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HongDe Elementary

#100-688 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC V6B 1P1 • Phone: (604) 416-0386

Message from Principal

As Principal, it is my pleasure to introduce you to HongDe Elementary School, a BC certified Mandarin/English bilingual school where students and teachers learn and collaborate together.

At HongDe Elementary School, teachers and staff strive to ensure that all students are learning in a safe, inclusive, and welcoming school environment. HongDe teachers focus on facilitating the development of critical thinking and inquiry in students by following the BC Curriculum (Core Competencies, Curricular Competencies, Content, First Peoples Principles of Learning), while also modeling and teaching virtues.

HongDe Elementary School is a small and unique learning community that values the diversity and talents of all students and staff. By learning at HongDe Elementary School, your child will not only acquire language proficiency in both Mandarin and English, but will most importantly feel proud of their achievements as bilingual learners.

Mission and Vision

The name HongDe can be translated as “Promoting virtue through learning traditional culture.”

The purpose of the school is to provide an excellent education to learn about traditional Chinese and western culture values in addition to promoting virtues, or character strengths, considered important for society. 

Provide a Chinese/English bilingual education in a safe and supportive learning environment that recognizes the individual needs of each student;

Encourage students to reach their full academic, social, physical and spiritual potential;

Assist students in acquiring Mandarin and learning inherent aspects of Chinese culture;

Provide the opportunity and incentive for students to become bilingual and bicultural;

Enable students to learn and think about the world around them from different perspectives.

School Board

Valerie Overgaard, BEd (UBC), MA (UVic), PhD (SFU). Former Associate, Superintendent of Schools and District Principal for the Vancouver School Board.
Marv Westrom, BEd, MEd, PhD (U of A), Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education, UBC.
Patrick Zhao, MSc, Education Administrator.
Linda Spruston, BEd (UBC), MA (UBC). Former Elementary Principal for the Burnaby School District.