GISS Improv, National Champions


The Canadian Improv Games are a national theatre competition that started in Ottawa in 1977. Over the years a number of notable Canadian performers have got their start on the CIG stage including Sandra Oh, Seth Rogan, Alanis Morissette and Tatiana Maslany. Having started in 1977 means that this year is the Fortieth Anniversary for … Read More

Time to Teach, Time for Tech: Part Two


The first networked elementary computer lab in British Columbia was located at Fernwood School in the late 1980s where students were fully engaged programming with Logo and Hypercard in problem solving situations. Students worked in small groups with advanced concepts like recursion—which most adults would find challenging. Skip to 2017 and we see engagement, problem-solving … Read More

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