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You Are Invited to our Senior School Drama Production, Laura Dennis by Horton Foote

I met Horton Foote in the spring of 1986 at The Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas after performing in his play, The Travelling Lady. To me, he seemed to be a very kind and gracious gentleman and I was particularly struck by his humility. He had grown up near Houston in Wharton, Texas and left for California as a young man in the early 1930’s to try and make it as an actor. However, he soon found that he had a gift for writing and the majority of his career was dedicated to writing for television, film, and the stage that eventually brought him to New York.

The strange thing was that after receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in theatre, I was not at all familiar with Mr. Foote’s work until being cast in this play. Even in my brief conversation with him, I don’t recall fully compassing the scope of who this kindly seventy-year-old gentleman was, nor the enormity of his canon of work. Read more

He received a writing Oscar for best adapted screenplay in 1962 for the film, To Kill a Mockingbird. In 1983, he was awarded another Oscar for original screenplay for his film, Tender Mercies, starring Robert Duvall who won the best actor Oscar. In 1985, actress Geraldine Page won the best actress Oscar for her performance in Mr. Foote’s film, The Trip to Bountiful. In 1995, at the age of 79, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play, The Young Man From Atlanta. He has written for the golden age of television, been produced on and off Broadway, and all over the world. He has been called “the American Chekhov”.

However, despite all his accolades and achievements, this was the first play of his that was ever produced at Houston’s only major regional theatre, so close to where he was raised, and where the majority of his work is set. And this is where his trademark Texas humility struck me so profoundly, when he said, “being produced by The Alley made me feel that I have finally made it…” Which, of course, was probably not true, but like so much of Mr. Foote’s work, and certainly in Laura Dennis, the truth always lies a little further off from what folks will actually tell you.

– Mr. Greg Kean, Senior School Drama Teacher

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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.”

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