Mission Statement - We believe students should have the opportunity to develop their full potential as individuals and members of society. Students should
be encouraged to achieve their personal best in school, maintain a positive sense of self- worth and develop social responsibility.
About Our School - Thunderbird Elementary is a kindergarten to Grade 7 school of approximately 330 students. The school is located at 2325 Cassiar
Street in Vancouver. Originally the school was an annex of Sir Matthew Begbie Elementary, built in 1946. In 1972 a new wing was added and the school
changed to its current name and grade levels.
The Ministry of Education provides Inner City funding to our school. Currently this funding is used to help students through additional counselling,
speech/language therapy, and in-class support. As well, Thunderbird has a hot lunch program.
The school is physically joined with Thunderbird Community Centre, which provides a variety of programmes for the neighbourhood. The Community Centre
also runs pre and after-school care programs.
The Parent Advisory Committee is active and a number of parents do volunteer work at the school.
School Highlights - Thunderbird School has many programs of interest. Thunderbird staff have implemented a Social Responsibility Program. This has
brought about a number of positive changes within the school in an effort to become increasingly pro-active.
Thunderbird offers students access to and instruction in computer technology. We feature a fully equipped computer lab, computers in the library, as well
as computers in each classroom. Each computer is connected to the Internet.
Thunderbird Elementary is well known for its excellent sports program. With the cooperation of our Physical Education teacher and other staff who coach,
Thunderbird students and teams frequently contend for City Championships.
At Thunderbird School we are able to offer our students a wide range of support. With a First Nations Support Worker, Youth and Family Worker,
Neighbourhood Assistant and Area Counsellor, emotional and social issues are dealt with expediently. In the area of academic support we offer English As
A Second Language support, Early Literacy support (primary), Developing Literacy support (intermediate), and Learning Assistance support for other
academic areas in addition to that provided by the classroom teachers.
School Goals - Thunderbird has set goals which are designed to encourage growth in the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of our
students. We are presently focussing on the following programs.
Literacy Initiative: At both the primary and intermediate level we are working toward improving the achievement of all our students in the area of reading. To
accomplish this, we have established an early literacy programme designed to meet the needs of our developing readers.
We have also evaluated and redesigned our reading programme at the primary and intermediate levels in order to accommodate and challenge a broader
range of reading abilities. The Literacy Innovation Project (LIP) commenced in September 2005, as a way to bring new and innovative ideas and resources
to staff for teaching reading.
Principal - Mr. Henry Peters
Director of Instruction - Ms. Denise Johnson
Secretary - Ms. Wendy Trumpour
Parent Advisory Council contact - Mr. Iraj Khabazian
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