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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ADST with Grades 6 and 7

This year, students in Grade 6 and 7 are taking classes in Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies (ADST) as part of the new BC curriculum. Through ADST, students have the opportunity to design, build, and experiment with new technologies. They learn to test, reflect and modify their designs and then share their designs with an audience. Throughout the experience, students better understand the design making process through class discussions, design journals, and self-reflections.

Students experimenting with light and shadow

Students choose from six ADST modules and take three different modules over the year based upon their choices. The modules include Yearbook with Mr. Reimer; Shadow Puppets with Ms. Webb and Ms. Grundvig; Dream it, Design it, Build it with Mr. Camp and Ms. Ling; Clothing Conscious with Ms. Regan and Ms. Chevreau; and Tree-preneurship with Ms. Comeau.

Chinese shadow puppets

For the shadow puppets module, students played with traditional shadow leather puppets from China and Indonesia and learned more about the 2000-year-old history of this endangered art form. Using a large white screen and an overhead projector, students had fun exploring the properties of light with simple paper puppets and small objects. Over the next few weeks, they will work in small groups to design and build their own puppets, write a story based on a folk or fairy tale and then create a shadow puppet play for the primary grades using light, shadow, and music.

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