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About Herbert Spencer Elementary
École Herbert Spencer School was built in 1911and is one of the oldest schools in the New Westminster School District. We are an elementary school comprised of Grades K-5. Our dual track English and Early French Immersion School has a current population of 485 students, across many diverse cultural backgrounds and languages.
Ecole Herbert Spencer School is located in the historic Queens Park neighbourhood adjacent to Queens Park itself, the largest park in the city and home to many of the cities renowned Parks and Recreation facilities. Among these is Queens Park Arena home to our beloved New Westminster Salmonbellies. The neighbourhood surrounding the school is comprised of some apartment/condo dwellings and many of the oldest heritage homes in the city.
The school is named after Herbert Spencer, a Victorian era biologist and philosopher born in England, on April 27th, 1820. Spencer was the editor of The Economist in 1848 and worked with many of Britain’s leading intellectuals of Victorian Britain. One of the most influential figures in sociology and psychology at the time, he is infamous for his controversial views on society and although not widely known he is believed to have coined the phrase “survival of the fittest” several years before Darwin.
The school goals focus on the development of literacy, numeracy and social responsibility. We have many programs that support the social, emotional and academic programming of students. There is an active choir, track and field and run clubs, activity-based community school programs, and a well developed music program.
Our school is located at 605 Second Street, New Westminster, B.C. V3L 4R1. Our Principal is Tracy Fulton, our Vice-Principal is Patti Peterson and our Secretaries areChris Walton and Ann Michaud. Please contact us at 604-517-6030 or fax us at 604-517-6031.
Our Vision Statement: The staff at Herbert Spencer School will provide a positive educational experience for students. We expect that students will acquire the attitudes, skills and knowledge they require to become successful and contributing citizens.