In May, the SK students travelled to Acadia Beach with Ms. Brennan and Ms. Harrigan for a morning of exploration and discovery! Together we immersed ourselves in the beauty of the beach and all of the wonders it has to offer. Students searched for seashells, sea glass, colourful rocks, and other treasures from the ocean. They then used these natural treasures to design artwork masterpieces and create an outdoor gallery walk, so that everyone could enjoy the magical wonders we discovered.
Grades 1 & 2:
The Grade 1 and 2 students had a full day of exploring at Acadia Beach and Pacific Spirit Park this Spring. For half of the day, they explored the beach with Ms. Brennan, hunting for crabs, seashells, and the much-coveted sea glass! In addition to their time on the beach, students also had the opportunity to venture into the forest with Ms. Harrigan to learn about the trees, how they are all connected, and play various forest-themed drama games to really get into character and connect with the forest.
Grades 3 & 5 :
The Grade 3 and 5 students had the opportunity to venture into Lighthouse Park with the Sea to Sky guides and Ms. Harrigan. Each class explored the park by hiking through the trails, participating in forest games, and learning about the ecology and geography of the area. The theme of the day was finding wonder, connection and fun in nature.
The Grade 4 students travelled to Rice Lake for a day of adventure with the Camp Summit guides, Ms. Brennan and Ms. Harrigan. The Grade 4s participated in drama and forest games, a forest scavenger hunt, and had an introduction to mapping skills. The drama performances the students created were extremely creative and absolutely magical!
This spring, the Grade 6 classes had the amazing opportunity to have a day of paddling on Buntzen Lake! Led by the Ridge Wilderness Guides and Ms. Harrigan, students learned how to tandem canoe, as they ventured together across the lake and back, stopping along the way for a lovely lakeside picnic lunch. They learned different paddling strokes, how to steer the canoe, and played a variety of exciting games on the water—putting their paddling skills to the test!
Grade 7 students had an incredible time in the Capilano River Park, at the base of the majestic Two Sisters Mountains. We started off the day by hearing a beautiful story from the Sea to Sky guides about the tale of the two sisters, whom the mountains are named after. It was a powerful story with a strong message about paving your own path and leading the way, which was a wonderful message for the Grade 7s as they finish off their final year in the Junior School and prepare to start a new chapter in Senior School. Students spent the day completely immersed in nature and the beauty of the Capilano forest, spending time reflecting on their year and the transitions ahead. The Grade 7s also had the added benefit of having the Grade 10 GO students accompany them on their excursion, which was a wonderful opportunity for new connections to be made in preparation for the next school year.
Grade 8 students travelled to Rice Lake for a day of adventure with the Camp Summit guides, Ms. Brennan and Ms. Harrigan. The Grade 8 students had the opportunity to develop and expand their leadership skills in various group activities and initiatives. They also learned new outdoor skills, including tarp and stove set-up and use, and embarked on a beautiful hike around the lake.
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 put these new leadership skills into practice when they joined the Grade 7s on their Outdoor Education excursion, organizing icebreaker activities and group bonding games. The GO students also participated in two action-packed days, biking in Pitt Meadows and kayaking in Deep Cove. Both days were filled with adventure, group bonding, grit and perseverance, as students had to push themselves through some tough weather conditions. Both days were a fabulous experience and the perfect way to finish off the year and the program together.