Prince of Wales Secondary School

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Prince of Wales Secondary School
Prince of Wales's feathers Badge.svg
2350 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
Motto "Ich Dien"
(I Serve)
Founded 1920
School board School District 39 Vancouver
Superintendent Mr. John Lewis
School number 03939019
Principal Ms. A. Haveman
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.

Programs offered[edit]

Mini School Program[edit]

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 while the other participates in outdoor activities, including both 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 in-class focus on sustainability and the environment. The terms switch halfway through the year.

GOLD Program[edit]

The Gifted Over Learning Disabled (GOLD) Program[4] is a district program designed for gifted students who have also been identified as having a learning disability. The acceptance rate is very low with an average of only about 8 students per year. Students in the program have at least one GOLD block as part of their regular timetable with GOLD English also being offered at the grade 8 level. The curriculum of the program includes communication skills, decision making, subject and personal support, self-awareness and self-advocacy.


  • Prince of Wales operates on VSB's standard linear timetable of Day 1 / Day 2 rotation, from early September to late June. Each day has four (4) blocks with 1 hour and 15 minutes of instruction in each block. Classes begin at 9:10 a.m. and end at 3:03 p.m.

Notable alumni[edit]

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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