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Mulgrave will be joining thousands of students from across BC in May as participants in the provincial Student Vote 2017 campaign for the BC Election, facilitated by @CIVIX. They will be using the same tools as a typical polling station with a voting registry, ballots, voting screens, elections officers and more.

Student Vote @ Mulgrave takes place on May 5 (advanced polls) and May 8 before school, at recess, and at lunch. All you have to do is research candidates and parties, show up and vote when polling stations are open. Mulgave will vote in the Sea-to-Sky West Vancouver riding. Check out details about the parties and candidates here.

In the last BC elections with Student Vote, students elected an NDP majority government, while in the "real" electoral world, adults voted the BC Liberals back into power. How about this time?

Student Vote is run by our Middle School "SpeakUp" student voice leadership team.
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Running together was a great way to develop that special Mulgrave Community Spirit. A big shout out to Alyssa S. who was our sole grad running this year, having had her last formal day of school the previous Friday, and to Jose V. who became the first student to beat Mr Moore! The challenge will be returned next year I'm sure.


Smiles were broad at the end of the race, run in perfect, cool conditions, as the team reviewed their races, and the rivalries enjoyed along the way. The run was made even more enjoyable by entertainment and drinks stations along the way, making the 10km seem to flash by. As a team we placed 14th out of 100 schools. Go Titans Go!!
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This past April 8th and 9th, Mulgrave hosted the Vancouver round of the World Scholars cup for the second year. Participants competed in teams of three against other schools from the Lower Mainland. The first day all teams debated, wrote, and took a challenging test. Many of the debate topics were 'unlikely' to actually happen, such as bring the dead back to life, because of this year's theme of "An Unlikely World". After debating all morning, teams started the collaborative writing aspect. The topics included History, social studies, art, literature and science, and were also based off this year's theme. Teams had 25 minutes to plan their essays collaboratively, but after each participant must write individually. The last event of the first day was the scholars challenge: a 120 question multiple choice test on all 6 subjects. The next day began with the scholars bowl—a fast paced gameshow-meets-scholar's-challenge team event. Questions were displayed on the screen, and each team had 15 seconds to buzz in their answer. Afterwards, there was a show case debate and talent show before awards. The talent show allowed students to show off their nonacademic side while still having a lot of fun.

Participating in the World Scholar's Cup was a life-changing experience. It gives one the chance to meet students from beyond their school and community, while also forcing everyone to think more creatively and open-mindedly.

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On Tuesday April 25th Jose V. (G8) participated in a North Shore Preliminary track event at Handsworth Secondary. Jose ran the 1500m race (just under four laps of the track) and came in second place in his heat! This means that Jose, along with the people with the 12 fastest times from prelims will be heading to the North Shore Zone Championships on May 16th at Swangard Stadium.

The three fastest runners from the 1,500m race at Zones next month will qualify for provincials in Langley June 1st-3rd. Jose also plans to run in the 3,000m prelim event next week with the hopes of qualifying again for the North Shore Zones and Provincials in June.

Well done Jose and GO TITANS GO!!!

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IT'S TIME FOR THE SPRING DRIVE! @MulgraveSchool

Join our Whole-School Spring Drive May 1-5, 2017

It's time to join us in our annual school-wide drive to help Vancouver families, street youth and children in need due to poverty, mental illness, abuse and other social challenges. From May 1-5, 2017, Mulgrave will be hosting a PreK-12 Spring Drive to collect donations to support three local causes. As well, there will be an Upper School Pajama Day on Fri May 5 at a cost of $2 to join in and Pie-a-Teacher fundraiser event on Thurs May 4 (the more donations you bring in the more likely your name will be drawn) at a cost of $2 per "pie"; all funds go to support the programmes of RainCity Housing and Project Backpack listed below:

Help Street Youth:

Mulgrave families are asked to donate used or new clothing and other related supplies to Project Backpack which helps street youth through Directions Youth Services Centre in Vancouver and the North Shore Youth Safe House in North Vancouver. Directions Youth Services helps street youth 13 to 24 through a drop-in/services centre, a detox, a safe house, street outreach, and other supports for homeless and struggling youth. They are low-barrier and aim to create a safe and inclusive space in all programmes. The North Shore Youth Safe House is a place where youth, 13 to 18 years old, can come and find a comfortable and secure place to stay. The Safe House is staffed by caring and friendly youth workers 24 hours a day, 7-days a week. A stay at the Safe House can be up to 14 days with a possible extension, depending on the motivation of the youth to work towards his/her goals. The North Shore Youth Safe House is operated by Hollyburn Family Services Society.

In the Junior School, students and parents will have drop off boxes beside the world map in the JS entrance; in the ELC please drop donations off in the designated spot assigned by teachers; in the Upper School, students and parents will be asked to drop off donations to our tables in the Great Hall near the stairs by the cafeteria or Atrium front entrance. Student leaders will then fill backpacks, boxes and more to donate to Street Youth in need.

NOTE: This year we are NOT looking for used clothing donations as there is a surplus of these items available and these are not the more pressing needs for youth on the street. Instead, we are looking for new personal hygiene products and new socks and underwear for youth ages 13-24.

Support Family Housing:

Mulgrave families are asked to donate food and other non-perishable household supplies and new toys to RainCity Housing in Vancouver, helping individuals, families and children facing challenges of poverty, mental illness, addictions and more. In the Junior School, homerooms will have boxes to fill; in the Upper School, students and parents will be asked to drop off donations to our drop off tables in the Atrium front entrance or Great Hall near the stairs by the cafeteria.

In the Junior School, students and parents will have drop off boxes beside the world map in the JS entrance; in the ELC please drop donations off in the designated spot assigned by teachers; in the Upper School, students and parents will be asked to drop off donations at our tables in the Great Hall near the stairs by the cafeteria or Atrium front entrance. Student leaders will then sort through and give boxes of goods to families in need.

Encourage Child Literacy:

This year we are again asking Mulgrave community to support children's literacy through the programme called Books for Me!, a non-profit helping families in need by providing books for children 12 and under. Books for Me! gives children, who otherwise would not have books of their own, the opportunity to take home their own books to keep and to build their own libraries for free. Books for Me! collects books from schools, families, community and business organizations and distributes these books to the children who need them.

In the Junior School, students and parents will have drop off boxes beside the world map in the JS entrance; in the ELC please drop donations off in the designated spot assigned by teachers; in the Upper School, students and parents will be asked to give donations at our drop off tables in the Great Hall near the stairs by the cafeteria or Atrium front entrance. Student leaders will then deliver boxes and more to families in need.

For more details, contact G10s Ethan L lippmane@mulgrave.com or Anna E edmondsa@mulgrave.com.


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Under the wings of our new 5 year strategic plan, you will see service learning and global engagement emerge as central features in the many programmes around the school, including:

  • The new Global Experiential Learning Project (GEx) and its 'service learning week' in the Middle School.
  • The G11-12 CAS (creativity activity and service) Capstone Project, which now focusses on a 'social good' placement and core service learning experience, aligning with our emphasis on applying real-world skills outside the classroom.
  • Our new Mulgrave Passport which focusses on global intercultural understanding, personal health and wellness, and leadership.

Our developing global engagement and leadership opportunities seek to get our students engaged in our community and world. We look forward to sharing with you the impact of these initiatives on our students' personal growth and on our community.

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Issue 24.16-17

MARCH 17, 2017

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