On Tuesday we had Aboriginal Day celebrations and crafts. Here is a picture of the dancers. Note that the youngest one is a preschooler. They start dancing at a young age.
This trip was to meet up with 2 of the classes I met while I was in Port Hardy at Spring Break. I went to see how technology was being used in the school.there. My host teacher teaches Grade 2 and I spent a lot of time with her class. I also spent some time with the Grade 3 class because one of my students moved to Port Hardy at Christmas and she was in that class. I thought it would be fun to have the classes meet and perhaps set up a buddy class situation for the future. I also wanted my students to see what other parts of the island looked like. The teachers liked the idea, so we made plans, had a Skype call to introduce the classes and we were off.
We started at 7:00 a.m. and took a 3 hour bus ride to the north of the island. This was the first time most of my students had been that far north. This was my second trip.
We headed to a very popular beach called Storey's Beach where we met up with the 2 classes. This was very similar to a beach we have nearby called Miracle Beach. It has a great sandy area when the tide is out and it also has fields to play on.
The tide was coming in, so we didn't have long on the sand bar, but the children enjoyed it anyways. The boys could hardly wait to get out on the sand bar and play soccer.
We had 6 different activities to do after some fun on the beach. The children were mixed into 6 groups and they rotated through 4 of the activities. (We didn't have enough time for all six.)
The trip was excellent. We hope to set up some buddy activities with our future classes as well. Perhaps blogging, writing penpal letters, doing some other field trips?