Sen Pok Chin school recognized internationally

Sen Pok Chin school recognized internationally

The Osoyoos Indian Band and Sen Pok Chin school are celebrating the school's recent recognition as an International Baccalaureate School - Primary Years Program.

First Nations school Sen Pok Chin in Oliver has recently been authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) School – Primary Years Program (PYP).

Curriculum Coordinator Julie Shaw said they are the first school outside of the Vancouver area to be authorized as IB as well as the first PYP school on a reserve in North America.

Shaw said Sen Pok Chin is one of 1700 PYP schools globally, recognized for its top university preparatory curriculum. These types of schools are commonly found in major cities.

Shaw said in a quest to strive for educational excellence, school staff and community stakeholders embarked on a three-year journey to implement the rigorous written curriculum that IB is known for worldwide. Shaw said First Nations culture uses the medicine wheel as a guide to find balance in all areas of student development.

Head of School and sqilxw educator Valerie Allen said she is proud to be a part of this prestigious announcement for her community.

Being part of an IB world school organization ensures that Sen Pok Chin is informed by research into how students learn, how educators teach and the principles and practice of effective assessment.

School staff say they are excited to see the positive changes in students’ attitudes and interest in their personal learning over the past three years.

Students at the school are taking initiative to engage and ask questions, leading to civic action that is rooted in their personal explorations of inquiry using indigenous knowledge and the identity of the sqilxw people.