GISS Students Offer Advice to BC Legislators


In October the grade 10 social studies class of Louise Doucet from the Gulf Islands Secondary School visited the Legislature. In a statement to the House on November 29th, MLA Adam Olsen reports out to Members of the Legislature excerpts of advice offered by Gulf Islands students to his colleagues in the Legislature.

Learning Experiences in GISS French Immersion


Over 140 Socials 9 and 10 students from GISS viewed and assessed a primary source exhibit called ‘The Uprooting’. The collection was assembled last year for the 75th Anniversary of the Japanese Internment and provides a pictorial timeline of Japanese culture and life on the west coast with an emphasis on Salt Spring Island families. … Read More

The Galiano Playground Story


Galiano Community School truly is a community school. Our playground project epitomizes what community can, and will do, when hearts and passions are united. What started off as a seed of a dream has blossomed in to an amazing reality. Almost two years ago a mom of a little guy in Kindie came in to … Read More

Camosun Partners on Trades Program for Gulf Islands Students


Gulf Islands Secondary students who participate in the Trades Awareness Skills and Knowledge program (T.A.S.K.) in grade 10, 11 or 12 launch into a career in the skilled trades. Students first spend a semester of hands-on learning, building tiny homes, attending Camosun College trades shops, and working in a trade area. Students focus on achieving … Read More

Final Assessment Projects


Benjamin Franklin is quoted saying: Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. Three years ago, I wanted to find a way for my Biology 12 students to have a deeper understanding of the human systems. We started with one biology class, 15 projects and 2 grade eight … Read More

Student Ambassadors to China Fascinated


This June, a Gulf Islands Secondary teacher and two Grade 9 students joined a larger delegation from British Columbia on a trip to China. The delegation was made up of educators and students from SD48 – Sea to Sky, S67 – Okanagan Skaha, and of course, SD64 – Gulf Islands. Their trip took them to … Read More

Welcome Figure Project Documented on Aboriginal Day


National Aboriginal Day was marked on June 21, 2017 with Galiano students documenting the Gulf Islands School District ‘Welcome Figure’ project. Galiano Community School’s middle years students are pleased to release their Welcome to the Gulf Islands short film that captures the essence of the journey thus far for the Welcome Figure. — contributions from … Read More

Hands-on Inquiry-based Science is Funded


Implementation funds are purchasing hands-on science kits for each school to support science inquiry for intermediate level students. The initiative, funded by the province, is targeted to provide resources that support the implementation of the redesigned curriculum. While the bulk of the funds have been directed towards technology for learning and other school-based resources, some … Read More

GISS Apprenticeship Students Receive Awards


Gulf Islands School district is celebrating 8 years of receiving grant funding to build capacity in Secondary School Apprenticeship. This program combines trades training which is 80% work-based and paid under an employer sponsor and 20% technical training. Each year, a $1000 scholarship is available to students who have graduated high school, maintained a C+ … Read More

Windsor House: Creating Learning Spaces without a Building


When we think about school, we often envisage a building with classrooms, a gym, and a playground. Is it really the building that makes the school? What can school look like without a building? During the 2016-17 school year, Windsor House school on the mainland has had to invent new ways of creating learning spaces … Read More