Connections program relates to real world

School District 71 is launching program that intertwines outdoor recreation with environmental, community and social justice issues.

School District 71 is launching an innovative program this September that intertwines outdoor recreation and active living with environmental, community and social justice issues.

The Connections program is designed for Grade 10 and 11 students who are interested in what’s going on in the community and relating their classroom learning to the ‘real world’ in practical ways. Several days each week, students will explore learning opportunities that will take them outside of the traditional classroom.

The Connections program offers an opportunity for students to receive 32 credits, all within a supportive student-teacher environment of 28 students and two teachers.

Credits for Physical Education 10 and/or Fitness 12 will be gained through outdoor activities that take place in our local natural areas.  Students will gain workplace skills as they explore their interests and volunteer with community organizations as part of their Work Experience course.

Twenty-first Century skills such as collaboration, creative problem-solving, critical thinking and effective use of technology will develop as students work together to investigate what’s important to them and their community.

A parent-student information session will be held June 10 at 7 p.m. at Glacier View Secondary Centre for anyone interested in learning more about this new program.

For more information about the program or this meeting, contact Sue Diederichs at sue61.diederichs@sd71.bc.ca or 250-338-2752, ext. 4-1, or Rob Prescott at rob.prescott@sd71.bc.ca or 250-338-2752, ext. 6.

— School District 71