Our School Story

John G. Diefenbaker Elementary School is a mid-sized school in the southwest corner of Richmond.  We are proud of our diverse population and our connection to Steveston, which has significant meaning for many of our families.  In addition to our K - 7 Neighbourhood Program, our school also hosts a District Late French Immersion Program for Gr. 6 and 7 students.

The students and staff at Diefenbaker, the "Home of the Bulldogs", are proud to be part of an environment that fosters creating "caring learners ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow"!

At Diefenbaker, we have begun to use our "Kindness Umbrella" to guide our values, actions and words.  We are "Kind to Self, Kind to Others, and Kind to our Place."



Our Learning

In order to enhance the learning of our students, we will take purposeful action.  Below are some examples we are considering:

  • Highlight the Communication and Personal Awareness Core Competencies
  • Use common language across grades (Kindness Umbrella)
  • Survey students to determine where they are in their learning
  • Increase use of “I Statements” for student self-assessment
  • Provide staff collaboration and discussion time to reflect and make plans
  • Implement school wide sharing events and activities

As we continue to focus on our Social Awareness and Responsibility, we want to observe that students are better able to:

  • understand and apply the language of kindness
  • understand themselves as people and learners who can take responsibility for their social and physical environments
  • demonstrate a sense of personal empowerment
  • share ideas and inspire others by working independently and collaboratively for the benefit of others 
  • are aware of the impact of the decisions, actions and footprint  

Our Goals for 2021-2022

  • create more opportunities to connect our community members together
  • make our learning visible throughout the school
  • find meaningful ways to communicate student learning to our community

Our Action Posts

Learning Outside

Posted: Oct 31 2018

Running a Store

Posted: May 20 2018

Collaboration and Planning

Posted: Jan 29 2018

Our Evidence Posts

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