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Changing the name of Queen Elizabeth Annex

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Dear QEA community, 

We are seeking your support and signature on this petition to request that the Vancouver School Board (VSB) change the name of our school from “Queen Elizabeth Annex” (QEA) to “Annexe de Jules Quesnel” (AJQ). 

The existing school name no longer serves the needs of the school population and its community. The name is a misrepresentation of current educational environment, objectives, and goals of the school.

In the “2015-2016 Summative Review and 2016-2017 Plans for the Future” of QEA, issued by VSB, the school is described as “We are annexed to Jules Quesnel, our main school.”[1]

  • The new name would remove confusion. Many community members in the proximity to the school's location, especially newcomers to the neighbourhood, are unaware that QEA is a French Immersion school because Queen Elizabeth Elementary School (QE) is an English-based educational program. 
  • QEA has had no connection to the QE school since 2008, when QEA was designated a single-track French Immersion school serving students from Kindergarten to Grade 3. Those students then continue their schooling at JQ Elementary. 
  • The new name would reflect the close ties between children, parents, teachers, and staff members of QEA and JQ. Many parents have children at QEA and JQ at the same time. Many QEA events take place at the JQ facilities and the Parent Advisory Committees of the two schools cooperate with each other. JQ's Principal Mme. Nathalie Morrisette is also the Principal of QEA and she is therefore involved in QEA's management and operations. 

The VSB’s Policy Manual for re-naming existing school facilities (“FFC: Re-naming Existing School Facilities”) states: “Although an annex will traditionally use the same name as its main school, proposals to re-name an annex will be considered where the existing name is deemed to be no longer appropriate.”[2] This quote highlights the appropriateness of this proposal as it is in accordance with the VSB Policy Manual.

This proposal is being discussed with the school administration, staff, students, and the Parent Advisory Councils of JQ and QEA.

If you are in support of the name change, we request that you please sign this online petition.

Sincerely,

QEA advocacy group:

Nathalie Baker, Jan Bena, Krista De Groot, Sarah Munro, Emily Nicholson, Rebecca Pitfield and Helene Wheeler

[1] See https://www.vsb.bc.ca/sites/default/files/school-files/03939110.pdf page 2 in the “SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONTEXT” section.
[2] See http://www.vsb.bc.ca/district-policy/ffc-re-naming-existing-school-facilities point 3.

 



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