Blogging Update

Since starting this blog, I have to admit that I’ve had a bit of difficulty in getting into a routine of posts.   Hence, the sporadic posts.   

In looking for inspiration in our district, I have found some great blogs from our administrators and staff that I would like to share. 

Many of our teachers in SD#46 use blogs as a method for communicating homework, and for review of the day’s lessons.  These blogs are easy to find through your school website, as the links are usually listed directly on the front page.  Here is a Link to Pender Harbour Secondary as an example :   PHSS Blog List

Many of our principals have blogs such as our Cedar Grove Principal Bob Cotter.  Here is a great post he had on an example of inquiry based learning  

Our superintendent, Patrick Bocking has his Teaching andLearning Blog that he uses to discuss great programs in our district.

My fellow trustee Christine Younghusband is a blogging dynamo!  You can read YH’s Edu-Blog to find out more about Christine.

How can you not be inspired with all these great examples?


BCSTA By-election

I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I have officially entered the by-election for the vacant position on the BCSTA Board Of Directors.  This position was left vacant when our Past President, Connie Denesiuk, did not run in the November 2011 municipal election.  

In accordance with BCSTA bylaws, the vote will be held at the Provincial Council meeting February 24 & 25, 2012. 

For more information on BCSTA, you can check out their website at

 Full candidate profiles will be available soon.  Sounds like it’s going to be a good group!

Wish me luck!


Band Camp

On October 28 & 29, I had the honour  of attending Senior Band Camp as a parent chaperone.  It was a wonderful annual event that our secondary school music teachers organize to help promote musicianship within our secondary schools.  

 Between mass band rehearsals, instrument clinics with professional musicians, sectional rehearsals, Halloween dance and late night giggling, I am …. awestruck.  We have such amazing young musicians in our district,  and  all of our young adults were well-behaved and respectful of YMCA Camp Elphinstone and its staff, and of their chaperones.

 I was very honoured to emcee the afternoon concert which featured our Jazz and Concert Bands, as well a special performance by the Sunshine Coast Community Band.  You can view a clip of the mass band performance of all three high schools and the community band on Superintendent Bocking’s Blog : 

Our district should be very proud of our vibrant Senior Band Program, and a standing ovation  goes to the teachers that make it happen – Tom Kellough, Carolyn Mitchell and Jen McInnes.  Thank you!

Lori enters the world of blogging

Well, here I am …. I have finally made the leap into the world of blogging. 

I’ve been contemplating this for quite awhile.  A number of my trustee colleagues blog, and there is a growing number of educational professionals in BC turning to blogs as a method of communication with students, staff and parents.   I will soon have to blog at my work as our company undergoes a social media makeover.  So, the timing seems right to take my leap and share my voice…or maybe it’s to find my voice. 

So, I hope you follow!  And feel free to comment or email me.


Lori Pratt