Testimonies From PG Mini Alumni

Melody Kwong - Class of 2013

March 3, 2016

Point Grey Mini School
5350 East Boulevard
Vancouver, B.C.
V6M 3V2

My five years of secondary school were valuable and transformative, and I have the amazing community of students, teachers, and parents at the Point Grey Mini School to acknowledge for that. As a third year Environment student at McGill University, I often look back on my academic and social experiences at the Mini with pride and gratitude.

First of all, the education I received at the Mini School gave me a solid and competitive foundation for my post-secondary studies. Within such a tight-knit community, I was able to comfortably share my ideas in lively discussions, as well as bounce ideas off of other bright, like-minded students. The care that the teachers demonstrated for students was unparalleled; each of them went above and beyond, devoting hours outside of class time to provide us with the most enriching education. This environment of academic excellence consistently motivated me to perform my best. To this day, talking to my high school classmates who attend other universities, I am reminded of this supportive milieu where we all motivated one another to succeed.

Although the exceptional academics were a huge contributing factor to my high school experience, it was, by far, the sense of community that pushed it over the top. It was a privilege to have been able to spend five years of my life in such a nurturing environment. The reach of the Mini School extended beyond just the limits of the classroom. The teachers planned numerous Mini School activities that involved interacting with other grades. By doing this, I was able to form friendships with students at different stages of their education. Older students were able to guide me somewhat in my initial years of high school. And I was more than happy to fill this position for students in the grades below me, as I progressed through my high school years. The high level of parent involvement was impactful, and served to further strengthen the community. Personally, taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh's program was one of the most transformative components of my high school career. It really solidified my desire to be a more active member of my community, in addition to helping me discover my deep love for nature. None of this would have been possible without the time volunteered by a number of very generous parents. The Point Grey Mini School is a community that breeds generosity. Talking with friends who have had varying high school experiences around the globe, one quickly learns that this type of experience cannot necessarily be found the world over.

I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to be a part of such an inspiring community. My high school experience was exceptional, and my hope is that future generations of students will have the opportunity to be equally as privileged as I was.

Melody Kwong
Melody Kwong