Outdoor Education

It's that time again.....let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

   

The 4th Annual Nakiska Ski/Snowboard trip is back!  Once again we will be taking 50 Grade 6-9 Westmount students out for a downhill adventure at Nakiska Ski Resort located in Kananaskis.  All information for this January 19th adventure will be found here.  Don't miss out.  All forms and information has been handed out to students on Monday, November 13.  This trip will fill up fast, be sure to get your forms turned in!  Fees can be paid either by cash, cheque or payment on line using Maplewood.  Contact Mr. Kotowich, Mr. Jones or Mrs. Watkins for more information!

Posted Nov 17

Our next Grade 7 PE Option is Camping and Hiking skills.  For those students who have registered, they will be participating with two trips.  On Monday November 27, students will be kayaking at the Highriver pool, leaving school at 12:30 and returning by 3:15.  and on Wednesday November 29, students will be out for a day hike/snowshoe adventure.  If your son or daughter misplaced their permission forms, you will find them here.  (Be sure to find both forms) Just a reminder that all students have to pay the $30 course fee, by either cash, cheque or payable online using Maplewood.

 

 

 

 

Another Great Westmount Adventure!  The Grade 8/9 students who registered for the PE option of Camping and Hike skills had an epic snowshoeing adventure up the shoulder of Mt. Hoffmann in Sandy McNabb Provincial Park on Tuesday, November 14.  Here are a few photos from the great day!  Enjoy!

  

 

A reminder that on Nov 6 and 7, our Outdoor Leadership students will be kayaking for the afternoon at the pool in high river.  Students are encouraged to bring a towel, bathing suit, a shirt for the pool if they would like.  We will be departing Westmount at 12:30, paddling from 1:00-2:30 and returning to school between 3:05-3:15.  Students are reminded to be proactive in seeking out their teachers to make up their missed work for their missed afternoon classes.

 

Camp Impeesa was a huge success for our Grade 7 Students!!! A huge thank you to my colleagues, Mr. Jones, Mrs. Watkins, Mrs. Wooldridge, Mrs. Crane and Elo for coming out and suppporting this adventure, without you, these experiences cound not happen.  Here are a few photos of our trip!

 

 

The first round of our Outdoor Leadership backpacking trip to Elbow Lake was a huge success!  Despite some cold temperatures in the mornings, students had a great time learning outside.  Here are a few pictures from our trip, Enjoy!

Our Outdoor Leadership students testing their rain gear to ensure that it is working properly for our upcoming backpacking trips!

  

 

For those Grade 6 parents who did not attend our Camp Chief Hector parent meeting on September 27, you will find a copy of the presentation here.  Be sure to look through this to get the necessary information for your child's participation with our November 1-3 Eco School.  If needed, you will find the permission forms and packing lists for this trip with your child's homeroom teacher.

 

The Grade 7 Camp Impeesa is a go!!!  The fire situation has improved significantly with cooler temperatures and much needed precipitation.  As such, the student camp fee of $175 is to be turned in by Friday, Sept 29 so that final plans can be made with regards to student numbers.  If you did not get the opportunity to attend the parent meeting, you will find a copy of the presentation here.

 

Just a reminder for those Grade 7-9 Outdoor Leadership students to have paid their course fees or have made arrangements with the office administration prior to participating with our backpacking trips. 
  • If you are needing to visit the parent presentation regarding the Elbow Lake backpacking trip again, you will find it here.
  • In preparation for our trips, students are reminded to bring in their rain gear (jackets/pants) for testing with the Hunter Education students on Monday, Sept 25 and Tuesday Sept 26.  Also the following video link will help our first time adventures learn to pack their packs correctly.  Please watch this and note how all clothing, equipment and gear can fit into a 65 L backpack.  School gear (backpacks/stuff sacs/etc) will be handed out to students on September 28/29.

 

Welcome back to another year of great Outdoor Adventures at Westmount School!

We are only a few days into the year, but many exciting things are happening.  This year we are offering three different grade level camps for our students.  Our Grade 5 students will be attending Kamp Kiwanis on Sept 18-19, our Grade 6 students are off again to Camp Chief Hector from Nov. 01-03 and finally our Grade 7 students are off to Camp Impeesa near Beaver Mines, AB.

As with all overnight camps, FSD policy requires that we have a mandatory face to face parent information meeting.  These meetings will be held in our gymnasium starting at 7:00 pm.  They are scheduled as follows,

Grade 5 Kamp Kiwanis      Wednesday, Sept 06

Grade 6 Camp Chief Hector   Wednesday, Sept 27 

Grade 7 Camp Impeesa     Thursday, Sept 14

In addition, both Outdoor Leadership classes have backpacking trips going out in October, their parent information meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept 12.  Hope to see everyone there!

If you missed the meeting, you will find the power point presentation at this link .

 

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