École Argyle Secondary
North Vancouver School District
Latest Happenings and Accomplishments


Outdoor Ed Seymour Snowshoe/Winter Survival Trip

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The Outdoor Ed class had a fun afternoon at Mount Seymour. We went for a snowshoe around the trails and then students practiced their survival skills by building winter shelters.

Co-op 11/12 Toured Seaspan

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Our co-op students learned about the many trades working at Seaspan - welders, shipfitters, mechanics/engine fitters, painters, labourers, machinists, electricians, pipefitters, riggers, crane operators, joiners, stagers, and sandblasters.

Band and Choir 9/10 Trip to Vernon

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Our Band 9 & Choir 9/10 classes had another fantastic trip to Vernon!

The students performed in five different elementary schools. One of the schools has recently in the CBC News as they've been trying to collect old instruments and start their own band program! (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vernon-school-collecting-used-instruments-to-start-band-1.5303252) This trip has allowed our students to inspire this younger generation through song and music.

Outdoor Ed Snowshoes Grouse

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The Outdoor Ed class had a great snowshoe up Grouse. The rain eased off and the sun came out by the time we made it to the Dam Mountain lookout!

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign

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Argyle's grade 10's have traditionally done a volunteer assignment this time of year in Planning/Careers 10, which entails volunteering between 2-4 hours with a non-profit organization whose main purpose is to help those less fortunate and in need of assistance. Students have the option to choose from many different volunteer activities, and many students choose the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign (the proceeds of which go directly to helping those in need in our local community).  Our grade 10's will contribute over 200 hours collectively to the campaign this year.  

Outdoor Ed at Climb Base5

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Outdoor Ed Visits Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 2 at Lynnwood Marina

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Outdoor Ed visited RCM SAR Station 2 North Vancouver at Lynnwood Marina.  Our students got to meet some of the team members, check out the rescue boats, learn about marine search & rescue, and practice some firefighting & first aid skills.

Junior Girl's Field Hockey

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The Junior Field Hockey season came to an end, finishing second to a a very skilled Handsworth team. The score was more lopsided then the actual play as we definitely carried (at least) 50% of the play in their end. The girls were the first team to score on Handsworth this season as they previously had not surrendered a goal. It was a great season - they all had fun together!

Outdoor Ed trip to Garibaldi

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The Outdoor Education 11-12 class had an incredible trip to Garibaldi Lake & Panorama Ridge. Thirty two kms of back-country travel, and 1500 metres of elevation gain (much of that carrying heavy packs full of camping gear) is no easy feat.  

For many of the students, this was their first back-country camping experience (and for a few, their first time ever camping). 

We managed to set up camp before the rain started. It poured rain the first night, but the skies cleared the next morning and the sun came out for our hike to Panorama Ridge on day 2. Temperatures dropped the second night and we woke up to snow, and hiked out in the snow until it turned to rain part-way down. Just the right amount of adversity to make it a challenge and a memorable trip.


Dragon's Den Challenge

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Mrs. Almeida's Entrepreneurship & Marketing 10 class participated in a Dragon's Den challenge this year for their final project. Business leaders in our community came out to be our panel judges (dragons) and to award the best business ideas to the top three groups.

1st place - Planet Vegan (vegan food truck)
2nd place - Generations (companionship service for the elderly)
3rd place - Smart Start Tutoring (tutoring service)

"I feel that the dragons den project will be one to remember not only because we won but because it was a really cool experience to be evaluated in such a different way. I had never had to present a project on a stage in front of people who were judging you, it was definitely nerve racking but totally worth it and it was fun to have a little bit of friendly competition." Abby (gr 10)

"I have learned a lot about having confidence in my ideas and having enough passion to turn those ideas into actions. This is very important as it is a leading component in the difference between succeeding and failing in the business world. I learned this skill through our Dragon’s Den Final Project. My group and I had to push through any challenges and keep that first spark of excitement about our idea with us through the whole project, right until the presentation to the judges. Not only did we learn about the fundamental factors of business, providing a solid foundation for future business studies, we also gained so many unique skill sets." (Emma Gr 10)

Thank you to our community business leaders (Ms Guthrie, Mr. Ward and Mr. Miura) and to Mr. Wong for judging our groups. You had some great questions for the students and gave valuable feedback on their presentations. Also to Mr. Featherstone for letting us use the Drama room.

Marketing Students Sales Challenge Raises Funds for Girl's Education in Ghana

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Thank you to all of the students and staff who came out and supported Mrs. Almeida's Marketing 11/12 class as they were a part of a selling challenge to raise money for girl's education in Ghana through Create Change. The students were able to raise enough money to send TWO girls to school next year. The waffle group (WaffleStreet) won this challenge beating the freezies group (Freezie Fellas) by 65 cents. Thank you to Mr. Kelsch and Ms. Avefjall who were our panel judges for their final evaluation. Good job Pipers!

Mountain Biking Provincials

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No amount of heavy rain and seas of mud could deter the Piper mountain bike riders from performing well at the BC’s. We came home with four medals! Foremost, Olivia captured 1st in both the Senior girls’ cross-country  AND enduro events, which earned her the ‘Queen of the Mountain’ trophy. Aaron fought off fierce completion in senior boys cross country to place second in the province. Finally, Jack blazed through a deep competitive field of 65 riders in Juvenile boys to pick up a bronze in cross country. Congratulations to all riders for their enthusiasm and exemplary sportsmanship.

Leadership and PE Camping and Rafting in Squamish

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Our Leadership/PE classes spent a couple of days camping, rafting, hiking and exploring in Squamish. The group had an absolute blast rafting the Elaho, competing in an Amazing Race, visiting Squamish Lilwat Cultural Centre and Lost Lake, and hiking the Chief in Squamish.

Senior Girls' Rugby

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Congratulations to our Senior Girls' Rugby team for qualifying for the provincials. The final game was a very intense contest and both teams played their heart out. They have created a strong foundation for the future of the program!

Outdoor Ed Kayaking to Granite Falls

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The Outdoor Ed 11-12 class had a great kayak camping trip from Deep Cove to Granite Falls in Indian Arm.

Senior Ultimate North Shore Finals

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Big congrats to the Senior Ultimate team for their major win against Sutherland at Regionals.  After a hard fought season, the team came out on top, taking the banner for the first time in 10 years!  With outstanding playing by the team, they’re off to Provincials!  Congratulations!

Race #5 at Lost Lake in Whistler

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Our juvenile boys team cinched their league title with three top eight finishes. Next is the North Shore Championships in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve.

Kiwanis Band and Orchestra Festival

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Musicians from our Concert Band attended the Kiwanis Concert Band & Orchestra Festival where they received a gold standing and an invitation to Music Fest Canada. This is the first year Argyle has participated in the Concert Band & Orchestra Festival in many years (The Jazz Festival has been an annual occurrence), and we are extremely proud to have had such good representation on our first appearance at the event! Bravo musicians!

Sleep Out for Covenant House

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Some of our Social Justice and Leadership students slept on cardboard in the Argyle Courtyard to raise money and awareness for youth experiencing homelessness. These Leadership and Social Justice students raised over $3,200 for Covenant House. They spent the night without mattresses and pillows and had meaningful discussions on the experience.

Law Class Mock Trial at the Courthouse

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The Argyle Law class performed their mock trial as their culmination of studying criminal law. Students spent over a month preparing and researching the case and preparing for their roles as lawyers, judge, witnesses, court clerk, sheriff and jurors.  Well done to all students involved!

Winter Survival Challenge

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The Outdoor Ed class had a great time doing the Winter Survival Challenge and building snow shelters up Mount Seymour.

Snowshoeing at Grouse Mountain

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The Outdoor Ed 11-12 class had a great time snowshoeing up Grouse Mountain. It was a beautiful bluebird day!

Cross-country skiing with Outdoor Ed

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It was sunshine and fresh snow today for the Outdoor Education 11-12 class, cross-country skiing up Cypress Mountain.  What a great time!

Wrestling Zone Qualifiers

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The Argyle wrestlers were extremely successful at the zone qualifiers. Ali led the team, finishing first place in a thrilling heavyweight match. Andrew and Kathleen finished second place in hard fought matches. Argyle's other provincial qualifiers were Emily, Benson and Martin.

2019 Vernon Tour

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On Jan 16-18, students in Band 9/10 and Choir 9/10 went on a 3-day tour to Vernon, B.C. The students performance in 5 incredible concerts at different local elementary schools and went tubing/skating at the Silverstar Mountain.

Accounting 12 students visited Ernst and Young

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The Accounting 12 students were invited by Ernst and Young to their corporate offices in downtown Vancouver. The students were given a tour of their offices, a presentation of their company and an overview of their internship program. Staff and interns from Ernest and Young spoke to the students about their intern experience, their education and the skills required to become a CPA. Two of their current staff, Cole and Katie, are Argyle grads.  Way to go ARGYLE PIPERS...our future business prospects!

Senior Boys Volleyball came 8th at the BC AAA Provincials!

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Congratulations to the Senior Boys Volleyball team for placing 8th at the BC Boys Provincial Championships!  Getting knocked out by #3 ranked Claremont, whose starting 6 had an average height of 6’5, the Pipers did us proud this season making it all the way to the quarterfinals in this 20 team tournament. Huge, huge shout out to Provincial All-star Brendan. We are so proud of you!

Outdoor Ed Bouldering at the Hive

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"Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed on small rock formations or artificial rock walls, known as boulders, without the use of ropes or harnesses."

Outdoor Ed at ClimbBase5

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The Outdoor Education 11-12 class had a great time indoor rock climbing at ClimbBase5.

Marketing 11/12 Visits Whistler

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The Marketing 11/12 classes had an amazing opportunity to visit Whistler this year. The students learned about Brand Discovery, Awareness vs Tactical Marketing, Content delivery, Tourism pollution and more.  Alan Kristmanson, the director of marketing for Whistler Golf, was the main speaker. Alan played basketball for Team Canada in 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, Korea.

Outdoor Ed Visits Marine Search and Rescue and North Shore Rescue Base

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The Outdoor Ed class recently completed some excellent field trips to the North Shore Rescue base and the Marine Search & Rescue (RCM-SAR) base to get an introduction to search & rescue, and learn some basic rescue skills.

Outdoor Education at Garibaldi Lake & Panorama Ridge

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The Outdoor Education 11-12 class had an incredible trip to Garibaldi Lake & Panorama Ridge. These are memories that will last them a lifetime, and experiences that will shape their character in profound ways. It was very impressive with how well the students all did - 32 kms of back-country travel (much of that carrying their packs full of camping gear) is no easy feat.  And for many of them, this was their first back-country camping trip.  To complete a trip like this is a significant accomplishment.