On Friday, Junior School teachers and Administration participated in an Indigenous workshop led by two elders from the Musqueam and Squamish nations and ethnobotanists, Jeri Sparrow and Cease Wyss. The workshop began with a cedar cleanse to cleanse their bodies of negative spirits and energy. They shared First Nations traditions with a focus on personal wellness and explained that mixing different indigenous herbs creates relaxation. Jeri and Cease also told stories about their family communities and residential school experiences. They expressed their emotions toward the disregard for residential schools treatment of First Nations peoples. One of the highlights from the morning was their optimism about the aboriginal education of the next generation and they were so pleased to visit our school.
The Kindergarten students, teachers and family members enjoyed a rain-free day at the pumpkin patch on Wednesday. The children were very excited to play in the hay, dance to music and ride the wagon to pick a pumpkin in the field. The children were buzzing with excitement on the bus ride to the pumpkin patch and on the trip home, the bus was silent as the children were exhausted from all the fun they had with their friends outside in the crisp, fresh air. Have a fun time carving your pumpkins, Kindies!
Last week was Walk to School Week and it was a great success! Thank you to all of the students and staff who participated by walking more than three blocks to school. At the drop off location by Kitsilano Ice Rink, Student Council and Grade 5 Leadership students greeted their fellow students and walked them to school. Even though it was chilly some mornings, everyone seemed to be having an enjoyable experience walking to school.