Camosun Partners on Trades Program for Gulf Islands Students

2017/09/07

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

2017/06/30

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

2017/06/29

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

2017/06/23

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

2017/06/14

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

2017/06/09

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

2017/06/01

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

School Trustees Report Monthly on Strategic Plan Progress

2017/05/31

Each month school trustees provide focused reports at the monthly school board meeting about work at each Gulf Islands school. The reports relate to actions at each school that align with one of the objectives found in the School Board’s Strategic Plan (2016-19). During the month of May the trustees’ reported actions that “Enhance and … Read More

Large ‘Numbers’ Engaged at Math Night

2017/05/17

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

2017/05/10

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