Around the district is a monthly update that includes a collection of stories from ¿Û¿Û´«Ã½ schools. These stories highlight ¿Û¿Û´«Ã½'s vibrant learning community which fosters student engagement, creativity, and well-being in inclusive learning environments.
Byng Elementary â New Yearâs Resolution
Grade 2 and 3 students at Byng Elementary recently celebrated the beginning of the new year by making some resolutions together. Students were invited to read the book Squirrelâs New Year Resolution and then focus on the question: âWhat can you resolve to do this year to make you a better person.âÌı The students then brainstormed ideas and came up with their goals for the new year. Through this experience students were learning to think critically about what is meaningful to them, and how they can make and set goals.
Homma Elementary - Student Artwork Chosen for Premiere Horganâs Holiday Cards
In November of last year, BC Premier, John Horgan, invited elementary students in our district to submit a design for a festive greeting card that he would send out over the holiday season. On January 5, Homma Elementary received an envelope with exciting news: A combined artwork created by two grade 4 students was chosen as one of Premiere Horganâs holiday cards! The studentâs design came together quickly and they said that working together showed them how to collaborate and be successful as a team.
¿Û¿Û´«Ã½ Virtual Art Gallery
Since September 2020,ÌıThe Kitchen Table Sketchbook Art ProjectÌıhas provided weekly arts webinars forÌıtransitional learningÌıstudents.ÌıThrough this project, students have been making connections to nature, local and international artists, art history, art institutions, galleries and museums around the world. An online art gallery was recently developed to showcase and celebrate the studentsâ artistic accomplishments. Since the galleryâs inception students have been contributing art work each day.
Gilmore Elementary â Connecting to the Outdoors Ìı
Teachers at Gilmore recently spent time taking their kindergarten students on outdoor nature walks so that they could take a closer look at their environment. The teachers encouraged the students to explore the animal tracks in the mud and learn about the land through the stories of these tracks. Through this, the students were able to connect to nature and grow their understanding of the environment.
Whiteside Elementary - Architectural Masterpiece
Several kindergarten and Grade 1 students at Whiteside Elementary worked together to build an architecturalÌımasterpiece during their first week back at school. Students were eager to utilize their classroomâs selection of building materials, practice cooperative play and review their 3D math skills. Some students used the structure for their Story Workshop, moving their characters around to tell stories about castles and enchanted forests with trolls and dragons.
A diverse group of student leaders at Walter Lee Elementary have a passion for making a difference in whatever way they can. Recently, the students created the âLeadership Comes in Cansâ poster for their schoolâs promotional wall. This initiative showcases the schoolâs can-do spirit, and students are learning that they can make a difference to the school community, no matter what the circumstances are.Ìı
Kindergarten students at Gilmore recently created a map of their heart. Through this exercise they were able to spend some time reflecting on themselves, and identifying what they feel and value. The students then communicated their thinking through a drawing, which provided an opportunity for further reflection.
Black Shirt Day
Many schools in our district participated in Black Shirt Day on January 15 in recognition of the civil rights movement fought by black and racialized Canadians. Throughout the district, students and staff are deeply committed to the values of equality, and the strength of diversity in our communities.
Pictured here are students and staff at Palmer Secondary.
MacNeill Secondary â The Paper Chain
Teachers at MacNeill secondary recently developed a paper chain to bring students together and help them feel more connected and engaged with their school community. Teachers intentionally encouraged the students to express two sentiments; an expression of what they were disappointed about, and an expression of what they were grateful for. The messages were then strung together and hung across the school lounge. Through this activity, students had conversations with each other and actively engaged in social-emotional learning.
Spulâuâkwuks Elementary â Covid Museum
Students at Spulâuâkwuks have become curators and archivists of their own museum. The Covid-19 Museum includes stories, photos and physical artifacts about what life has been like during the pandemic.Ìı Students are documenting what has happened, articulating how they are feeling, and explaining what future civilizations could learn from us from this time in our history.
The Reading Marathon is an educational competition for students at Kidd Elementary. This year, students areâ being encouraged to read 200+ books on inclusion and diversity over the nextÌıtwo months.ÌıAll classes, fromâ kindergarten to grade 7,Ìıare busy consuming powerful literature on inclusion and diversity, and the school bulletin boards are exploding with candid and thoughtful reviews.Ìı