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Teacher collaboration time

Art of Today elective students had the opportunity to create unique and organic sculptures using the unexpected materials of wire and stockings.

The Grade 8 visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery included a printmaking workshop using reliefs made from found objects.

The Grade 8 visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery included a printmaking workshop using reliefs made from found objects.

Congrats, Grade 3, on completing the Harvest Project!

JS parents learn read aloud best practices in an Open Door Session.

Grade 12s explore biodiversity at Lynn Canyon.

Grade 12s explore biodiversity at Lynn Canyon.

Thanks to our Grade 6 Leadership volunteers for making Family Bingo Night such as success!

Thanks to our Grade 6 Leadership volunteers for making Family Bingo Night such as success!

Our Community In Action

ImageWednesday, October 18th was not exactly a regular day at Mulgrave. Following an incident in a science lab we collaborated with authorities and undertook a controlled full school evacuation. Based on information from the RCMP about the expected timeline for re-entry to the school, we made the decision to implement early dismissal. Once again, we thank every member of our community for demonstrating great patience and understanding. Our first priority is always the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff and we were very pleased with how smoothly the events unfolded.

Karyn Mitchell, JS Principal, was in the underground parking lot for some time, helping parents pick-up students, alongside other staff and a police officer. “The officer commented on how calm and confident all the adults were in helping the kids get in their cars. He also told me that he only heard one horn honk; he was impressed with our community.”

We’ve also received many supportive emails from parents, commending the actions of our faculty and staff, as well as the communication throughout the day. It’s encouraging to get these messages and feedback, but it’s just as important that we examine the day through a critical lens to see what we can learn and adjust.

Click to read more about Mulgrave's Critical Incident Response Team.

Bingo Fun!

ImageMulgrave was buzzing last Friday night as 300 students and parents gathered in the Great Hall for a fun-filled evening of Bingo, pizza and the ever-popular ice cream sundae bar. 

This annual event, hosted by our tireless Mulgrave Volunteer Parent Association, drew record crowds this year.

"I think what makes Bingo Night so much fun is the energy in the room," says Nikki Tilley, MVP Special Events Chair. "The students are so excited to play, and Mr. Steffens does an amazing job of engaging them through the game. As parents, we enjoy the opportunity to reconnect with other Mulgrave families, and to watch our children having a great time."

A B-I-G thank you to Nikki and her team of volunteers - which included parents as well as members of our Grade 6 Leadership Team.

The Razavi Family: Making Mulgrave Home


Newcomers to a world that was completely different from the one they left, the Razavi family leaned on what they knew best to make a new life and a home for their family at Mulgrave: They got involved.

Immigrating from Tehran to Canada only a little over a year ago, Elham and Payam were, of course, concerned foremost about their children. They moved to offer their children a better life and a better future, but knew it would require fitting in to a new culture, with a new language and new friends.

After visiting many highly-ranked, well-known schools, the family decided on Mulgrave with the enthusiastic support of their children. They describe the Mulgrave difference as a feeling. “It felt like a family,” says Elham, a dermatologist in her native Tehran. “And everything that we felt during our tour, it’s all been correct. The students, teachers and staff are so welcoming. Now we don’t just have that feeling of family, we have a belief that it truly is.”

Click to read more of the Razavi's story and why they chose to give to our MPower campaign.

Voice Your Choice

By Victoria L & Erika L (G10), members of Global Nomads

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As part of the municipal elections, the Mulgrave Upper School participated in the Student Vote on Thursday, October 18th. The Global Nomads team set up a polling station beside the cafeteria where students were able to submit ballots to vote for Mayor along with six School Trustees and City Councillors.

The Student Vote is directed to youth under the voting age and it allows us to have an opportunity to let our opinions be heard and well considered. The ballots that are submitted count as actual votes in a report by Civix Canada that will be shared on local news. The purpose of organising this event is to promote the voice of youth and show that we can impact the government and democracy.

In the Global Nomads team, we focus on bringing awareness of certain global issues to our school, especially related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For this specific event, we focussed on Global Goal #16 Peace and Justice, and Strong Institutions, especially target 16.7: “Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels”.  As the municipal elections will affect our families in some way, we find it important that students should be offered the opportunity to showcase their opinions on something that will likely impact our lives in the near future.

Please look out for other Global Nomads events based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the future!

Morning Music...and an Afternoon

ImageStarting in November, we will be graced with the sweet sounds of student music every Friday morning. Students in Grade 5 and up are invited to sign up to perform on the Sky Bridge before school begins. Parents: pop in at drop-off, pour yourself a tea or coffee, and enjoy!

And now for that special afternoon performance...Fall Fusion is taking place on Tuesday, October 30th at 4:30pm in the Linda Hamer Theatre. All Upper School bands and choirs will perform the work they have been working on since September. It's an event not to be missed!

Admissions Season Kicks Off

It's that time of year again! While it may feel like this school year started not-so-long ago, we're already starting the process for 2019-2020 admissions. On the following days, we'll host Open Houses and Information Sessions so interested families can come and learn more about Mulgrave. If you have friends or family that would like to attend, please encourage them to RSVP here.

  • Wednesday, October 24th, 9:00-11:00am: Early Years Information Session (PK3, PK4 & Kindergarten)
  • Friday, October 26th, 9:30am-12:00pm: Drop-In Open House for Grades 1-11
  • Tuesday, November 20th, 6:30-8:30pm: Evening Information Session for all grades
  • Friday, November 23rd, 9:30am-12:00pm: Drop In Open House for all grades

If you're interested in being a Mulgrave Ambassador and helping out, we are still in need of a few volunteers for the evening session on November 20th. Please email

Experience China During November Break

ImageGrade 6-12 Mandarin B students have a unique opportunity this November Break to immerse themselves in Chinese language and passport required!

From November 14-16, Mulgrave's Chinese teachers are hosting full-day camps where students will participate in activities such as Chinese martial arts, gymnastics and arts. And of course, there will be amazing food!

Click here for more information and to register for this, or our K-Grade 6 multi-disciplinary camp.

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