Surrey Schools Performance: Embracing Uniqueness

BIG IDEAS Education Student Performance

Date & Time

Date: Wednesday, May 21 2014

Time: 7 – 8:30 PM

Embracing Uniqueness is an inaugural, multi-disciplinary performance event by over 500 students ranging from Grade 4 to 12 across Surrey School District. These talented students will present their work through exhibitions and performances in music and song, dance, theatre, spoken words and visual arts. This event celebrates creativity and innovation through a collaborative learning process involving students, teachers, and artists as part of the Vancouver Biennale BIG IDEAS Education Program (BIG IDEAS) in partnership with the Surrey School Board.


In support of the Surrey Board of Education policy addressing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, students shared, wrote and expressed their thoughts and feelings about the BIG IDEA “Personal Identity and Embracing Uniqueness”. Facilitated by their classroom teachers and professional artists from the BIG IDEAS program, students perform their personal perspectives to share their collective voices with the community.


Participating Schools and Teachers:

  • David Brankin Elementary: Andrew Dyer, Diane Jones
  • Frank Hurt Secondary: Tina Johnson
  • George Greenaway Elementary: Kristen MacDonald
  • Johnston Heights Secondary: Gary Smith
  • Maple Green Elementary: Rajbir Lamond
  • North Surrey Secondary: Jonathan Krueger
  • Panorama Ridge Secondary: Jenny-Lynn Jensen
  • Princess Margaret Secondary: Velma Moore
  • Simon Cunningham Elementary: Adrian MacLennan
  • WE Kinvig Elementary: Heather Johal
  • White Rock Elementary: Diane Bradley

Artist Collaborators:

  • Kim Meredith, spoken word and dance educator
  • Dr. Jonathan Palant, conductor and music educator
  • Donna Sheh, visual art educator
  • Rup Sidhu, interdisciplinary arts educator
  • Mandy Tulloch, drama and movement educator

There will be an afternoon Performance starts at 12:30 pm for Surrey School District students, teachers and media only. Please join us for the evening performance from 7 to 8:30 pm to support this important community dialogue on Embracing Uniqueness. Refreshments will be served after the performance. This event is open to the general public free of charge.

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