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PCS expands network to create international education opportunities

January 29, 2024
January 29, 2024 Duncan MacLeod

PCS expands network to create international education opportunities

MOUs signed with STS in Alberta and No. 2 High School in Guangdong

Purcell Collegiate School (PCS) of Kimberley, British Columbia is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with No. 2 High School of Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. This much-anticipated sister-school agreement is being engaged in concert with PCS’s Alberta-based partner school, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS). The signing ceremonies took place on Thursday, December 14 at STS and Friday, December 15 at PCS. The MOUs articulate an engagement framework for the schools to partner on a variety of mutually-beneficial exchange activities for students, teachers, and administrators under the Guangdong-BC and Guangdong-Alberta sister-province agreements.


The MOUs recognize that British Columbia, Alberta, and Guangdong have long-established social, cultural and economic ties, and that the provinces are committed to furthering these relationships through cooperation and exchange in the area of education; that BC, Alberta, and Guangdong agree on the importance of strengthening education relations as the best means of building global and cultural understanding and fostering solidarity between peoples and countries; and that provinces believe that that international education mobility programs contribute to the academic, social, cultural, and professional development of students, teachers, and administrators.

These MOUs create a framework for collaboration and cooperation in the form of sister-school agreements between the three parties focused on but not limited to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and as the founding members of Canada-China Sister Schools Network.

Guangzhou No. 2 High School was initially established as a middle school in August 1930. The first principal was Xu Gantang (徐甘棠), a well-known educator. Today, the Guangzhou No. 2 High School Education Group (广州二中教育集团), which was formalized in 2017, includes two private schools and four public schools. In 2019, the whole group has 7,066 students and 166 classes. Guangzhou No.2 High School is ranked top five among high schools in Guangzhou.

STS is a Kindergarten to Grade 12, World IB School. Students flourish through well-balanced programming and enriched learning on our 220-acre campus minutes from Calgary, guided by talented and caring teachers. STS students become global citizens, embracing social responsibility while striving for success in all that they do. In addition to a rigorous academic curriculum, students experience a wide variety of co-curricular activities and benefit from a supportive community, rooted in our school’s 118-year history.

PCS is a paradigm-shifting international school that sets the standard for transformative learning and sustainable thinking, providing an educational experience that is place-based in nature but global in scope, delivering a unique, close-knit community experience that nurtures social conscience and fosters thoughtful leadership. As an international boarding school focused on university preparation, PCS specializes in programming that supports international and Canadian students to discover their potential and their passion.

Interested in partnering with PCS to create opportunities for students, staff, and communities?  Learn more here or email us at partnerships@purcellcollegiate.ca.