Posted on February 12, 2021, by , in Featured, with No Comments

Dear Bodwell students and Parents,

We hope you are doing well in 2021.  For those who are celebrating Lunar New Year in regions around the world, may this newsletter find you at a safe, healthy and prosperous time, despite the ongoing pandemic conditions.

END OF FALL SEMESTER

January has gone by in a flash and the Fall 2020 Semester has ended.  We were fortunate to have a smooth finish to the semester, featuring:

Congratulations to all of our graduates and departing students.  We are proud of you!  We hope to see many of you back for the larger graduation event in May, pending COVID-19 restrictions.

START OF SPRING SEMESTER

This month, as the pandemic enters its second year, we begin our Spring 2021 Semester.  We are happy to be welcoming an eager group of new students who have been finishing their two-week arrival quarantine and joining their in-person classes.  February also marks Black History Month, and we join together in this global celebration of the contributions of Black People, reflecting on the continued struggle for racial justice.

Some start-of-semester videos to enjoy:

MyBODWELL MOBILE APP SHORT SURVEY

Below is the link to a 4-minute survey that will help us understand what you find useful, what you’d like to see improved and what additional features you’d like added. We appreciate your feedback!

ACADEMIC & CO-CURRICULAR LEARNING

Our academic classes have now begun, and students will soon restart their co-curricular learning afterschool in G-Block.  For the time being, we will be postponing the start of Saturday Enrichment classes until later in April, as an extra prevention step against the spread of COVID-19.  Speaking of Saturday Enrichment, I’m pleased to mention that through their Saturday commitment, six of our students completed their Fundamental Movement Skills National Coaching Certification offered by the Coaching Association of Canada.

COVID-19 UPDATES

Meanwhile, public health measures continue here in British Columbia to slow the spread of COVID-19.  After a surge of cases in the province in November and December, ongoing public health orders have been reducing new cases and hospitalizations.  During this time, vaccinations for priority groups have been carried out, with preparations in place to begin vaccinating the general public in the months to come as vaccine supplies increase.

For now, at Bodwell, we all need to re-commit to our safety plan and not let up our guard. While many schools have had virus exposures (nearly half of all schools in British Columbia), we have not had an actual case among our student body throughout the Fall Semester, so we wish to continue this success!

Please note that the BC Ministry of Education has recently released revised guidance for K-12 schools, including a requirement for all middle and secondary students to wear masks in school. This has already been our general practice at Bodwell since September 2020, so no changes to our current plans are necessary at this time. Our updated Campus Safety Plan will soon be posted on our school website as a reminder of our protocols.

COLLABORATION WITH UNIVERSITIES

Bodwell High School has recently signed an articulation agreement to cooperate with the University of Waterloo, one of the top universities in Canada.  Bodwell and the University of Waterloo will be cohosting an informational webinar on Thursday, February 25th at 6 PM PST (9 PM EST) to promote our programs and to demonstrate the linkage and pathways that exists between Bodwell and the University of Waterloo.  An invite to the webinar will be sent out soon.

In addition, we recently enjoyed an exciting opportunity as Bodwell High School and the University of Toronto joined forces to share insights into graduating from high school in British Columbia and transitioning to a Canadian university.

View the recording of the Canadian High School to University Transition Roundtable

IB SCHOOL CANDIDACY FOR GRADE 8/9

This coming September, we have an exciting new feature at Bodwell to introduce to you.

We are expanding our grades 8 and 9 program into IB MYP (International Baccalaureate Middle-Year Program). The IB 8 and 9 and the British Columbia curriculum are very similar. There is the similar offering of 8 subjects including English, Social Studies, Math, Science, Physical and Health Education, Arts and Design, one other Language and a course for Individuals and Society which is similar to our former Career and Community Exploration.

There will be a seamless transfer into the IB 8 and 9.  For students who need extra English upgrading and support, we will continue to organize preparation classes within the time-table and after school, and during the Saturday Enrichment time to support and engage students.

PLANNING FOR 2021

As more countries around the world ramp up vaccinations, travel and border restrictions may continue to be challenging throughout 2021, with flight delays, virus testing and other requirements in place.  We are thankful that our school’s carefully-planned arrival quarantine system has been working well and all students have been cooperative in keeping each other safe.

Classes throughout Spring Semester will continue to be offered in-person, maximizing the benefit to students on campus.  For July, onsite 4-week credit courses will be offered as per our usual school calendar, with offerings made available soon..

We are looking into the possibility of some active programming options for those students who find it difficult to return home for the month of August, or for those September new students who need to come early.  We will keep you informed of updates.

Throughout 2020 and 2021, we know that parents and their children will have found it more difficult to be away from one another without the ease of regular international transportation.  Time together is even more precious at this time.  Be assured that we will work with families to balance your child’s study plans and bonding time together as best possible.  Thank you for your support and cooperation!

IMPORTANT DATES

March 29 – April 1 MIDTERM EXAMS
April 2 – 11 SPRING BREAK (Travel is discouraged due to quarantine requirements)
Boarding Programming will be offered.
May 28 GRADUATION DAY
June 22 – 24 FINAL EXAMS
June 25 – 30 Students in Class – No Departures before June 30 (final day)
July 5 – 30 July Courses
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