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Community Connexions News

MULGRAVE TEACHERS TEACHING TEACHERS

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This past weekend, three Senior School teachers, Kyle Prior, Nick Sautin, and Ferdinand Van Zyl, were invited by UBC’s Faculty of Education to be guest instructors for aspiring IB Diploma Programme teachers. Their two-day workshops explored aspects of IB philosophy such as international mindedness and Approaches to Teaching and Learning (ATL) skills, followed by a deep dive into the curriculum, structure, and assessment of their respective DP courses.

Mulgrave is proud that so many of our faculty members are recognised as leaders in IB education, both locally and worldwide. Our teachers are sought after by universities to lead teacher training workshops and supervise and mentor student teachers; present their research and approaches at conferences; and partner with the International Baccalaureate Organisation to deliver professional development workshops, serve as examiners and moderators for IB assessments, participate in curriculum development projects, and serve on accreditation and evaluation teams. In our most recent IB evaluation report (2021), Mulgrave was commended for being "a proactive participant in the IB community, offering mentorship, support, and feedback which adds value to the local and global community, and effectively using these engagements to improve student and professional learning in the school."

ATHLETICS NEWS

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What a remarkable season for Varsity Volleyball! After a 2-0 win against Seycove, the team advanced to their first ever Zone finals. They placed 2nd after their only loss of the season to the top ranked AA team in the province - Notre Dame. Mia R and Ava L (both G12) were selected as All Stars for volleyball in the Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone and the team will compete in Provincials in December.

And a strong finish for Cross Country...Persistence is what brought the Senior Boys to a 9th place finish as a team in the Provincials held in Victoria. Grade 12s Aman D (team captain), Jorge M, Jerome L, and Mees T ran their final races as Titans. The energy and spirit they brought to the team for so many years will be greatly missed. Aman has written a beautiful race report to conclude the season.

As these two sports wrap up, basketball season begins! Practices are underway and games kick off next week. Families and spectators are always welcome to attend - come cheer on our Titans!

  LEND YOUR EXPERTISE TO BUILD STUDENTS' NETWORKING SKILLS

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Character Ed is in full swing! The class gives Grade 10s a valuable opportunity to practice their networking skills, master the art of introductions, and use body language to maintain an engaging conversation. Parent volunteers bring their experience and provided feedback to help students further hone their skills. 

If you’re interested in helping students prepare for the real world, please sign up for an upcoming in person or online session.

FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY FUN

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Many thanks to our MVP and Grade 5 leadership students for hosting an amazing Bingo event last Friday. Ms. Mitchell called the Bingo numbers like a pro and participants enjoyed fun prizes including hot chocolate jars made by our student Go Green sustainability team.

SAFER ACCESS TO MULGRAVE

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With increasing numbers of students walking to school from Chippendale Road and Burfield Place, we have installed pavers to connect the pedestrian crossing in the Junior School playground.

VEX IQ COMPETITION

by Annabelle G, Grade 6 student

Periodically, we profile student activities outside school. If you have a story or accomplishment you would like to share, please email astingaciu@mulgrave.com and be sure to include details and a photo.

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Our team competed against 40 others from the Greater Vancouver area in the VEX IQ Competition at West Vancouver Secondary. The tournament was long and intense, but so much fun! We won the Design Award, which guaranteed us a spot in the Provincial Championship. We also won 2nd place in the Teamwork Challenge, and were named Elementary School Skill champions.

Robotics is one of my passions. I have it as one of my CAS goals this year and am now helping mentor the Grade 4/5 robotics club every Thursday. I am learning a lot from my younger peers. Any Mulgravian who is interested in STEAM subjects should consider joining the robotics club (Junior School) or FLL team (Upper School)!

GOOGLE ISN'T ALWAYS RIGHT

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Congratulations to Lily Y (G9) on having her piece selected for a Gold Finalist Award in The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2022. Out of a record-breaking 26,322 competition entries this year, only 154 were chosen for this honour.

Lily wrote on the prompt 'Our Commonwealth Community', and her piece was titled 'Google isn't always right'.

She wrote about how online can often be superficial and not pay tribute to the people behind the movements. While doing research, she noticed that when she searched the 'commonwealth community' she was met with lists of which countries were in the commonwealth. She felt that this did not show the depth of the people and culture within the community, and wanted to represent the people who built it.

A MESSAGE FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY COUNCIL

 

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As today is Black Friday eve (prompting a shopping frenzy), we would like to promote conscious consumerism by reminding our community about the harmful consequences of impulse buying. We suggest spending mindfully and intentionally on the things you need and not being influenced by the discount, as unnecessarily purchasing in bulk leads to harmful environmental impacts. You can also take a look at the Buy Nothing Project, originated by Vancouver artist Ted Dave to counter consumerism, as a good way to dive deeper into the topic.