Vancouver Technical Secondary School

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Vancouver Technical Secondary School
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Vancouver Technical Secondary from East Broadway
Address
2600 East Broadway
Vancouver, British Columbia, V5M 1Y5
Canada
Information
School type Secondary school
Motto "Semper Sersum"
(Ever Upwards)
Founded 1916
School board School District 39 Vancouver
Superintendent Scott Robinson
Area trustee Mike Lombardi
School number 03939011
Principal Annette Vey-Chilton
Grades 8-12
Enrollment 1660 Students
Language English, French immersion
Area Mount Pleasant
Grandview-Woodland
Nootka Elementary
Hastings-Sunrise
Renfrew-Collingwood
Colour(s) Emerald and Gold         
Mascot Talisman (Wiki Tiki Tribe Member)
Team name Van Tech Talismen (Girls Ice Hockey team - Taliswomen)
Public transit access 9, 7, 16, Millennium Line (Skytrain), 27, 99
Website
Last updated: March 2016

Vancouver Technical Secondary School, often referred to as Van Tech, is a public secondary school located on the East Side of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

History[edit]

The school originally opened in 1916, for boys only, in the Fairview neighbourhood. It then moved downtown until 1928 when it settled into its present location in East Vancouver. Starting in 1940, girls were admitted. One of the school's founders (and principal from 1930 until 1944), James George Sinclair, is also the great-grandfather of 23rd Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Minischools[edit]

Vancouver Technical offers a wide range of minischool programs.

Summit is a three-year minischool program which focuses on enriching the four academic courses: Math, Science, Social Studies and English. The summit program offers accelerated sciences and mathematics, with students completing Chemistry 11 and Pre-Calculus 11 by Grade 10. Many extra-curricular activities are part of the program. Students in the Summit program engage in many extra-curricular activities including a four-day camp at the beginning of the school year, and a week-long horseback riding camp in their Grade 10 year. Students also work to obtain the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at the end of the program.[1]

Flex is a 3 year-year mini school program which focuses on the humanities, English and Social Studies. Students in Flex take unique classes for the first 3 years in the program and often go onto taking History and Philosophy. Flex 10 students also get a chance to go to Quebec.

Program Highlights[edit]

Arts[edit]

Music[edit]

There are several music classes offered at Van Tech. These include, concert band, concert choir, string orchestra, jazz band, drum line as well as a few others.

Visual Arts[edit]

Visual Art classes available include drawing, painting, photography and ceramics.

Theatre[edit]

Within the field theatre, students start in grade 8 in a drama class which is available up to grade 10. Students in grades 11 and 12 are allowed to take a theatre production class which will put on an annual play. Another class that is also offered is stage production.

Technical Classes[edit]

Shop Classes[edit]

These classes include wood, metal and jewelry. Students get the opportunity to learn hands on with the materials they would craft with. Past projects include, a stool, cutting boards, jewelry boxes, safes, belt buckles, rings, and pendants.

Drafting[edit]

Using computer software and hands on techniques students get a comprehensive look into the world of structure.

Graphics[edit]

Using current design programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, students can design their own projects, which include buttons, decals and basic Photoshop work. Another part of this is the Van Tech yearbook, which is designed in house by students in the same shop.

Electronics[edit]

In electronics students are taught about circuits and robotics. Van Tech has attended and competed in robotics tournaments.

Hairdressing[edit]

A unique program offered at Van Tech is the Hairdressing program for 12th grade students. They complete English 12 and have 7 full blocks of hairdressing where they learn how to cut and style hair.

Notable alumni[edit]

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