I was very pleased to have been given the opportunity to be the principal of Del Van Gorder School this year. This was an exciting opportunity for me, and over the past few months, I have gotten to know all of the students, and many of their parents.
I have been to all of the classrooms, and I must say that I am impressed with the dedication and hard work of all of our staff members. For a community this size, we are quite fortunate to have such a dedicated and stable staff.
We have initiated many exciting educational activities so far this year that have extend beyond the classroom walls. We have already engaged in camping, ice fishing, and are planning to have our students involved in other outdoor activities, that naturally enhance the curriculum.
We have already had four PD days this year; where we examined the new BC curriculum. The new curriculum emphasizes the concept of experiential learning. From the many observations I have had to this point, and from conversations with staff, I know that we are already doing many of these things as a matter of course.
Another area that I wanted to explore was developing a First Nations component to our school. This is also part of the new curriculum initiatives. I have had several productive dialogues with the principal and vice-principal of Ross River School. We have agreed to create closer ties between our two schools. With that in mind, we will be creating a combined basketball team that will compete in the grade 9/10 basketball tournament in March. In February, Ross River will bring students here to teach us traditional hand games. We are also planning several other combined activities throughout the next few months and into next year.
We have also recently hired a Native Language and culture teacher. She is a Kaska First Nation, and is familiar with the community of Ross River and lives here in Faro. She will be instrumental in developing the Kaska language and culture throughout our school.