Welcome to Nex̱wlélex̱m! (Bowen Island)
Island Pacific School sits on the unceded and ancestral territory of the Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish) Nation. We are deeply grateful to share this beautiful land.
Island Pacific School has now passed the significant milestone of 25 years and we are boldly looking forward to celebrating our 50th Anniversary in 2045. Despite the pandemic raging across the world, Island Pacific School continues to fulfill its mission to equip, inspire and cultivate the humanity of its students. The 2020-21 school year marks a few significant milestones for the school as we will purchase our building, set up an endowment fund, and completely overhaul the school branding and website. In addition, Bowen Island Properties has generously donated strata lot #2 to the school and we are excited to begin a formal campaign to build a beautiful covered outdoor Field House.
As ever, we are thrilled to welcome web visitors to this site and by extension to our beautiful home on Nex̱wlélex̱m. Island Pacific School is driven daily to ensure that the critical middle school years will be much more than just a way station en route to high school, university or a career. Our purpose is to ensure that students’ time here will make a lasting impact on the rest of their lives and allow them to express the very best of what it means to be human. As an IB World School offering the Middle Years Programme (MYP), our “small by design” nature provides a unique opportunity to engage middle school students in the rich conversations of human inquiry as we stretch and challenge them. Our middle school team works daily to equip and inspire our students and cultivate their humanity at this pivotal point in their lives.
Should you have any questions or an interest in visiting our school, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be thrilled to show you around our beautiful school and island home.
Our Middle School Team
At IPS, our motto is Learning. To Make a Difference. Because Island Pacific School is small by design, our faculty and staff can make direct connections with each and every one of our middle school students. Our middle school team believes this is how education should be done and this is how we can recognize the unique potential of every student at IPS.
Island Pacific School’s faculty and staff are selected with an eye for creating a team that shares in the school’s mission and core values. The middle school teachers at Island Pacific School come from diverse backgrounds and bring a wealth of world experiences which are shared as part of the collaborative effort to achieve the school’s open/responsible environment. And they are middle school experts.
Book an appointment to discuss our distinctly different approach.
Or find out more about each member of our middle school team, below.
Adrian van Lidth de Jeude
ARTS Y 1-4, INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES Y 3, 4
Growing up on Bowen Island, Adrian developed a deep love for the Island: its community, ocean and forest. He is passionate about the outdoors, horticulture, theatre, music, and history. He is constantly curious about the world and cares deeply about how to make it better.
Adrian started teaching at Island Pacific School in 2009. Since then, he continues to endeavour to build authentic relationships, pique curiosity, and foster fun in and out of the classroom.
LEARNING STRATEGIES LEAD
Amanda moved to Bowen in September of 2000 and started her career in education. Since the turn of the century, Amanda has been a classroom and learning support teacher, run an ESL school, been an instructor at the Down Syndrome Research Foundation and completed a master’s degree in Special Education. She’d also like to mention the three boys (Oliver, Arthur and Leo) that have joined her family since then.
Amanda loves reading, music, theatre and ragdoll cats. In her spare time, she is likely to be watching a soccer game or exploring the trails of Bowen with her boys.
LANGUAGE & LITERATURE ENGLISH Y 1,2,3,4 INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES Y1
Andrea hails from the east coast and is originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick. She taught internationally for 13 years before returning to Canada and starting at IPS in 2019. Andrea has travelled the globe, exploring numerous countries and cultures, and worked at independent schools in Abu Dhabi, Bogota, and Havana.
You might find Andrea with her head buried in a book somewhere, or perhaps golfing or hiking and just enjoying the scenery around her. She very much enjoys discussing current events, is a keen movie buff who also loves Pink Floyd.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
With a background in sales, distribution and marketing, Barb joined IPS in 2002. She brings a wealth of knowledge to her varied portfolio, with expertise in the insurance, real estate and information technology industries.
Her son Alexander is an IPS alumnus, graduating in 2012.
In her spare time Barb loves cooking and trying out new recipes. She has a small business making Hot B: Jamaican hot pepper sauce and U Jerk: Jamaican jerk seasoning. She and her husband Michael love sailing around Howe Sound, the Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound.
Cheryl joined IPS in 2018, with a background in the mining and exploration industry as the CFO for several companies. Her expertise is in setting up and managing finance systems, together with managing corporate governance.
Cheryl enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her nephews, playing tennis and getting out in the waves at Ambleside on her stand up paddle board.
With a background in wildlife biology and nature interpretation, Jennifer earned her B.Ed. at the University of Calgary. She taught in the middle school program at IPS for three years before taking a break to raise her two children and live internationally. She and her family spent three exciting years in Ghana, West Africa before they happily returned to Bowen Island in 2011.
Jen has taught all of the science and math courses at IPS and both her children have attended IPS and has the exceptional honour of winning the 2019 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
LANGUAGE & LITERATURE ENGLISH, Y2, LEARNING STRATEGIES SUPPORT, 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 and to be situated at IPS as the Mainstage Director and as part of the Learning Assistance team. She is passionate about all things to do with the arts, especially theatre and literature, and has written two plays for middle school students and ghostwritten two novels.
When she’s not organizing productions and working with students, Jen is reading, writing, or off on some adventure with her son, Waylon.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT & ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT
Described as a connector, Julia’s passion for her community led her to working as a director for both the Caring Circle Health Resource Centre and the Bowen Island Community Foundation. In these roles, she discovered a love of not for profit work, including planning, organizing and directing many fundraising events and initiatives and building and nurturing donor relations.
Julia has extensive experience as an entrepreneur in small business management, communications, marketing and web design, in addition to teaching technology at Capilano University for several years.
LANGUAGE ACQUISITION FRENCH Y-4, DESIGN Y 1, PHYSICAL HEALTH EDUCATION Y 1, 2
Kari is passionate about teaching the French language and French culture. She began learning French in school at age five and hasn’t stopped since! She has a wide range of interests including rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, and playing board games. After graduating from Queen’s, she moved to Australia to teach Grade 7 – 11 French and Science.
Being passionate about the outdoors, Kari has worked as an Outdoor Educator in both Australia and Ontario. She is an Ontario native that is excited to explore the natural wonders of Bowen Island and British Columbia.
SCIENCE Y1-4, OUTDOOR EXPEDITIONS COORDINATOR
In 1999 Pam Matthews moved to Bowen Island to teach at Island Pacific School. Over the years she has taught Math, Science and PE as well as being the safety and expedition coordinator.
She has a love of nature and the outdoors and hopes to inspire students to develop a lifelong love of science through her teaching.
HEAD OF SCHOOL
“It is not so much what you learn, rather that you learn to think!” These words have guided Scott throughout his teaching career. As an experiential learning enthusiast, he sees education best serving youth when it provides meaningful, real-life connections and experiences that challenge them to think.
With 30+ years in education, Scott’s career began at the Peace Zone International School in Kathmandu, Nepal (while backpacking through Asia) and then more formally at Crystal Park School in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. The next 16 years were at the American School of Dubai where he taught in the middle school classroom for nine years before taking over the role of Recreation Director for seven years. The KAUST School in Saudi Arabia was his last overseas assignment where he held the roles IB MYP Coordinator, CIS/NEASC Accreditation Officer, and Activities Director.
Scott is married to Susanne (a special education teacher at the Bowen Island Community School) and all three of his children (two sons and a daughter) are studying at UBC.
Scott is a lifelong learner, an avid ultimate player and loves to travel and explore this amazing planet.