Large ‘Numbers’ Engaged at Math Night


About one hundred people attended Math Night on the evening of Tuesday, April 26th. Mathematicians young and old came together in the multipurpose room at GISS to engage in mathematics, explore puzzles and experience some hands on mathematics. Richard Hoshino, a professor at Quest University in Squamish, was on hand to share stories of how … Read More

Communicating Student Learning Forum – May 5


The SD64 K-12 Innovation Partnership — a Postscript With just two months remaining in the second year of BC’s K-12 Innovation Partnership project, about 25 educators from Gulf Islands schools gathered for a project review. The May 5th review was about the Communicating Student Learning initiative with our focus on enhancing student ownership of learning … Read More

Rammed Earth Garden Project


How did the Rammed Earth project at SSE come about?   The Hillside Garden project at Salt Spring Elementary School is coordinated by the SSE PAC Garden Committee, a group led by about eight parents with five teachers involved. The group is focused on helping expand outdoor gardening opportunities at SSE. Transformation of the hillside … Read More

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

Improv at ArtSpring


Last night’s GISS IMPROV show was a classic with GISS Seniors (heading to Ottawa for the Nationals) and Juniors. During the show a number of Improv ‘alumni’ were called onstage to join in the hilarity. View 100 (unedited) images from the show here. Performers may use the images for their personal use. photos: John Cameron

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

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