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Year: 2002 – Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence Recipients
School: Alpha Secondary School
4600 Parker Street
Burnaby, British Columbia V5C 3E2
Principal: Sheila Pierce
School Telephone: 604-664-8535
School Fax: 604-664-8541
School Website: www.alphasecondary.com
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 8-12, drama
- Find ways to meet the course requirements that are fun, creative and innovative.
- Encourage students to think critically, care deeply, act wisely and fulfil their individual potentials, ready to meet the future as educated citizens and productive members of society.
- Cultivate students' aesthetic and artistic growth, and help them value cultural expression, discover and appreciate beauty and respond and reflect in an expressive yet sensitive and respectful manner.
Revitalized and expanded the school's drama program. In three years, enrolment has soared, the scope and quality of drama productions has increased, and the school is now recognized as a leader in the performing arts in the Burnaby school district. Courses are organized in three categories: exploration and imagination, drama skills, and contexts to teach a broad range of skills applicable to later life, not just the performing arts.
Since drama education requires subjective assessment techniques, Trovato devised specific criterion-based evaluation and holistic rubrics for student assessment, now adopted by drama educators throughout the school district.
Founded an extra- and co-curricular theatre company to showcase knowledge, skills and attitudes learned in class. Students participate in school-wide theatre productions, have placed in the top three in each of the past three years at the interdistrict Metropolitan Theatre Festival and second at the 24-hour Film Contest (as the only student entry) and gain acting roles outside of school.
Despite limited resources, Trovato has managed to provide students with leading-edge tools, techniques and instruction in various aspects of filmmaking, including a filmmaking course to prepare students to take advantage of growing "Hollywood North" employment opportunities.
"Jack Travato is a director. He helps direct high school plays and, more importantly, he helps give the lives of people like me direction." Former student
"In my 31 years as a teacher and administrator, I have not seen any one teacher have such an impact on a school's climate and culture as Jack Trovato did." Former principal