MacNeill Secondary School
|A. R. MacNeill Secondary School|
|6611 No. 4 Rd
Richmond, British Columbia, V6Y 2T2
|School type||Public, high school|
(Positive Attitude, Ownership, We Not Me, Excellence, Respect)
|School board||School District 38 Richmond|
|Area trustee||A. Wong|
|Colour(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Team name||MacNeill Ravens|
A. R. MacNeill Secondary School is a secondary school in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. As of September 2013, there are approximately 850 students attending the school. It is in School District 38 Richmond. The school was built at a cost of over CAD 25 million. The feeder elementary schools are Anderson, Cook, Talmey and Tomsett.
The school is named after Allan Roy MacNeill.
In addition to being one of the youngest schools in the district, it is also known to pilot and test any new ideas before they are applied to the rest of the schools in Richmond. Due to this specialized program, Macneill has been ranked as one of the most efficient schools in all of Greater Vancouver.
A.R MacNeill opened on September 2, 2003. In its first year, it was home to about 200 students and staff. The school also began with only two grade levels, 7 and 8, and as each year passed it added another grade. The first senior class graduated in 2008.
In the 2006/2007 school year, students entering grade 10 were removed from their respective academies and put into what was called the Transition Academy. This new academy was created to emphasize and educate students about graduation requirements, such as the recent Graduation Portfolio and post-secondary and career options.
In the 2008/2009 school year, MacNeill stopped accepting grade 7 students due to low enrollment and completely discontinued the arts and science academy options. MacNeill began using an electronic attendance system called BCeSIS and a new schedule management software.
Students at MacNeill take eight courses over the period of two days (Day 1 & Day 2). Each "day" consists of four 75-minute periods, a 19-minute break, 28-minute advisory (homeroom), and lunch. Wednesdays, lunch is omitted, break is extended to 30 minutes, and advisory is 35 minutes. Students' timetables on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 2:59 p.m. On Wednesday, classes end at 2:00 p.m.
A.R. MacNeill competes in the RSSAA leagues and enters teams in all of the traditional fall, winter and spring sport seasons. The following sports are available:
The school has a variety of clubs, covering a vast number of subjects from arts to humanitarianism.
Active clubs (2014/15)
|30 Hour Famine||Raises funds and awareness to fight world poverty.|
|Animal Rescue Club||Participates in fundraising initiatives with the goal of helping to support animals in care.|
|Buzz Art Club|
|Drama Production||Students acting or helping behind the scene to produce the annual spring drama production.|
|DVD Club||This club takes photos and videos throughout the year and edits their footage to make the school's yearly DVD.|
|Gardening Club||Tends to the school garden.|
|Grad Committee||This club plays an important role in planning various graduation events.|
|Green Team||An environmental club.|
|Japanese Culture Club|
|Library Monitors||Shelving books, keeping it organized & taking care of the library.|
|Raven Readers||This club meets on a monthly basis to discuss different books.|
|Raven Review||Writes and produces seasonal magazines containing school news & athletics, reviews and entertainment.|
|Ski and Snowboard Club|
|Student Council||Student Council is a student leadership group that promotes school spirit and community activism. The council plays an important role representing the entire student body and plans many events throughout the school year.|
|Unity Club||Helps students with special needs feel connected and a part of the school.|
The following clubs are not active as of the 2014/15 school year:
|Amica Club||Multicultural/friendship club promoting diversity with school and encouraging tolerance and anti-racism.|
|Student Interpreters Club||Students who act as interpreters|
School reports - Ministry of education