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The Richmond Board of Education is pleased to announce the re-election of Ken Hamaguchi as Board chairperson. Ken has served on the Board since 2014 when he was first elected as a trustee.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue to serve as Board Chairperson in the Richmond School District. It is an exciting time as we develop our new strategic plan, move forward with the Long Range Facilities Plan and continue to implement the revised curriculum in our schools. I would like to thank my fellow trustees for their steadfast commitment to the students and families of the Richmond School District”.

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Richmond students have fun, and stay fit with three new playgrounds

Students at three Richmond elementary schools are benefiting from new playgrounds that encourage active learning and healthy lifestyles.

Made possible through the Playground Equipment Program (PEP), Blundell, Grauer and Kidd elementary schools received $90,000 investments as part of the Province’s commitment to update aging infrastructure in B.C. schools to provide safe learning environments that set children up for success.

“I’m proud that we invested in playgrounds so children in Richmond, and every corner of the province, can have access to the outdoors on safe and modern playground equipment,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “By investing in new playgrounds, we are relieving fundraising pressures on parents and also improving the learning environment for young students because physical activity is proven to help students stay mentally alert.”

Playgrounds promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles, encourage children to share, develop conflict resolution skills and overcome challenges, and help students learn more effectively in the classroom. Playing outdoors is proven to reduce anxiety in children, improve focus and enhance students’ attention spans.

“The board of education is pleased with the Province’s commitment to improving school playgrounds in the Richmond School District,” said Ken Hamaguchi, board chair, Richmond School District. “Playgrounds bring communities together and provide opportunities for outdoor play and learning. These beautiful play spaces will undoubtedly serve the Grauer, Kidd and Blundell communities for years to come. We would like to thank and commend everyone who played a role in making these playgrounds possible.”

The Playground Equipment Program was launched in 2018. Since then, government has invested $10 million to provide 101 new playgrounds to schools throughout the province for more than 25,000 children to enjoy. Every school district has now received at least one new playground. The program provides access to communities that don’t have the fundraising capacity to buy the playground equipment students need.

“We are extremely pleased to have a brand new accessible playground at Grauer Elementary,” said Dionne McFie, president, Richmond District Parent Advisory Council. “The playground is a magnificent learning environment where students use their imaginations to create experiences that build lifelong friendships. I applaud the Grauer Elementary School community, the Richmond School District, and the Province of British Columbia for their commitment to creating an inclusive space where each student has the opportunity to learn, grow and play.”

School districts in B.C. have the opportunity to apply for the funding by sending a list of priorities in their capital plan submissions in June of each year. Playgrounds are funded based on greatest need. Priority is given to schools where there is no playground, then to schools where the existing playground is aging. School districts that did not receive funding this year may receive funding next year if they re-apply.

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Statement from the Superintendent

On Thursday, November 7, an incident occurred at McRoberts Secondary School during which a student required transportation to the hospital. In normal circumstances, the parent or guardian would be notified, however in this case, due to confusion between the Richmond RCMP and school personnel, the parents were not notified. This, understandably, caused significant concern to the parents who should have been notified. An apology has been provided directly to the parents by the School District. 

As Superintendent of Schools, I have received a number of communications from concerned members of the community. While I am not able to respond to each person individually, I acknowledge and understand the concerns expressed. Circumstances relating to an individual student cannot be discussed publicly and therefore no further information regarding this matter will be released by the School District. In order to ensure that a situation like this does not occur again, the School District will be taking steps to ensure that expectations regarding communication with parents in similar circumstances are clear to all school administrators. In addition, communication protocols with the Richmond RCMP will also be reviewed in order to avoid future confusion.

Richmond RCMP are conducting the investigation regarding allegations made by the student and will be communicating directly with the family of the student when their investigation has concluded. The School District will be relying on the results of that investigation to determine what occurs in terms of follow up regarding the allegations made.  


Scott Robinson
Superintendent of Schools

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A Day of Remembrance - November 11, 2019

​Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.

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Proposed School Boundary Revisions Public Consultation

The Richmond School District's Board of Education gathered valuable information from the public during its consultation on the Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP) from February – June 2019. Subsequent to the approval of the LRFP, district staff reviewed all school catchments and identified opportunities to align boundaries, reduce the number of major road crossings, and develop options to reduce the number of split-feeder elementary schools.

The District is now beginning the next phase of facilities planning. It is important to note that families that have a child currently attending a school with a proposed school boundary revision will:

  • not be affected by the boundary revision,
  • have the choice to remain at the school in their current catchment or transfer to a school in their newly proposed catchment,
  • have the choice to enrol any siblings in their current catchment or their newly proposed catchment.

Who is affected?

As of September 2020, all new students living in an adjusted catchment area will be part of the newly formed catchment.

If you have any feedback, please respond by November 15, 2019 by providing your comments on the Let's Talk website ( or by submitting written feedback to your school. The Board of Education is committed to a robust consultation process and will:

  • Authentically engage in an inclusive and meaningful way;
  • be accountable to maintain and grow our relationships in an honest, transparent, and responsible way;
  • and listen in order to make decisions that are best for our students.

All comments will be considered prior to the Board of Education making a decision on the proposed boundary revisions on December 11, 2019.


20192月至6月期间关于长远设施规划(Long Range Facilities Plan, LRFP)的公众咨询为列治文学区的教育委员会提供了极为有价值的信息。在长远设施规划经批准之后,学区工作人员审阅了所有学校的校区分界,确认了有关校区边界划分、减少主要道路交通口数量,并发展方案用以减少多选生源小学的数量。

20191021日起,列治文学区将开始下一阶段的设施规划。如果您所在的校区分界将面临任何改动, 您所在的学校校长将会与您沟通。值得特别注意的是,如果您家中的孩子目前就读的学校将会面临校区分界改动,你的家庭将:

  • 不受校区边界改动的影响,
  • 可以选择按照目前的校区分界升学, 或按照新校区分界申请转学去新校区内的学校,
  • 可以选择按照目前的校区分界注册任何兄弟姐们入学,或按照新校区分界注册入学新的校区。


20209月起,居住在新校区分界的所有 新生 入学申请, 将按照新校区分界分配入学。

如果您有任何回馈,请于20191115日之前在Let’s Talk网站上留下您的评论,或向您的学校提交书面回馈意见,学务委员会致力于创建一个健全的咨询流程,并将:

  • 真正地以开放包容,积极有意义的方式进行意见征询;
  • 全力打造诚实、透明、负责的相互关系;
  • 倾听意见,为学生做出最佳决策。

学务委员会将在20191211日作出决议以前, 考虑所有收获的建议。

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