Winter 2021 Newsletter

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Winter 2021 Newsletter

Message from the Principal


To the Maple Hill School Community

First of all, I would like to congratulate each and everyone of you for completing a difficult semester. Back in January, the semester began with some optimism in relation to our case counts of COVID-19 so there was some hope that restrictions could would ease a little and both school and regular life could closer resemble normal.

Unfortunately, the case numbers increased over the semester in British Columbia and the chance of restrictions easing before the school year ends is most likely not going to happen.

Special consideration needs to be extended to our graduates who have had to deal with stressful post-secondary graduations as well as working hard to have competitive transcripts to get into said post-secondary institutions. Graduates have had to navigate an uncertain environment and will be going into another uncertain one come September.

Despite the uncertainty, staff and students have shown commitment and determination of making the best out of the current circumstance. Staff will be working hard at working on ways to help build a stronger sense of community in these trying times.

If students are ever in need of assistance, no matter how big, no matter how small, please reach out to a Maple Hill School staff member. We are all apart of a community and we want to make sure that everyone of our community members is in a position to succeed and push forward in these unprecedented times.


Please look through the rest of this newsletter where you can hear from about some of the highlights of the last semester.



Mighty Moose League of Legends Team

Our school’s e-Sports program has also been successful. In the Fall 2020 regular season we had a 11 win and 5 loss record finishing in 24th place out of 155 teams from schools all along the West coast of North America. We made it to the 3rd round of the Fall 2020 playoffs, but lost to the Jaguars team which went on to become the champions. For the Spring 2021 season we improved our regular season record to 12 wins and 4 losses, finishing in 19th place. 

The students have showed dedication all season long by practicing several times per week and coming prepared for our matches. The Spring2021 playoffs are underway and we’re among the final 16 teams remaining, wish our student-athletes luck as they strive for the season championship!

Our Mighty Moose making their way through the bracket

Semester Thoughts from Staff

Mr. Zhong

Nina presenting her project to the class

“My favorite part of last semester was watching my student’s present on genetic technologies of their choosing. It found it very interesting to learn what the students discovered through their own research and seeing them apply their course knowledge to present on the topic. The students amazed me with their creative PowerPoints, outstanding research and in-depth knowledge on their topics. A few students were quite nervous to present at first but the presentations gave them a great chance to practice and improve their communication skills. It was a fun learning experience for the whole class.”.

Mr. Lee

This has been a semester. Its reassuring to know that regardless of what happens in the world, learning is neither an option nor does it wait for anyone. Looking back over what we accomplished together in our classes, it is with fondness that I reminisce about the various learning experiences.

Whether it was preparing students for the rest of their life in Career Learning Education 10, examining the cyclical nature of history in Explorations in Social Studies 11, understanding exactly how fragile the world is today and how the actions we take today directly affect tomorrow’s future in Physical Geography, or plainly declaring a trade embargo on a winning team in Settlers of Catan for Economic Theory 12, much has been discussed, lessons have been learned, forgotten, and relearned. It is with this levity that we face the uncertain world and put on a brave face to embrace the challenges that come to meet all of us.

For all the students who are graduating at the end of this semester, I wish you all well on your academic journey and hope that you retain a small piece of what we’ve learned moving forward. The future belongs to you.

A class enjoying a game of Cata
Mr. Fan showing a class the periodic table of the elements with real elements inside of it

Mr. Fan

It’s been a tough semester for both students and teachers. Fortunately, our students have demonstrated grit and strength towards overcoming obstacles and making academic achievements. 

Students in Pre-calculus 11 and 12 were able to follow the lessons and complete the assigned work despite the hardships. My Calculus 12 class amazed me with a highest class average of all time since I started teaching this course. Many of them really valued our class time to absorb knowledge, and spent lots of their own time to digest the information by carefully studying the practice questions. Despite the difficulty level of the course , the students were able to successfully complete the course and make themselves ready for post-secondary education.

Ms. Kienitz

This term students in New Media and Creative Writing, utilized a project-based approach to understand how English can be used in the world around them.  Projects included scripting a short film, creating a podcast, filming how-to videos for Youtube, and writing a magazine. Students also studied poetry, short stories, advertising, film comparison, and the structure of longer podcasts.  

In grade 12, students did an in-depth study of the novel Monkey Beach and used this as jumping off point to explore the effects of racism and after effects of colonialism in our current social climate. Students also studied poetry, short stories and worked on a student-driven research projects based on topics chosen individually.

Jessica and Dreamy's Magazine Project title page
A small sampling of the work the art classes produced

Ms. Yang

During the Winter term, our Art Studio and Photography students were able to exercise their Creative Thinking Core Competency by developing a wide range of projects using the skills they learned in class. For most Photography 12 students, this course was their first time using a DSLR camera, but by the end of the course, everyone knew their way around different camera modes, exposure settings, rules of composition, and even Photoshop editing techniques! Despite the challenges of online learning, students used their Communication skills well to coordinate photoshoots both inside and outside of Maple Hill School, culminating in a fully original conceptual photography project that gave students total freedom to create a series of photos using concepts and techniques of their choice. 

Art Studio 12 students took their artistic abilities to new levels by consciously incorporating the elements and principles of art into their work, becoming acquainted with art movements and prominent artists across history, and experimenting with using a variety of media together to create new effects, even using mixed media to express their growing sense of Social Responsibility by creating a collage to highlight social justice issues. I’m so proud of the amazing work that everyone created this term!

Mr. Bardell

This year in Physics 12 we had our best paper bridge competition. We learn about the strengths of a truss design and how to distribute forces. The students are tasked with suspending a 10 kg mass across a 50 cm gap with only regular paper and school glue as the components. The bridges are inversely scored by mass (low mass = high score). This year we had the highest average score for a class and the lightest bridge ever made!
A paper bridge holding a weight

Christmas Luncheon 2019

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Christmas Luncheon 2019 of Maple Hill School

Time flies, indeed. It feels the memory of the registration bustle in September is still fresh, but the whole fall semester is already coming to its end. While most students start to prepare for university application for next year, some are already graduated from high school!

To make the last day of school more memorable to those who are leaving, the Principal decided to combine the field with the Christmas/Graduation luncheon together.

According to a student survey, initialized by the MHS student council, two of the most favorable activities among our current students turned out to be badminton and Trampoline. While our badminton talents will be led to the ACE badminton gym by the Principal, those who tends to challenge trampoline will take the bus to APEX, hop around and sweat out!

Donald Zhou, who have demonstrated excellent academic performance at school, has also astonished his teachers with his “unbeatable” badminton skills. Jerry Li, who just arrived in Canada for only for 4 months, tried trampoline for the first time. “I never thought this activity could be that exhausting and challenging, it is so much fun! I’m totally soaked in sweats!” says Jerry.

Both trips end around noon, which is one hour before the Christmas luncheon at Radisson Hotel kicks off. Perfect timing for our starving kids!

Eric Di Nozzi, the Principal, gives an inspiring open speech and honors all the graduates with red-enveloped school graduation certificates. The entire ballroom is full of applauses and cheers.

The eastern-western-mixed style buffet can absolutely be the highlight of the day! While the pot roasted Canadian Beef and the Brioche Baked Pacific Cod turn out to be most popular two hot dishes among our students, the Eggnog Cheese Cake just wraps up this feast perfectly.

School is dismissed around 2:30 p.m., students still time to prepare for the final exams two days later anyway.

Maple Hill School is an accredited private high school, located in Richmond, B.C., Canada. We provide curricular choices for Gr. 9, 10, 11, and 12, including in-school academic courses and applied skills as well as at out-of-school field trips and excursions. There is a strong focus on developing character, service in our community, and cultivating an international worldview. This holistic philosophy helps students to fulfill their dreams in the multicultural context of BC universities or at post-secondary institutions throughout the world.

Biology Class

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Biology Class -Heart Dissection

There is no substitute for the hands-on learning experience of dissection. It’s qualitatively different from the learning that occurs in a lecture or from a textbook. No video, model, or diagram can replicate the enchantment and wonder of discovery that students feel when they locate actual structures in their own specimens. The hands-on learning gives students an appreciation of the complexity of the heart and the connection between the structures and their function. Using fresh hearts, that are close in size and structure to the ones beating in our own chests, provides one of the most memorable and instructive experiences in the biology classroom.

CLE Class

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Maple Hill School CLE Class Visits Downtown Vancouver

What can be a better way to implement the “BIG IDEAS” of this newly-updated Career Life Education (CLE) than taking students outside the school for a field trip and asking them to complete designated missions in downtown Vancouver on a typical bright, sunny day in Vancouver?

Under the supervision of Ms. Helen Chamber, the CLE teacher with a Cambridge education background, students are divided into four groups, each of which needs to explore at least 3 locations and interview random workers with career-related questions. Each student was equipped with well-designed worksheets and they are supposed to fill them all out before returning them to Ms. Chamber.

Exciting, yet challenging, our students are driven to work on all the questions, although eventually realizing it is not such “a piece of cake” as anticipated.

“It is absolutely rare for me to start a conversation with a person I don’t know, but today I did it! It turned out to be not as hard as I imagined before, people were super nice to me! It’s a great experience to me, for sure,” says Shirley Wang, one of the CLE students in Grade 10.

Maple Hill School has been implementing the new B.C new curriculum since July of 2018. The initiative of taking our CLE class outside school is intended for enabling students to demonstrate inclusive, respectful and safe interactions in diverse career-life environments, as well as helping them explore and connect experiential learning both inside and outside of school with possible and preferred career-life pathways.

Nice day!


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Graduation Ceremony of 2019 April

April 26 saw Maple Hill School celebrate the graduation of its April and July graduates. Graduating students and their guests celebrated their accomplishments on the Harbour Princess. The Harbour Princess took the graduates on a tour around Downtown and into Deep Cove in North Vancouver. Graduates were presented with diplomas and gifts while all enjoyed a salmon lunch accompanied with breathtaking views. Lucily the weather cooperated and many great photos were able to be taken in the West Coast sun.