ISABC Hosts International Delegation from Brazil

A group of 20 educators and administrator from SINEPE Brazil reached out to ISABC to meet and learn from our member schools. In addition to a meeting with the Minister of Education, and meetings at SFU's Faculty of Education, the Delegation received an overview by the ISABC Executive Director Elizabeth Moore on the BC Curriculum and how the ISABC serves its members. This was followed by Leadership Training in Mindfulness and Conflict Resolution. The Delegation enjoyed tours at four ISABC schools including Muglrave School, Fraser Academy, Croton House School and West Point Grey Academy to showcase the diversity and variety of schools in the Association.  


Mindfulness session where Delegates
gathered the chaos in our lives and released it

The delegation of Brazilian educators and administrators which toured many ISABC
member schools. Flanked by John Wray, Mulgrave Head of School
and Elizabeth Moore, Executive Director of ISABC

QMS To Expand Programming in 2019

“Beginning September 2019, all genders will be welcomed throughout the entirety of our school programming,” shares an excited Head of School, Wilma Jamieson. “With this decision formalized, we are moving forward with the construction of an addition to The Learning Centre. This will provide much needed instructional space for growth of our Junior School and academic program needs, further helping our staff provide the learning needed in the world of new challenges.”

To learn more click here

Future Prize Challenge 

On April 18th, 48 students and teachers from ISABC schools (Brockton School, Collingwood School, Meadowridge School, Shawnigan Lake School, Southridge School and York House School) and others participated in the Future Prize Challenge hosted by Southridge School in partnership with Future Design School. In our rapidly-changing world, students increasingly need to be creative, curious, empathetic, and resilient. Future Prize introduces students to design thinking and innovative problem-solving methods that foster critical thinking and compassion. 

During the one day event, students and teachers collaborated to design solutions to a real-world challenge and pitch their solutions in a friendly competition with other BC Schools. Challenges ranged from "How might we leverage innovative technology to help families get to and from school more efficiently?" to "How might we leverage technology to educate people about rising sea levels and the impacts of climate change?". At the end of the day, each team pitched their idea to a team of judges from Apple and The City of Surrey. 

Future Design School is proud to have worked with many ISABC schools over the past two years to empower teachers and school leaders to drive innovation in their schools and build future-ready competencies in students.

Alumni Profiles

ISABC member schools have distinguished alumni doing meaningful work in the world.  We are proud of the leaders each member school is developing.​  

To read about Brentwood College's alumni, please click here


Public Speaking Competitions
The ISABC offers two Public Speaking Competitions each year. For students in Grades 4/5 and 6/7, these events allow them to showcase oratory skills and share ideas their ideas and passions for a wide range of topics. This year Crofton House hosted the Grade 4/5 Competition and York House hosted the 6/7 Competition. Winning videos from each competition will be shared through the bulletin. To see the winning Grade 6/7 speech, click here.


Governance Training
The second Governance training meeting was held at St. George’s School on April 14th with a particular focus on networking and tackling real-life case studies facing Boards. This session was exceptionally well received and further governance training for Board members (both new and experienced) is welcomed for the future.  Cheryle Beaumont (Urban Academy) is particularly commended for sharing her expertise in leading the taught components. 


ISABC Leadership and Collaboration

Group Highlights


Learning Resources Meeting 
The Learning Resource team met to explore strategies for learners with Dyslexia. Cathy McMillan from the Dyslexia Training Institute provided a "Dyslexia for a Day" simulation for attendees.  From experiencing a flipped classroom to various exercises that simulated the learner experience, the attendees left with resources, ideas and tips for incorporating new strategies into the classroom.

Team Leaders Meeting
Session 5 of the Team Leaders took place on April 9th with a focus on social-emotional leadership.  Melissa Moore explored the power of mindfulness while Sarah Marshall provided insights in to the Ruler program.  To win this month's Starbucks gift card, be the first subscriber to send a screenshot of this sentence to Congratulations to Tracey Dixon from Mulgrave School who won last month.

Senior School Principals Meeting 
The Senior School Principals meeting was held on April 23rd at Aspengrove School with Ian Chisholm providing professional development input design leadership.   Interesting inputs around this topic included a documentary and information about San Patrignano  - noted below:
Educating Sir Tom - a documentary about philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter examines what a world-class education entails.
San Patrignano - focused on collaboration: this is a unique home for troubled youth.

Teaching and Learning, Innovation and Excellence in ISABC Schools - Spotlight on Brockton School

Brockton School: Purpose-filled Students and the Greater Good

Amongst its aspirations, Brockton School seeks to nurture students who will come to appreciate their sense of self and who will stretch to optimize their potential while developing a genuine sense of purpose. Such aspirations require an educational program that considers and attends to the whole child and, in particular, the student’s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies. While there are various strategies for such development throughout the JK-Grade 12 years, this past year Brockton has developed a new course called The Greater Good that is aimed at Grade 8 and 9 students.

The Greater Good is based on the development of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies. SEL is the process through which students learn and apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. This course includes, but is not limited to, service learning, restorative justice, mindfulness, and character education; its purpose is to complement and augment students’ social-emotional learning, and provide them a venue for building pro-social competencies that will serve their academic performance, service learning objectives, and their personal well-being.

Students began studying these skills from a variety of different perspectives, including: mindfulness; brain development; the nervous system; compassionate communication; restorative circles; and the development of gratitude, empathy, and compassion. Through discussions, journal reflections, role-playing, class activities, and event planning, students show their knowledge and understanding. Students continue to explore mindfulness and compassionate communication through a variety of explorations, some of the more recent being the topic of ancestral wisdom through a project called “Walking With Our Elders” and a community connection experience called “The Compassion Project.”


Feedback from our students and families about The Greater Good has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are pleased the students have additional skills and competencies in their toolkits for success.


NOTE: acknowledgements to our teachers and leaders who have been supported in various growth opportunities including (and not limited to) those at the Berkeley Greater Good Science Centre.



FSA / Ministry / Partner Updates

Teacher Recruitment and Retention
The ISABC has entered into partnership with Its Academic, a teacher recruitment firm, which is aiming to emulate the Make A Future platform, only available to public schools. The ISABC will cover the cost for all its schools as they pilot its software.  Job postings are automatically drawn from the ISABC site and Its Academic advertises positions to candidates who upload their information to their site. Its Academic have cultivated a large network of over 30,000 high-caliber academic professionals, and robust social media channels. There will be a full review at the end of the year to ascertain effectiveness. 

BC Graduation Program
Ministry-funded provincial outreach to independent schools: implementation of the BC Graduation program: Brenda Ball (Brockton) and Denise Lemarche (SMUS) will join the FISA team presenting across the province in October to independent schools about the implementation of the BC Graduation program.

Leadership Development
The Ministry has provided independent schools $37 500 for the leadership development over the next year.  FISA will be developing a Leadership course targeted at aspirant principals and Elizabeth has provided input into shaping the course to complement the ISABC’s leadership programming. This does not conflict with the ISABC leadership programming which has targeted middle leaders and aspirant Heads of School. More information will be available shortly.

Ministry Survey Recruitment and Retention of Teachers 
A provincial committee, on which FISA serves, is looking at issues impacting why people choose teaching as a career; why so many leave the profession in the first five years; what impediments exist for teacher recruitment especially in courses with low teacher availability, and why fewer teachers are entering administration. These surveys have been sent to all administrators and teachers in public and independent schools. Please encourage your staff to complete the survey so that we have a representative sample from schools and communities throughout BC for public and independent schools.

The following survey link is for  Education Administrators (Heads of Schools, Principals, Vice Principals, Superintendents, Directors of Instruction):

The following survey link is for teachers  



The Youth Today

Metacognitive Reflection at Report Card Time

Promoting a growth mindset helps students see the link between their actions and their grades. To learn more, click here

Upcoming ISABC Activities and Leadership and Collaboration Group Meetings Include:
Junior & Middle School VPs Meeting May 4th at St, Michael's University School
Middle School Principals Meeting May 4th at Glenlyon Norfolk School
ELC Principals Meeting  May 4th at Urban Academy
Computational Thinking Workshop  May 7th at  St. John's School & Fraser Academy

Academic Heads Meeting  May 9th at York House School
Heads and Board Chairs Meeting  May 10th & 11th at West Point Grey Academy 
IT ED and Systems Meeting, May 28th at  Brentwood
Business Manager's Meeting May 31st at St. Michael's University School

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

Career Opportunities

More Career Opportunities

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Independent Schools Association of British Columbia · 2330 Cypress Lane · West Vancouver, BC, BC V7S 3H9 · Canada

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp