The grade 6 and 7 students in Mrs. Villeneuve’s and Ms. Meynert’s classes had to create a product to sell at their Young Entrepreneur’s Fair in the gym. They learned the role of entrepreneurship, marketing, pricing, and basic financial literacy, while having fun at the same time!
Over 120 grade six and seven students got up early one Wednesday morning and was at the school by 5:30 a.m. in order to make the 7:00 a.m. ferry to our beautiful capital city of Victoria. What an amazing learning experience at the Royal British Columbia Museum that hosted a major new feature exhibition, Egypt: The Time of the Pharaohs with over 300 original artifacts. The students were engaged in a study covering all aspects of ancient Egyptian life, including life along the Nile River and the influence of it on the civilization. They also enjoyed the beautiful Victoria Harbour and dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory before catching the 7:00 p.m. ferry back to the mainland. We were very impressed with how responsible the students were on this long day. What an undertaking, but also what a wonderful learning experience for the students!
The grade seven teachers, Ms. Villeneuve, Mrs. Brown, and Ms. Meynert, took their grade seven students to Camp Sasamat for a beautiful day of wonderful outdoor experiences. The lake view was stunning, and it was such a joy to see the children enjoy the outdoors. They engaged in team building activities, challenged themselves with high ropes in the trees, and tried both archery and canoeing. A good time was had by all!
The best way to learn science is through hands on experiences. It is often more fun and engaging then just reading about the topic of study. For instance, the grade one students in Mrs. Johnson’s class dissected an owl pellet. They learned that owls eat their prey whole, and they regurgitate what they can’t digest by spitting out a pellet containing the indigestible bones and fur of the prey. The children used gloves to pull these pellets apart, found different skeletal parts, and tried to identify them using a chart.
The intermediate students in both Ms. Russel’s and Mrs. Peter’s class enjoyed a “fantastic field trip” the Mount Seymour Watershed. The students learned about the protected water shed and how important it is to have clean water to drink. They reviewed the water cycle, and they discovered the importance of certain trees, plants, and fungus in our forests. They also played games that helped them learn about the food chain and the animals that live in our forests. They had beautiful weather in late May and found their guides very knowledgeable and friendly.
All three kindergarten classes had the joy of seeing the four stages of butterfly development in their classrooms starting with the larva stage. And when the weather was warmer in June, they were able to release them into the wind.
Each student in Mrs. Younger’s class ended a six-week First Nation study by researching and creating an artifact for their classroom museum. They also enjoyed eating bannock, a type of bread enjoyed by most First Nations, and smoked salmon. They learned that salmon along the Pacific coast was an excellent food source for the winter after smoking it. The students also wrote their own “Pourquoi Tales” (“pourquoi” means “why” in French) after looking at old legends told to explain why certain events happened or why something is the way it is. They learned the value of these oral stories told at the potlatches, which were celebrations at important events. The students were proud to show case their final products for their parents and other students who came through their museum.
The students in Mr. Groberman’s grade 2/3 class have been working with their teacher and their librarian, Mrs. Lintott, on a collaborative ADST (applied design skills and technology) project. They have been learning coding skills to manipulate our new ozobot robots that are equipped with colour sensors to move along lines drawn by the students. The students use various colour combinations to code the robots and control their movements.
Once the class mastered the basic colour coding skills, the students were challenged to build a cart out of lego for the ozobot to push or pull without losing contact, even as it turned corners or performed “tornado” zigzag movements. They were encouraged to test their carts and then rebuild to improve their carts’ performance. It was wonderful to see the variety of designs that were tested.
This project gave students an opportunity to use technology, to practice designing an object for a specific purpose, and to use problem solving skills in order to meet challenges.
Some students’ reflections after the activity:
“I made a cart that worked, but it stopped close to the finish. The ozobot got off the lego at the zigzag. I think it was because the zigzag is too fast. Maybe the ozobot needs to pull it like a wagon.”
“I made a cart that could push and pull. It worked, but sometimes it didn’t. But if it did not work, I would keep trying.”
Some of our Berkshire Bronks trained two days a week after school starting with 7km around the block and working up to 8km, and eventually participated in the 10km Vancouver Sun Run. Even though grade 6 Jordan M. broke his arm just a few days before the race, he still finished with the fastest time on the team with 44:56. Ali H, also in grade 6, did very well as well with 49:03. Each student that participated in the Vancouver Sun Run finished the run, a wonderful accomplishment, and we are very proud of them. We appreciate all the time Mr. Ferguson, Ms. Yang, Ms. Webb, and others put into training the students and running with them in the Vancouver Sun Run!
We are also very proud of both our grade 6 and grade 7 badminton teams. They developed their skills, demonstrated wonderful sportsmanship, and won first place at the district Play Day. Congratulations, well done! A big thank you to Mr. Allinger, Ms. Mazinani, Ms. Russel, and Ms. Callegari for volunteering their time to coach our students.