Grade 11 French Immersion students at GISS presented their Independent Directed Studies projects to SIMS French Immersion students, parents and francophone community members.
Below is a letter from a parent who was in attendance, followed by a response from a community member:
Bonsoir, I just wanted to say what a fantastic job your students did on their projects today. The kids I talked to all knew their subjects in great depth and some even took their research and applied it. Many had mentoring from community or family members, and all of them provided a window into what can be accomplished for the middle school students who are preparing to enter high school. When I got home there was a handwritten letter in the mail from my niece in Vancouver who is in grade 4. She told me her favourite part about school this year was the passion project that she got to do about ocean animals. These types of self-directed projects are so valuable for kids of all ages and they learn so much from them. I know Thomas is already looking forward to what he might do in grade 11. Thank you for encouraging the kids to explore and for guiding them through the process.
I was so impressed by the projects I saw this morning. I only had time to see 7 in real depth- Zama’s of course, Keila’s, the project of making the bow and arrow, the fashion and the dietary projects. the hydrogenated fats and the cloak-making project. Everyone was able to explain with clarity and enthusiasm and the results – wow!
One interesting thing I noticed was that for the dietary, fashion, bow and arrow and cloak-making projects students reported that they had had some help from a parent or grandparent and in 3 of those they commented on how this was a new and special relationship..! (Of course I always have an ear for the intergenerational connections!!)
I will be seeing Zama again at Writers’ Group after school and I hope that we can plant the seed for an Independent Study next year. I can see how she could explore all sorts of exciting scientific theories through her creative writing of science fiction…
Photos above: Media Arts student Aspen Erlandsson
Photo: Media Arts student Jamie Frith
Learning Story: Louise Doucet, French Immersion, Gulf Islands Secondary School