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Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning is anchored in the belief that students need to learn about their identity in the world, both as individuals and as members of their community and society. Personal and Social competencies encompass what students need to thrive as individuals, to understand and care about themselves and others, and to find and achieve their purposes in the world.

The BC Ministry of Education defines the personal and social core competency based on three subcategories:
  • Personal Awareness and Responsibility involves understanding the connections between personal and social behaviour and well-being; it encourages people to make constructive and ethical decisions and act on them.
  • Positive Personal and Cultural Identity involves the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the factors that contribute to a healthy sense of oneself; it includes knowledge of one’s family background, heritage(s), language(s), beliefs, and perspectives in a pluralistic society.
  • Social Awareness and Responsibility involves the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of connections among people, including between people and the natural environment. Social Awareness and Responsibility focuses on interacting with others and the natural world in respectful and caring ways.
Our Priority
Based on this definition, NVSS is committed to support learner and staff learning in regard to creating structures that focus on mental health and well-being. The on-going challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic have amplified the need to focus on ways to increase well-being both individually and as a community. 

Our Actions
NVSS aims to build a community of learners that honors diversity and encourages positive relationships. We strive to recognize students as individuals and honour everyone’s learning journey, acknowledging successes, promote self-awareness and provide support where needed.  We value Indigenous ways of knowing and learning through outdoor learning in MyNVSS, cultural activities lead by the Indigenous Support workers and   promoting hands-on, cross-curricular activities.   All Grade 8 students are enrolled in a locally developed course called “Honouring Diversity.” 
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