Hello to the DW Poppy community!
My name is Diane Smillie and I am delighted to be appointed the new Principal of DW Poppy. My skill set has been recognized in Langley with roles of Department Head, Instructional Lead and Vice Principal at the Secondary level. Further to that, I have also experienced the role of Worldview and Perspectives Lead and Vice Principal at the Middle School level. I am excited to join the Redhawk’s team as Principal.
I look forward to getting to know all members of DW Poppy’s community: students, staff, parents and friends of the school. It is a privilege to join the Redhawk learning community and continue to build on the school’s culture of learning through meaningful relationships, connectedness and an environment of care.
DW Poppy takes pride in its traditions of a strong academic program with redesigned curriculum in both a linear and semester schedule. The learning community demonstrates its success with an exceptional graduating rate, theatre, athletics and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Work continues in acknowledging the Truth and Reconciliation and valuing First Peoples Principles in our lessons. Our strengths are all different, and our differences are our greatest strengths. All students can find a place of belonging by recognizing their strengths and build on their resilience within their stretches.
I will work hard to continue to uphold these programs and have an open door to welcome discussions.
DW Poppy Secondary School