students a true blended learning experience. The teachers will facilitate face to face discussions between Bateman students and their teachers in a variety of courses. The students will have the flexibility to learn at their own pace and in their own space.

Many staff are spending time exploring new pedagogy in education. We have teachers at the secondary level facilitating student led conferencing with parents.  We have a department using exit interviews, rather than an exam, as a means of assessment at the end of the semester. Our RBSS staff are very open to taking risks and experimenting with their practice which makes for a more engaging learning experience for our students.

Principal, Robert Bateman Secondary