By: Adam Paul Stevens
Greetings The Canadian School!
We here at the BC Program hope you all had a wonderful winter holiday, filled with lots of rest, relaxation, and time spent with family. Now that 2023 is upon us, let’s reflect on our year so far, and look towards all the plans and goals we have for the rest of our school year. With hard work, and approaching challenges with persistence, and always as a family, we are confident that 2023 will be one of the best years yet at Canadian School.
Semester 1 reminded many of us of all the wonderful opportunities and events that Canadian School had been missing over the last 2 years. Most importantly, our Immersion Program restarted! Starting on August 26th, 2022, the school undertook a massive challenge, and sent students from Grades 9, 10 and 11, to our Canadian partner schools, to complete 1st semester in Canada. We are so happy that the students were able to take this opportunity after an unfortunate 2 years without it. Although we have missed our students in Canada greatly, the rest of the semester has not been without its great moments.
September 30th saw our school once again observe Canada’s 2nd Annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Students from the BC Program read poems, displayed their art, sang songs, and reenacted Indigenous ceremonies, all in the name of respect for our Indigenous Peoples in Colombia, Canada, and around the world.
Our University Fair in September is always a welcome event, where all High School students got a chance to meet with prospective universities and discuss future opportunities. In addition to the university fair, we in the BC Program are very proud to have welcomed multiple international Universities to our campus throughout Semester 1. They include the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Toledo, and the University of New Haven.
In October, we had our annual BC Program inspection, which went very well. Our inspector was especially impressed with our staff, the students, and all of the wonderful people doing such an excellent job here at the school. Overall, the BC Program received 10 commendations and 0 requirements, a perfect score! Some of the strengths of our school and program include our new semestered class program, our use of technology, our K-9 program and its development of students, the school’s strong leadership, and of course, the BC Teachers and Students!
November saw our Grade 10s and 12s take their BC Assessments (Numeracy 10 and Literacy 12). Often regarded as a stressful situation, we were so impressed to see our new Grade 10s and graduating Grade 12s handle themselves with such poise. We are extremely proud to say that every student who took the assessments, was successful. This is a great success as students here are doing as well or better than many students in Canada!
Now that Term 3 is officially underway, it won’t be long before we are welcoming back our Gr. 9, 10, and 11 students from their experience in Canada! We are so excited to see them again, and welcome them back to our Canadian School family. It is our hope that they can share their great experiences with all of our students here at the school.
Some of the exciting events that will take place over the next 6 months include; the Canadian Cup Tournament, our annual Canadian School Model UN, the Grade 10 Literacy Assessment, Gr. 9 BC Entrance Assessment, and a favorite here in the BC Program, the Grade 12 Capstone presentations! Soon after that, we’ll be celebrating our Grade 12 Graduates and all they have accomplished throughout their years here at Canadian School.
As we continue on in our new year and enter our new semester, I wish all our wonderful students and staff to:
- Be excited to learn new things.
- Do things that challenge you.
- Take care of yourselves and each other.
- Be brave!
Have a wonderful Term 3, Semester 3, and 2023!