The Three Things You Need to Know About the Gryphon Pin

"Learning to live well, with others and for others, in a just community." It's the Meadowridge Mission, and it's our way of life. We encourage students to not just succeed academically, but to enrich their lives through experience, challenge, and service.


1. Why do we award the Gryphon Pin?

For over 15 years, the Gryphon Pin has been awarded to students who do just that; students who achieve academically, serve the community, and find passion in developing skills in co-curricular clubs and athletics.

While the Gryphon Pin is voluntary, it is more common than not that all students in each class achieve their Pin. Students wear their Pins with pride, and are enthusiastic to achieve the entire Gryphon Pin Suite: Bronze in grades 6 and 7, Silver in grades 8 to 10, and Gold in grades 11 and 12.

While the Gryphon Pin is voluntary, it is more common than not that all students in each class achieve their Pin. Students wear their Pins with pride, and are enthusiastic to achieve the entire Gryphon Pin Suite...

If a student achieves their Gryphon Pin five times during their seven years in the MYP and DP, they are recognized as having achieved their Platinum Pin. This Pin is awarded when a student graduates, and is presented to them during their Convocation. To achieve Platinum is to truly live the Meadowridge Mission.

2. What does it take to achieve each level of the Gryphon Pin?

Let's break it down.

Grade 6
Community Service Hours: 10 Hours
School Based Co-Curriculars: 2 Service Clubs, 1 Creativity Club, 1 Activity Club, and 2 of Choice
Academic Recommendations: 5 out of 9 (must earn a 4 on a 7-point scale)
Academic Subjects: Humanities, Math, Science, Language A, French, Spanish, PE, Design & Technology, FNA

Grade 7
Community Service Hours: 10 Hours
School Based Co-Curriculars: 2 Service Clubs, 1 Creativity Club, 1 Activity Club, and 2 of Choice
Academic Recommendations: 5 out of 9 (must earn a 4 on a 7-point scale)
Academic Subjects: Humanities, Math, Science, Language A, French, Spanish, PE, Design & Technology, FNA

Grade 8
Community Service Hours: 15 Hours
School Based Co-Curriculars: 2 Service Clubs, 1 Creativity Club, 1 Activity Club, and 2 of Choice\
Academic Recommendations: 5 out of 9 (must earn a 4 on a 7-point scale)
Academic Subjects: Humanities, Math, Science, Language A, French, Spanish, PE, Design & Technology, FNA

Grade 9
Community Service Hours: 15 Hours
School Based Co-Curriculars: 2 Service Clubs, 1 Creativity Club, 1 Activity Club, and 2 of Choice
Academic Recommendations: 5 out of 8 (must earn a 4 on a 7-point scale)
Academic Subjects: Humanities, Math, Science, Language A, Design & Technology, PE, Second Language, Fine Art

Grade 10
Community Service Hours: 20 Hours
School Based Co-Curriculars: 2 Service Clubs, 1 Creativity Club, 1 Activity Club, and 2 of Choice
Academic Recommendations: 5 out of 8 (must earn a 4 on a 7-point scale)
Academic Subjects: Humanities, Math, Science, Language A, Design & Technology, PE, Second Language, Fine Art

Grade 11
Community Service Hours: Meeting CAS Requirements or 20 Hours
School Based Co-Curriculars: CAS or 20 hours
Academic Recommendations: Must earn a total of 16 points using top-four of 6 or 7 subjects
Academic Subjects: One subject from each Group, or two Sciences if no Group 6. If SS 11 is used, mark will be converted to IB and does not include Provincial Exam. Theory of Knowledge & Extended Essay are not included.

Grade 12
Community Service Hours: Meeting CAS Requirements or 20 Hours
School Based Co-Curriculars: CAS or 20 hours
Academic Recommendations: Must earn a total of 16 points using top-four of 6 or 7 subjects
Academic Subjects: One subject from each Group, or two Sciences if no Group 6. Theory of Knowledge & Extended Essay are not included.

A few things to note...

The reason why the Gryphon Pin requires students to achieve a 4 on a 7-point scale is because a 4 is the academic recommendation for Honour Roll.

"Gryphon Pin, Duke of Edinburgh, Grad Transition, and Creativity, Action, and Service. These kids are more than well-rounded; they're spherical." Mr. Al Graveson
The school-based co-curricular requirements are met through CAS (creativity, activity, service) offerings. To achieve the award, students need to ensure their club choices are balanced and include one of each: creativity, activity, and service.

Service is the only section for the Gryphon Pin that can be completed outside of the school.

3. How Does the Gryphon Pin Impact Students?

Let's check with our post-secondary team.

Earning the Gryphon Pin provides our graduates the well-roundedness and balance which are integral come post-secondary. So, to find out more, we asked our Post-Secondary Counsellors, Mr. Al Graveson and Mrs. Cathy White.

"Gryphon Pin, Duke of Edinburgh, Grad Transition, and Creativity, Action, and Service. These kids are more than well-rounded; they're spherical." Mr. Al Graveson

"Selective Universities are increasingly basing admissions decisions on a holistic review of applicants. This is because they seek to admit students who are not only academically capable of success but who also get involved in, and contribute to, the university community. In order to compare favourably to others in this regard, students must maintain extracurricular interests that are well-rounded and allow them to demonstrate that they have sought out and conquered personal challenges. Through completion of the Gryphon Pin, students in Grades 11 and 12 are recognized for their commitment to community service, the pursuit of physical health and the acquisition of new skills as well as their academic achievements." Mrs. Cathy White


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