September 21st 2018
It was a busy week! One school had Meet the staff night complete with stamping passports for chances to win prizes at the end of the night. Great idea. I had displays about topics being taught in the Learning Commons and more displays of ocean/whales/coastal FN in the hall. French Immersion parents shared my space promoting the French Immersion program at WKE.
I spent the week researching about the 4 clans represented around town. On Friday during the Pro-D I got to spend the morning with another Teacher Librarian at the high school touring the gorgeous school and learning about some history of the area. It was quite fascinating! The Learning Commons was modern and comfy hosting its own cappuccino machine and very comfy furniture. There were cultural rooms, art rooms, languages, metal work, automotive, drama, dance, weight room, music sound room, home ec, textiles, cool computer programming, several science labs, etc. They also have won the provincial snowboarding championships for multiple years!
The art rooms were well stocked and there was lots of colourful and exciting art and First Nations work displayed. I sent photos to my friend Kathleen who was an innovative art teacher in sd85 but was battling with cancer. She loved the art! It was one of the last messages we exchanged as tragically she lost her battle with cancer on October 9th. 😭😳💔
In the photos above, There are photos of the truth and reconciliation project the entire school participated in. The tree at the front has 6 roots representing FN bands . There are six local First Nations bands (Burns Lake, Lake Babine, Cheslatta, Wet’suwet’en, Skin Tyee and Nee Tahi-Buhn.) and there are 4 clans in this area. I’ll post about that next post. Every student and staff created one feather with a message to be cast in metal and form the wings on the stunning eagle which stands so magestically watching over the entrance of the high school. Well done Lakes District Secondary School!