At Stratford Hall, our community is made up of students and their families, our staff, Vancouver neighbours and business neighbours on ‘The Drive’, and because we are an IB World School, our global neighbours.
Community building is integral to everything we do at Stratford Hall – from IB academic programming from kindergarten through grade 12, to volunteer work accomplished by our student body at our neighbouring retirement home, Villa Carital, at homeless shelters and at other community programs.
It encompasses the social contracts signed by all members of a class at the beginning of the school year to School House Spirit Days or Terry Fox Runs when we work together as a community of students, staff and families. It includes the work our Outdoor Experiential Education (OEE) students perform when they participate in nationwide beach cleanup programs or research and erect local history plaques with local business partner contributions along ‘The Drive’ to beautify the neighbourhood for others.
Commitment to community also means students leading donation drives for The Greater Vancouver Food Bank and local homeless organizations throughout the year. It means students from all grades working on bake sales, bottle drives and donating birthday party monies to the school’s Kipevu Project and raising $10,000 to build latrines, a library and a fence for a school in Mombassa, Kenya.
Community is what makes Stratford Hall unique amongst independent schools; it ties us to each other as well as to our local and international neighbours.