The Island Pacific School Blog

Clarke Family Focus

Clarke Family Focus

IPS has helped equip our kids with many life skills, one of which is to be active participants in engaged discussions with the ability to appreciate different perspectives and engage in a respectful manner. It has also instilled in them a set of strong values and...

Community Partners

Community Partners

Most Bowen community members are aware that our IPS young people are excellent ambassadors in our community and beyond. Did you know that the first point of contact with new families to Bowen is often through a realtor or developer? These businesses are now finding...

Bridge to the Future

Bridge to the Future

Among the many great things about Island Pacific School, one constant thread in its near quarter-century history is the incredible generosity of stakeholders — parents, staff, alumni, board and great community members — to support the school’s mission. Now in its...

Creativity as a teaching tool

Creativity as a teaching tool

What do a bike factory, a ford truck, a farm, a classroom, the IPS staff, Winterfell Castle, an alien spaceship, a bee hive, a veggie garden, a hockey rink and a vitamix smoothie maker have in common? You guessed it - they are all easy to compare to a Eukaryotic cell....

Be the Change We Want to See

Be the Change We Want to See

History is a funny thing. It happens around us all the time. One moment slipping into the past becomes our history. Events that pass become the shared story of how we got to where we are now. Most often, history is made silently or at least with little notice. At...

A Parent’s Perspective

A Parent’s Perspective

Volunteering at IPS has given me a window into my sons’ lives that I otherwise would not have been privileged to experience. Simply learning the names of all of the students was once a challenge, but through consistent volunteering—in and out of the classroom—I was...

Chris Wilson Goodbye

Chris Wilson Goodbye

On My Time With Island Pacific School (With my apologies to Lin‐Manuel Miranda) How does an idea, a design, a little school, become an institution, On an island, A rock dropped in the middle of a forgotten Spot in Howe Sound near Vancouver....

Masterworks June 10 – 13, 2019

Masterworks June 10 – 13, 2019

Can a 14-year-old be expected to conduct a public presentation similar to a TED talk? Island Pacific School students have been doing so for over 20 years through a program called Masterworks. Our middle school curriculum recognizes the importance of independent study....

Equip & Inspire Student Conference

Equip & Inspire Student Conference

The IPS Equip and Inspire Conference has now come and gone and I am so pleased with the way it all came together as a vehicle to not only meet our BC Education Career Education Curriculum core competencies and big ideas, but also provide meaningful connections between...