Southridge Voices

This page is a compilation of blogs from the many authors in the Southridge Community.

Salmon signs hoped to help cultivate awareness

A Southridge student is adding her voice, and handiwork, to a call to end ocean-based fish farms. Amadea de Wit, in Grade 11 at the South Surrey school, said she sent 10 red-and-green laminated salmon signs – in the shape of the fish and bearing the words ‘Stay Wild’ – to a small store in Alert Bay this month, “knowing they will be posted on one of the two fish farms in the First Nations territory that is currently occupied by the FN people.”

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Southridge students make impact in Surrey

For the past decade, Southridge students have been tasked with stepping out of their comfort zone. Work begins first thing every Friday morning. The students – as young as four years old – and staff at the South Surrey private school make soup from scratch and prepare up to 100 sandwiches for the Surrey Urban Mission Society (SUMS) at the north end of the city.

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A light-hearted guy with a serious purpose

“There’s a guy who understands what it’s like to be a kid.” Those were the words from one grad after watching Southridge School’s new Head of Senior School, Brad Smith, dive face first into a sea of chocolate sauce, flour, mustard, and whipped cream at this year’s House Picnic.

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Welcome Sal!

In October 2016, we unveiled our first official school mascot – a splendid creature named Sal who is half orca and half eagle. What many people may not know, however, is that Sal’s journey to Southridge dates to 2014, and is the result of a completely student-led initiative. 

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Citizens of Southridge: A student-led initiative

Last May, our incoming Head Boy and Head Girl, William “Will” Lauzon and Georgina “Georgie” Adams, had the opportunity to accompany Mr. Stephens to a leadership conference held at St. George’s School. During the conference, they found themselves connecting with other student leaders in attendance, discussing what they loved most about their schools and what they would like to see change. They left feeling inspired, and on the drive home, came up with an interesting idea...

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Goal Chaser, Jessie Sanghe…

At Southridge, we are proud to have an incredible number of passionate, driven and talented young people in our midst – students who regularly inspire us with the things they are achieving both in, and outside of the classroom – students whose ‘spirits are soaring’. While we don’t have a hockey program here, you might be surprised to know that we have one of the best young female hockey players in Canada walking our halls! Meet, Jessie Sanghe…

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Live on Stage! The Value of Arts Education

One of the highlights of the school year for many in the Southridge community are the annual on-stage productions in both the Junior and Senior School. Each February, the Senior School Drama Department presents a play, and each March, the Junior School students share their musical production. This year’s productions were one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Mr. Glen Pope and creatively reimagined by the Senior School students as a pantomime—and a relatively unknown musical, Dear Edwina, enthusiastically brought to life on stage by the MYP students. While these productions are seemingly very different, they share something very similar: the transformative nature of the arts for those involved.

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