Britannia Secondary School has been an important part of the Grandview landscape for well over a hundred years. Now, it is on a list of schools that could potentially be shuttered because the BC Liberals refuse to fund education for the people (as opposed to their extravagant funding of private schools). In addition, as many will know, the entire Britannia Community Services complex is up for renewal and that must affect the school’s future.
Britannia School is one of those “invisible” markers showing the socio-economic changes affecting our neighbourhood. Rightly or wrong, Britannia has a reputation as a rough (i.e. “working class”) school and, regardless of the community’s needs, many of the people who have moved into Grandview during this current gentrification era refuse to send their children to the school, preferring to bus them out. They are encouraged by the privatize-at-all-costs Fraser Institute (the American Koch Brothers own “think” tank) which regularly scores Britannia with a failing grade. And this gentrified thinking reduces the school registration.
This coming Thursday, an activist group seeking to protect Britannia Secondary is holding a public meeting to discuss the issue. It takes place at the former Astorino’s (NW corner of Venables and Commercial) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Everyone welcome!