Leadership & Service
Senior Gryphon Council
Our elected student leaders in the school are a part of the Gryphon Council. The Council engages in four areas of leadership: sports, arts, the house system and outreach initiatives. Gryphon Council members organize a variety of events for students in the school, including Spirit Days, Arts Week, school dances and Friday lunch hour activities. These events help to encourage student involvement and promote school spirit. The Council also promotes activities like The Terry Fox Run, Autumn Harvest Dinner, Jeans Day and other charity fundraisers to raise awareness of community issues among the student body, as well as to foster a culture of community service within the school.
There are many ways in which students can be leaders without being a member of the Gryphon Council. At Meadowridge School, students are encouraged to demonstrate leadership simply by being an active participant in areas that are of interest to them, whether it be in the arts, athletics, or as a member of the school's council.
Among its other roles, the Gryphon Council also offers students the opportunity to volunteer at a variety of community events supported by Meadowridge School. Additionally, students participate in recreational sports through our intramural programme and house challenges. The Gryphon Council also run assemblies. However, the council's most important leadership role is to promote the sense of community both inside and outside the school. Council meets weekly.
Junior Gryphon Council
The Junior Gryphon Council President and Vice-President are elected by current Grade 6 and 7 students in the Spring for the following year. The other positions are applied for and approved by faculty. The Junior Gryphon Council is in charge of activities for students in Grades 6 - 8 including Triple SE events, dances, fundraisers and running assemblies. Current Grade 5 students may apply for these other positions as well. Council meets weekly.
Grade 5 Leaders
The class Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister are selected through a class set of speeches. The rest of the leadership group is made up of anyone who is interested. These student leaders are responsible for house related events, fundraisers and other activities for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5.
There are four strands of a Meadowridge education: academics, arts, athletics and community service. The well-roundedness of our students is very important to us. We believe in educating not only our students' heads and hands, but their hearts, as well; to this end, community service is an integral part of being a member of the Meadowridge community.
Students participate in a variety of volunteer and community service commitments both inside and outside of the school. Within the school, students participate in programs like the Green Committee and the annual Autumn Harvest Dinner, in which students host a dinner for seniors from assisted living facilities. Students are also involved in outreach programs with the local food bank, Covenant House and seniors' centres.
Other community service contributions include:
- Annual Terry Fox Run
- Christmas Clothing and Toy Drive
- BC Children's Hospital Jeans Day
- Mathew's House
- Free the Children
- Cops for Cancer
- Friends in Need Foodbank
- Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day
Given that we are an International Baccalaureate Continuum World School, service or action are a part of all three IB programs in an authentic way.
We are proud to host one of the largest Duke of Edinburgh programs in the province. In their Grade 9 year, all Meadowridge students earn their Bronze Award, and are supported through to graduation to achieve the Silver or Gold Award. And while the Silver and Gold Awards are optional, you’d be hard-pressed to find a student who graduates without achieving one of the awards.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is developed to build students wholly, while encouraging an education built on experience. Students challenge themselves in the following areas:
- Skill development
- Physical recreation
- Adventurous journey
- Residential project
To learn more about the Duke of Edinburgh Program, check them out online.