Vancouver Island Secondary Schools

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Vancouver Island Secondary Schools

Postby applepie » Mon 07 Jan 2008 19:31

We are hoping to relocate to Vancouver Island, and would appreciate any info on good secondary schools.....please help!
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Postby ellsie » Wed 16 Jan 2008 06:51

Which area are you going to?
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Postby applepie » Wed 16 Jan 2008 18:23

We have not settled on a particular area yet, as we are coming over in the Summer to look at various locations, but our main concern is a good secondary school, in a nice neighbourhood.
I have looked at the Fraser report, but I would welcome an honest opinion of any schools that spring to mind, likewise neighbourhoods.
I have two boys.
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Postby ellsie » Thu 17 Jan 2008 04:43

We are happy with our choice and you really need to home in on a couple of towns, I think, before you can take a good look. All schools have problems but most kids here are polite in the street and better behaved at school thn many of the UK schools. I find the work seems easier in some subjects than I would expect.
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Postby applepie » Thu 17 Jan 2008 19:43

I think we would like to look at Nanaimo, and areas north of that. We are looking for a safe area in which to bring up the boys, and a good school for them. Does that narrow it down a tad?
I think we looked up Cambell River and it looked beautiful, but we were not sure where the secondary school is.
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Postby applepie » Thu 17 Jan 2008 19:44

So sorry I just noticed I mis-spelt Campbell River - apologies!
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Postby ellsie » Fri 18 Jan 2008 15:18

CR is school district 72 and Comox Valley is SD 71. They both have sites. There are 2 High schools here from Grade 10 to 12 Carihi High is in town and takes from downtown and the islands, and Timberline is the other taking from the suburbs. I don't know much about either, although I do know some of the kids at Timberline who seem a balanced bunch mostly.
CR is a blue clollar town and Courtney is more white collar.
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Postby onesweetday » Wed 23 Jan 2008 21:43

Would like to say Hi to ApplePie.... We too are moving to Vancouver Island hopefully May/June if not before. We are looking at moving to either Cordova Bay or in the Saanich area. Like you, 2 boys, but they will be in Elementary school when we get over there. Husband will be working in Victoria, if the LMO process is approved. We looked at 2 schools whilst out there in October. Both really nice but one of them really stood out and the Principal was great, and couldnt do enough. You mentioned in your post the "Fraser Report". Could you let me know what that is? Is it the equivalent to our league tables?

Also I chuckled at your comments regarding the cockney accent, we live about 45mins south of London.
The Canadian accent will be far more appealing !!
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Postby applepie » Thu 24 Jan 2008 16:54

Hi Onesweetday! Great to hear from you! We probably live near each other in the UK! I live just outside Chelmsford - do you know it?
How old are your boys - mine are still elementary school age, but we are thinking about where to live for their secondary schooling in Canada. Which schools did you look at?

The Fraser report is a kind of report card on how each school is doing - a bit of a rough guide. Here is a link-
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/reportca ... lumbia.htm

We hope to look at some schools soon!
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Postby onesweetday » Thu 24 Jan 2008 19:56

Hi Applepie....... I know roughly where Chelmsford is....... I think we pass it when we have been to Norfolk. We are near Croydon.

I have a 7 year old (year 3), and a 4 year old (reception).
We looked at 2 schools Cordova Bay Elementary School. Which was a nice school. The office staff wanted to know the Coronation Street gossip,( which I thought was quite funny - I think they are 6 months behind), but the Principal referred us to the education department and said that we had to take up our queries with them.
The second school really wowed us. Lochside Elementary School. The principal was really helpful. He showed us his school and was really proud to show us everything. My eldest was gobsmacked when he showed us what we thought to be a small playground, and he asked the principal where they play football, "ah" he said "you play soccer.... come with me". He took him round to the end of the school and oh WOW. You have never seen such a sight. First you see the playing fields, then farm land and in the distance mountains !!! Well I think thats what sold it to all of us, that and the ICT suite, small class sizes, friendly polite children,and a good sense of community. He then drew a detailed map of how to get to the department of education (it comes under area 63). So that we could get application forms etc. The system does kind of work in the same way as the UK, in the sense that which elementary school they go to would be a feeder into a secondary. The Secondary school that my boys (if they went to Lochside) would go to is Claremont. We only drove passed it.

I must admit that I havent looked at any associated league tables so I am not sure where they all fit in academically. The principal did say that on the Island it doesnt matter where you live as long as the kids can get there ( we even got a school bus timetable from the Ed Dept - which my eldest one cannot wait to go on!!).
Anyway when we got back to the UK, we continued to look at houses and we have also found nice areas in the Saanich region towns - Strawberry Vale and Royal Oak, which we did explore whilst there. There is plenty of schools there too. I personally think that we would be spoilt for choice over there.
Anyway I could go on forever about Vancouver Island as it left such an impression on us all. I must ask you.... where are you looking at moving to? At what stage are you at with the immigration process ? When do you think you'll be over there ? How old are your boys ?
It'll be great to hear your story so far.........
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Postby Dave » Sat 26 Jan 2008 06:09

I've shifted the chat to the Socialising board as that's where it belongs.

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Postby applepie » Fri 14 Mar 2008 20:49

Hi are you still around? We are off to Vancouver Island at the end of March, and hope to see some of the elementary & middle schools - how are things progressing with you?
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Hello,
My family are moving to Nanaimo later this year and we are having difficulty working out what will happen with our 16yr old. He is currently sitting GCSE's in UK and hoping to go to college to study computer graphics. Where will he enter the canadian system and will he be able to take vocational courses or is he back to b eing at secondary school for next year or so?? help!!!
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