Georges P. Vanier Secondary School
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|Georges P. Vanier Secondary|
|4830 Headquarters Road
Courtenay, British Columbia, V9N 5N5
|School type||Public, high school|
|School board||School District 71 Comox Valley|
It opened in January 1968 completing a move of students from the old Courtenay Sr. high school. Vanier was built to house a capacity of 1200 students. The school population grew to 1700+ students in the early 2000s with the addition of 36 portable classrooms. This led to the opening of Mark R. Isfeld Senior Secondary School which became the third district secondary school in the early 2000s.
Vanier has primarily been the regional secondary school in the Comox Valley School District, serving students from Hornby and Denman Islands, the City of Courtenay, and the communities of Dove Creek, Merville, Black Creek, Saratoga and Miracle Beach communities up to the Oyster River which separates the Comox Valley School District from the Campbell River district.
The school facility has a natural setting on 96 acres (390,000 m2) and conveniently located next to the Comox Valley Sports Centre, community track and playing fields. The grounds include three playing fields and access to a community all - weather field, a community daycare primarily built as a teen mother daycare. The Vanier facility includes the Vanier Studio theatre, a full Teaching Cafeteria, and a large Technology Education wing that includes a House Construction shop, Auto-Mechanics, Small engines shops, Metalwork shop, Electronics / Robotics and Drafting shops and a Woodwork shop.
Vanier encourages international exchange students, and has established links with three sister schools, one in Wales and two in Japan. Some of Vanier's distinguished graduates include actors Barry Pepper and Kim Cattrall.
Some of the memorable highlights over the years include being selected the top B.C. School Sports school, winning British Columbia provincial championships in Cross-Country, Improvisational Theatre, Snowboarding, Robotics, Golf, Track and Field, Electronics.
- Kim Cattrall, actress
- Colin Hansen, BC finance minister
- Barry Pepper, actor
- Simon Nessman, model
- Cameron Levins, Olympian
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