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By Heather Nolan-Wood, Director of Student Wellbeing

The wellbeing of our students has always been a priority. We maintain a keen focus on supporting social-emotional development through a student-centred education and strong connections among teachers, students, and families. This emphasis on social-emotional competence is associated with greater motivation and success in school, as well as positive outcomes throughout life. It is for these reasons that student wellbeing underpins every aspect of a Mulgrave education.  

Even before the challenges of the global pandemic, Mulgrave’s teachers and leadership teams were collaborating to address student wellbeing with even greater intention. We have created a comprehensive framework to address key areas of wellbeing using the tenets of Positive Education, founded on Dr. Martin Seligman’s research into Positive Psychology and the characteristics that make individuals and communities thrive (read more here). 

Within the Mulgrave Wellbeing Framework, we actively support students with: 

  • managing their emotions and maintaining positive emotions,
  • feeling and being positively engaged, 
  • having positive relationships, 
  • having a clear sense of meaning and purpose, 
  • being positive about their accomplishments, 
  • maintaining their physical health and wellness,
  • exploring their individual sense of identity, and
  • flourishing as they achieve their personal best.

The framework also outlines opportunities for students to develop their wellbeing through different aspects of school life, including: 

  • The formal curriculum including Life Skills and Character Education and specific units of inquiry in the EY and JS.
  • Social-emotional support provided by class teachers and homeroom advisors.
  • Co-curricular and enrichment activities, especially in outdoor education.
  • The general culture and ethos in our divisions and the school as a whole.

With the Mulgrave Framework for Wellbeing as our guide, our goal is that every student feels that they are truly known and that they belong, as they reach for their personal best in education and life. 

Please click on the image above for a video that includes insight and reflections from John Wray and students about the importance of wellbeing.



As students approach Grade 8, they do so with the excitement and anticipation of participating in Night of the Notables. This well-known English class assignment puts students in the shoes (quite literally) of a present-day or historical figure. Students research their selected notable in depth, presenting key moments of influence and 'ideas worth sharing' in the first person.

Of course, COVID restrictions required a re-think of this project, as it usually involves an exhibit component. This year, instead, notables delivered a TED Talk-style presentation and completed a questionnaire about everything from the people they most admire to quotable quotes. So while the exhibition was not to be, notables still made their presence known!

Click on each section number (, and 8.4) for a look at the famous figures in each class and on the image above for a behind-the-scenes video glimpse at Day of the TED Talk.



with feedback from the KH class

Kindergarten students have been practicing the fine art of giving and receiving feedback, and improving their work based on other's input.

Starting by researching the adaptations of a Learner Profile animal, students did a first sketch. They then partnered up and shared feedback that informed the second draft of the drawing, and then again for the third.

Holly M and Oliver Z were partners and gave each other specific and thoughtful recommendations.

"Oliver suggested that I add more detail to the feathers and that I make the legs of my raven more diagonal to the body instead of curvey," shares Holly.

"Holly made suggestions about my shapes and thought some could be smaller. She also said that I might want to draw the fin on the body instead of underneath," explains Oliver.


ImageYounger age groups are booking vaccine appointments in BC every few days. We've collected a few tips from those who have already navigated the system:

  • Make sure you register online
  • If you don't receive an email or text on the allocated date for your age group (messages start going out at 7:00pm and can take a day or so to reach everyone), follow-up with a call to 1-833-838-2323, between 7:00am and 7:00pm. There have been reported system glitches for some registrants.
  • Appointments at West Van Rec seem more readily available than at the ICBC location in North Vancouver.
  • If you received a first dose of AstraZeneca from a pharmacy, be sure to still register for your second dose at the link above (scroll to the bottom for specific Q&A info).