24789 Dewdney Trunk Rd.

Maple Ridge, British Columbia

Canada, V4R 1X2

Ph: 604-463-6287 | Fax: 604-463-0896

Twitter: @GaribaldiRebels


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Welcome to the 2014 – 2015 school year at Garibaldi, we hope you have enjoyed the summer and are looking forward to this new school year as much as we are!


Firstly, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Darren Rowell and I am the new Principal of Garibaldi Secondary School. I have been a teacher and administrator in SD42 for 19 years and have always heard great things about the staff and students at GSS. Replacing Mrs. Brown as Vice Principal is Mr. Tom Levesque, who comes to GSS from PMSS. I would like to pass on best wishes to Mr. Frend and Mrs. Brown as they move to their new schools. Both Mr. Frend and Mrs. Brown have done great work creating a positive school culture at GSS.


Mr. Levesque and I look forward to getting to know students, staff and parents and carrying on the great work that is being done at Garibaldi.


I know that everyone is concerned with the current labour situation and would like information as to when the upcoming school year will start. Unfortunately, I have no definitive new information regarding this. While I am relieved to see that a mediator is monitoring the current negotiations, I still understand that these are very complicated talks and the situation can change rapidly. As soon as any new information is available, it will be posted on the school district website at www.sd42.ca. Alternatively, news outlets will also carry the information when it is made public.


In place of newsletters, we will continue this year with weekly information conveyed to parents through email. Please ensure your email address(es) are up-to-date with our office. We are only able to accept information on parent email accounts via the parent; we are unable to accept this information from students.


Parents may also stay up-to-date with our “gazette”, posted daily on our webpage at http://gss.sd42.ca. It is recommended students stay up-to-date with information in the gazette, as this is where all information is posted for student opportunities, important dates, clubs, sports, volunteer / work experience opportunities, bursaries / scholarships, and a wealth of other information.


Parents are requested to notify our office if their student will be absent or late. This may be done by emailing gssreception@sd42.ca or by leaving a message at 604 463 6287, mailbox #1.


While course fees are no longer charged, there are still applicable fees payable for all students. It is recommended this be done through the Parent Portal, which can be accessed from School District #42’s webpage at http://www.sd42.ca. Fees remain unchanged from last year:


  • Lock purchase (2 recommended – one for gym locker)  $7.00 each
  • Student fee $24.00
  • Grade 8 students only require a planner, $7.00
  • Yearbook (optional) $50.00
  • Through the year, other fees are possible if students wish to upgrade a project


Supplies for each course will be outlined by subject teachers. All students require binders, paper, pens, pencils and gym strip for the first week of school.

Student timetables will be distributed on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 2nd, when students are scheduled to attend their advisory class at 9:30 am. Following Advisory, we will have a school wide assembly, with dismissal at 11:00. Lists will be posted on the windows at the main entrance on Friday, August 29th, confirming which Advisory class every student is scheduled in.

Students will visit all 8 of their classes on Wednesday, September 3rd. Classes will be shortened to allow students to attend all eight blocks, but daily start and end times will be the same as the normal bell schedule, with the warning bell at 8:25 am and dismissal at 2:40 pm. We will resume our regular block rotation / bell schedule on Thursday September 4th. All students will be issued their textbooks during the first week of school.

Once student fees have been paid, and previous invoices resolved, students may claim a locker according to the following schedule:

Grade 12                   Thursday, August 28th             10:00 am      -     12:00 pm

Grade 11                   Thursday, August 28th               1:00 pm      -       3:00 pm

Grade 10                   Friday, August 29th                  10:00 am      -     12:00 pm

Grade 9                     Friday, August 29th                    1:00 pm      -       3:00 pm


Lockers will be distributed, on confirmation of fee payment, on a first come / first served basis during the student’s assigned time slot. Students will NOT receive a locker until their 2014 – 2015 fees are paid, and all previous invoices are resolved. YOU MAY ONLY GET YOUR LOCKER DURING YOUR ASSIGNED GRADE TIME SLOT. After locker distribution week, lockers will only be available during specific times posted in the office. During these posted times, once the above conditions have been confirmed, administration will assign a locker – we will be unable to accommodate specific requests at that time.

Grade 8 students will receive their locker during the first week of school.

GSS will continue with our collaboration blocks again this year. On collaboration block days, our students are welcome to be in the school working on projects, assignments, etc., but formal classes will not start until 9:40 am. Our collaboration block dates for this school year will be:  October 3, 2014, November 21, 2014, December 12, 2014, January 16, 2015, February 6, 2015, April 17, 2015 and May 15, 2015.


A new 2014 – 2015 parking pass must be displayed in all student vehicles parked on school property. Students in grade 12 who drive to school, and wish to park on school property, will be required to register their vehicles in the office and sign a new parking agreement in order to purchase one of these new parking passes for $5.00. There are 40 passes available and will be offered to grade 12 students only. Unfortunately we do not have enough parking spaces on our property to satisfy all requests, so those students without a pass, will have to park off of school property. Grade 12’s who hope to obtain a parking pass may get one from the office beginning Thursday, August 28 at 9:45 am. Parking passes may be returned at the end of the school year and the $5.00 fee will be reimbursed.

If your student will require riding the school bus to / from school, please note the registration date for this has been extended until August 22nd. Please see SD 42’s webpage http://www.sd42.ca for registration and payment information.

Cafeteria service will not be available during the first week of school.


I am very excited about the future of our school and the opportunities that await our students. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at the school.


Darren Rowell


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