The Sooke school scene

Student writers report on activities at their schools

John Muir Jaguars Rockin’

Next week we lucky John Muir kids have a Minute to Win It afternoon. On this awesome celebration we can play games like stacking cups, stacking cans, toss rings and other quickly timed events.

In April we had Culture Month. We learned about different cultures, people, and countries. We learned about how hot and cold it is in other places. We also talked about being kind to everyone.

Last Wednesday we had an Artist’s Afternoon. Artists were set up to show us their techniques and artwork. We visited each artist and learned about their art. It was an awesome experience. Our Grade 2s are lucky to have swim lessons thanks to Sooke Lions. We have also been running in the cross country meets at Juan de Fuca.

John Muir is a busy and active school. We are learning lots!

Written by Mia, Nadia, Lena, and Holly in Grade 3

What’s going on at Poirier

École Poirier is busy! There are so many activities going on. A month ago we had Jump Rope for Heart Day. That’s when we did a whole bunch of jump rope activities all morning. And we also had an assembly in our gym, and our Poirier skipping club performed! They talked to us about raising pledges to help people with heart problems.

We also have a couple of sports going on at Poirier. We have floor hockey teams, and the Grade 5s are practicing for a tournament. There is a Grade 5rugby team too. There are weekly practices for this team with other schools in the Sooke school district.

Coming up we have the talent show for Grades 5 and 4 who auditioned. You can sing, dance, tell jokes, do magic tricks and almost anything you want to do on a stage in front of the whole school!

You don’t have to be in the talent show to sing because music Monday is soon. That’s when a whole bunch of schools all across Canada sing the International Space Station song with Chris Hatfield. We sing with Chris Hatfield in a worldwide celebration of music and space exploration.

Speaking of music, the Grades 4 and 5 just put on a play about earth day. It was called “Assignment Earth Play.” It was when we sang a whole bunch of songs about protecting the environment in front of the Kindergartens to Grade 3. It was presented at our school on April 25 for students and the community.

All Grade 4 and 5 classes were doing an activity in English language arts called Literature Circles. The details are different between English and French but the main point is that there are a bunch of books and you get put into a group to read one of these books. In the group, you discuss what you’ve read so far in the book because you all have the same book. You also spend a short period of time on the computers doing your Moodle. That’s when you answer a question about the chapter you’re on.  You have to write in literature circles too. There are also double entry journals.  This is when you express your feelings about the book and write about an important part.

The Grade 5 students are doing something called D.A.R.E. It stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. That’s when every Tuesday Cpl. Scott Hilderly talks to us about making safe and healthy choices.

The fourth graders went to the Metchosin fire hall and learned to Stop, Drop and Roll! They also learned what to do and how to be safe in a fire situation.

The Grade 5s are looking forward to the end of the year activities such as the D.A.R.E grad and our one night stay at the Vancouver aquarium! There is also going to be a ceremony to say goodbye to the Grade 5s because next year they will be starting their first year in Journey Middle School.

Written by Jacinthe Desjardins (Grade 5 student at École Poirier)

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