The Mini provides a learning experience like no other. Through a variety of annual field trips, students explore the curriculum beyond the classroom, gaining a perspective that perfectly compliments the in-school material. The field trips also help grow the strong social aspect of the Mini, facilitating the development of leadership skills and encouraging student bonding across all grades.
Bamfield Marine Centre (3 nights)
This Field Trip usually takes place in February and is for Grade 8
In early February, grade 8 students hop on a ferry to visit the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Recognized worldwide as a leading research centre, Bamfield provides students with a chance to take a hands-on approach to learning about marine biology, all within a professional environment.
The four days spent at Bamfield are filled with activities that thoroughly engage the students in a variety of different settings. A day may start indoors, with students studying plankton under a microscope or designing their own prey-and-predator sea star lab experiments. Then, they may head outdoors, observing the mini-ecosystems located in the nearby mudflats and beaches. At night, a return to the mudflats reveal an even more stunning sight: bioluminescent plankton! With food and lodging provided, students are able to fully immerse themselves in their daytime activities over the course of their stay.
As the first grade-specific trip for the newest members of the Mini, Bamfield gives the grade 8s an excellent chance to bond within their own class. As well, it acts as a perfect introduction to the kinds of enriched learning opportunities that will continue to await them in later years!