School’s Out! Summer is here!

Congratulations to all students on another fine school year.  You’ve worked hard, persevered, and grown tremendously.  To our grads who will be moving onto the next chapter in their lives…all the best!

School reopens on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. If your child will is unable to attend the first day of school, please ensure you notify our office by email ( or phone (604-713-5842).  Remember to ignore messages from the Synervoice messaging system that ask your child to attend first day events at Churchill.  The schedule for September 4 is as follows:

9:30-10:00am – All Gr.8, 9, 10s report to Homeroom at Ideal Mini
10:00-11:00am – All Gr.8-12 – School Meeting
11:00am – Gr.8-10 students dismissed
11:00am – Gr.11 & 12 students to homeroom

Also, please see our School Supply List for your reference.

Have a wonderful and safe summer holidays!

Japan Trip Meeting – All Participants and Parents

Date:      Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Time:      5:00-6:00 pm

Location: Ideal Mini School (Math Room)

Who:      All student participants & parents


Thank you for your interest in our Japanese Sister School Exchange Program.  Our school trip is open to all of our Grade 11 and 12 students in the 2018-19 school year.  We have invited Moto Mukai from MYK Enterprises Ltd to provide some more information about our upcoming trip and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Ernie and Lu will also be on hand to answer any of the school level questions you may have.  Some required paperwork will be distributed at this meeting as well.

Please do your best to attend this important meeting.  We look forward to seeing you!

June 2018 – Things to note…

Just a few things to note for parents and students:
School Picnic – Friday, June 15:
  • Students arrive for 9:30am
  • Anticipated dismissal around 1-1:30-ish
  • Hot dogs, drinks will be served.  Please bring your own reusable dinnerware
  • *Note: students with Churchill classes will need to attend those classes or obtain teacher permission
Evaluation week schedule June 18-21:
  • Mon, June 18: 1-2 (AM), 1-1 (PM)
  • Tues, June 19: 2-4 (AM), 2-3 (PM)
  • Wed, June 20: 1-4 (AM), 1-3 (PM)
  • Thurs, June 21: 2-2 (AM), 2-1 (PM)

Yearbook/Locker Clean-out Day – Thursday, June 21:

  • Students will arrive for 9:30 (except students with Churchill classes and Ernie’s Physics 11 students) and clean out their lockers.
  • Once lockers are cleaned satisfactorily, students will get their yearbooks.  Yearbooks will only be given to those who have paid for one AND have no outstanding fees, textbooks, school team uniforms, etc.
  • Anticipated dismissal ~ 12pm noon, but students are welcome to stay till 3, if they wish.
  • Students with Churchill classes in the morning or afternoon will need to attend them.
  • Leadership 12 students to run Gr.7 orientation 11:35 – 3:00pm.
Friday, June 22 – Numeracy Exam (Grade 11s only)
  • Test will be written at Churchill.
  • Times will either be 9am-12pm OR 1-4pm.  Ideal students will be assigned a class in alpha-order with Churchill students.  Students, please see your room assignments and schedule exam session posted in Ernie’s room.

Mon, June 25 – English 12 Provincial Exams (English 12 students only)

  • Test will be written at Churchill 9am-12pm
  • Arrive early 15-20 minutes early.  Students will not be allowed entry 30 minutes beyond the start of the exam.
Last day of official classes is Thursday, June 21.  There will no classes from June 22 and onward, though the school will be open till June 29.


Vancouver Opera in the Classroom

Vancouver Opera in the Classroom:

We have had a very exciting opportunity to round out the year in our Social Studies and Drama classes.  Vancouver Opera provided us with 2 musicians who, over 10 sessions, helped the Grade 8 and Grade 9 classes write the music and the words to an opera.

On Friday June 8 we staged the world premier of The Tale of Skookum Jim as well as the legend of Madam White Snake. The show featured all members of the 2 classes with students playing violins, horns, and our brand new piano.

We would like to thank the folks from Vancouver Opera and I’d like to acknowledge the hard work and the bravery all of our students who put on the performances.

Founded in 1958, Vancouver Opera is regarded worldwide for its exceptional work on the stage and in the community.



Project Opera is a highly interactive program for students that brings the magic of opera into the classroom. Students and teachers will work in collaboration with Teaching-Artists from VancouverOpera to write, stage and perform their own opera based on source material from the classroom.

Inspiration can come from anywhere – retell the story of a class novel, delve into the experiences of early settlers to British Columbia or explain the water cycle through song – anything and everything can be explored through opera! Project Opera is a new and innovative way to bring the performing arts into Metro Vancouver schools.

Out with the old, in with the new (to us)!

We have some brand new but really old sounds at Ideal. On June 5 our  beautiful new piano arrived. Though it’s a hundred years old it sounds fantastic.

The piano was generously donated by the Garduño-You family and the Woodruff family has kindly helped out with the cost of tuning it after the move.

We are very excited to have it at Ideal as it’ll get use right away in the performances put on by Vancouver Opera in early June.