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.
Our community will know that the Sisters of St. Ann are at particular risk of COVID-19 because of their age. All Sisters in BC are healthy, COVID-free, and doing well. However, the Congregation in Lachine has been impacted, with the virus hitting the Motherhouse. Four Sisters have passed away, and several others have been diagnosed with COVID. We share this prayer...
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.
Last Friday was the National Finals for Poetry in Voice, Canada’s National Poetry recitation competition. Our very own Joyce Chen '21 finished second in this prestigious competition. It is a remarkable feat to even make the finals, considering more than 20,000 students participated from coast to coast in local, regional, and national competitions. Well done Joyce!
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.
Congratulations to Joyce Chen '21, who is one of 24 senior semifinalists from across Canada chosen by Poetry in Voice, Canada’s National Poetry recitation competition. You can watch the National (online) Finals at poetryinvoice.com on Friday, April 17 at 10am Pacific. Joyce will be representing LFA!
With our on-site uniform fitting cancelled this spring, we wanted to give you and update on uniform purchases through Cambridge Uniforms, who are our official uniform provider. Cambridge also wants to emphasize the importance of placing your uniform orders before June 15, if at all possible.
We hope you all had a wonderful Easter. What a wonderful response to our LFA Easter Egg hunt! Impressively, many were able to find all 15 eggs: not an easy task, as some were well hidden. Bianca Thio '24 was the first to reply with all the eggs correctly identified and has won an LFA travel mug. We randomly selected four more people among the dozens of submissions with 10 or more eggs found. The winners are Natalie Viegas '22, Selina Leung (parent), Chantal Woo '24, and Alexa Dodds '20.
With the world turned slightly upside down, we want to give our community the chance to take part in something that's purely for fun! With fun and social distancing in mind, we'd like to invite you to take part in an LFA online Easter Egg Hunt this Easter weekend. We've hidden eggs all over the school website. Some are pretty straight-forward. Others maybe less so. Some eggs are on the public site (8) and several can be found only once you've logged on to the site (7).
*HINTS* (special Easter Sunday update) - Be patient on pages with scrolling photos - There are no Easter eggs in the the "Photo Archives", so you don't need to go through the old photo albums
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.
Following today’s announcement by the BC Ministry of Education, Little Flower Academy is suspending all on-campus classes and activities until further notice. All extra-curricular activities, including athletics, have been cancelled until further notice.
The Minister of Health and the Provincial Health Officer issued a joint statement yesterday. The statement can be found at https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0077-000484. In their statement, they are recommending against all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including to the United States. Anyone who chooses to travel outside of Canada will be asked to stay away from work or school for 14 days upon their return. While self-isolation remains voluntary, they have stressed that it is the Ministry’s “expectation that people will follow this direction as part of their civic duty”.
Our Bantam Basketball team wrapped up their season with one of their best games of the year. Playing in the top half of the draw at the Grade 8 Provincial Championships, LFA out-lasted Brookswood 58-42, to finish off the tournament in seventh place.
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.
Once again LFA is entering UBC’s Physics Olympics competition. As we settle into our spring preparation schedule, there’s no better time for our community to come and see what we’re doing in STEAM! Curious about what we do in STEAM / Physics Olympics? Parents and students are welcome to drop by our STEAM Lab on Monday, March 2 between 2:45PM and 7PM to look around.
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 has a Spirit Wear line available again for everyone in the LFA community. This limited time offer gives our community an option of two classic, high quality sweatshirts that are perfect for showing school spirit whether you're a parent, alumnae or current student.
This weekend our LFA Chamber Choir joined over 160 singers on stage at the Cap Choral Intensive, a day-long festival and workshop hosted by the music department at Capilano University. The music program at Capilano University is world-renowned, offering diploma and degree programs in both Classical and Jazz Music and annually holds the Cap Choral Intensive Festival for high school choir singers in the Metro-Vancouver area.
One of the most popular events in our school calendar is our annual Grandparent Day. Owing to that popularity, we have outgrown our Auditorium and will be moving this year's Grandparent Day to the Sr. Eileen Kelly Gym. We are also moving the event from April to Friday, May 22. By moving to May, we hopeful that out-of-town grandparents (and "grandfriends") will be able to take part in both Grandparent Day and Graduation ceremonies, which will follow on June 1..
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!
Artist Henri Matisse said, “Creativity takes courage,” and we invite you to come and celebrate the courage and dedication of our LFA artists to take risks and try new and inventive ideas. Our LFA Art Show will be held from 6-8pm on Friday, January 10th, and preparations are well underway for our annual event. The imaginative works of Art students from Grade 8 to 12 will be on display, so be sure to come by with your friends and family. You’ll have the opportunity to see a wide range of projects, including jewelry, a range of sculptures, ceramics, paintings, and much more. We look forward to seeing you there!
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.
Thirty LFA Model UN students attended PACMUN in Hawaii run by Stanford University students and the Steven’s Foundation. This is a very well run conference with many small committees that provide students with optimal opportunities to speak.
A special shout-out to our amazing Parents' Auxiliary volunteers at this year's Mother Daughter Brunch. Part of their efforts included raising money for the Great Vancouver Food Bank. They raised more than $1400 to support those families in our community who lean on the Food Bank to makes ends meet. Special thanks to everyone who supported the effort to make this Christmas event something extra special.
Our LFA Volleyball Angels are Provincial Champions again, winning the title for the third time in the last eight years. This year’s team managed the impressive feat with the most dramatic of come-backs in the semi-finals, which punctuated the team’s gritty determination in the face of adversity.