Prince of Wales Secondary School
|Prince of Wales Secondary School|
|2250 Eddington Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6L 2E7
|School type||Secondary school|
|School board||School District 39 Vancouver|
|Superintendent||Mr. Scott Robinson|
|Colour(s)||Black and Gold|
|Last updated: September 28, 2015|
Prince of Wales is named in honour of the Prince of Wales, the heir apparent to the Canadian throne. The ostrich feather and crown symbol, and the Ich dien motto of the school are identical to those of its namesake. Prince of Wales opened for classes in September 1920 at its original site, which is now Shaughnessy Elementary School. In 1960 it moved to its current location, which had previously been a golf course and a marshland.
Mini School Program
Prince of Wales Mini School seeks co-operative, creative, self-motivated and well-rounded students who have demonstrated above average academic achievement and involvement in school and community. The school aims to develop organizational skills, problem-solving techniques, and the ability to work cooperatively and independently in an academically challenging, enriched program requiring effort and self-discipline. An outdoor education component provides physical and emotional challenges, developing skills and contributing to the school community atmosphere. Students develop leadership skills through running school events and fund raising.
TREK Outdoor Education Program
The TREK program is offered for grade 10 students from schools throughout the Vancouver School District with an interest in outdoor activities and environmental education.
The program admits 112 students each year, who are separated into two terms. One term finishes most of the regular grade 10 academic curriculum (all of science 10, math 10 and French/Spanish 10, and half of English 10, socials 10 and planning 10 credits) while the other participates in outdoor activities including overnight and day trips that teach basic outdoor skills, minimum impact camping, hiking and backpacking, ocean kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, back-country (telemark) skiing, cross-country (Nordic) skiing, snow shelter building & winter camping, avalanche awareness, cycle touring, outdoor cooking, and map & compass navigation, and an in classroom focus on sustainability and the environment. Halfway through the year (the end of January/beginning of February)the terms switch.
The Getting Over Learning Disabilities (GOLD) program is a district program designed for students who have also been identified as having a learning disability. Students in the program have at least one GOLD block as part of their regular timetable. GOLD English is also offered at the grade 8 level. The curriculum of the program includes philosophy, subject and personal support, self-awareness and self-advocacy. Many students in GOLD have a Written Output Disorder or a lack of organizational skills, and receive personalized support with their studies. However the acceptance rate is very low with an average of about 8 students per year.
- Kim Campbell, the first female Prime Minister of Canada, and the first female student body president at PW. Recipient of a PW merit award.
- Deborah Grey, First Reform Party member of Parliament.
- Spencer Chandra Herbert, first MLA for Vancouver West End, youngest elected Park Commissioner
- Emmanuelle Schick Garcia, film director/screenwriter.
- Bruce Fairbairn, music producer, produced Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Loverboy, Blue Öyster Cult, Poison, Scorpions, Van Halen, Chicago, The Cranberries, INXS, KISS and Yes.
- Lawrence Chou, Hong Kong Actor, Singer.
- Jessie Farrell, Canadian country music award-winning singer.
- David S. Lee, Provost of Princeton University serving as the chief academic and chief budgetary officer of the University. Recipient of a PW merit award.
- Rafe Mair, broadcaster, political analyst.
- Andrea Neil, pioneer of women’s soccer in Canada and first woman to be inducted for soccer into Canada's Sport Hall of Fame.
- Peter New, actor, voice actor and screenwriter with roles in Antitrust, Agent Cody Banks, Diary of a Wimpy Kid etc.
- Nicholas Lea, actor best known for his portrayal of Alex Krycek from The X-Files and as star/producer of Whistler
- Mitch Hodge, drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 4th round (126 overall) of the 2007 MLB Draft
- Sara Neil - Olympic cyclist, winner of the bronze medal in the 57 km road race at the 1987 Pan American games
- Shane Gibson (author) - Author of Closing Bigger, Sociable! and Guerrilla Marketing for Social Media
- Jay Katsir - multiple Emmy Award winning writer for the entire run of The Colbert Report and later head writer of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
- Prince of Wales operates on VSB's standard linear timetable of Day 1 / Day 2 rotation, from September to June. Each day has four (4) blocks with 1 hour and 15 minutes of instruction in each block. The blocks rotate four times a year and each day classes begin at 8:40 a.m. and end at 3:03 p.m.
- Yuill, Mr. "Prince of Wales Secondary > Programs > Mini School". pw2.vsb.bc.ca. Retrieved 2015-09-28.
- Yuill, Mr. "Prince of Wales Secondary > Programs > TREK". pw2.vsb.bc.ca. Retrieved 2015-09-28.
- Yuill, Mr. "Prince of Wales Secondary > Programs > The GOLD Program". pw2.vsb.bc.ca. Retrieved 2015-09-28.