SD 57 Photos

Pancakes, anyone?

Van Bien Elementary School opened its doors to the community on Friday morning for its Family Day/Valentine’s Day Pancake Breakfast.
Students and their families gathered in the school gymnasium for the feast, which ran from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Members of the Rotary Club Prince George Downtown, along with Van Bien staff members, took care of the cooking and serving, which left guests with the best job – enjoying each other’s company while digging into stacks of golden-brown pancakes. For the kids (and some of the adults) strawberries and whipped cream were the perfect topper.
The Rotary Club of Prince George Downtown, with support from Sinclar Group Forest Products, funds the pancake breakfast program in School District No. 57. Last school year, Rotary Club members served about 19,000 breakfasts in three schools – Westwood Elementary, Spruceland Traditional Elementary and Duchess Park Secondary. Van Bien is a new addition this year, and the club is looking at adding another school in the fall.
A huge thanks to all who made Friday’s breakfast possible. Hopefully the lingering smell of pancakes wasn’t too much of a distraction for staff and students the rest of the day!

Condors soar in city championship games

The Duchess Park Condors senior basketball teams doubled up on city championship titles on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the Northern Sport Centre. The Duchess girls began the night with an 87-34 victory against the PGSS Polars, and, in the boys game, the Condors downed the D.P. Todd Trojans 66-43.
Against the backdrop of the championship games, city all-stars were revealed. On the girls side, all-stars are: Jasmin Schlick, Hannah Loukes, Logan Cruz, Grace Callier, Talisa Ferguson and Karynn Hampe of Duchess Park; Julia Kreitz, Nina Gajic and Gurveet Thandi of PGSS; and Jordan Harris of Kelly Road. All-stars for the boys are: Caleb Lyons, Jackson Kuc and Connor Lewis of Duchess Park; Cam Sale, Holden Black and Saagar Shergil of D.P. Todd; Jordan Foster of PGSS; Mitchell Crosina of Cedars Christian School; Denis Kim of College Heights; and Braeden Muise of Kelly Road.
Congratulations to all teams and players, and good luck in the upcoming zone championship tournaments! 

Hooping it up

The University of Northern British Columbia invited students from School District No. 57, as well as other Prince George and regional students, to a UNBC Timberwolves women's basketball game on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 7. Approximately 1,500 students watched UNBC take on MacEwan University of Edmonton. The Timberwolves -- who feature SD 57 graduates Issy Bourque, Madison Landry, Alina Shakirova, Rebecca Landry, Emily Holmes and Jessica Nycholat -- defeated MacEwan 84-63 in front of the enthusiastic crowd! 

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No stopping us now

Girls at the secondary level have been getting the chance this school year to try a variety of new activities as part of SD 57’s After School Sport and Arts Initiative. Freerunning, or parkour, is the latest offering through the program and it literally had students climbing walls this week. Program participants – along with leaders Erica McLean and Tracey Fuller – gathered at Prince George's Olympus Freerunning on Jan. 13 and Jan. 16. Once they got a few technique and safety tips from owner Riley Banzer, they hit the course full-speed ahead. This is the first year that secondary school girls have participated in the ASSAI program, which is funded by the province. Other activities have included: makeup application; art; strength and conditioning; self-defence; snowshoeing; nutrition/healthy relationships with food; cooking; and hip-hop dance. Olympic weightlifting is also on the menu.