Recently the middle school learners had the honour of spending the morning with First Nations artist Charles Elliott, Jeff Corntassel, teacher of Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria, and his daughter Leila, one of our elementary students. We met up with them at the bottom of P’KOLS (which you may know as Mt. Douglas). The visit began with [...]
It all started when I received an email inviting us to a charrette. A what? A web search came up with this definition “an intense period of design or planning activity.” The message came from Diana Studer, a thesis student in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Architecture Syllabus program. Her final project was leading children through a design [...]
Tomorrow is Earth Day! This week we celebrated by taking the kids on a nurdle hunt. (Yes, you read that right.) What are they? Nurdles are small plastic pellets about the size of lentils that are poured into moulds and melted into plastic products. Transportation accidents and mishandling by industry results in billions of nurdles spilled into the ocean each [...]
The primary class children are rapt. Listening closely to a self-deprecating gray duckling, they shout “you’re not ugly!” Next up is a beaver with outsize teeth, followed by an orange frog that explains his philosophy of life. Tim Gosley is in the house! Switching personalities and voices in the blink of an eye, he takes the children through an adventure [...]
When I was a child, I was a “maker”. I think I came by it naturally, because my father was an engineer. Whenever I had the chance, I made things. (I also took things apart. Sometimes I was even able to successfully put them back together again!) All that was fascinating to me. However, that was before the days of [...]
Wondering why EBS students have suddenly gone puppet mad? Tim Gosley, a Victoria puppeteer who has worked on the television programs Fraggle Rock, Sesame Park, and Caillou, is our official Artist in the Classroom this year. Through an ArtStarts in Schools Grant, Tim will be with us for several months working with all four classrooms teaching the magic of puppets and puppetry!