News from Apr 2020

  • Deputy Minister's Bulletin, Special Update – April 29, 2020

    April 30, 2020

    FOR ACTION – Video Address from Dr. Bonnie Henry: Provincial Health Officer Dr.

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    FOR ACTION – Video Address from Dr. Bonnie Henry: Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has prepared a special video address to thank teachers, educational assistants and school staff for all their work during these unprecedented times. As we continue to flatten the COVID-19 curve in B.C., it is crucial that we maintain the supports established for the children of essential service workers and make sure we continue to expand the provision of in-person support for vulnerable students, and students with disabilities and diverse abilities. Please watch Dr. Henry’s video and share it with your colleagues.

    FOR INFO – Virtual Town Hall, Saturday, May 2, 1-2pm: Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Rob Fleming will be answering questions from children about COVID-19 during a virtual town hall that will be live streamed on News 1130’s Facebook page from 1 to 2pm on May 2. Details about the event and instructions for children to submit questions can be found on City News and News 1130's website.

    Contact educ.covid@gov.bc.ca if you have any questions.

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  • GNS Students get GOing with PHE

    April 16, 2020

    Students in our Middle and Senior Schools have been tackling a new Physical and Health Education (PHE) challenge to stay physically active. Grade 6 to Grade 12 students are participating in PHE GO!

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    Students in our Middle and Senior Schools have been tackling a new Physical and Health Education (PHE) challenge to stay physically active. Grade 6 to Grade 12 students are participating in PHE GO! (Gryphons Online!) Bingo as they aim to complete at least two lines of activities on an exercise-themed Bingo card.
    There is a wide range of activities for students to choose from, including:

    • 30 to 45-minute run/walk
    • 30-minute kickboxing/boxercise
    • 30-minute yoga class
    • Walk 10,000 steps on a Fitbit or step tracker
    • Create and complete an in-home obstacle course
    • And much more!

    The PHE GO! Bingo initiative gives students the chance to show off skills they may already have, or to try something new while staying active. Students were tasked with completing two lines on their bingo card by April 16, but were also challenged to complete as many additional activities as they can.
     
    Students can use their PHE block to complete their tasks students. This gives them the opportunity to be active, but also to step away from technology and get a fresh air break. After a quick check-in for attendance at the start of their PHE block, students are released so they can get at least 30 to 45 minutes of activity in before starting their next class.
     
    Check out how some of our studnets have been taking part in this VIDEO!

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  • Keeping the Discussion GOing in IB Global Politics

    April 16, 2020

    These Grade 12 students didn’t miss a beat jumping into their classes with GO!, which kicked off on March 31. For the IB Global Politics 12 class, they were able to get the discussions GOing right away.  

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    These Grade 12 students didn’t miss a beat jumping into their classes with GO!, which kicked off on March 31. For the IB Global Politics 12 class, they were able to get the discussions GOing right away.
     
    While talking about their Spring Break experiences, the class discussed the COVID-19 pandemic, which tied in well with the course. The students were able to identify that they are living through something extraordinary and that it will have a significant impact on their lives.
     
    “Global Politics is the study of politics; it is a conceptual course that focuses on key concepts such as power, human rights, development and conflict,” explained Ms. Kristina Thomson, IB Global Politics teacher. “Notably, we study current political issues and examine them from a variety of perspectives, integrating key concepts as we go. The pandemic is a current political issue and allows us to firsthand apply knowledge of political theory.”
     
    Discussion is a major aspect of the course, so the transition to GO! was relatively smooth, as students were able to video chat and discuss a variety of topics including:

    • The Canadian government and international responses
    • Liberal versus realist perspectives
    • Indigenous rights in Canada
    • Economic protectionism
    • Specific examples of life in France, South Africa and China
    • Individual rights in society
    • The power of government in authoritarian and democratic governments

    “For example, we discussed the role our Canadian government has played in reducing the impact, such as social distancing, closing the border, etc.,” said Ms. Thomson. “Students then discussed how there had been a different government response in less democratic societies. One student shared her personal understanding of the Chinese government and how strict the measures were in China compared to here in Canada.”
     
    IB Global Politics is a new subject for GNS, and this is the first group of students to complete the two-year course.
     
    “They showed the culmination of not just this two-year course, but all the skills and knowledge they have gained at GNS as IB Learners,” added Ms. Thomson.

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