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OUTDOOR EDUCATION

We believe that education must go beyond the classroom. We are committed to teaching students to have a relationship with nature to promote sustainability, as well as physical and mental well-being. Classes will often be taken outside to the green space behind our school or in Lynn Valley Canyon. With the restrictions on group activities this year, our Outdoor Education program has looked a little bit different with a focus on ensuring our students get at least one Outdoor Education class per week with our specialist teachers.

When COVID-19 restrictions are not in place, we offer a variety of activities including: hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, camping, shelter building, fire building, education about local flora and fauna, First Nations education, and various outdoor sports. All outdoor activities are geared toward student age and stage, and are adapted to fit various skill levels.

PHYSICAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION

Part of Brockton’s holistic approach to education focuses on physical health and wellbeing. Students are offered opportunities that range from bi-weekly PE classes to a myriad of sports teams and co-curricular activities. Brockton is an active member of ISA (Independent Schools Association) and through this we compete against other Independent Schools such as: St. Georges, West Point Grey, Mulgrave and Collingwood. Athletic teams and clubs include: Soccer, Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, and Mountain Biking. Brockton has a demonstrated commitment to athletics, not just so that our students can develop their physical fitness but through sport, Brockton students learn confidence, perseverance, teamwork and discipline.

FINE ARTS

MUSIC

When students get to Grade 6, they are offered the opportunity to take part in the World Music Program. This is an Internationally-recognized program that uses marimbas to teach students music theory and practice. Marimbas are used because it doesn’t matter if you have no prior musical experience or if you are performing at a high level with another instrument – the marimbas are great ‘equalizers’ allowing students to be included right away. Our students have performed all over the world including; China, Greece, England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, New York City, and Vancouver Island – as well as every concert hall in Vancouver.


VISUAL ARTS

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CULINARY

Our Culinary Arts class, taught by Le Cordon Bleu trained Chef Ms. Dashashzadeh, teaches students how to use healthy ingredients to create dishes that expand their palate as well as their thinking. Lessons don’t just focus on refining skills and techniques, Ms. Dashashzadeh also looks at the economic, ethical, and social considerations around food.

APPLIED DESIGN, SKILLS, AND TECHNOLOGY (ADST)

When the new BC curriculum was unveiled there was a shift towards the Applied Design, Skills, and Technology (ADST) curriculum integrating into the Units of Inquiry. As we embrace a design thinking culture at Brockton, students will be exploring real-world issues and problems, and using the design thinking process alongside their curriculum to work out solutions to real-world problems.

LEARNING RESOURCES

Brockton School is a safe, caring community where we strive to ensure that all of our students reach their true potential. Brockton’s teachers are committed to ensuring that the learning needs of students are met. Brockton’s Student Services Team is dedicated to meeting the needs of a wide variety of learners. The team collaborates with classroom teachers who employ various strategies and tools, including technology, differentiation, and other adaptations and accommodations to address student needs: our mission is to set students up for independence.

In-class support will be determined as needed by the School Based Team, however we not modify curriculum. Brockton keeps full, up-to-date documentation on all its SEN students, available to staff serving SEN students.

PERSONAL COUNSELLING

Brockton School is well known for its mental health programming and supports. At Brockton, we have two school counsellors on the Student Services Team, Ms. Payne and Ms. McCormack. Both our school counsellors have a Master’s level education in counselling psychology. Our counsellor’s assist students and their families with social-emotional and mental health topics and are dedicated to helping students’ personal growth and development. Students and their parents can request counselling services in-person, via email or telephone, or sometimes faculty will recommend students see a counsellor. Our counsellors typically handle topics and issues that can be resolved in 5-7 sessions. After that outside support may be recommended.

POST-SECONDARY PLANNING

Graduating from high school, making decisions about higher education, and choosing a career path can be a daunting task for anyone. Post-Secondary planning helps our students deal with these exciting yet challenging decisions. Brockton has three post-secondary advisors available to meet with students and their families: Ms. Payne, Ms. McCormack and Ms. Ball. Post-Secondary information is also delivered through Advisor classes, speakers, and field trips.

COURSE COUNSELLING

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SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING AND MENTAL HEALTH

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SERVICE, ACTION, AND LEADERSHIP

Students are encouraged to have voice, choice, and ownership in the classroom, the school, and their community. Service, action, and leadership plays a significant role at Brockton. Students showcase service, action, and leadership in many ways including: in response to their curricular learning (eg. banning straws in the hot lunch program, writing letters to our mayor and prime minister in response to local and global issues, reaching out to community members to thank them for their contributions to the community); in House Team events (Terry Fox Run, Halloween, Spring Into Reading, Earth Week, Walk for Water) by collecting donations for people in need (Harvest Project, Canucks for Kids, Women’s Shelter); in student-led personal passion projects to support environmental change, world hunger and clean water, and foundations such as SPCA, World WildLife Fund; and in the Junior Student Leadership Team (grades 4-6) where students collect weekly to take part in social/ environmental responsibility actions such as pack-it-in pack-it-out lunch programs, adopt a street, and park clean-ups.

OUR SCHOOL

Brockton is an independent co-educational secular IB World Continuum School offering an outstanding education to students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Brockton is an inclusive and welcoming environment where academic excellence is nurtured within a holistic and innovative learning environment and where each student and community member is truly valued.

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