LFA students attended the very large virtual MUN conference hosted by St. Georges School in the last weekend of January, 2021. There were over 800 Canadian and international delegates in attendance at this excellent conference, including some delegates from Saudi Arabia! Five LFA students performed exceptionally well winning top awards on their respective committees.
LFA recently competed in the Lower Mainland Regional Debate tournament, with three teams attending in the Senior category and two in the Junior category. Of particular note in the senior category, Joyce Chen and Natalie Viegas placed 3rd , while Maria Zen-Baxter and Maya Mior placed 7th.
Congratulations to Natalie Viegas '22 who this past weekend participated in the National Public Speaking competition at St. Johns Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg - via Zoom. Natalie qualified to be part of the BC team as a result of her performances at the Provincial Public speaking competition in November.
Does your team have what it takes to escape an '80s workout video in one hour? Work together, find the clues, and solve the mystery before the hour is up!
The Parents' Auxiliary presents an 80's Virtual Escape Game Event on Saturday, February 27 at 7pm--all safely from your home via Zoom! Hosted live, you can dress up, set your 80's Zoom background, and gather for a fun evening with the LFA community. We'll see which team is first to "escape the VHS"!
We are very sad to share the news that long time LFA volunteer field hockey coach, Eustace De Souza, has passed away. Coaching our Senior A Field Hockey team for 14 years, he will be remembered for his commitment to the team and his kind, professional approach to fostering the success of our program.
Congratulations to Natalie Viegas who made Finals for Interpretative Reading and Impromptu Speech at Public Speaking Provincials. Natalie came in sixth overall in the province thus qualifying to compete in the National Public Speaking Championships to be hosted in Winnipeg via Zoom in February. Congratulations also to her LFA teammates Maria Zen Baxter, Maya Mior and Audrey Braun who a month earlier won medals at Internationals with Maria placing fifth overall and qualifying to compete at Worlds in South Africa – most likely via Zoom - in the spring.
To ensure we adhere to our COVID safety plan and mitigate any risk of exposure within our school community, we have made the decision to alter our exam protocols and schedule. In addition to a different schedule, we're introducing a January 'Completion Day' to be used by students who have missing assignments or assessments.
The Horizons MUN Conference on the last weekend of November was the third MUN virtual conference this fall at LFA and 8 students won awards on their respective committees. This was a very busy time at LFA with midterm prep, so it was wonderful that these students were able to fit in another MUN conference this semester.
Sarah Matossian '97 was highlighted in our 2020 issue of La Petite Fleur. That same article has recently been published by FIDM, which is a Los Angeles-based college for fashion and design which offers Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate Degree programs in design and creative business. Check out Sarah on the FIDM website!
As we continue to find our way through this global pandemic, our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in our LFA Community.
The Parent’s Auxiliary Committee met last week to discuss several items, including the limited volunteer opportunities this term. Due to the cancellation or postponement of many scheduled events, the PA has decided to decrease the volunteer hour requirement to 10 hours. We appreciate that this has been and continues to be a stressful time in the homes of our families. We remain cautiously optimistic as we look ahead to our events in 2021, however, we will continue to monitor the situation and we will adjust the volunteer hours as necessary.
Thank you for your continued patience and support during this challenging time.
We wish you and your family a safe and joyous Christmas season.
One of the biggest events of the year at our school is our Open House. Hundreds of prospective students typically visit our campus to hear about LFA and explore the facility. That was clearly not possible this year. If you're thinking that LFA might be a good fit for you, please take some time to explore our Virtual Open House, where you can get a flavour for our school culture and dig a little deeper on some of our programs and extracurricular opportunities. Enjoy!
On the weekend of November 30th October to Sunday November 1st, 52 "new" LFA Model UN students attended VYMUN organized by WPGA and all students learnt an incredible amount about the processes of MUN and 10 students won awards.
From October 16 to 17, 66 students took part in SWCHSMUN (Sir Winston ChurchillHigh School MUN) in Calgary, the first virtual MUN conference students have attended in the history of LFA, which brought an experience like no other. LFA Angels performed outstandingly, earning and incredible 14 awards across a variety of subjects, from tackling global pandemic preparedness in the WHO to defeating Voldemort in the literary committee entitled, the Order of the Phoenix!
On behalf of the LFA Parents’ Auxiliary (PA) I would like to welcome you to the 2020/2021 school year. We hope that you had a safe summer with your families. Although we are not starting the year off as we traditionally would with the Welcome Back BBQ, we are excited to have everyone returning to school.
The school has submitted our restart plan to the Ministry of Education, and we are awaiting approval. Once approved, we will share the details of the plan with families. We are anticipating that we will return to school under the Stage 2 guidelines of the BC K-12 Education Restart Plan but with school-specific safety measures in place to ensure a safe and healthy return.
Congratulations to our graduating class of 2020! LFA held the 2020 Graduation Liturgy and Ceremony in the our Auditorium but, due to social distancing requirements, the on-location event consisted only of our celebrant, Father Gino, a handful of singers, speakers and IT staff as it was live streamed for our community. Though different, it was beautiful and reminiscent of our traditional LFA graduation celebration. The drive-up procession in our parking lots was joyful and a little silly, but fully embraced by our wonderful, resilient students.
We hope you and your families have stayed well and have adjusted to the many changes over the last few weeks. Students have responded amazingly well as we have transitioned to online learning and seem to be well prepared for our final weeks of school.
With Friday’s announcement of the Ministry of Education’s K-12 Education Restart Plan, parents have been given the choice of sending their children back to school on a part-time basis, starting June 1. At the high school level, the 20% participation target means students may return to school one day per week. While we are excited for the return of students to our hallways and classrooms, we will be using the next week to finalize plans to ensure the restart of school is as safe as possible. Once our plans are approved by the Ministry of Education, specifics will be sent home to families. In the meantime, we have outlined a tentative plan to help families make the decision regarding their daughter’s return to school.
"Taking Action" with Dr. David Suzuki: VMUN 2020 These words certainly rang true during the 19th iteration of Vancouver Model United Nations. Hosted at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Vancouver, delegates spent the weekend immersed in a world of fruitful deliberation and debate, tackling a multitude of issues ranging from the EU’s pressing concern about the rise of illiberal democracies, to the UNDP’s heated debate on gender-based poverty. Accompanied by delegations from around the world, LFA students were encouraged to keep open minds and to work closely with one another.
Little Flower Academy is very excited to celebrate two amazing women who are the recipients of our 2020 Distinguished Alumnae award. Congratulations to Gwen Ellert ’69 and Catherine Koch ’75, who are this year’s inductees. Gwen has built an extraordinary career as a medical educator; a registered nurse, she is also a teacher, trainer and author, specializing in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and bone health. Catherine founded and built a charity to expand the impact she could have serving Uganda’s most vulnerable children by providing education, health care, and business opportunities.
We hope you have managed to have a little time for relaxation over Spring Break, despite the uncertainty posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please feel assured that we have been working hard to ensure students receive an outstanding education that will prepare them well for their next steps. Students in Grade 12 will graduate, and undergraduates will be promoted to the next grade.
We are well underway in developing a plan to ensure your daughters will have a meaningful learning experience to return to after the break. We ask for your patience as the Ministry of Education develops province-wide education plans, and we--at the school level--work on adapting our curriculum delivery. We will be sharing more details of our plan once we can be assured that they are aligned with Ministry of Education directives. While remote delivery is new to all of us, it offers us some exciting opportunities to re-imagine our curriculum.
Join the LFA Senior Concert Choir on Wednesday, March 11th at 7pm at Michael J Fox Theatre for the Catholic High Schools Choral festival. Featuring the award-winning choirs from Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School, Holy Cross Regional High School, Little Flower Academy, St. Patrick's Regional Secondary School, and St. Thomas More Collegiate, we will gather together in song.
We've known for ages that our students love to read, but an inspired team of students has truly excelled in the ‘sport of reading’ this year! Our team of Beth Jackson '24, Grace Leung '24, Sara Vizi Ashenden '24 and Chantal Woo '24 performed so well at the regional Kid's Lit Quiz Challenge that they are off to Toronto to take part in the National competition this weekend.
On a snowy evening in January, the glow of magical fairylights and the promise of enchanting creativity beckoned visitors to the halls of LFA. They were there for one purpose: to enjoy the annual LFA Art Show!
The LFA Parents' Auxiliary is very pleased to present a workshop for our parents called "Parenting in a Digital World". Run by Safer Schools Together, this event has been widely offered at schools across the Lower Mainland and we are pleased to offer it at LFA at 7pm on Tuesday, February 11th in the Library.
Parents are encouraged not to miss this free event!
Thirty-one hardworking and eloquent LFA students attended the recent inaugural Model UN Horizons Conference in Vancouver. It was a very exciting weekend of debate and learning where ten students earned awards for their contributions.
Congratulations to our Junior Choir singers in Grade 8 and 9 who recently performed at the Snow and Mistletoe Holiday Event held at Oakridge Centre last week.
The Snow and Mistletoe event held at Oakridge Centre is a live cultural showcase featuring performance groups from the Greater Vancouver Area put on to help mall patrons to get into the the holiday spirit with festive classics led by local choir group and musicians from the Vancouver Bach Choir, St. Andrew’s School, The Agency, Little Flower Academy, and many more.