Salt Spring Elementary’s Species At Risk Fair


Thanks to a Habitat Stewardship Program grant and the Salt Spring Island Conservancy, five classes of students at Salt Spring Elementary School have been studying “Species at Risk”. This work culminated in a Species at Risk Fair on March 13th. Student engagement was evident as they presented on species that ranged from the Threaded Vertigo … Read More

Fernwood Student Video on Canada 150 Site


In the weeks leading up to the winter break, Corbin Roome created a video introduction to Salt Spring Island. Corbin was supported by his grade 5 teacher at Fernwood School, Andrew McPhee. The video is part of a C3—Coast to Coast to Coast—celebration of Canada’s 150 years since Confederation. The collection of videos show the … Read More

GISS to National Improv Finals in Ottawa


You know that old saying, “You have to play the Mayne Island Agricultural Hall before you can play the National Arts Centre”? It is so exciting for these six improvisors from Mayne, Pender and Salt Spring Islands (grades 9-12) to be going to the Canadian Improv Games national finals in Ottawa, our nation’s capital. Having … Read More

40+ Workshops at GISS’ first Mental Wellness Summit


GISS’s first Mental Wellness summit served as a fantastic initiative to open up the discussion about mental health and wellness by providing an abundance of information and resources. As a student who feels the every-day pressures of achieving academic success, along with the constant nagging thoughts of post-secondary education and balancing a personal life, it … Read More

Time to Teach, Time for Tech


Is there anything more enjoyable than having time to try, to experiment and to explore? In Andrew’s McPhee’s Grade 5 classroom on Salt Spring Island, learning is measured as you observe the growth of students’ interest and problem-solving skills when confronted with various technology challenges. A recipient of one of SET-BC’s 2016-17 Classroom Based Solutions, … Read More