Navigate/NIDES chosen as Provincial Online Learning School

News Release – NIDES-Navigate chosen as Provincial Online Learning candidate Navigate/NIDES to be a provincial online learning school COMOX, VALLEY B.C. – Comox Valley Schools has been successful in their bid to become a provincial Online Learning School (POLS). SD 71’s Navigate/NIDES is the largest online school provider in British Columbia. “This is good news […]

Puntledge Park Reading Raccoons Victorious Again

The Puntledge Park  Reading Raccoons came out on top of the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Reading Link Challenge! This fun group of Grade 4/5 students undertook to read 6 novels with special attention to trivia-level detail and participated in weekly practices in which they answered questions about the books.  Round 1 of the challenge involved […]

Comox Valley Schools dominate at the Canadian Improv Games

Comox Valley Schools dominated the Canadian Improv Games with Highland’s team “Technically…It’s improv” winning the senior competition for the first time. SD 71 schools also won the junior competition for students in Grades 7-10, with the “Senior Junior” team from Isfeld and Vanier’s junior team the Awkward Elbows tying for first place overall. “These kids […]

New Indigenous-Focused Graduation Requirement

As part of the provincial government’s commitments to truth, reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, the Ministry of Education is implementing a mandatory course or bundle of credits related to Indigenous Peoples as part of graduation requirements in British Columbia. The new requirement will build on the education sector’s work to date, to incorporate Indigenous content into […]

Puntledge Archery Team – Competing in Provincials and having fun!

Over the past two months, all Grade 6 and 7 students at Ecole Puntledge Park had the opportunity to try archery with the National Archery in the Schools Program ( NASP.) Students had two or three sessions in the school gym – converted to archery range and many got to try a sport that was entirely […]

Fresh Air Fridays and more! SD 71’s StrongStart programs are in full swing…

Every week you can find StrongStart out and about in the community enjoying “Fresh Air Fridays”! At these events families will find materials to engage with playful exploration with their child and have the opportunity to meet other children and parents. Our StrongStart facilitators provide expertise in play and supporting parents on the journey of […]

First ever Indigenous Rugby Day in SD 71 was a hit!

The first ever Indigenous Rugby Day in SD 71 was a big hit with participants as over 80 Indigenous students from Comox Valley Schools in Grades 6 to 8 attended for a day of skills training and flag rugby games held at G.P Vanier Secondary School. Local Elder Fernanda Paré (traditional name is Nageg) of […]

SD 71 School Cycling Program wraps successful spring season

This spring, hundreds of students took part in SD 71’s School Cycling Program.  Hornby and Denman were the final schools participating in the School Cycling Program for 2021/2022 school year.  A total of 7 school participated this year.  Next year, the remaining elementary schools will be in the 2022-23 school year rotation.  We’d like to send […]

Secondary School Art Show – Pearl Ellis Art Gallery – May 5-28

Running from May 5-28, Visionaries is a showcase of art by the senior secondary students of Mark R. Isfeld, G.P. Vanier and Highland high schools. With a wide array of works being presented in a number of different mediums, the exhibition is well worth a visit to see the creativity of our community’s talented, young […]

Minecraft Challenge Winners Announced

Comox Valley Schools Minecraft Challenge winners announced Comox Valley Schools is very pleased to announce the winners of the Comox Valley Schools Minecraft Build Challenge. Students were challenged to look at the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, choose a problem that inspires them, and craft a solution that may have an impact on our community […]