Every May during IPS Discovery Week, each grade embarks on their own unique week-long adventure. Designed with educational experiences relevant to each grade’s curriculum, Discovery Week provides opportunities for experiential learning outside of the classroom walls and supports numerous aspects of the IB-MYP.
It’s all about teamwork in various forms for the Grade 6’s. Extensive trust and cooperation exercises on the ropes course at Camp Bow-Isle, learning to sail at the West Vancouver Yacht Club and a day hike up Bowen’s own Mt. Gardner (elevation gain 719 metres). The 2014 week will be capped off by a cultural exchange with middle-school students visiting Camp Bow-Isle from Columbia.
In 2016, Grade 7s will return to the Gulf Islands Film & Television School (GIFTS). The school aims not only to equip students with theoretical and technical training in media production, but also increase confidence and self-worth.At the live-in facility on Galiano Island, students are immersed in a hands-on film making experience with industry professionals guiding them through each stage of the production process. This unique learning model has inspired and produced stunning transformational changes. The result is emerging media makers that can realize their true talent and potential. Every student leaves with a completed short film after the 6 day course.
In 2010, Grade 7 & 8 IPS students experienced the inaugural SALTS voyage and it was such a resounding success that IPS has repeated the trip annually. The Sail and Life Training Society (SALTS) mentors 1700 young people every year as they learn to sail a tall ship. Based out of Victoria’s Inner Harbour, and touring the local Gulf Islands, SALTS provides sail training aboard its two heritage tall ships, Pacific Swift and Pacific Grace.
During their sailing trip, Grade 8 IPS students get to work together on daily chores including scrubbing the deck, shining the copper trappings and raising the sails. They also partake in formal lessons on sailing theory, procedural drills and essential safety protocols. Biology lessons are taught in the intertidal zone of a coastal island and math and physics concepts are brought to life reading charts and plotting navigation routes. A significant effort is made by the SALTS crew to ensure linkages to the provincial school curriculum and learning outcomes.
The Grade 9 class travels to Québec with their French teacher during Discovery Week. The trip allows our students to practice communicating in Canada’s other official language and being totally immersed in French culture helps expand our students’ understanding of what it means to be Canadian.
The group visits both Montreal and Québec City—two amazing cities that are culturally very different from Vancouver and from each other as well. Highlights include: Guided tours through museums; evening meals in bistros; visiting McGill University; and establishing an Ultimate connection with the students from Seminaire de Quebec—a sister independent school that was founded in 1668.