News & Events

Kitsilano Secondary School students learning a lot during film shoot in historic Barkerville

Listen to this, from the CBC Radio show The Early Edition: We turn the host mic over to Kitsilano Secondary Student Nina Rossing who interview David Suzuki and Stephen Lewis — no big deal.

How youth can lead on climate change

Congratulations Myles!

This past weekend, at the BC Student Film Festival, Myles Hemy-Bain won best screenplay in all of BC for his film “Lit”.

Julien Hicks was nominated for best actor.

Chicago – a high school musical

May 27th – 30th at 7:00 pm.

Students are $10.00, Adults $15.00

Staff/Alumni are $10.00

Get your tickets at our box office!
See the trailer:


Kitsilano Secondary Students
Art Foundations
Ms. Sharon Fritz Art Teacher
On view at the new VSB Student Gallery
March 1-April 11th 1580 W Broadway

The “Me Doll” sculpture project was designed as a separate body of work that would further
the conversations around portraiture explored by the Field of Vision project.

We addressed big questions: “Who am I?”, “What is the role of Portraiture?”,
“How can I communicate aspects of my identity?” and “How do materials make meaning?”

Students were given a great deal of freedom to explore ways of representing aspects of their
identity through sculpture and were encouraged to think metaphorically about image choices.
They used clay, plaster cloth, recycled bottles and other found/collected materials.

Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal Identity and Awareness, and Communication were
the Key Core Competencies embedded in the project goals.

Students shared their ideas and experiences through artist statements, a group critique and

We hope you are intrigued and enjoy the work!

Music at Kits

We are so pleased to announce, our Concert Band Student, Lissy Chan
Schneck was playing side-by-side with the Vancouver Symphony
Orchestra for their 100 Day anniversary celebrations!
Please see for videos of
past student performances and upcoming events.

Virtual Reality

We will open our PAC meeting on Feb 26th, 2019, at 6:30pm with a presentation from Mr. Brumwell on virtual reality (VR) with immersive 360 imagery and interactive video with Social Studies Department Head, Craig Brumwell;Test drive the PAC funded VR Google Expeditions class set of VR head sets for yourself.

Craig Brumwell has been teaching at Kitsilano since 1988 where he is the Social Studies Department Head. He has Bachelor of Physical Education (UBC), a Bachelor if Fine Arts (Emily Carr U) and a Master of Educational Technology (UBC). He is a recipient of 3 national awards for teaching excellence: the Prime Minister’s Award (2018), the Governor General’s History Award (2015), and the Government of Canada History Award. Mr. Brumwell was also the co-chair of the Kitsilano Centennial Celebration last May.


There is an opportunity for students to participate in a 3 month exchange with our partner schools in Japan and Germany. The exchanges are 3-month exchanges between two students at their respective schools. The Vancouver student will register for their 2019-2020 classes at Kitisilano and travel to Japan or Germany to start school in September at Bihoku High School in Inuyama, Japan or at Reuchlin Gymnasium in Ingolstadt, Germany. They will return to Kits in November, in time to start second term. The Japanese counterpart will arrive in January 2020, and stay until March Break, while the German exchange partner will come to Vancouver April to June 2020.

The costs for these exchanges are limited to the Flight ($1500), Insurance ($300) and spending money.

DEADLINE APRIL 10th. You must let Mr.Mehl know you are intending to participate and pick up / complete the required forms!

For more information, please contact Mr. Mehl

GERMANY March Break Trip / Exchange 2020

The 3rd bi-annual Germany trip is now taking applications and accepting deposits to hold one of the 20 available spaces. (This year’s Japan trip had 30+ people wanting to go)

Kits students will be travelling to Germany for two weeks during March Break of 2020. They will be hosted by a German family in Ingolstadt, home of Audi, about half way between Munich and Nuremberg. The same students will come to Vancouver in May of the same year and be hosted by participating Kits students. The cost of the exchange will be around $2800, including all transport and most meals.

We will travel to Berlin for a 4-5 Day stay, to see the history, culture and vibrancy of that city. Following this we will Travel to Nurnberg, the largest City in Mediaeval Europe and site of Nazi rallies, then spend 5 days at our partner school, visiting various sites in and around Ingolstadt, including an Audi factory tour, and an overnight trip to Munich.

Focus of the trip will be fine-tuned to match the interests of participants, and knowledge of German in NOT a requirement. Participating students will also be able to earn course credit for this experience. There will be an information meeting in September, and a $400 deposits will hold your spot until then.  For more details you can contact Mr.Mehl at

Tickets Available Now!

Grad class movie night 

Grad Council (for grade 12’s only) Presents: 

10 Things I Hate About You

playing at 6:30pm, Wednesday February 13th 

tickets available at

or contact for more information.


It’s time for our December Pub Night!
Don’t miss the chance to get to know
other Grade 8 and 9 parents and
support our students at the same time!
As always, all grade parents and kids
are welcome to join.


Monday , December 10
Colony Kits Pub
7 PM – 10 PM

With your ticket you get a Burger (beef,
chicken or vegetarian) with fries or

salad and one local beer, wine or non-
alcoholic beverage. Join us for 50/50

draws and silent auctions that help to
raise more funds for our school!

Education and The Brain Speaker Series

1. After this talk your brain will not be the same: Adventures in Neuroplasticity
Speaker: Dr. Lara Boyd, PhD
Location: Vancouver Technical Secondary School Auditorium
Date/Time: November 21, 2018 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

2. Bilingualism and Brain Health in Children
Speaker: Dr. Rachel Weber, PhD
Location: Vancouver Technical Secondary School Auditorium
Date/Time: December 4, 2018 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

3. Social and Emotional Learning in Children
Speaker: Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, PhD
Location: Vancouver Technical Secondary School Auditorium
Date/Time: January 22, 2018 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Registration and Ticket Purchases

Tickets will be sold at the door pending availability but seating is limited so registration is suggested.

Exciting Updates:

Lab Tour registration and Student Team Tour registration are now open! We are anticipating all tours filling up well in advance of the date, so encourage your students to sign up soon.  The links are live, but won’t be posted to our website until Saturday, November 10 – only those who have already registered for the UBC Engineering & Architecture Open House and yourself are receiving these links today!

Girls in grades 10, 11, and 12 can also register for the Women in Engineering Panel and Lunch. This is a unique opportunity to connect with our current women students and faculty.

Our program will be shared online shortly and will help students “Engineer their Day” and take in everything UBC Engineering & Architecture has to offer. We look forward to seeing you at the UBC Engineering & Architecture Open House on Saturday, November 24, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm.


Lab Tour Registration:

Student Team Tour Registration:

Women in Engineering Lunch Registration

School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) information

Kits app

The Kitsilano App is a free iphone and Android-friendly app developed at the school by an enterprising student in the App club. Calvin Liang, 15, is a self-taught programmer.
He designed the app to help kids navigate their class schedules, manage homework, track assignments and school events. Now available on the Apple store and on Google Play, the app is already being used by several hundred students. Liang’s next project is to google-map the hallways of the school so kids will be able to walk the virtual hallways of the old school once the new construction is completed. The App club, sponsored by Kits librarian Fred Lackmance, is open to anyone interested in programming, and is just one example of how Kitsilano’s student-led clubs connect members of the school community.

Read more on CBC news

Course Planning

Counselors will be meeting with students in grades 8-11 during the month of February to talk with students about course planning for next year.
The students will bring home a course planning sheet with their name on it as well as a username and password to access the on-line site where course planning is done.
Students will be able to enter and change their choices up until the March break.

Kits Students in the News

Monday January 26 was a busy day for Kits students promoting great things in and around Vancouver:

Many of us catch the bed-time news, and were delighted to see grade 12 student, Kate Hodgson, on Monday’s night speaking on behalf of “Kids For Climate Action”, a group that is helping to promote warnings being put on gas pump labels as part of an awareness campaign.
At the end of the day Monday, a grade 11 student, Ericsson Sing, made a special presentation to the Vancouver School Board trustees.  Ericsson and 59 other Vancouver secondary students are part of the inaugural year of a VPD cadet program that involves students in various training and service programs every Saturday of the school year.  We were treated to a great presentation of what can is clearly a very valuable learning opportunity.  As the program will continue next year with a new group of ‘recruits’, stay tuned for information about the application process later this spring.