Island Pacific School News

Feel Good Friday: Yvette Gabrielle

Feel Good Friday: Yvette Gabrielle

Yvette Gabrielle joined the IPS team this year and has enjoyed supporting our students and staff — no small feat in meeting and exceeding our Covid cleaning protocols! Yvette's attention to detail and order has been essential in keeping germs away and ensuring the...

Feel Good Friday: Julie Langlois

Feel Good Friday: Julie Langlois

Meet new Island Pacific School teacher Julie Langlois who will join our team of Superheroes this September! Originally from Ontario, Julie started her education career overseas in Australia. She has been drawn to the water and the outdoors from an early age and is...

Feel Good Friday: Sophie Hocking

Feel Good Friday: Sophie Hocking

Sophie is excited to be joining the Bowen Island and IPS communities this summer after relocating from Kamloops, BC, to teach Language and Literature English (grades 6-9) and Individuals and Societies (grade 6).  She'll be joining her husband, Cohen, who works as a...

ZOOM Through Time Virtual Open House

ZOOM Through Time Virtual Open House

JUNE 2: 7-8 PM We will send you the Zoom link on June 2nd Zoom link to the livestream event here Enjoy a menagerie of online exhibits from the arts and individual & societies. Grade 6’s are creating their own countries, grade 7’s are exploring an ancient...

Masterworks 2021

Masterworks 2021

JUNE 7 – 11, 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. Read more here

Feel Good Friday: Pam Matthews

Feel Good Friday: Pam Matthews

This week we asked Pam Matthews, our Science teacher and Outdoor Expeditions Coordinator, about life at IPS. Pam moved to Bowen Island to teach at Island Pacific School in 1999 (legend has it that she slept in her camper van in the school parking lot!) and over the...

Feel Good Friday: Jen Zdril

Feel Good Friday: Jen Zdril

Jen Zdril provides Learning Strategies Program Support as well as being our indefatigable Mainstage Director! After years of teaching drama, art, media, and English in Montreal, Halifax and the UK, Jen feels fortunate to have landed here on Bowen Island. Passionate...

Feel Good Friday: Amanda Szabo

Feel Good Friday: Amanda Szabo

Amanda Szabo is our Learning Strategies Program lead. She loves reading, music, theatre and ragdoll cats. We asked Amanda to share some insights recently and here’s what she said: Tell us about something you're passionate about right now I love cooking and collecting...

Feel Good Friday: Easton Rough

Feel Good Friday: Easton Rough

Easton wears many hats at Island Pacific School, including teaching PE, Individuals & Societies Gr 7, Design Gr 8 & 9 and Senior Seminar. He joined IPS in 2019 and originally from Toronto, he grew up in the city avidly involved in volleyball, football, hockey and...

Feel Good Friday: Kari Marentette

Feel Good Friday: Kari Marentette

Another fun, frenetic week passes at Island Pacific School and this week we honour teacher Kari Marentette for her cheerful leadership in Language Acquisition French (year 4), Design (year 1), Physical Health Education (years 1 and 2). Tell us about something you're...

Feel Good Friday: Adrian van Lidth de Jeude

Feel Good Friday: Adrian van Lidth de Jeude

A shout out to another of our amazing faculty for getting us to Friday with such energy and creativity! We caught up with Adrian this week to find out his thoughts on work and life. Adrian has been with Island Pacific School for 12 years and teaches Arts to years 1-4...

Island Pacific Fundance Film Festival

Island Pacific Fundance Film Festival

Friday, April 30, 2021 7pm Be entertained by the brilliant, bizarre and touching films created out of the minds and talents of thirty highly imaginative middle school students. 5 Original Student Short Films! Red Carpet Premiere! Q&A With Directors! Hilarious...

Feel Good Friday: Barbara Bingham

Feel Good Friday: Barbara Bingham

Feel Good Friday is finally here! This week we feature superhero and 19 year veteran, Barb Bingham, our indispensable Director of Operations! Tell us about something you're passionate about right now. Cooking and experimenting with recipes What's the most...

Island Pacific School’s Virtual Open House

Island Pacific School’s Virtual Open House

Wednesday, April 21st Time: 7-8 pm RSVP below to receive your Zoom link New families joining Island Pacific School in September 2021 and interested families who want to learn more about IPS are invited to join IPS for some virtual fun! Since we cannot host you in...

The times are a changin’ and so are we!

The times are a changin’ and so are we!

There are distinct benefits to being a small middle school on an island when a global pandemic hits. The most important is that we can adapt, innovate and change quickly. In March, when schools closed their doors and went online, Island Pacific School’s students were...

A Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

A Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Like other schools around the world, our school has been affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic. We have not only managed this upheaval, we have responded effectively, and students are thriving despite the disruption to in-person learning. While our school history...

2020 Grade 9’s Give Back to IPS

2020 Grade 9’s Give Back to IPS

2020 Grade 9 Grads Class Commemorative Gift A new tradition began last June when the grade 9 graduating class and their families created the first Class Commemorative Gift for Island Pacific School. They were the first class to intentionally leave IPS with a legacy...