Collingwood School

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Collingwood School
Collingwood Shield.png
Ex Visu Ad Verum
From Vision to Reality
70 Morven Drive
West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7S 3H4, Canada
Religious affiliation None
Headmaster Rodger Wright
Funding type Private
Grades JK-12
Language English
Campus Suburban
Mascot Cavalier
Team name Collingwood Cavaliers
Colours                Blue, Gold and White
Founded 1984
Enrollment Approx. 1,200
Head Boy Adam Bushell
Head Girl Mikayla Morrey

Collingwood School is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational, university-preparatory school founded in 1984. Located in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, it delivers the British Columbia Ministry of Education curriculum from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.[1]


A group of West Vancouver and North Vancouver parents who sought a locally accessible private school education gathered to create an independent school on the North Shore. The group purchased the buildings and land of Glenmore Elementary School. Parents, students and teachers protested the closure of Glenmore, but were unsuccessful in keeping the school open in the face of declining enrolment and a reduced education budget.[2]

The school was named in honour of the HMCS Collingwood, a flower class corvette which was commanded by the father of one of the founding members.

Since opening, the School has carried out a series of renovations and two major expansion projects including the building of the wing where most of the Senior School is currently housed. In 1997, Collingwood constructed Junior School campus on Wentworth Avenue, which originally housed Kindergarten through Grade 5. Those facilities have been expanded to include Junior Kindergarten through Grade 7.


Morven Campus[edit]

Located at 49°21′38″N 123°07′12″W / 49.3606°N 123.1201°W / 49.3606; -123.1201.

The Morven campus is the oldest of Collingwood School. It is located at 70 Morven Drive in the British Properties residential area of West Vancouver,[3] and houses Grades 8 and 9 of the Middle School and Grades 10-12 of the Senior School. The buildings previously made up Glenmore Elementary School, but have since seen several expansions and improvements, including a full-size grass field, and a new wing which houses the gymnasium, the Lecture Theatre, and the Senior School. It is adjacent to Glenmore Park, and in walking distance of North Vancouver via the Cleveland Dam across the Capilano River.

Front Entrance of Morven Campus
Wentworth Campus

Wentworth Campus[edit]

Located at 49°20′52″N 123°11′07″W / 49.3478°N 123.1854°W / 49.3478; -123.1854.
Opened in 1997, the junior campus – also known as the "Wentworth" campus – is located at 2605 Wentworth Avenue, in the Cypress area of West Vancouver. It is located in proximity to Cypress Provincial Park. This campus houses all students in the Junior School, which ranges from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5. An additional wing was constructed in 2010, built to house the Grade 6 students. Currently, a third wing is being constructed to house the Grade 7 students; it will include science classrooms and a full size gymnasium. It has been scheduled to open in September 2012.

Proposed Improvements[edit]

In March, 2012, the Collingwood School Society voted to approve expansion and renovation plans for the Morven campus, with a proposed start date of June 2012. Expansion will include a state of the art theatre, as well as a dance studio, band and choir facilities plus 21st century learning spaces with an expanded library and student commons. A new house system will be enacted, ensuring that all students are associated with a smaller and personalized group.


Collingwood School delivers the British Columbia Ministry of Education Kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum. In addition to the Ministry of Education requirements, Collingwood also requires that students partake in the Collingwood Certificate program (and the Four Strands approach) and offers an extensive selection of Advanced Placement courses.

Four Strands[edit]

Collingwood emphasizes a concept known as the Four Strands. The Four Strands are Academics, Athletics, Service, and the Arts. It is compulsory to participate in the Four Strands and many extracurricular activities are offered to fulfill the requirements. Students are recognized by awards known as grade colours and school colours if they excel in any of the four categories. All students participate in Academics, Arts, Athletics and Service, the fundamental components of The Four Strands which are essential to a good education and the growth of a well-rounded citizen.[4]

Collingwood Certificate[edit]

The Collingwood Certificate program is a set of higher standards in addition to the BC Ministry of Education's requirements. The Collingwood Certificate program accompanies the unique Four Strands approach at Collingwood School. The Collingwood Certificate challenges students with respect to academic achievement, compulsory athletic participation, continued arts enrollment, participation in community service, the graduation portfolio, and overall citizenship at the school. Upon graduation, the Collingwood Certificate diploma is awarded to all those that meet the requirements.[5]

Debating & Public Speaking[edit]

Collingwood has a highly successful debating and public speaking program, led by public speaking and debating coach Julia Clarke, which has won dozens of provincial, national and international tournaments. The program's alumni include World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships champion Sarah Mortazavi (Grad '05) and two-time champion, Shakir Rahim (Grad '07). Additionally, each student (from Grade 1 to Grade 12) is required to write and present a persuasive speech, a humorous speech, or a dramatic monologue each year in the school's annual public speaking competition.

Round Square[edit]

Collingwood is a member of the international Round Square network of schools. "Round Square is a worldwide association of schools, which share a commitment, beyond academic excellence, to personal development and responsibility through service, challenge, adventure, and international understanding."

It seeks to give every student a variety of academic, physical, cultural and spiritual experiences to enhance their global outlook. Collingwood annually sends students across the globe to Round Square International Service trips, to exotic destinations such as India, Belize, and Thailand. Projects include building homes and schools for communities to constructing a fresh water collection system in countries. There is also involvement in local service initiatives, such as Habitat for Humanity. Every year, Collingwood sends a delegation of both staff and students to the International Round Square Conference.

In October 2008, Collingwood School co-hosted the international senior Round Square conference with Glenlyon Norfolk School. Delegates from every Round Square school were billeted with Collingwood families. The theme of this conference was "Creating Sustainable Communities – Local to Global".[6]

Advanced Placement[edit]

Collingwood School offers Advanced Placement courses, teaching material equivalent to university-level study. All of the courses require a strong comprehension of general knowledge and excellent work habits. It requires a powerful intellectual commitment to perseverance and solid, foundational work habits, and are regarded as more rigorous than the general course offerings. Pre-AP courses are offered to students wishing to prepare for the full Advanced Placement offerings in their Senior School years.

Headmasters of Collingwood School[edit]

David Mackenzie 
David Mackenzie was Collingwood School's first headmaster. A former member of the British Navy and an avid rugby fan, he also re-founded Brentwood College on Vancouver Island.
Graham Baldwin 
Graham Baldwin was Collingwood's headmaster during its formative years. During his tenure, the school population grew from 200 to 1000 students, and was separated into two campuses.
Jim Burnett 
Jim Burnett was appointed acting Headmaster following the departure of Graham Baldwin. He was previously a member of the US Olympic track & field team.
Rodger Wright
Rodger Wright is the current headmaster of Collingwood School, appointed in 2004. He previously served as the Headmaster of Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario.


  1. ^ "Collingwood School - About Us". Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  2. ^ Bell, Bill (1983-02-06), "Closing West Van schools 'butchery'", North Shore News 
  3. ^ "Collingwood School - Contact Us". Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  4. ^ Collingwood School. "Future Families". Retrieved 2012. 
  5. ^ Collingwood School: Future Families,
  6. ^ "Collingwood School - Round Square Conference 2008". Archived from the original on 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 

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