Counsellor's Corner


All parents of grades 8-12 of Immac students, if there is anything that is confusing about your son or daughters’ education please contact me and I will help out where I can. Should I not be able to answer a question I will endeavor to get you the information you need from other sources.

Thanks, and as always, please have a well-deserved weekend!

Brian Drosdovech


For all of the young women of Immaculata here is an offer you may want to pursue.

I am writing today to share the news that Minerva is once again accepting nominations for the Learning to Lead program! This year, we will be hosting three weekends, meaning that 150 amazing young women will be selected to attend one of our three program locations: Vancouver, Prince George, or Kamloops. Applications are now open and the deadline to apply is March 13, 2020.

  • Please find attached a one-page info sheet about the program
  • Here is a three-minute video of some of our Youth Advisory Council members sharing their experience of L2L and why Grade 11 girls should apply. Please share this with any youth you think would be interested.

More information and the link to applications can be found on our website.

Please let me know if you have any questions or I can be of any support in the nomination process. Thank you so much for your support!ASHLEY MILBURYYouth Programs Managerp: 604-683-7635 ext 221


We, at Encounters Canada have received some excellent news about the funding for this year’s program and I would like to share it with you and your staff and students.

Encounters with Canada is currently offering a special rebate of $100 for new participants who register by March 13, 2020. The rebate is applicable to any theme week until May, 2020. The rebate is limited and applies to remaining spots on a first come, first served basis. *

cbc article

'We're constantly asked for pictures': Teen researches why sending naked pics is now normal

Kiona Osowski rewrites curriculum, wants students to learn about toxic effect of media on gender roles.

Read full article here


Admission to the Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering at TRU is now open for Fall 2020 and seats are limited. Software engineering is one of the most in-demand and fastest growing professions. At TRU, software engineering students experience hands-on learning in our state-of-the-art labs, along with small class sizes giving students the advantage of personal attention from their instructors – no TA’s.

Admission Requirements:

High School Admission Requirements

1. BC Grade 12 (or equivalent).

2. BC English 12/English 12 First Peoples with a minimum of 67% (or equivalent).

3. Pre-Calculus 12 with a minimum of 67% (or equivalent).

4. Physics 12 with a minimum of 67% (or equivalent).

5. Chemistry 12 with a minimum of 67% (or equivalent). (You will still be considered for admission if you do not fulfill the Chemistry 12 requirements, however you may have to complete an extra Chemistry course)

We are processing applications and making admission decisions as they are received, if applicant fulfills the entrance requirements.

March 01, 2020 is the deadline to apply, however, space permitting applications may be accepted after this date.

If you or any students need any further information, please feel free to contact me I am more than happy to provide it.

Kammi Madsen B.S., M.Sc.Engineering Advisor and Accreditation CoordinatorFaculty of Science, Engineering and Applied ScienceP: 778-471-8698 | OM 2812Thompson Rivers University

You may know medical first aid…

You may know CPR…

But do you know mental health first aid?

One in three Canadians will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime.

Will you know how to help?

Who Should Attend?

Front line staff, teachers, health service providers, emergency workers, human resources professionals, employers, community groups, volunteers, etc. Attendance is required at both sessions in order to receive certificate

mental health training

Mental Health First Aid teaches participants how to help someone who is showing signs of a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis. The 2-day 12-hour training covers the following topics:

  • Signs and symptoms of mental health problems and crisis situations
  • A basic model to provide mental health first aid
  • Information about how to help in a crisis and how to help prevent a crisis
  • Encouraging a person to identify options for help

Training will be held on March 3-4 from 9-4 at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre 2170 Harvey Ave in Kelowna. Cost is $250 and includes a manual and a certificate issued from the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided but lunch will be on own.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could pass this information on to anyone who would be interested in attending this training. Please note that spaces are limited.


Cost is $250.00 per person and includes a manual and a certificate of completion. Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided but lunch will be on own. Course will be held at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre, 2170 Harvey Ave in Kelowna. Please note that spaces are limited.

To register or for more information, please call or email:Lori Veltkamp 403-942-5250Email: loriveltkamp@mentalhealthready.com

grade 10 literacy assesment

About the assessment

The Grade 10 Literacy Assessment is a provincial assessment that assesses student proficiency in literacy. It is a graduation requirement and students take the assessment in their Grade 10 year.

The Grade 10 Literacy Assessment assesses student ability to use critical thinking and analysis to make meaning from a diverse array of texts. It also assesses the ability of students to communicate their ideas. The Grade 10 Literacy Assessment is not based on a particular course, but on learning across multiple subjects, from kindergarten to Grade 10.

What it looks like

The Grade 10 Literacy Assessment is delivered online in three parts.

1. Part A

  • Students read several different types of texts, e.g. blogs, infographics, newspaper or magazine articles, social media feeds, and stories. Students demonstrate that they can analyze and make meaning from the texts by answering a series of selected-response questions. They then provide written responses to communicate their understanding.

2. Part B

  • Students choose one of two options. After choosing one option, students read a new set of texts. Students demonstrate that they can analyze and make meaning of the texts by answering selected-response questions. They then provide written responses to communicate personal connections.

3. Self-reflection

  • These questions ask students to reflect on their experience with the assessment. This component is not marked.

Here is a web site that has videos (like the one above) to explain the Literacy 10 Assessment:


We are pleased to announce that the following Entrance Awards are available to students who are planning to attend BCIT commencing April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

Up to 25 BCIT President’s Entrance Awards, available only to current High School students

      • Valued up to $4,000 each.
      • Deadline: August 5, 2020

Over 125 additional BCIT Entrance Awards

      • Valued up to $6,000 each.
      • Deadlines: August 5, 2020 and/or January 6, 2021

More information about BCIT Entrance Awards and the application forms can be found at

Help your students pay for their education by encouraging them to apply!

For more information, please feel free to contact us. BCIT Student Financial Aid and AwardsBuilding SW1, Room 21323700 Willingdon AvenueBurnaby, BCV5G 3H2(604) 432 –

past grads who want to help our school

What a great example of our school motto!

Geoff Webb (Grad 2011) and his partner Julianna Schell (Grad 2012) have purchased the Molly Maid franchise ( here in the Okanagan, and are looking for ways to help out their alma mater, Immaculata. They have offered to look at helping in terms of prizes for fundraising events like the grad fashion show and sports things. It is great to see past grads from our school come back and help their community out.

More against vaping

Miriam Halpenny - Jan 8, 2020 / 9:00 pm

New article from Castanet, from January 8, 2020.

A new study suggests the number of Canadians who believe vaping is more harmful than not has almost doubled from last year.

The Angus Reid Institute found a massive shift in the views of Canadians when it comes to vaping, because more harmful evidence is surfacing that suggests vaping could be worse than people originally thought.

Last year, 35 per cent of Canadians believed vaping did more harm than good. This year, the number has raised to 62 per cent.

To read full article, click the link here for more information on this important subject

autism help for parents

Here is an article in Castanet on autism and someone that is providing services to help work with autistic kids. The full article can be found at the link below:

Just before the holidays, Starbright Children’s Development Centre announced they were shutting down their autism program due to a lack of funding.

The closure displaced nearly 44 students that benefitted from the program either on a full-time or part-time bases. The news really resonated with Dr. Tara Dunne, who saw a definite lack of support in Kelowna.

“We moved here specifically because of the lack of service providers for neurodevelopment specifically. We had an opportunity to maybe go near the Vancouver area but there’s already two-or-three doctors there working with autism, so I’m here literally to work with and help with neurodevelopment as much as I can in a place that doesn’t have many service providers,” says Dr. Dunne.

She and her family recently moved here and she is a naturopathic doctor, specializing in neurodevelopment and specifically working with kids and adults living with autism spectrum.

With the holiday break approaching, we wanted to share a list of scholarships that are available to students over the break. Holiday Break Scholarships

Not all awards will apply to all students. For students to get a list customized to them and weekly email reminders of deadlines, they should create a profile on ScholarTree. At the top left, they can use the filter "Applications Open" to only see those scholarships that are currently accepting applications.

Finally, ScholarTree has partnered with York University to create content to give away 1 free year of tuition. If any of your students are interested in going to York tell them to apply to the contest here: (this offer is open to students across Canada, not just Ontario students as shown on the ScholarTree page)

From the BC Ministry of Education:

The percentage of Indigenous students in B.C. achieving grade 12 completion within 6 years has increased from 62% to 70%. While this improvement is encouraging, it is still far short of the provincial average of 84% for all B.C. resident students. More needs to be done. How can you close that gap? Here are four proven strategies you can try in your classroom to better support Indigenous learners.

1. Acknowledge, respect and integrate Indigenous cultures into your teaching. The research is clear that Indigenous students are more engaged and successful at school if their experiences are culturally relevant and affirm their sense of identity. This is supported by the First Peoples Principles of Learning, especially the principle that “learning requires exploration of one’s identity” as well as a strong grounding in culture. Integrating Indigenous cultures, knowledges and content into lessons has been proven to enrich learning and produce positive results for Indigenous students. To that end, commit yourself to learning more about Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing, and local First Nations and working this into your teaching. A great place to start would be to explore the new Continuing Our Learning Journey: Indigenous Education professional development resource.

2. Focus on literacy Research also shows that the development of strong literacy skills in the early grades is critical to student success and, ultimately, to graduation. Some ways you can ensure Indigenous learners become skilled young readers are by offering differentiated instruction, making real life connections, using strategies and resources that are engaging, motivating and culturally affirming, and maintaining high expectations. Other effective techniques include read aloud with reference to print, play with sounds inside words, and explicit instruction in letter names, sounds and formation. Take a look at the lesson plans in our Own Words, K-Gr. 3 Authentic Resources publication for some great ideas.

3. Create a culture of care Teachers who create an environment where students feel welcomed, honoured, comfortable and safe help set up strong conditions for student success. One way you can create a culture of care in your classroom is to commit yourself to the belief that each of your students can improve and grow and learn at a high level. Practicing a growth mindset, and asking the same of your students, will go a long way to ensuring their success in your classroom.

4. Involve Indigenous families in their children’s learning Teachers who have seen sustained improvements in results for Indigenous learners recognize the key role their families play in their lives and build strong relationships with them. With that in mind, connect with Indigenous student’s families and their broader community. Learn what is important to them and their children. Invite them into your classrooms to share their knowledge and perspectives. Take your class out to meet them in their communities. This will enrich the learning environment for not just your Indigenous learners but for everyone.

The administration and staff of Immaculata have fully embraced this initiative that the BC Ministry of Education has mandated for all schools in BC to implement. In fact, most, if not all of the staff at Immaculata have been teaching our subject material and including this information about our minority members and their unique cultural perspectives.

Okanagan College President’s Entrance Scholarships – 2020

We have made a change in the way students apply for the President’s Entrance Scholarship. In the past it has been the only High School Entrance Award that required a paper application however we have now added it to the online awards. Principals will still need to submit the appraisal however, it can now be emailed by the school or the student to

The other notable change is that we are now able to accept applications from all your students that meet the criteria. In the past, schools could only nominate 2 % of their graduating class.

The High School Entrance award link is now up on our website and students can start to apply on their myOkanagan site as soon as they have received their ID number. The deadline for applications and supporting documentation is March 6, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

I have sent out posters and postcards to the Counselling office at your school but if you need any additional copies or did not receive them, be sure to let me know.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting our office.

Donna Arnold, BPA CMNSEducation Advisor/Financial Awards AssistantOkanagan College583 Duncan Ave WPenticton, BC V2A 8E1 Ph: 250.492.4305 ext 3314Email:

Principal’s Written Appraisal:

Provide specific details pertaining to all attributes of a well-rounded nominee: demonstrated leadership, contribution to the school and community through sports, culture, voluntary service and/or other extra-curricular activities, and scholastic achievement. The members of the adjudication committee rely heavily upon the information provided to them by the Principal (or designate), and the quality and accuracy of this appraisal is very important to the nominee’s application.

Please note: Formerly there was a 2% nomination limit however, this has been eliminated.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

¨ be Canadian citizens or permanent residents;

¨ have graduated from a secondary school in the Okanagan College region within the last fifteen months (as of September 2020) and have not subsequently attended post- secondary studies at a college or university;

¨ have demonstrated leadership and made a contribution to their school and community; and

¨ have a minimum cumulative grade average of 76% (B+), based on all grade 11 and 12 courses.

Financial Aid & Awards must receive the student’s online application package, Interim Transcript as well as the Principal's written appraisal, no later than 4:00 pm on March 06, 2020.

The other notable change is that we are now able to accept applications from all your students that meet the criteria.

The High School Entrance award link is now up on our website and students can apply on their myOkanagan site as soon as they have received their ID number. The deadline for applications and supporting documentation is March 6, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

2019/20 Provincial Scholarships Program

Applications are being accepted until February 28, 2020 for the BC Excellence and the Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarships.

Updates to the Scholarship Requirements

With no course-based Language Arts 12 Provincial Examinations for 2019/20 school year, the exam is no longer included as a scholarship requirement. For 2020/21 and beyond, the potential use of the Grade 12 Literacy Assessment in scholarship allocation is still under review.

Other Scholarships

The Ministry’s BC Achievement Scholarships will also be awarded to the top 8,000 graduates of 2019/20.

District/Authority Scholarships continue to be available in 2019/20 for 5,500 B.C. students recognized by their school for excellence in their chosen area of interest or strength. Allocations and other administration information will be updated January 2020. Winners must be reported to the Ministry by June 30, 2020.

For students looking to get into Education…Here is a bursary to apply for from the Provincial government.

Post-Secondary Institution (PSI’s) Selections Using the Student Transcripts Service (STS)

Distributing Transcripts to Post-Secondary Institutions:

The Ministry of Education distributes transcript information to post-secondary institutions (PSIs) following the selection of a PSI by a student in the StudentTranscripts Service (STS). Distribution occurs through a variety of mechanisms. For PSIs with XML data transfer capabilities, transcripts will be sent throughout the year. For PSIs on the electronic batch process, interim transcript information will be sent in early May, and final year-end transcript information distributed in late July.

How to Use the StudentTranscripts Service:

Students can access the StudentTranscripts Service at the new StudentTranscripts Service website. To get started, students will pick the type of student they are (for example, current student, former student or returning user). They will then select ‘Order’ which is found on the top right corner or left tab and then select ‘Register’ to create a Basic BCeID account to access their transcript information.

Students must create a Basic BCeID account to access their information. Students need only complete their PSI selections once in the current school year. Students may add to their selections at any time up through July 10, 2019. Students may make up to 25 selections free of charge within six months after completing their last course. After six months, students will be charged $10 per transcript, payable on the StudentTranscripts Service.


Feeny, Antonella

University of Victoria Entrance Scholarship ($2,500)

Spelliscy, Cara

University of Victoria Entrance Scholarship ($2,000)

Emma Kachanoski has just been awarded the Governor General’s Medal as the top student at Immaculata from our Grad 2019. She will be in town for November 12 (Tuesday) to accept her medal at the school assembly. Congratulations Emma for this outstanding accomplishment!

The 14-2019 Grads who achieved academic success and were rewarded with $1000 Provincial Scholarships:















All the staff at the school would like to say huge congratulations to the 14 of you for all of your hard work and being such great academic ambassadors for our school. Immaculata has received 14 scholarships for our 45 grads which is over a 30% achievement rate. This is one of our most successful grad classes in receiving these highly sought after Provincial Scholarships!

Scholarship Info

Scholarship season is fully underway. There is currently 7.5 Million Dollars worth of scholarships that are open for applications on ScholarTree! Once students complete their profile they will be matched to all of the awards that they qualify for.

We know now is when students start to plan for next year financially. So we wanted to remind you that there is a downloadable budget template available to everyone at the bottom of

Additionally, here are a couple of scholarships that are available now:


Provincial Graduation Assessment and Provincial Exam practice exams for classroom use can be found at:

Students you will need your 9-digit PEN number to access these sample exams.

This is included on your report cart in the top corner.

STS- Student Transcript Service

This is the web site that every grade 10-12 needs to go to in order to set-up their account in order to send transcripts to the various post-secondary institutions they are applying to.

Provincial Graduation Assessment Results are on the Ministry’s Student Transcripts Service (STS) website which provides students with secure access to their Provincial Graduation Assessment proficiency score and detailed results for each assessment. Students require their Personal Education Number (PEN-A 9 digit # the can get from Mr. Drosdovech if they can’t locate theirs), legal first and last name, date of birth and email address to create an account on the Ministry’s STS website Please note that preferred names are not allowed, only legal names. Students should be encouraged to create an account prior to the release of results. From there they can register for a Basic BCeID required to use the Student Transcripts Service. When signing up for a Basic BCeID, students select their password reset question and answer, which they must remember as they are required if students forget their password. Students must use spacing and punctuation with care when selecting answers as answers are case sensitive and spaces entered between letters or words are not recognized.

Are you are having a difficult time deciding what to do with your life in regards to a career? Here is the same government web site I put in the newsletter awhile back. Have a look and possibly this may help in your decision making.

Career Trek has 137 videos on Careers (6-7 minutes per episode):