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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    January Newsletter
    by Kris Luison - Thursday, 11 January 2018, 4:17 PM

    Please find attached our January newsletter for your information and enjoyment.

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    Music Video featuring Barriere Secondary students
    by Paul Hembling - Wednesday, 20 December 2017, 9:18 AM

    Several of our students were recently involved in a project coordinated by Simpcw First Nation (produced by N'we Jinan) in which they collaboratively wrote and produced an original song.  Below, please find the link to the video featuring several of our students from Barriere Secondary, as well as from Neqweyqwelsten School and Brock Middle School.

    We are very proud of our students for their talent, their commitment of time and energy and the hard work needed to create and perform the song for this music video.  Congratulations to each of them for this accomplishment - what an inspiring song and performance!

    Please click below the YouTube link to their song, “Only Be Us”.  It is also available on iTunes (that link can be found within the youtube video).


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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.

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    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)

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    New Planning 10 Instructional Video
    by Kris Luison - Thursday, 12 January 2017, 4:52 PM

    Planning 10 Students

    Please check out Mr. Lowe's new Planning 10 Step by Step Instructional video
    linked to this webpage under 'Planning 10'.