Bring Spare Blocks Back to NWSS

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The obligation to take a full course load for grade 12’s is being made effective for the 2019 graduating class and future grads of NWSS. The change was not notified through social media, email or any other form of communication to students and their families before being given course selection sheets for the upcoming year. As many of us know in BC, a student is obligated to receive 80 credits in order to graduate plus core classes like English 12. Myself, like many other students at NWSS have made post-secondary plans based on the understanding that we would be able to free up our course loads in grade 12 by choosing to have spare blocks. Spare blocks give students the opportunity to dedicate their time to the things that they feel most important to them. It is also a great opportunity to dedicate more time to certain classes Such as English 12 tht makes up a majority of our graduating grades. Having a full course schedule restricts students from dedicating extra time to planning for after graduation. It is also very likely that students will end up choosing classes that they are not interested in. Grade 12 should be an opportunity to narrow down subjects into what would be most applicable for post-secondary, careers or whatever paths students choose to take. We as a collective of the future young people and supporters of the next generation in New Westminster need to bring attention to this unexpected change. Give the people that are directly affected a voice. You can solidify the concern of our underclassman and all future grads of NWSS, by signing this petition and/or by notifying our school administration through email and/or twitter through the school website: nwss.ca. Thank you.



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