By Ty Pile and Heather Gross
Greetings and happy new year, and decade, to parents, alumni, friends and supporters of Pearson College UWC across the globe. From our campus on the unceded territory of the Scia’new First Nation, the classrooms and the grounds are buzzing with activity and renewal after the winter break.
As many of you know, we began the second term with our region’s “annual” snowfall and short spell of below-freezing temperatures. Despite weather and road conditions that virtually paralyzed nearby cities, students – some of whom delighted in experiencing snow for the first time – faculty, staff and volunteers pulled together to minimize campus disruption and maximize the fun of a traditional, albeit short, west coast Canadian winter.
With the snow melted and the daylight hours growing longer, students are back at work in classrooms, labs, the library and outdoors. Concurrently, preparations for the annual One World performances in March are underway with auditions for stage acts already complete.
Alongside the academic demands of the IB Diploma curriculum and regular CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) community-based activities, first-year students will start thinking about their Extended Essays while all students will be busy planning their respective Project Week off-campus activities. Faculty members, together with our Deans of Studies and of Students, will be equally hard at work, helping students navigate this busy season.
Elsewhere in this edition of Pearson eNews, you will find stories about our current students and alumni, as well as a detailed update on our work to implement an Indigenous Vision that will help more clearly define our commitment to Reconciliation. This term will see continued, focused work on developing a Reconciliation Action Plan for the College – a thought-provoking and inspiring journey for all of us on campus.
Also in eNews, a check in on the streams feeding our in-depth review of the College’s educational offerings; an exciting opportunity to look at where we are, where we want to be and how we best can further our commitment to educational excellence without compromising our commitments to the UWC mission and academic rigour.
The winter and spring seasons are busy for non-faculty staff as well as we continue our outreach to local and worldwide communities, prepare welcome materials for incoming fall 2020 students and carry out campus and infrastructure renewals to support upcoming reunions, PSYL and other summer programs and to host events which contribute to the College’s financial sustainability.
We are looking forward to welcoming members of the College’s Board of Directors throughout the season and to hosting all Directors at annual spring on-campus Board meetings in early May. The spring meeting offers students a chance to interact with and learn from our volunteer Board members who enjoy sharing their skills, advice and experience with the school’s young leaders and changemakers.
It is truly our privilege to work with an accomplished and dedicated team here at Pearson and with supporters and friends of global education around the world.
Ty Pile / Heather Gross
President and Head of College / Deputy Head and Vice-President, Education and Programming