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How we see Meadowridge School
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How Meadowridge School sees itself
"Meadowridge is an IB Continuum World School supporting a growing community of learners from Junior Kindergarten through to Graduation. While we have enjoyed celebrating the outstanding academic results of our children, our greatest sense of pride comes from supporting their development into kind, morally bound, and critically thinking leaders in our society. We learn how to care for ourselves and others while embracing change and developing the confidence to not only meet the future but also to create it."
"Our school’s mission, learning to live well, with and for others, in a just community, resonates with our community’s desire to do more. We are driven to have a profoundly positive impact on our world. We begin to accomplish this through a series of strategic and thoughtful experiences, often involving our natural environment, collaboration with our peers, and creative and critical problem-solving."
"Meadowridge is a full IB continuum school from JK to Grade 12 and is nestled into the lush environment of Maple Ridge. Boasting 27 acres of land, the Meadowridge campus is home to a regenerative farm, greenhouses, gardens, a campground, and an outdoor cookhouse. Inside, the school's library holds more than 47,000 resources, there are many purpose-built classrooms and spaces, and various common areas for reading, studying, and collaborating."
"Meadowridge School began because of a group of parents decided against all odds to open an independent school in Maple Ridge, BC. This was in 1985, when Maple Ridge was seen as a small exurban community, more working-class than wealthy, with limited road and bridge infrastructures. Establishing a viable school in this area, at that time, was an audacious pursuit. These founding parents had the audacity - and the determination, hard work, and vision, too."
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"Founded in 1985
100% University Acceptance Rates
Strong community of parents, students, alumni, faculty & staff
Committed to experiential learning as a way to integrate the learning of the head, the heart, and the hands."
Our fencing team competing in the Gym.
From Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, everyone enjoys our Movement Studio featuring a bouldering wall.
Soccer games, PHE class, and more are held on our lighted back field.
Musical theatre courtesy of Grade 5 in our Theatre.
Students learning handbells in our PYP Music Room.
Our Early Learning Centre and front field at sunset.
A peak of our one kilometre long trail system that runs through our forested area.
Meadowridge School Campus with the Golden Ears Mountains in the background.
Group work in our Design Lab classroom.
Younger students working in their classroom.
Grade 8 classroom during a group discussion.
Our Gym is home to our assemblies, convocation, student events, and more.
There are garden beds with irrigation open to all students and classes.
One of our three playgrounds for our younger learners.
How people from the school’s community see Meadowridge School
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Scott Banack, Head of School
For those that I have not already met, my name is Scott Banack and I am the Headmaster at Meadowridge School. Having been part of the Meadowridge community since 2009, I have worked as a teacher, MYP coordinator, Middle School Principal, and most recently, the Deputy Headmaster. I have had the opportunity to work with many of the very dedicated and motivated Meadowridge community.
Throughout my 20+ years of experience as an educator, I have been fortunate to work at some of the best schools around the world. I started my career in rural Alberta, before heading overseas to work as a teacher and administrator in Turkey, the Philippines, and Venezuela. My wife Stacy, a teacher at Meadowridge, and I decided to move closer to home after our son Ethan was born. That’s when we found Meadowridge and it has become such an important component of our family. We’ve brought both Ethan and our daughter, Adele, to Meadowridge and it has become their second home. Our connection runs deep, with great friends, colleagues, and peers. It is impossible to accurately describe in words, as this is a community that needs to be experienced to be truly appreciated.
Our school’s mission, learning to live well, with and for others, in a just community, resonates with our community’s desire to do more. We are driven to have a profoundly positive impact on our world. We begin to accomplish this through a series of strategic and thoughtful experiences, often involving our natural environment, collaboration with our peers, and creative and critical problem solving. I am consistently impressed by our students not only for what they are able to accomplish, but the integrity, honor, pride, resilience, and compassion they display while reaching these great heights.
I am energized by the thoughts of a new school year, filled with promise, excitement, nervous energy, and an eternal optimism. I look forward to building this community alongside all of you.
Head of School
Most big schools provide your extroverted child with plenty of social opportunities and the ability to interact with different peer groups with a wide range of personalities, interests, values, etc. A larger student population and more extracurriculars—including activities like team sports, arts programs, and debate—will give them a broader scope of opportunities to participate in events that scratch their interpersonal itch. “This may also give them the opportunity to hone certain skills,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “For instance, they might run for student council to develop leadership and public speaking skills and learn to be a voice for other students.”
Throughout the continuum—from the Primary Years Programme (PYP) to the Diploma Programme (DP)—the IB offers plenty of group work, projects, and activities, which can be great for extroverts who often enjoy social and collaborative learning. Also, “Since IB schools have a strong emphasis on community service and activism, your child will have great opportunities to harness their outgoing and collaborative personality,” says Stacey Jacobs, Director of Clear Path Educational Consulting. These schools will also give your child the chance to interact and spend time with a bright, motivated, and ambitious group of kids who may have interests similar to them.
However, given the challenging curriculum and heavy workload of the IB, it can sometimes leave less time for socializing. This makes it especially important to ask about social opportunities at the school, including the ability to interact with different peer groups, both in class and out.
Make sure any prospective school, no matter what size, provides the right social environment to help your child feel at home, make friends, and develop confidence. This is especially important at big schools, which are sometimes more socially overwhelming and challenging for an introvert to find their bearings in. Of course, “Because larger schools usually have a more diverse student population, introverted kids are more likely to find a small group of people like them, a peer group they can relate to and find acceptance from,” says Dona Matthews, Toronto-based education consultant and co-author (with Joanne Foster) of Beyond Intelligence.
Bigger schools often have a broader scope of extracurricular activities, which is another way to help your child meet the right group of friends. “This may also give them the opportunity to develop certain skills,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “For instance, they might run for student council to develop leadership and public speaking skills and learn to be a voice for other students. Remember, though, each child is different—so what works for one may not work for another.”
IB schools give your child the opportunity to interact and spend time with a bright, motivated, and ambitious group of kids who may have interests similar to them. Due to the IB’s heavy focus on group work, the programme offers a social and collaborative learning environment, which can help your introverted child overcome their shyness and get to know their peers well. This can relieve some of the pressure associated with having to take the initiative outside of class to make friends.
Just make sure any school you're considering offers enough independent work time for your introverted child—something which can vary widely between IB schools.
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