At Semiahmoo Trail Elementary, we promote academic excellence, mutual respect, responsibility for learning, and a sense of belonging. We pride ourselves on providing a welcoming school environment that embraces community involvement. Building leadership skills is a goal which is built into all our academic and social responsibility programming. We continually work towards creating a culture that embraces the diversity of our students and an understanding of each student’s individual story.
Sammi Yip Grade 6
It is important for us to provide support to our learners as it makes them feel safe, and cared for, and allows them to thrive, both in and out of the classroom. Empowering our students to make them feel that they have opportunities to positively impact their school and community is a focus.
Additional leadership opportunities are provided to our students through such initiatives as Basic Needs Drive, EROS Club with a Community Outreach and Social Activism focus, Restorative Action Monitors (RA's), Student Lunch Monitors, Big Buddies, Environmental Stewardship, Outdoor Education, Tech Crew and Lunch Bunch.
Our students are inclusive, welcoming, eager to learn, happy at school, inquisitive, imaginative, and energetic. In addition, our students display resiliency and perseverance and are respectful and supportive of one another. Our students learn best through play, interactive and hands-on learning activities, and inquiry projects. Our learners are eager to share their learning and mentor their peers. Our staff have also noticed that our Semiahmoo Trail students have a passion for literacy and love to read. We foster this passion with quality literature and resources that support learning in all curricular areas.
Watching our students contribute to group activities that make our classrooms, school community and natural world a better place is a source of pride for the staff. We know that learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, then land, the spirits and the ancestors. The students have a genuine desire to make their world a better place.
We are a school that is committed to explicitly teaching students the social and emotional skills they need in order to be successful in life. We do this by using an evidence-based approach that guides students to respectfully work together and self-regulate their emotions so that they can learn, make responsible decisions, and contribute to a caring community.