DAWSON CREEK – It’s an exciting time for parents and students as about 3,500 South Peace students head back to school tomorrow.

The world is changing and parents expect their children to learn the skills they need to succeed. As we phase in a new curriculum over the next three years, the B.C. government is taking steps to make sure students learn the basics while they develop complex skills like critical thinking and communications needed for college, university and the workforce.

With five years of labour peace in schools, B.C. government is focusing on what matters most: helping every K-12 student learn and succeed.

Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested more than $3 million in the Peace River South School District for the replacement of Pouce Coupe Elementary. In addition, the B.C. government invested $30,000 for additional space for full-day Kindergarten.

“We want our students to thrive in our changing world,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said. “To ensure our students succeed, we’re working with parents and educators so that our students have the wide range of skills they need for college, university and in the work place.”

Planning resources for parents:

  • New this year: curriculum for kindergarten to Grade 9 is being phased in to make sure B.C. students are ready to succeed in a rapidly changing world. curriculum.gov.bc.ca/
  • BC Training and Education Savings Grant: A one-time $1,200 grant is being made available this fall to help parents plan and save for their child’s education after high school. bc.ca/BCTESG
  • Revised provincial scholarship program: Is there a scholar in your family or in your future? The revised scholarship program recognizes great students in the classroom, on the field, on the stage and in the community. gov.bc.ca/awards
  • Learn about your local schools: What makes the schools in your community unique and which ones best match your child’s interests? gov.bc.ca
  • Erase Bullying: Did you know almost 40 per cent of students report that someone has said or done something mean or cruel to them online? Help kids earn respect and a safe education. erasebullying.ca/
  • Get involved: Find out how you can get involved and have a voice in your child’s education. The BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils is made up of parents, elected by parents. bccpac.bc.ca/
  • Seismic Mitigation Program: Get the latest updates and information about the B.C. government’s seismic upgrading program here: http://ow.ly/PKPs5