2021 Scholarships

The Hastings Elementary PAC has granted scholarships to graduating high school students from Templeton and Vancouver Technical, in the amount of $1000 per school.
Nominees must be Hastings Elementary alumni who are going on to post-secondary education and have demonstrated exemplary community service during their time in secondary school. The PAC gives the school administration and staff full discretion to nominate and award the students they feel meet the requirements.

Templeton – x4 $250 scholarship recipients:

Recipient:  Jessica C.

Why they were nominated (contribution to Templeton / Community):
– Athletics grade 8-11
– Strong grades
– Active in school with clubs: Chemistry club, Foods club, Women’s robotics club, Yearbook
– Volunteering: Hastings Corn Roast (2017), Kids First, Hastings Spring Fair (2018), Little Mountain Place, BC Children’s Hospital

School they will be attending: UBC
Subject they intent to study: Science

Recipient:  Christina D.

Why they were nominated (contribution to Templeton / Community):
– Strong student
– Tons of volunteering: Little Mountain Place, Three Links Centre, Kids First program, student council with mini school, Hastings Spring Fair and Corn Roast (2017)

School they will be attending: University of Toronto
Subject they intent to study: Life Sciences

Recipient:  Elizabeth W.

Why they were nominated (contribution to Templeton / Community):
– Academic achievement
– Top scholar grade 8-12
– Volunteerism and school activities: Yearbook, Robotics, student council with mini school, environmental youth alliance, neighbourhood clean ups, Hasting Corn Roast and Spring Festival (2017), Three Links Care Centre
– Athletics grade 8-11
School they will be attending: UBC, SFU, Waterloo or University of Toronto
Subject they intent to study: Computer Science

Irene X.

Why they were nominated (contribution to Templeton / Community):
– Wonderful student
– Volunteered with LEOs Club to do work in the community for the past 5 years.  Some events: parent-teacher nights/cancer fundraisers/food drives/Hastings Rec and Reading program leader (July 2019), Hastings Winter Warm up (2018),
– Templeton Athletics – team manager, school clubs

School they will be attending: UBC
Subject they intend to study: Accepted to Sauder School of Business

Van Tech – $1000 scholarship:

Recipient: Dylan K.

Why they were nominated (contribution to Van Tech / Community):
– class leadership
– charisma, encouragement of others
– commitment to French language
– great all around student

School they will be attending: SFU
Subject they intend to study: Kinesiology

Congratulations to all of the recipients!

June PAC meeting minutes

In case you missed the general PAC meeting on Wednesday, June 23rd, the minutes can be found HERE, and minutes from this and all other general PAC meetings can be found at http://hastingspac.ca/meetings/

An important note about cell phone use at school from Vice-Principal Susan Dent is included.


We will be joined by our Principal and Vice Principal, who will give reports on school happenings as we wrap up this exceptional year, plus a preview of what’s to come in September.

All parents and guardians of Hastings School students are welcome and encouraged to attend. We very much hope you will join us.

The Hastings School Parent Advisory Council is having a general meeting on Wednesday, June 23rd from 7-8:30pm, on Zoom.

Please find the meeting agenda HERE (179kb pdf)
Please find the minutes from the May meeting HERE (241kb pdf)

We hope to see you there!

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 830 6771 8284
Passcode: 462259

Indigenous Peoples Day

TODAY is Indigenous Peoples Day!

Check the Hastings School website for more info on the above Coast Salish inspired project plus more beautiful art around the school.

If your child has participated in any projects celebrating Indigenous Heritage Month, please send a photo to info@hastingspac.ca – we’d love to feature it on the PAC website!

The Hastings Anti-racism Committee (HARC) is a sub-committee of the Hastings PAC, and would like to share the following message…

Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day!!

Today is a day to recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions of the first peoples of this land – First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. We hope you find the below links helpful for starting some conversations and planning events with your family!

1. Consider adding your name to the petition calling for all BC educators to receive mandatory training in the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

2. The First Peoples’ Map of BC has just launched. It’s a unique platform where Indigenous people can upload their local languages, cultural touchpoint and highlight local artists.

3. Urban Ink is a Vancouver theatre company that uplifts Indigenous and diverse voices through storytelling and performance and they are celebrating their 20th anniversary!
Check out Urban Ink

4. Orene Askew, aka DJ O Show, is a local DJ, a member of the Squamish Nation council and a motivational speaker. Also being black and a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community has given her a unique perspective and now a documentary is being made about her!
Learn More

5. Now that we can travel throughout the province again (hurrah!), maybe the Indigenous Tourism BC website can help plan your trip. 

 6. Join Autumn Peltier – 16-year-old Chief Water Commissioner from Anishinabek First Nation – in calling for an end to boil water advisories on First Nation reservations.
Tell your kids about this TEEN activist!

Student Art Show Announcement

Hastings Division 18’s Grade 5/6 students are putting on an art show and you’re invited!

A message from the class…

Hello Hastings Community!

Division 18’s Grade 5/6 students would like to invite you to our art fundraiser, ‘Building Black Futures’, starting next week at The Laughing Bean!

Our class has been inspired by the important contributions of Black icons and the Black Lives Matter movement, and has organised this fundraiser in the hopes that it can serve as a small but meaningful step in the building of Black futures in Vancouver.

This art exhibit and fundraiser will present art made by students featuring important Black trailblazers and icons. These artworks are not only visual representations, but also educational keepsakes: they include short biographies celebrating the life and accomplishments of these famous figures. It is our hope that by sharing these works with our community we can help spread their stories and contributions more widely.

This art exhibit and fundraiser will take place at The Laughing Bean (2695 East Hastings) and will run from Monday, June 21 through Sunday, June 27. The Laughing Bean is open until 4 pm every day. Artworks will be sold on a sliding scale starting at $10. The Laughing Bean accepts cash and debit. 100% of funds raised will be donated to the Hogan’s Alley Society, a non-profit organization committed to promoting and preserving Vancouver’s Black History!

We hope you can visit the exhibit!:)

Division 18 students

Happy Indigenous Heritage Month!

And now message from HARC… 

As we did for Black History Month, the PAC’s Hastings Anti-Racism Committee (HARC) will be sending out a series of emails to celebrate Indigenous Heritage Month. We encourage you, as parents, to bring some or all of these stories to your kids. Without further ado, let’s get to it!

1. Haida artist, Tamara Bell, started the growing memorial on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery – placing 215 pairs of childrens’ shoes, in tribute to the remains found by the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation at the residential school there. Above the memorial, a sign reads,

‘Know more than the names of the land. We are past the point of gratitude. It’s time to commit to more than live, work and play.’

A land acknowledgement rolls easily off most people’s tongues but how much do you know about the people you are thanking?
Learn more about the…

Musqueam Nation 
Tsleil Waututh Nation – People of the Inlet
Squamish Nation

2. Abigail Echo-Hawk, of the Pawnee Nation, and the chief research officer at the Seattle Indian Health Board, asked for PPE to help protect the community from Covid-19. She received something very different and turned it into an act of resistance and resilience.

Read the Story

3. Speaking of fashion, Supernaturals Modelling, is the first Indigenous Modelling Agency.

Learn More

4. Let’s stay in the fashion category…Christian Allaire, member of the Ojibwe Nation and a writer for Vogue magazine, has just released his first book – “The Power of Style – How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures.”

Learn More

5. Kaniehti:io Horn, member of the Mohawk Nation, hosts a new podcast – ‘Telling Our Twisted Histories,’ in which Indigenous stories are decolonized and retold.

Learn More

6. A month-long gathering and showcase of Indigenous Performing Arts and Indigenous artists has already begun as the Talking Stick Festival (TSF) continues its 20th Anniversary celebrations!

Did you know June is also Filipino Heritage Month AND Pride Month?! SO many people and stories to celebrate!! 

Lost & Found Trolley is out!

Our Vice Principal Susan would like to remind families that the Lost & Found Trolley is out!

On most mornings as school commences (unless it’s raining), the trolley is wheeled out to the sidewalk in front of the main entrance on Franklin. Parents are welcome to come take a look and hopefully retrieve those lost items!

Susan says the best way to keep your kids stuff out of the lost & found is to LABEL YOUR CHILD’S BELONGINGS. It’s as easy as using a permanent marker in the neck label. While staff make every effort to unite lost items with their owners, they can only do that if the item is labelled.

An alternative to marker, are stickers with your child’s name. If you plan to label your child’s items before the start of September, please consider ordering Mabel’s Label’s and supporting the Hastings PAC’s ongoing fundraiser! 20% of every order goes to the PAC’s operating account, and is used for many important initiatives at our school. With the lack of fundraising events due to COVID this year, such as Spring Fair, Burger & Bevvie, and Bingo Night, small fundraisers like Mabel’s Labels help a lot!

Click above and look for ‘Hastings PAC (Vancouver)’. Thank you in advance for your support!

The Walking School Bus is doing a call out for committee members!

It's cool to walk to school

The super popular Walking School Bus (WSB) was suspended due to COVID, but we are hopeful that we can get it up and running again soon!

The WSB not only helps parents get their kids safely to school, it also provides leadership opportunities for senior students and for students to form connections between different grades and programs. It also provides a fun way for students to have additional physical activity on a daily basis, and to decrease the level of vehicle congestion around school. In an era of growing awareness around climate change, every participant in the WSB is taking steps forward to the planet we want to have in the future.

An initiative like this take organizing and planning, so if you are interested in being involved in the restart, please email the PAC at info@hastingspac.ca and we can connect you with other parents.