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Lucas E. (Grade 6) has been selected for the 2017 BC Youth Climbing Team.  Congratulations, Lucas!

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Sensei Recipient for the week of February13th is Ms. Ark as she is fondly known by her students. Kate Arkiletian is our resident art teacher across all grades. She has received the Sensei award for the artistic inspiration that she brings to her students as well as the kind, respectful and patient voice she uses in her classes. Her colleagues admire her ability to draw the best from her students. Her classes are always interesting and fun because she has a passion for what she does, which is to create art in whatever medium.
Thank you Kate, for your inspiration as a teacher, colleague, mother and friend. You are valued in so many ways!
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G. 6 student Lucas E. enjoys indoor rock climbing in his spare time.

Lucas’ love for climbing started at Alcuin when he went with his class to the Edge climbing centre as part of a community engagement programme for the Grade 3’s. He hasn’t looked back! Lucas now belongs to the Edge climbing team. He enjoys this sport so much that he's attained a proficiency level that allowed him to be selected to the 2017 BC Youth Climbing Team. A climber selected to this team must be ranked in the top 8 in his category.

This past weekend Lucas competed in the 2017 National competition at the Hive on Dollarton Hwy. in North Vancouver. Lucas continues to do much of his training at the Edge which is also located in North Van. He mainly does what he refers to as bouldering which is climbing without ropes but at a height of between 15 and 20 feet. If he falls he falls on thick mats. He also takes part in top rope climbing which is climbing at a greater height where he is secured by ropes and harness.
Congratulations and well done Lucas! Your selection to the BC Youth Team is certainly a terrific achievement. Good luck with attaining you goals of attending the Global competition when you turn 13 in 2018 and eventually to climb the Chief in Squamish.
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Grade 8 and 9 students had fun and interesting classes today, as they do everyday of course, but today was different. One of our G 8 students, Cole P. who lives in Chilliwack on the weekends and attends Alcuin during the week, couldn't make it to school today due to the record breaking amount of snow that fell in the valley. He still took part in his English Studies classes though .... via Skype. Sean dB. was similarly stranded on Bowen Island due to the snow, but he was able to attend class as well. Both from a distance. The classes viewed Cole and Sean on our large screen TV and they in turn were able to view the class on their computers from home. It was fun and we loved the fact that we could introduce technology into the mix while making sure that the boys didn't miss anything important. Well done boys!! We hope the snow melts soon 'cause we miss seeing you in person!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Gong Xi Fa Cai - The Year of the Rooster

Kindergarten to Grade 4 had a wonderful introduction to Chinese New Year. Mrs. Ablett and Mr. de Beer read to them the story “D is for Dragon” and gave them the traditional gift of red envelopes with chocolate money. Traditionally parents give the envelopes, which are called hongbao in Mandarin and lai see in Cantonese, to their children. Red is a symbol of energy, happiness and good luck. The tradition of wrapping or enclosing the money in red is supposed to bestow more happiness and blessings on the receivers. The envelopes were from Ms. Tsang and Mr. Barbosa, but as tradition and culture dictate, the envelopes must be handed to the children by a married person. Mr. Barbosa and Ms. Tsang are not yet married. They were however able to give the gift of the not so traditional fortune cookie. Tradition also says you must not open the envelope in front of the person who gave it to you.

The children made delightfully colourful paper dragons to hang in their classrooms. This symbolizes the beautifully decorated dragons that dance through the streets during New Year celebrations. The dragon dance is an ancient tradition and symbolizes wisdom, power and wealth. Dragons are believed to bring people good luck.

Gong Xi Fa Cai everyone.
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A fantastic day for G 7 SS class visiting various places of spiritual worship (a Jewish synagogue, Buddhist temple, Hindu temple, and Ismaili Centre mosque) in West Vancouver, Vancouver, and Burnaby. The Christian faith will be examined in more depth on Friday with Reverend Judith Hardcastle at St. Andrews United Church. The trip and all visits provided much food for thought! Thank you to the students, who were all very respectful of the various faiths and their places of worship. Thank you also to the parents who drove. Your help is much appreciated. ... See MoreSee Less

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Your school awaits you!

Furniture has been moved, field studies sought out, pencils sharpened … Welcome (back) to Alcuin for the year 2016-2017!  Our teachers and staff are thrilled to have their students back, because it is for them that we do what we do, reimagining education every day.

Enjoy a 365° view of our Great Hall:

How My Hobby Changed My Life
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Alcuin’s Hailey C., fifteen, loves to drink tea and read books. To Hailey, “regenerate” (the theme of this year’s TEXxKids@BC) means “to restart” or to “begin again.” Her talk was about how she regenerated her passion for reading books into opportunities in the publishing industry.  It touched on how her hobby and passion for reading has helped her overcome depression.

She hopes her talk can inspire people never to give up their passion or hobby, no matter what people say.  Very well done, Hailey!

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Site of Alcuin’s future “Forever Home”


“Teenagers learn best by doing things, they learn best in teams and they learn best by doing things for real — all the opposite of what mainstream schooling actually does.

Geoff Mulgan
A short intro to the Studio School
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Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Albert Einstein

Alcuin College for the Liberal Arts is a progressive, independent K-12 school rooted in curiosity-led learning. Skillful teachers adapt the course of study to how each student best learns, thinks and inquires. We comply with, and surpass, provincial requirements to produce well-rounded graduates equipped for university and lifelong learning.