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)

Just Posted

Sixty Sooke homes needed to host Japanese students

Homestay program offers visitors a taste of life in Canada

Car drives into Vic West TD Canada Trust building

No one was injured, building damaged

Cans and bottles destined for Cops for Cancer fundraiser stolen from Sooke RCMP Detachment

Cans and bottles collected to raise funds for Canadian Cancer Society

Victoria Fire Department raises $93,000 for Ride to Conquer Cancer

A total 18 firefighters took part in the 200 km ride last month

Non-conforming Oak Bay duplex stamped as heritage triplex

St. David Street character house to undergo heritage revitalization

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

One-in-five British Columbians think they’ll win big while gambling: study

Roughly 58 per cent of British Columbians bought at least one lottery ticket in past year

Resident finds loaded shotgun inside a duffle bag in Kelowna alleyway

RCMP seized a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition, clothing and other items

Graffiti, calls and Snapchat: RCMP probe string of threats targeting Kamloops schools

There have been nine different threats made to four different schools in the city

B.C. truck drivers to face higher fines for not using winter tire chains

As of Oct. 1, not using chains on the highway when required could net you a $598 ticket

Singh campaigns in Toronto, May in Winnipeg, as Liberal and Tory leaders pause

All parties expected to be back on the campaign trail Sunday

Most Read