Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School
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|Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School|
"Christ is the center of all endeavours"
|1335 Dominion Avenue
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, V3B 8G7, Canada
Bill AndersonJo-Anna Nicolato
|Team name||Carney Stars|
Blue, Green, Yellow
Archbishop Carney Secondary School (ACRSS, commonly referred to as Carney) is a private Roman Catholic independent secondary school in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. It is under charge of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver and is the newest Roman Catholic high school in the Lower Mainland with just under 600 registered students for the fall semester of September 2013. Carney's top B.C. High School ranking can be seen through to its strong provincial examination scores, high graduation rate, and successful placement rates into post-secondary education.
- 1 History
- 2 Independent school status
- 3 Academic performance
- 4 Religious Life
- 5 Student Life - Extracurricular Activities
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Founded in 1994 by eight Roman Catholic parishes in the cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows, ACRSS had humble beginnings. In its first year, the school operated from portable classrooms on the parking lot of Our Lady of Assumption Catholic elementary school in Port Coquitlam with only 87 students.
The first wing of the permanent school was opened in September, 1995. A second wing of classrooms, expanded gymnasium and multi-purpose room were added two years later. Today, construction is underway to add the next phase; a Fine Arts wing. Eventually the school plans to add an athletic Field House as well. The school is continuously growing, particularly in the areas of Fine Arts and Athletics. These facilities are needed to address these growing needs and provide an inspiring quality of education for Archbishop Carney's students. Approval from the Archdiocese of the field house is still required and will need the full support of the entire community in order to be achieved.
As of 2009, SMART boards have been incorporated into the classroom curriculum.
Independent school status
Archbishop Carney is classified as a Group 1 school under British Columbia's Independent School Act. It receives 50% funding from the Ministry of Education. The school receives no funding for capital costs. It is under charge of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver. Ultimately, this funding model means the school must rely on tutition and the generosity of its community.
|Assumption Church||Port Coquitlam|
|Our Lady of Fatima||Coquitlam|
|Our Lady of Lourdes||Coquitlam|
|St. Clare of Assisi||Coquitlam|
|St. Joseph’s||Port Moody|
|St. Luke’s||Maple Ridge|
|St. Patrick’s||Maple Ridge|
Philosophy of Christian Education
The Christian Education program is designed to foster growth in the student's faith, in the knowledge of their faith, and in the understanding of themselves as Christian people.
Religious Education Classes
Participation in the Religious Education Classes is an integral and vital part of the education and formation of each student in the school. It helps lead them to study and learn the history and content of the Catholic Faith. The objective remains to create in them a deep and lifelong love for the Church, its Sacraments and prayer life.
The importance of the Mass is recognized at Archbishop Carney both as a way of increasing the Faith of the individual and helping in the building of Christian community. Each month, the school has a mass that is celebrated in the school gym by the priests around the region.
All students must wear a uniform. Uniforms are purchased from Halperns. There is uniform store in the main building.
Stated purpose for uniforms, often set forth in school uniform policies, include reducing clothing expenditures for parents as well as avoiding distinctions among children based on whose parents can afford to buy them fashionable clothing to wear to school. The conservative clothing is also said to reduce distractions and help with student identification, ensuring that a stranger will stand out among the uniformed students. It also helps show a sense of modesty by all students. Both males and females are required to wear a uniform.
Female students are required to wear a green plaid skirt/kilt and male students wear black or blue uniform pants.
Student Life - Extracurricular Activities
Student Council (Starliament)
The 1999 Constitution explains the purpose of this group:
Starliament has the responsibility to represent the interests of the student body of Archbishop Carney. They organize student activities, represents the student body to the community, promote school spirit, liaison with the staff, and promote the philosophy of the school. The leaders of Starliament are students, they are elected by their peers. (Leader - Prime Minister)
There are a wide range of clubs too choose from. At the beginning of each year students have a chance to find what clubs they choose to join for that year.
The Tech Crew
The Tech Crew is responsible for the setup of the school's sound, lighting, and video equipment at events such as concerts, talent shows, and the monthly school masses.
Carney has an excellent music program. Large performances include Christmas Concert and a Spring Concert. Others include the "Kiwanis Music Festival". In late February the Jazz Band I, Senior Concert Band and Senior Concert Choir will be traveling to Disneyland to participate in "Magic Music Days". The program is currently under the leadership of Mrs. E. Young and Ms. A. Stephen. Carney also has an exceptional Drama program that is currently led by Mr. Harris. In the year of 2011/12 this program entered a one-act play into METfest and won 2nd place. In the same year a student made one-act play was also entered into another competition and won first. Carney puts on one full play and one musical in alternating years.
|Vocal Jazz||Jazz Band 1|
|Liturgy Choir||Jazz Band 2|
|Junior Concert Choir||Beginner Concert Band|
|Senior Concert Choir||Junior Concert Band|
|Senior Concert Band|
The school fields teams in the following sports:
- Field Hockey
- Mountain Biking
- Track & Field
- Cross Country
The newest additions include:
Dances are held all year round however will be canceled in the event of under average participants such as in 2011 when the school introduced a "semi-formal" dress code.