Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute

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Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute
Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute in Winnipeg, Manitoba.JPG
For no one can lay foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ - 1 Corinthians 3:11
173 Talbot Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2L 0P6, Canada
Coordinates 49°54′35″N 97°06′58″W / 49.9097°N 97.1160°W / 49.9097; -97.1160Coordinates: 49°54′35″N 97°06′58″W / 49.9097°N 97.1160°W / 49.9097; -97.1160
School type private middle and high school
Grades 6–12
Area Winnipeg One School Division
Team name Hawks
Colours Red, blue, white
Founded 1945
Enrollment 600[1]

The Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute (MBCI) is a private middle and high school located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It was founded in 1945. It has approximately 600 students from Grade 6 to Grade 12.[1]

MBCI has a strong volleyball program: both men's and women's teams have won provincial championships.[2] The band has also won the Optimist Festival's Chairman's Award.[3]

Though MBCI is an inclusive school and has students of all kinds, MBCI's culture is most informed by the Mennonite Brethren religious community—a strand of Protestant Anabaptism noted for its adherence to pacifism. In fact, a number of church members declared conscientious objector status rather than participate in WWII.[4] Such culture can be progressive in the sense that it fosters the practice of values and virtues, though occasionally its lack of conflict engagement reinscribes social hierarchies such as paternalism and sexism, best documented in works of Mennonite literature like Miriam Toews' Governor General's Award-winning novel, A Complicated Kindness.[5] MBCI's culture is different from many stereotypical high schools; competitive athletes are frequently also members of the band or choir. Such practices are likely a result of the welcoming, community-oriented values of the institution.

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  1. ^ a b "Mission Statement". Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute. 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  2. ^ "Past Provincial Champions AAAA Volleyball". Manitoba High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Manitoba Band Association. p. 52 |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Nonresistance". Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "2004 Governor General's Awards". Wikipedia. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 

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