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Community Connexions News

TITANS ARE ON A ROLL!

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Our Upper School Titans have been slaying the competition of late, with a slew of awards and accomplishments in a variety of spring sports. 

Our Junior Badminton Team took third in the end-of-year playoffs. The Grade 8-10 team was seeded fourth coming out of round-robin league play. Despite losing a hard-fought semi-final game 5-6 against the top seed West Vancouver, the Titans bounced back with an epic 7-4 win over Handsworth, taking third place on the North Shore. The Varsity Team will show their stuff tonight in the playoffs. 

The Track and Field Team also took home a fistful of ribbons in the North Shore Championships with 11 athletes qualifying for 28 events ranging from steeplechase to relays at the upcoming Vancouver Sea to Sky (VS2S) Zones. We look forward to cheering them on just before the May Break.

Titans also dominated on the rugby pitch, taking second place in the VS2S Zone Championships. The team beat Jules Verne and Windsor to claim their spot at the BC High School Championships for the first time since 2014. They’ll compete for the title in Abbotsford in early June.

And, to round things out, the Varsity Tennis Team has also qualified for Provincials. After some heated matches (a 16-14 tie-breaker had everyone on the edge of their seats), the Titans finished third in the VS2S Zone. The team will spend their May Break in competition at the provincial level.

Watch for a round-up of Junior School sports in an upcoming Connexions. Go Titans!

Save the Date: June 7th marks the return of the Titans Athletics Banquet. Upper School student athletes and their families will receive invitations soon to commemorate the 2021-22 season and celebrate many accomplishments.

LEARNING BEYOND OUR CAMPUS

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Students across the grades are celebrating the return of field trips as a means to bolster and cement their in-class learning, while having a little fun, too. From the G10 Visual Arts visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery and the G9 Museum of Anthropology excursion to the G2 field trip to Cleveland Dam and surrounding waterways, many students are continuing their studies out in the community. 

Extending their learning about conservation and Earth, waters, and sustaining living things, G2s ventured into the Capilano area for scavenger hunts and activities to learn about our local wildlife and water systems. Following the outing, students shared their top tips for conserving water: taking showers under 5 minutes, reducing the use of plastics to avoid polluting waterways, and turning off the tap when brushing teeth. They were also all in agreement that meeting some puppies along the trail made the day even more special!

CAPPING OFF PYP

 

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As part of their culminating IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) project, Grade 5 students were very proud to share their Exhibition work with peers and loved ones this week.

Each group came up with a main idea to examine broad concepts such as mental health and wellbeing, inequality, and the environmental impact of humans. From there, each student developed their own line of inquiry and moved through the steps of investigating, constructing meaning, and sharing.

Grade 5s first presented their work with Grade 4 students as a bit of a dry run and to give the younger Mulgravians a glimpse into what's in store for them next year. They then welcomed parents and loved ones for an after-school celebration of their learnings, which highlighted the importance of the process as well as their outcomes and strengthened Approaches to Learning skills.

STUDENTS SUMMIT NEW HEIGHTS

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Summit Outdoor is an incredible LEAP elective programme offered to students in Middle School and culminates with multi-day expeditions. Recently, Grade 8 and 9 students took to the great outdoors. Grade 8s, as part of Summit 2, went on a 1-night, 2-day trip to our new Squamish Outdoor Leadership and Education (SOLE) Centre. The trip featured rock climbing at Smoke Bluffs, a scavenger hunt, an array of team sports, and a heart-felt discussion around the campfire, debriefing the learnings and experiences of the year. 

Students consolidated a wide variety of skills, including shelter building, leadership, and orienteering in a joy-filled experience. Amir Fishman, Director of Outdoor Education, says, “We’ve seen time and again that these experiences solidify lifelong (sometimes unlikely) friendships and create memories and an increase in resilience that stay with students for years to come. Grade 8s noted that this trip - and the course - had a positive impact on their overall mental health and wellbeing, as well as their sense of self.” 

Meanwhile, Grade 9s, as part of Summit 3, had their own amazing adventure on a 3-night, 4-day sea kayaking trip on and around Gabriola Island. Although wet, they kept paddling through, bringing meaning to the core outdoor education principle of building resiliency through challenges. “Trips like these strengthen skills to help manage stress and build mental fortitude,” adds Amir. “Summit trips also help to improve Approaches to Learning skills such as communication, collaboration, relationship-building, organisation, and problem-solving with creativity and critical thinking.

REVISITING MULGRAVE

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We’ve so enjoyed welcoming families back to campus at events such as our Grade 6-8 and Grade 9-11 Revisit Days. Our Upper School parents and guardians enjoyed panel discussions with divisional leaders, counselors, and students followed by guided tours with classroom visits, and a bit of time to socialise. For some, it was their first time seeing our new Athletics and Performing Arts Centre.

We’re also pleased to share updates to our campus and programming with local government officials. West Vancouver Councilor Marcus Wong (photographed above with John Wray) visited a few weeks ago and more tours are planned throughout the month.

A GORGEOUS GARDEN PARTY GALA

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What an evening! On Saturday, more than 400 members of the Mulgrave community donned their finest formal wear to attend Mulgrave’s 2022 Gala at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Many attendees embraced the Garden Party theme, adorning themselves in bright spring colours and fancy floral garb to complement the beautiful decor inside the ballroom. Everything from the champagne garden wall to the musical set spun by DJ Chloe made for a night of revelry and celebration. Gala guests were excited to be surrounded by friends, make new connections, and contribute to a good cause - our scholarship programme.

The evening was led by hosts Fred Lee and Lisa Wu, who guided guests through several fundraising activities, including a live auction (what a bidding frenzy!) and scholarship drive. Through our silent auction, Gala Select auction, scholarship drive, live auction, games, raffles, and ticket sales, we raised over $550,000! These proceeds will go towards Mulgrave’s scholarship programme so that even more deserving students may join our school community without financial barriers. Many thanks to our generous guests, who, as John Wray noted during the evening, recognise that with their privilege comes great responsibility.

Live student performances were also a highlight of the night. Rebecca Y, G11, performed a Chinese dance entitled The Awakening of Spring, Kiana P, G9, belted out a beautiful rendition of La Vie En Rose; our Senior School Choir sang Seasons of Love alongside two delightful dancers, and the Middle School Rock Band got guests on their feet with their medley of hits.

Many thanks to our sponsors, gala co-chairs Shima Fasihi and Neda Arbabioon, volunteer committees, and everyone who played a part in making this a night to remember!

Enjoy the event photos from Denise Lin Photography and Pop-Up Portraits (password mulgravegala2022).

MESSAGE FROM JOHN WRAY

Dear Families,

One of the many marks of a great school is its ability to grow future leaders. Mulgrave has a long track record of developing leaders who have assumed key leadership positions in our school as well as those who have moved on to senior leadership positions, including Principal and Head of School roles in other good schools. As these colleagues move on, it is always, of course, with mixed feelings. On the one hand, we celebrate their promotions and career development, while on the other, missing their contribution to our school. When this happens, like in any organisation, it is an opportunity to bring in new perspectives and skills from outside and more frequently an opportunity to promote new leaders with great potential from within.

This week, Assistant Head of School Martin Jones accepted a senior leadership position in another prominent Vancouver independent school. I am absolutely delighted for Martin. He has been at Mulgrave for 19 years and has been promoted on several occasions to hold the position he does today. This is a great opportunity for Martin to hone his skills in another great school and to further prepare him for Headship in the future. Please join me in congratulating Martin on his promotion and thanking him for his considerable service to our school.

Please see Martin’s personal message to the community.

In the coming school year, we will put in place some interim arrangements to cover Martin’s responsibilities before advertising internationally for his permanent replacement next winter. These arrangements involve Elizabeth Calderon, currently Assistant Head (Development), assuming many of Martin’s responsibilities as Assistant Head (Enrichment and Innovation), Nadine Pettman taking over as Acting Director of Marketing, Admissions and Communications, and Jing Ling Bai stepping up as Acting Director of Advancement. These arrangements ensure that there is great continuity before making a permanent appointment for the 2023-24 school year.

Warm regards,

John Wray (he/him)

Head of School