Events & Announcements - What’s coming soon

Catch the action: We’re live-streaming now!

One of this year's Board of Education meetings proved especially lively....
On February 26, the board room was jam-packed with students, parents and television cameras...
News outlets were recording the board's nationally significant motion to make menstrual products free in schools.
Trustees led a charge that could see national change for gender equity in schools...
Meanwhile, a dozen high school music students...
were waiting to make a plea to the board...
for stronger support and recognition of the value of music education...
They brought their case to life...
in a way that didn't miss a beat...
Another highlight was a presentation by students. They emphasized...
the importance of the Board's SOGI policy in support of sexual orientation and gender identity...
Trustees are also committed to visiting schools...
During their rotating education committee meetings...
They heard directly from students at Fraser River Middle School in January...
where making First Nations-inspired masks opened worlds of learning
They learned how students at Herbert Spencer elementary are coding their own computer games...
and at Lord Tweedsmuir elementary, high school students explained their growing role...
- along with the role of middle school students -
in shaping the decisions that affect their education...
A key goal for the district is to have student representatives on the school board.
Our newly elected board took the helm in November...
Although now only five months into their four-year term...
They are already making a difference....

We’re live-streaming now: a first for New Westminster Schools to engage our community.  Some meetings – like our February 26 Board of Education session – can prove particularly lively, and even historic. That’s when we saw student musicians, TV news cameras, and special guests on hand to voice their concerns, present initiatives, or capture the action.

Welcome!  We’re live-streaming to connect with our broader community….

New for 2019:  We’re live-streaming our Board of Education meetings starting April 30 – a move to help the community connect and engage in our conversations about education issues.

You can view our first live Board meeting Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. by accessing the online video stream here and at: tinyurl.com/sd40stream.

As part of its commitment to transparency, accountability, and accessibility, the Board will live-cast both its regular and special open board meetings, as well as its education and operations committee meetings.  Archived recordings will also be available.

To view a live Board meeting, visit the Board Meeting Schedule webpage when the meeting is in session (typically at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings).

Trustees passed a resolution in December 2018 asking staff to investigate options and recommendations for live-streaming public meetings. A number of school districts –  including the Vancouver School Board, Surrey, Langley, Victoria and Nanaimo-Ladysmith – have recently adopted the approach of providing both written and recorded records of open meetings to the public.

On February 26, the board directed staff to implement the project, estimated to cost under $6,000, and to conduct a review in four months to determine:

  • uptake by the public
  • feedback about the experience, and
  • the value of the project for increased public engagement.

The board is committed to holding its regular monthly Education Policy and Planning Committee meetings at various schools throughout the district as a way to meet students, parents, and staff and hear directly from school communities.

Trustees have visited Fraser River Middle School and Queen Elizabeth, École Herbert Spencer and École Lord Tweedsmuir elementary schools since January. These meetings will also be live-streamed.

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