GRAD 2018

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GRAD is 4 months away!!!!!

Any grade 12 who is participating in the grad ceremony who is interested in singing either O’Canada or a Song part way through the ceremony must email Ms. Lemieux at: by March 8th.


Initial deadline to purchase banquet/dance tickets will be February 23th. After February 23th any tickets remaining will be sold on a first come first service basis (come in person with cash!) Please do not procrastinate. The banquet has sold out every year since the banquet was moved to Swan-E-Set.

Your son/daughter has been given the order forms for all the Grad 2018 events (EVEN IF YOU PAY ON THE PORTAL YOU MUST BRING IN THE FOLLOWING FORMS BEFORE YOU WILL BE GIVEN YOUR TICKETS): Banquet, Ceremony, Dry Grad.  If you need to print off the forms at home click on the links below:

Banquet/Dance: $75 per ticket (4 max to start). More tickets may come available on a 1st come 1st serve basis. Buy early as we sell out every year. The venue is Swan-E-Set Resort and Country Club. June 8th – 5 p.m. to take pictures and find seating.

Banquet Tickets order form 2018

Ceremony: $10 per ticket (no limit) – Thursday, June 21 – 7 p.m. at The Hard Rock Theatre in Coquitlam.

Ceremony Tickets order form 2018

Dry Grad: $75 per ticket. Students can bring a guest for $25 (Guests can only win the casino prizes). June 8th – 11:30 p.m.

Dry Grad Ticket order form 2018

 Grad write ups are due before the end of January. You must access this link at school due to privacy reasons.  It will not work from home.  Go to the school website, click student resources and then click the link under grad information. 72 words or less and remember appropriate wording and no quotes only please.


District Scholarship Packages are due at 8:30 AM on Wednesday, Feb. 28th.  No Late Submissions will be accepted!!!

All Scholarship Information Presentations have already been completed.  If you missed the presentations please look at the power point presentation found under the scholarship tab under Career/Counselling Tab under Students on the GSS website for assistance/details about completing a scholarship package.

SD Financial Awards Scholarship Booklet: 

Scholarship Book 2017_2018

Scholarship Powerpoint Presentation: GSS scholarship presentation

Appendix B: Appendix B

Appendix C: Appendix C

Appendix D: Appendix D

Appendix E: Appendix E

Appendix F: Appendix F

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards sponsored by organizations and individuals within the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District No. 42 exclusively for students in District No. 42. To be eligible the student must have taken at least one course in their graduating year with School District 42.   NOTE: Students will have two (2) years from the date of issue to redeem an award, unless otherwise stated.

1. Graduating students may apply for one or more of these awards, providing they meet the qualifications set forth by the organization granting the award.  Please check the qualifying details for each award. Please note: – A student must be a Canadian Citizen or a permanent resident (landed immigrant) in order to be eligible for School District Scholarships, Bursaries or Prizes. – A student must have a Social Insurance Number. 2. Applications are to be made on School District No. 42 Scholarship / Bursary application form unless otherwise noted. See Appendices A to J.
3. Applicants must complete one application package for each award applied for.  If the applicant is applying for 6 awards, then 6 application packages must be completed unless otherwise noted.
4.  The personal statement of application (one and one-half page maximum, 1.5 spaced) should contain the following: a)  if the award requires special qualifications, state clearly how you qualify. b)  a short statement of your goals in pursuing post-secondary education and proposed program. c)  a brief outline of your interests, hobbies, and activities in the school and in the community. d) employment and/or volunteer activities (past two years). e)  information concerning prizes, scholarships, or awards already won (if any) and in what field.
5.  To receive bursary or scholarship monies, students will be required to provide a Social Insurance Number.
6. For applicable awards (see award criteria), no financial payment will be made until student’s proof of payment of tuition is received by the paying/awarding agency.
7. Students who apply to multi-organizations should be cautioned that some organizations do not allow students to win more than one scholarship or bursary.  Please check with the organizations, especially ones not represented in the booklet.
8. Each school will identify their own deadline for applications to be submitted to their school representative(s).
9. All applications must be submitted by the school to the District Education Office.  The District Office will not accept ANY applications hand delivered by the student or other persons


*** New Twitter account for the GSS Career Centre*** : 


DVR – if you missed the opportunity to meet with Ms. Lemieux to get your transcripts sent to the post secondary institutions that you have applied to, please see Ms. Lemieux ASAP!

Dry Grad Parent Committee Information

Dry Grad Parent meeting – Next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 27th at 7pm in the Cafe:

The fundraising for Dry Grad is in full force: Please read the following to find out what events are happening:

“Support Garibaldi Dry Grad and our local business community at the same time!  The “Love that Deal” premium coupon card is a nifty credit card sized fold-able card with eighty (yes, 80!) special deals which can be redeemed in our local Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows communities.  There are 28, no purchase necessary, absolutely FREE deals including admission to the Leisure Centre, Spa, Gold, Pizza, Coffee, Appetizers, Pet Care, Car Care, Hair Care and much much more.  All offers are good until December 31, 2018!  For a mere $20 per card you get to support our Garibaldi Grads AND benefit from all the great deals at the same time!                                                                                     Coupon cards are available for sale at the school office or email us at   THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR 2018 GARIBALDI GRADS!”

Flower basket and bedding plants fundraiser order form. Please fill out and bring in with your money to the main office. Thanks for your support.

Flower order form

  If you are a parent of a grade 12  student:  DRY GRAD NEEDS YOUR HELP! Please read the Portal message to decide where you can help out and email Ms. Lemieux at

There are 3 events that occur for Grad:

  1. Banquet – Organized and Supervised by Garibaldi Staff
  2. Ceremony – Organized and Supervised by Garibaldi Staff
  3. DRY GRAD – PARENT organized and supervised 100%

The dry grad committee of about 5, overwhelmed, dedicated parents are in desperate need of your help in the following areas: (You can also send any questions to Shelley at

Paint Night – 2 parents to organize and sell snacks at the paint night in the GSS cafeteria on April 19th from 6:45-9:30pm.

Neufeld food order – 2 parents to organize and oversee – pick up is Thursday, May 3rd 5pm-7pm

Hanging basket and bedding plant order – 4 parents to organize on the day of pick up – May 3rd 4-7pm

Car wash – May 12th (Saturday) 9AM to 3PM –We need about 4 parents to organize and supervise students as some students have never washed a car before.  We usually have about 15-20 student volunteers and they have a great time but need some parents for support.  We would hate to cancel this fundraiser as it typically makes between 1000-1500 dollars.

Decorating Committee for Dry Grad – We also need a small group of parents to take on the decorating of the school for the evening which can be as big as you have the energy for.

Finally…..The Big Event – DRY GRAD –  on Friday, June 8th from 11:30pm – 5:30 AM – For this event to be a success we need 20-25 parents/guardians to stay overnight and supervise the activities – gym activities/mock casino/food court/music, etc.  (The administration and Ms. Lemieux will also be attendance for the entire event to support in any way we can.)

If you can help out in any way please email Pauline Lemieux at  We really need your assistance for this event to be a success.


Second Report Card:  The Grad list will be updated after the second report card. All grade 12’s wanting to participate in the grad ceremony on June 21st must be in a position to graduate. This means passing all courses that are needed to fulfill the ministry of education graduation requirements.


University Self-Reporting:

Have you applied to SFU? The self-reporting grades portal is now open. Scholarship applicants must self-report their grades by February 15, Beedie School of Business applicants by February 28, and all other applicants by April 30. Students may self-report interim grades for online/distance courses, however, these courses must be 100% complete by April 30. Students who have already applied may still change their program choice online on or before April 30, except to the Beedie School of Business. Please keep in mind that the application deadline for all programs is February 28.

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Grad Transitions: Please Mr. Rowell

upcoming events

February 24: Capilano University’s School of Motion Picture Arts is holding an Open House Event for Film and Animation on Saturday February 24th, 2018 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  More information can be found at:—Animation-Open-House/

February 24: Soldier For A Day: Interested in a little challenge & fun, the Army Reserve is hosting a Soldier for a Day program – February 24 in Vancouver. An introduction to the role of the Canadian Armed Forces both here in Canada & around the world. Gain 6.5 hrs of work experience. Visit the Career Centre.

February 24: KPU Surrey Open House from 11:00am – 3:00pm. Enjoy: Interactive exhibits & information sessions, connect with instructors, students, and alumni, explore their campus during student led tours, enjoy live music & entertainment and LOTS of prizes to be won, including 3 x $500 tuition waivers!*To register, please visit:

February 24: Greenbricks: Green Collar Futures for students in grades 10 – 12. Chose interactive breakout sessions and explore careers in. the “green economy”. Lunch and prizes free. The date is February 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hilton Metrotown. Registration is limited so register early at

February 28: Vancouver Community College is hosting an open house for students interested in the trades. This event is called Try-A-Trade and is for students in grades 9 to 12. The date is February 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Space is limited. Register now at

February 28: University of the Fraser Valley is hosting a Trades Open House at their Trades & Technology Centre in Chilliwack. For more information please visit:

February 28: BCIT Big Info Night: Join them for the BCIT Big Info Night on Wednesday, February 28. Meet faculty, students, and grads who will help you learn about over 300 programs to make your career a big deal. Check out cool interactive tech demos at the Welcome Showcase. Free parking is available during the event. Register today for a chance to win 1 of 3 prizes of $1,000 in tuition. For more information, please visit:

March 1: Explore Capilano Info Night is on Thursday March 1st, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  Attached is a copy of the event poster in PDF Format for you to inform your Grade 11 and 12 students and their parents.   Your students can also watch for an opportunity to RSVP for the event at:

March 3: UBC Engineering for Girls in Grade 8. The instructors bring 1 to 1.5 hour workshops straight to the classroom with interactive demonstrations, activities and take home projects. Email to register.

March 8: JIBC Law Enforcement Information Session: Curious about what it takes to be a Law Enforcement Officer. Attend this info session to have all of your questions answered. This takes place at the JIBC New West campus and runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to register for this free event please go to:

March 10 & 11: The Sky’s No Limit: Girls Fly Too: Free flights are available for females of all ages. This event takes place at Abbotsford Airport on March 10th and 11th from 9:00 to 5:30 p.m.  Join them for a variety of hands on displays and fun activities. This event hopes to encourage and inspire girls in the fields of Aviation, Aerospace, Marine and Defense and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) based fields.  For more information please visit To book your free flight please visit:

Spring Break – Search and Rescue Academy: Are you interested in pursuing an adventurous future in search and rescue – love the outdoors or simply want to hone their survival skills? You wont want to miss this opportunity! Upon successful graduation, students will receive a Ground Search and Rescue Technician certificate from JIBC and earn six high school credits as well as a St. Johns Ambulance First Aid certificate. This program is open to all students in B.C. 16 years and up. Space is limited and fill up quickly. To register or for more information please visit:

Spring  Break: Emily Carr University is putting on many teen programs throughout the year. . There is a new spring break two day workshop in Soft Sculpture/Felting  on March 17 and 18 and also Life Drawing on March 24 and 25. The Junior Art Intensive in the summer is a two week exploration of 2D and 3D art making for youth ages 13 to 15. In the summer there is also the Summer Institute for Teens from July 3 to 17. This is a rigorous 4 week studio based program that prepares high school for a post secondary education at an art & design university. More information can be found at:

The JIBC (Justice Institute of B.C.) is hosting an Open House to celebrate their 30thAnniversary. Visit the Career Fair, Speak with recruiters from various public safety fields and watch presentations on law enforcement, paramedicine, firefighting, conflict resolution, leadership and more. Registration deadline is February 23. This event takes place on May 23rd. For more information please visit:–eoq2b-5kpemm51

NAV Summer Camp for Grade 10 Girls presents “Explore Aviation Summer Camp”. Practice air traffic control and flight service sessions in real world training simulators, fly drones, Interact with guest speakers and take day trips. For more information please visit:

Douglas College Information Sessions ongoing for all Programs

Langara College Information Sessions ongoing for all Programs:

UNBC (University of Northern B.C.): Student for a Day is a day to spend at the campus, sit in some classes, receive a personal tour, visit residence, chat with a recruitment officer, and enjoy lunch free. Some travel cost will be reimbursed up to $500 for students in B.C. For more information please visit:

Information on applying at:
KPU: to Apply
Douglas College:
Langara College:
Capilano University:
Emily Carr University:




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