Our Learning Story
2017 - 2018
Secondary School is proud to present an executive summary of the continued growth
and success we have observed in this 2017-18 school year at Kelowna Secondary
School. We believe, as a school
community, that we continue to learn academically, creatively, critically, athletically
and socially with a focus on creating 21st century learners
Kelowna Secondary School is one of five Secondary Schools in the Central Okanagan School District. KSS is located in the central heart of the city and our campus borders with the Okanagan College Campus. Unique in character, Kelowna Secondary School offers two distinct programs – English and French Immersion. The approximately 1840 students who attend Kelowna Secondary School come from both the immediate neighbourhood and beyond the school's regular catchment boundaries. As such, it is a diverse and active community of learners.
In terms of staffing, KSS currently has 89.8 FTE educators, including 4 administrator, serving the needs of over 1840 students. In addition, we have a support staff of 48 people working in a variety of capacities, including Certified Education Assistants, Custodial and Clerical staff. Additional, we have two (1.5 FTE) District Resource teachers who help to coordinate and provide educational programs for our identified special needs students in our population.
Kelowna Secondary School has focussed on offering a wide variety of educational opportunities that appeals to our student population. Because of our diversity of programs and support networks that we have available for our students at Kelowna Secondary School, we had a very successful 2017 Eligible Grade 12 Graduation rate of 99%.
Along with a strong academic program, Kelowna Secondary School offers extensive programs in Applied Skills, Fine Arts, Leadership and Languages. We continue to offer Advanced Placement classes in the following courses: Physics, Psychology, Chemistry, French, Calculus, Biology, Human Geography and English Language and Composition. Most recently, we have had over 100 exams written in those areas and we anticipate strong results as indicated by last year's student performance. Our French Immersion program is also very strong with 114 students graduating in 2017 with a Dual Dogwood. We are also pleased to run a dual credit program in automotive technology allowing our students an opportunity to pursue their post-secondary education while still in secondary school.
Kelowna Secondary School's staff are caring, dedicated professionals who understand that their primary role is to support students. For our students who need extra support academically or socially and emotionally, we have a strong learning centre and learning assistance room with support over the lunch hours. We continue to run our test and work completion sessions and a Homework Club afterschool to support our struggling learners. Again, this year, we also continued to support our students with a mental health clinician who sees our students on a weekly basis.
Our Fine Arts program, including Band, Dance, Art, Video Production and Drama have experienced another superb year. Our Night Owl Theatre produced two engaging shows: Failure: A Love Story and Everything You Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play. In addition to these two plays, our Drama department also performed several Grimm's Fairy Tales for our Elementary Feeder Schools. Our wonderful Band program again offered many fantastic musical opportunities for our students. Our musical highlight this year was definitely the Showcase Event that was held at First Lutheran Church in February. Our famous KSS Air Band completion was once again a success with the talent of many staff and students showcased. School and community spirit was clearly visible with the line-up right out to the street to attend the final performance. Our Grade 12 Art Class also was extremely busy this year. These very talented students collaborated with local first nations artists and created a 4 X 32 foot mural of the Okanagan Four Food Chiefs. This was a wonderful process and brought authentic "Truth and Reconciliation" to KSS. In fact, we had a very special guest artist visit our class this year. Roy Henry – Vickers came to KSS to observe the work of our students. Roy Henry Vickers is a Canadian artist and is best know around the world for his limited edition prints of prestigious locations of British Columbia. We were very proud to have him join us and celebrate our student's accomplishments.
We also have a very strong Athletics program at Kelowna Secondary School. This strong commitment to athletics has led to very strong teams, with many making it to the Valleys and Provincial Championships. This year was particular successful as the Senior Girls Basketball Team won the British Columbia Provincial Championship title. The Senior Girls Field Hockey Team repeated as Provincial Silver medallists and our girl's Curling Team repeated as Bronze Provincial Medallists.
At Kelowna Secondary, our leadership class and our Global Awareness Club worked with our school community to create awareness and fundraise for many local and global initiatives. Our Interact club will once again be hosting an AP/Honours banquet to support a variety of programs. Our Student Wellness Club also participate in an inquiry project around anxiety and mental health. The group of students worked on bringing awareness to anxiety and other mental health concerns. Our school has also trained several of our leadership students in the "Beyond the Hurt" program. This student led program focusses on Bullying and Harassment Prevention at Kelowna Secondary School.
While the scope of these opportunities varies from year to year, the importance of engaging students and promoting excellence, not only in academics but beyond, is highly valued by students, staff and parents. We have had several students and staff win awards in the specific field. We are very proud of these accomplishments. We also have many co-curricular field trip and exchanges that enhance the classroom experience. Students have the opportunity to go on many of these trips. These trips include: Battlefields Tour (France), Marine Biology (Hawaii), Fine Arts (New York), Band (Idaho), Japanese (Japan), Entrepreneurship (New York), and Leadership (Los Angeles).
Not only do our students excel at Kelowna Secondary School. They also excel in our community. We had several students nominated for Kelowna Community Civic Awards.
Young Female Volunteer of the Year
Jenny Kang – finalist from KSS but not the recipient
Nicole Keeler - finalist from KSS but not the recipient
Ashley Robinson – finalist from KSS and recipient of the award
Young Male Volunteer of the Year
Shilong Pan - finalist from KSS but not the recipient
Teen Honour in the Arts
Griffin Hodge - finalist from KSS but not the recipient
Bryan Couling Memorial Award – Athletic Team of the Year
Kelowna Srecondary School Boys Curling Team – finalist from KSS and recipient of the award
We are very proud of our students accomplishments in our community!
Secondary School has a well-established Parent Advisory Council that meets
regularly and supports our diverse programs and extra-curricular activities
equitably with the gaming funds. The PAC has also very generously supported our
individual graduates with many bursaries.
Our main system of communication with our parent community, is the "Who's News, our parent newsletter, that is sent out every Friday. This newsletter has received tremendous support and appreciation from our parents. We also utilize our School Web page and our computer "phone home" voice system to ensure we have consistent and timely communication.
Our staff is pleased with our students and our school and look forward to evaluating our year-end data to assess our progress. In short, our school is a dynamic center of learning where students, staff, and parents work together encouraging our students to achieve their fullest potential as lifelong learners.