Both the boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams represented Berkshire Park well at their respective play days.  Over the season, they developed their skills and played well as a team.  The girls’ team won every game during their play day until the final game and came in second overall.  The boys’ team also played well.  We are thankful for the time their coaches (Mr. Ferguson, Mrs. Brown, Ms. Yang, and Ms. Hutchinson) invested into our students.

First Peoples in Residence

This was a busy week of learning at Berkshire Park.  The students in Kindergarten all the way up to grade seven learned about the culture, history, and skills of our First Nations.  We were very thankful two cultural facilitators from the district came to share their knowledge and expertise with our students.  We appreciate Mr. Groberman helping organize this school-wide learning opportunity for our school.  We saw many beautiful art projects throughout the school including some very interesting masks and some beautiful blankets.  There was also a lot of learning about plants, trees, and the different seasons we enjoy throughout the year.

Remembrance Day

At our Remembrance Day assembly this year, we wanted to remember the sacrifice of our nation’s veterans for us to enjoy the freedoms of this great country we call Canada.  Each division created a lovely wreath of poppies.  The one from Mrs. Mazinani’s class was stunning: poppies made of red tissue paper with a lamp glowing from its center.  We also enjoyed hearing “Peace Must Be Our Goal” by the students in divisions 9 to 12 under the direction of Mr. Brion.  Some students were playing recorders, others ukuleles, and some even on violins.  Mr. Allinger’s MACC class also played very nicely, “Highway of Heroes” on their guitars.

Surrey Nature Centre

The grade 2 and 3 students from Ms. Callegari’s and Ms. Russels class enjoyed their field study at the Surrey Nature Centre, despite the rain.  They learned the differences between owls and eagles, and how the owl’s feathers are completely silent helping them catch their prey easily.  “Bats eats 1,000 mosquitoes in one night,” said one child.  “We don’t have to be afraid of bats because they help keep the bug population down,” said another.

The students learned that racoons aren’t harmful, but we need to be more careful not to leave our garbage out to attract them.  They looked through binoculars to experience the eye sight of an owl.  “Owls can’t move their eyes, so they move their heads in order to see, and they can move their heads 3x more than humans!”  The students found an owl pellet in the forest, brought it back to the classroom, and plan to dissect it to see what the owl had eaten.  They learned that some animals, like the owl regurgitates: spit out what they don’t want to eat.

It is so important for our children to get out into nature and explore, no matter what the weather condition.  They were encouraged to pick up things and feel, to touch and enjoy.  Experience the forest during the different seasons.  Learning through play!  Ms. Callegari said, “Not one of them complained about the rain.”