Yesterday, in the sunshine, we held the official opening of the Nature Kindergarten pilot at Sangster Elementary. Thank you to Lavina Charles and Shirley Alphonse for the traditional opening and welcome to the local territories. Many thanks also to Wendy Hobbs, Board Chair, and Paul Corns, Royal Roads University, for your words of support and praise. A huge thank you to Principal Maureen Lauren, her staff, student and parent helpers who prepared for and hosted the event.
It was special to hear the voices of Sangsters’ students sing two environmental songs. The words of the songs you sung were an inspiration to all!
A short CTV clip that was filmed during and after yesterday’s opening. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYj-Cf3lrxA&feature=youtu.be
A short Shaw TV clip that was filmed during and after yesterday’s opening. http://youtu.be/Ty53qhO8N8g
News story in the Vancouver Sun www.vancouversun.com%2fnews%2fStudents%2bclassroom%2bexperience%2f7329675%2fstory.html
News story in the Times Colonist www.timescolonist.com%2flife%2fGiving%2byoung%2bstudents%2btaste%2bnature%2f7321572%2fstory.html
I read about this in the TC and it looks like a wonderful program. If it were offered in Nanaimo I’d definitely consider sending my children to it, the only other competition would be French Immersion. However, the benefits of learning and playing in nature every day in elementary school competes in my mind with the benefit of a second language. It’s great to see some progressive food for thought happening in the education system. Best of luck!