Fall Outdoor Ed Trips

Grade 10s at Garibaldi:
Grade 10s accomplished a 4-day journey to Garibaldi Park. Some girls went to Elfin Lakes, and others went to Garibaldi Lake. They each climbed at least 600m in elevation on the first day with full backpacks. This is quite an accomplishment! There were stunning views, moments of challenge/growth, and moments of joy for everyone.

Gr. 8s at Manning Park:
Grade 8s went to Manning Park for four days to launch their Senior School journey together as a team outside. They explored the lake by canoe, and pine forests and alpine environments on bike and on foot. They got to know one another and their teachers through team-building activities, skits, and fun.

Gr. 6s at Camp Summit:
Grade 6s went to Camp Summit, in the Squamish Valley. They participated in all sorts of camp activities such as high ropes, low ropes, fire building, mountain biking, big field games, and countless other adventures. The students slept in cabins and had a huge amount of fun!

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Gr. 5s at Camp Elphinstone
Grade 5s, accompanied by seven wonderful Grade 9 mentors, went to the Sunshine Coast, to the Sea to Sky Outdoor School held at Camp Elphinstone. They canoed in big traditional canoes, slept in cabins with their Grade 9 buddies, jumped in the freezing cold ocean, played games, sang songs, explored the gorgeous forest, and learned a little bit about the word “sustainability” and our role in making positive change. They canoed to Gambier Island to explore the wild forest there, experienced rain and sun, challenge and joy, and so much more!

Grades 1-3 in the Forest
Grades 1-3 each embarked on a full day adventure to Pacific Spirit Park. Students explored, played games designed to bring them closer to our natural environment, heard stories from local culture, had time to play using natural materials and their incredible imaginations, had some quiet reflection time, and practised using all five senses to discover the world around them. A few highlights were learning about and finding slugs, using the salmonberry plant, playing ‘Eagle Eye’, making forest tea, discovering the dozens of types of mushrooms out this fall, nature’s face paint (charcoal), and free imaginative play.

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Gr. 5 Food Truck Festival

On Monday, June 19th, Grade 5 students wowed us with a Food Truck Festival! As an extension of their Social Studies unit on immigration, students studied specific groups that have immigrated to Canada. Students learned about why people immigrated and what their experience may have been like when they moved. They thought about the important role that food plays in traditional cultures and connecting people to their home countries. Watching the documentary, The Search for General Tso, students learned about how and why traditional foods change and transform when people bring them to new countries.

From this new knowledge, students were inspired to create their own food truck based on the countries Canadians have immigrated from. To pitch their food trucks, students created life-size truck prototypes, a name, logo, menu, and food samples that were shared with visitors. Students were encouraged to link their menu items logo and branding to the story of their group and how they came to Canada.

The festival was a hit! Visitors loved trying the food and visiting the different stalls. Two guest judges, Stephanie Sharpe, Marketing Manager at Fresh Prep, and Cecil Greenslade, Head Chef at York House School, were brought in to judge the trucks on branding, marketing, and food creativity.

Grade Five Teachers, Erin Riendl and Melissa Kanavos designed and led this project, and STEAM Coordinator, Jennifer Ford Sharpe assisted with the making of the trucks.

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