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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Debate Club

Fraser Heights has a large Debate Club consisting of 85 members.  On October 28th our school hosted a Pizza Debate Tournament for junior and senior debaters and other high school students nearby.  This past weekend on Nov. 4th and 5th  our school had seven teams competing in the U.B.C. 16th annual High School Debate Championships. There were over 350 students from all over BC competing at the junior and senior level.   Students work hard to prepare and  present their debates and Shervin Y.Z. and Yesha O.  placed 2nd in the tournament.  This is an outstanding result!   In the spring the students will participate in the Regional Championships.  This is a huge club for our school and the students have had a lot of success.  Shervin and Yesha  have been selected to participate in debates at the national level in Toronto later this month.

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Katzie First Nation

On Nov. 4th I had the pleasure of  a visit to the Katzie First Nation in Pitt Meadows. Fraser Heights Secondary enrolls students from the Katzie First Nation who live on Barnston Island and attend this school.  We have worked for many years to develop a close relationship with the band.  Our school is build on Katzie First Nation traditional terrritory. Paula Leon, Aboriginal Support Worker Coordinator for our school district and a member of the Katzie First Nation accompanied me along with Brenda Samson, Teacher and Darlene Heath Aboriginal Support Worker. We were fortunate to be met by Katzie Chief  Jay Bailey and June Adams, Band Council Educator. We discussed the recent announcement for expansion of our school and possible fieldtrips in the spring by our First Nations 12 students to view the Band Office and Long Houses on the reserve. The Honorable Steven Point, Leuitenant Governor of our province is also related to the Katzie First Nation and we discussed the possiblity of having him come to speak to our students.  We appreciate that from time to time we  ask the band to support us by sending Elders to speak to our students especially at times when the student may be struggling in school.   We want to continue to build on the close relationship with the band and we want to assure the band that we will do all we can to support their students.