New pri­vate school re­cruit­ing over­seas

Unisus In­ter­na­tional School aims to ‘bring the world to our Cana­dian stu­dents in Sum­mer­land’

Penticton Herald - - OKANAGAN -

SUM­MER­LAND — A new dor­mi­tory and re­cruit­ment of over­seas stu­dents prom­ises to make Sum­mer­land’s new pri­vate school truly in­ter­na­tional.

Unisus In­ter­na­tional School opened its doors last month with classes for lo­cal ju­nior kinder­garten to Grade 6 stu­dents.

A goal of the world-class ed­u­ca­tion of­fered at Unisus is to cre­ate a global com­mu­nity of young lead­ers from both Canada and other coun­tries to meet the chal­lenges of to­mor­row.

“We will bring the world to our Cana­dian stu­dents in Sum­mer­land by wel­com­ing in­ter­na­tional stu­dents,” said Unisus founder and direc­tor Cindy Le­ung.

Con­struc­tion is now un­der­way on a 100-bed dor­mi­tory to house stu­dents from around the world and across Canada.

“Com­ple­tion of this first phase, Tower 1, is an­tic­i­pated for May 2019 in time for the 2019-2010 aca­demic year. As the school grows, Tower 2 will be con­structed,” said Unisus direc­tor of stu­dent life Rich McLeod.

McLeod’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clude the school’s fa­cil­i­ties and ath­letic and ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing pro­grams.

The new fa­cil­ity will have three storeys and a din­ing hall where stu­dents can so­cial­ize and en­joy meals. There will also be ac­com­mo­da­tion for adult house par­ents.

The dor­mi­tory is de­signed to meet the needs of the mod­ern stu­dents, with spa­cious rooms and fi­bre-op­tic Wi-Fi, re­lax­ation lounges equipped with vis­ual and au­dio equip­ment, and a state-ofthe-art se­cu­rity sys­tem.

Upon com­ple­tion of the dor­mi­tory, Unisus will be the only in­ter­na­tional school in Western Canada of­fer­ing ju­nior kinder­garten to Grade 12 pro­grams and weekly full-time board­ing.

Re­cently, Le­ung and Unisus re­cruit­ment man­ager Anke Jenk­ins met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of schools in Brazil be­fore Jenk­ins con­tin­ued on to Viet­nam and China. Unisus also has staff in Africa re­cruit­ing out­stand­ing stu­dents from Kenya.

“We are ex­cited about the con­nec­tions we made with the Brazil­ian schools,” Le­ung said upon re­turn­ing to Canada.

These con­nec­tions in­clude bring­ing stu­dents from Grade 8 through Grade 10 to Sum­mer­land be­gin­ning in Septem­ber 2019 and be­com­ing part­ner schools.

The part­ner­ships will in­volve the ex­change of teach­ers and class projects on which stu­dents work to­gether.

An ex­am­ple is the project on Indige­nous lan­guages — the 2019 theme of the UN­ESCO As­so­ci­ated Schools Project Net­work — in which stu­dents will learn about the Indige­nous lan­guages in their own coun­try and other coun­tries.

“The in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy at Unisus makes this project pos­si­ble and brings the world a lot closer to our stu­dents. The class­room be­comes so much more than four walls,” Le­ung said.

Spe­cial to The Okana­gan Week­end

A 100-bed dor­mi­tory to house in­ter­na­tional stu­dents and those from else­where in Canada is un­der con­struc­tion at Unisus In­ter­na­tional School in Sum­mer­land. Rich McLeod, above, whose du­ties in­clude over­see­ing the school’s fa­cil­i­ties, an­tic­i­pates con­struc­tion will be com­pleted by May 2019 in time for the 2019-2020 aca­demic year.

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