Bringing the Outdoors into Classrooms

Comox Valley Schools has taken a bold step forward in enhancing environmental learning opportunities by creating a new teaching position that will be responsible for integrating the outdoors with the education curriculum.
The School District recently hired Serina Allison as the districts first Environmental and Outdoor Education Lead Teacher.
The District is building upon the opportunities already created to help educate youth about the unique and diverse environment that exists in our region.
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A New Board of Education is Sworn In

Seven trustees took an Oath of Office at Tuesday's inaugural board meeting marking the start of a new four-term for Comox Valley Schools Board of Education.
The Board of Education belongs to the BC School Trustee Association (BCSTA) whose mission is to support and advocate for a high-quality public education system as the foundation of a democratic society. Improving student achievement is the key work of locally elected boards of education.
Janice Caton resumes her position as Board Chair with newly elected trustee Tonia Frawley voted in as Vice Chair. Each will serve a one-year term.
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Everybody Deserves a Smile (EDAS) campaign officially underway

EDAS is in its 15th year, and the 2018 campaign is now underway. Led by École Puntledge Park students and staff, 15 other Comox Valley schools have joined and will start filling more than 1,100 homemade care packages for the homeless and needy for Christmas. Donations can be drop off at designated locations until December 10th.

We thank the many individuals in our school and throughout the community who devote their time and energy to our EDAS campaign. We are also grateful to the district Board of Education and the Senior Leadership Team for the encouragement, participation, and contribution that has helped with the project success year after year.
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Valley students smash pumpkins for a strong cause

Secondary students at G.P. Vanier are raising awareness on a little-known organization in the Comox Valley that has been steadily growing in notoriety over the past three years.
The organization is known as Jack Dot Org (, and this week students participated in the Smash the Stigma event that involved the annihilation of several is now in its third year at Vanier, and school counselor Heather Riedle has been overseeing her young leaders apply the principles of the program to heighten awareness.
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Qualicum and Comox Valley school districts bids farewell to visionary leader with passion for outdoor education

After 30 years as the Manager and Executive Director of the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre, Gordon Campbell is retiring. Under his leadership, vision and passion, a simple camp for tent usage only transformed into a vibrant multi-purpose education centre equipped for team-building, leadership training and recreational use for school students, community partners and adults. Today, more than 60,000 campers have enjoyed this unique site for recreational and educational purposes.
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Tech Grants are having a positive impact on Valley Students

In a recent community publication called The Exchange, produced and distributed by Best Buy, Courtenay Elementary school is featured for being one of the company's 2017 tech grant recipients. The grant is to help equip classrooms across Canada with technology to enhance learning and to inspire students in STEAM activities.
Find out how they used their grant and its impact on a Grade4/5 class.
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Meeting Students Where They're At, The Arden Way

This month's Education Committee meeting was dedicated to celebrating four years of public education success in the Comox Valley. Trustees reflected on the many innovative, inquisitive and inclusive ways in which education is designed and delivered Iin our schools to help students achieve their very best. We shine the spotlight on one of those incredible success stories happening at Arden Elementary.
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