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This Week in Pictures

Grade 1-4 students kicked off our series of winter concerts. Set the full schedule on the Upcoming Events page.

Lily and Augustin raised $6,000 for Unicef last weekend at their concert, surpassing the goal they set for themselves in Grade 3: To do a concert to help children every year, and raise $20,000 by graduation. They've done it - surpassing their target with a total of $23,515! 

Yule Dule was a festive treat! Our Senior School Chamber Choir got everyone in the holiday spirit.

Yule Dule was a festive treat! Passersby enjoyed Mulgrave's hot chocolate stand as well as the music.

Yule Dule was a festive treat! Passersby enjoyed Mulgrave's hot chocolate stand as well as the music.

Yum, yum! The staff appreciation lunch on Wednesday was amazing. Thank you to all of our parents!

These baking boxes will certainly carry all of our faculty and staff through the holiday season. Thank you, parents, for the most amazing Baking Buffet!

Our Mulgrads have got talent!

The Junior School is thrilled to participate in the largest Hour of Code in history! In a two week period that began on Monday, December 3, every student in Grade 1 through Grade 6 will join 24,000 teachers, and nearly 200 governments, school districts, universities, and organizations who have pledged to expand computer science for millions of students worldwide.

Our JS students will work with robots, micro:bits, Scratch, and learn how to program drones in one of the most diverse, and exciting “hour of codes” to come to Mulgrave. 

Rock, paper, scissors, shoot! Hour of Code style...

Oh, Christmas Tree...

Congrats to the Grads for a fabulous Christmas Tree sale last weekend, and thanks to all of the parent volunteers for their support.

Cookies, face painting and Santa, oh my! The annual Grad Christmas Tree Sale and Winter Wonderland was a great success.

Grade 6 students showcase their Tableau learnings.

Grade 6 students showcase their Tableau learnings.

Full of Gratitude...and Cookies!

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Our hearts (and bellies!) are so full of gratitude. Thank you to all of the amazing bakers, contributors and energetic volunteers for the unbelievable Baking Buffet and Staff Appreciation Lunch on Wednesday. There aren't enough words to express our appreciation...but some of us gave it a go on twitter at #mulgravebakingbuffet2018 

We know these events don't just come together with the wave of a magic spatula, so extra special thanks to Mallora R and Andrea V, the dynamic MVP duo that led the charge.

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We also send a big shout out to the elves that decked Mulgrave's halls over the weekend! The school looks so festive and it's tough not to hum a little holiday tune as you come through the doors. We know this is a massive job - thank you to MVPs Parisa C and Shima F, and their team of volunteers, for making our days merry and bright. 

A Sneak Peek at the West Wing



The official ribbon cutting and opening of the West Wing will be at our 25th Anniversary event on December 20th, but last weekend MPower donors were treated to a sneak peek tour led by members of our Senior Leadership Team.

Families previewed some of the most incredible areas of the new wing, including the ELC tricycle track and child-sized washrooms, Art and Design Studio, Middle School spaces, and the rooftop playground. Mother Nature served up a spectacular day and beautiful vistas!

A Cannabis-Free Zone

With the recent legalisation of cannabis, Mulgrave's leadership team has taken a close look at the school's related policies. After great consideration of our school values, responsibilities, and the law, we have updated our documents to reflect the following stance:

As a PK-12 educational community it is our responsibility to deliver the message that despite its legality, we regard cannabis as a potential stepping stone for young people to illegal and more dangerous drugs.  Therefore, cannabis use and possession has no place in our school or at school events.

In addition to updates in the Smoking, Drug and Alcohol Policy, the Parent and Student Handbook has also been fully reviewed. The new content will also be included in our 2019-20 re-enrolment documents. If you have questions or concerns about any of the material, please reach out to your Divisional Principal.

An Enchanting Book Fair

ImageIf you thought you spotted a little sprite or gnome last week, you likely did! The Enchanted Forest Book Fair took over the library with incredible decor, Scholastic book sales and classroom wish bins full of books. 

And the results are pure magic:

  • 618 books donated to classrooms and already in use
  • 2C edged out the Junior School class competition at the very end to win a civvies day
  • Early Years hit their 150 book goal and all students get a civvies day
  • 50% of students voted in the design competitions
  • Half of all Grade 2 and 3 students entered the design competition
  • All 30 of the parent volunteer roles were filled within 48 hours of the request 
  • 20 Grade 6 Leadership students and a dozen Middle School Ambassadors volunteered as mascots all week long
  • 70 prizes were awarded to students (see the Book Fair website for details)
  • 7 students chose to donate their prize books to their teacher's wish bin
  • 60% of all sales proceeds are credited to the library for future Scholastic purchases...that means a lot more books are coming our way!

MVP volunteers Chia C and Helen L worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make it all happen but are quick to share the credit. "The volunteers blew us away; they signed up to help right away," says Chia. "And the level of student enthusiasm was so high. Participation was amazing on all fronts!"

Our KTeam's Got 'Fire'


The world of K-Pop is exploding into mainstream music and dance culture and our students certainly aren't going to be left behind!

Initiated by Aileen Z (G12), Mulgrave's KTeam recently filmed their own video, a cover of 'Fire'. Click here to check it out.

Aileen fell in love with this energetic style of dance by chance. Wanting to take hip hop in Grade 8, she registered for K-Pop by accident. "The music is different and super upbeat and happy," she explains. "The melodies are more interesting and my sister and I got hyped up by it. I love that the dance is really contemporary, and in sync, but everyone gets cameos."

Since starting the club two years ago, the group has grown to eight dancers. "Six of us are graduating this year," laments Aileen. "I'm really hopeful that our two Grade 9 dancers will keep it going - they are already taking on more responsibility to keep it alive."

Filming of the video was done by Ken Y (G12). "I've always wanted to do a music video so I jumped at the chance when Aileen asked. After researching the K-Pop genre, I decided to use a drone to get some of the cool camera angles and movements."

"The film was a collaborative effort, and we all took on different roles to make it happen over the November break," adds Aileen. "We debuted at Mulgrads Got Talent, and everyone seemed to love it!"

Varsity Boys Take Silver


By: Coach Prior & Coach Leduc

This past weekend, our Varsity boys participated in the ISAA Senior Boys basketball tournament at Glenlyon Norfolk School in Victoria, BC. The tournament was a seven team draw with independent schools from all over the province. Our boys finished 2nd in the tournament, losing a hard fought battle in the championship game. This is Mulgrave's best finish ever at this event!

The game was a great learning experience for our young squad, and they played their hearts out. Isaac M and Jed D were named tournament all-stars. Jed showed athleticism unlike any other player in the gym, allowing him to get to the basket convincingly and to make great defensive stops at the other end. And our point guard and floor general, Isaac, averaged close to 30 points a game and distributed the ball with amazing vision. The team is clearly ready for the rest of our very exciting season ahead.

For the full Coaches' commentary, please click here 

Sun Run Team Registration is Open

With all of the holiday goodies floating around, we may just need a little extra motivation to lace up the running shoes...and here it is: Sun Run registration is open!

Sign up with the Mulgrave Titans Team and enjoy a significant discount (regular price $59, discounted student price is $22 and adult $35) - just be sure to complete your form before February 8th. As an added bonus, your race t-shirt and bib will be delivered to the school, saving you a trip to BC Place.

Click here to register, and follow these instructions:

  • Click on 'Join an existing team'
  • Search for 'Mulgrave Titans'
  • Click on the team name. In the next window enter the password 'runner'
  • Enter your details and select Youth 10k or Youth 2.5k Shaw Mini Race
  • Complete the payment

Happy training!

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