Carnarvon School opened in September 1966; it was known as Trafalgar Annex from 1955-66. In 1974, the Vancouver School Board approved Carnarvon's application to become one of six original comprehensive community schools with provisions for a coordinator and secretary. The Programs Office offers a variety of programs and services that reflect the needs of the community and student population. A separate building for our daycare and pre-school programs was added in 1998 and the large adventure playground was rebuilt at that time.
Carnarvon is a one-level building that is wheelchair accessble and home to approximately 375 students. About 10% of our students are acquiring English as their second language. The library, computer lab and all classrooms have access to the Internet.
Our staff values the uniqueness of each child and encourages the development of positive self-concept, social responsibility and competency in the basic skills. We stress safety, respect and accountability.
Prince of Wales opened for classes in September 1930 at its original site, which is now Shaughnessy Elementary School. It has been at its current location since 1960.
Prince of Wales is well known for its yearbook, published by Herff Jones of Indiana. It has been consistently ranked by the Canadian Yearbook Review as one of the top-scoring books in Canada for the past 4 years. It has also received similar accolades from the American Scholastic Press Association, receiving 960 points out of a possible 1000 for 2006's Rhapsody.
Trafalgar School was officially opened in 1947. The one and two-storey building is situated adjacent to Trafalgar Park, providing students with unlimited playing space on tree-lined, grassy fields. The Trafalgar Tile Wall, a mural created in 1997 by the school's students, staff and families, traces the history of our first fifty-plus years.
Students at Trafalgar are predominantly from the area west of Arbutus, north of West King Edward, south of West 16th Avenue and east of MacDonald. Students in the French Immersion program come from as far west as Dunbar Street.
Approximately 25% of the students at Trafalgar receive English as a Second Language support. Most of these students are from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Korea.
Trafalgar parents have high expectations for their children. They work cooperatively with staff to enhance the school's offerings. School functions are well attended and many parents volunteer in daily activities and special school programs.
Trafalgar is a dual-track Kindergarten to Grade Seven school, enrolling 466 students. Over fifty percent (50%) of the students are in the French Immersion and the remainder of the students are in the English program. In the French Immersion program the primary program is taught completely in French; Grades Four to Seven are taught sixty percent (60%) in French and forty percent (40%) in English. The elementary French Immersion program is continued at the secondary level all the way through Grade 12. Becase of where they live, most elementary French Immersion students at Trafalgar continue their French studies at Kitsilano Secondary School. English program students generally move on to Prince of Wales Secondary.
Students are given numerous opportunities to develop leadership skills through their participation in our school office, library, physical education, and traffic safety monitor programs. There is an active CARE team which is self-elected yearly. They plan school spirit types of activities. Older classes are paired with younger classes for a number of activities throughout the year.
Extra-curricular sports teams are open to all students at the appropriate grade levels. These staff-sponsored teams include cross-country running, volleyball, basketball, track and field and skiing. The emphasis for our students is on participation, individual skill improvement and teamwork.
In 1929 the Municipality of Point Grey completed the Main Building as a junior high school to address the growing demand "for at least three years of compulsory education...to discover the bent and capacity of every boy and girl" before going to work, a high school of commence or technical studies, or a senior high school. Much, of course, has changed since those days while a great deal remains the same.
In 1962 a very significant change occurred at Point Grey - the school was designated a comprehensive secondary school from grade 8 to 12 as it is today. Although the school offered a full range of course then, its focus was essentially academic. Today eighty-five per cent of Point Grey's grade 12's continue on with form of post-secondary education - many going to university.
Point Grey's architectural design is one feature that sets it apart from other Vancouver schools. The " Collegiate Gothic " main building and the expansive grounds cost the taxpayers the extravagant sum of almost one half million dollars in 1928. The price of the 9.2 acres of land alone today is hard to estimate, but it would be a considerable amount of money. Since the completion of the original building, there have been numerous renovations and additions; however, the unique style of the main building remains. The attractive auditorium, the decorative lighting and ornamental beams in the Main Hall, and the exterior facade with the turrets and shields are unchanged since the school opened.
When the Science and Technical Wings were added with a new gymnasium in the mid sixties, Point Grey became one of the City's best equipped older schools. The completion of the all-weather track and oval with its underground sprinkler system further enhanced the facilities. In September of 1979, Point Grey added the academically enriched Mini School Program drawing some of the most promising students from within and outside of the school's boundaries. The well-maintained grounds, arboretum, and architectural design make Point Grey one of Vancouver's most attractive schools.
While most students who attend the school live within the Kerrisdale, Shaughnessy, Southlands, Musqueam and Dunbar areas, many students are attracted to the school from all over the city. Point Grey has the expectations for achievement. The " Greyhound " is the school team name. It represents the front runner. Point Grey students have excelled in scholarship, service and athletics in the sixty year history. It is this feature which maintains the school's fine reputation.