Published: May 1, 2024

Around the district is a monthly update that includes a collection of stories from Richmond schools. These stories highlight Richmond's vibrant learning community, which fosters student engagement, creativity, and well-being in inclusive learning environments.

This month, young students across the district are exploring word families and phonics at various literacy stations, which are specialized areas set up to focus on specific aspects of reading and writing skills.

At these stations, students are exploring word families and phonics to enhance their language abilities and unlock their potential. A notable activity is the "Even Dozen" game, which incorporates a playful competitive spirit into the sessions while improving word recognition, spelling and vocabulary.

Literacy stations help lay the groundwork for a lifelong love of reading and learning. Through this engaging approach, students are not only set on a path toward academic success but are also encouraged in their personal growth, fostering a comprehensive educational experience.
Literacy Stations


In support of heart health, student leaders coordinated the school’s annual Cares in Action Day. This interactive event featured an array of activities designed to promote physical, mental and emotional health among students. 

Engaging in energetic yoga sessions, challenging obstacle courses, and fast-paced relay races, participants embraced a variety of opportunities to stay active. Additionally, activities like balloon tosses and mindful cool-down exercises provided moments of focused coordination and relaxation amidst the excitement. 

As students connected with their peers, they engaged in conversations about supporting others and the importance of healthy eating habits in maintaining heart health. These discussions not only reinforced their understanding of wellness but also equipped them with valuable knowledge and practices that will benefit their health in the future.

Cares in Action

In an educational study tour supported by the Network of Inquiry and Indigenous Education (NOIIE), three Richmond schools welcomed a delegation of 16 educators from Hackney, UK. 

Over four days, participants engaged in an array of enriching sessions aimed at continuous improvement for student learning, Indigenous perspectives, leadership development, and networked inquiry, while focusing on diversity, inclusion and equity. 

During their study tour, participants learned from educators in BC schools, and discussed the importance of nurturing diverse and inclusive communities while empowering school communities for positive change. With newfound connections and shared visions of educational excellence, this tour proved to be a fantastic opportunity for BC and Hackney educators to connect.

educational study tour

Early Learning for Families events are designed gatherings held across elementary schools in the district to support engagement and development among young children and their families. These sessions invite families to participate in a wide array of activities that focus on early childhood exploration and discovery.

During the events, children aged 3 to 5, along with their families, participate in a range of nature-themed activities, collaborative art projects, storytelling sessions and dynamic movement activities. The activities include scavenger hunts that thrill and engage, crafting sessions that involve intricate weaving, and sensory play with playdough and kinetic sand, all of which combine fun with educational outcomes.

Adding a musical dimension to the festivities, Juno-nominated musician Ginalina performed a 30-minute mini-concert. Her music, which celebrates the wonders of nature and community spirit, provided an uplifting backdrop to the day’s activities.

These events offer engaging learning opportunities and meaningful interactions between families and district educators. Such interactions strengthen community bonds and integrate the principles of the Early Learning Framework, enhancing both the home and school experiences for the participants.

Early Learning

The district's second annual French Festival was a celebration of the French language and culture, drawing students and families from across the district. 

Attendees were treated to an immersive experience in French culture through a range of workshops and activities. From chef demonstrations and beading workshops, to balloon animals and face painting, there was something for everyone. The festival's lively atmosphere was further enhanced by maple syrup taste testing, musical performances, dance workshops, circus activities and drumming sessions. Food trucks offering delectable treats such as crepes, beaver tails and poutine added to the culinary delights of the day.

In conjunction with the festival, the Concours d’art Oratoire, a French public speaking competition organized by Canadian Parents for French, showcased the French-speaking prowess of 44 students in Grades 6-12. The top 14 winners from the district will proudly represent the Richmond School District at the provincial Concours d’art Oratoire on May 4, hosted at the SFU Surrey Campus.

French Festival

In a heartwarming display of empathy and creativity, a textiles class recently hosted an angel-making workshop led by a compassionate Grade 12 student. As part of her capstone project, the student shared her inspiring philanthropic journey, teaching others how to create textile angels — a tradition she began at the age of eight to raise funds for various charities, spreading joy and hope along the way.

During the session, students were deeply engaged in the art of crafting these symbolic angels, driven by a spirit of generosity and community. Their hands-on participation not only refined their textile skills but also underscored the significant impact of contributing to a noble cause. 

The workshop served as a powerful reminder of the transformative effects of empathy and solidarity, demonstrating how a simple craft can evolve into a symbol of hope and support for those facing adversity.

Angel Making

At a recent school science fair, students took a deep dive into brain research, shedding light on the intricate workings of the brain and its impact on human behavior. Fueled by a keen sense of curiosity, they embarked on investigations that probed challenging aspects of human cognition, seeking a richer understanding of the scientific principles that govern our thoughts and actions.

Throughout the fair, the students' commitment to scientific excellence was evident. They approached their projects with a high level of dedication and professionalism, meticulously designing, conducting and evaluating their experiments. 

The excitement and effort shown by these students remind us of the promising future of science and innovation in our community. This event not only acknowledged their achievements but also encouraged us all to keep learning and exploring new ideas.

Brain Science

In April, secondary students convened for a full-day conference dedicated to cultivating a safer and more inclusive school environment. Centered around themes of culture and purpose, the event showcased a diverse array of activities, discussions and guest speakers.

Throughout the day, students were engaged by speakers who shared personal stories of purpose, discovery and resilience. The most notable was a panel discussion titled "The Other People," where community leaders representing diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds provided rich dialogue and invaluable insights.

The conference aimed to promote shared learning and emphasized the importance of culture and purpose. This underscores the significance of creating a welcoming and nurturing community where individual uniqueness is celebrated and contributions are valued.

In a visual testament to their shared journey of learning and growth, students crafted a mosaic that reflected elements of their culture and heritage. This mosaic will serve as a daily reminder of their strength in diversity and the pivotal role it plays in shaping their community.

Day of Reflection