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

Hands-on Inquiry-based Science is Funded


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


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


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


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


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