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									                Prince of Wales Mini School
                                           2010-11
                         Information Package
                          for applicants who are currently in Grade 7




Overview
Prince of Wales Mini School is a district enrichment program offered by the Vancouver Board of
Education. The school was established in 1973 in order to meet the academic and social needs of
highly motivated students. Prince of Wales Mini School consists of 150 students from Grade 8 to 12
(30 students in each grade). We occupy a self-contained building on the grounds adjacent to Prince
of Wales Secondary School.

Contact Information
Prince of Wales Mini School
4750 Haggart Street, Vancouver, BC V6L 2H8
Phone: 604-713-8981
Email: pwmini@vsb.bc.ca
Head Teacher: Andrew Humphries
Secretary: Kay Uppal
          Available: Monday 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
                     Wednesday 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
                     Friday 8:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

                            Vancouver Board of Education
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Our Purpose
The purpose of Prince of Wales Mini School is to create a positive learning environment where
students are challenged to excel in a broad range of subjects. We offer an intellectually rigorous
academic curriculum, as well as exposure to a wide variety of enrichment activities.


Our school program emphasizes four main areas:

1) Enrichment: Course work at Prince of Wales Mini School often goes beyond the provincially
prescribed curriculum by examining topics in greater detail. In some subjects the prescribed
material may be covered more quickly in order to allow time to explore other areas of interest.
Enrichment may occur in the classroom (guest speakers, Shakespeare workshops, a science fair
project or a math contest) or through field trips in the community and beyond. These hands-on
experiences include events or activities such as: film screenings; live theatre, opera or ballet; a trip
to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre; or a cultural exchange to Japan or France.

2) Community: Everyone involved in Prince of Wales Mini School continuously works on
developing and maintaining a strong sense of community. We encourage students of various
grades to interact throughout school year. We begin each year with a field trip to Strathcona Park
Lodge on Vancouver Island where students learn outdoor skills and also get to know their peers
from other grades. Several cross-grade activities are organized in order to further foster our sense
of community. These activities include: Arts Night, school dances, Bingo and Movie night, Family
Winter Supper, a ski trip to Whistler, and a year-end picnic. All students are encouraged to take an
active role in all school activities, as we believe these events are an important part of our program.
We encourage cooperation between students, teachers and parents as we work together to build a
supportive community.

3) Leadership: Students are provided with many opportunities during the year to develop their
leadership skills. Independence and initiative are valued. Students are able to sharpen their
leadership skills by taking an active role in one of our many student led enrichment activities. These
activities include: Mini School Student Council, a digital newsletter, the Kids Winter Party, poinsettia
sales (our annual fundraiser), Christmas hampers, and our school service program. Our students
are expected to assume positions of leadership within the school in order to prepare them for
greater leadership opportunities in the future.

4) Social Responsibility: We believe that highly capable students have a responsibility to
contribute back to the community. For this reason, all students at Prince of Wales Mini School are
involved in community service throughout the school year. Each term all students are required to
complete ten hours of volunteer service in the community. In addition, all members of our
community are asked to consistently abide by our three guiding principles: honesty, respect, and
responsibility.

We encourage students to develop as well-rounded individuals – to find an appropriate balance of
academic, physical and social pursuits.


Please Note
The above events and activities are subject to change due to the interests and expertise of the
teaching team, and the changing needs of students. While every effort is made to provide continuity
from year to year, the Calendar of Events for each year cannot be confirmed until it has been
reviewed by the Prince of Wales Mini School staff team.
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School Structure
Each year 30 students are admitted at the Grade 8 level. The academic program includes the same
material covered by all students in the Province of B.C. Segments of the curriculum may be
presented at an accelerated pace (to allow for enrichment), or in greater detail.

Students in Grades 8 – 10 take six courses as part of the Mini School: Humanities (English &
Social Studies), Mathematics, Science, French and Physical Education. Two elective courses are
taken with students from the Main School.
Students in Grade 11 take four courses as part of the Mini School: Humanities (English & Social
Studies), French and Mathematics. Four other courses are taken with students from the Main
School.
Students in Grade 12 take English and Math in the Mini School. All other courses are taken with
students from the Main School.

All students at Prince of Wales Mini School are considered part of Prince of Wales Secondary
School. They have full access to teams, clubs, and facilities in the Main School. All Fine Arts and
Applied Skills courses are taken in the Main School.

Prince of Wales Mini School seeks a high level of involvement by parents and encourages close
communication and participation in the school.


Funding
The Vancouver Board of Education provides funds for teaching staff and instructional facilities. P.W.
Mini School must generate funds for optional enrichment materials and activities through a
combination of enrichment fees and fundraising projects.
The enrichment fee is approximately $800 per student per year. However, no student will be denied
an opportunity to participate in an activity because of an inability to pay this fee.
For successful fundraising to occur, both student and parent involvement is required.


Criteria for Selection of Students
Prince of Wales Mini School seeks students who have demonstrated a high level of academic
achievement. Every effort is made to ensure that each Grade 8 class is balanced based on gender,
cultural diversity, and representation from a broad range of elementary schools. Students who
would receive particular benefit from the school, or who would make a unique contribution to the
school, are encouraged to apply.
The following criteria are used to select students for the school:
  Academically capable – as demonstrated by a record of academic excellence (“B” or better in
    all academic subjects)
  Motivated to learn
  Involved in school and community activities
  Socially skilled – attributes that enable the student to establish and maintain positive
    relationships with students from a variety of backgrounds and viewpoints, and the ability to work
    cooperatively with others
  Independent and self-disciplined
  Curious (asking questions) and creative (finding solutions)
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Application Procedures and Timeline
November 5, 2009
     Prince of Wales Mini School Information Night for all interested students and their parents at
     7:00 p.m. in the Main School auditorium.

November 27 – December 6, 2009
     Online Registration for the Test. The Vancouver Board of Education requires all applicants to write
     a District Alternative Programs Test.
     Register on-line at: www.vsb.bc.ca and follow the prompts. No late registrations will be accepted. In
     order to register online you will need your Student PEN number. This is a nine digit number that you
     can get at your Elementary school office. Please note that registering online for the test does not
     register you for admission to Prince of Wales Mini School. You must also complete and submit an
     application to Prince of Wales Mini School.

December 10, 2009
      Test for all District Alternative Programs. Vancouver School District students will be given a place
      and time for the test when they register. All other students (private school, home-school, etc.) will
      receive an email telling them where and when to take the test. No sample questions or information on
      the content of the test is available to parents or students. No test results are given to parents or
      students. The test consists of a Math component (30 minutes), an English component (30 minutes)
      and a Cognitive Skills (puzzles) component. Students are advised to bring a pencil, pen and eraser to
      the test and to arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to the time of the test.

December 17, 2009
      Deadline for Receipt of Application. To apply to Prince of Wales Mini School, please submit the
      following information:
        1) a completed Prince of Wales Mini School Application Form
        2) photocopy of your Final Grade 6 report card (with teacher comments)
        3) photocopy of your most recent Grade 7 report card (with teacher comments)
      Do not submit any other materials. Application forms must be received at either Prince of Wales
      Secondary School (Main Office) or Prince of Wales Mini School by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December
      17, 2009. If your Grade 7 report card isn’t available by December 17 please note this on your
      application and submit the report card by no later than Tuesday, January 5, 2010. Incomplete
      applications will be disqualified.

January 27, 2010
       Students selected for an Interview at P.W. Mini School will be contacted on or before January
       27. We receive more than 300 applications each year. Based on our selection criteria we will short-list
       approximately 100 students to be interviewed. If you have not received a call on or before January 27,
       you have not been selected for an interview. We are unable to call students that have not been
       selected for an interview.

February 2, 2010
       P.W. Mini School Interviews for short-listed students only. Students to be interviewed will be
       contacted on or before January 27.

February 11, 2010
       First offers of acceptance will be made via email.

February 16, 2010
       Deadline for acceptance by applicant and parent (first offers). Acceptance must be emailed to
       Prince of Wales Mini School at pwmini@vsb.bc.ca by 12 noon.

February 18, 2010
       Second offers of acceptance (students on the wait list) will be made via email.

February 22, 2010
       Deadline for acceptance by applicant and parent (second offers). Acceptance must be emailed to
       Prince of Wales Mini School at pwmini@vsb.bc.ca by 12 noon.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Does my ranking of programs make a difference?
        (You will be asked to rank your program(s) of choice when you register on-line.)
Yes, due to the number of applications that we receive we are only able to examine applicants who
select Prince of Wales Mini School as their first or second choice. We do not make a distinction
between first and second choice. Note: be careful when making your choice on-line – the
Vancouver Board of Education will not make changes to your selections once you have registered.


Can I take Math 10 (or any other advanced class) when I’m in Grade 8?
Generally no. We are an enrichment program not an accelerated program. Part of the strength of
our school is derived from students learning within their cohort group.


Will I find out my test results from December 10?
No, test results are not given out to the student or parent. The test is only used for placement of
students.


Should I apply to Prince of Wales Mini School if I’m interested in applying to TREK in
Grade 10 or the International Baccalaureate Program in Grade 11?
No, your acceptance to Prince of Wales Mini School involves a 5-year commitment. Please do not
apply if you cannot keep this commitment.


Do I need to fill out a VSB Cross-Boundary Application Form?
No, Prince of Wales Mini School is a district program – there are no boundaries to cross.


Can I apply to Prince of Wales Mini School if I live out-of-district?
Yes, but we will only examine your application once we have exhausted all in-district applications –
the possibility of this is extremely low.


If I’m not admitted for 2010-11 (Grade 8) can I re-apply for 2011-12 (Grade 9)?
Yes, you will need to submit a new application (available in April each year). If a space comes
available (this happens occasionally) we will contact suitable applicants in a specific grade. These
applicants will be interviewed and a new student will be selected. There is no test to be written, but
up-to-date report cards are required. We do not accept new applications for our Grade 12 class.


Should I call Prince of Wales Mini School if I don’t receive a phone call?
No. Due to the large number of applications that we receive, we are only able to contact those
applicants who are advancing in the application process. We simply don’t have enough time or
resources to contact everyone. We realize that this absence of communication between Prince of
Wales Mini School and unsuccessful applicants is not congruent with the guiding principles of our
school (honesty, respect and responsibility). If time was available we would call each student to
discuss why their application was unsuccessful, but this is just not possible.
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Extra Curricular Activities at Prince of Wales Secondary School

Students Helping Students                                     Clubs
    Student Council                                                 Acappella Choir
    Peer Counsellors                                                Anime
    Peer Tutors                                                     Bike
                                                                     Chess
                                                                     Computer Animation
Athletics                                                            Dance Team
      Badminton                                                     Debating
      Basketball                                                    Dragon Boating Team
      Cross Country Running                                         Environment
      Field Hockey                                                  Film
      Golf                                                          Gay/Straight Alliance
      Gymnastics                                                    Global Issues
      Ice Hockey                                                    Handicraft
      Intramurals (lunch-time athletics)                            Heart 2 Heart
      Rugby                                                         Improv Team
      Soccer                                                        InfoTech
      Softball                                                      Interact
      Swimming                                                      Kids Help Phone
      Table Tennis                                                  Library Monitors
      Track and Field                                               Martial Arts Team
      Ultimate                                                      Minga
      Volleyball                                                    Model UN
      Wrestling                                                     Multicultural
                                                                     Physics Olympics Club
                                                                     Sewing
                                                                     Ski/Snowboard
                                                                     Student Newspaper
                                                                     Yoga
                                                                     Youth in Action

								
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