Over the past few years, our school team has been on a wonderful journey. They have embraced learning, everywhere. I have said before that we are very fortunate to be located where we are in such a beautiful town and with such amazing greenspace readily available. Early on in our school’s journey, our staff began accessing those spaces to explore learning beyond the four walls of the classroom. Those initial steps led us to a much larger journey.

Along the way, we also sought out student voice in what our outdoor learning spaces could be: dots

Students and staff developed a vision for materials that could support both outdoor learning as well as recess times. We included our School Council in those discussions as well as we considered costs, accessibility, equity of access, risk management, materials that would engage learners and a plan that would sustain our work for several years.

We were able to implement a lot of materials fairly quickly such as this Mud Kitchen for our FDK yard:kitchen.jpg

and…recess games:

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Over the past year we have also been able to develop a plan for a wide variety of materials to support our classroom programming. You may have noticed our recent addition to our grounds:

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Of course, it is really what is on the inside that counts…

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Thanks to a dedicated outdoor learning committee of staff at our school, our collective vision has now become a reality. We are one of the few schools to have such materials and to have them readily accessible for all classes to use. And wow, are they using them! signout.jpg largeWith a focus on loose parts, our outdoor storage is the culmination of four years worth of hard work that did indeed include students, staff and our community. What a time to celebrate now.

Yesterday, we were honoured to host a professional learning session at our school led by Tanya Murray, a consultant in our board.  Staff from across the board were able to access our outdoor learning spaces and peruse our learning materials:

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Could staff professional learning get any better than this?

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What is most exciting is that our journey has really just started.

Here’s to learning…everywhere…

Mr. Collins

Child Care provider information

Please see the following information from our Child Care Provider:Exploration Camp Mt Albert

Mingle at Munsch

We are looking forward to our Mingle at Munsch event tomorrow.

Join us starting at 4 p.m. for our BBQ as well as three workshops on well being and work in equity and inclusive education. Our workshops will be located on the main floor near the office. They will run from 4 – 5:30 p.m.. Information on the workshops will be posted at the BBQ table and School Council table outside.

At 6 p.m. we will have performances in the gym. Our first round of grade one performers should be in room 126 at 5:45  p.m. and all sign language club performers in room 129 at 5:45 ready for our 6 o’clock start. We will then have a brief intermission at 6:20 p.m. to allow our grade 2/3 performers to set up. At 6:15 p.m. grade 2s and 2/3 should go to room 121 and grade 3s should meet in the multipurpose room with their recorders and sunglasses.

At this point, we have had over 400 people RSVP that they will be attending. Parking will be very limited so we recommend as many families walk as they can to the school tomorrow night. The weather looks good and it should be a great night.

See everyone soon,

Mr. Collins