The Magazine of Meadowridge School

14 Questions with 14 Students

As part of the community, you’re bound to be asked the inevitable: what’s Meadowridge really like? It can be a hard question to answer. The truth is, everyone’s answer will be different. There is no one explanation of our school.

We’re a continuum school—students from Junior Kindergarten through to Grade 12 live and learn here—and we offer a bevy of clubs, sports’ teams, service opportunities, artistic pursuits, and so much more for students to take part in.

Every one of our students can choose their own adventure; and, while we can’t share all 563 of them, we can share 14. What’s Meadowridge really like? Let’s find out.

There’s something special about a Junior Kindergarten through to Grade 12 school. In a few minutes, a quick walk though the halls, you can hop from listening-in on our early learners practicing their ABC’s to witnessing a group of MYP students hurriedly cramming for an afternoon Societies and Literature test. Students work with each other, serving as role models to their younger peers.

At the end of the 2016/17 school year we asked 13 questions to 13 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. See their answers below.


 

Kindergarten Questions

Shirley, Class of 2030
Junior Kindergarten (in 2016/17)

At Meadowridge since Junior Kindergarten
Born: Richmond, BC
Loves: Going to the beach, drawing, and painting


What’s your typical day look like?

My mom and dad wake me up and I run down the stairs. I bounce! My mom and dad drive me to school and we talk. After school my mom and dad pick me up and I go home and play; I play in my room and I paint all over with pink and draw hearts. I have two houses. My house at Meadowridge and my house at home with my mom and dad.

What’s your favourite part of Junior Kindergarten?

Jumping in muddy puddles! At recess I have my muddy buddies. My old pair was black and my new pair is pink. I like pink.

What the best thing you learned this year?

I learned I have a thinking brain. We learned how to make monsters.

What was your favourite activity this year?

We went to the farmers. I saw horses and said “yee-haw!” I also saw little lambs. We saw cows and learned how to milk them. The cows mooed when the farmer squeezed them.

I have two houses. My house at Meadowridge and my house at home with my mom and dad.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Singing. I love singing row, row, row your boat… It makes me sleepy because my mom sings it to me at bedtime. She never stops.

What are you most excited about for Kindergarten?

Opening the door to my new classroom.

What’s your favourite spot at Meadowridge?

My classroom.

What piece of advice would you give to next year’s Junior Kindergarteners?

I would tell them… to bring their muddy buddies!

Describe Meadowridge in one word.

Playing!

What’s one thing about Meadowridge you should definitely know?

Gym is a lot of fun.

Describe your Junior Kindergarten year in one word?

Pleased.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a vet, because that’s what keeps animals healthy. Horses are my favourite. My brother has a pet hamster. I have to grow up so I can get a puppy. My mom promised.

What’s your favourite thing about Meadowridge?

The playground! I like the slides.

What’s your favourite book?

I like reading Snow White. She’s a princess.


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Kindergarten Questions

Max, Class of 2029
Kindergarten (in 2016/17)

At Meadowridge since Junior Kindergarten
Born: Vancouver, BC
Loves: Going to the park at school and climbing the spider climber (he has made it to the top!), playing soccer, and lacrosse


What’s your typical day look like?

Eat breakfast when I get up. I eat Krave—it’s chocolate. I play with my dog, Lennon. He’s a labradoodle; I made up his middle name. It’s bubbles, because he likes bubbles. I blow them and he chases and eats them.

What’s your favourite part of Kindergarten?

Learning how to spell words. We have these reading books where we draw letters and she [Ms. Warner, Kindergarten Teacher] puts a happy face or a check mark if she likes them. I practice a lot at home.

What the best thing you learned this year?

How to spell, because it’s fun to sound out the words.

What was your favourite activity this year?

We went on a field trip to Four Cats. We made Father’s Day presents. We made little dads. First we did the heads, then the body, then the arms, then the feet, then the shoes, then the eyes and the smile. We did little details. I put blue lines on his shirt, and a beard, and a little bit of hair. We made it out of clay. We gave them to our dads, so we had to wrap it first. I once made a puppy out of clay, but I dropped him on the rocks. His head fell off.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Learning how to talk French. We get to sing songs and we get to watch episodes of A Little Fox. Je m’appelle Max: my name is Max. Hello. Bonjour.

What are you most excited about for Grade 1?

To do homework.

What’s your favourite spot at Meadowridge?

The field. There’s nets and at gym we get to touch all six nets in a lap. Yeah, I’m usually third or fourth place in the race.

[I'm proud of] learning how to talk French. We get to sing songs and we get to watch episodes of A Little Fox. Je m'appelle Max: my name is Max.

What piece of advice would you give to next year’s Kindergarteners?

Listening, so you get to do fun activities. You understand what you need to do.

Describe Meadowridge in one word.

Fun.

What’s one thing about Meadowridge you should definitely know?

Have fun, because school is where you get to learn.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A builder. I have my own tool kit. I built a bench out of wood with my dad. It was a lot of pieces. Dad says you have to look at the pictures of the building and see if it is good for the person.

What’s your favourite thing about Meadowridge?

Gym, because we get to run. The big gym is my favourite because we get to do laps around the whole gym. I like the relays.

What’s your favourite book?

There Was an Old Lady Who Shallowed Some Books! It’s funny. Why did she shallow the book?!

What's your cafeteria go-to?

I bring my lunch from home. My favourite is dessert: a blueberry pie bar.


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Grade 1 Questions

George, Class of 2028
Grade 1 (in 2016/17)

At Meadowridge since Kindergarten
Born: Beijing, China
Loves: Soccer, insects, box lacrosse, tennis, flying on planes (he’s been on at least ten planes!), swimming, and Lego.


What’s your typical day look like?

I wake up and get dressed, brush my teeth, and eat my breakfast and then take the bus and we play. Then we learn some Math when we get to school, and then we have recess. At recess I like finding bugs with my friends. After morning recess we learn French. After school I take the bus home or my dad picks me up. When I get home I finish my homework really fast and I’ll do RAZ Kids. They are chapter books; there’s even one about Big Ben, but it’s long. After I’m done reading I’ll watch Batman or Captain Underpants. My family always eats dinner together.

What’s your favourite part of Grade 1?

That’s easy: math. The adding, the plusses, the minuses, and the times. It’s easy to do times… 80 multiplied by 80 is 6,400! My mom is really good at math, so she helps. Some people think it’s hard but I’m totally good at math.

What the best thing you learned this year?

Insects of course. Spiders have eight eyes, some of them, and some have fangs that are so big. I also learned a lot about beetles—there’s so many types! There’s dwellers, diggers, rollers, dung beetles… dung beetles actually have fun because they roll.

What was your favourite activity this year?

Going into the forest. There’s so much interesting things. I’ve seen a black spider with a red dot, bees, mosquitos, ants, and dung beetles. I also saw a deer. We saw water bugs and I found army ants before. There is also so many bees. We learned the three types of bees: the queen—she’s the most important—and the drone and the worker bee. Most of the bees are girls; there are only some boys.

I might be a police officer, math tester, plant seller, or an insect finder. Probably a scientist for bugs. I can't decide.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

That’s hard because I have so much stuff. I’m proud I learned about insects. Did you know caterpillars can hang on one foot? We got our own butterflies. That was cool. Some butterflies can camouflage. Mr. Fuzzy was my butterfly’s name. I first named him just Fuzzy, but I added the ‘Mr.’ when he got bigger.

What are you most excited about for Grade 2?

Hatching the baby chickens. I was walking down the hallway and I saw them hatch. Some of the Grade 2’s got to take home the cracked eggs. I like animals.

What’s your favourite spot at Meadowridge?

Oh that’s easy. The sports fields. Know why? I love running. If I’m running on the field for one minute I can run to the end and back. My favourite spot on the fields is the nets because I especially like to play soccer. Sometimes when we have tournaments we use the big nets and we have to run on the big fields! I still score.

What piece of advice would you give to next year’s Grade 1s?

When you grow your caterpillar you have to take care of it. They need lots of stuff to survive: food—we fed ours leaves and special food—and you have to put your caterpillar in a safe space. I put my cocoon in a safe area in the forest by the water so he can drink and eat flowers. When my caterpillar came out he was the biggest.

Describe Meadowridge in one word.

Nice.

What’s one thing about Meadowridge you should definitely know?

Gym is a lot of fun.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Everything! Just kidding. I might be a police, math tester, plant seller, or an insect finder. Probably a scientist for bugs. I can’t decide.

What’s your favourite thing about Meadowridge?

How fun it is. Everything we do!

What’s your favourite book?

Easy: Pokémon. I read the comics! I like the comic about Mega Charizards. My favourite Pokémon is Charmander or Mega Lucario. I just traded for a Mega Lucario and he only does 140 damage—what was I thinking?!

What’s your cafeteria go-to?

My favourite thing is the macaroni and cheese with dessert. I like chocolate pudding. No, I love chocolate pudding—I love pudding! Because pudding is pudding. I wouldn’t want vanilla.


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Grade 2 Questions

Chelsie, Class of 2027
Grade 2 (in 2016/17)

At Meadowridge since Grade 1
Born: Vancouver, BC
Loves: Ballet, playing piano (she's currently Level 4!), acrylic, drawing, and oil painting.


What’s your typical day look like?

My dad wakes me up in a weird way. It makes me laugh. I’m not a morning kid. I love to sleep in. Normally when I don’t have to wake up at seven, I wake up at ten and I still don’t want to wake up. We then go downstairs and eat breakfast. My dad drives me to school. We talk a lot and sometimes we listen to music, either piano or a guy called Mr. Qiu. At recess we play in the wooden cabin in the new playground. The Grade 2’s made a bakery and we use sand. Sometimes, me and my best friend Jamie go to the ELC and I show her my dance and ballet and she shows me her tap dance. At the end of the day, sometimes my dad picks me up and sometimes it’s my aunt.

What’s your favourite part of Grade 2?

We get free-time Friday! We get to free play. Me and my best friend Jamie, we write books based on the Little Mister and Little Miss books. We just finished Mr. Obedience. Right now we are writing Mr. Inchy. We can do whatever we want, but we can’t fool around like Captain Underpants. We can’t jump out the window and you can’t swing nunchakus.

What the best thing you learned this year?

When you put Mentos in Cola it explodes. We did it for our Unit of Inquiry on Matter. You know how? It’s just like when you put vinegar and baking soda together. The reason that Cola stings your tongue kind of jiggles the Mentos. We were in little groups and did a video about the experiment and the results. Our sound effects were so cool.

What was your favourite activity this year?

Fly Over Canada. You are on seats and with a giant screen around you and it looks like you are flying. I love flying and my dream is to fly with wings. I wish I could be an inventor when I grow up and learn to fly. Fly Over Canada takes you through Canada and when you get to New York there are so many lights. Once it went into space and we saw a whale in space. In water we could feel real water, and when we were in the clouds we could feel mist.

I love, love, love art. It's my favourite specialty class... Learning art is like learning what your life is about, because there is colour and lots of shapes and textures.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

In P.E. class, learning Chinese Jump Rope. It was really fun, but also really hard.

What are you most excited about for Grade 3?

I don’t know. I’m going to miss Grade 2. We’re hatching eggs!

What’s your favourite spot at Meadowridge?

The Art Room. I love, love, love art. It’s my favourite specialty class, but don’t tell the other teachers because I don’t want them to feel bad. I love art so much. It gives you a chance to be creative and learn how the colours are connected. Learning art is kind of like is learning what your life is about, because there is colour and lots of shapes and textures. We just finished our clay butterflies; they are so beautiful.

What piece of advice would you give to next year’s Grade 2s?

Remember when you are starting your Unit of Inquiry in Matter, don’t get wet and get covered all over with Coca Cola. It’s so sticky.

Describe Meadowridge in one word.

Welcoming. It doesn’t matter what gender [you are] or where you come from, Meadowridge accepts you. The people here are very nice, even when new students come in.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

An inventor, because I like to express my ideas and share them to the world and to try new things. I’d build a time machine or a flying machine. My friend Jamie wants to be a chef and I want to make her a cookie maker machine. What else... a waterproof backpack to take swimming. It’s rubber and really stretchy to fit a lot of stuff.

Describe your year in a couple of words.

Best year ever.

What’s your favourite thing about Meadowridge?

The education. I realized that the education that we learn is different from the other schools I have been to. I understand more here. When I don’t know what is happening, my teacher explains what is going on and how to do it.

What’s your favourite book?

Dog Man. It’s by the same author by Captain Underpants. I also love Captain Underpants… or Geronimo Stilton; it’s a series of books about this mouse that goes on different adventures. I also love Dork Diaries.

What’s your cafeteria go-to?

It’s Pizza with cheese! My favourite food is Chinese Duck, it's Chinese tradition to eat it.


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Grade 3 Questions

Kiyana, Class of 2026
Grade 3 (in 2016/17)

At Meadowridge since Kindergarten
Born: Vancouver, BC
Loves: Tae-Kwon-Do and reading chapter books


What’s your typical day look like?

I’m sleepy in the mornings, so I’ll cuddle with my mom and dad and say good morning to everyone, and then get started on my day. I’ll usually eat an English Muffin for breakfast. My cousins live next door to us, so we all drive to school together. My dad and uncle take turns driving us in the morning, and my mom and my aunt take turns picking us up. The school day is really busy and fun. After school we made an agreement with our parents that if it’s hotter than 30 degrees outside we get Starbucks! If I have Tae Kwon Do, I’ll do that; otherwise, I head home and do my homework, eat dinner, and relax for the night.

What’s your favourite part of Grade 3?

I really liked writing our stories. We started by designing our characters and figuring out their personalities. Then we started with the story line. The story line has a problem and a solution, with six things in between. We write the six things on a card, and then write out the details. Then we decide the conclusion. Just when you think you’re finally done, you’re not, because you have to then write a good copy.

[When I grow up I want to be] a neurologist. I've known since I was two or three... Learning about the brain this year made me realize it even more.

What the best thing you learned this year?

I liked learning about the brain. I’ve always liked the brain! It was our first Unit of Inquiry. We learned about the Schema, the Hippocampus, and all the different sections. It’s so cool how the brain stores things, but the thing I love the most is how it tells different parts of your body to move. If you turn on the radio you think it’s simple, but for your brain it’s really hard.

What was your favourite activity this year?

Timberline Ranch. It was my first time camping. I liked doing archery because my mom helped out with it. My mom hit the bullseye twice! I tried really hard, but didn’t hit it. I promised myself I’d get it next time.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

I wasn’t sure how I’d be at camp once my mom left, but I did it. I didn’t think I’d be able to sleep, but I did… even though my group talked a lot! It helped to have my friend’s mom there.

What are you most excited about for Grade 4?

That’s really easy: having my own locker! I’m going to decorate it. I’m thinking a chandelier, a white board, a mirror, and a schedule… I’ll need the white board to write reminders to myself.

What’s your favourite spot at Meadowridge?

The library, because I can take a book and chill there. I like the bookshelf where the Harry Potter books are.

What piece of advice would you give to next year’s Grade 3s?

They should know Grade 2 is different than Grade 3. You do a lot more things, so prepare to have a lot of information thrown at you. Homework gets harder; you get a lot more work. If you listen to yourself, you can get through it.

Describe Meadowridge in one word.

Confidence.

Describe your Grade 3 year in one word.

Fun.

What’s one thing about Meadowridge you should definitely know?

It’s a big place, so try to know where you’re going.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A neurologist. I’ve known since I was two or three. My mom would get headaches and I wanted to know why. Learning about the brain this year made me realize it even more.

What’s your favourite thing about Meadowridge?

I like how the teachers are so welcoming. They’ll help you through anything if you’re stuck. I like how all the kids at the school are too. It doesn’t matter if a kid is in Grade 1 or 5, they’ll ask you to play. Everyone is your family.

What’s your favourite book?

Harry Potter. My favourite Harry Potter book is probably The Deathly Hallows. My favourite character is Hermione.


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Grade 4 Questions

London, Class of 2025
Grade 4 (in 2016/17)

At Meadowridge since Kindergarten
Born: New Westminister, BC
Loves: Drawing and reading


What’s your typical day look like?

My dad usually wakes me up from the other room, saying “it’s time to get up!” I’m lazy getting up, so I’ll get dressed and then I go and eat my breakfast; typically, that’s Cheerios—Honey Nut Cheerios. My dad will drive me and my brother to school and we’ll listen to music. I’ll also talk to my brother. Right now he’s talking a lot about his butterfly, who he named Jack; he was going to name him Batman originally. After school I have sports every day, and then I’ll go home and do my homework. If there’s time after that we watch family shows together. We watch The Amazing Race or Survivor. I’m rooting for Logan and London… we have the same name!

What’s your favourite part of Grade 4?

Math and the Units of Inquiry. In Units of Inquiry we learn how things work. I like learning things and figuring things out. Math comes pretty easy to me. We do multiplications and division. What’s great about Mr. Diniz is he lets us have conversations and ask questions.

What the best thing you learned this year?

British Columbia actually had a choice between joining Canada or joining the United States! They picked Canada. That’s what we’re exploring right now… John A. McDonald was the Prime Minister at the time.

What was your favourite activity this year?

Camp Sasamat. It’s so fun! You get away from school for a couple of days. My favourite part was being out on the water. I liked canoeing, voyaging, and kayaking. We were there for one night. Next year, we’ll go to camp for two nights and I’m excited..

Everybody [at Meadowridge] is nice. If you’re walking down the hallway, everyone will say “hi” to you, even if they don’t know you. It makes you feel good.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Mastering how to do multiplications and division in different ways. I can do it now just like that. My way is to work up-and-down. I figured it out on my own because I didn’t understand it at first, so I went home and practiced until I got it.

What are you most excited about for Grade 5?

Bringing a computer to school. I’m excited to have my own computer, and not use just an iPad.

What’s your favourite spot at Meadowridge?

My favourite spot is in my classroom, sitting at my chair, and reading at my table. It’s cozy.

What piece of advice would you give to next year’s Grade 4s?

Maybe focus a lot more. The Grade 4 teachers said that if they explain something, they won’t explain it again if you weren’t listening. You should focus.

Describe Meadowridge in one word.

Fun.

What’s one thing about Meadowridge you should definitely know?

Gym is a lot of fun.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I have an idea of being an architect. I like looking through homes and finding ideas. That’s why I like drawing. I draw houses a lot. I draw my own furniture, too.

What’s your favourite thing about Meadowridge?

Everybody is nice. If you’re walking down the hallway, everyone will say “hi” to you, even if they don’t know you. It makes you feel good.

What’s your favourite book?

Captain Underpants. It’s funny, and it makes you interested and wanting to keep reading. What’s interesting is the storyline. Basically there’s these two kids, George and Herald, and they wanted to make comic books, so they invent a guy named Captain Underpants.

What’s your cafeteria go-to?

I usually bring my lunch from home, but sometimes on Wednesdays I get a little treat. I’ll get a cheeseburger.


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Grade 5 Questions

Rachel, Class of 2024
Grade 5 (in 2016/17)

At Meadowridge since Grade 4
Born: New Westminister, BC
Loves: Basketball, marimbas (she loved marimbas so much, she got a set for at home!), basketball, volleyball, softball, playing the piano, and collecting stuffed animals


What’s your typical day look like?

My mom drives me to school, and we’ll talk about the day ahead and how I’m feeling. I’ll talk on the way there, but on the way home I’m too tired and don’t like to. When I get to school I go to my locker to get myself ready for the day ahead. We start off each morning with a daily riddle with Mr. Yard [UBC Teacher Candidate], but if there’s time before that I’ll talk with my friends. At recess I’ll eat a snack and then play with my friends, and lunch is when I can get bigger things done. Sometimes I’ll coach California Kickball with my friends, or if its too hot my friends and I will sit in the shade and talk.

What’s your favourite part of Grade 5?

Finishing Exhibition. It was so stressful! Working in a group is hard… I can’t wait for the Grade 10 Personal Project when you get to work individually.

What your favourite thing you learned this year?

Learning about rocks! I liked learning about how they form and just about other natural resources. It’s amazing to find out how rocks are made, and that sand can have so much pressure applied to it that it becomes a rock.

What was your favourite activity this year?

Camp Jubilee and the water taxi. This year I finally got a group who didn’t stay up all night.

I was new in Grade 4 and my timetables weren’t that great from my old school, so Mrs. Chow worked with me over the summer before Grade 5 so I would be prepared.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

My art card. I couldn’t believe that I could make something that looked that awesome. My drawing was so awesome and I couldn’t believe that I did that.

What are you most excited about for Grade 6?

Week Without Walls! I’m also excited for new people coming to the school and getting to make new friends.

What’s your favourite spot at Meadowridge?

The promenade outside the PYP. My friends and I play games there all the time.

What piece of advice would you give to next year’s Grade 5s?

Be ready for Math: know your timetables. I was new in Grade 4 and my timetables weren’t that great from my old school, so Mrs. Chow worked with me over the summer before Grade 5 so I would be prepared.

Describe your Grade 5 year in one word.

Reflection.

What’s one thing about Meadowridge you should definitely know?

Gym is a lot of fun.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I’ve never really thought about it before, but I love music; so, I would love to be a music teacher.

What’s your favourite thing about Meadowridge?

The forest.

What’s your favourite book?

I really like the Babysitter’s Club books and Goosebumps. I like scary stories.

What’s your cafeteria go-to?

Noodles on Noodle Day!


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Grade 6 Questions

Sarayu, Class of 2023
Grade 6 (in 2016/17)

At Meadowridge since Junior Kindergarten
Born: Denver, Colorado
Loves: Drawing, singing, and Tae-Kwon-Do


What’s your typical day look like?

My mom knocks on my door to wake me up, and I proceed to lay in bed for another 20-minutes. When I finally get up, I take a shower, brush my teeth, and change into my uniform. I always pack last-minute for school; that’s usually why I’m here just on time. Once I get to school, I unpack, socialize, and get ready for my first class.

After my school day ends, I wait with a couple friends for my mom to pick me up—she usually picks me up at four. After school, depending on the day, I sometimes have Tae Kwon Do, but if not I’ll go home, watch some YouTube to wind myself down, and talk to my mom, dad, brother, grandma, and even my dog about how my day was. I’ll hang out with my brother and I’ll tell myself “okay, I’ll stay here for 20 minutes,” and I end up staying for an hour because we’ll be talking about some random thing. Depending on how much homework I have, I might play video games for a bit. Right now, exams are stressing me out, so I study a lot. That’s what I’m doing today: studying Spanish with my brother!

What’s your favourite part of Grade 6?

That’s hard! I think my favourite part was getting to know the MYP to a greater extent. I did know a little bit about what it was like because of my brother, but I’m in Grade 6 now, and it’s the first year and I can finally grasp it. I was in PYP for my whole life before this, so it was a bit strange to go into a new environment, with new teachers and new people. I enjoyed getting to know everything: where the classes are, what happens if I’m late, knowing there’s not a third recess… things like that.

What the best thing you learned this year?

In Science, we learned how black holes are made. That was like, mind blown, my mind was spaghettified… we also learned that spaghettified is actually a scientific term! We also learned than in an atom, the proton is so much larger than the electron; it’s basically this big, gaping monster over a little guy. Science overall was really interesting.

What was your favourite activity this year?

I liked the second Week Without Walls, in Victoria. It was the first time we actually had to bring our own money, if you wanted to buy something, a souvenir or whatever. It was the first time I got to go somewhere without my parents and pay for my own things. I got to be independent. We also went to the University of Victoria to see their telescope. That was interesting. We had a workshop where we built a Mars Rover out of supplies—sticky tack, a bolt, a paper clip—and we had to have it land softly. It was just fun. We were allowed to have fun, but we learned something as well.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

I have completed my first set of final exams! To me, that feels like a huge accomplishment. In the PYP, you don’t have finals; there’s just review. So this was a completely new thing—it was reviewing everything! You look through your textbooks, your old projects… it is very stressful, but in the end you feel so relieved and worry-free. Also, I had to do speeches this year, and I went to the ISABC Speech Competition. This was my third year in a row. It was Canada’s 150th birthday, so we chose someone influential in Canada. I was super scared because we had to memorize it. We were allowed cue cards, but we also had to give the speech twice. The first room was huge, and I tried to make eye-contact with every single person, and the judges actually liked that and complimented me.

What are you most excited about for Grade 7?

For me, it’s just learning new things. Next year, there won’t be a review from the PYP, it’ll just be MYP. There’s going to be so many new things!

What’s your favourite spot at Meadowridge?

My favourite place is by the backfield, where the rock face is; I climb up and eat my lunch there. It’s peaceful and entertaining—the basketball hoops are right there, so you can watch people play basketball. If not, you can just sit and think. Or, if your friends are there, you can just talk to them. I really like that spot.

What piece of advice would you give to next year’s Grade 6s?

It’s going to be hard. I’m not going to lie. Just when you think you can’t do it anymore… you can. I’ve been there! Don’t stop believing in yourself; whether you get a good mark or a bad mark, you shouldn’t let a number on a piece of paper get you down too much. That’s something I’ve learned. You just have to strive to improve. If I get a bad mark…okay, what is bad for me—I have high standards—I go ask the teacher why and what I could do better. As soon as they explain it, you feel so much better because you know what areas you can improve on and where you need help. Also, ask your friends. Just talking to your friends can make you feel so much better. They’ll comfort you.

What’s one thing about Meadowridge you should definitely know?

Inside school, we seem very crazy; however, outside of school we’re told we’re very disciplined and respectful.

In Science, we learned how black holes are made. That was like, mind blown, my mind was spaghettified… we also learned that spaghettified is actually a scientific term!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Attorney or lawyer. I’ve been told I’m good at debating and persuading people, so I can apply that to my job. My dad told me I could be the President of the United States or the Prime Minister of Canada, since I have dual citizenship. I’m not prepared for that… no thank you.

What’s your favourite thing about Meadowridge?

The people. Everyone is so diverse and has different opinions; it’s not just the same-old, same-old. You meet new people all the time, too. There’s so many cultures; you can learn so much from just one person in your classroom. In Grade 5, we had heritage day, so people came dressed in their cultural clothing, brought food… it was really good!

Describe your year in one word.

Wow, just wow! It's because wow can say a lot: it can say wow, that was amazing, but it can also say wow, that was a low point. I've had both of those, definitely.

What’s your favourite book?

That’s hard! I like this book we read in Lit Circle; it’s called Out of My Mind. It’s basically this novel about this girl named Melody who has Cerebral Palsy and who everyone underestimates. She can understand what everyone is saying; she’s really smart, and has all these ideas, but because everyone underestimates her she faces challenges. The book is about her overcoming these challenges for people to accept her.

What’s your cafeteria go-to

The mashed potatoes with gravy! Whatever they put in them, they’re amazing. The pudding is also delicious.


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Grade 7 Questions

Aston, Class of 2022
Grade 7 (in 2016/17)

At Meadowridge since Grade 3
Born: Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Loves: animals—cats, specifically—and playing Overwatch on Xbox One


What’s your typical day look like?

I wake up at arounds six-thirty, when my alarm wakes me up, but I almost always go back to sleep. My mom will wake me up later. I get up, eat my breakfast, and then head to school. My mom works at the school, so I am always early. After school, my sister will pick me up or I wait for my mom to finish work at five. When I get home, I fool around for ten-minutes, unpacking my bag or whatever, and then I start my homework. We eat dinner when my dad gets home, and then I’ll work on my homework some more. Right now it’s final exams, so I study a lot. Before bed I’ll play with my cat for a bit, then head to bed at around ten.

What’s your favourite part of Grade 7?

The teachers, I’d say. All our teachers have a different style. They’re easy to talk to, they’re open, and we’re open with them. They give you interesting topics and subjects, and they give you the freedom to choose what you want to look into. So, for Societies and Literature, we got to choose what topic to pursue. I chose Roman architecture, because I know they created the arc for bridges and they were the biggest empire in 300 B.C., and I knew I wanted to make a model of ancient Rome.

What your favourite thing you learned this year?

I liked learning about the ancient societies: their way of life, what they lived in, and how they lived in comparison to us. The children had a much greater role in society than we do today They’d hunt with their families or walk miles for water; they’d build their own house or plant their own crops.

What was your favourite activity or field trip this year?

Probably Rockridge, where we went for our first Week Without Walls in the fall. I always enjoy the camps we go to. This time, we got to go on a zip line. It was my first time. It went through the entire forest, and over a lake. I had a really fun time doing that. I was scared at first, but it was so fun.

You may not know someone [at Meadowridge], but if you’re in need of something and you don’t know anyone around you, you can just ask. You can just go up to anyone. They’ll care.

What accomplishment this year are you most proud of?

Getting better at Math. I’ve never been good at Math before. This is the first year I’ve actually done well!

What are you most excited about for Grade 8?

Probably getting to do just French, not both languages. I get them mixed up, but now I’ll get to do only French. I’m not the best at Spanish, but I’m not that bad at French.

What’s your favourite spot at Meadowridge?

The atrium. It’s such a nice place to sit down, and you’ll usually find someone you know there. If I’m bored, I’ll just wander there and sit. You just talk, hang out, and wait for your next subject. The window at the top lets in nice light, and that’s what is so nice about it.

What piece of advice would you give to next year’s Grade 7s?

Use your time wisely. Don’t fool around. You’ll need all the time you can get—seriously, no joke. Be ready to work hard, but know when to take some time off too.

Describe Meadowridge in one word.

I actually had a thought about this. One word, right? Can I use three? Okay: a bag of apples. Want to know why? There is a lot of good, but there’s some bad. The good is the friends, the activities, and the good marks. The bad is when you get a bad mark. It’s a good bag of apples overall.

Describe your year in one word.

I’m just going to say tough, probably because it has been the hardest year for me. This is the one year that I actually found out life isn’t just butterflies and candy. You know, you can have fun, but you need to work too. You need to put in effort, and you can’t just hope for the best.

What’s one thing about Meadowridge you should definitely know?

Treat it like it’s your—almost—home. It may not seem like it, but you’ll develop special bonds in ways you wouldn’t at a regular school. The teachers here actually take the time to care about you, and you might as well. The people will support you if you support them. I went to a different school for two or three years and it’s faint, but I remember. This is different.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Oh no. Uhm, I don’t really know. I just want to be happy. I don’t really have this dream job in mind; I just want to live a happy life where I have a job that is safe and pays me enough to have an apartment and get food. I literally just want to be happy when I grow up. We’re doing a unit in class right now, and we did a job survey. I got garbage man, funeral attendant, and I think graphic design [for potential career paths]. Everyone was getting neuroscientist because they liked math. At the end of the test it asked, basically, how much money you wanted at the end of the day and I put ‘I don’t care’ and everyone put $100,000 and that’s why they got what they got and I got what I got.

What’s your favourite thing about Meadowridge?

Probably the community. You may not know someone, but if you’re in need of something and you don’t know anyone around you, you can just ask. You can just go up to anyone. They’ll care.

What's your cafeteria go-to?

Oh! The giant cookies. They're so good! I love them.


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Grade 8 Questions

Merdeka, Class of 2021
Grade 8 (in 2016/17)

At Meadowridge since Grade 2
Born: Victoria, BC
Loves: Squash (the sport, not the melon), singing, basketball, badminton, and cadets


What’s your typical day look like?

I usually get up pretty late. We have to leave at eight o’clock and I usually get up around seven thirty-ish. I’ll wake up, and do all that morning stuff—brush my teeth, shower, and do any extra homework I didn’t get to the night before. After school, most days, I have cadets, so I generally stay at school until five thirty because both my parents work, and then we rush to cadets for six o’clock. Cadets can last three hours, so when I get home it’s usually late. I try and cram as much homework in as possible, go to bed, and then do it all over again the next day.

What’s your favourite part of Grade 8?

All of it! If I had to choose one? I think I’d choose the teachers, and the students. I think we have this bond that’s really fun; we have each other’s backs. There’s lots of secrets that we all share, and we study a lot together. We have Skype group chats for all our different classes… we have Fine Arts chats, Language chats… there’s quite a few. We always make sure everyone knows the right due dates and homework assignments.

I like learning in general, but I think my favourite thing this year has probably been robotics—oh! And the Renaissance. They’re both really interesting topics. I like programming and testing in robotics. I like the cultures of the Renaissance, and how much people learned when they opened their minds. People used to be quite narrow minded.

What was the favourite thing you learned this year?

I like learning in general, but I think my favourite thing this year has probably been robotics—oh! And the Renaissance. They’re both really interesting topics. I like programming and testing in robotics. I like the cultures of the Renaissance, and how much people learned when they opened their minds. People used to be quite narrow minded.

What was your favourite activity this year?

Can I say one of each? My favourite activity was when Ms. Payne and Mrs. Maras [UBC Teacher Candidate] came up with this idea to start fires in the back in the forest…. It was for showing us how to start a civilization. We went to the North Forest and we talked about the longest time we could survive without certain things. I think it was three minutes without air, three hours without shelter, three days without water, and three weeks without food. Ms. Payne had this big box of wood, and we had to go and find tinder and make a rock circle to conceal our fires. We started to collect sticks to start the fire, and Ms. Payne gave us each three matches… nobody got it. Since we didn’t get to start a fire, Ms. Payne made S’mores in the microwave during our next class.

My favourite trip was our last Week Without Walls. It was fun because it was a break from exams and all our tests coming up. It was fun to just hang out with people and stay up all night without teachers knowing.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

I think—this is going to sound geeky—but this year I got promoted to Flight Corporal at cadets. That’s what I’m most proud of. That was really exciting. We have ranks at cadet, and the first three promotions are automatic, and Flight Corporal and the rest are all earned. You actually have to complete a lot of things to earn your rank.

What are you most excited about for Grade 9?

How I’ll get a chance to focus in my Fine Arts courses. I think music has been my favourite the whole time, and as much as I love art and drama, I really want to study music more. I finally get to do that!

What’s your favourite spot at Meadowridge?

The stairway near Ms. Payne’s class. It’s quiet and it’s warm in there. You just walk in and it’s cozy. It’s where my friends and I hang out or study for exams.

What piece of advice would you give to next year’s Grade 8 students?

Don’t take studying too hard, because if you over-study your brain will stop remembering things. You’ll blank out! Have fun, because the teachers are really fun. If you are really strict with yourself, and kind of shy around them, you wont form a connection—have a connection, it makes things so much more interesting.

Describe Meadowridge in one word.

Fun.

Describe your Grade 8 year in one word.

Fantastic.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

either want to be a lawyer or a famous singer. Well, I really like music and it’s been my dream to be a singer. For a lawyer, I’m not sure, I thought of it one day and I think I’d like it.

What’s your favourite thing about Meadowridge?

Everything. I’ve been to three schools, and this is definitely my favourite; that’s got to say something. I think the community [is what makes it].

What’s your favourite book?

Lost and Found. I read it a long time ago, but it’s about a girl who is growing up and it’s such a touching story. And another book is Princess Academy. It sounds cheesy but it’s good!

What’s your cafeteria go-to?

My favourite thing is either the baked good section or the ice cream, but nothing too sweet. The mixed berries scones are really good.


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Grade 9 Questions

Tejas, Class of 2020
Grade 9 (in 2016/17)

At Meadowridge since Junior Kindergarten
Born: Vancouver, BC
Loves: Community service, golfing, and basketball


What’s your typical day look like?

Well, when I wake up it’s all my normal getting ready in the morning things. I make sure to do my morning prayers, and then I go downstairs. We live close by, so I don’t have to get up too early, but my parents still wake me up early. While I’m eating breakfast, I check the news, check social media, and make sure I’m up-to-date. I also check my homework and my backpack to make sure I’m ready for the day. After school, I have a quick snack, change, and then I might have a tutoring session or else go golfing. After my after-school activities, I start my homework. Depending on what I have, I’ll work until dinner and sometimes after. If I’m finished all my homework after dinner, then I’ll relax a bit, watch some TV, or sometimes read.

What’s your favourite part of Grade 9?

Hm, well, my favourite part was probably meeting my new friends, which sounds funny because I’ve known them for years. Being in different classes with people you haven’t been with before, you get to know them differently. I lucked out this year, because I got to meet new people in my class and create strong relationships. I also like the fall camping trip; it brought everyone together, but it related to what we did in class too.

What’s your favourite thing you learned this year?

I’ve realized what I really enjoy, and what I don’t. History isn’t really my subject, but this year in Science I’ve learned a lot of new things that I’m excited to expand upon. In Chemistry, we learned about compounds. I enjoyed learning Physics, too… it’s what I want to study in the future.

What was your favourite activity or field trip from this year?

We’ve done a lot of things. Well, I really enjoyed the Victoria trip. That was a really fun trip! We’ve also done multiple labs in Science. Early in the year, we did labs in our Science double blocks. We did rotations of different labs. We had just started our Chemistry unit, and we didn’t know much, so we did lots of labs to learn the subject. It was multiple labs in one class! Things like that: hands-on education.

I’ve been here for 11 years, and if I was somewhere else I don’t think I’d be who I am now. It’s the way Meadowridge has molded me. If you need help, the teacher will help you no matter what. The teachers care for you a lot, and the staff care for you too. Anything you need, someone will help you.

What did you accomplish this year that you’re most proud of?

Well, I’m quite proud of myself for making it on Student Council again this year, following in the steps of my sister. I went the community service route because it is what I enjoy. I’m also realizing for myself what I want to do in my future—I’m making the subjects more personal for me, realizing what my strengths and weaknesses are.

What are you most excited about for Grade 10?

Personal Project. I’ve always been told my whole life that it’s this big, scary project. All the Grade 10’s this year said it is not as tough as we think. It’s showing independent work. It gets me excited for the future; that’s what it will be like! It’s doing my own project on something I enjoy, that’s interesting. I’m excited to do that. What will I do? It’s a jumble of things, maybe coding an app for the school where you have all your classes, the lunch menu… things like that. I think it would be great if it turned out well. We will see: coding an app is not easy!

What’s your favourite spot at Meadowridge?

Every year it changes. When I was in Grade 6 it was the atrium; it was where all my friends and classes were. It’s where everyone stops, and it’s relaxing. I still enjoy going there, but I don’t have a reason to be there. Right now, our grade always clumps up where our lockers are. So, by the Science labs.

What piece of advice would you give next year’s Grade 9 students?

There’s so many things I know I could have done better, but I would say make Grade 9 your personal project. Make it to yourself; work independently. Make it your own year by finding out what you enjoy. Try lots of different things, and you’ll realize what you enjoy doing more. You’ll find time is going by faster doing a specific thing, and you realize that’s what you enjoy more… If you’re dreading opening a textbook, then you know. Just make sure you try everything. This year, I got to experience many different things, and I understand now that there are things I want to do.

Describe Meadowridge in one word.

Home. I’ve been here for so long, and I feel just as comfortable walking in the doors here as at home, sometimes more comfortable. It’s home to me.

Describe your Grade 9 year in one word.

That’s a little tougher. Hm, could I say independence? I don’t think that fits the whole year… okay, independence. I’ve grown, I’ve found what works for me.

What’s one thing about Meadowridge you should definitely know?

Get to know the teachers and the staff. That’s so important. It makes it a much better experience. I’ve created a rapport with all the teachers. It makes it easier to come here; they’re like my parents. Everyone here is amazing.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be an engineer. What aspect? What part? I still don’t know. I like to be hands-on with my work. That’s something I’ve always liked creating things, building things. If not an engineer, then an architect. That might have stemmed from my dad, but that’s just the way I’ve always been. Since I was young I played with Lego. Building is something I want to do, and I think engineering is the way I want to do it.

What’s your favourite thing about Meadowridge?

Everyone is connected. Having been here since Junior Kindergarten, I still feel I have the same bond with my Junior Kindergarten teacher as I did back then. The difference between Meadowridge is not what is being taught factually—I understand that we’re learning more challenging things, harder things—it’s about how I’ve been brought up. I’ve been here for 11 years, and if I was somewhere else I don’t think I’d be who I am now. It’s the way Meadowridge has molded me. If you need help, the teacher will help you no matter what. The teachers care for you a lot, and the staff care for you too. Anything you need, someone will help you.

What’s your cafeteria go-to?

I My go-to, if I have to have a safety thing, is the cheese pizza. It's really good, but I also love how their menus are always different. I like their grapes, cheese, and pepperoni cup as a healthy snack.


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Grade 10 Questions

Sahil, Class of 2019
Grade 10 (in 2016/17)

At Meadowridge since Grade 4
Born: New Westminster, BC
Loves: Biking, badminton, golfing, and being with family


What’s your typical day look like?

I wake up, brush my teeth, get ready, and then I go downstairs and eat breakfast. I’m usually the first one ready, so I’ll just sit and wait for everyone else. When I get to school, I plan: I plan for what’s next, what homework is due, what classes I have next. Even at lunch, I think about homework. I try and do my homework during lunch, so that I get some of it out of the way for after school—nothing exciting there. When I get home I’ll relax for a bit, maybe watch some TV for a half an hour, and then I do my homework, eat dinner, do some more homework, and then go for a bike ride or a walk if I have time. After that, I go to bed.

What’s your favourite part of Grade 10?

Surprisingly, I’d have to say the Personal Project. At first it might seem stressful and time exhaustive, but it’s a good experience to create something and process it, analyse it, and learn from it. If I didn’t do the Personal Project, I would never have thought to create such a product. It was such a great experience. I created a video to help teenagers have successful job interviews.

What’s your favourite thing you learned this year?

Actually, in Science—Biology—we were learning about DNA and how it controls genetics in humans. It’s basically the information of you. It’s open to everyone: it’s in our skin, our hair, our eyes… it was really fascinating to learn about. I enjoyed learning about the formation, and how it connects with everything: nitrogen bases, phosphates, sugars…

What was your favourite activity or field trip from this year?

Florida for sure! Seeing all the horses, and I’m even comfortable with dogs now; I wasn’t before. I connected with the horses and the dogs, and I got to help out and serve on the ranch. It was a great learning experience, and it was fun. I had all my friends there, and I got to bond with people who are new this year. I tried Chinese food for the first time—it’s delicious! I’m also now a fan of roller coasters. We got a behind-the-scenes look at the amusement parks, and it’s fascinating to see how the audience sees it, versus how it actually looks from the back.

[Meadowridge is] diverse. Meadowridge offers a bunch of activities and a bunch of options for everyone. Culturally, everyone is ethnically different. It’s quite impressive for this school—different backgrounds, cultures

What did you accomplish this year that you’re most proud of?

The Personal Project. It’s something that people dream to do, but don’t get to: we get to. I did it, and I did it well. Having that experience in Grade 10, I feel so accomplished. The actual product, my video… I had no experience in video editing, but I tried different things to learn it. Me, compared to me before the project, I have such a different knowledge base.

What are you most excited about for Grade 11?

I think being way more independent, surprisingly. In the PYP, I progressed by getting to classes on time and doing homework. Now, MYP to DP, I see much more responsibility. It feels great that I’m growing up, and finding out who I really am. I’m semi-confident, semi-nervous about the DP: Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, CAS… they’re all new, but it will be quite an interesting experience. I’m pretty sure I can get thought it effectively… and hopefully happy!

What’s your favourite spot at Meadowridge?

The atrium. Everyone comes together in that area: every grade, everywhere. People will be on their laptops, or talking, or even throwing a ball around. It’s a great place to see people and connect in one small area.

What piece of advice would you give next year’s Grade 10 students?

Make sure you have good time management. That is something so important! With Personal Project, outside-of-school activities, homework… it’s so important you plan so you can get things done at the right times. I’ve learned from experience: it always leads to consequences in the end if you don’t manage your time well.

Describe Meadowridge in one word.

I’d say diverse. Meadowridge offers a bunch of activities and a bunch of options for everyone. Culturally, everyone is ethnically different. It’s quite impressive for this school—different backgrounds, cultures—I remember in Grade 5 we dressed up for culture day and I thought “Wow, it’s so awesome to see all these different cultures.”

What’s one thing about Meadowridge you should definitely know?

Everyone is so welcoming, always open, always comforting. It’s a school that has a nice setting, and it’s very comfortable to be in, whether you’ve been here a lifetime or just a couple days. It’s a nice place to be; it’s homey

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Just recently, my desire for acting has grown. Although I have been doing it since Destination Imagination and Improv in Grade 6, it has developed even more. This sudden change occurred because of a particularly newly prospering actor, Tom Holland, that starred in Spider-Man: Homecoming. He helped me realize that Business, what I planned on doing before, was not a career that I felt would make me happy. With acting, I feel overjoyed and ecstatic, especially since I was part of the A-Train plays this year. Now, speaking with my parents about this change was surprising for them, but they have given me their full support.

Although, they have suggested to have a back-up plan, which, for me, is Urban Development. Even though I still have a back-up plan, I still believe that I can pursue acting as a successful career and that I can aspire like Tom Holland whom I consider my role-model.

Describe your year in one word.

Busy. It’s a crazy year! It’s a step up from Grade 9, and it’s a small amount, but it’s enough to affect you, especially if you want to do other things besides just school.

What’s your favourite thing about Meadowridge?

I think it has to be my friends and teachers. I’ve connected with them in a great way. We have stories and experiences together, and I can talk to anyone. It’s a nice experience with my friends and teachers. Everyone is so nice and easy to talk to. You can talk to anyone.The playground! I like the slides.

What’s your cafeteria go-to?

Pizza. Straight away. Nothing else, really. My favourite is the fresh tomato and basil.


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Grade 11 Questions

Louis, Class of 2018
Grade 11 (in 2016/17)

At Meadowridge since Grade 9
Born: Branford, ON
Loves: Playing the guitar and the drums, rugby, and swimming


What’s your typical day look like?

In the morning I set my alarm for seven, but that’s a bit optimistic—I’ll usually get up around twenty minutes later. I get ready, put on my uniform, and head to school. After school is over I head home and have a snack, and then I work out till about five. Afterwards, I’ll start my homework and work ‘till about seven. Then I’ll eat dinner. The later it is, the less productive I am, so I’ll work some more. Later, I might watch Netflix or play some guitar here and there.

What’s your favourite part of Grade 11?

I think I really enjoy how much this program has taught me about myself. I’ve learned a lot of my strengths and weaknesses from being under more pressure—academically and in general—it has pushed me to manage my time really well. You can’t succeed without managing your time and scheduling yourself. In terms of the school year itself, I really enjoyed the Pearson College trip for Group 4 (Sciences). They have a beautiful campus, and it’s a great community feel; we all work together for that project.

What the best thing you learned this year?

I have to think… we covered a lot this year! I really enjoyed my History course this year, because I haven’t been able to, previously, learn about my own background. I’m German, both my parents are German, and I’ve never had the chance to study Germany in depth. History really did teach me a lot about where I came from, and how my country came to be. I had lots of good conversations with my parents because of it: things like post-war Germany and pre-war Germany, and its unification in 1871.

I’ve been to a lot of schools during my short life, and I’ve experienced a lot of academic environments; bigger schools, smaller schools… something I’ve noticed is how tight the community is: teachers and students, but also parents and school.

What was your favourite activity in Grade 11?

I really enjoyed the Autumn Harvest Dinner. I felt it was a really rewarding experience. Before applying to Council at this school, I was part of the council at my old school in Kenya. It’s a different experience here: you have a lot more responsibility. It was daunting at first, but my co-gryphon Shivani taught me a lot and helped me out. I learned a lot about delegating and organizing. It was rewarding in the end: everyone was telling jokes and having a good time.

What are you most excited about for Grade 12?

I’m definitely excited for the milestone of graduating. I’ve moved around and I’ve gone to a lot of different schools, and I feel honoured to graduate and complete my secondary education at Meadowridge. I’m excited for the change that it represents, and where it means my life is going.

What’s your favourite spot at Meadowridge?

It’s between the lounge or the backfield. When it’s really nice out we go out to the backfield to play frisbee or soccer. The lounge is a nice place to take some downtime and relax, too.

What accomplishment in Grade 11 are you most proud of?

I struggled a lot academically this year, finding time to manage the amount of things to remember and study. I’m proud of the fact, even if my energy was coming down towards the end, that I was able to pull myself together in the end. I learned a lot about how to work, my strengths, and weaknesses. I now know what I need to do to achieve my goals.

What piece of advice would you give to next year’s Grade 11s?

This may be cheesy, but really don’t procrastinate: don’t underestimate the amount of work that will come at you in one second. It will pile up, and you will be overwhelmed. I cannot stress that enough. Even if it’s just working a little bit every day—you don’t have to complete enormous tasks every day—it’s better than doing nothing. If you’re going to sit down and do work, making sure you make it work for you: avoid distractions by giving your mom your phone, or blocking certain websites, or working downstairs near your parents. Also, if you find you’re more productive during a certain time of day, use that time. The best thing for me is to wake up early and focus during that time. It’s much more rewarding and I’m not as stressed.

Describe Meadowridge in one word.

Community. I’ve been to a lot of schools during my short life, and I’ve experienced a lot of academic environments; bigger schools, smaller schools… something I’ve noticed is how tight the community is: teachers and students, but also parents and school. We have these events… not only is Meadowridge in and of itself a community, but also in terms of Maple Ridge, and how we’re involved in that community. (golf, autumn harvest…).

Describe your year in one word.

Change. It’s a lot of change: a lot of different things happened this year. Both academically and in my personal life; I did a lot of growth and learning. Positive change for sure… the reason might not have been, but positive overall.

What’s one thing about Meadowridge you should definitely know?

That you will always feel welcome here. Again, I’m bringing it back to the same thing. I know from my experiences going to new schools, it can be a bit intimidating: making new friends isn’t always the easiest thing. You will make friends, you will meet new people: don’t be intimidated. We’re all trying to succeed together.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a brew master. Right now, that’s where I’m headed. The ultimate goal is to have my own brewery somewhere: manage it, brew my own beer, hopefully in a family business I can continue on. Really for me, it’s the amount of, the different aspects of the topic itself: there’s really complex bio-chemistry behind the process of brewing, and when I was really young I wanted to be a chef—so there’s that aspect of making your own recipe, control over what you’re doing. Beer is a big part of German Culture… we’ve been dong it for so long, and it’s a hallmark for Germany. I’m interesting in the prospects that will bring. Managing your brewery brings in business in as well. Art, too: creativity. It puts a smile on my face, all the possibilities.

What’s your favourite thing about Meadowridge?

Probably the amount of support I have from my teachers and peers is outstanding; being such a small school, teachers have the ability to be involved with every student. Any challenge you face, you have the support of your teachers and peers. That’s something incredibly rare, especially at bigger schools: we have an amazing amount of good teachers, so many, and they’re really passionate about what they do, and they want you to succeed. I’m extremely grateful to have had that in my high school experience, and to have had the support of my teachers.

What’s your cafeteria go-to?

Definitely the breakfast sandwich. I usually bring lunch from home, but that breakfast sandwich is a life saver in the morning. Or the burrito, depending on what day it is.


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Grade 12 Questions

Devyani, Class of 2017
Grade 12 (in 2016/17)

At Meadowridge since Grade 1
Born: Vancouver, BC
Loves: Water polo, swimming, and spending time with her puppy


What’s your typical day look like?

I’ll wake up and get ready for school, and have a quick breakfast. Mornings are stressful. We have a puppy, an older dog, and both my parents work; so, it’s pretty hectic! I usually—okay, always—leave at least one or two minutes late. I got a car this year, but before that I took the bus for 11 years. I drive to school and then I have to search for parking. Then I have classes. At lunch, depending on what day it is, we’ll sometimes have a student council meeting or event. If not, I’m studying or trying to catch up, but I always leave at least 20 minutes to relax and talk with friends. After afternoon classes, I head home and have an early dinner and take a power nap if I can—I need them—then I’ll study or go to [water polo] practice. Practices can go as late as eleven o’clock, which means if I have a test the next day I still have to come home and study or review.

What was your favourite part of Grade 12?

The end? Just kidding. My favourite part was, after all the stress of waiting to hear back, was finally hearing back from universities. I was lucky to get into eight really awesome universities; it was hard to choose, but I felt grateful I got into so many. It was an amazing experience to finally be able to just relax… no more stressful waiting!

What the best thing you learned this year?

Not just Grade 12, but the whole Diploma Programme. In two years, I’ve learned a lot about myself. Most importantly, how to live a balanced life and handle my stress. I know now the ways I think the best and the ways I learn the best, and I’ll be able to apply that to my work and at university. It’s about living a balance life so things don’t spiral out of control. I had water polo and school, and I was trying to excel at both; from that, I learned how to be persistent. No matter how hard it gets, you have to keep going. Eventually you will get out. You will hear back for those universities. It’s hard going through it, but it’s amazing once you realize the person you’ve become.

One thing I will say is that everyone is different. You have to figure out your own way. For me, that meant I had to find time to let my brain and my body relax. This could mean scheduling study breaks, instead of five hours of studying straight. I find time to go hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking... anything that gets me out and lets me relax so when I’m back at it my brain is ready to take on anything.

What was your favourite activity this year?

I have two things! My Internal Assessments (IA). I know it’s kind of weird. One was my Math IA and the other was my Chemistry IA, but all my IAs were pretty awesome! For Math, I compared the way to model a 5-metre water polo shot using vectors and quadratics. I took a video of myself throwing a ball, and then was able to map out the trajectory. The reason I found it fun was because it was one of those times when I really understood and enjoyed what I was doing because I applied it to something I love. In Chemistry, I determined the concentration of free chlorine in water samples. That was interesting to me. I went to pools I practice at and took samples from there.

They were both so personal. That’s what’s so nice about the IA’s. You get enjoyment from an otherwise difficult project… Wait! Okay, I want to talk about my History IA as well. It was about the Bengal Famine in 1943—that was interesting. A lot of my family members lived in India during the end of its British rule, but it was interesting to learn about something that happened earlier on, and about something in history that isn’t that well-known. I just really liked learning about it.

I’ve learned a lot about myself. Most importantly, how to live a balanced life and handle my stress. I know now the ways I think the best and the ways I learn the best, and I’ll be able to apply that to my work and at university.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

At this moment, I would say graduating. In water polo… well, this was two years ago, but we won the 2015 U16 National Championships. It was one of the first times I had to really push myself and train harder, while still balancing school. In 2014 we also won the Gold Medal at the Junior Olympics and last summer we won Silver.

What are you most excited about for university?

There are a few things. One thing is that I got into this program called Sciences One at the University of British Columbia (UBC). It’s an accelerated program for first-year university students. I’ve heard it’s difficult, but I enjoy learning science—I like learning in general—but science is my passion. I get to learn science in depth.

Another thing is living in residency. I’m so excited to meet new people. Also, UBC just built a new water centre, and I’m excited to practice in it! I’ll be playing varsity water polo at UBC.

What’s your favourite spot at Meadowridge?

As a little kid, it would’ve been the large oak tree by the playground. We used to play this weird game; I called it glug, glug. One person was ‘it’ and not allowed to touch the ground, so they’d have to stand on the oak tree and not touch the ground.

Nowadays, it’s probably the DP lounge. I don’t study there; I see it as a relaxing spot. It’s our chill space for sure. In Grade 12 you finally get the lockers in the back and the DP lounge as our space. Specifically, I like the blue, two-seater couch; it’s really comfortable. I just sit, and chill, and talk to friends.

What piece of advice would you give to next year’s Grade 12’s?

Another person’s story does not define your own. You may look up to—or compare yourself—to other people and have negative thoughts, but that’s wrong. Competition certainly can be a good thing, but don’t let someone else’s journey define your own. Change the tune: don’t let inspiration from someone else turn negative.

Describe Meadowridge in one word.

Community. You get to know students of all ages. I love the Kinderbuddy program! I love it so much.

What’s one thing about Meadowridge you should definitely know?

Mr. Burke’s not as scary as he seems. When I was younger—I’ve known him since Grade 1—he was this tall, imposing figure with a deep voice. It’s intimidating! But he’s so nice; he always comes and says hi to us. Once you get to know him, you figure out he has an incredible sense of humour, he’s extremely intelligent… actually, when I was in Grade 7, it was my lifelong goal to out-debate Mr. Burke. Once you get to know him you can have such interesting conversations with him. One thing I especially admire is he can get up and say an entire, amazing speech… where does it come from?! So yeah, when you meet him, don’t be scared. He’s an amazing person.

Describe your year in one word.

Suspenseful… waiting to hear back from universities. I didn’t think it would be, but it really was.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A neurosurgeon. I was in Grade 5 when I decided. It was actually because of our Unit of Inquiry, learning about the human body. I thought the brain was the coolest part of the whole body. Mr. Diniz was our teacher.

What’s your favourite thing about Meadowridge?

The teachers. Hands down. Since Grade 1, no matter who my teacher was, I’ve had at least five amazing experiences with each of them. From what I heard from my friends in water polo its rare for them to have such amazing experiences all the way from Grade 1. One thing about Meadowridge teachers is that they’re really there to teach you. It’s not just a job. They’re more than willing to support you. I definitely learned that in DP. Specifically, Mrs. Bereza and Mrs. Just: they were my go-tos and they were so amazing.

What’s your favourite book?

Oh no… this is the wrong question to ask me! Can I say my agenda? Is that weird? This is really crazy. As one of my graduating gifts, my mom got me this really fancy tiffany-blue agenda. I actually freaked out. I was so excited. Lucy, my Kinderbuddy, got me an agenda too. Over the past 12 years I’ve come to rely on my agenda. I have to write things down. So, that is my favourite book—and I like to read a lot of things, so choosing my agenda is really, really hard.





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