Sustenance Anthology

Last year, Divisions 16, 17 and 18 worked on a food project, and some students wrote submissions to a book about food called “Sustenance”.  The editor’s name is Rachel Rose, who is the poet laureate for Vancouver.  That means that she read all of the submissions and chose the ones she wanted to put together into a book.

We talked about the criteria and writing for an audience and then we wrote poems or fiction or non-fiction on our own or in partners.  Jody typed them up and sent them in.  A few months later, we heard that six of our current or last years students were chosen to be published in the book, and this month, the book came out.  Those students (and Jody) are now published authors!

The book was released at the Writers’ Festival this year and the first printing already sold out.

To find out more information about the book, you can search on the internet or read them here!  Miranda says we will have a copy in the library soon.

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Engineers Without Borders Update

This time, when Division 17 and 18 worked on our project, we looked at our main need that we will be working on.
Some of the needs we are focusing on are:

  • reduced costs for public transportation for students
  • safe and spaces for scooters and skateboards at school
  • increase the number of beekeepers in the city
  • water bottle filling stations in the school
  • faster internet at school
  • help for homeless people in the winter

Today we talked about the causal loop diagram from earlier in the project and used it to narrow down our topics as well as connecting problems, issues and solutions.

We also worked on answering questions about how your issue affects people, and to define how our issue is a need.  We also looked at how our solutions will come into affect and whose life will it improve, and how will you make up your solution.

We also thought about what we need to research before we get started.

Overall, we had a great time and our goal for our project was clearer at the end of the day.

by Naruto Shippeden Fan 1747 and Do it for da Hwin

 

 

 

 

Physical Education

So far in this school year in PE we have been playing many fun games that help us improve our skills. The main games that we have been playing have been different types of dodgeball including prison ball, elimination dodgeball and benchball. Some other games that we’ve been playing includes bucketball, European handball, sideline basketball and four corner soccer.  Probably the most fun physical education activity that we have sometimes been doing is bowling at Grandview Lanes.  These help us get better at aim and coordination because it improves our concentration so we can do stuff similar to it and better.  It also helps improve teamwork in our team games and can also make friendships.

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Buddies

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Buddy time is by far one of my favourite times of the week.  If you don’t know what buddies is, I’ll fill you in.  Buddies at Charles Dickens is a time where the older grade 5, 6, 7 classes pair up with the younger Kindergarten, grade 1, 2 classes and help them read and write and do fun things like going outside and playing games. Overall, I think it’s a great experience for the smaller kids.

Sometimes a big buddy from the upper classes gets paired with more than one small buddy but that’s only if there’s more small buddies than big buddies.  The big buddies normally like getting two buddies so it’s not like getting two buddies is a problem.  The big buddies also really like just playing and bonding with the little kids.

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Every Monday we go down to Buddies to read to them and often they read to us.  Sometimes we go outside and play with them.  When they read to us they learn how to read and when we read to them they learn how to listen.  Sometimes we go outside to play and have fun with them on the playground or spaceball.

I think that some people are playing with their buddies at recess and lunch.  I also think that it’s important to be nice and helpful to the little buddies.  Some people have two or three buddies and these people are very lucky.  The classes who have buddy time are often grade 5,6,7 classes and often the grade 6 and 7 have 2-3 buddies but maybe a grade 5 might also.  And that is not an easy thing to do for a grade 4 first time, having more than one buddy!

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Engineers Without Borders Youth Venture Project

Yesterday we had our first introductory lesson with Ilakkiyan and Christopher about our project for this term.  It’s called the Youth Venture program and it’s run by Engineers Without Borders (EWB), which is an organization made up of UBC students.

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Ilakkiyan                                                                                                    Christopher

Here is the link UBC EWB

When they came yesterday, they told us about their organization and what they do.  They go around and help people but they do it in a specific way.  Instead of dropping off 1,000 bottles of water and making a band-aid solution, they work on long term solutions and go to the communities they are working with and help the people learn about their situation and ask for their advice because they’re the people and it needs to work for them.  Instead, they might install a water pump and teach the people to use it and then stay there to make sure it works in their culture.

They showed us an example of a play pump, which the engineers designed, where the kids were supposed to play with a carousel and this would work a well to draw water to a containment centre where the water could be used for farms.  Engineers Without Borders thought it was a good idea because it took the power of play and helped everyone to stay alive with water. It turned out not to work because the culture had different roles for kids and the adults ended up using the pump and it was built for kids.  Maybe instead they could have used a machine instead!

We gave examples of band-aid solutions and long term solutions and talked about systems thinking, but we’re not quite sure what that means yet.  It was like dipping our toes in, because when the project emerges, we’ll learn more about it.

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The Youth Venture Program will have us working in groups to look at problems and solutions and the Engineers Without Borders will be our mentors to help us push our group project forward.

Over this term, they will be doing weekly check-ins and lessons with us as well as just learning with them, we will be learning with Jody and Tami and Karim when he gets back and we will send them updates of our ideas so they can analyse them and think of way for us to learn.

Today, we worked with their questions and thought about unmet needs in our school and community.  We identified the difference between a need and a want.

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We are looking forward to more of these kinds of activities!

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