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Where do good ideas come from?  This is the title of a best-selling book by Steven Johnson, whose ideas have influenced everything from urban planning to the battle against terrorism.  Johnson’s ideas can also be applied to the field of education, and we use them to help us discuss important questions we ask ourselves as educators.  One question we might ask is, “What kind of environment fosters the development of good ideas?”   This is one concept convered in this short animated video summarizing some of Steven Johnson’s ideas:

This week, Mrs. Broatch and Ms. Hanbury worked with other Principals and Vice-Principals in the District on the topic of collaboration.  If you are interested in learning more about what type of collaboration has a positive impact on student learning, check out the attached article.

Collaboration Newletter


Reminder:  The Grade 7 Leaving Ceremony will take place at the Pemberton Community Centre on Monday, June 22nd followed by a dance sponsored by the parents at the Youth Centre next door.  If you are a Grade 7 parent and able to volunteer for this event, please email  We are also looking for parents to help create a simple yearbook – please contact Ms. Hanbury ( if you are interested.   Finally, if you have not already done so, please send in a  baby picture for the slideshow. We need those photos by the end of next week!



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Signal Hill teachers have been collaborating with the Pemberton Stewardship Society and have received a grant from the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund to provide field trips supporting curriculum learning outcomes for K-Grade 5 classes (13 classes total) to the Pemberton Nature Center.  The Pemberton Stewardship Society have also provided seeds and soil to interested K-Grade 5 classes who are starting flowers and vegetables for the Food Bank garden plot at the Pemberton Creek Community Centre.

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Mrs. Niet’s class performed several fairy tales and legends. Everyone performed their parts wonderfully. Congratulations students.
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Playground leadership students working with Action Schools BC to provide outdoor activities for primary students.
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Halloween at Signal Hill where the ghouls and goblins came out to play. Ms. Reynolds leading in song and safety.
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Thankful for Terry Fox Run, Friday October 17th.
Began with Mrs. MacKenzie joining us for our warm up in the gym!
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Every Child Matters is part of the Orange Shirt project campaigning to have September 30th. National Orange Shirt Day commemorating Indian Residential School Survivors.



Wednesday, October 1st. Richard Wagamese Visit

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Richard Wagamese is one of Canada’s foremost First Nation authors and storytellers from the Ojibway Wabasseemoong First Nation. As a professional author of thirty-five years, Richard has experienced success in all genres and styles of writing including newspaper columns, memoirs, poetry, novels, fiction and non-fiction.