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Discovery Week: Experiential Learning Outside the Classroom Walls

Every May, each grade embarks on their own unique week-long adventure called Discovery Week. Students must first raise $175 through their own fundraising efforts.

⁠These experiences support numerous aspects of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB-MYP) education curriculum. Here’s a look into each grade’s incredible adventures this May — ⁠

Grade 6’s Marine Medley Trip: It’s all about teamwork and outdoor fun! Students spent the week hiking up Bowen’s own Mount Gardner, learning to sail at Tunstall Bay then kayaking from Snug Cove up the coast. They ended with trust and cooperation challenges on the ropes course and an overnight at Camp Bow-Isle⁠!⁠

Grade 7’s Ucluelet & Tofino Trip: Students headed to the Clayoquot Sound area of Ucluelet and Tofino. Visiting the Tofino Museum and the Ucluelet Aquarium to learn about local marine biodiversity. They did an afternoon guided tour of Pacific Rim Park with a campfire and BBQ cooked dinner on the beach. The highlight of the week were surf lessons on Long Beach!

Grade 8’s Flying U Ranch Trip: This fun-filled week of outdoor activities in the beautiful Cariboo region of BC took place at the oldest guest ranch in Canada, The Flying U Ranch. The itinerary included horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, evening campfires, hay rides, entertainment, yoga, archery and many other great activities.⁠

Grade 9’s Quebec City Trip: The Grade 9’s trip to Québec City, en français, expanded the students’ understanding of what it means to be Canadian. Middle School activities and highlights included guided tours through museums, bistros, McGill University, and Ultimate with the students from Seminaire de Quebec—a sister independent school founded in 1668. ⁠

Designed with educational experiences relevant to each grade’s education curriculum, Discovery Week provides opportunities for inquiry based learning and using experiential learning tools outside of the classroom walls. These experiences support numerous aspects of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB-MYP) education curriculum.⁠

Casey James
Director of Communications
Island Pacific School