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.
If you are a Pentatonix fan, you already know about Avi Kaplan, the original bass member of the a capella group that won the third season of NBC's American television singing competition, The Sing Off. This weekend over 200 high school and college-aged singers from around the Metro-Vancouver area participated in a two-day honour choir festival with the three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, composer and arranger hosted by Ms. Mislang and our LFA Choral Department.
Angels shine at this year's Senior Public Speaking Competition. Congratulations to Joyce Chen '21, who made three Finals (placing first in Finals for Interpretive Reading) and finished second overall and to Natalie Viegas '22, who made two Finals (placing third in Finals for Impromptu Speaking) and scored fifth overall. Both Joyce and Natalie qualified for the Senior Public Speaking National Championships to be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, this December.
Our Senior A Field Hockey Angels final day at Provincials ended in heartbreak as they dropped both their games in shoot-outs despite some truly lovely hockey throughout the day. While LFA will settle for fourth in BC, the sting of having missed out on a better result will linger for this group of dedicated athletes, who played a wonderful brand of field hockey throughout the Championship tournament.
Parent-teacher interview will take place on November 28 and 29.
All parent-teacher interview times are reserved online. Online booking will be available from 6:00 pm on Monday, November 18 until 9:00 am on Wednesday, November 27. Any bookings after 9:00am on November 27 must be made by contacting the school office.
LFA’s STEAM program is always exploring new ways to engage and challenge our students to take on problem solving. Mr. Chow tried a new project with this year’s newest Angels (in grade 8) that has really resonated.
Congratulations to all students who attended VYMUN 2019 in Whistler, where LFA won 15 individual awards and the overall Best Large School Delegation of the Conference! The beautiful embossed gold art print of Bill Reid's "Raven Salmon" commemorating our wonderful school award willl now adorn the halls of LFA. This year's grade 10 Model UN students were very engaged, eloquent, well- prepared and poised revealing their commitment and dedication to the LFA Model UN Club.
Sure it's a long way off, but we've already got the date in the calendar and you can buy your tickets anytime. The Parents' Auxiliary's Viva Las Vegas goes on Saturday April 18th, 2020. Get ready to try your luck with “fun money” at Roulette, Blackjack and Poker tables complete with professional dealers, enjoy somedelicious hors d’oeuvres and support our wonderful school community. More information at www.lfabc.org/vegas
One of the most important responsibilities for the Board of Directors is to ensure the long-term health of Little Flower Academy. We are privileged that the day-to-day delivery of a very special educational experience for each girl is in the capable hands of an amazing administration, faculty and staff. Notwithstanding our current well-being, the consultation and input we received during the 2017 strategic planning process challenged the Board to have a hard look at our school’s campus and its ability to serve our students in the years to come.
Did you know that the BC Ministry of Education audits LFA every year to ensure lates and absences are authorized by the guardians of each child? If your daughter is going to be late for school or absent for any reason, we ask that you notify the office electronically, with the details, before 8:30am.