Barriere Secondary

School Goals
1. To improve the academic achievement of each student.
2. To foster in students a sense of school pride and social responsibility within the school and the wider community.

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    Mr. Hembling
    Grade 7 Reconfiguration Consultation
    by Paul Hembling - Friday, 16 February 2018, 4:13 PM

    Thanks to all those parents and community members who came to Barriere Secondary Thursday evening for the first of two consultation sessions regarding the proposed movement of Grade 7 students from the elementary school to the high school starting in September, 2018.

    Parents should have received an invitation from PlaceSpeak, the online feedback-gathering tool being used by the district to give parents and community members the opportunity to share their opinions and ideas and to ask questions.

    If you haven't received the email sent today (Friday, February 16) please click on the link below for an opportunity to make your voice heard:

    The platform will be open for input for a period of two weeks from today's date.  The second public consultation session will be held in the Barriere Secondary School library the evening of March 14, 2018 (everyone welcome). Thank you for sharing your views!

    Mr. Hembling
    Term 2 Recognition Assembly
    by Paul Hembling - Friday, 16 February 2018, 3:13 PM


    We have rescheduled our Term 2 recognition assembly and re-branded it as a combination "recognition/spirit assembly" to coincide with the send-off of our athletes next week as they move on to Okanagan championships.

    Our assembly will take place on Monday, February 19 at 10:00am in our school gymnasium - please feel welcome to join us in celebration of the success of our students!

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    BSS Sr. Boys - Westzone League Champions!
    by Kris Luison - Friday, 16 February 2018, 12:21 PM

    Sr. Boys Basketball Team

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    Yearbook Photos
    by Kris Luison - Friday, 15 December 2017, 2:17 PM

    If you are wanting to upload photos for the Barriere Secondary 2017/2018 yearbook, you can do so at

    It's simple - all you need is an email and phone number.

    Mr. Hembling
    Facilities Report - Letter from Superintendent of Schools
    by Paul Hembling - Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 11:06 AM


    Please see below the text of the letter from Superintendent Alison Sidow regarding proposed school configuration changes.  The full letter is attached to this post as a PDF document.


    December 12, 2017

    Dear parents,

    Re: Option to move Grade 7 students to secondary schools

    I wanted to take this opportunity to inform you about an option that was approved for consideration by our Board of Education at Monday’s public board meeting.

    As part of the Long-Range Facilities Plan, District staff proposed the option of moving Grade 7 students from elementary schools to secondary schools in the communities of Chase, Barriere and Clearwater. The option is designed to improve the educational experience of our Grade 7 students by providing them access to programs and courses they do not have the chance to explore in our elementary schools.

    The Board approved the concept and agreed to consult parents in the communities to see if this is an idea they would support. At this stage, this is only a concept. Final decisions have not been made. The Board will wait until after community consultation takes place before making a final decision.

    We are planning consultation meetings and options to solicit your thoughts and opinions. We will provide more details about these events and options once they become available but we expect District staff and trustees will visit our community in January to further discuss the concept. 

    District staff proposed the idea largely for two reasons. First, it provides students access to courses such as shops, other specialty areas and counselling. These courses are only available at the secondary school level, however, earlier access to these programs could prove beneficial to many of our students. Second, moving Grade 7 students to the secondary schools will improve the balance in student populations. Rural schools do not suffer the same space crunch as some schools in our district but efficient use of space is always an important consideration. Moving a small number of students to the secondary school will allow us to consider how we can best use our space to benefit our Kindergarten to Grade 6 students.

    Again, this is only an option. We look forward to having a conversation with you about the idea to learn your thoughts, and see if this is something you would be prepared to support. We will be in touch soon regarding next steps.

    Regards, Alison Sidow, Superintendent, School District No. 73 (Kamloops-Thompson)