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June 6, 2018

June 21st Is National Indigenous Peoples Day

Celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis in the classroom, school, and school community

 

June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day! Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day at your school by learning about Indigenous Peoples, becoming more involved in the Indigenous community, and incorporating Indigenous culture into the school environment.

Please see below to find out what other schools have done to achieve this:

  • Indigenous students at Lakeview Elementary School made a video on the Circle of Courage to increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation for Indigenous culture among both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students
  • Indigenous students at Parkland Secondary School and North Saanich Middle School shared their culture with non-Indigenous students to increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation for Indigenous culture among both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students
  • Wellington Secondary School created a lunch program featuring cultural foods to increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation for Indigenous culture among both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students
  • Ladysmith Secondary School created a space for Indigenous students that built connection, created a positive learning environment, and ensured students felt safe and supported at school
  • Trafalgar Middle School put on a youth conference for Indigenous students that highlighted the importance of creating connections with each other, with Elders, with role models, with their communities, with their cultures, and with the land
  • School District 68 created an outreach program that allowed Indigenous students to be part of a supportive environment that allowed them to foster self-esteem, confidence and success

Find information, resources and supports from the First Nations Schools Association of BC (FNSA) and the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC). Additionally, check out event ideas, information on activities, games and stories for children, youth and educators and promotional resources from the National Indigenous Peoples Day website.

Celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis in the classroom, school, and school community! Learn more about National Indigenous Peoples Day here.

June 6, 2018

Get Ready to Walk and Wheel!

Registration now open for the 2018 Walk and Wheel to School Week event!

 

DASH BC is excited to announce that our 11th annual Walk and Wheel to School Week (iWalk) will be held from October 1st to 5th, 2018, as part of International Walk to School Month. This weeklong provincial event, held every year in October, celebrates the many benefits of walking and wheeling to school, and involves students, staff, families and community members working together to create healthy and active school communities.

Register now to receive a free Walk and Wheel to School Week package to help your school organize the best event of the year! You can register online at: https://bit.ly/2Jyi1nW

Whether this is your first time signing up, or you want to make this year’s event bigger and better, DASH BC is here to help! If you have questions or would like more information, please email iwalk@dashbc.ca

June 6, 2018

Update Regarding Action Schools! BC for the Upcoming School Year

Action Schools! BC supports and resources will not be offered during the 2018-19 year

 

Since 2005, Action Schools! BC has promoted healthy living to teachers and students across the province through evidence-based approaches to supporting healthy eating and physical activity. 

In the 2016-2017 school year, an updated model of Action Schools! BC was implemented that remained focused on physical activity and healthy eating, but also introduced an enhanced approach to supporting comprehensive school health and job-embedded professional development. While there were a number of successes associated with the updated model, there is an opportunity to continue to evolve the program to better meet the emerging priorities of both the education and health sectors. 

During the next school year, attention will turn to developing an enhanced approach that better reflects the broader health-related needs of BC’s children and youth, and that supports students to understand and experience the many aspects of well-being across physical, mental, and social health domains. Recognizing that school-health partners play a pivotal role in achieving this goal, educators, school districts, health authorities and NGOs will be engaged to help determine the path forward towards this goal. While this engagement and program redesign work occurs, Action Schools! BC supports and resources will not be offered during the 2018-2019 school year. 

The Ministry of Health would like to take this opportunity to thank DASH BC for its leadership related to Action Schools! BC, and to also thank the numerous individuals and organizations across the province whose hard work, dedication and enthusiasm supported the program. 

Please contact Christie Docking, Manager, Healthy Schools for the BC Ministry of Health (Christie.Docking@gov.bc.ca) with any questions.  

June 6, 2018

A Year in Review for Action Schools! BC

Highlights from the 2017-18 Action Schools! BC Program

 

It’s been an incredible year for Action Schools! BC. Check out some of the highlights from the 2017-18 Action Schools! BC Program:

Action Planning and Equipment Grants:

We are pleased to announce that every school district in BC has participated in completing Action Plans! This year, over 250 Action Plans have been completed and over 165 equipment grants have been awarded with more on the way. Please see below for success stories from participating schools:

  • False Creek Elementary School, School District 39: “The Action Schools! BC program has been a valuable partnership for our school.  The action plan has helped to focus our attention on the bigger picture of healthy living, through physical activity, healthy eating and through supporting student leadership initiatives.  On behalf of False Creek Elementary School, thank you for being a valuable part of our learning community!”
  • Chalo School, First Nations Schools Association, Fort Nelson: “We used the grant from Action Schools BC to purchase [a] garden tower. We are currently growing lettuce, arugula, bok choy, rainbow chard, kale, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers. The students are super engaged because they have seen the seedlings come to fruition.”
  • Oweekeno Elementary School, School District 49: “[We] have spent the money on a variety of small foam balls. We have a lot of rainy days here on the coast. Having these balls make for a great game of paint ball around the school. [We] have also used the money on an outdoor volleyball net, footballs, and a set of hurdles. [We are] really looking forward to using these items for our spring PE units.”


Mentorships:

We are delighted to report that 344 educators have participated in our Food Literacy Mentorship Series. A further 145 educators have participated in our Physical Literacy Mentorship Series. Please see below for success stories from participating schools:

  • Az-Zahraa Islamic Academy, Independent School, Richmond: “It was perfect how the [Food Literacy Mentorship] session gave us ideas of tangible and achievable goals. We look forward to continuing to build our relationship with the mentor. We are grateful for the support received and continue to build upon the healthy initiatives we have started this school year.”
  • Royston Elementary School, School District 71: “[The Physical Literacy Mentorship was] wonderful! Having an expert come into work with my class as well as with me has boosted my students’ skill level and my confidence in teaching physical education/physical literacy.”

 

Workshops:

350 teachers from across the province participated in one of our Professional Development Workshops. Please see below for success stories from participating schools:

  • Lord Kelvin Elementary School, School District 40: “[The Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Combo Workshop] was highly engaging and powerful! I like the addition of nutrition since the last time we took the course. I am excited to tell my admin about the workshop.” 

Please email info@actionschoolsbc.ca if you have completed an Action Plan, mentorship or workshop this year and would like to share your story. We’d love to hear from you!

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