Principal’s Message

DWE Principal's Message, September 25, 2020

We are so grateful to be welcoming our families back  to the École Dorothea Walker Elementary community ! We are excited to be resuming our work to implement play based, inquiry models of instruction in every classroom and to continue to create inspired environments for all learners. With a strong focus on equity, we strive to create conditions for every learner to thrive holistically.

Our English program is now Kindergarten to Grade Five. We continue to provide a French Immersion program for Kindergarten to Grade Six students. With steady growth in enrollment, we now have  8 divisions in the English stream and 14 divisions in French Immersion. We will be welcoming approximately 495  students this year across both streams.

The coming year will be an exciting one as we deepen our understanding  of B.C.'s re-designed Provincial Curriculum. We have a dedicated team of educators committed to working in team to implement excellent models of instruction. We continue to review and improve new reporting procedures which align with instructional practice . The Ministry of Education website is an excellent resource for ongoing updates on all educational matters  and is available for you to view at www.curriculum.gov.bc.ca.  I encourage you to explore this site and continue to learn about B.C's curriculum and the rationale behind it. The website is an excellent resource  in order to remain informed on current educational topics.

Last year our staff revisited and confirmed our commitment to maintaining our goals detailed in our School Community Learning Plan  for the coming year. This process involved our staff, our students and our Parent Advisory Council. We continue to focus in three key areas . One is to continue to promote the development of personal and social awareness in our students, focusing on the Core Competencies detailed in the redesigned curriculum.   Another is to implement an inquiry model to enhance learning across the curriculum.   Because we recognize the importance of continuous professional learning to support our goals, as adult learners we will work in small groups on focused inquiry. We are committed to building an inclusive and innovative learning environment for our students, staff and parents.

It is our belief that we teach kind and respectful behavior through our own conduct and day to day interactions. In decision making it is our intention to make the most equitable decision for all involved, guided by what we believe to be in the best interests of our students. As a staff, we believe in the importance of community and will do our best to teach, model and practice positive social decision making.  We appreciate your support as we work together to maintain a positive inclusive learning environment for all students.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me either by email or phone. I look forward to meeting you and working with you and your children over the coming year!

Sue Bergen

Principal