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The exhibit highlighted teaching and learning around international-mindedness and how that manifests itself in our Mulgrave community.

Boards decorated by students featuring family pictures of cultural festivities and descriptions/reflections about traditions of significance to them not only offered many learning opportunities but served as a great reminder of how diverse our Mulgrave community is.

The exhibit also introduced us to the teachers on Mulgrave's Global Citizen group. Their profiles gave us an opportunity to get to know them better and learn more about what global citizenship means to them. In the words of Mr. Moore, "caring and looking after each other" is an important part of what being a global citizen is about.

Being kind to the environment is one way we are responsible global citizens and school-led green initiatives played an important role in the exhibit.

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Prior to Al Bateen Secondary, Chiara was IB DP Coordinator and University Advisor at Rome International School in Rome, Italy. Chiara has worked in schools that offered a variety of curricula, including the English curriculum (GCSEs and AS levels), the IB curriculum (Diploma Programme and Primary Years Programme), and international GCSEs.

In addition to her professional experience, Chiara holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Language from University of St. Andrews in the UK, a Ph.D. in Logic from University of Pisa in Italy, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Distinction from University of Nottingham in England, and a Bachelor's Degree in History and Philosophy from Sapienza University of Rome in Italy. Chiara brings a wealth of knowledge from schools around the world and will be a wonderful addition to the Senior School and to the Mulgrave community. Chiara will be visiting Mulgrave for a week after Spring Break with her husband Darren.

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Gr. 10 student Nicholas Hilkewich recently participated in the 2017 Lower Mainland Region Swimming Championships on February 18/19 as part of the West Vancouver Otters Swim Team. He is improving quickly under the excellent Otters coaching staff and is beginning to place well in recent competitions. Nick participated in In the 14-and-over boys competitions and took home the gold medal in the 50m backstroke, the silver medal in the 100m freestyle and the bronze medal in the 200m backstroke. Pictured with Nick and his medals is one of the Otters coaches, Nathan Clement, who represented Canada at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil where he placed 7th in the 50m butterfly. Nick continues to train hard up to six days a week and is continually improving on his swim times with a goal to make the National Group Team in the near future.

If you know of any other students who should be recognized for 'Going for Gold' based on their out-of-school athletic achievements, please contact Mr. Leduc or Mr. Catliff.


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Congratulations to both the Boys AND Girls Gr. 8/9 'A' basketball teams for winning their individual Mulgrave Invitational Tournaments last weekend (March 3rd-4th) with a combined 7-0 record!

The boys opened the tournament with a 73-36 win over Elphinstone in front of a packed gym on Friday at lunchtime. Player of the game was Behbod P. whose dominance down low in the paint was unstoppable and he nearly recorded a triple-double with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks. The boys' next game was Friday night against Southpointe and behind Isaac M.'s five three-pointers and Jed's double-double (10 points and 11 rebounds) Mulgrave rolled to an 82-43 victory. Jed was named player of the game in the team's highest scoring output of the season. This set up a final match on Saturday afternoon against our Caulfield neighbours Rockridge. This game involved another Behbod domination down low totaling 17 rebounds but player of the game (and overall Tournament MVP) was Isaac M. with a massive 29 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to bring home the trophy.

The girls played two games against both Khalsa and A.R. MacNeill on Friday and Saturday. The depth of the girls' team was certainly on full display over the weekend as players like Lindsay I., Julia C., Zemin Z., Nina G. and Sarah B. had terrific tournaments. The Titan girls beat Khalsa with scores of 45-20 and 62-26 and defeated A.R MacNeill 42-28 and 52-36. The Tournament MVP for the girls was Sophie MB whose strong all-around game was evident all weekend and in the final game finished with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals.

Unfortunately, the MIT tournament was the final event of the winter basketball season for the Gr. 8s and 9s, but it now gives everyone some time off before 'Mustangs' season starts back up in April. One final team event for the Gr. 8/9 Boys is the Father-Son game on Tuesday March 14th at 6:00 PM in the Main Gym.


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Congratulations to Jordan H. (Gr. 12) and Nelli L. (Gr. 11) on being selected to the All-Star Teams on the North Shore for Senior Girls Basketball in 2017! Seventeen players were selected in total by the consensus of the Senior Girls basketball coaches in the North Shore Premier (AAA) Division. Jordan, or 'JoJo', is a Second-Team All-Star and is a key leader of the Lady Titans due to her positive attitude, fantastic court vision and high basketball IQ. Nelli is a Third-Team All-Star and is known as one of the most aggressive and competitive players around the league. She is a fearless defender and one of the strongest three-point shooters on the Lady Titans.


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Anna E., a Grade 10 student with an ambition nearly as big as her heart, had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet President Bill Clinton last week. Anna is among five Mulgrave students who were selected to be a part of Spark, an organisation aimed to develop higher education and entrepreneurship to empower young, ambitious people to lead their conflict affected societies into prosperity.

Her experience was moving and inspiring, and she has agreed to share with us some of the wisdom she learned.

Q: What was it like meeting President Bill Clinton?

Anna: It was an a very exciting and motivating experience! The presentation was one of the most breathtaking and impacting experiences I have had in the course of my life. The focus of the talk was on philanthropy and empowerment through education. When you talk to President Clinton, he's so connected and personal. He has a way of engaging with his audience that makes you feel like he's speaking with you directly, and when I had the opportunity to meet him, he was so engaged that he made me feel like I was the only person in the room. After I spoke with him he said, "I can see that you will be a successful leader in the future." I want to focus on Social Entrepreneurship after Mulgrave, so this was a really inspiring experience.

Q. What surprised you the most about the experience?

Anna: Going into this talk, I had a lot of preconceived ideas about President Clinton through things I've heard in the media and other people's opinions. I was shocked at how wrong I was about him. He is an incredibly kind and warm-hearted person, and he has done so much social good. One of the things he said that really stuck with me was, "You can't judge someone before you know them - you need to know their story. Stories are everything and we should always hear other people's stories before making assumptions about them." I think that's a really important lesson in life - that you should never judge anybody until you know them personally and have heard their story or justifications for their actions.

Q. What inspired you the most about this talk?

Anna: President Clinton told a story about a trip to China he took many years ago. He went into a small village to visit with the people, but what he didn't know was that there was a young girl with a severe physical disability hidden in the upstairs of the house that he was visiting. She was hidden away during his visit because the community was ashamed of her and her disability. Many years later, that girl became an advocate for people with disabilities and worked to mobilise awareness about her issue later on in her life, and she had a chance to meet President Clinton and share her story. President Clinton said to us that we are the ones who are disabled by our insensitivities and for not being able to see her beauty, and that we should be there to support people with disabilities rather than prejudice them.

I was also impressed that he still wears a bracelet that was given to him by a girl in Cambodia, who had a really profound impact on him. He still wears the bracelet as a reminder to be thankful for what he has, and to always give back in any way he can.

Q. Anything else you took away from this talk?

Anna: President Clinton educated us on ways to give back in the world, and said that a book he lives by is The Four Agreements. I have already gone out to buy the book!

Q. What are your personal philanthropic goals?

Anna: My first goal is to help local communities in Canada and Mexico. I have started a non-registered charity called the 360 Campaign, which is a Syrian Refugee initiative aimed to help those who have experienced the devastating Syrian war. I have a local and a global goal: My local goal is to sponsor two families to immigrate to Vancouver. My global goal is to help children safely make the trip from Syria to Greece. Once they are in Greece, there is a programme set up with a network to help them with critical needs such as food, water, shelter, medical provision, but it will also help to support them through education, legal support and creating jobs for refugees in the community. You can learn more about the 360 campaign by visiting: 360campaign.org

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MARCH 17, 2017


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