Prince of Wales Secondary School

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Prince of Wales Secondary School
Prince of Wales's feathers Badge.svg
"Ich Dien"
I Serve
2250 Eddington Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6L 2E7
Coordinates 49°14′44″N 123°09′28″W / 49.2456°N 123.1578°W / 49.2456; -123.1578Coordinates: 49°14′44″N 123°09′28″W / 49.2456°N 123.1578°W / 49.2456; -123.1578
School type Secondary school
Founded 1920
School board School District 39 Vancouver
Superintendent Mr. Scott Robinson
School number 03939019
Principal Mr. David Derpak
Vice principal Mr. Andy Wilson
Ms. Rupi Samra-Gynane
Grades 8-12
Enrollment 1216[1] (2014/15)
Language English
Area Arbutus Ridge
Colour(s) Black and Gold         
Team name Walesmen
Last updated: September 28, 2015

Prince of Wales Secondary School is a public secondary school located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


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.

Programs offered[edit]

Mini School Program[edit]

Prince of Wales Secondary School.

Prince of Wales Mini School[2] 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[edit]

The TREK program[3] 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.

GOLD Program[edit]

The Gifted Learning Disabled (GOLD) program[4] is a district program designed for intellectually gifted 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.

Notable alumni[edit]

Kim Campbell received 1964's Merit Award scholarship


  • 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.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Yuill, Mr. "Prince of Wales Secondary > Programs > Mini School". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  3. ^ Yuill, Mr. "Prince of Wales Secondary > Programs > TREK". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  4. ^ Yuill, Mr. "Prince of Wales Secondary > Programs > The GOLD Program". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 

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