École Handsworth Secondary
North Vancouver School District
Principal's Message

​​​​October 8th, 2021

Dear Handsworth Families:

I hope the school year is off to a great start. We've had an incredibly busy first month with welcoming our new students and new staff members and resuming school operations with continued health and safety protocols in place. I was excited to see our Royal's kick off the athletics program at our Buchanan Bowl last month and thrilled we are in full swing with our fall athletics program! Many clubs and initiatives have resumed as well and we are preparing for hosting performances in the near future – it's going to be an incredible school year!

I would like to share some updates and information for families:

Tutorial Time:

One of the features of our new timetable is a Tutorial Time every morning for 41 minutes.  Teachers are available every day in their classrooms, with the exception of every second Wednesday, to provide dedicated tutorial support for students. This is a great time to work with teachers on getting subject specific support and catching up on missed work or assessments.

Parent Teacher Interviews:

A reminder that we will have adjusted schedules on Thursday October 14th and Friday October 15th to accommodate our Parent Teacher Interviews. Messaging was sent to all families on Friday October 1st with the details on how to book interviews and the adjusted bell schedules. Teachers look forward to connecting with parents and students to discuss progress to date in semester 1 classes.

Masks and Daily Health Check:

As our school community is already aware, all staff and students are required to wear masks while on school property. We ask parents please support their children by providing additional clean masks for the school day in the event a mask gets  contaminated, is lost or damaged. As we move into the fall season and are seeing an increase in wet weather and also seasonal colds, I am requesting that families support our school community by using the Daily Health Check ensuring that any child who is sick does not report to school. If a student is presenting symptoms of illness at school we will connect with families and request that the child is picked up, returning when they are well.

2021/22 Fundraiser:

I am excited to share the procurement for all our Library Learning Commons furniture is now complete! This year, the Handsworth targeted fundraiser is theatre seats in our new school theatre. Did you know that we will be using our theatre seats for a variety of purposes, including: grade wide assemblies; guest presentations and information sessions; pre-field trip meetings for students and parents; in-person HPAC meetings and of course performances from our music, dance and theatre programs! The spaces will be available to our feeder elementary schools and also to community groups for rental. These seats will contribute to creating a space that will be usable for our entire school community and beyond! We have added an optional $25 fee to your child's account, but would welcome a contribution of any size. If you would like a tax receipt or offer a donation of another size – please log into SchoolCash Online and make a donation under the “Items" tab. Click on “Make a Donation" and for “Fund Destination" select Handsworth OR send the donation directly to the school including your name and address. Cheques can be payable to Handsworth Secondary School or SD 44.  Many thanks in advance for your generous contribution!

Anti-Racism Survey:

The North Vancouver School District's Anti-Racism Steering Committee is inviting staff, students and families to complete a confidential, anonymous and voluntary online survey and share your thoughts and insights on opportunities, barriers and lived experiences within the school district. Your participation will support the school district's ongoing commitment to ensuring a welcoming, safe and inclusive culture for all school district community members. Click HERE to view a video message about the survey by student co-chairs Mabel Nahanee (Tesaxlewet) and Jessica Day.

The survey, accessible HERE, will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and will be available until Friday, October 22, 11:59 p.m.  (Amended link October 12, 2021.)

Please note:

  • ALL responses will remain 100% anonymous and confidential.
  • The survey is being conducted by a 3rd party Bakau Consulting.
  • Parents/guardians with elementary-aged children: we recommend you complete the survey together with your children and submit one response.
  • Parents/guardians with secondary-aged children: secondary students may prefer to submit their own survey responses, separate from their parents/guardians.

If you have any questions about the survey or this process, please feel free to contact Bakau Consulting directly at feedback@bakauconsulting.com.
On behalf of the North Vancouver School District, thank you for your participation.​

Handsworth Swag:

Are you looking for some Royal swag – an item of clothing for your child, or perhaps even yourself? If so, stay tuned as we are going to be sharing information on how to order swag very soon!

Lastly, I encourage you to visit our Handsworth School Website for up-to-date information and attend our next HPAC meeting on Monday October 18th at 7:00pm for more updates on our new school and all things Handsworth.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me by phone or email at rsamra@sd44.ca if you have any questions. I wish all our families a wonderful long weekend, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Stay well,

Rupi Samra-Gynane, Principal

The Handsworth Community develops empowered, innovative, and compassionate learners who serve and lead with curiosity and integrity.