The Hum 9/10 classes are back from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival! We saw some great plays, with Cambodian Rock Bank being a concensus favourite. The weather cooperated, the Lithia spring water flowed and Harold, Ashley and Areeb celebrated birthdays. Thanks to Mr. Schmitt, Mr. Enns, Ms. Dimas, Mrs. Patrick and Mrs. Dobie for chaperoning the trip and Mr. Hamilton for organizing and chaperoning. We can't wait for 2021!
As many of you know, this fall we will celebrate the 40th anniversary of PG Mini. To mark the occasion, we have created a limited number of PG Mini 40th Anniversary ceramic mugs to raise money for the Mini. The leadership students will be selling them at lunch on Tuesday 6/11 and Tuesday 6/18 in 501. $15 each, cash only. 100% of the proceeds go toward Mini programs and activities. Supplies are limited.
On May 11 our whole Mini School took the day to clean up an expanse of Spanish Banks, Locarno and Jericho Beaches. This day came on the heels school-based workshops by Seasmart Schools on plastic pollution. We are proud to help make our environment cleaner, raise awareness around plastic pollution, and are excited to welcome this as an annual event at the Mini! Thanks to our parent liaison, Patty Renneckar and student leads, Mia Combey-Robertson, Anna Martin and Paige Olynyk.
Have a great summer Minis and while you are basking in the sun, or volunteering in a fruitfly lab at UBC, why not take a break and read the Term 3 Newsletter, lovingly penned by Alexa and David?
Kaelyn joins the growing group of Minis who have completed either their Bronze or Silver Award this year. Well done, Kaelyn.
Congratulations to Brandon K. who is our fourth Silver recipient this year. For all Minis who are at least fourteen years old, the Duke of Edinburgh is a fantastic personal growth award program that challenges the participant in the areas of skill development, physical activity and service. See Mr. Hamilton to start today and join the over 70 Minis who are currently enrolled.
In May, Mr. Schmitt took the 9&10 Science classes to the HFC in Vancouver where renowned specialists discussed solutions about clean energy future with hydrogen.
Point Grey Mini School is designed to provide motivated students with an enriched and challenging course of studies in a small and cohesive setting. We aim to create a learning environment which promotes the development of critical and creative thinking skills and independence in learning.
Each year, there are about 140 students from Grades 8 to 12 with 28 students in each grade. Throughout their five years in the Mini, students are provided with the opportunity to leave the traditional classroom setting and take part in a variety of field trips, including several extended field trips. Students will also work on independent projects, group projects, and cross-grade activities.
Point Grey Mini encourages active student and parent involvement. Student involvement and service within the Mini helps develop the sense of inter-grade and intra-grade community critical to the program. Each year, the Mini Leadership 12 class works to provide students with fun and engaging events throughout the course of the year and helps new Grade 8 students transition from elementary to secondary school.
Parent involvement is also fundamental to the Mini. Parents assist in many events such as the annual Mini Prom, fundraising, and the organizing of monthly Mini Parent Advisory Committees. Parents are also granted the opportunity to chaperone students on the major field trips they take part in throughout the year. Accompanying parents are fully accommodated for.
Students in the Mini have full access to all facilities, clubs, and sports teams of Point Grey Secondary School and have the opportunity to run for positions in the Point Grey Student Council along with the Mini Student Council. Fine Arts and Applied Skills courses are taken in the main school. Once accepted into the program, students are expected to be committed to the full five years of enrolment in the Mini.