Minaki Yurt Adventures, September 2019

WHAT A WEEK: EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION

By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

Many thanks to Middle School faculty for mentoring their students throughout a truly exceptional week of experiential learning, September 16–20, 2019.

Grade 6 began Experiential Learning Week with the exploration of Saint-Boniface Museum, touring the cathedral, cemetery, and other important landmarks nearby, later participating in activities based on "life in the settlement," such as washing clothes by hand, carrying water with a yoke, building a model of the Red River cart, and carding wool. Grade 6 spent the next two days visiting Manitoba's Legislative Building, with an emphasis on expanding their knowledge of Canada's system of government, followed by an excursion to Oak Hammock Marsh, which highlighted biodiversity.

Grade 7, meanwhile, remained on-campus to start Experiential Learning Week, making the Centre for Arts & Design their base for workshops in 3-D modelling, dance, and the study of energy. They, like Grade 6, spent a day at Oak Hammock Marsh, although their itinerary included geocaching. They also learned about rock identification at Manitoba Museum, and they worked together on a design challenge at Art City.

Grade 8 concentrated on community service for much of Experiential Learning Week, making 100 turkey sandwiches and delivering them to West Broadway Community Ministry, where they learned about homelessness and food insecurity issues in Winnipeg. Next, they made medicine pouches with an Indigenous art educator. After that, they made muffins and scarves for delivery to St. Luke’s in Osborne Village to help with the church’s hospitality program.

Experiential Learning Week concluded with an emphasis on outdoor education as Middle School went camping: Grade 6 to Camp Arnes; Grade 7 to Minaki Yurt Adventures; and Grade 8 to Camp Brereton.

Students deepened lasting friendships on these outings.

Parents, view photos from Middle School’s Experiential Learning Week via Vidigami, noting that you will be required to sign in.

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Our mission at Balmoral Hall School is to inspire girls' imagination and the courage to excel, to reach, to lead, to care.

We are an independent day and boarding school, offering an exceptional all-girls education from child care, starting at age 2, to Grade 12.