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Year: 1998 – Province: British Columbia

Certificate of Excellence Recipients

Richard Lonsdale

School: Pleasant Valley Secondary School

Principal: Greg Kitchen
Grades/Subjects Taught: Secondary history, social studies

Teaching Approach:

Make students responsible for their own learning by

  • setting high standards
  • establishing weekly goals
  • instilling a work ethic about learning
  • fostering development of good study habits.

Outstanding Achievements:

Created activities and events that make social studies classes the intellectual centre of the school:

  • week-long Grade 11 Mock Parliament concludes a month of school-wide activity. Students form political parties, prepare bills and do research to prepare for debate and question period.
  • European field trip is highlight of History 12 and Civilization 12. After a year of classroom preparation and fundraising, students visit museums, and cultural and historical sites, particularly world war battle sites.
  • world history brought to life. Students collected stones from WWII battle sites, built cairn on top of local Memorial Mountain named to commemorate area's 37 WWII fallen, and researched the lives of each.
  • Medieval Banquet is a night of feasting and games for English Literature 12 and Civilization 12 students.

Student demand and success evidence of teaching achievement:

  • waiting list for classes
  • students consistently achieve highest marks in provincial History 12 exam and place highest in Canadian scores
  • in 19 of 20 years, class average was above 80 percent.