How we see Island Pacific School
How Island Pacific School sees itself
"Island Pacific School, an IB Middle School offers distinctly different programs including classes in reasoning, philosophy and ethics, a self-directed research project called Masterworks, monthly community service, a musical; and hiking, sailing and kayaking expeditions. Small by design with a mission to equip and inspire students to cultivate their humanity, Island Pacific School, located on Nex̱wlélex̱wm (Bowen Island), fosters critical inquiry, community engagement and leadership."
"The core purpose of Island Pacific School is to equip and inspire students to cultivate their humanity. It encompasses all the elements of our core instructional programs to help them help them become confident and caring members of society as a whole. Our middle school education program is about more than pure academic excellence (1st curriculum): it’s a balance between academics and cultivating our humanity."
"Small by design, with a maximum of 72 students (up to 18 per grade), our students are taught by middle school experts and get to participate in a wide range of academic, artistic, and recreational pursuits designed to foster critical inquiry, community engagement and leadership. Our students are are alive and inspired, brave and accepted, and challenged daily to express the best of what it means to be human. They feel a sense of belonging and acceptance and are innovative and resilient."
"Our students go on two extended trips into the great outdoors during the academic calendar: a fall hiking trip and a spring kayak trip. These expeditions provide physical and critical thinking challenges intended to bring out the best in individuals and the groups in which they work and play; challenges that call on the values on which Island Pacific School is founded: wisdom, courage and integrity. Our school sport is Ultimate with emphasis the “Spirit of the Game”."
"Students sometimes learn as much, if not more, from the middle school activities in our extracurricular program. They are part of an intentional education strategy at Island Pacific school that challenges critical thinking, inquiry and the implementation of our values: wisdom, courage and integrity."
"We have 65 students in the entire school with up to 12 students in each grade (6-9) Our school sport is Ultimate, a low-contact frisbee game Half of our students live on the North Shore and take a 20-minute by ferry ride to school Our Grade 9 Masterworks Program is like a Ted-Talk for 14 year olds Students quickly earn the privilege of calling teachers by their first names"
How people from the school’s community see Island Pacific School
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Scott Herrington, Head of School
Island Pacific School is a small, independent, IB Grade 6-9 middle school that has operated on Bowen Island for over twenty-five years. Our students come from the local community, Vancouver, and around the world.
We operate on the basis of the following principles:
The school expresses and realizes these principles by way of a number of core program elements including:
Every year, a number of our alumni students return to the school’s “Rites of Passage” graduation ceremony because they have come to realize that IPS was a defining chapter in their lives. This is precisely our aim: to make a pivotal difference in the lives of our students, so that they might go on to make a difference in the world at large.
Thank you for taking the time to investigate our school. I would welcome and encourage you to set up an interview and a student visit to get an even better sense of who we are and what we do. I think you will be impressed and intrigued by what you find.
THE OUR KIDS REPORT: Island Pacific School
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