Masterworks 2021

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 25 years through a program called Masterworks.

Watch our full program on our YouTube channel here.

Our middle school curriculum recognizes the importance of independent study. Self-selected, self-directed, and self-presented, this Masterworks independent study project is compulsory for every Grade 9 student and marks a significant academic achievement at IPS.

Masterworks projects include big, guiding questions such as, “Do YOU know what you’re eating? The Negative Effects of Food Additives and How to Avoid Them”, “Piece by Piece – the Process of Designing a LEGO set”, “Back to Nature — Teaching Youth the Benefits of Being Outdoors Through an Adventure Film”, “House on Wheels — The Process of Restoring a Boler Trailer” or “The Evolution of Mountain Bikes”.

Date & TimePresenterPresentationFaculty AdvisorExternal Advisor
June 7
9:00 am
Jonas BlanchardWyld Design - Creating a Clothing Brand Andrea EarleWade Morissette, Javier Estebecorena
June 7
10:00 am
Beck MorissetteHouse on Wheels - The Process of Restoring a Boler TrailerAdrian van Lidth de Jeude Mike Shannon, Mike Benson
June 7
11:00 am
Owen WalkerThe Evolution of Mountain BikesJennifer HenrichsenColin Herrington
June 7
1:00 pm
Rosalie HancockA World Run on Illusion - A Conceptual and Historical Look at CurrencyAndrea EarleBronwyn Churcher
June 7
2:00 pm
Jake SalomiMotorbike Mechanics - Rebuilding A Yamaha YZ125 Dirt Bike EngineJennifer Henrichsen
Geoff Gagan, Corino Salomi
June 8
9:00 am
Gavin BurnsA Swing Through Time - The Development of Major League BaseballEaston RoughDavid Jan, Mark Pottie
June 8
10:00 am
James McDonaldIt's not a Woman's World - A Look In How Colonization Affected Women's RightsKari Marentette
Alexa McLaren
June 8
11:00 am
Kate PurdyHanging by a Thread - The Environmental Impacts of the Fashion IndustryKari MarentetteDavid Newson
June 8
1:00 pm
Rebecca DurandFrom Behind the Camera — The Process of FilmmakingJennifer ZdrilMartin Wood
June 8
2:00 pm
Connor Wood
Market Manipulations - Using Marketing Strategies to Grow my BrandAdrian van Lidth de JeudeRob McDonald, Tany Imhof
June 9
9:00 am
Wylie StiverLeave the Faucet Running - A Look Into Six Months Of Continuous SongwritingPam MatthewsJesse Tucker, Ryan Hauschild
June 9
10:00 am
Malcolm CormierAll Aboard - Trains in CanadaAmanda SzaboCraig McDowall
June 9
11:00 am
Sydney FlorinDo YOU Know What You're Eating? The Negative Effects of Food Additives and How to Avoid ThemPam MatthewsEllie MacKay, Phil Day
June 9
1:00 pm
Freja HenrichsenHow to Shred Safely - Skiing in the BackcountryJennifer HenrichsenDavid Suda, Joanna MacDonald
June 10
9:00 am
Roman BicknellPiece by Piece - the Process of Designing a LEGO setAmanda SzaboMelanie Greenaway
June 10
10:00 am
Sam ShanksDeducing Information from a Graphic Crime SceneScott HerringtonCprl Adam Koelhe
June 10
11:00 am
Phoebe MacLeodBack to Nature - Teaching Youth the Benefits of Being Outdoors Through an Adventure FilmEaston RoughEmmett Sparling

Masterworks Project Requirements

The project requires that students:

+ Produce work that surpasses their previous accomplishments
+ Conduct in-depth research
+ Communicate their understanding to academic advisors and the general public in an oral presentation that also serves as a defense of their scholarly and creative pursuits
+ Critically reflect on input they receive throughout the school year by experts and mentors who serve as external committee members.

External Advisors

Students are mentored through the process by expert advisors—leaders in their respective fields—who act as external advisors.

Working collaboratively with IPS faculty, advisory committees guide Grade 9s through the Masterworks process that puts students at the centre of their learning and that provides a foundation for academic achievement.

Interested in becoming an external advisor? Contact us!

Project Topics

In past years, students have made documentary and animated films, created original works of art, written extensive research papers, written and published a novella, and built an actual boat.  These middle school activities and projects reflect the uniqueness and interests of our individual students.

We love the diversity of projects the students come up with and, while each project is unique, what is common among them is that a highly focused level of scholarship, academic inquiry, and creativity underpin original questions asked by our students about the world in which they live.  This diversity is reflected in our middle school curriculum.