A Busy September at ICS!

Our first few weeks at ICS have been filled with so many different activities for the whole school to take part in. The Terry Fox Run, Orange Shirt Day, and our annual Walkathon all contribute to building the strong community found within our Little Blue School and in the wider world.

“It’s got to keep going without me” - Terry Fox, 1980

38 years later . . . ICS continues to support Terry’s commitment

to raise money for cancer research.

  Every Child Matters . . . ICS supports Orange Shirt Day.

Every Child Matters . . . ICS supports Orange Shirt Day.

Students and parents walk 10 km to Locarno Beach and back. Some of the funds raised support our sister schools in Haiti and Vietnam.

Celebrating a "New" School and a New School Year!

We are thrilled to be back in our seismically upgraded “Little Blue School” with familiar faces, and to be welcoming all of our new community members. We wish to express our immense gratitude to all those who have played a part in the planning, construction, moving, and putting back together of ICS these past months. Our first day of school was filled with the excitement of a ribbon cutting ceremony, a procession into the school, and the opening of the new intermediate playground.

Our Grade Seven students lead us in prayer during the first assembly of the year and a member of the Seismic Upgrade Committee gave a presentation to the students about the changes made to our school building over the summer so that we will be safe in the event of an earthquake.

We wish everyone a joyful 2018-19 school year!

Celebrating First Holy Communion!

On Sunday April, 29th, I received my First Communion. My mom, dad, friends and teacher were there. I wore a white gown. Father Paul was the priest. I received the Eucharist and it was great. Then, we had a big party in the gym. It was a fabulous celebration. I felt so blessed. 

Written by at Grade Two Student

A Visit to UBC's First Nations House of Learning

At the end of April, the Kindergarten students were fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the UBC First Nations House of Learning and the Xwi7xwa Library.  During this trip we participated in a variety of hands-on Literacy, Social Studies and Fine Arts activities. We also enjoyed an amazing tour of the Longhouse.  The children were fascinated by the spectacular house posts!

Celebrating Pi Day!

The fourteenth of March was a very special day for the grade sevens of Immaculate Conception School. This was because it was National Pi Day. As you may know, the most well known numbers and decimals of pi are 3.14, and the date was 3/14 (the third month, March and the fourteenth day). On this day, the Grade Sevens not only celebrated pi, but pie as well. There was a pi memorization contest, where one of our contestants had an astonishing amount of digits memorized: 122! There was also a no-hands pie eating contest of mini tart shells and blueberry or strawberry rhubarb filing, which got pretty entertaining. Another of the activities was “The Pi Hunt.” The object of the game was to find the circumference of a circular shaped  object by using string, and then measuring the string. Then, each group had to find the diameter of the object by using a ruler. Finally, we had to find the pi of the object, by dividing the circumference by the diameter. Whoever was the closest to the exact digits of pi, won. There was also regular pie for those who did not want to hurl mini pies down their throats. (I was one of them.) All in all, it was a very “filling day!” For those of you who celebrate a birthday on Pi Day, firstly, happy birthday, and secondly, I hope you enjoyed your pie over cake!

Studying Salmon

Over the past months, the Grade One students of Immaculate Conception School have been studying the life cycle and anatomy of different types of salmon. On March 12th, the Grade Ones, alongside their Grade Seven buddies, were able to take part in a once in a lifetime experience - the dissection of a sockeye salmon. A leader in the area of salmon enhancement took us through the intricate steps of a dissection. He highlighted the outer parts of a salmon such as the fins, mouth, eyes, and lateral line. Alongside our buddies, we drew a chart comparing and contrasting a salmon’s body with standard human anatomy. We also studied the salmon’s innards! Both classes oohed and ahhed at the fascinating sight of the salmon’s organs such as the swim bladder, heart, liver, as well as the long awaited brain.

Overall, both classes loved the intriguing sights and the interesting facts they gathered from an exciting day in Grade One!

Holy Thursday Retreat

On Holy Thursday, the community of Immaculate Conception school held its annual spiritual retreat. Family groups, comprised of students from each grade, gathered for opening and closing prayers in the church, planned and led by our Grade Seven class. In between the prayer services, the students participated in three breakout sessions focusing on the Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil.

Our retreat leader invited parents and the Grade Seven students to reflect upon and explore the blessings of these holy days. The retreat was a spirit-filled experience for all of us!

Kindergarten students take their learning to the forest . . .

At the end of January, the Kindergarten students began a weekly Forest Exploration Program at Chaldecott and Pacific Spirit Parks.  Our goals for this inquiry journey were to explore the forest using our senses, gather student ideas and “wonder” questions, acquire new information to address our questions, share our discoveries, and develop an appreciation for the environment. 

Studies indicate that outdoor learning has physical, mental, cognitive and social-emotional benefits.  In addition, outdoor learning helps children to overcome adversity, to enhance personal and social development and to deepen their relationship with nature.

Garden Buddies Get a Head Start!

We really dug into the dirt yesterday as we investigated what soil is and how it’s made.  We found out that while all soil is comprised of 4 main elements: minerals, water, air and organic material, it’s structure varies greatly depending on the proportions of each of these elements.  Simply by feeling 4 different types of soil (forest loam, garden loam, clay soil and sandy soil) the students were able to quickly determine which two soils plants would thrive in and why.  Not only do the forest and garden soils feel lighter, softer, and full of organic material, they also smell better!  Students even noticed little critters happily scurrying about in these two soils. 

Since much of our soil in B.C. is forest soil, we studied the soil layers found under our forest floor, and we also learned that only about 5% of the land in B.C. is suitable for growing crops.  This makes our farmland a precious and yet disappearing resource.  Our Grade 4 students have already participated in the process of making new soil by composting garden refuse so they know first hand just how long it takes to make quality new soil.  We discussed how all life on earth depends upon the health of our soil and how we should treat our top soil like the pure gold it is!

Winter Carnival Proceeds to Support Covenant House

In December, the Grade 7 class went to Covenant House to help sort out donations. Covenant House is an organization that helps youth aged 16-24 who don’t have a home or family to take care of them. All the money collected from the carnival will help Covenant House with their expenses and what they need in order to support the youth they help.

If you weren't able to attend our carnival, or if you want to relive the fun-filled day, keep reading . . .

As I walk through the gym doors, I see a million different colours. Basketballs are flying crazily through the  air and then being chased. Kids are playing games, their pockets stuffed with candy and a cookie in their hands. Everybody is excited and can’t wait to try every activity. The photo booth has Christmas lights strung from a piano bench, the ice fishing station has a green screen and a fishing pole to take pictures with.

People are singing along to the Disney music. Everything looks like a lot of fun and the money that is being brought in is all going towards Covenant Houses’ new building. Right when you walk in, you see a beautifully decorated booth with bowls of multi-coloured icing and rainbow sprinkles. The vibrant reds and greens of the toppings look perfect when layered on top of a tasty sugar cookie. When I look the other way, I see people throwing basketballs and a  line a mile long with kids waiting patiently for a chance to shoot the balls and get a candy cane reward. Behind that, there is another station with kids standing in front of it. They are holding poles with strings and a magnet on the end. As I look closer, I see a kid pull up his pole and triumphantly take a little fish off the end; the ice fishing booth looks exciting.

Across from that, the snowflake booth has little white pieces of paper strewn all over their table and kids are laughing while they cut out different kinds of snowflakes. At the back of the gym, there are tennis balls and soccer balls, tunnels and tables all set up into an obstacle course. Kids are throwing, running, and jumping with others cheering them on. Finally, in the back corner, there are camera flashes and people holding silly props against their faces to give them a moustache or a funny pair of glasses. There is a black background and Christmas decorations around the bench. All of the booths have a fun and exciting look to them and every little detail makes it look like the perfect Winter Carnival.