Exploring History, One Step at a Time

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 [...]

July 17th, 2017|News|

Centennial Square redesign ‘charrette’

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 [...]

May 5th, 2017|News|

Nurdle Hunting for Earth Day 2017

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 [...]

April 21st, 2017|News|

Grants (and puppets!) provide learning opportunities

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 [...]

April 6th, 2017|News|

Bring the Maker Movement Home

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 [...]

March 13th, 2017|News|

The Puppet Invasion of 2017!

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!

February 27th, 2017|News|