Category: school

School lockdown at Rockridge

This Wednesday there was an incident at our son’s high school. Someone called the West Van police to say they’d seen two youths approaching the school with what looked like a rifle.

The cops responded immediately and in force. They surrounded the school and searched the premises for the youths.

In the meantime the school implemented it’s silent lockdown procedure. They had tested this in September. No one thought we’d be using it for real. West Vancouver is hardly the place for such scary antics.

We first heard about the lockdown when Greg texted us from under his desk in his English Lit class. I then tried calling the West Van police station but got no response. I assume they were all at the school.

Then I tried the web. No news seemed to be available until I went to twitter. I had dabbled with twitter before this and was not sure what use it could be. It seemed to be something which allowed anyone to text or post the most boring of everyday events up for the world to see.

But when you are anxiously trying to get news of what is going on, it becomes an amazing tool. My tweets, as your posts are called, even resulted in journalists from The Province newspaper and News 1130 radio calling me up for more information.

As it became clear that the danger was over, and most likely had never existed, the allure of being a cub reporter overtook the anxiety. I was amused to see my tweets being reported (anonymously) on various news sites.

Both Sue and I are on twitter [links at end]. Sue will be using it to keep her real estate clients informed about the market, tweeting about open houses and the like. I am not sure what I will do with it. It will seem very boring, and thankfully so, after the excitement of breaking news.

Greg is ok. The worst of the event was it spanned lunch hour and he was starving by the time the 3 hour lockdown was over. And teenage boys need to eat regularly and in large quantity.

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Personal reflections – our first one

This week has been a mixed one in BC. The BC lions lost the Grey Cup. With no (ice) hockey, BC has been looking for compensation from the CFL. One of our daughters went to watch the game at her boyfriend’s house and had to endure being teased on her extreme lack of knowledge on CFL. She came back none the wiser. The pity is she had learnt a lot about hockey and has become a “puck bunny”. Still the hockey strike cannot go on for ever.

Still on the cultural front, our eldest daughter went to the REM concert. She said it was awesome, but the audience were mostly older. There was an old lady (55!) in front of her, who spent most of the concert standing up and waving her arms about in a trance-like fashion.

So far this year the kids have been to:

  • REM
  • Maroon 5
  • John Mayer
  • Billy Talent


Waiting for the snow

My son, like most of the boys his age, can’t wait for the snow to arrive on the local mountains (Cypress, Grouse and Seymour). He has been watching the webcams and trying on his gear. Naturally enough he has grown out of his boots and pants. So we took his old boots down to the consignment shop and traded them in for another pair (also second hand). As we are selling the boots for $99 (less commission) and we got the new boots for the same price, we aren’t too badly off. Unfortunately we couldn’t get any second hand pants as he refused to wear the bib overall style ones that were left. So the pants cost another $120.

Christmas preparations

Halloween is over and now we are seeing the lights and decorations beginning to appear on houses. The shops have been playing Christmas music for weeks, and Starbucks had its Christmas cups ages ago and now has the full decorations up.

One of the houses near us now has three huge inflatable snowmen in their drive. Spot lit too! Lovely. And the line up for Christmas lights in Home Hardware was the only part of the store that was crowded.

If you want a fun Christmas read, then try “How to be Canadian”. We read it when we first got here and really found it amusing.


At school, we have been going to the parent information meetings on college applications. It is something that will keep us busy for a while yet. Kids are applying in the next few weeks, especially if they are going to US colleges or the big ones back east (McGill and Queens). Local colleges have deadlines in the new year.

Of course plans for the Grad parties are well underway and we look forward to really dressing up and embarrassing our daughter at the first Grad party in June.

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