Students sometimes learn as much, if not more, from the middle school activities in our extracurricular program. They are part of an intentional education strategy at Island Pacific school that challenges critical thinking, inquiry and the implementation of our values: wisdom, courage and integrity.
We play Ultimate
Island Pacific School’s sport is Ultimate, a low-contact frisbee game originally invented by high-schoolers. Rules are enforced by the players themselves, who rely on the “Spirit of the Game” for fair play. IPS has been playing Ultimate ever since we opened in 1995. It is a perfect sport for our school because:
- there are co-ed teams,
- students can play at a variety of skill levels, and
- Ultimate’s emphasis on “Spirit of the Game” aligns completely with our own IPS values of Wisdom, Courage & Integrity.
The seniors participate in the North Shore Ultimate League and games are Wednesdays and Fridays in April. In addition to League play, the IPS Ultimate teams participate in tournaments such as Spring Reign (the largest coed youth ultimate tournament in the world) in Washington state and the local schools’ Sabrefest Tournament.
IPS also hosts several in-house tournaments during school hours throughout the year as part of our regular program. Students team up according to one of four cross-grade houses: Cassiopeia, Andromeda, Orion, and Pleiades, and House colours dominate the tournament. In-house tournaments include Monsoon Madness (November), Toblerone Classic (June) and Golden Disc (June).
Practices are on Mondays and Thursdays after school in the spring and fall.
Students at IPS are divided into one of four cross-grade houses: Cassiopeia, Andromeda, Orion, and Pleiades.The purpose of the house system is to integrate all students into the academic and social aspects of the school in ways that call on them to work collaboratively with each other and their teachers.
Students like to compete as houses for the coveted House Points Trophy each year. Student leaders within each house help plan and organize fund raising and other community service initiatives. Students can earn points for demonstrating the IPS Values of wisdom, courage & integrity. Students particularly look forward to:
House lunches – House members devise a lunch theme, decorate the MBC, and plan games & entertainment for the entire school.
House tournaments – Houses go head to head in tournaments such as World Cup Soccer, or Arctic Games.
House reading contest – all students can earn points for the number of books read throughout the year.
House Trophy – the annual announcement of which House earned the most points for the year.
A highlight for students and their audiences every year, the IPS musical theatre production is a voluntary extracurricular activity that has used both original and adapted material to mount an impressive student show each spring.
Read more about our creative Mainstage Production opportunities.