On behalf of Little Flower Academy, I would like to express our collective and profound sorrow over the discovery of the remains of 215 children buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Our particular thoughts and prayers are with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, other affected Indigenous communities, and with all who lost family members and loved ones. We also pray for the wisdom to learn from past mistakes and to find paths towards reconciliation.
The Little Flower Academy community wants to express our collective and deep sadness and distress around the report of the discovery of the remains of 215 children buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Our particular thoughts and prayers are with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, other affected indigenous communities, and with all that lost family members and loved ones.
Ceili McCabe '19 keeps running to the front of the pack at West Virginia University. She's just captured WVU's first ever 3,000-meter steeplechase win, was named West Virginia's athlete of the week, and has now been selected to the NCAA East Preliminary Round.
Every year LFA Angels take part in the annual Barry Sullivan Law Cup, which is one of our city's most prestigious high school public speaking events. Maya Mior '22, Melanie So '21 and Isbella Battiston '21 all represented LFA at this years event. All spoke amazingly well and both Maya and Melanie made the final round. A huge congratulations to Maya Mior '22 who went on to win the event and take home the top prize.
The LFA Spirit Wear store is open! It’s time to grab your gear before summer. Whether you’re a new LFA student starting in the fall, a parent, alumnae, or a Grad of 2021, this is a perfect time to show your school spirit.
For a decade, Chef Paul Godidek was a fixture in our community. Paul was at LFA early and often stayed late. He always put in the extra effort to be part of the community, decorating the Dining Hall for various holidays, taking on roles in Student Council skits, catering special events, and knowing each and every student at the school by name (and café card number). Paul passed away this past weekend. We grieve his loss and keep his family in our prayers.
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.