Mini 9: Secret Santa
Canuck Place 2017
Arts Night #2 2017
Arts Night #1 2017
Hallowe’en 2016 (Grade 9)
Special guest appearance by Leon P.
After arriving in Sturdies Bay, we quickly tackled the twisted roads and steep hills en route to Montague Harbour. At the park, we set up camp and students prepared their first meals. To mention a few: Danika, Jennifer, and Evelyn prepared an amazing sushi lunch while Jessica, Christina, Mandy, and Kaitlyn enjoyed their chicken quesadillas.
Today the Mini 12’s embarked on their annual spring trip to Tofino. After an early departure from Tswwassen, the students stopped at a lovely little trail called Cathedral Grove before Tofino where they saw one of Canada’s oldest and tallest old growth Douglas fir. This first day was not full of adrenaline-pumping surfing quite yet, but everyone enjoyed valuable time to just explore the nearby botanical gardens, play some card games, and create a stronger Mini bond. Blessed by beautiful weather, it was an overall great start to the Mini 12’s last trip together, and the beginning of some special memories.
What a day to surf! Despite being extremely windy and downcast, the Mini 12’s had an exciting first encounter with the waves. The waves were rather unorthodox, with small waves coming in right after another or crisscrossing near the shore, but the students were up for the challenge. Kyle, Kim, Max, Savannah, Bryanne, and Jasmin made us some delicious mac n’ cheese and hot dogs that we enjoyed on the beach. While some were out on the water, others relaxed on the beach–perhaps even a little too much, as the Mini 12’s inattentively let some crows snatch away all of our granola bars! Shelby, Tanya, Nicola, and Emma cooked us a scrumptious assortment of steak, chicken and vegetarian fajitas for dinner while Alexa, Katie, and Jenna made us delightful bananas foster for dessert. Looking forward to another fun and thrilling continuation tomorrow.
Today was the last full day of the Mini 12’s Tofino trip. Students were eager to hit the waves again-thankfully the weather was much more sunny! In the afternoon, the students enjoyed a wonderful tour of the Botanical Gardens by owner George. Highlights included an outdoor performance stage and a large-scale sculpture comprised of remnants from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake that washed up onto the western Vancouver Island shore. We also walked into the quaint town of Tofino and explored the life of the locals. Avery, Katie, Loisa, Alexa, Bryanne, Shamil, Oneil, Max and Muhammad made us a delectable assortment of pastas for dinner (seafood cream sauce, pesto, alfredo, and tomato) and watermelon and ice cream for dessert. We finished the day with an intimate marshmallow-roasting campfire–perhaps the last one ever for the Mini 12’s. A bittersweet and precious memory to last a lifetime.
Today our trip came to an end. On our bus ride to the ferry terminal, we stopped at Coombs for a quick lunch–the area has a very village-like tourist atmosphere. Alexa won a snazzy blue T-shirt for being the best conquerer of nasty waves. As the students bathe in the sun before they get on the return ferry, their last Mini School field trip has concluded.
Updates from Ms. M. Yee, who is currently on the trip with the grade 10 students:
The morning salmon fishing quest was limited to a lone spring salmon with a few heart-breaking losses to the seas! Fortunately the afternoon group landed a plethora of cod and 1 spring salmon caught by Myrah Khoja. We are hoping the hot streak stays alive for group 2 as they head out on tomorrow’s 5:30 am salmon fishing.
Another great day of teamwork in the kitchen. The morning started off with the professional mixing and flipping of pancakes by Myra, Sydney, Kayla and Serena. That was followed up by Jeffrey and Francis doing a great job on the BBQ and the chopping, dicing, and slicing by Harris, Riley and Marley contributed to a great meal. All the students did a great job cleaning up and special props out to Olivia Reid-Friesen for helping everyone out.
The students can’t wait to continue their cooking and cleaning skills when they get home. They realize practice makes perfect. (Attention to Nathan and his cutting skills; Emily and Rumi on pasta pouring/serving; and Lucia using the stove.)
Mr. W. Nakatani sent in the following updates for the grade 10s currently at Bamfield:
All three vessels did very well today despite choppy waters and a few sea sick sailors. Jacob Castro landed a 25 lb lingcod for a total catch of 30 fish this afternoon.
The team of Kenzie, Alia, Emma and Olivia L. cooked their hearts out preparing fish and chips, salad, mac’n cheese and carrots for dinner.
The cleanup crew of Myrah , Sydney, Serena and Kayla also did an amazingly thorough job with getting the kitchen back in order, wiping the stoves, washing dishes, wiping down the tables and mopping the floor. They now have no excuses when returning home–they are ready and able!
Sydney Jayme landed the catch of the trip with this spring salmon almost half her own size! Everyone will be bringing home a variety of fresh caught bounty. There is something special about eating fish that has been caught by yourself. Fish that has not sat on the store ice chest display case for a few days. This morning Rumi Bhatia was fortunate to see a bear by the lake as he filled a pot of water for our morning breakfast by the campfire. The hike to the the caves was filled with all kinds of history and geology by the knowledgeable guides from Horne Lake. Caving for the first time can be very challenging yet extremely enjoyable for all the students. A final cleanup and no trace camping ended a great adventure to Bamfield.
Arts Night #2 2016