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


Peter Froese, Executive Director of FISA Retires

On June 20th, members of FISA gathered to extend well wishes and thanks to Peter Froese who retires after 20 years with FISA. Peter served as a Board member for 12 years and as Executive Director for the last 8 years. Along with representatives of provincial educational partner groups, independent schools, the Ministry of Education, Peter's family and friends, ISABC Executive Director Elizabeth Moore attended the luncheon in his honour where she delivered a tribute to Peter and acknowledged the contributions he has made to independent schools in BC.

The ISABC wishes Peter every success in his new endeavours as Superintendent of the Maple Leaf Schools in China.

Summer Programs

Many ISABC schools offer summer programming that is open to all students. From STEAM to sports focused camps, students can explore, learn and have fun. To learn more about summer programs being offered, please click here.

Alumni Profiles

Alumni of various ISABC member schools are making an impact in their communities and the world at large. These impressive young people are addressing issues of youth mental health, human rights, food security, education, social justice and more! 

Southpointe Academy's Meaghan Mackenzie, Class of 2017,
was recognized as a difference maker in 2015.  To learn more click here

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

ISABC School News

Mulgrave Students Launch Rocket

A team of four Mulgrave students found themselves in a dusty parking lot in New Mexico, working with UBC to launch a rocket! The rocket flew to 10,000 feet as part of the 2018 Spaceport America Cup - a competition in which university students from all over the world launch (or hope to launch) their student-built rockets into the furthest reaches of the atmosphere.

Mulgrave was invited to participate in this real-world feat of engineering by designing a payload to travel in UBC’s 2017 winning rocket, named Cypress, which was the 2017 defending champion. Their contribution was a cubesat (a 10x10x10 cube-shaped satellite): students used two CubeSats to design an experiment measuring the impact of the rocket’s large acceleration on plant stem structure. Different types of plants were monitored with a camera and several sensors, providing data. They also added several sensors collecting information about the flight itself.

To learn more, click here.


Student Leadership Program 

The ISABC Student Leadership program develops leadership skills in Grade 8 students across ISABC schools. From a residential workshop in October to POD meetings among schools, each group developed and implemented a project at their school. In addition to problem-solving and leadership skills, the students from Southpointe Academy reported that they learned about "the importance of empathy, and sympathy. We also learned about what kind of leaders we are, and what type of leader is best in which situation. We learnt that in a project, you are hit by both challenges and successes."  

Participants engaged students, teachers and parents in an effort to create inclusivity initiatives. They also shared their learnings at the May Heads of School meeting. To learn more, please click here.

Southpointe Academy Head of School Dean Croy with Clare Manifold, Teacher Facilitator and program participants Prabhsimar Singh Bedi, Kate Heras, Ashley Westeringh and Arnav Khandelwal

Save the Date - Friday February 15th, 2019 
ISABC Pro-D Day 

The ISABC Pro-D Day will be held on Friday February 15, 2019 at York House School and Queen Margaret's School. The ISABC is pleased to announce that Terry Small will be the keynote speaker at the York House School venue. Submissions for workshop presenters are due by Tuesday October 9th, 2018. To learn more, please click here.

Action Research Profile
Darryl Lee and Alice Tosic, West Point Gray Academy

As part of the ISABC Action Research program, this team of researchers examined what would happen if students learned math through the themes of global water issues. To learn what they discovered, please click here



ISABC Leadership and Collaboration

Group Highlights

The Early Learning Principals Leadership group met at Urban Academy in June for an interactive day of networking and learning. Following a presentation by Elyse Cochrane on integrating social, emotional and cognitive learning in the JK classroom, parent-teacher and student-led conferences and Term 3 reports cards were discussion topics. To win the Starbucks gift card, please send a screen shot of this section to Congratulations to Dave Hutchison of Aspengrove School who was our winner last month.

Upcoming ISABC Activities and Leadership and Collaboration Group Meetings Include:
Heads of School Meeting Sept 21 at King David High School
Team Leadership Residential September 23 and 24 at Shawnigan Lake School
Academic / Deputy Heads Meeting September 26 at Quest University
Marketing, Communications, Admissions, Advancement  Sept 27 and 28 at Aberdeen Hall

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


FISA / Ministry / Partner Updates


The Government of British Columbia is increasing leadership development funding for more than 3,500 education leaders in order to meet the rapidly changing needs of students and communities throughout the province. “Our education system is evolving at a very fast pace,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “Providing students with the skills and knowledge needed in an ever-changing 21st-century world requires leaders who are empowered to drive schools toward the future.” 

Aimed at professionals in leadership roles and those aspiring to leadership, the Ministry of Education will increase professional learning development funding across the education sector from $200,000 in 2017-18, to $600,000 in 2018-2019, with a further $800,000 investment in 2019-2020. This brings the three-year total funding to $1.6 million. Expanded leadership development will enable new and existing professional learning opportunities across the BC education system, including: 

     • training and mentorship for new school and district leaders 

     • increased financial training for district leaders 

     • additional training in B.C’s new curriculum and supporting Indigenous education 

     • managing the training of new leaders who are replacing retirees 

     • recruitment, training and mentoring supports for new Indigenous education leaders 

Students will benefit from leadership development that is focused on improving students’ success and contributes to an innovative, dynamic and high-performing school life.

In order for FISA BC to best advocate on behalf of independent schools, we need accurate and comprehensive data. We thank the 230 schools who have already completed our Leadership Survey. We are aiming for 100% participation. If you have not responded yet, please do so HERE.



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