Beachcombers Academy grounds: students watch the oyster fishers and listen to the Sea Lions. An optional school bus service transports students from Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland and Buckley Bay/Denman Island.

Free children’s workshop at Fanny Bay’s Beachcombers Academy

Beachcombers Academy is offering a free “Ready Set Learn!” workshop for children entering preschool and kindergarten. Children will be invited to participate in a nature-inspired art project, enjoy the playground and will receive a gift. This is a good way to give a young child a positive first impression of school. While there is no cost, please pre-register for this free workshop by emailing The event will take place on Monday, Feb. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the school, located at 7375 Island Hwy., Fanny Bay.

The school will be open for tours for primary students and their families. Beachcombers Academy, an academic independent school, offers preschool through Grade 8 and has a bus service. Individual tours may also be booked.

Beachcombers Academy is in its 10th year of operation and has a unique curriculum that fosters a love of learning and a positive attitude towards academic achievement. The school has an enriched program that includes coastal science, water sports, music, art, a Respect & Kindness Program and nature-inspired programming.

Beachcombers Academy has a beautiful ocean-view location that lends itself to their coastal science and water sport programs. Research shows benefits in children’s cognitive development when exposed to nature.

Small class sizes allow teachers to give personalized support to each student. Research has found that children who attend small class size in primary school are more likely to “earn a [post-secondary] degree…and shifts students towards high-earning fields such as…science, technology, engineering and medicine, business and economics,” according to the 2011 US National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper.

For more information about the school and bus service see the website at or book a personalize tour by emailing or phoning 778-427-4007.


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