Student Feedback on Exploring Forest and Sea


Students from Phoenix Place and GISS visited W̱ EN,NÁ,NEĆ (pronounced ‘kwaneenech’, meaning facing toward Saanich’, and located on Tsawout land near Fulford Village on Salt Spring Island. They explored the ecology of Forest & Sea and Indigenous knowledge. Below are student reflections based on these questions: what did you like most? (what was the highlight … Read More

Phoenix student Anika wins Biodiversity Award


Learning Partners student, Anika Otsu, has won a BC-wide art competition promoting biodiversity. The Learning Partners program offers flexible learning options for students at Phoenix Elementary. Anika received a message that her “artwork ‘Midnight Barn Owl’ has been selected as a winner of the Wild Postcard Project @ British Columbia 2018 competition!!!! On behalf of … Read More

Youth Leadership Project Connects Tsawout & Pender Youth


The Tsawout Learning House in Saanich and Pender Island School came together to nurture new connections and understandings between youth. This reconciliation initiative involved twelve middle years students who came together weekly for eight full days of learning, connecting, understanding and creating friendships. This occurred through many shared experiences. Students learned about their shared and … Read More

Rich Learning Harvested from Gulf Islands School Gardens


Presented to Board of Trustees of Gulf Islands Schools by Robin Jenkinson, Toby Carson, and Katharine Byers on February 28, 2018. Robin and Toby are parent and volunteer, and Katharine is a teacher at Salt Spring Elementary. School gardens are a valuable resource for all our schools. At Salt Spring Elementary they have offered a … Read More