The Mariner's G.P.S.

Your Monthly Grade 12 Newsletter (2014 January 17)

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Welcome Back!!!

The next six months will fly by so be aware of important dates coming up: (WARNING: this list is not thorough)

January 2014:

17: GPS meeting - in Career Centre

24: Last day of classes for semester one

27: English 12 Provincial Exam - 8.30 AM

28: Communications 12 Provincial Exam - 8.30 AM

28: Francais Langue 12 Provincial Exam - 12.30 PM

31: UBC Entrance Award deadline - must be received by UBC by 4.00 PM

31: Semester Two begins

February 2014:

1: Distributed learning/online courses must be completed if applying to UBC

7: GPS Meeting (was originally scheduled for the 14th) - Career Centre

7: UVIC representative available for consultation in AM - Career Centre

10: Family Day - school NOT in session

13: Interim report cards issued

21: Professional Day - school NOT in session

28: Deadline for several university admissions

28: SFU Major Entrance Scholarship deadline

March 2014:

7: Applications for EMS Scholarships and Dogwood District Scholarships available

12: Parent-Teacher conferences

14: GPS Meeting - Career Centre

14: Distributed learning/online courses must be at least 50% complete to be considered for universities/colleges admission (suggested deadline)

15 - 30: Spring Break - school NOT in session

April 2014:

9: Deadline for submission of Dogwood District Scholarship Applications - 4:00 PM

11: GPS Meeting - Career Centre

16: Deadline for submission of EMS Scholarship Applications - 4:00 PM

18: Good Friday - school NOT in session

21: Easter Monday - school NOT in session

30: Mid-term report cards issued

May 2014:

2nd: Professional Day - school NOT in session

19th: Victoria Day - school NOT in session

21st: EMS Grad Commencement Ceremonies - Chandos Pattison Pavillion

26th: Professional Day - school NOT in session

27th - 30th: Scholarship Winners meetings (TBD)

June 2014:

21st: Grad Banquet

24th: Athletic Awards

25th: Academic Awards

26th: Report card pick-up - 11.00 AM - 12.00 PM

27th: Last day of school

Langara College Fine Arts Open House

Tuesday, Jan. 28th, 7-8pm

100 West 49th Avenue

Vancouver, BC

Langara’s Fine Arts department, would love to invite your Fine Art students to
our Open House event.
Milos will introduce the program and give a studio tour where students can see work in progress and meet some instructors.

If students plan to attend, can you ask them to RSVP our Chair - Milos at: by Tuesday the 21st.

Upcoming Events at Trinity Western University

There's lots of activity happening on our campus, including these upcoming opportunities for interested students to find out more about Trinity Western first-hand...

Program Info Nights (6:30-8:30pm):
Education: Monday, January 20
Business: Wednesday, January 22
Human Kinetics: Thursday, January 23
Natural and Applied Sciences: Thursday, January 23
> Register for free at:

Our always popular Preview Weekends:
February 14-15 and March 21-22
> Register for free at:

Info nights and Preview Weekends are a great way to discover TWU and potential career paths. Meet faculty and current students, and discover unique opportunities within our programs.

UBC Updates

1) Self-reporting of grades will begin on March 3, 2014. This is the grade information that will be used along with personal profiles to make admission decisions throughout March and April. MES decisions will be announced at the end of April.

2) Changes to the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing:

The courses required for admission to the Nursing program on UBC's Okanagan campus will soon be changing. Students looking to begin in the program in September 2015 will need to complete Biology 11 andChemistry 12 in addition to the existing course requirements. As a result, starting in 2015, BC high school applicants to the Nursing Program will need:

  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples;
  • Biology 12;
  • Chemistry 12; and
  • One other approved grade 12 course

* Completion of Biology 11, Chemistry 11, and one of Principles of Mathematis 11, Pre-calculus 11, or Foundations of Mathematics 12 will also be required.

3) UBC Summer Scholars Program at UBC Okanagan - July 13 - 26, 2014

focuses on environmental sciences and sustainability. For more information on the academic program offered, costs, eligibility requirements, please go to:

SFU information

1) Self-reporting

What do I report? Final marks for grade 11 courses and interim or final marks for grade 12 courses. If you have a grade of TS (Transfer Standing), enter a grade of 50% for that course.

Why report? To receive an offer of admission before mid-May.

When should I report? If you are studying on a semester system you should report marks as soon as you have some midterm marks for your second semester - usually around mid-March.

Where do I report? Log in to your Student Information System using your student number as your Computing ID. If you have difficulties logging in please contact Registrar & Information Services at 778.782.6930.

2) Next steps in the admission process - can be found on

3) List of approved courses that can be used for admission into the School of Contemporary Arts -

KPU Open House Event

Saturday, March 1st, 11am-3pm

12666 72 Ave

Surrey, BC

Kwantlen Polytechnic University will showcase and celebrate the University’s people, programs across all four campuses, the wealth of student services available and our vibrant campus in Surrey.

The KPU Open House is an annual event that creates an excellent opportunity for us to connect with the local community and support new student recruitment. There will be live entertainment, interactive exhibits and displays, engaging presentations, prize giveaways (including free tuition awards) and more!

Last year’s Open House was a great success with nearly 1,000 guests including students, parents, counsellors, KPU community members (students, faculty, staff and alumni), families, community partners, media, business leaders and members of the general public. We look forward to building on that success this year!

For more event information, including registration, visit:

BCIT Radio Arts & Entertainment Program

BCIT is currently accepting applications for September 2014. If you are interested in a career in media, pls pick up a program sheet explaining the program details before you leave today's meeting and a link to the webpage is provided:

Lattitude Global Volunteering

Lattitude Global Volunteering is an international non-profit organization (formerly known as GAP) that focuses on youth development through international volunteering. We were founded in 1972 in the UK, and now with over 40 years experience sending young volunteers (aged 17 - 24) overseas.

Lattitude provides a fabulous opportunity for youth development and is a great fit for many students who either want to take a GAP year before continuing their studies or who don't know what to do next in their lives and who are interested in travelling and gaining a new perspective on life. Post secondary students have the opportunity to travel to 15 different countries from Canada and can participate in volunteer placements ranging from 3.5 - 11 months in length. Placements are in both developing and developed countries and the majority of developed countries offer an honorarium of approximately $100/week. The developing nations offer a 'richer' cultural experience.

In 2012, we sent the 40,000th volunteer on one of our fully supported programs. For many, this was their first solo trip overseas and most went to places that they did not know. These young travellers worked in schools, care homes, hospitals and outdoor education camps. They returned home with stories of their adventures, new friendships, newly-developed skills, life-changing experiences and most importantly, a better understanding of themselves.

Our mission is to develop 'global citizens' by immersing young people in challenging, structured volunteer experiences in different countries and cultures to inspire change, growth and maturity.

Alternative Post-Secondary Education Alternative

With the rise of the internet, online education is developing into a fundamental part of the higher education system. There is a growing trend of top colleges and universities now incorporating online options into their curriculum. Considering that it has become more common for students to use their higher education years to travel and even move to different parts of the globe to gain real world experience in conjunction with their college education; online options are becoming increasingly advantageous. Unfortunately, in the past when students try to research these opportunities, information is fragmented and not easily accessible. With this in mind, over the past couple of years my team and I have worked to research, catalogue, and publish a database of every online program offered by an accredited college starting with the United States. Our database is a thorough list of institutions and degree programs, with in-depth information including the specific accreditations of each institution.

The resource is available to anyone, it does not involve any cost, and will be updated yearly. The resource can be found on:

Here are some specific pages on our site that might be of greatest interest to your students.


1) TRIUMF HIGH SCHOOL FELLOWSHIP - for students who want to pursue a career in science, particularly physics.

TRIUMF is Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and is located on the UBC campus The TRIUMF High School Fellowship offers an opportunity for BC high school graduates who have a passionate interest in science to experience a real-life research environment at TRIUMF.

The fellowship includes:

  • a six-week summer work term at TRIUMF, typically in July and early August;
  • a $3,000 award that is disbursed upon completion of the work term, submission of a brief written report or presentation to TRIUMF on their research experience and entrance into an eligible post-secondary degree program;
  • (may) include active research with one of the many research teams and may involve physics, chemistry, computer science, or engineering.


  • must be entering the first year within the sciences, engineering or mathematics at a recognized post-secondary institution;
  • must have completed both Physics 11 and 12 (or Physics B AP) upon graduation; and Chemistry is also recommended;
  • must be nominated by their school and require a minimum of three personal references.

To be considered for nomination, please submit a one page essay on why you think you should be nominated by the school for this scholarship including what you intend to study and at which post-secondary institution. This must be submitted to Mr. Webster or Ms. Domingo in the Counselling office by Friday, January 31st at 4.00 PM.

More information can be found on the TRIUMF website:

Deadline for receipt of application at TRIUMF is Friday, February 28, 2014.

2) Ministry of Education’s Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship

The Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship (PTES) is a $5,000 annual scholarship that recognizes exceptional Grade 12 students planning to enter the field of teaching. The PTES will be awarded to 20 graduating students intending to enter a BC faculty of education program. Scholarship winners will be awarded a $5,000 voucher to redeem upon entrance to one of BC’s faculty of education programs.

Applications for this scholarship will be accepted this year up to March 31, 2014. Application materials for students can be accessed at:

3) SFU Major Entrance Scholarship

Applying to a Major Entrance Scholarship? You must self-report your grades by February 28. If you do not have an interim mark for a grade 12 course by that date you may self-report your final grade 11 mark in place of the grade 12 mark.

All Major Entrance Scholarship applicants must also send in an official-interim (paper) transcript by February 28. More information can be found at Applications are due February 28.

4) UBC Entrance Award

If you are graduating this year and interested in attending UBC - Vancouver or Okanagan campus, but may not be able to attend without significant financial assistance, UBC is offering financial support with the UBC Entrance Award.

Applications are campus specific and are available online at If you are interested in applying, please go to the website or see your counsellor for more information but do it soon. It needs to be in UBC's hands by January 31st by 4.00 pm.

5) Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism.

Do you know someone who has made exceptional contributions to multiculturalism or integrating newcomers to Canada? Nominate them today!

Each year, the Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism recognizes an individual or group for either Outstanding or Lifetime Achievement in these areas. The award includes a $20,000 grant to be directed to an eligible, registered, not-for-profit Canadian organization or association of the recipient's choice.

Nominations will be accepted untilMarch 1, 2014.

To learn more or nominate someone, please visit:

Help spread the word! Watch the Paul Yuzyk Award video and share it with your friends and networks.


Friday, Feb. 7th, 12pm

Earl Marriott Secondary Career Centre

See you then!

Every Bazinga from The Big Bang Theory (seasons 1 to 4)