Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the PAC, the students were able to enjoy live theatre by Duffle Bag Theatre. There were a lot of laughter and pure joy among the audience, and three of our students got to be part of the action.
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.
The students in Mr. Allinger’s class had an opportunity to visit Surrey’s City Hall and got to see how city councilors, including the mayor, make decisions. The students also saw how they monitor busy interactions on large screen monitors, allowing them to respond immediately when needed.
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.
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.
Three Simon Fraser University engineering students came to our school at the end of October and taught the grade one and two students in divisions 13 and 14 basic coding skills using spheros (mini spherical robots). The students got the spheros to move in different directions and change colours by programing on an iPad.
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.”