Middle & Senior School Policies
- Religious Education at Vancouver College
- Regulations Related to the Code of Conduct
- Additional Middle & Senior School Regulations
- Deportment & Behaviour
- Middle & Senior School Resources
- Middle & Senior School Extracurricular Activities
Vancouver College is a Catholic School. All students are expected to fully participate in all aspects of our Religion Program. The Catholic tradition forms the basis for the life and work of the school. The Religious Studies program is at the core of the curriculum and life of the school. Through the explicit curriculum of the Religion courses and the retreats and liturgies, which are part of the daily life of the school, the students are exposed to the rich traditions of the Catholic Church to assist them in their growth as children of God.
A student is expected to pass Religion at each grade level in order to continue into each subsequent grade and to graduate from Vancouver College and participate in the Graduation Ceremonies. The Religious Education program is one facet of the Christian education process. Creating a Christian community is the task of faculty, staff, students, and parents alike; all are encouraged to enter fully into the spiritual life of our school. A respectful presence is expected from all students at liturgical celebrations.
Mature faith must overflow into action, and individual Christian volunteer work in the community is encouraged as part of the religion program. In addition, students are called upon to make regular offerings out of their own pockets to Mission funds, which help to support Christian Brothers’ Third World mission schools. In addition, the Edmundian Society facilitates a program of service in the school.
Students are encouraged to develop and contribute to a prayerful atmosphere in the school, especially in their homerooms. Daily prayers have a special relevance for both students and teachers, giving meaning to all their activities. In general, every class should begin with prayer.
“Were we to know the merit and value of going from one street to another to serve a neighbour, we should prize it more than gold or silver.”
Blessed Edmund Rice August 10, 1806
The purpose of the Community Service requirement, an integral part of the Religion curriculum, is to encourage students to utilize their talents and gifts to serve those in need, those less fortunate. This service will allow students an opportunity to give back to the community and to be enriched by serving others.
As part of the Religion Program in the Middle School, every student is asked to complete a minimum of 8 hours of community service per term. This service is to be outside the immediate family and cannot be for remuneration (money). The volunteer hours can be completed entirely within the Vancouver College community or within the student’s own community, or the hours can be completed as a combination of the two.
Each Senior School student must complete 30 hours of community service helping those less fortunate as part of his Religion grade. This will make up 15% of the Religion grade. The service is done with people whom the student would not ordinarily be serving. Certainly, the student would not be paid for his service. Doing jobs like helping your parents or answering phones, stacking chairs or ushering at a parish function are valuable but do not fit the description of helping individuals less fortunate than you. The service should be people-centered.
Grade Level and School Liturgical Celebration
All students are expected to attend all scheduled religious services throughout the year. This includes those students who might have an unscheduled block during a planned liturgical celebration. There are a series of liturgical events that highlight the main religious feasts of the year. These are indicated in the school calendar along with opportunities to celebrate Eucharist by grade level or by class.
For most people, formal education in an academic environment ends in early adulthood, but learning continues throughout life, and the staff of Vancouver College approach their responsibilities with this in mind. In all areas of study, the attempt is made to teach students to teach themselves. Students are encouraged to probe, to investigate, and to develop the ability to learn on their own whenever possible.
- Academic Program
- The Capstone Project
- Vancouver College Challenge Policy
- Vancouver College Equivalency Policy
- Vancouver College External Course Policy
- Vancouver College External Credential Policy
- Middle School & Senior School Honour Roll
- Middle and Senior School Marking System
- Provincial Assessments
- Report Periods
- Self Assessment of the Core Competencies
As Catholic educators, a deep concern for the welfare of the student is at the heart of our common bond and permeates our relationships at all times.
Student Services and the Administration of Vancouver College wish to fulfill a supportive role in helping parents and students choose an academic program consistent with interest and ability. However, the school reserves the right to determine a program that as professional educators, we believe to be in the best interest of the student.
While it is the right of every student, in consultation with his parents, to choose his program of studies; there are guidelines in place which will determine whether a student will be able to do his desired program at Vancouver College.
Enrollment in a specific course will meet the following criteria:
- Meet the course prerequisite established by the department.
- Complete all assignments and maintain a C+ for the course.
- Receive a positive recommendation from the present teacher.
- Has the endorsement of the Administration of the school.
Students are required to accept the recommendation of professional educators when it comes to what they believe is in the best interest of the student. Parents may request a meeting to have the program choice explained and come to understand the reasons for the placement, but are not in a position to change the placement. Failure to accept the program designed by the school officials means that parents are free to pursue educational opportunities at another educational institution.
In Senior School, all students complete a capstone project throughout Gr 10-12. This is a chance for them to create a passion project in any area of their choosing that will reflect much of the learning they’ve done over their life thus far. In many cases, it includes aspects of their post-secondary plans, or it may incorporate service learning work they’ve done using their talents. In May of each year, they present to their Advisory about where they are at, and in their final year they present to an external audience as well as part of an exit interview.
A Vancouver College student may challenge a course if he has compelling evidence that he will succeed in the challenge assessment and if he has not already completed the course through previous enrollment or been granted equivalency for the course.
The challenge assessment criteria will be set by the department and will normally include the writing of a comprehensive exam.
Please refer to our Middle or Senior School Program of Studies for further information.
Parent-Teacher Conferencing for both Middle School and Senior School parents are held at the beginning of December and again in April. Parents are invited to bring their son to the Parent-Teacher Conference. In addition to these scheduled interviews, parents, who may have a concern about their son’s performance, are encouraged to contact teachers by e-mail. Teacher e-mail addresses are posted on the school website. Both teachers and parents indicate that e-mail is most effective in initiating communication.
Vancouver College will grant equivalency for courses (or programs) that meet all of the following requirements:
- The course matches approximately 80% or more of the prescribed learning outcomes of a Ministry Developed course or a Vancouver College Board Authority Approved (BAA) course.
- The student provides documentation that the learning outcomes of the course were successfully completed.
- The course was taken at another institution or in an education jurisdiction outside the regular BC school system.
In general, students will be granted credit, through equivalency, for courses taken in other Canadian provinces and territories.
If a student has completed a course outside the regular BC school system that is deemed equivalent to a BC course with a Provincial Exam he may either:
i) receive credit as an examinable course and he is then required to write the Provincial Exam, or
ii) receive credit as a non-examinable course and he is not eligible to write the Provincial Exam.
Vancouver College provides the depth and support required to succeed. We do not endorse any of its students to take any courses online or by way of summer school (if that course is offered at our school) for the purpose of acceleration through the curriculum. With this noted, we also understand that one has the freedom to enroll in summer school or online (away from VC). If this decision is made, please inform our academic advisor as soon as possible.
In all grades, students must enroll in a full course load (8 courses) regardless of whether a course is going to be or is completed outside of Vancouver College. In Grade 12, students may apply for a reduced course load (Excellence Block).
No student will be removed from a course that was previously completed outside of Vancouver College unless documentation of completion, with a final grade, is provided to our academic advisor by September 15th. Whatever course is removed must be replaced by another course based on seat availability.
Course changes will not be entertained after September 15th. Any completed external course must be reported to our academic advisor to ensure that it is reported to the Ministry of Education and will appear on the official transcript. Only a student’s home school (VC) can submit completed courses to the Ministry of Education. Please note that external courses will not appear on VC report cards or transcripts, nor will the grades be used in any calculation for VC Honour Roll or other awards.
An external credential is earned for successfully completing a set of learning activities developed outside the Ministry, for which the learning is not equivalent to a Ministry Developed or Vancouver College BAA course. In order to receive credit, a student must bring in the appropriate documentation to Student Services prior to June 15th of their graduating year.
Students who have achieved excellence in academics are recognized by being awarded either First or Second Class Honours.
A student who achieves an academic average greater than 85.5% is awarded First Class Honours while a student who achieves an academic average between 79.5% and 85.5% is awarded Second Class Honours.
President’s Honour Society
In the tradition of the pursuit of excellence at Vancouver College and in the spirit of Blessed Edmund Rice, students in Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 who receive an academic average of 89.5% or greater on their final school grades will be designated a member of the President’s Honour Society.
These students are recognized for their outstanding achievement at an academic assembly joined by parents, faculty, and special guests.
In order to qualify for the Vancouver College Honour Roll or to gain admission into the President’s Honour Society, a student must earn proficient and/or extending work habits in all of their courses, as assessed on the Vancouver College Work Habits Rubric.
Students will complete a Grade 10 numeracy and Grade 10 & 12 literacy assessment.
The emphasis in these assessments will be on demonstration and application of learning through different means. There will be a greater focus on classroom assessment that is flexible and personalized, giving educators greater flexibility to decide how and when students are assessed.
Core Competencies are foundational to our new British Columbia curriculum, ensuring students are always mindful of their growth in their communication, thinking and personal/social responsibility. Self-reflection is an important component of learning and gives students ownership and responsibility that becomes a natural part of the educational process. With teacher support each student from K-9 at Vancouver College will take part in a self-assessment report that intentionally identifies, connects and reflects upon the Core Competencies and the learning process demonstrated throughout the year. The self-assessment piece and demonstration of student learning may be reported to parents/guardians in many forms from a recorded interview accessible via a hyperlink to a summary document that highlights the year’s growth. Most important is the opportunity to empower students to reflect upon their own growth as it relates to the Core Competencies and actively engage them in the learning process. For more information of the redesigned British Columbia curriculum and the Core Competencies please go to https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/.
As stated in the Vancouver College Code of Conduct each person in the Vancouver College Community:
- “has the responsibility to participate in creating and maintaining a safe, positive faith and learning environment.”
- “has a right to be emotionally and physically safe while at school...”
Vancouver College has a duty to ensure the safety and well-being of our students while they are at school. To help with this responsibility we ask the following of parents:
- Unless students are involved in a teacher-supervised activity (i.e.: practice, rehearsal, tutorial, intramurals) they should not be dropped off or arrive at school before 7:00 AM.
- Unless students are involved in a teacher-supervised activity after school, students should be picked up or leave school promptly after school ends and prior to 5:00 PM.
We would similarly ask the following of students:
- If you arrive at school prior to 8:00 AM, you should only be in the Dining Hall. Students arriving before 8:00 AM will not be allowed to access lockers or classrooms prior to 8:00 AM.
- If you remain at school between 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM, you should only be in the Dining Hall.
The school will open in the morning for students at 7:00 AM. Students arriving at the school between 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM must stay in the Dining Hall. Only students who have a planned teacher-supervised activity (i.e.: practice, rehearsal, tutorial) will be permitted into other areas of the school. Between 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM the Dining Hall is the only area of the school that will be supervised except in circumstances where students are involved in planned teacher-supervised activity. All other areas will be unsupervised until 8:00 am.
After the conclusion of the school day, between 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM, students who are not involved in a teacher-supervised activity and who are waiting for a bus or family pick-up to return home, must stay in the Dining Hall. Between 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM the Dining Hall is the only area of the school that will be supervised. All other areas will be unsupervised after 3:30 PM except in circumstances where students are involved in planned teacher-supervised activity. At 6:00 PM the doors of the school will be locked and all students who are not involved in a teacher-supervised activity will be asked to leave the school.
In summary, for Middle and Senior School students:
- There is no student access to the school before 7:00 AM or after 6:00 PM, except for involvement in teacher-supervised activities.
- The Dining Hall is the only area of the school that will be supervised before 8:00 AM and after 3:30 PM.
- Students who are at school before 8:00 AM or after 3:30 PM and who are not involved in a teacher supervised activity must stay in the Dining Hall.
Creating A Climate Of Responsibility
As part of the Catholic Community at Vancouver College, we, the students, staff, and parents are expected to conduct all of our relationships so that our actions will reflect the following Catholic Christian-centred values and beliefs:
- Honesty & Integrity
- Responsibility & Cooperation
- Respect & Harmony
With respect to safety of possessions at Vancouver College, the following observations are deemed to be accurate:
- Many boys, particularly in Middle and Senior School bring money or valuable possessions to school.
- Most items that are reported lost or stolen are not secured either on person or in a locker.
- A majority of items reported lost or stolen, occur in the Physical Education or Athletic change rooms. Most frequently these lost or stolen items are left unsecured.
- Theft occurs from bags or backpacks left unattended in:
- change rooms
- dining hall
- outside library
- outside the High Performance Centre
- band room and classrooms, particularly in the last block of the day
- Clothing items that are lost or stolen, most frequently are ties and sweaters or vests.
- Lost & Found centres are located in the Elementary School office and the Senior School Admin office.
- Unclaimed Lost & Found articles are donated to Covenant House on a monthly basis.
Regulations and Requirements for Students
- Hallways adjacent to the Athletic and Physical Education change rooms are out of bounds for all students at all times except when students are proceeding to change for Physical Education classes, Intramurals, practices, or games.
- Secure all valuables at all times including clothing. All students are required to have two locks – one for hallway lockers and a second for Physical Education.
- Students who participate in Athletics are required to have a third lock.
- Keep all lock combinations confidential.
- Report any missing items immediately to an Assistant Principal. Complete a missing item report.
- Regularly check the Lost & Found to recover missing items.
- Inform teachers or Administration of any suspicious activity that appears to be theft.
Expectations of Staff
- Physical Education Staff will monitor Physical Education change rooms to insure all valuables are secured.
- Coaches will monitor Athletic change rooms to insure all valuables are secure.
- Any unsecured bags in gymnasiums, hallways, dining hall, library, High Performance Centre, and instructional spaces should be turned into the Main Office.
- Students must not be dismissed from class early under any circumstances.
- Staff will not allow bags or valuables of any sort into any instructional area.
- Administration will prepare an annual report summarizing the incidence of theft at Vancouver College to provide further guidance in the development of alternative strategies.
Expectations of Parents
- Label all clothing, particularly ties
- Have your son regularly check the Lost & Found and/or regularly check the Lost & Found yourself
Students Who Engage in Theft
Despite everyone’s best efforts, there will be instances where students will seriously violate our Code of Conduct and engage in theft. Theft has a negative impact not only on those victimized by it but also on their families and the Vancouver College community at large. In a community where every student “has a right to know his personal belongings are safe and will not be interfered with” it is imperative that we are both proactive and reactive in how we deal with this sensitive issue.
As a result, students caught engaging in theft will receive the following consequences:
- Minimum 2-day suspension or possible expulsion from Vancouver College.
- Meeting with parents prior to son’s return to school.
- Placed on probation for the remainder of the school year.
Consequences are ultimately the prerogative of the Assistant Principal in conjunction with the Principal. It may involve all of the above stated consequences at the discretion of the Administration.
Selling of Personal Belongings
Under no circumstance are students allowed to bring items to school for the purpose of selling. Students must have the prior permission of the Administration in order to sell any item.
Lost and Found
Lost and Found items for Middle and Senior Schools students are available at the Senior School Admin Office.
All school lockers are assigned. Lockers occupied without authorization will be emptied and the books returned to the book room.
Only combination locks purchased at school are acceptable; others will be removed without warning. Two combination locks are required, one each for book and gym lockers. Students using the lockers are reminded to always keep them locked and not to share their combination with other students. Theft of items from lockers is a concern and students are not to leave any items of value in their lockers during PE classes or after-school practices. Students who participate in Athletics are required to have a third lock.
While there is some on-street parking available for vehicles, drivers are reminded to not park in front of homes in our neighbourhood. Please familiarize yourself with the Vancouver College Traffic Guidelines and the City of Vancouver Parking Bylaws, a copy of which can be obtained from the City Clerk (604-873-7276) or by e-mail: email@example.com. Cars inappropriately or illegally parked on residential streets may be ticketed and towed. Please be respectful of our neighbours.
Students are fully responsible for all texts issued to them by the school. Replacement costs will be assessed if texts are lost. Students will not be issued textbooks for the next school year if their account has an outstanding balance.
Use Of Facilities
Use of school facilities outside school hours requires the prior permission of the Administration. The weight room may be used only with authorized adult supervision. Failure to follow the posted regulations will result in loss of privileges for extended periods of time.
All visitors to the school, including parents, must report to the Main Office to obtain a “Visitor’s Pass” which should be worn at all times while visiting the school.
- 1. Dress Code
- 2. Personal Electronic Devices
- 3. Electronic and Social-Networking
- 4. Lates
- 5. Attendance
- 6. Truancy
1. Dress Code
The purpose of a Dress Code is to encourage students to be neat and clean at all times, to foster them in a sense of community and to create an atmosphere of gentlemanly behaviour and serious study.
The official supplier of Vancouver College clothing is Top Ten School Wear Inc., 1638 SE Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC. Telephone: 604-322-1626.
- Hair should be clean, well groomed, of moderate length no longer than the top of the shirt collar, and not radically styled or coloured.
- Modest jewellery, no piercing, no earrings and no tattoos.
- Dress Code will be effective everywhere on campus, throughout the school day. Removal of Dress Code during or at the end of the school day is permitted only if the student is engaged in supervised school sponsored sports.
- All clothing and shoes should be clearly labelled with your child’s name.
- Parents are asked to ensure uniforms are clean, neat, and in good condition - holes in pants and tattered sweaters will not be permitted.
- On specific occasions the Dress Code may be relaxed for suitable reasons, to be announced by the Administration.
The Vancouver College Dress Code is as follows:
- White long sleeved dress shirts
- School tie (purple/black)
- Regular black dress shoes (with leather uppers, cut beneath the ankle)
- Socks extending beyond the ankle (dark dress socks recommended),
- Dress quality, black or brown belt.
- Grades 7 to 11 – Grey Dress Pants;
- Grade 12 – Creased suit quality Dress Pants (Grey or Black)
- Slacks are available from Top Ten but may also be purchased elsewhere provided their quality is as specified above.
- School-Issued Sweater
- K-Grade 6 - purple Elementary School Sweater.
- Grade 7-12 - one of the following:
- Black, monogrammed Vancouver College sleeveless vest
- Black, monogrammed Vancouver College V-neck sweater
- Traditional purple Letterman sweater
- Traditional navy blue Edmundian sweater
- Traditional beige Student Council sweater
- Approved Grade 12 Graduation sweater
- Grey Crew-Neck Irish Sweatshirt Sold by Top Ten
Optional Summer Uniform for Grades 7-12:
From the day after Mother’s Day Mass (mid-May) to the day after Thanksgiving (mid-October), students have the option to wear the summer uniform also available at Top Ten. This includes:
- VC golf shirt
- VC shorts or dress pants (per above)
- Regular socks
- Black dress shoes or sandals
Spirit Wear is available for sale at Vancouver College at various times throughout the school year. Spirit Wear DOES NOT form part of the Dress Code.
Violations of Dress Code
The success of the Dress Code depends upon the cooperation of the entire Vancouver College community - students, parents, staff, and Administration.
- If a student appears in class or in the hallways and common areas out of Dress Code, teachers will make every effort to ensure the student is compliant with the Code (i.e. remove outer garments, tuck in shirt, draw tie to the neck, etc.) If a student remains non-compliant (i.e. no tie, running shoes) he should be referred immediately to an Administrator. A student may not be in class out of Dress Code without a note from an Administrator.
- If there are repeated breaches of the Dress Code Policy, consequences will become more serious consistent with our practice of Progressive Discipline. Consequences include contact with parents, counseling, suspension, withholding of re-registration, or expulsion.
Students who choose to bring electronic devices to school are recommended to secure those devices in their school locker from the time they arrive at the school until the end of the instructional day. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices. The use of personal electronic devices is prohibited unless authorized by their teacher. (This applies to unscheduled blocks and lunch). If, at the end of the instructional day, a student chooses to use a cell phone to contact family or friends, he may only do so outside school buildings.
Increasingly, members of the Vancouver College community utilize various online social-networks to communicate with one another. While this can be an effective way to communicate, it can also be used in ways that are highly inappropriate. Examples of inappropriate or unacceptable use include, but are not exclusive to, cyber-bullying, intimidation, harassment, threats, invasion of personal rights, and creation of and involvement in a negative Facebook page.
In many instances, this form of communication takes place in the privacy of the student’s home or at places away from the school. Parents remain the primary educator when it comes to the use of online social activity and other matters, including education.
However, when the school becomes aware of inappropriate use as noted above, it becomes a serious violation of our Code of Conduct and the student shall be subject to Vancouver College’s Progressive Discipline.
Students are expected to arrive to school on time and be on time for each class. Parents are asked to inform the school by email prior to 9:00 AM if their son will be arriving late as per ministry requirements. Flagrant offenders will receive progressively more serious consequences that include, but are not limited to, detention, community service, or suspension.
If a student is absent or late with reason, it is the parents’ responsibility to notify the office, by 9:00 AM, via email. The office will call families whose child is late or absent but who have not yet informed the school.
Similarly, an emailed note is required for a student who needs early dismissal.
Absence without an excuse for any part of a school day is a serious breach of our Code of Conduct. A student can be deemed to be truant only by an Administrator after investigating the reason for absence. A student who is deemed to have been truant from school shall be subject to Progressive Discipline.
Learning Resource Policy
Learning Resources and Approval
Vancouver College follows British Columbia’s Ministry of Education Prescribed Curriculum and uses appropriate learning resources (texts, videos, software, and instructional materials) that align to this prescribed curriculum. Learning resources used in the classroom are evaluated and approved by Vancouver College with consideration given to curriculum fit, pedagogy, social considerations, age, developmental appropriateness, conformance with Church teaching and Vancouver College’s mission and purpose.
Learning resources are selected by faculty members in consultation and with the approval of the appropriate Academic Department Chair and by the school’s Administration (Assistant Principals and/or Principal).
There is an expectation of all teaching staff that any supplemental materials introduced for use in the classroom support the above criteria. This includes online resources. Teachers have the unique responsibility to ensure such materials serve and reinforce these objectives. It is critical that learning resources be periodically reviewed to ensure continued relevancy to the curriculum being taught.
Questions or Concerns to Approved Learning Resources
Parents wishing to challenge or raise a concern regarding the use of recommended learning resources must follow the school’s academic conflict resolution procedures (Please see
Conflict Resolution Procedures in the Student and Parent Handbooks). Should the issue not be satisfactorily resolved, the School’s Appeal Procedures are to be followed.
The Learning Commons provides a variety of materials to augment the curriculum, as well as books and magazines for light reading. Computers, and a printer and copier are also available to the students. The Learning Commons, open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, is a place for quiet reading, study, and research. All books must be signed out, and students are fully responsible for all materials taken out in their name. A fine is imposed on overdue, damaged, or lost books.
The Student Services Department assists students in course selection, providing information on course prerequisites, course descriptions, graduation requirements, and course requirements for post-secondary institutions. Materials are also available to help students with career choices and applications to suitable universities and colleges.
Students can access these services through the Student Services Department or the Administration. Personal Counseling is also available.
Since 1922 and the days of Brother Lannon (one of Vancouver College’s founders), a focus on physical activity has been a time-honoured tradition at Vancouver College. It continues today through a program of regular physical education classes in all grades and a wide variety of athletic opportunities. An intramural program supplements these activities. More information on the Athletic Program can be found online.
The Lettermen’s Association rounds out our Athletic Program. Its goal is the promotion and development of school spirit, especially as it applies to athletics. Membership is determined through an application process. Further information pertaining to the Lettermen Association can be found in Vancouver College’s Athletic Policy.
In keeping with the aim of social integration, the school offers and encourages students to join various clubs. A full list of available opportunities can be found on the school website.
This group of Senior and Middle School students assists with retreat programs, spiritual activities, and liturgies and support programs for students. It is named after Blessed Edmund Rice. Their primary mandate is to provide service to the school community.
Students involved in extracurricular activities and athletics are required to maintain a satisfactory level of adherence to the school’s behavioural and academic expectations. As Vancouver College representatives they bring the school to the public. There is, therefore, a responsibility to maintain a high standard of conduct. Student performance will be regularly reviewed and those who fall short may anticipate consequences that affect their participation in extracurricular activities.
No student will be denied access to any of Vancouver College’s programs for financial reasons. Please refer to the VC Bursary Program or Members of Administration for more details.
The Student Council represents the students and operates according to the following guidelines:
- The Council is moderated by a teaching staff member appointed by Administration.
- Students on the Council must be in good standing and acceptable to the Administration on the basis of their academic and personal records.
- The Council has the right to advise Administration, but shall have absolutely no authority in the administration of the school under any circumstances.
- The Council shall initiate student activities and encourage student participation in them.
- The members of the Council executive shall be the first representatives of the school when student representation in the public forum is required, as determined by the Administration.
- The Council collects and expends money only with the previous knowledge and explicit approval of the staff moderator. Credit or debit remaining in the Council’s account at the end of a school year will be carried forward to the new Council the following year.
- The executive of the Student Council for any school year will be determined during the month of May of preceding school year. Other student representatives will be elected during the month of September.
At the beginning of each year, the graduating students will be assessed a fee to cover all in-school costs of graduation. This will include the grad gowns, Better Man Banquet (formerly Grads and Dads), grad brunch, commencement, reception, and school diplomas.
The following are school sanctioned graduation events:
- Better Man Banquet (formerly Grads and Dads)
- Grad Celebration
- Grad Brunch
- Grad Liturgy
- Commencement Exercises
- Student Grad Committee Events
The Graduation Ceremonies are a two-part affair. Part 1 is the Grad Liturgy and Part 2 is the Commencement Exercises. Failure to attend the Graduation Liturgy renders a student ineligible to attend Commencement Exercises. In addition, a student must successfully complete Religion 12 before he is able to graduate from Vancouver College. All bills must be paid, textbooks, library books, and equipment returned, and any discipline matters resolved.
All aspects of these official graduation events shall be under the direct authority of the Principal, or designate, and supervised by staff. All other non-school sanctioned activities are the responsibility of the graduating students and their families.