City School – A History

June 14, 2020

CITY SCHOOL – A HISTORY by Sal Robinson   Beginnings In the latter half of the 1960s, with independent alternative schools on the increase, the Vancouver School District began offering differently structured programs at some elementary schools (“Major Works” classes in 1966) and in some secondary schools (“Integrated Programme” at [...]

Chapter Nine – The Nineties

April 23, 2020

 VSB personnel pose outside new Vancouver School Board building (1999) I. INTRODUCTION Setting the stage – An outline of major events in the World, Canada, British Columbia, and Vancouver.   A. THE WORLD          Clockwise from top left: Desert Storm battlefield, World Wide Web icon, Sarajevo (Boznia and Herzegovina), Rwanda [...]

Chapter Eight – The Eighties

April 14, 2020

      I. INTRODUCTION Setting the stage – An outline of major events in the World, Canada, British Columbia, and Vancouver. A. THE WORLD             It can be argued that the most transforming events of the 1980s were the invention of the personal computer and the                                [...]


April 3, 2020

Kerrisdale School, 1925   THE HISTORY OF THE ORIGINAL KERRISDALE SCHOOL                                                                                                                 by Oliver Matisz                                                          [...]

Chapter Seven – The Seventies

December 23, 2019

Opening of the Britannia Community Services Centre, 1976   I. INTRODUCTION Setting the stage – An outline of major events in the world, Canada, British Columbia, and Vancouver.    A. The World 1971     Idi Amin, a military officer, declares himself President of Uganda. A year later, he orders the expulsion of South Asian [...]

‘The Romance of Vancouver’s Schools’ (1911)

November 21, 2019

Hastings Mill, 1886   The text for this Feature Story is taken from an article published in 1911 in the British Columbia Magazine, Vol. VII, No. 6. The photos featured in the article are from the Vancouver School Board District Archives and the City of Vancouver Archives.   THE ROMANCE OF VANCOUVER’S SCHOOLS by A. M. Ross, B.A. [...]

Chapter Six: The Sixties

November 15, 2019

Expo 67 – Montreal   I.  INTRODUCTION In 1967, Canada celebrated its Centennial. – the uniting of the British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and new Brunswick to form the Dominion of Canada. Prime Minister Lester B Pearson spoke for many Canadians in his speech at the official opening of Expo 67, a six-month international fair held [...]

Shaughnessy Elementary School Celebrates It’s Centennial

October 15, 2019

        Click on the triangle in the centre of the image above to view a short video created by Jean Claude Van Couver on the opening of Shaughnessy School’s 100 year time capsule.   See below a collection of 16 photos taken on the day Shaughnessy elementary School celebrated its 100th birthday.   [...]
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