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Headmaster’s Report 2018/19


Headmaster's Report

An Annual Measure of Meadowridge School

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Community Academics Outside the Classroom Arts Student Resources Athletics Student Life Outdoor, Experiential & Ecological Education Class of 2019 Finances Annual Fund

Acronyms to Know:

IB = International Baccalaureate PYP = Primary Years Programme MYP = Middle Years Programme DP = Diploma Programme JK = Junior Kindergarten CAS = Creativity, Activity, and Service

WWOW = Week Without Walls CWOW = Classroom Without Walls ATT = Approaches to Teaching ATL = Approaches to Learning TOK = Theory of Knowledge EE = Extended Essay

who we are community

Our school does not simply admit students; we welcome new families as friends, collaborators, supporters, and significant community members. Together, we create our school over time. Our children are our focus; their growth, learning, safety, and wellbeing are central to all that we do. It is through attention to our children that we build outstanding programs together.

Who We Are > Enrolment & Admissions

Meadowridge Students & Families Since September 2018


New Students

We looked at other schools when we first arrived in Canada, but we had come from New Zealand and were used to more greenspace. When we came to Meadowridge, we thought ‘ah, it’s beautiful!’. Then, we walked in the doors and that was it; it was the people here who made up our minds. It was a beautiful school, but the community had this special feel." FINN WHITE-ROBINSON ‘18 on choosing to attend Meadowridge



Enrolment Growth

New Families

30 from


Countries of Origin


total families

These countries include: Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Iran, Isle of Man, England, Ireland, Germany, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Phillipines, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, United States of America and Canada.





These languages include: Portuguese, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Farsi, German, Japanese, Korean, Romanian, Russian, Afrikaans, Arabic, Filipino, Thai, Punjabi, Hindi, French, Telugu, Vietnamese and English.


Who We Are > Enrolment & Admissions



Families Attended One Of Our


Applicants Attended One Of Our


1/2 Of Applicants Accepted And


Open Houses

Assessment Days

Of Accepted Enrolled

All inquiring families are encouraged to attend an Open House and experience our School through a campus tour, led by our Student Ambassadors between Grades 6 and 12. At these events, prospective families are also given a chance to meet with our current parents, speak to our teachers and ask important questions to staff about their admission to Meadowridge.

All applicants, to any grade, must undergo an age-appropriate assessment to be considered for enrolment. There are two assessment days for each age group: Early Learning (JK and K), Primary Years (Grades 1 to 5), and Middle Years (Grades 6 to 10). In addition to these assessment days, any applicants to Grade 6 and up must write the SSAT.

All admission decisions are made between January and June for enrolment to the following school year. Enrolment offers are given to those applicants who meet all of the qualifications, and whose families demonstrate a strong fit with the Mission, Vision and Values at Meadowridge.



Did you know? Meadowridge is an SSAT Test Centre.


Who We Are > Faculty & Staff



Spent on Faculty & Staff Training Sessions The faculty and staff of our school are not only employees; rather, they are central to the function of our school, and they create the culture that drives our school to constantly reflect, constantly improve, and consciously construct the programs and spaces that allow our children to thrive. Many are also committed parents of our school, a number of whom have served as staff for over 12 years, with some for over 20. They are the professional heart of Meadowridge.

Professional Development Opportunities


Compassionate Systems for Schools Youth Mental Health Conference Ensuring Safe and Caring Communities IB Category 3: Encouraging Children’s Creative Instincts in the Classroom IB Category 3: Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning IB Category 2: MYP Individuals and Societies Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education: A Focus on Adolescence IB Category 3: Engaging and Supporting Students in the Core: CAS, EE, and TOK Learning the Secrets of the English Code North West Mathematics Association Conference BC Teachers of English Language Arts Conference IB Category 3: DP TOK Helping Students Writing Strong Essays Wilderness First Aid Occupational First Aid Professional Ethics in Practice Financial Wellbeing Lunch and Learns

Supporting School & Staff Development through Professional Training




PYP Teacher IB Training

Our faculty has attended over 70 PYP workshops and are certified not only in the mandatory Category 1 Workshops, but also Category 2 and 3 training in inquiry, assessment, transdisciplinary learning and in individual curricular areas, including reading, writing, social studies, science, math, physical education, music, and art. Eight members of our PYP team have specialized training at the IB Academy and lead workshops and participate in school evaluation visits throughout North America.




MYP Teacher IB Training

Our faculty has attended over 50 MYP workshops since the programme's inauguration in 2005, including individuals and societies, language and literature, mathematics, science, design, fine and performing arts, language acquisition, the personal project, and librarianship to name a few. Two members of our MYP team have specialized training at the IB Academy and lead workshops and oversee school evaluation visits throughout North America.




DP Teacher IB Training

Our faculty has attended over 40 DP workshops since the programme’s inauguration in 2012, including language and literature, history, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, math studies, language acquisition, the CAS program, the TOK program, the extended essay, business management, visual arts, and theatre arts. Seven members of our DP team have been selected and trained to mark IB exams from around the world.


Who We Are > Faculty & Staff

The best part about working at Meadowridge is being able to celebrate successes with our students after seeing them work so hard for things, whether it is their university acceptances, accomplishments on the field or court, or hard work to improve a grade or skill set in class. BRIANNA JUST, Post-Secondary Counsellor on the rewards of working at Meadowridge






*Includes staff with multiple degrees (ex. Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science)



Employees have worked at Meadowridge for over 10 years







PYP (26), MYP & DP (32)


How long have our faculty and staff worked here?

06 20+ Years

16 to 20 Years


18 11 to 15 Years

6 to 10 Years


12 3 to 5 Years

<3 Years




Community Events

Who We Are > Volunteers & Community Events

Welcome Back Fair Headâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Socials Spirit Days Diwali Celebration Remembrance Day Assembly Holiday Carols in the Forest Christmas Assembly Lunar New Year Celebration Parent Appreciation Breakfast Convocation Golf Tournament Eid Mubarak Celebration



Athletic Support Classroom Helpers Event Support Field Trip Chaperones Graduation Committee Convocation Support Guest Speakers

Library Support Open House Ambassadors Parent Guild Staff Appreciation Events Board of Governors Committee Members



Volunteer Hours

what we learn academics

At Meadowridge, at every grade level, our children pursue questions of personal interest to themselves. While there is a broad category of inquiry, students develop, research, and answer their own questions. In this way, learning becomes active, engaged, involved, and â&#x20AC;&#x201C; most importantly â&#x20AC;&#x201C; meaningful.

What We Learn > Academic Achievement In the PYP

In the MYP

Gates-MacGinitie (GMRT) Results The Gates-MacGinitie Test is designed to assess vocabulary and reading levels from year-to-year as students progress through the grades. The test is aligned with the Common Core Standards and looks specifically at the areas of decoding, phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension.

MidYiS Test Grade 8 Students

The MidYis test is used to identify â&#x20AC;&#x153;giftednessâ&#x20AC;? and predict future academic success across multiple subject areas. Results are compared to a bank of some 1.5 million students for vocabulary, maths, and spatial aptitude. We administered this test with 40 students in Grade 8. The test evaluates:



Word fluency and understanding.

Logical thinking, manipulating numbers, and numerical concepts.

Annual Growth

Vocabulary & Reading Levels*

Grade 1

Grade Level Increase


Grade 2

Grade Level Increase

Grade 3

Grade Level Increase

3.9 4.7

Grade 4

Grade Level Increase

Non-Verbal Ability

Recognizing shapes, matching patterns, applying spatial awareness, and visual intuition.



Such as proofreading, perceptual speed, and accuracy.

% of students

who took the assessment scored in the top 25% of all test takers


Grade 5

Grade Level Increase *At the end of June 2019

7.2 In the DP

IB Diploma & IB Course Results




Point Average Points Above Grade Average in the DP the DP World Average in the DP


Grade Average in IB Course


What We Learn > Personalized Learning

Diploma Programme Assessments DP students write up to 12 assessments - two for every Subject Group - each year. Assessments are marked both by teachers from around the world (external assessment) and by teachers here at Meadowridge (internal assessment). Assessments are designed to measure students’ mastery of advanced academic skills, including: analysing and presenting information, evaluating and constructing arguments, and solving problems creatively.

Questions & Investigations Across Subject Groups Group One: Language and Literature Language & Literature How and why is a social group represented or excluded in a given text?

Group Three: Individuals and Societies Business Management Should Fraser Medical Clinic look to prioritize and improve their promotional activities as they look to introduce new revenue streams? To what extent does H&M’s racist advertisement affect its long-term profitability? History To what extent was the United States’ fear of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s growing power the most significant cause for the cancellation of the Avro Arrow? To what extent was Scottish nationalism the most significant cause of the Jacobite rising of 1945?

Group Four: Sciences In the Sciences, students have the opportunity to research, design, perform and report their own investigations. Chemistry Measuring temperature to find the Energy Content (Joules) from the combustion of marshmallows with equal masses when the surface area burned increases. An investigation into the impact of the Ionic Radii on the Lattice Enthalpies of Ionic Compounds. 12 HEADMASTER'S REPORT 2018/19

Biology How does the temperature of Trypsin and egg white solution affect the rate of reaction of the breakdown of egg white serpin proteins into amino acids?

Group Five: Mathematics

An investigation of the relationship between HDO and the prevalence of measles.

Group Six: The Arts

Physics The effect of magnets on centripetal velocities and deceleration. An investigation of the relationship between the temperature and peak intensity of wavelength between 350mm to 900mm of a tungsten filament lamp.

Internal assessment in mathematics is an individual exploration. This is a piece of written work that involves investigating an area of interest within the field of mathematics. Theatre Director’s Notebook – Private Lives: An Intimate Play by Noel Coward Geography Investigation of the Kanaka Creek watershed against characteristics of the Bradshaw Model: To what extent does the change of river characteristics in the Bradshaw model relate to flood risk?

I enjoyed being able to apply my classroom business knowledge in real-life situations. Using my learning in real-life situations allows me to merge textbook knowledge and my everyday life experiences; hence, change my experience and my perspective of the world. This really motivated me to further study Business Management. JEFFREY GUO ‘18 on applying lessons to real life

What We Learn > Capstone Projects

Capstone Projects Across the Continuum GRADE 5, GRADE 10 & GRADE 12 A unique feature of the IB programmes are the capstone projects in the final year of each. These projects require the students to showcase themselves through the lens of the Learner Profile, while incorporating aspects of the ATT and ATL in their inquiries.



Primary Years Programme


Middle Years Programme

Diploma Programme

Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perspectives of ANIMAL ABUSE influence how animals are cared for.

What are the best strategies in preparation, before, during, and after the mega 9.0 earthquake hits BC?

In understanding that CLIMATE CHANGE is a global issue, humans have a responsibility to take action.

To what extent do gaming companies create addictive games?

POLLUTION impacts human health and connects to global issues.

How do humans use behavioural science methods to train dogs to better suit our needs as a society?

People have different perspectives on how SCREEN TIME affects their bodies.

How do the lyrics of hip-hop music affect modernday teenagers?

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE has evolved, creating different perspectives and uses.

How can I spread awareness about the issue of global climate change and help reduce the carbon footprint in Vancouver households?

Human actions are changing how people think about FOOD INSECURITY and global hunger. Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perspectives on GENDER INEQUALITY has caused it to change over time. Understanding the causes of SPORTS INJURIES has led to changes in rules and makes athletes more responsible. HUMAN RIGHTS is a global issue that affects people in different ways. SPACE JUNK affects the environment and humans have a responsibility in its management.

How can I design a jet with aerodynamics to make it have a larger operational range and lower specific fuel consumption? How can the use of 3D models help doctors Improve the success rate of surgeries? How can unwanted and outdated clothing be upcycled into garments that this generation's youths would prefer to wear as daily fashion?

LANGUAGE & LITERATURE To what extent does the plot and characterization of a romance novel reflect its historical content? BUSINESS MANAGEMENT To what extent is premium pricing or price leadership sustainable to Tesla? GEOGRAPHY To what extent is NEWater a sustainable alternative to traditional water sources in Singapore? HISTORY To what extent was the success of D-Day affected by Operation Fortitude? BIOLOGY To what extent does differing wavelengths of the light spectrum alter the extent of phototropism as degree change and height change within Phaseolus vulgaris poles? CHEMISTRY What effect does the intensity of ultraviolet light have on the rate at which chlorinated water dechlorinates? PHYSICS How does wave energy convert into electrical energy as observed in a simplified model?

How can school students make living standards higher in their society?

MATH How can the minimum car travelling time in my neighbourhood be determined?

How can the training of specific muscle groups improve vertical and performance in basketball?

THEATRE To what extent does lighting build mood in theatre? VISUAL ARTS How do John Fluevog and Kobi Levi gather inspirations to create innovative shoe designs while maintaining their functionality and aesthetics?


What We Learn > Student Achievement

Year In Review FRENCH PUBLIC SPEAKING Concours d’art Oratoire Annual French-language publicspeaking competition drawing over 10,000 competitors each year Pawel P. (Grade 10) – Second Place at Provincials (Core French Category) Nancy Z. (Grade 11) – Third Place at Provincials (Core French Category)

SCIENCE Real Science Challenge 450 competitors from across the country and around the world Linda Z. (Grade 9) – Top Student in the Junior Category, First Place Sam D. (Grade 9), Annie W. (Grade 9), and Ray L. (Grade 9) – Top 10% in Junior Category

MODEL UNITED NATIONS Canadian High Schools Model UN Conference 800 delegates from across Canada Andries G. (Grade 10) – Best Delegate (UNICEF)

MATHEMATICS Canadian Math League Competition

CREATIVE WRITING Polar Expressions Writing Content

Grade 6

28 Grade 8 students published

Joshua L. (Grade 6) – First in Canada (202 schools) at the individual level Grade 6 team – Sixth in Canada (202 schools) and first in BC Grade 7 Grade 7 team – Fifth in BC

READING Fraser Valley Reading Link Challenge Competition amongst Grade 4 and 5 students from 15 local schools The Case of the Fantasy Readers (Group of Grade 4 students: Maya B., Chelsie J., Ava N., and Lux S., and Young J.) earned Third Place

HISTORY International History Bowl & Bee

Oliver G. (Grade 10) – Best Delegate (IPC)

Team of six students (Oliver G., Pawel P., Jason Z., Sunny Y., Riya L. and Joey S.) placed fourth overall in the History Bowl

Noah W. (Grade 10) – Honorable Mention (SOCHUM)

Joey S. – Third Place, Geography and History Bee

Connect Model UN Conference Andries G. (Grade 10) – Best Delegate


POETRY & PROSE BC Teachers of English Language Arts (BCTELA) Visible Voices Writing Contest Three students and four entries published in the BCTELA Visible Voices magazine, a contest drawing entries of poetry and prose from students across the province. Eliza S. (Grade 6) “The Worst and Best Day of My Life” Eliza S. (Grade 6) “Conversations With Mom” Maya S. (Grade 6) “Blue’s Story” Sam D. (Grade 9) “A Small Patch of Green”

What We Learn > Gryphon Pin & Honour Roll

Internal Scholarship Recipients

For over 15 years, the Gryphon Pin has been awarded to students in Grades 6 through 12 who thrive academically, serve the community, and find passion in co-curriculars and athletics.

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

94% earned Bronze Gryphon Pin

96% earned Bronze Gryphon Pin

98% earned Silver Gryphon Pin

97% earned Honour Roll

94% earned Honour Roll

97% earned Honour Roll

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

94% earned Silver Gryphon Pin

98% earned Silver Gryphon Pin

89% earned Gold Gryphon Pin

98% earned Honour Roll

92% earned Honour Roll

84% earned Honour Roll

Laura Baird Rosenthal Memorial Scholarship Anas H. Arif Devraj Scholarship Noah W. Hookey Family Scholarship Denise Z. The Hops “Be the Change” Award Noah W.

Graduating Recipients

Years of Gryphon Pins

Gryphon Pin, Honour Roll & Internal Scholarships

High School Recipients



Grade 12 100% earned Gold Or Platinum Gryphon Pin 96% earned Honour Roll

Alumni Scholarship Munsa Kang '19 Board of Governors’ Scholarship Award Sean Butler '19 Michael & Daphne Herberts Music Scholarship Taylor Passley '19 Greg Moore Memorial Scholarship Sean Butler '19

Gryphon Pin Requirements Community Service

School CAS Clubs

Academic Requirements

10 hours Grade 6, Grade 7

2 Service, 1 Creativity, 1 Activity, 2 of Choice (6 total)

Five subject marks at a 4 or more on a 7 point scale

15 hours Grade 8, Grade 9

Grade 6, Grade 7 Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10 Five subjects earning a total of 16 points Grade 11, Grade 12

20 hours Grade 10 20 community service hours or meeting CAS requirements Grade 11, Grade 12


outside the classroom experience

Students learn through living; they learn to cook for themselves, to canoe, to pitch a tentâ&#x20AC;Ś they learn skills which cannot be taught in a class. Students take part in a variety of novel and challenging activities that provide an opportunity for success and growth.

Outside the Classroom > Classroom Without Walls


Activities & Excursions Grade 6

Evergreen Cultural Centre Coquitlam Crunch iPad Movie Festival French Voyageur Coding 101 HR MacMillan Space Centre Track and Field Meet Buntzen Lake Hike

Grade 7

Museum of Vancouver Archaeological Dig Spanish Celebration UBC Botanical Garden Ancient Technology Workshop Powerhouse at Stave Falls Tour Track and Field Meet French Celebration WildPlay Ropes Course

Grade 8

Widgeon Creek French and Spanish Food Festival Poetry Workshop Vancouver Aquarium PHE Nutrition and Fitness Workshop Comparative Religions Tour Whonnock Lake Water Adventures Design Workshop Lock Box Teamwork Workshop

CWOW is a program which is aptly named: quite literally, we are extending the classroom beyond the normal confines of four walls and a strict timetable. As we expand the space and time for learning, we expand the conscious awareness and capacity of our students.

Grade 9

Grouse Grind Library Orientation Civic Mirror Reframing Relationships Workshop Language and Literature Workshop Math Workshop Career Fair Concours D'art Oratoire Amazing Race Boundary Bay Regional Park

Grade 11

Dedicated Personalized Subject Activities

Grade 10

Grouse Grind General Fusion Vancouver Aquarium Competitive Story Writing Workshop Career Fair Spanish Cuisine Concours D'art Oratoire Track and Field Meet Individuals and Societies Workshop

Grade 12

Dedicated Internal Assessment Blocks




dedicated to immersive, experiential learning



dedicated to CWOW activities



student participation from Grades 6 through 12

CWOW allows us to explore communities outside of our school. Our Grade 9 students went to the UBC Land and Food Systems Department to collect carbon dioxide emission data from a variety of soils and learn about the factors affecting emissions. Students also toured a research farm to learn about the latest developments and contributions made by UBC research scientists in this field. This complemented our unit on Environmental Biology. DEEPTI RAJEEV, Teacher on the Grade 9 CWOW trip to UBC


Outside The Classroom > International Travel


International Travel Opportunities

"It's amazing that each person played a role in planning and managing the trip. We had to work together as a group and this reminds me of the definition of community - all of us living and working together as part of a just community. The week-long service project showed me that there are many children in need and as a group we can do a lot to help them. We helped build a primary school; this had a big impact on me. Another thing that really stood out to me is the family that has worked for several generations to preserve the Dos Santos Trail. We learned so much about the flora and fauna from them. They know the place so intimately; they could tell us about each plant and insect that lives there". SIMON X. High School Student On the DOE Gold Trip to Costa Rica

Costa Rica Service Trip Grade 7 & 8 Students

Meadowridge has been travelling to Costa Rica to help with the Sea Turtles since 2015 (every two years) and worked with Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST) on our previous trip in 2017. Students have raised over $6,000 to donate to the organization to help with repairs and improvements to their biological station or provide supplies for their work. LAST has used the money to: Repair an outboard motor Build a new water tank and tower Dig a backup well for water Purchase and install new roofing Purchase ten large polypropylene sacks for recycling storage Install one electricity regulator for solar panels The money students like ours raise is vital to the continuing operation of organizations such as LAST as government funding is sparse.

23 16 Days $6,000+ 4 Years

Student Travellers

of Service Work and Cultural Immersion

Raised for Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST)

Length of Our Involvement with LAST

Belize Science & Geography Trip

Costa Rica Duke of Edinburgh Gold Trip

A curricular trip with a cultural immersion; students learn the Science and Geography of Belize and get to know its people and customs.

A serious, multi-day expedition that relies on student planning and preparation to complete. Students take part in both a service project and outdoor excursion.

Grade 9 & 10 Students


Student Travellers


11 Days

of Curricular and Cultural Immersions & Expeditions

Grade 10 & 11 Students


Student Travellers

15 Days

of Outdoor Expedition, Service Work, and Cultural Immersion

Outside The Classroom > Week Without Walls


Week Without Walls Adventures for students in Grade 6 to Grade 12

At Meadowridge, our Grade 6 to 12 students start and end the year a little differently than at most schools. Our WWOW trips are taken as a grade and are meant to create and solidify bonds between students and teachers. In September, the trips set the tone for the year to come, and the spring trips are something that our students and teachers look forward to every year. While they extend personal and social learning, they also add significantly to intellectual development.

Grade 6

Camp Potlatch (Squamish, BC) three days, two nights

Victoria, BC Adventure three days, two nights

Grade 7 Rockridge Canyon (Princeton, BC) four days, three nights

Drumheller, AB Adventure five days, four nights

Grade 8

Grade 9 (cont.) Victoria, BC Adventure three days, two nights

Grade 10 Indian Arm Voyageur Adventure (Vancouver, BC) four days, three nights

Wells, BC & Barkerville, BC four days, three nights

Grade 11 Loon Lake

Rockridge Canyon

(Maple Ridge, BC) three days, two nights

(Princeton, BC) three days, two nights

Pearson College Science Retreat (Victoria, BC)

Qualicum Bay

three days, two nights

(Vancouver Island, BC) three days, two nights

Grade 12

Grade 9 Alouette Lake Voyageur Adventure (Maple Ridge, BC) three days, two nights

Loon Lake (Maple Ridge, BC) three days, two nights



Experiences & Adventures

Across British Columbia and Alberta BC Aviation Museum Royal BC Museum Victoria's Chinatown Bug Zoo Miniature World British Columbia Parliament Buildings Hoodoo Trail East Coulee School Museum Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology Horseshoe Canyon Horse Thief Canyon Atlas Coal Mine Qualicum Bay Salish Sea Centre Ross Bay Tour University of Victoria Mount Tolmie Craigdarroch Castle Christ Church Cathedral Fort Rodd Hell's Gate, Fraser Canyon Barkerville Historic Town and Park Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific


Student Participation for students in Grades 6 through 12


Outside The Classroom > Duke of Edinburgh Award Program

Duke of Edinburgh Award Program at Meadowridge


Bronze Awards


Silver Awards


The Duke of Edinburgh Award develops well-rounded students while encouraging an education built on experience. Students challenge themselves in the areas of service, skill development, physical recreation, adventurous journey, and a gold project. Through this program, students learn the resourcefulness and independence that will lead to future successes.


Gold Awards


achieved this year.


How Meadowridge Supports Students to Achieve the Award Creativity, Activity, and Service Clubs

Week Without Walls Trips

Our Co-Curricular Club system includes a vast array of CAS clubs.

The Adventurous Journey component of the award is built into our WWOW trips for students in Grades 9 and 10.

Creativity provides the opportunity for students to focus on Skill Development.

Grade 9 Students complete the Practice and

Activity provides the opportunity for students to

Qualifying Journeys on their 3-day, 2-night trip paddling up Alouette Lake.

take part in Physical Recreation.

Service provides the opportunity for students to engage in Community Service.

Grade 10 Students complete the Practice and Qualifying Journeys on their 5-day, 4-night trip paddling up the Indian Arm.

WWOW Trips qualifying students for the Bronze and Silver Adventurous Journeys.

1 of 4 Pilot Groups

selected to pilot the Online Record Book for logging participant hours, goals, reflections, and assessors' reports.



supported with Gold Project and Adventurous Journey Opportunities. 20 HEADMASTER'S REPORT 2018/19

The Gold Standard Over the last few years, Meadowridge has facilitated ways for students to connect and plan Gold Expeditions together whilst exploring the beauty of British Columbia. Nine students planned a fiveday, four-night trip to hike the Juan de Fuca Trail. There was an opportunity for students to complete the Gold Project and the Gold Adventurous Journey through a World Challenge led program in Costa Rica. Twenty students also completed a four-day hike through the Old Hudson Bay trail in Hope, BC in the fall.

Costa Rica Duke of Edinburgh Extended Field Trip


Gold Project & Gold Adventurous Journey Gold Project Students worked at an elementary school in Costa Rica for five full days, helping to move a greenhouse and a hydroponics garden. This involved heavy lifting, digging, pouring concrete, constructing and planting. Gold Adventurous Journey Students completed a multi-day backpacking hike through the Zona Santos Trek, a true test of their resilience, stamina and group cohesion. Hiking for eight to ten hours each day, students had to carry all their equipment, food, and contingency resources for the group.

Outside The Classroom > Field Trips

Field Trips Field trips are an integral part of our curriculum. Starting from Junior Kindergarten, students across the Continuum benefit from purposefully planned, one-day classroom workshops and off-campus experiences. By engaging learners with direct experiences and focused reflection, students increase their knowledge, develop skills, and make their own connections to classroom learning. It is through experience in a rich environment that we learn our most valuable lessons.



Classroom Workshops and Off-Campus Experiences




12 Junior Kindergarten 10 Kindergarten 16 Grade 1 09 Grade 2 07 Grade 3 14 Grade 4 10 Grade 5

11 12 15 12 10

09 Grade 11 09 Grade 12

PYP Field Trips

MYP Field Trips Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10

DP Field Trips



Field Trips Added Across the Continuum

Students visited the Vancouver Art Gallery, where they had the vice president of Savannah College of Art and Design take them on a tour of the current exhibit, Guo Pei: Couture Beyond. Students received a firsthand look at how a theme can play out in a different medium: fashion design. Students saw how Guo Pei incorporated very obvious themesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ming vases, architecture, and the militaryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;into her pieces. Students also learned how an artist can lead audiences through their collection with thoughtful design and placement, which helps them to plan for their own exhibitions in Grade 12. RHONDA LAURIE, Art Teacher on the DP Art class visiting the VAG

Across the Continuum

Field Trips begin in Junior Kindergarten and continue through to Grade 12


how we express ourselves arts

The Arts are central to our lives, and central to our school. Our world is filled with music, art, film, digital representation, acting and comedy, speeches, and creativity. As artificial belonging grows in capacity and spreads across every aspect of our lives, it is through the arts that people will find meaning, worth, and accomplishment.

How We Express Ourselves > Arts

Arts in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 5

Arts in Grades 9 through 12

Weekly music classes with specialty teachers begin in Kindergarten and continue through to Grade 5. Visual Arts, meanwhile, begin in Junior Kindergarten, with weekly, specialist-led classes introduced in Grade 2.



of students

in Grades 2 through 5 take part in the Junior Art Program. This includes weekly class time with our dedicated art teacher in the Junior Art Room.

Arts in Grades 6 through 8 Every student in Grade 6 through 8 takes part in the Arts Rotation, immersing themselves in Visual Arts, Drama, and Music over the course of three terms. Students are supported with specialty classes and dedicated Arts teachers. in Grades 6 through 8 take part in the Arts Rotation, with an entire term dedicated to one of three art classes: Visual Arts, Drama, and Music.



In Grade 9 students elect to pursue an art further â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one of Visual Arts, Drama, or Music â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with weekly classes led by dedicated teachers in specialty classes.

MATRICULATION IN ARTS Grade 9 Grade 10 25% Music 27% Drama 48% Visual Arts

30% Music 25% Drama 45% Visual Arts

Grade 11

Grade 12*

9% Music 36% Theatre 27% Visual Arts

37% Theatre 23% Visual Arts *DP Music introduced in the fall of 2018

of students

Music education is an integral part of student learning at Meadowridge. Music education allows students to build self-esteem, increase listening, math and communication skills and enhance their creative potential. BARB DURNO, Music Teacher on the benefits of Music education


How We Express Ourselves> Visual Arts & Music


Visual Arts The visual language of art is universal. As artists, students learn to develop skills and techniques to see, interpret, and communicate the world around them using a unique language. Our arts program is designed to foster imagination and originality, while empowering students as both artist and learner of the arts.

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Specialty Visual Arts Teachers Art Gallery Exhibitions

in the E. Boyd & H. Burke Gallery

There are many skills to be learned, and many performances and displays to prepare. Through this our school has produced many artists, and importantly, many people who understand, appreciate, and infuse the arts into every area of their lives.


Performances by PYP Students

Curricular and cocurricular performances by students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5â&#x20AC;&#x201D;featuring marimbas, hand drums, woodwind instruments, handbells, and choral literature

PYP Winter Showcase Remembrance Day Ceremony Marimba Club Performance Lunar New Year Celebration Spring Break Assembly PYP Fine Arts Fair Year-End Assembly

Bilingual PYP Showcases

Each PYP showcase features a sampling of songs sung in both English and French by our students.

3 Specialty Music Teachers


Transforming Objects: Cubism

Before drawing in the cubist style, Grade 10 students learned to draw objects from a variety of views. Students then used these drawings as the foundation for their exhibition pieces. Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; original graphite drawings were combined and overlapped into random sections and had shading applied. From this, the multiple views of the object, the foreground, and background began to blend together, transforming the otherwise common, familiar objects into something more interesting, complex, and extraordinary.

Supporting students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.


Performances by MYP Students

The MYP music program focuses on the need of developing the whole student with an emphasis on the ability to communicate with and through music and the understanding of the circle of energy that is shared between the performer and audience. To that end the program addresses the entire student through movement, vocal music (solo and ensemble), instrumental music (ukulele, guitar, bass and percussion), songwriting and recording and music appreciation. The MYP holds three music showcases a year where students from Grades 6 to 10 demonstrate their learning and development in skills and performance ability.


How We Express Ourselves > Theatre



Musicals & Plays across the continuum

The Arts spark the imagination which is fundamental to innovation and to creativity. In our School, we encourage many forms of expression and multiple ways of understanding and representing our beliefs.

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PYP Students

took part in the Willy Wonka JR. production

MYP & DP Students took part in the production of 7 Stories


Specialty Drama & Theatre Teachers supporting Grades 6 through 12

how we learn student resources

The library is the heart of our school community. It is an inviting place that stimulates learning and active inquiry, and encourages the joy of reading, viewing, and researching. It is a place where learners engage in individual and collaborative pursuits and understanding. Our library is not merely a destination, but a living human resource centre where librarians engage actively with students and the entire community.

How We Learn > Library

43,556 Books & Resources in the library collection


Themes, Showcases & Displays

Collection Highlights 713 Books Donated

738 New Library Aquisitions

including 51 Home Language Books through the Travel the Globe, Read the World Program. Languages included Chinese, Spanish, Croatian, Hawaiian, Korean, Portuguese, and Romanian.

including indigenous resources, home language books, emergent chapter books, and puberty and body health books. New language books included French, Spanish, Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Vietnamese, Japanese and Russian.



22 Library Displays



6 Student Showcases Junior Kindergarten

How We Express Ourselves Photography


How We Express Ourselves Plasticine Art

Grade 2

How We Express Ourselves Writing






Grade 8

Design Puzzles



How We Express Ourselves Exhibition

Grade 9



Grade 5

Design & Societies and Literature Castles






Community Events hosted in the Library Guide Dog Book Celebration

Noisy Reading Event

Ms. Vally and Wasabi, our resident PADS dog, dropped in for a read-aloud of new guide dog books. Parents and their children were invited to join the fun.

Grade 1 classes hosted a noisy reading event, with over 40 children and 30 parents in attendance.

Access to Over

21 Online Resources Including



What We Learn > Library

Library Student Support


MYP/DP Approaches to Learning Skills Grade 6

During weekly class visits to the Library, students exchange, talk about and read books to promote the Communication ATL skill, “read a variety of sources… for pleasure.” In Societies and Literature, students investigate the quality of people’s lives around the world. Accessing a variety of resources, to promote the Information Literacy ATL skill: “make connections between various sources of information” students create an infographic, PechaKucha, or documentary film to showcase their findings.

Grade 7

In Societies and Literature, students investigate geography and settlement, asking themselves “why is where important?” Students investigate ancient civilizations’ physical geography and create a presentation to demonstrate the Communication ATL skill, “make inferences and draw conclusions.” In Science, students investigate tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanoes using a variety of books to create a visual essay to demonstrate the Information Literacy ATL skill, “accessing reliable sources.”

Grade 8

In Societies and Literature, students practice the Information Literacy ATL skill, “understand and implement intellectual property rights” as they investigate the topics of Exploration and the Protestant Reformation. The culminating activity is a three minute speech.



Grade 9

During a Classroom Without Walls (CWOW), students take part in a scavenger hunt to orient themselves with the Meadowridge Library and its resources for an upcoming project on cloning. This activity helps students practice the Information Literacy ATL skill, “accessing reliable sources.”

Grade 10

Students conduct research for their Personal Project to strengthen their Communication ATL skills, including notetaking, locating primary and secondary sources, and evaluating sources using OPVL.

Grade 11

During a fieldtrip to Simon Fraser University’s library, students obtain a library card and complete a session on how to access the university library’s resources in an aim to strengthen the Information Literacy ATL skill, “access information to be informed and inform others.” During a Classroom Without Walls (CWOW), students complete a session on efficiently navigating the Meadowridge Library website to access academic sources for their Extended Essay.

Grade 12

In September, students take off on their Week Without Wall (WWOW) adventure to Loon Lake and take part in an editing session of their peers’ Extended Essays to practice the Communication ATL skill, “give and receive meaningful feedback.”

of PYP Students supported with dedicated library time

Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5 Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5 students have weekly library classes and are welcome to check-out books and connect with librarians independently and with their classes throughout the week. Every PYP class visit includes a book exchange and a lesson with one of four focuses:


Developing international mindedness by focusing on the Learner Profiles.


Supporting the unit of inquiry with lessons, stories and activities.


Developing a love of reading by reading aloud and promoting books through book talks.


Developing information literacy skills to help with research.

How We Learn > Technological Resources

Supporting Learning Through Technology Cohesive iPad Program Developed a more cohesive iPad Program for Kindergarten to Grade 3 which encourages students’ use of devices to inquire, create, and document learning.

Student Portfolio Software (Seesaw) Implemented student portfolio software (Seesaw) to empower student reflection, teacher insight, and parent collaboration and communication.

Professional Development Increased focus on Teacher Professional Development to support their understanding of technology. Sessions and individual meetings included LOFT screen implementation, Seesaw use, and other technologies designed to support teaching and learning.

Wireless Projection & Sound Hardware Installed Wireless Projection Hardware (Airtame) in all classrooms and in the Gymnasium, allowing teachers and students to connect to wireless projectors. The Gymnasium was also equipped with new sound hardware.

A Growing Robotics Program Students from Grades 4 through 12 learn teamwork, problem-solving, and communication skills in one of the three robotics clubs at our school. Last year, 55 students participated in either the FTC, FLL or Intro to Robotics Clubs; attended four tournaments – two league, one school-hosted – and learned an array of coding skills. Students are supported with ten EV3 robot sets and an array of tools in the Design Lab.


Loft Screens

installed throughout the school

including nine in the classroom complex, eight in the primary years wing, and single screens in the library, senior art studio, and barn. Teachers and students can connect to LOFT screens wirelessly, allowing for increased collaboration, as well as highlight, annotate and take screenshots to make connections to the digital content. The multitouch screens are easy to use, accessible to all learning levels, and supportive of our goals of bringing meaningful technology into our classrooms.

Digital Citizenship Curriculum Introduced to help prepare students to take ownership of their digital lives.

Kindergarten through Grade 8 Media Balance and Well-Being Privacy and Security Digital Footprint and Identity Relationships and Communication Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, and Hate Speech News and Media Literacy


how we play athletics

Athletics in our school is about much more than simply the physical. We want to develop skill, fitness, an understanding of sports, and enjoyment of competition, as well as a drive to excel. We also want to find the place for every child to develop these attributes, regardless of age or gender, experience or confidence. Athletics also develops physical literacy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the knowledge of how our bodies work â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as well as the personal qualities of drive, determination, discipline, and confidence through achievement.

How We Play > Athletics


Sports & Athletic Clubs Offered Volleyball Soccer Cross-Country Swimming Badminton Fencing

29 52

Golf Basketball Track and Field Strength Training and Development Fitness Club

Total Teams & Clubs

Athletics Highlights 10 Years of Fencing

On-site Kinesiologist

Marking the tenth year of the Meadowridge Fencing Club, and seven since the inaugural tournament, the Meadowridge Youth Open Fencing Tournament welcomed over 150 fencers in all three weapons: foil, sabre, and epée.

Students were supported to achieve their fitness and sport-specific goals with coaching from a registered onstaff kinesiologist.


for Grades 1 to 12

Leagues & Associations ISA Independent Schools Association ISEA Independent Schools Elementary Association GVISAA Greater Vancouver Independent Schools Athletic Association


Staff, Professional, Parent & Alumni

School District 42 Fraser Valley North


BC School Sports

+ MYP Students

Competed on at least one athletic team

Grade Level Participation 79% Grade 4

75% Grade 9

98% Grade 5

79% Grade 10

86% Grade 6

58% Grade 11

76% Grade 7

66% Grade 12

52% Grade 8

Over 200 students in the MYP were involved in Athletics, up from about 170 the previous year. This represented 72% of the Grade 6 to 10 population.



Championships & Medals

Team Championships Swimming Championship, Provincial Boys ‘A’ Grade 7 Boys Basketball Silver, ISEA Tier 2 Championship Badminton Silver, GVISAA Senior Boys Soccer Bronze, Fraser Valley Grade 7 Girls Basketball Bronze, ISEA Tier 2 Championship

Individual Awards Single & Doubles Badminton Medals at the District, Upper Fraser Valley, and Fraser Valley Levels Third Place, School District 42 Elementary Track & Field Championship Grade 4 Long Jump First Place, School District 42 Elementary Track & Field Championship Grade 4 High Jump First Place, School District 42 Elementary Track & Field Championship Grade 6 High Jump MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL 31

how we explore student life

A strong academic program is just one aspect of a well-rounded education, and we aim to educate students from the inside out by fostering a spirit of community service and action. The culture at Meadowridge builds lasting friendships, a humble confidence, and an emotional, social, moral, and physical intelligence earned only through experience.

How We Explore > Clubs & Co-Curriculars


+ Clubs Across

the Continuum 56 CAS Clubs Activity Clubs Volleyball Soccer Volleyball Team Training Volleyball Skills Fitness Club Basketball Keyboarding Yoga Track & Field Model United Nations Cricket Club Fishing

Creativity Clubs Junior Robotics Creativity and Meditation Band FTC - Senior Robotics Knife Safety Fire Safety Coding Photography Club Math Competition Club First Lego League Robotics Rock Mandala Painting Creativity and Meditation Silversmithing Creativity and Meditation Board Games Club Art Attack! Rock Mandala Painting Basic Sewing, Needle & Thread

Service Clubs Attitude of Gratitude (Card Writing) Campsite Firepit Design Coaching, Acting Coaching, Soccer Fall Garden Planting Global Citizenship Club Junior Gryphon Council Library Model United Nations North Forest Service PYP Buddies (Peer Support & Tutoring) North Forest Soil Remediation Spring Garden Plating Senior Home Volunteering Student Eye (Journalism) Yearbook

Hybrid Clubs Dance Craft for Charities Field Guide

7 PYP Clubs Soccer Creative Arts Chess Bricks 4 Kids Dance Theatre Dolphin Kids Innovators, Design Thinking

Clubs & Co-Curriculars Highlights Fundamentals of Outdoor Recreation CAS Series Introduced including Knife Safety, North Forest Field Guide, Fire Safety, and Fishing Clubs

13 New CAS Clubs Introduced including Rock Mandala Painting, Mandarin, Debate, Band, Indigenous Cultures, Chess, Cricket, Coding, Sewing and the Outdoor Recreation series

164 Students in the PYP Participated in afterschool clubs Most-Subscribed Clubs in the PYP included Bricks for Kidz, Creative Arts, and Soccer

Most-Subscribed CAS Clubs included Student-Initiated Service, PYP Buddies, North Forest Service, Photography, and the Global Citizenship Club

We just sit and focus on our work. Nobody talks; everyone is focused and quiet. For that one hour a week, kids get a chance to do something entirely different from their regular school day and activate a different part of their brain. JAMES WILLMS, OE3 Coordinator on hosting the Knife Safety CAS Club


How We Explore > Service to Others

I wanted to educate our community about the issue of youth homelessness right here in our local communities. As a privileged teenager, I wanted to do something to give back to people my own age who rely on the support of Covenant House, Vancouver. NOAH W. High School Student on supporting Covenant House in Vancouver

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External Organizations supported* through

*support is monetary as well as goods collections and awareness.

Student-Initiated Events & Campaigns

Terry Fox Runs Cops for Cancer Tour Stop Science & Service Trip to Costa Rica Chocolate Fundraiser Can Drive Jellybean Jar Guess Halloween Fun Night Plant Sales Child Haven Dinner Poppy Sales

Donut Sales Candy Gram Business Club Sales Christmas Craft Sales PYP Exhibition Kids for Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rights Fair Jeans Day Art Cards An Evening for Animals

A History of Service 27+ years Terry Fox Foundation 27+ years BC Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Jeans Day 17 years Covenant House 4 years Cops for Cancer


$1,891 $11,000 $3,607


Outreach Total $24,823









raised by Meadowridge students over the last nine years Working with the researchers and volunteers at Latin American Sea Turtles gave me a better understanding of the process and how important turtles are to other plants and animals. JADE S. High School Student on working with LAST in Costa Rica

How We Explore > School Spirit

Final House Points Tally FRASER 1,293 ALOUETTE 1,241 WHONNOCK 1,181 KANAKA 1,118



Opportunities to Earn House Points

Staff cheer and scavenger hunt Fall Spirit Day Welcome Back Fair activities (5) Terry Fox Run Four-corner soccer Library book reviews

Bottle drive Pumpkin display Teacher and staff quiz Can drive Pajama drive Beat the Winter Blues contest

Intramurals Faculty building activity Senior Council lunch events Grade 3 to 7 Track Meet PYP Litter-less Week Jeans Day

Spring Spirit Day Read the World PYP sports equipment drive Meadowridge Youth Open Fencing Tournament

how we grow

outdoor experiential & ecological education

When action is required, thinking becomes much more grounded in fact: by building, or creating, or doing something, consequences become immediate and real. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we engage so much in experiential learning. To prepare students for a lifetime of experiential learning, we introduced the MYP Outdoor Pursuits Program in Physical Health Education classes. Beginning in Grade 6, students learn a stable of outdoor skills, including fire-building, knot-tying, and shelter-building.

How We Grow > Outdoor, Experiential, Ecological Education

Ecoliteracy Built by Experience



Curricular Integration

Duke of Edinburgh Award Outdoor Pursuits

Curricular Integration Curricular integration of ecoliteracy is a thread that is continuously weaving itself throughout all grades and disciplines at Meadowridge School, even extending into the community abroad.

GRADE 3 Developed a sense of wellbeing by forest bathing and meditating on a weekly basis; and, through exploration and play, learned about the forest's flora and fauna

JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN Explored and observed the environment during daily hikes through the North Forest

Explored the traditional Kwantlen First People territory by big canoe on the Fraser River

KINDERGARTEN Observed the plant cycle by planting and harvesting a tea garden, as well as propagating plants in the greenhouse

GRADE 4 Connected to the greater community by exploring and discovering the natural resources used by Kwantlen First Peoples on their settlement on Brae Island

GRADE 1 Saw the relationship between living things by growing a pollinator garden and observing the interaction between the soil, plants, and creatures GRADE 2 Mapped the North Forest and identified human-made and natural boundaries, while seeing how humans both positively and negatively - impact the environment

GRADE 5 Explored how simple machines affect agriculture by putting simple machines into action by moving large and heavy objects around the garden GRADE 6 Practiced wellness routines throughout the year by forest bathing

GRADE 7 Harvested materials through sustainable practices to create wares to raise money for local environmental partners GRADE 8 Explored globalization and sustainability by growing food in the gardens while translating micro food production to large-scale production and seeing its impact on the natural world GRADE 9 Looked at growth factors to deepen understanding of sustainability approaches while growing and then conducting food growing trials in both the greenhouse and gardens GRADE 10 Identified the impact humans have on the natural world through exploration of the Indian Arm and the industries which reside along the body of water GRADES 11 AND 12 Conducted a geography field study along Kanaka Creek and the development of Cliff Falls


How We Grow > Outdoor, Experiential, Ecological Education

Outdoor Pursuits


The OE3 program boasts a continuum of outdoor pursuits at Meadowridge School to develop passion, resilience and empathy for our natural environment.

Meadowridge offers a learning space unlike anywhere else; here, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find a west-coast playground where students and teachers have 27 acres designed for experiential learning, practical exploration, physical activity, and mental wellness.

JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN Hiking in the North Forest KINDERGARTEN Hiking in the North Forest & at Minnekhada Park // Day Camp in the Campground GRADE 1 Fishing // Hiking at Spirea Trail & Golden Ears Provincial Park GRADE 2 Ropes Course // Hiking at Spirea Trail & Golden Ears Provincial Park GRADE 3 Voyageur Canoeing // Camp Timberline (one night) GRADE 4 Snowshoeing // Camp Sasamat (one night) GRADE 5 Nordic Skiing // Camp Jubilee (two nights) GRADE 6 Camp Potlatch (two nights) // Hiking at Buntzen Lake GRADE 7 Rockridge Camp (two nights) // Hiking at Stave Falls // Ropes Course GRADE 8 Qualicum Beach (two nights) // Voyageur Canoeing // Paddling GRADE 9 Golden Ears Provincial Park Camp (two nights) // Hiking the Grouse Grind GRADE 10 Indian Arm Canoe Trip (four nights) // Hiking the Grouse Grind GRADE 11 Loon Lake Camp (2 nights) // Group 4 Projects at Pearson College (2 nights) GRADE 12 Loon Lake Camp (2 nights) // Duke of Ed. Gold Adventurous Journey OPTIONAL


Few schools have the blessing of a forested park traversed by a fish-bearing waterway on campus. Our North Forest is connected to the campus-proper by a garden and two greenhouses, and has a cabin, barn, campground, house, three bridges, and a network of trails. Along with our dedicated experiential outdoor school learning programs, our Campus design moves learning outside the traditional four walls of the classroom and into the world.


Campus Spaces & Learning Resources

LEARNING RESOURCES Backcountry camping stoves Tents (2-person & 4-person) Expedition backpacks Mora knives Tarps (shelter building) Garden tools & shed Flow Hives Honey Bee Boxes InReach GPS device


CAMPUS SPACES 1km trail network with 3 bridge crossings Campfire pit Cookhouse Woodshed Campground Raised garden boxes (automated irrigation) Experimental and traditional greenhouses Interpretive loop

The OE3 program at Meadowridge is supported by an array of committed and well-informed community members. These members range from parents and alumni who provide expertise, time and donations to community groups that facilitate alternate learning environments and tangible student application of their knowledge and skills. It is the intent of OE3 to deepen existing community partner relationships, as well as, look to build new connections that foster greater ecoliteracy for students, families and the many circles they interact with.

Gardening allows people to practice delayed gratification and appreciate the joy that they get from the slow but sure progression. Gardening allows oneself to have a sincere passion for nature. LEO C., High School Student on the benefits of gardening

How We Grow > Outdoor, Experiential, Ecological Education



Community Partners

Honeyland Farms Dwell Tech Surrey Cedar Harvest Power South Coast Conservation Program

Alouette River Management Society Malcolm Knapp, UBC Research Forest Katzie First Nation Ridge Meadows Recycling Society WildSafe BC

Community collaboration complements and reinforces values, culture and the learning opportunities that schools can provide for their students. As such, Meadowridge School is continually looking to broaden and strengthen its engagement with community partners that are active in building a 'just community'. Through community partners, Meadowridge students are afforded opportunities to be informed by experts, take meaningful action through service and gain exposure and experience with the community that supports their well-being, and the well-being of others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.â&#x20AC;? -John Dewey

Class of 2019 graduates

At Meadowridge School, we value our students as well-rounded individuals. They are highly involved in the life of the school, as well as being engaged in an academically rigorous program. The achievements of our graduates speak to their abilities and to the dedicated, caring, and skillful teaching they have received throughout the Continuum. They leave us as confident, articulate, highly knowledgeable, caring individuals who are truly ready to embrace challenges outside of our school and shape their future.

Class of 2019 > Post-Secondary Programs & Destinations

255 45 5.7 % 100 +

Acceptances from Universities

Graduates in the Class of 2019

Acceptances per graduate

of Applicants received offers

Program Destinations 24.45% Liberal Arts (11) 13.3% Science (6) 13.3% Social Sciences (6) 17.77% Applied Sciences (8) 13.33% Business (6) 6.7% Direct Entry Medicine & Dentistry (3) 4.5% Fine Arts (2) 4.45% Gap Year (2) 2.2% Business and Law (1) (Combined Programs)

Regional Destinations International (13) 28.89% British Columbia (12) 26.7% Ontario (11) 24.44% Quebec (5) 11.1% Atlantic Canada (2) 4.5% Other (2) 4.45%

Post-Secondary Acceptances CANADA

Bishop’s University Brock University Capilano University Carleton University Concordia University Huron University College King’s University College Kwantlen Polytechnic University McGill University McMaster University Mount Allison University OCAD University Ontario Tech University Queen's University Ryerson University Simon Fraser University St. Francis Xavier University Thompson Rivers University Trinity Western University University of Alberta The University of British Columbia University of Calgary University of the Fraser Valley University of King’s College University of Manitoba University of New Brunswick University of Ottawa University of Saskatchewan University of Toronto University of Victoria University of Waterloo Western University York University

New York University Northeastern University The Ohio State University The Pennsylvania State University Purdue University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rochester Institute of Technology Savannah College of Art and Design School of the Art Institute of Chicago School of Visual Arts University at Buffalo – SUNY University of California, Berkeley University of California, Davis University of California, Irvine University of California, Los Angeles University of California, Riverside University of California, San Diego University of California, Santa Barbara University of California, Santa Cruz University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign University of Massachusetts Amherst University of Pittsburgh University of Washington University of Wisconsin - Madison


Aston University Bath Spa University Brunel University London De Montfort University King’s College London London College of Fashion Manchester Metropolitan University Queen Mary University of London Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Royal Holloway, University of London University College London University of Aberdeen University of Bath The University of Buckingham University of Birmingham University of Bristol University of Central Lancashire The University of Edinburgh University of Essex The University of Manchester University of Roehampton University of Surrey The University of Warwick


Sciences Po (France) St. George’s University (Grenada) The University of Queensland (Australia)


Babson College Boston College Boston University California College of the Arts Emory University Fordham University Georgia Institute of Technology Indiana University Bloomington Loyola Marymount University Maryland Institute College of Art The New School

Did you know?


Meadowridge is an SAT Test Centre.



Class of 2019 > Graduate Academic Results




Honour Roll Status



as outlined by the BC Ministry of Education

Earned Second Language Diploma

in either French (DELF), Spanish (DELE) or German (Goethe-Zertifikat)

Duke of Edinburgh Awards Bronze (28), Silver (21) or Gold (4)

International Baccalaureate (IB) Academic Results 2019 Average IB Pass Rate Worldwide 77.81% (from 2019)




Meadowridge 100%

2019 Average Subject Grade (max 7)


Worldwide 4.77 Meadowridge 5.33

2019 Average Total Points Score (max 45)


IB Points 7 6 5

Worldwide 29.65 Meadowridge 34

IB Levels Excellent Very Good Good

BC% 96% to 100% 90% to 95% 86% to 89%

Letter Grade A A A

Meadowridge IB Education All students earn an IB Education and there are two streams for our students entering the Diploma Programme.


In the IB Diploma, students complete three Higher Level (HL) courses and three Standard Level (SL) courses. This stream is demanding and includes university-level academics. Students must also write the Extended Essay, a 4,000-word, independent research project which equates to a first-year university paper. Students who graduate from the Diploma Programme may receive first-year university course credit for some classes.



The IB Course option still has a requirement of six IB courses, but students may choose to take them at the SL or HL levels. The decision to take the IB Course Certificate is a collaborative one, where students, along with their teachers, parents, and post-secondary counsellors, work to decide a best fit. Students consider their extra-curricular commitments, post-secondary aspirations, and other factors when making the decision.

Class of 2019 > Post-Secondary Counselling


Families Supported with Meetings & Sessions


Grade 10 Families

Meetings & Test Sessions

Parent Information Sessions

Junior Interviews for post-secondary planning with each Grade 11 family Alumni speakers for Grade 11 students Course Selection Meetings with each Grade 10 family pSAT for interested Grade 10 and 11 students Alumni connections for Grade 10 to 12 students Application essay review and feedback for Grade 12 students

MYP & DP Information Night Grade 10 DP Information Session Grade 10 DP Information Session (Mandarin translation) US Admissions Information Session UK Admissions Information Session Canadian Admissions Information Session Cracking the Code: Keys to Access and Success at US Colleges/Universities with guest speaker Peter Van Buskirk Ethos College: Athletic Recruiting Information Session Deputy Head Parent Coffee Morning: Should you be thinking about your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s road to university? How does the school support post-secondary aspirations?

Other Student Sessions How to Make the Most Out of Attending a University Fair (Grade 9 and 10) Social Media Etiquette and University Admissions (Grade 9) Introduction to Naviance (Grade 9) How to Succeed at University and Life After Meadowridge (Grade 12) LinkedIn and Alumni Relations (Grade 12) Stress-Relief Puppy Visits (Grade 12) Why A Almost Never Leads to B: The Realities of Modern Career Launch (Grade 9 to 12) Career Roundtable Event with 21 Professionals (Grade 9 and 10)

Course Selection Support Grade 10 DP Information Session with Students in Career Life Explorations (3 sessions) DP Subject Videos: Exploring DP Subject Groups Grade 10 Teacher Talks: Exploring DP Subject Groups Grade 10 Course Selection Evening with Parents Grade 10 Course Selection Speed-dating with Grade 11 students Grade 10 Course Selection Speed-dating with Grade 12 students



Grade 11 Families


University of California Application Workshop for Grade 12 students 12 Drop-In Application Support Sessions US Essay Writing Workshop for Grade 11 Students UK Essay Writing Workshop for Grade 11 Students Australian University Information Session

Scholarship Sessions Loran Scholarship Information Session University of Toronto National Scholarship Program Information Scholarship University of Toronto Lester Pearson International Scholarship Information Session Queen's Chancellor's/QuARMS Scholarship Information Session BC Excellence Scholarship Information Session Western National Scholarship Program Information Session BC District/Authority Scholarship Information Session



Grade 12 Families

Standardized Testing Support Sessions Free Practice ACT Free Practice SAT pSAT Exam Understanding Your pSAT Score


Application Sessions


University Visits

Bishop's University Johns Hopkins University McGill University Mount Allison University Simon Fraser University The University of British Columbia The University of Edinburgh The University of Warwick University of Glasgow University of New Brunswick University of Toronto Western University

University Fairs Canadian Universities Event (CUE) Vancouver International Universities Fair Vancouver Area Independent School University Fair (VAIS) St. John's Art & Design Fair



2018/19 Overview Every year the Meadowridge School Society undergoes a rigorous audit by an independent Auditor. The Auditor's Report is released in the following September to our community and the public. Financial Audit completed by MNP LLP. For the complete report visit

Meadowridge School Society


as at June 30, 2019

ASSETS Cash $10,425,030 Term Deposits $229,893 Tuition Fees Receivables $218,656 Government Remittances Receivable $191,087 Other Accounts Receivable $34,775 Inventory $341,640 Prepaid Expenses $351,479 Investments $3,083,810

$14,876,370 Capital Assets Long-Term Deposits

$28,104,057 $8,553


LIABILITIES Bank Indebtedness Accounts Payable & Accruals Unearned Tuition Revenue Government Remittances Payable Current Portion of Term Loans Due On Demand

$85,242 $1,483,111 $9,841,531 $6,872 $373,916

$11,790,672 Term Loans Due On Demand Educational Investment Fund Deposits

$12,921,185 $5,313,611 $30,025,468

Deferred Contributions




$12,597,905 $42,988,980

Meadowridge School Society





Operating $3,001,161


For Year Ended June 30, 2019

REVENUES Tuition Fees Government Grants Field Trip Revenue Program Revenue Registration & Assessments

$13,551,867 $1,742,417 $737,960 $310,243 $452,200


EXPENSES Administration $3,795,393 Operating $3,001,161 Instructional $8,448,410

Instructional $8,448,410


Excess of Revenue $1,549,723 Over Expenses From Operations

Government Grants

Registration & Assessments $452,200



Programs $310,243

OTHER REVENUES (EXPENSES) Donations $299,091 Gain On Disposal Of Capital Assets ($5,336) Golf Tournament $62,701 Investment Income $231,025 Rentals $58,225 Amortization of Deferred Contributions $50,672 Auxiliary Services ($174,412) $521,966


Excess Of Revenue Over Expenses

Field Trips $737,960

Net Assets, Beginning of Year (2018)

Tuition Fees $13,551,867

Excess of Revenue Over Expenses

NET ASSETS, End of Year


$10,526,216 $2,071,689


Thank you for your belief in and commitment to our school. Your generosity helps us to provide a world-class education where students flourish through experiential learning and inquiry-based study.


1,070,342 Amount Raised (including pledges)




The Annual 2018/19

A Record Year in Fundraising















Annual Fund Enhancements supporting learning across the continuum

THEATRE ENHANCEMENTS Lights and mirrors in theatre dressing rooms to provide performers with the space they need during productions, plays, and performances.

FISHING TACKLE Tackle for a brand-new CAS offering - the Fishing Club! - which teaches students how to not only fish, but to understand fisheries' purposes and form a connection with our local natural spaces.

KINDERGARTEN RESOURCES Multi-ethnic dolls, puzzles, markers and pencils for the Kindergarten 'Who We Are' Unit of Inquiry to help students express and explore all ethnicities and cultures.

ORIENTEERING KITS Two orienteering kits were purchased as initiation to our upcoming orienteering race. With control cards, orienteering markers, compasses, map measures and more, our students will be well-equipped to tackle this engaging challenge.

NEW LIBRARY CHAIRS Fifteen new chairs in the Library to provide our community with comfortable spots to research, read, browse, and relax.

NEW BLEACHERS & AUDIO-VISUAL EQUIPMENT New audio-visual equipment and custom bleachers to be used by everyone, for everything; these new resources will serve students during PHE classes, team practices, and clubs, and serve us all during allschool assemblies, special occasions, ceremonies and convocations.





3 4 5 6 Participation


8 9 10 11 Gift Amount*



from the 2019 Golf Tournament


*Gifts are split to both grades if a family has more than one child at Meadowridge School.



Directed Towards this Special Project



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DEMONSTRATION FOREST Trees, understory, and other resources for the Demonstration Forest, an initiative aimed at bringing the North Forest back to its natural state. Through planning and planting the Demonstration Forest, students engage in ecological restoration, develop a connection to place and, ultimately, grow a sense of empathy for the world we inhabit.

JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN CAMERAS Cameras to help bring the 'How We Express Ourselves' Unit of Inquiry to life. With new classroom cameras, students can learn about other people's perspectives while exploring their own through photography.



Our Mission Learning to live well, with others and for others, in a just community.

Our Vision People are drawn to our school from around the world. In the spirit of active collaboration with teachers, peers, and our community, we learn how to care for ourselves and for others. Knowing that change is the only certainty, we engage with challenging and complex questions effectively and creatively. Through outstanding teaching, programs, and facilities, Meadowridge develops in us the confidence not only to meet the future, but also to create it. MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL is located on the South West Coast of Canada in beautiful Maple Ridge, British Columbia 12224 240th Street Maple Ridge, BC Canada V4R 1N1 t 604.467.4444

Profile for Meadowridge School

2018/19 Headmaster's Report  

A Report to the Meadowridge Community

2018/19 Headmaster's Report  

A Report to the Meadowridge Community