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Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School (Vancouver)

Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School is a public secondary school located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Churchill Secondary is one of two International Baccalaureate schools (along with Britannia Secondary School) and one of three French Immersion secondary schools in Vancouver. It is named after the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill.

Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School
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7055 Heather Street

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Coordinates49°13′15″N 123°07′28″W / 49.22083°N 123.12444°W / 49.22083; -123.12444Coordinates: 49°13′15″N 123°07′28″W / 49.22083°N 123.12444°W / 49.22083; -123.12444
School typePublic, Secondary school
MottoLatin: Pro Virili Parte
(To the Best of One's Ability)
Founded1956 (1956)
School boardSchool District 39 Vancouver
SuperintendentScott Robinson
Area trusteeFraser Ballantyne
School number3939015
DirectorMagdalena Kassis (Director of Instruction)
PrincipalKevin Land
Enrollment2114[1] (September 2009)
LanguageEnglish, French Immersion
Colour(s)Red, Blue and White             
Team nameChurchill Bulldogs
Public transit access15, 17, 49, Canada Line

Churchill is fed by the surrounding elementary schools in its catchment area. They include Sir Wilfrid Laurier Elementary School, Dr. Annie B. Jamieson Elementary School, Sir William Osler Elementary School, J.W. Sexsmith Elementary School, and David Lloyd George Elementary School. Although not within Churchill's catchment area, L'École Bilingue, L'École Quilchena and Sir James Douglas Elementary School feed into its French Immersion Program.


Special programsEdit

IB ProgrammeEdit

Churchill Secondary offers an International Baccalaureate Programme, which attracts many students from the school district to apply. The school also offers the IB Certificate Programme, which allows students in the regular BC provincial curriculum to take part in IB courses. This option is only open when there is a vacancy in that particular class. IB courses include English, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Art, Psychology, Film Studies, Theatre, Mathematics, and Theory of Knowledge. French Immersion students entering the IB Programme may opt to take a more advanced French course, allowing them to earn a BC French Dogwood Diploma and a bilingual IB diploma simultaneously.

Information sessions are held each year for entry into the program which requires a written application, previous academic performance record, standardized testing (PSAT), and an interview.

As part of Global Families, a project where IB students choose a developing country to educate others on, students host World Awareness Day in which they set up displays in downtown Vancouver to teach the public about their country of choice. Students can also get involved as a member of IB Council or as an IB Director.

The program prepares students for post-secondary studies, with the possibility of receiving post-secondary credit for transferable courses, and many of Churchill's IB graduates go on to study at the University of British Columbia.

Prelude Programme

There is also a Pre-IB programme in grade 10 which is called Prelude from 2016. Prelude is available for both French Immersion and English students. There is one class of French Immersion Prelude students and two classes of English Prelude Students.

Ideal Mini SchoolEdit

Ideal Mini School is a grade 8–12 mini school program.

Synergy ProgramEdit

The Synergy program is for students in grade 8 and 9 who have demonstrated excellence and wish to augment their learning through an enhanced curriculum. A portfolio and an entrance test are required for admission.

French ImmersionEdit

Secondary French Immersion is for students continuing on from elementary French Immersion. There are two types of French Immersion programs in elementary school: regular "French Immersion" and "late-Immersion". "French Immersion" refers to French Immersion programs that begin at the kindergarten level, while "late-Immersion" refers to French Immersion programs that begin in the 4th grade. Students can receive a Bilingual Graduation Certificate. Students in French Immersion can also participate in the IB program, and receive a bilingual IB diploma. Students participate yearly in a French speech arts competition and are categorized between anglophone and francophone.


SWC Business Club: In 2015 the SWC Business Club was formed. The club aims to develop business acumen and interest while giving the opportunity for students to gain achievement and recognition. It makes opportunities accessible such as by coordinating the American program, DECA[2] at the school. Sir Winston Churchill is among the first schools in Greater Vancouver to coordinate DECA. The SWC Business Club accommodates students with interests from Marketing to Finance by participating a wide array of activities internally and externally throughout the year.[3]

Science fairEdit

An annual school science fair is held at Churchill Secondary, and twenty projects are chosen to represent the school at the Vancouver District Science Fair. Winners there move onto the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair, and then onto the Canada-Wide Science Fair.


The school's mascot is a bulldog, since Sir Winston Churchill, whom the school is named after, looked like a bulldog. It offers volleyball, boys soccer, field hockey, and cross country teams in the fall; basketball, girls ice hockey, and table tennis teams in the winter; and girls soccer, rugby, track & field, badminton, tennis, golf, girls softball, and ultimate teams in the springtime.[4] Teams are divided by age group: Bantam (Grade 8), Juvenile (Grade 9), Junior (Grade 10), and Senior (Grades 11 & 12).


The school has 8 competitive teams for boys and girls, and offers a basketball course to further student's skills. Every year the school hosts the Bulldog Classic, a basketball tournament with schools participating from around the Greater Vancouver region.[5] On March 16, 2014, the Senior Boys Basketball Team won the AAAA B.C. High School Boys Championship against Surrey's Holy Cross.[6]

Field HockeyEdit

Churchill has a Senior A and Senior B field hockey team, which practices on the school campus's upper field. In 2012, Churchill Senior A was almost undefeated in the regular season except for a 1-0 loss against Richmond's McMath. They also won the Vancouver city championship that year. Churchill Senior A had consistently won a seed in the BC AAA Girls Field Hockey Provincials,[7] however, in the 2013 season lost the seat to rivals Eric Hamber Griffins.[8]


Since 2015 the school has a swimming team, that competes on a city level and takes part in the British Columbia provincial championship.

Extra-curricular activitiesEdit

Sir Winston Churchill is a competitor in Reach for the Top, and has won the provincial championship in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Churchill students have participated in local science fairs. Clubs at the school include supporting various advocacy groups and interests, including a debate team, such as the Free the Children, World Vision, UNICEF and Amnesty International clubs. The school also hosts several student run publications including the Big Bang Science Journal and Newsfeed. In 2010, Churchill had the most runners as a school in the Vancouver Sun Run with 721 participants. Churchill's student-run website SWCsocial hosts the Churchill's Got Talent music competition powered by online voting and filmed the school's lipdup video.[9]


Churchill has several sustainability student groups, with Environmental Club[10] and the Youth 4 Tap Club being the most notable. The Youth 4 Tap Club succeeding in banning the sale of plastic water bottles on campus.[11] There is also a recycling and composting club. The school also offers an environmental stewardship course for tenth graders, which develops sustainability projects and tends to the school vegetable garden.

Notable alumniEdit


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