Head Prefect, Evelyn Dina’s Speech at Flag Raising Ceremony
Southpointe Academy started the new school year with a celebration of Canadian and First Nations people, history, culture, heritage through the raising of the Canadian flag, as we all the British Columbia and Southpointe flags. With the raising of the flags, the School honoured 150 years of Canadian people who are steadfast, resilient, respectful and inspirational; values that are reflected in every Southpointe Titan. Head Prefect, Eveylen Dina, spoke at the event to communicate the meaning and importance of the Southpointe Shield. Her speech can be seen below. A full transcription follows.
Southpointe Academy is not only a school but a haven, a place where students feel at home. From our united voices singing the school song, to the abstract paintings displayed in the lobby, to the traditional foods that tingle our tastebuds at Multicultural Night, to the newly welcomed Kindergarteners and the soon to graduate Seniors, Southpointe is a mosaic of modern lifestyle perfectly suited to creating lifelong learners.
As a family of many nations, we speak a universal language: Kindness. Embedded within the roots of our school, beating within the student body and displayed by our mentors, we remain united. Our vivid colours reflect our pure hearts. Although the school has been built, we continue to place new bricks, expand our resources and extend our hands to welcome all people. Here, relationships are created and maintained and our legacy will remain not only through the memories and stories of past successes, not only through our many trophies displayed in the glass trophy case, and not only in our friendships with our surrounding community, but within our shield and in our hearts.
The Southpointe Shield is always within sight. Relevant to our surroundings and our history, the crest has developed over the past seventeen years to characterize our legacy. Founded in 2000, Southpointe was nothing but a name. Now, in 2017, we stand on indigenous lands, surrounded by Farmland and Mountainous Regions. Our school colours, blue and green depict the endless limit of opportunities Southpointe provides. Blue: Loyalty; it lives not only within each one of us, but encompasses our paths. Green: Growth; not only individually, but as an entity, as a family. The symbol of the Mountain: a pinnacle to what we aspire to become, academically and as people. The concept of the Farm Field: Resilient, we withstand obstacles that seem impossible to overcome.
Southpointe. “Between the Mountains and the Sea, a light of learning Stands” as stated in our school song. Here, we gain power through hard work, trust, and respect. Whether it be academically enriching, emotionally stabilizing or psychologically fulfilling, we build ourselves and learn to grow through the nourishment that our Southpointe family provides. We add to the bricks that construct our home, and will continue to give, nurture and expand our resources and succeed through unity.
We do not represent the symbolic feature of the mountainous region, the farmland, the blue and green satin displayed on the Southpointe Flag. In fact, the flag is a distinct representation of our legacy, and what we stand for as both a community and family. Rest assured, with our pure and hopeful hearts, our sharp and inquisitive minds, we stand today and will continue to stand before the Southpointe Flag, creating and developing Southpointe’s future and place in the world. – Evelyn Dina, Head Prefect
Southpointe Academy first to offer international qualification in Delta
IB-MYP to give students a ‘global perspective’ as interest in the program grows.
Southpointe Academy is poised to become the first school in the Delta district to be a fully authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) World School.
“The IB has a hard-earned reputation for high standards of teaching, pedagogical leadership and student achievement,” explains Dean Croy, Head of the School. “IB’s philosophy aligns very closely with our own: to provide students with a global perspective and greater understanding of the world through interactive and holistic learning practices, and to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.”
The process to become a IB-MYP World School will take up to two years and involves a number of phases that are challenging, rewarding, and ultimately worthwhile for the school and its community. Southpointe has already begun to implement the program and staff are currently undergoing IB training.
“Children learn beyond the skills; they learn with meaning,” says Cori Kusel, Junior School Vice Principal at Southpointe Academy and IB-MYP teacher whose children are IB students at the school. “The program empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.”
In 2015, following a stringent three-year evaluation process, Southpointe Academy became the only accredited school in Delta and Richmond to become fully authorized as an IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) School.
“We have witnessed truly remarkable results with our Kindergarten to Grade 5 students as a result of the IB-PYP,” says Croy. “Our decision to apply for the IB- MYP for Grades 6 to 10 is a result of student, parent and teacher feedback. They see the difference. MYP is a continuation of PYP.”
Originally developed to provide education for globally mobile families in the diplomatic sector, and for those involved with multinational business and intergovernmental agencies, the program has evolved and now offers a stimulating academic environment more in tune with today’s global societal transformations.
Not only is IB beneficial for students and parents but it offers greater opportunities for teachers as well.
“IB is a community,” adds Kusel. “You not only receive ongoing training to continually update your skill set, but you have support from a global network. As a teacher you learn with other teachers from across the world. It doesn’t change you and your creativity but instead supports, develops and records your skills.”
According to a BC Ministry of Education spokesperson, the IB program encourages students to learn in a variety of ways. “It academically challenges students, with the objective of preparing them for success at university” said the spokesperson on Wednesday.
The IB program is the world’s fastest growing pre-university education program. Between December 2009 and December 2014, the number of IB programs offered worldwide grew by more than 46 percent. Projections for 2020 forecast 10,000 programs worldwide involving 2,500,000 students delivered by 290,000 teachers.
Southpointe Academy only accredited IB PYP World School in Delta
Southpointe Academy has become well known for cultivating engaged, well-rounded citizens poised to thrive in their pursuit of post-secondary education and primed to achieve their full potential. It is much more than a school; it is a dynamic community of sharp, young minds, impassioned educators and dedicated parents. It is now the only accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) School in the Delta and Richmond communities.
Southpointe Academy is dedicated to providing a high-quality education to its students and that is what led Southpointe Academy to apply for certification as a Primary Years Programme (PYP) International Baccalaureate World School. PYP is aimed towards students in Kindergarten to Grade 5, in which its emphasis is on the total growth of a developing child. The stringent 3-year evaluation and authorization process takes a rigorous look at the leadership, curriculum, instructional approaches, personnel and governance of the school. To receive this authorization, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB), requires that administrators, and teachers commit to several hours of professional development and continuous learning coursework annually. The IB also assess the school’s ability to effectively guide young students in the five essential elements of knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and actions that they need to be equipped for successful lives, both now and in the future.
IB World School students develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics. They are also more likely to perform well academically – often better than students in other programs. IB prepares students for the intellectual challenges of further education and focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. Now an IB World School, Southpointe Academy is part of a global network of schools that “aims to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”