Recess: Opportunities for Learning and Creativity

We value recess at Unisus!  On the playground at Unisus students are being kids playing while also discovering so much learning each day.  They are not afraid to take risks and challenge themselves to learn something new, find something interesting, and make a new friend. Everyday they create new games and put their imaginations and wonder to work.

It’s far more than just a break


Recess is not only a time to get outside for fresh air. It is a time to explore and connect in different ways with one another and the world around us. Students run, play, create, and enjoy themselves no matter the weather.  They take in and appreciate the beauty of the Okanagan from our back door.

The playground encourages unique opportunities for communication and bonding


So much valuable learning takes place on the playground.  Social and communication skills develop as they work together to collaborate and build.  Friendships and special bonds are established between students and teachers as conversations unfold.  Students develop creativity as they explore and develop games and activities together. Lifelong learning on how to be prepared no matter the weather comes in to play as the weather changes and opportunities to share with one another occur.

A fresh approach to help with mindfulness and productive learning


At Unisus students sometimes start their day with Yoga in our multi-purpose room before class. They have 20 minutes outside mid morning and at noon they take a 25 minute recess before transitioning to 25 minutes for lunch. The research with this flipped lunch schedule shows it allows students to ease anxiety to relax and eat more while wasting less.  Students then engage in our many enriching and inquiry based classes including: music, art, PE, Spanish, outdoor education, and innovation. After school they participate in open gym, Innovation and STEM activities, or makers space and art.

Life for students at Unisus is full of engagement and fun but recess is definitely a very special, unique time each day.

Fall 2018 Newsletter

November has been another exciting and productive month for us at Unisus.  We have been solidifying and strengthening our Juniors School program by collaborating with community groups and focusing on our unique characteristics such as our foreign language and outdoor education classes for all. 

In addition, we have been preparing for our expansion in the 2019-2020 school year by submitting applications to the IB for our Diploma Program and exploring transportation opportunities across the Okanagan.  We have expanded our team with the announcement of our Senior School Principal and continue our work each day to provide an innovative, forward thinking approach to education that is grounded in best practices.

Pleased to Announce

Tosca Killoran named Senior School Principal for 2019-2020

From Gary Little, Board Member

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As a team of advisors, we are delighted with the recent announcement regarding the appointment of Ms. Tosca Killoran as Senior School Principal at UNISUS. Having had a chance to meet Tosca and learn first-hand of her background, I can say with certainty she is a highly-experienced educator whose passion for the profession, international experience and knowledge of 21st teaching and learning approaches position her to work effectively with Ms. Hannah Hartman and our outstanding UNISUS team. In addition, Tosca is a publisher, author and innovator whose grasp of the role technology plays in today’s classroom is a perfect fit with the vision and direction of UNISUS. It is in this context we are excited about the focus of her May 2019 Doctorate of Education from East Carolina University: “….supporting the creation of equitable, networked innovation communities within international schools.”

We welcome Tosca to the UNISUS family and wish her every success in her new role. To view Ms. Killoran’s full profile, please visit


Looking forward to 2019

Preparation continues for the 2019-2020 school year! 

Bus transportation begins

Beginning September 2019, bus transportation for day school students to and from Kelowna and Okanagan Falls will be available!


Developing global relationships

Recently, Unisus International Recruiter Anke Jenkins attended Edu Canada Education fairs in China and Vietnam, and had the opportunity to share UNISUS with many students and families. Anke is excited to plan her next recruitment trip in March 2019 to continue building our international relationships.


Things that make UNISUS Unique


Outstanding Curriculum

We have amazing specialist teachers that collaborate to provide a well rounded and enriched program for our students each day. All students at Unisus participate regularly in Outdoor Education, PE, Music, Art, and Spanish. In addition, we will be offering Mandarin in our After School Program in 2019.


Collaboration with STEM Learning Labs

We are excited to collaborate with STEM Learning Labs who join us on Wednesday afternoons. The students are fully engaged in preparing for the world of tomorrow.


OPEN Enrolment and Learning about UNISUS

Open Enrolment

Enrolment for the 2018/2019 school year continues and we are now also accepting applications for the 2019/2020 school year!


Campus Tour

We would love to invite you for a Campus Tour so we can share our learning spaces and outstanding program with you!

Please contact the school office at 250.404.3232 or to book a time.

Spirit Week at Unisus

At the end of October, our school celebrated our very first Spirit Week. It was a blast to have Mr. Incredible zooming past Arthur and Harry Potter. Pint sized firefighters and first responders keenly roaming the halls with their imaginations in high gear. For Unisus, this was much more than just a week of wearing costumes for Halloween.

What is Spirit Week?

Spirit Week is a week long celebration where students and teachers wear different uniforms and costumes according to different themes that represent roles and characters that we encounter in the real world.

It’s a fun opportunity for everyone to express themselves in different ways and get to know each other better.

A different theme everyday?

Usually students at Unisus wear uniforms everyday. It is a way to show our unity however, this week we hosted a spirit week where students could dress to share and connect with one another in a different way.



We dressed like our
favourite characters.



We dressed as people with
careers that interest us.

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We wore costumes that
represent nature.



We showed our sporty side.



We shared our favourite things.

Learning with our creativity, sharing, and imagination

Spirit Week was an amazing event where our school was able to express themselves, use their creativity, and learn more about everyone’s interests and passions. We certainly look forward to seeing what our students and teachers come up with next year!