GO! Program Spring Update

The GO! Program finished off their school year with an action-packed spring! Students participated in a Leadership Workshop with Alison McKenzie from ShEvalesco, discovering their different leadership styles and how they all contribute to the overall team. The Grade 10s were then able to practice these new leadership skills when they joined the Grade 1s on their Outdoor Education excursion and organized icebreaker activities and collaborative games. The GO! students also participated in two action-packed days, hiking the Stawamus Chief and climbing outdoors in Squamish. Both day trips were filled with adventure, group bonding, grit and perseverance, as students challenged themselves to accomplish their goals.

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Finally, the GO! Program wrapped up their school year with their first multi-day excursion! At the end of May, students traveled to Tofino for an action-packed five days of activities. Camping at Surf Grove, students spent the week hiking, kayaking, learning to surf, participating in a beach clean-up, and educating themselves about the impacts of microplastics on our coastal environments. Enduring some challenging weather, including 24 hours of relentless rain, students demonstrated resilience, perseverance, a positive mindset, and impressive outdoor competence as they used their skills to stay warm, healthy, and dry(ish). 

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Ms. Brennan and Ms. Harrigan are incredibly proud of the group’s ability to bond together, support one another, and grow both as a team and as individuals. Throughout the week, students challenged themselves to learn and develop their outdoor skills, partaking in fire-building, chopping wood, hanging tarps with the appropriate knots, and cooking and preparing their meals. During the evenings, the group enjoyed campfires and shared special moments, shout-outs, and reflected on their experiences on the trip. This was a beautiful way to wrap up a wonderful year together in the program and as a cohesive unit.

Spring Outdoor Education Day Trips: SK, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, and Grade 11

SK, Grade 1 and Grade 2 Beach Days (May and June):
This spring, the primary classes traveled to Acadia Beach for a day of exploration at the beach! Students learned about the tide patterns and marine life present in Vancouver, making many exciting new discoveries. The day was spent hunting for crabs, seashells, and the much-coveted sea glass! Other exciting wildlife that was spotted included eagles, herons, fish, and tadpoles. The Grade 1s also had the exciting opportunity to have the Grade 10 Outdoor Education class join them on their excursion, leading them in fun icebreaker activities and collaborative games. 

Senior Kindergarten:

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Grade 1:

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 Grade 2:

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 Grade 3 Trip to Lighthouse Park (May 24):
This spring the Grade 3 students traveled together to Lighthouse Park for a full day of discovery and exploration. Working with the staff from Sea to Sky Outdoor School, the grade 3s participated in a hike, numerous forest games, beach exploration, and learned about the ecology and geography of the land. This was an exciting day for all, filled with lots of new learning experiences and beautiful moments in the outdoors. 

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Grade 11 Day Hike in Squamish (May 30):
At the end of May, the Grade 11 cohort was able to embark on their long-overdue hiking trip together. Having to cancel the original date back in October due to an atmospheric river, students were excited to finally get outside together and explore, taking a break from school before the exam season began. A wonderful opportunity to release stress and enjoy some fresh air, students hiked trails on the Stawamus Chief and Mount Crumpit.