This Monthly Briefing Bulletin provides an overview of the rich and varied activities and events across the association over the past month. 

          Moore Reflections 

There used to be something gratifying about the new academic year: the clean pages of exercise books, long sharpened pencils, new pens and blank diaries accompanying the crisp unblemished shirts and uniforms for growing bodies. Nowadays the accoutrements of the new school year are not as evident with the move to laptops and iPads, but the excitement of a new beginning remains.   It is an opportunity to start afresh, to realign commitments to old goals, to embrace different challenges and to forge in new directions.   There are few careers that allow for this recalibration and renewal on an annual basis.  
Over the summer I read The Happiness Project (Gretchen Rubin), which provided interesting insights on how to seek and secure happiness. Of note is the call to interrogate one’s current life for what brings joy, and to identify priorities and purposefully and thoughtfully write down intentions which will be pursued in the different areas in one’s life.  The written down visual reminders serve as prompts to focus on what is important throughout the year.  So as we are launched into the new year, I challenge you to reflect on and write down what will be different, what your personal and professional goals will be and how you will purposefully forge into this new academic year to achieve them.   May your blank pages of the year ahead be filled with inspiring learning, meaningful relationships framed within the strong community of our ISABC schools. 
                                                                                              - Elizabeth Moore, Executive Director


ISABC Welcomes New Heads of School

The ISABC welcomes 4 new Heads of School at St. Michaels University School, Shawnigan Lake School,, Southpointe Academy and Stratford Hall.
The newly appointed Heads of School are:
St. Michaels University School - Mark Turner
Shawnigan Lake School - Larry Lamont
Southpointe Academy - Gordon MacIntyre
Stratford Hall - Dean Croy

To read more about each appointment, please click here. 

St. Michaels University School Head of School, Mark Turner

Shawnigan Lake Head of School Larry Lamont with wife Kathini, 
daughter Poppy and family pets.

Southpointe Academy Head of School, Gordon MacIntyre

Stratford Hall Head of School, Dean Croy

New ISABC Board of Directors Elected

At the ISABC Annual General Meeting held on September 21st at King David High School, the ISABC Heads of School elected the following members to serve on the Board for the 2018 - 2019 year.

Board Chair - Tam Matthews, West Point Grey Academy
Vice Chair & Treasurer - Drew Stephens, Southridge School
Secretary - Wilma Jamieson, Queen Margaret's School
Director - Karen McCulla, Brockton School
Director - Bud Patel, Brentwood College 

The Board presented John Wray from Mulgrave School with a token of thanks for his dedicated service to the ISABC as a member of the Board for six years with the past three years as Board Chair.

ISABC Conference 

Aberdeen Hall hosted the ISABC Conference for Marketing, Communications, Advancement, Alumni and Admissions colleagues. Over 40 attendees convened in Kelowna on September 27th and 28th for this robust professional development opportunity. At the welcome dinner on Thursday evening, Braden Douglas, Keynote Speaker, Author, Strategist and Founder of CREW Branding, delivered an engaging presentation titled "Institutional Excellence: what we say, what we write, what we do."
Attendees from ISABC schools with Aberdeen Hall organizers
On Friday, attendees toured the Aberdeen campus and participated in breakout sessions and roundtables by departmental area. They also heard from a Heads' Panel of Christopher Grieve, Aberdeen Hall, Glenn Zederayko, Glenlyon Norfolk School and Sharon DeVries, UBC - Okanagan. Leaders from ISABC schools, Csek Creative & KelownaNow and the Okanagan College Foundation led the break out sessions on topics ranging from capital campaigns, market analysis to crisis communications and admissions assessment. As one attendee noted: "Together ISABC schools are stronger through collaboration, networking and support in all educational endeavours."

The 2019 Conference will be held at Collingwood School.

Alumni Profiles

Alumni of ISABC member schools are making an impact in their communities and the world at large. These impressive young people are forging success in community initiatives and careers from STEM to social justice and more.

York House School, Class of 2000 graduate Salima Remtulla, CFA is a finance executive with international experience directing corporate strategy and building high‐performance teams. Currently, she is Vice-President, Operations & Corporate Strategy at Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel, where she drives organizational change. This involves everything from overhauling client reporting and implementing new technology, to empowering support teams and assessing strategic threats and opportunities.

She is a graduate of Yale University and a Palmer Scholar of the Wharton School of Business, from which she holds an MBA. In the community, Salima serves on the board of the Vancouver Hospice Society, on a strategic Think Tank in the Ismaili Community, and on the Royal Columbian Hospital's Redevelopment Cabinet. As one of Canada's young leaders, she was selected to attend the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference in June 2017.

To have your alumni profiled, please send names and emails to Farrah Jinha.

ISABC School News

Global Community of 200 Round Square Schools includes
Glenlyon Norfolk School 

As a Round Square school, staff and students at GNS are empowered to actively teach and learn about global citizenship—the concept that all people have rights and civic responsibilities as members of the world. Global citizens are compassionate, empathetic, courageous, open-minded, and respect diversity.

To learn more, please click here.


Team Leadership Program 


The ISABC’s Team Leadership Development Program got off to a dynamic start with the residential weekend on September 23rd and 24th at Shawnigan Lake School. Participants were put through their paces with discussions, role play and coaching training. They explored the qualities of effective leaders, the conditions for innovation to flourish, and what needs to change in education.

A graphic recording helped participants to see patterns in their thinking and became a visual documentation of the discussion. The additional purpose of the visual graphic is that it be used to generate further discussion with a wider audience in schools. Questions to pose could include: “To what extent do we innovate in our school?”; “What happens if we remove one of these attributes of leadership?”


The second day saw participants learning how to be a “thinking partner” through coaching training facilitated by Diane Lloyd from Inspired Results Group. Program Coordinator, Natasha Bathgate of Crofton House School noted: “I was deeply impressed by the humour, warmth, intelligence and openness of the group. The success of the weekend left me feeling energized and excited for what the rest of the year holds.”

Prospective Heads Program

8 participants launched the year at a 2-day residential at Shawnigan Lake in mid-September to explore what Headship entails with the hopes of assuming the position in the near future. The program focuses on preparing participants for their first year of headship and will cover topics such as using data for school improvement, advancement and admissions, managing the school’s budget, strategic planning, governance and Board relations, financial management, advancement, identifying your brand, crisis management communication and the joys and challenges of the Headship role.   Each participant will be paired with a Head of School who will simulate the preparation of the participant for assuming their Headship.  

Digital Skills Website Underway

Exciting progress is being made on new ISABC website resource for teachers and curriculum planners who are integrating digital skills and ADST into their classrooms.  A dedicated team of Ed Tech specialists led by Bryson Norrish (Fraser Academy), Heather Mosher (Southridge), Geoff Jones (St Johns) and Dave Hlannon (SMUS), have been working with Raccoopack Studios to complete the design work on a Digital Skills Scope and Sequence website. 

The website will link learning standards from a number of resources (ADST, ISTE, BC's Digital Learning Framework), and a database of skills developed by the ISABC Ed Tech community.  We expect to unveil this valuable new tool at the ISABC Pro-D Day on February 15, 2019 at York House School and Queen Margaret's School.

ISABC Pro-D Day - Friday February 15th, 2019 

Keynote Speaker - Terry Small, Author and Speaker

The ISABC Pro-D Day will be held on Friday February 15, 2019 at York House School and Queen Margaret's School. We welcome workshop submissions on the following topics:
Primary foci:
The new Graduation Program with emphasis on literacy and numeracy
Enriching teaching and learning for the BC curriculum K-Grade 9
Wellness and Mental Health
Secondary themes supporting the primary foci include:
First People’s Principles of Learning
Teaching and Learning - Assessment, Computational Thinking,
Core Competencies
Round Tables: Subject Area; Division Focus; Specialist Areas
Submissions for workshop presenters are due at noon on Friday October 12, 2018 

All submissions must be vetted by the Academic / Deputy Head of School. To apply or learn more, please click here. Registration for the Pro-D Day will open on November 2nd, 2018. 
To win the Starbucks gift card, please send a screenshot of this section to Congratulations to Nicola Doughty of St. John's School who was our winner in June.

Action Research Profile
Yuko Keane, Linsday Foster and Jamie Morris

As part of the ISABC Action Research program, this team of researchers from Brockton School developed a case study for meeting the needs of high potential and high ability learners. To read the Summary of Reports, please click here.


Yuko Keane, Lindsay Foster and Jamie Morris were part of the
2017-2018 Action Research program


ISABC Leadership and Collaboration

Group Highlights

Academic / Deputy Heads Tour Quest University
and Coast Mountain Academy

The September 26th visit by Academic / Deputy Heads to Quest included a tour of the university, an address by President George Iwama outlining the innovative practices embodied by Quest and an opportunity to see this in person by attending a Quest teaching session.  The day also included a visit to Coast Mountain Academy (CMA), Squamish which was founded with the goal of creating a culture of curiosity and wonder, while providing an education that is relevant in the modern world. CMA offers not only a rigorous academic program, but a well-rounded fine arts, athletics, and outdoor education program as well.

The meeting allowed for continued conversation around innovation and excellence in ISABC schools: how are academic/deputy heads helping prepare the learning foundations for our schools in 2018? Erin Kline presented on the new Fraser Academy Outreach Centre which she is now leading.

Brenda Ball, as one of the four presenters delivering FISA’s Provincial Graduation Program Outreach (including Denise Lemarche, SMUS) fielded questions around the Graduation Program’s implementation.   

A reminder that all proposals for the Pro-D day should be vetted by Academic/Deputy Head of School.  


FISA / Ministry / Partner Updates

B.C. Training & Education Savings Grant: Did you know children born in 2009 or later can qualify for a $1,200 grant when they are signed up for a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)? No RESP contribution is required. Visit the British Columbia Training and Education Savings Grant web page for more information or email

Minster of Education and Partners Express Support for SOGI 
Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, BC Teachers' Federation, BC School Superintendents Association, BC School Trustees Association, BC Principals' and Vice-Principals' Association, CUPE BC, BC Association of School Business Officials, Federation of Independent School Associations, BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils, ARC Foundation, First Nations Education Steering Committee, First Nations Schools Association and Métis Nation BC made a joint statement in support of SOGI.

Province celebrates new French teacher education students and expands training efforts
To read the full news release, please click here

Nominations Open for Prime Minister's Awards
for Teaching Excellence

Teachers play an important role helping to build the next generation of successful, caring, and creative Canadians. We all remember a teacher that changed our lives. The Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence, Teaching Excellence in STEM, and Excellence in Early Childhood Education honour exemplary teachers and early childhood educators who are preparing our youth for the innovation economy. 
Prime Minister’s Awards recipients can receive:
•       Cash awards worth up to $5,000
•       A certificate from the Prime Minister
•       National recognition and promotion of their best teaching practices 

Consider nominating an educator for a 2019 Prime Minister’s Award! Download your nomination package and a poster by visiting Submit your nomination electronically or by mail before January 14, 2019.


The Youth Today

Logged off: Meet the teens who refuse to use social media. To read more, click here

Upcoming ISABC Activities and Leadership and Collaboration Group Meetings Include:
Action Research Program Session #1 October 4/5 at Stratford Hall
 Athletic Directors (Swimming & Basketball) October 9 at York House School
Senior School Principals  October 24 at Mulgrave School
Newly Qualified Teachers  October 26 at St. Michaels University School

For a list of all the upcoming Leadership and Collaboration Group Meetings please visit

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