Last week, Jan 28-Feb 1 was the first week of the Grade 8 Winter program! Monday, students went to Cypress for their day trip cross country skiing. Tuesday, in their prep day, students wrapped their heads around how to be prepared for success for the remainder of the week as two groups went out to experience the winter wonderland of Manning Park. Spending a night in cabins, the groups practiced community living and cooking in a kitchen. Overnight winter camping took place at the Lone Duck group campsite where students cooked over their camp stove and slept in tents. This program allows the students to build on the skills they possess from Fall Explore, as well as develop new abilities from the challenge of being in a winter environment. Throughout the trip students practiced their cross country skills and learned to work as a group within a community living experience. This program has a strong emphasis on self-care and reliance, teamwork as well as taking responsibility for their individual roles and their impact as part of a group. Here are some highlights from the trip: Amazing conditions at our ski day at Cypress. Once at Manning, students loved tobogganing, playing games together in the warming hut, running around in the snow, skiing from the ski hill all the way to lodge, ripping down the ski hill, being outside and skiing in general. Teachers commented their groups were spectacular, many students demonstrated leadership. Here are our award winners for week 1. This is a major accomplishment for students. Please congratulate them if you teach them or see them in the halls.