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

Supporting Gardens in SD64 Gulf Islands


Recommendations to support gardens at each of the schools made to the Gulf Islands SD64 Board of Education by presenters Robin Jenkinson, Toby Carson, and Katharine Byers on February 28, 2018. Common Strengths and Values Several links to the District strategic plan: Gets kids outside, healthy learning outdoors Strong community partnerships Opportunities for mentorship District … Read More

GISS Improv Team Bats 0.429!


GISS Improv is returning to Ottawa for the sixth time to compete in the Canadian Improv Games national competition, where they hope to reach their highest potential as performers and transform into one great fire-breathing being with five heads, five hearts, and a batting average of 0.429. These improvisers will spend the next two months … Read More

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