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Heritage Happenings: April 2019

Below, you will see some of the great things that happened at Heritage Park during the month of April. 






Our unveiling ceremony was an amazing success! Above, you will see some photos from our school wide, sense of belonging/reconciliation art project that now welcomes people to our school in grand fashion! A huge thank you to artists Marina Papais, Peter Gong, Daniel Collett and all staff and students who participated in making this beautiful and meaningful project!







Our Jr. Girls soccer team coached by Mr. Brogan had a fantastic tournament out in Chilliwack at the "Best of the Best" tournament hosted by GW Graham Middle/Secondary School. Our girls beat out WJ Mowat 3-1 in the consolation final to finish 3rd in their group. Amareet Dhaliwal received the tournament MVP and many other girls played extremely well. Great work girls!






Above, we see students and staff working hard on creating beads for the school art project. We are excited to unveil the project, next Wednesday, April 10th, 2019. Thanks to everyone for putting so much heart and effort into helping create this amazing project!


Above, we see our fantastic morning announcement team! Thanks to Jazz, Cadance, Mr. Brogan, Prableen and Fiza for keeping our mornings fun with the always exciting morning announcements!

Heritage Happenings: March 2019

Below, you will see some of the great things that happened at Heritage Park during the month of March. 

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A huge congratulations to our Jr. Girl's Basketball team that finished third in the entire province at Provincials!!! This is a remarkable feat that is not easy to achieve. We want to congratulate the girls for their hard work and dedication as well as their coaches Ms. Vetter and Mr. Chan. Amazing work team!! 



We had a Substance Use Forum on March, 14th and 15th in our school cafeteria. At this forum, students and community members had an important open dialogue about the dangers of substance use and how we can keep our students safe from the perils of drugs and alcohol. Thank you to all of our grade 8 and 9 students who participated in these important discussions.



Our school is located on an important historical site: Heritage Park. Here we see some of our students exploring the Park and learning about some of the important history associated with it with Mr. Brogan. 


Here we see some our awesome students enjoying making healthy fruit salad in Foods class with Ms. Vallee!

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We have many great clubs here at Heritage. Here we see some of our Espresso Grove T-Shirt Club designing future t-shirts for our students. What kind of crazy and exciting t-shirts will they create next?


Here we see some of our students that are members of our Lego Club having a great time developing Lego robotics!


Here we see some of our woodwork students from our TEAK program helping to make a buddy benches that will eventually grace our front foyer!

Hritage Happenings: February 2019

Below, you will see some of the great things that happened at Heritage Park during the month of February. 

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Our amazing Leadership Team did numerous fundraisers during the latter part of February to raise money for various anti-bullying agencies. Great work team! 


Students and staff wore pink on February 27th to show solidarity for kindness and anti bullying.



Students and staff had a great time during our school spirit week! One of the themes of the week was for students to dress up as teachers and for teachers to dress up as students. Above, we see Izzy Vetter dressed remarkably like Ms. Chezzi and Mr. Umlah and Calob Olson switching outfits in a convincing fashion. Thank you to the many students and staff who participated in this fun week!


On the last day of February, our Leadership Team put on a games day during lunch hour in the Commons area. A big thank you to our Leadership Team led by Ms. Matheny and Mr. Halliday for leading this great event!


We had Mission Secondary School (M.S.S.) students come to our school and present their rendition of the play "Grease" on February 27th. Our entire population really enjoyed their time watching the play. Thank you to M.S.S. students for putting on such a great show!


We did our second teacher/parent interviews of the year on February 28th. Thank you to all parents and staff who took the time to make this a successful gathering.

Heritage Happenings: January 2019

Happy New Year! 2018 was a great year at our school, and we expect another great year as we move into 2019. Below, you will see some of the great things that have happened so far at our school this month. 


We want to extend a huge congratulations to the grade 8/9 girls basketball team coached by Ms. Vetter and Mr. Chan for qualifying for the Provincials. Way to go girls!!


Students had a great time doing wrestling in Health and Physical Education during the month of February!


February brought lots of snow to the Fraser Valley. Students did their best to make the most of the inclement weather. Here we see some students having a blast making snow angels!



We extend a big thank you to all athletes who volunteered their time to raise money for the basketball teams by doing pizza sales at lunch!



We had a our third annual film fest during the week of January 14th - 18th. During this week, we watched several inspiring movies and then had group discussions aimed at looking at the deeper meaning of the movies. Thank you to Mr. Schmor for organizing this great event!


We had Thasneem (Tobacco and Vaping Products Enforcement Officer) and Janice (Public Health Nurse) come to our school on January 23rd to give a presentation on the dangers of vaping. We learned a lot of useful information about the negative and dangerous affects of vaping. We extend a big thank you to both of them for this excellent and informative presentation.

Heritage Happenings: December 2018

Below you will see great things happening so far this month at Heritage Park School!

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Congratulations to the Heritage Park Grade 8/9 girls basketball team who came first in their basketball tournament at Burnaby South Secondary School on Dec. 12th-14th.  The girls played four hard fought games against teams from around the lower mainland.  The girls really came together as a team to win all of their games and clinch the first place spot. They played some great defense and worked hard on the court in all of their various team roles.  Way to go girls!  You made Heritage Park Middle School proud!


We did our S.O.L.E.S. draw at the start of the month for students who did great things in the month of November. Congratulations to Brendan K., Victor P. and Jen S. for all of the positive things they did last month to earn gift cards to our school cafeteria or coffee shop! Great work guys!

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Our school P.A.C. worked tirelessly to put on a very successful book fair. This year, they raised over $700.00 for our students. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event. We have a large segment of veracious readers in our school and it was evident in the participation. A particular thank you to Karen Thompson for spearheading the organization of this great event!


On December 6th, we had a successful fire-drill. Thank you to our students and staff for taking this seriously so that we are prepared in case of a future emergency. Last month, we also had successful earthquake and lockdown drills at our facility. The safety of our student/staff population is of the utmost importance and we appreciate the serious partcipation in events such as this!



Thank you to Ms. Matthias, Mr. Halliday and the grade 7 leadership students who volunteered their time after school to decorate our building with Holiday cheer! Great work everyone! 


On December 10th, Ms. Vallee's class made a delicious turkey dinner! The wonderful aroma of Christmas dinner could be smelled throughout the school!

Heritage Happenings: November 2018

November had many fantastic events here at Heritage Park! Below, you will see some photos that highlighted our month!

On November 11th, we paid tribute to fallen soldiers by having our annual Remembrance Day Assembly. The assembly began with Mr. Brogan giving a short speech, then Ms. Amaya’s choir/band performance. There was also a wide variety of other performances including a poem by Izzy Vetter that commemorated those who sacrificed their lives in past wars. 



This month at Heritagethe basketball season started for the grade 8 boys and grade 7/8/9 girls. Coaches Frank Chan, Angie Vetter, Greg McNeill, and coach Mo Duggal have dedicated their time to helping our students improve their overall gameplay. The boys and girls teams are off to great starts: the boys' team has won two games so far against MEI in Abbotsford and against Hatzic Middle School. The grade 8/9 girls came in second place at their recent tournament at Surrey's Rick Hansen Secondary School. We look forward to the continuation of a great season ahead!


On November, 25th, we all particpated in the Highland Games! For this massive event, all the students gathered in the gym for a morning filled with fun games and school spirit activities. Perhaps one of the best parts about middle school according to many students. This year Inverness won. There was also an amazing half-time show where there was a teacher vs student dance off. This year marked another highly successful Highland Games! 



Every year our school gets tickets to take deserving leadership students to We Day in Vancouver. This yearWe Day was on November 22. It was a very inspirational event for all people involved in leadership both at school and in the greater community.  There were performances by SonRealLaurDiy, and Margaret Trudeau, who are all amazing change makers hoping to inspire youth all around the world.

Ms. Matheny's Leadership 7 students gave up part of their weekend to help the Christmas Bureau.  They took money raised from their candy-grams and samosa sales and went shopping at the Junction for stocking stuffers appropriate for middle-school aged kids.  They then hand-delivered $200 worth of purchases to the Christmas Bureau! Great work Leadership students!IMG_5580.JPG

Heritage Happenings: October 2018

October had many fun and exciting events here at Heritage Park! Below, you will see some photos that highlighted our month!


1: Constable Young came to our school to discuss the new marijuana laws. He explained to students that marijuana is still very much illegal for students who are under the age of 19. Mr. Brogan and Ms. Ziefflie also discussed the negative health impacts that drugs can have on the developing brain. Thank you to Constable Young for taking the time to come to our school to share this valuable and informative information.



2: Our school spirit week was a great success! Students and staff dressed up in various themes such as "Pajama Day", "Crazy Hair Day", "Twin Day" and "Jersey Day". Everyone had so much fun sharing their school spirit all week long! Great work everyone!



3: Our sports clubs had great success throughout the month. Below you will see some photos from our Cross Country Team coached by Mr. Brogan and Ms. Ziefflie, our Football Team coached by Mr. Chezzi and Mr. MacDonald and our volleyball Team coached by Mr. McNeil. Great work to all of our students and coaches for representing our school well in the various tournaments and events that we attended throughout the month!




4: Halloween was so much fun this year! We had a huge Halloween Dance that was attended by well over a couple hundred students at lunch. Over 400 students dressed up this year which represented over half the school population! During the day we had lots of fun activities such as best costumes (most orginal, relevant and scary), as well as donut eating contests, mummy wrapping contests and candy grams. Thanks to Ms. Whitam, Ms. Hinsley and the T.E.A.K. Pogram and Ms. Matheny's Leadership Team for organizing the dance and activities!






5: A big thank you to Mr. McNeil and his students for doing such a great job running our school's store and coffee shop. This month, the Coffee Shop introduced a wide array of delicious drinks and treats that were enjoyed by everybody! Great work to all those involved in making the Espresso Grove such a big success!




Heritage Happenings: September 2018

What a great start to the Year! Here are some great things that happened at Heritage Park School during the month of September 2018!


1: Welcome back! Students came back from summer break refreshed and ready for another school year! This year is jammed packed with many fun and exciting activities ahead!


2: Cops for Cancer came to our school to talk about how we saved over 40 people with our donations last year. Thank you to everyone who donated to this great cause! They will once again be fundraising this year to raise money for cancer research.


3: National "Character Day" was once again a tremendously successful event! A big thank you to Ms. Williams for organizing it. This year, students learned a wide variety of important lessons related to racism. Students also took part in passion classes from teachers who were happy to share their passions. Below we see Mr. Brogan playing soccer with students. It was a great day had by all!


4: Once again, students partook in the annual Terry fox run. Students led a brief assembly and then ran three kilometers to raise money for the Terry Fox foundation. Great work everyone!



5: Orange Shirt Day was a one to remember! Students wore orange to show support for residential school survivors. Thank you to everyone for demonstrating your support of this important day.


Cops for Cancer Article

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