June is always a whirlwind of activities at Seaview Elementary and this year is no exception. Each class is finishing up essential curricula in their classes, and assessing the enormous growth in the skills of our children. To temper this frenzy of academics, classes are enjoying various field trips. Two classes went to Science World and four more to the Wildlife Recovery Centres. Classes have been bowling, paddling, swimming, and mini-golfing. Many classes have honed their artistic skills through visits with the talented and friendly crew at 4-Cats Art Studio. Two classes will visit Parksville Beach and all of the primary classes will enjoy two partial days at our own Lantzville Beach at Tweedhope. Another class ventures to Newcastle Island and our grade 7 students had their camping trip to Capernwray which is a rite of passage for all of our grade 7 students as they leave Seaview. As well, several classes raised butterflies from caterpillars as part of their study of life cycles in Science.
Much of the funding for these initiatives and activities comes through our eternally hard-wroking and generous PAC group who raise funds to provide enriching opportunities for all children. Enormous generosity to Seaview fundraising efforts was provided by the northend Quality Foods who donated most of the hot dogs, buns and condiments for our very popular hot dog days.
Our multicultural mosaic is a very important part of what makes our Seaview community so strong. In continuing with our incredibly enjoyable Snaw-Naw-As days from last year, our intermediate and primary students are visiting the Snaw-Naw-As reserve on two separate Fridays to participate in cultural days of crafts, storytelling, and beachcombing to understand historical food acquisition. Thanks to the kindness of our Snaw-Naw-As community for providing the opportunity for the children to enjoy such a special day!
Fine Arts have also been alive and well at Seaview. Many talented students participated in our annual Talent Showcase which was enjoyed by all. We were also recently impressed with the performance by Teddy Anderson, an aboriginal hoop dancer, who shared his story and special artistry to all of our students. Our grade 7 band concert which showcases the musical improvements of this group of students will take place on Tuesday, June 18. Our own Mrs. Levine and Mr. Norcutt from Dover Bay have kindly spent countless hours practicing with many students for the performance of Grease on June 19 and 20 at 7 PM; a performance which will undoubtedly be an event to be remembered – please contact the school if you would like a ticket to this event!
June also saw the culmination of this year’s Track and Field season. Seaview is very proud of our athletes who qualified, after participating in the zone meet, to attend the district meet. Our Track and Field team performed so well at the district level that Seaview proudly walked away with first place banner in the small schools division.
Similar to Harry Potter, Seaview students are sorted into four house teams. It is turning out to be a nail biter this year as 10 points separate first from fourth. Fire Storm is currently sitting in first place; they are hoping to get their name on the team plaque for the first time. House team points end with our annual co-operative games day which takes place on June 21st. All students in the school will participate in a variety of Rodeo-themed events this year.
We also take great pride in our ability as a school to help others. Two of our grade 7 students have demonstrated enormous social responsibility in recognizing that we are a global community and it is our collective responsibilities to care for those in need even if the needy group lives halfway around the world. Meg Montgomery spent a year in Uganda (and other parts of Africa) a number of years ago and became aware that her former African school desperately needed a new porridge pot to provide children with perhaps their only meal of the day. She and her friend Claire Thomas began an initiative to raise funds to purchase the school a new pot. Through the two girls’ leadership, our school raised $496.10 which will be enough to make the porridge pot a reality. Well done, girls!
June is a bittersweet time at Seaview. Although everyone, staff and students alike are tired and ready for a break, it is always a difficult time to know that year-long class connections will soon come to an end. However, we look forward with anticipation to September and a fresh start and new opportunities. It is one of the reasons Seaview School is such a great place to work and learn.