“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. Students are encouraged to not only succeed academically, but to enrich their lives through experience, challenge, and service.
For over 15 years, the Gryphon Pin has been awarded to students in Grades 6 through 12 who achieve academically, serve the community, and find passion in co-curriculars 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, and a possible Platinum in Grade 12.
If a student achieves their Gryphon Pin Award 5 times in the seven years of the MYP/DP programme, they are recognized by achieving the Platinum Pin. This Pin is awarded when the student graduates and it is presented to them at the Convocation.
To achieve this standard of recognition a student has truly lived through the mission of the school and consistently lived well, with others and for others, in a just community.
The Gryphon Pin program was created as a way to recognize well-rounded students in the Meadowridge community - those that commit themselves to their studies, as well as athletics or clubs, and also give back to their communities through service.
Gryphon Pin Requirements
There are rigorous standards that need to be met for a student to achieve a Gryphon Pin. This does not deter the majority of our students form achieving one each year from Grade 6 to Grade 12.
The Gryphon Pin is more than a pin, it resembles the mission and beliefs of the school and we feel it truly captures our students and their commitment to making a positive difference to the world.
The School-based Co-curricular requirements reflect the students’ choices within the CAS offerings during the school year. To achieve the award the students need to ensure their club sign-ups are balanced and include: Creativity, Activity and Service.
Service is the only section for the Gryphon Pin that can be completed outside of the school. This allows our students to explore more options in order to better impact our surrounding community.
- Grade 6: Bronze Pin
- Grade 7: Bronze Pin
- Grade 8: Silver
- Grade 9: Silver
- Grade 10: Silver
- Grade 11: Gold
- Grade 12: Gold or Platinum
Community Service, in this case, is defined as any volunteer (unpaid) time spent at an activity in service of others.
Community Service hours must be confirmed in writing and signed by a sponsor for verification. These hours can be connected to the school or outside of the school and can come from a combination of several activities or from just one. At least one reflection piece must be submitted.
Some examples are:
- Donating blood (counts as 1 hour only)
- Volunteering at the food bank or at a faith based institution
- Harvest Dinner at Meadowridge
- Welcome Back Fair
- Sports’ officiating
Sports, Co-Curricular and Clubs:
Participation on a Meadowridge sports team or in any co-curricular activities or clubs connected to the school will be counted in this category.
Students can earn from 1 to 5 points for each activity. Points are awarded based on attendance, participation, effort and commitment to the activity.
"Gryphon Pin, Duke of Edingburgh, and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS). These kids are more than well-rounded, they’re spherical."
Alan Graveson, Post-Secondary Counsellor
"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 Grade 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."
Cathy White, Post-Secondary Counsellor