BYNG ARTS MINI PROGRAM RESTRUCTURING
Feb 22, 2024 Update:
On February 15, 2024, Byng Admin hosted a Byng Arts information session on MS Teams. 186 Byng Arts parents/guardians attended. The purpose of this session was for Admin to provide additional explanation for why the full-cohort Byng Arts courses from grades 10 and up had been removed from the program.
At this session, Admin also announced that they were postponing the deadline for course selections so that they could reflect on the feedback given to them regarding the proposed changes to the Byng Arts mini-school course offerings.
Over the Family Day weekend, the PAC Byng Arts Subcommittee wrote an open letter to Admin asking that the classes that were removed from the 2024 Course Planning Guide be reinstated. The letter also asked that Admin begin an engagement process with teachers, parents, and students to determine how ongoing capacity and scheduling issues may be addressed without removing courses and programs integral to the Byng Arts mini-school. The letter has been signed by ~150 families and was given to Admin on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The committee welcomes additional signatures! If you are a current Byng Arts family and would like to view and sign the letter, please email the Byng Arts Parents group (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the link.
The committee has also been working on:
Compiling data related to enrollment and capacity of all VSB secondary schools (data from VSB, Ministry of Education)
Consulting with the District PAC regarding best practices for engaging with VSB staff and trustees on this issue (via attendance at the DPAC exec meeting Feb 15, 2024)
Consulting with Byng Arts teachers regarding the proposed changes (via phone, email, Zoom)
Consulting with Byng Arts families about how the proposed changes might affect them (Feb 15 Zoom, 80+ families, via WhatsApp);
Consulting with the broader Byng community about their perceptions of the Byng Arts mini-school;
Compiling data related to how the Byng Arts mini-school course offerings compare with all other VSB mini-schools (data from VSB)
Feb. 14, 2024 Update: On February 7, 2024, Byng Administration announced a restructuring of the Byng Arts Mini Program for Grades 10 and above effective September 2024. The program remains the same for grades 8 and 9. Byng Arts English 10 and Byng Arts Socials 10 will no longer be offered. Byng Arts English classes for grades 11 and above are no longer offered.
This is a major change to the Byng Arts Mini School and PAC has formed a Byng Arts Parents Subcommittee to help with communications between Admin and Byng Arts families. Please email the PAC (email@example.com) OR the Byng Arts Parent Group (email below) to get involved. The PAC subcommittee will be working closely with the Byng Arts Parents Group and the Byng Administration.
The infographics on this page were created by Byng Arts parents. These images showcase the importance of this program to the entire Lord Byng Secondary Community and reflect the gradual decline in Byng Arts Mini School cohort course offerings over the last 10 years.
WAYS TO STAY INFORMED
If you are a current Byng Arts parent/guardian and would like to receive updates specific to Byng Arts, please join the WhatsApp groups listed below, AND please add your contact info to this google form so that we can email you directly with important information. You are also welcome to email the Byng Arts Parents Group to be added to the Byng Arts parents email list. (Lots of ways to stay connected)
BYNG ARTS PARENTS GROUP
Please email byngartsparents[at]gmail.com if you would like to be to be added to a Byng Arts Parents email list
The Byng Arts Parent group is a new parent group at Byng. Our goal is to create a community among the Byng Arts families. It can be hard to get connected since students are coming from all over Vancouver.
Ways to stay connected:
WhatsApp - please join the "All Parents" and the subgroup you belong to
All Parents https://chat.whatsapp.com/LebbGtqRocv31UU1OA0w38
Visual Arts Parents https://chat.whatsapp.com/Irc4auIRn238DonAkWzqLU
Band Parents https://chat.whatsapp.com/KHa9BUQOmKv3djMLs3HOh3
Media Arts Parents https://chat.whatsapp.com/LV6cMkq6SenLHI6JMazsjS
Choir Parents https://chat.whatsapp.com/EclJHI5xcgL4hGeeV69Qa6
Drama Parents https://chat.whatsapp.com/I9YbhJsJcNx6ZCdhpw6Uj0
Strings Parents https://chat.whatsapp.com/LvDHdvPDunh21uLp1wMjIF