Leadership & Service
There are many ways in which students can be leaders. 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.
Senior Gryphon Council
As elected student leaders of the Gryphon Council, members engage in four areas of leadership: sports, arts, the house system and outreach initiatives. They organize a variety of events for students of the school, including Spirit Days, Arts Week, school dances and Friday lunch activities to help encourage student involvement and school spirit. Members offer students the opportunity to volunteer at Meadowridge supported community events, to raise awareness of local issues and foster a culture of community service. The Council run assemblies and participate in recreational sports through our intramural programme and house challenges. However, the council's most important leadership role is promoting community both inside and outside the school. The council meets weekly.
Junior Gryphon Council
The Junior Gryphon Council President and Vice-President are elected by Grade 6 and 7 students in the Spring for the following year. Other positions are applied for and approved by faculty. The Junior Gryphon Council is in charge of activities for students in Grades 6 to 8 including Triple SE events, dances, fundraisers and running assemblies. Current Grade 5 students may apply for these other positions as well. The 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 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. 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.
Service & Leadership Together
Duke of Edinburgh Program
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 them.
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