Actually, we’re thinking about the school year every single month!

In late June, President and Head of College Désirée McGraw emailed a letter to all Pearson student parents and guardians with some key dates to keep in mind for the coming academic year. We thought it would be a good idea to remind you about these as families make their plans for the coming 2018-19 school year.

The updated International Baccalaureate (IB) schedule and the desire to minimize differences between fall and winter terms means that the winter holiday break will begin Friday, 21 December and end on Saturday, 12 January – meaning students will depart and return to campus respectively, on those dates.

Unfortunately, these dates had to be shifted from those announced earlier this year, meaning some families may have already made travel plans for the winter break. Just a reminder to refer back to Désirée’s 29 June email to catch up on rules regarding possible reimbursement for pre-paid travel change fees connected to this specific shift in dates.

Looking ahead to the spring, the IB exam period is scheduled to run from 2-24 May 2019. Following that very intense period, and after a few “traditional” year-end bay jumps, both first and second year students will be taking part in a week’s worth of additional leadership programming. After last May’s successful year-end, pilot program, the College is firming up plans for a more formal “capstone” experience from Monday 27 May to Monday 3 June 2019.

“The students came into it pretty tired, after an intense school year, but they came out of it super-energized,” said Alumni and Engagement Officer Julia Norman, who shepherded Year 44 students on their various activities.

And, as VP of Education and Programming and newly-appointed Deputy Head Heather Gross said earlier, “There are many things students need to do to be effective leaders. We wanted to re-invigorate everyone’s values and their ability to act through skills and leadership training including self-management as well as project-based skills before they moved on to their summer projects or new lives beyond Pearson.”

Here on campus, the sun is shining, Pedder Bay is a brilliant blue and the Olympic Mountains beyond Race Rocks are stunning, and we can’t wait to share all this with new and returning students!