Discovery Week: Earn, Save, then Travel
Every May during Island Pacific School Discovery Week, each grade embarks on their own unique week-long adventure. Students must first raise $175 through their own fundraising efforts. 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 and supports numerous aspects of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB-MYP) education curriculum.
It’s all about teamwork in various forms for the Grade 6’s middle school activities. Extensive trust and cooperation exercises on the ropes course at Camp Bow-Isle, learning to sail at the West Vancouver Yacht Club and a 719 m hike up Bowen’s own Mt. Gardner.
Students head to the Clayoquot Sound area of Ucluelet and Tofino. Visits to the Tofino Museum and the catch and release Ucluelet Aquarium to learn about local marine biodiversity. They join a Nuu-chah-nulth guide for a group canoe paddle in a hand crafted dugout canoe with a guided walk to the Big Tree Trail in the old growth rainforest in the Tribal Park on Meares Island. The highlight of the week are surf lessons on long beach!
The Sail and Life Training Society (SALTS) leave Victoria’s Inner Harbour and tour the Gulf Islands aboard two heritage tall ships, Pacific Swift and Pacific Grace. This all-hands-on-deck sail training focusses on teamwork, biology, math, physics and navigation through experiential learning tools.
This trip to Québec City, en français, expands our students’ understanding of what it means to be Canadian. Middle School activities and highlights include: Guided tours through museums, bistros, McGill University, and Ultimate with the students from Seminaire de Quebec—a sister independent school founded in 1668.