Our School Story

 

THE QUILCHENA STORY

Quilchena Elementary is a small school on the west side of Richmond.  Our First Nations name means “flat land near water”.  Our symbol is the Cyclone:  Quilchena Cyclones Respect themselves, others and the community.  This close-knit community is made up of families from all around the world.  Our school motto is “Learning, caring and growing together” and this motto is lived every day through our students’ dedication to learning and their care for themselves and others. 

WHAT WE VALUE

In a recent brainstorming session, the staff created a list of some of the things we value most:

Intellectual Domain

Curiosity, creativity, choice, development of skills and strategies, active engagement, learning, perseverance, critical thinking, communication, growth mindset

Social Domain

Personal identity, responsibility to self and others, love, care, diversity, sense of community, inclusivity, acceptance, tolerance, perseverance, respect, encouraging others, independence, relationships, communication

WHAT WE HAVE IN PLACE TO SUPPORT WHAT WE VALUE

Intellectual Domain

Direct instruction, team teaching, collaboration, mind-up, loose parts, visual supports, technology

Social Domain

Strong relationships, family teams, buddy classes, modelling, traffic light, zones of regulation, sensory support, assemblies, connecting buddies, friendship groups

OUR GARDEN

Our school garden and outdoor classroom are important features of our school, tended and enjoyed by all of our students.   Two of our classes have created garden businesses. The students create business plans, “borrow” seed money, plant and tend the garden and then sell the produce at the Quilchena Farmers’ Market.  They have expanded their community involvement by working with Grand-Pals at the Gilmore Gardens Senior Centre as well Little Buddies at the Terra Nova Preschool.

PHYSICAL FITNESS

All students participate in a morning walk, or on rainy days, morning exercise, to get the body and brain ready for a day of learning.  All students are invited to join the running club which starts each September and students are able to participate in the cross country meet in October.  Senior students have the opportunity to participate in inter-school volleyball and basketball, including tournaments put on by the high schools.  Students in Grades 3 – 7 participate in Track and Field in the Spring.

FINE ARTS

We have a strong Fine Arts programme at Quilchena with annual dance, drama and musical performances.  A Talent Show every Spring leaves no doubt that “Quilchena’s Got Talent!”

OUR ANTHEM

In May of 2016, Quilchena Elementary celebrated her 40th anniversary.  Before this event, the students were asked the question, “What does Quilchena mean to you?”  We took the students’ thoughts, words and phrases and wrote the Quilchena Cyclone Anthem, which does an excellent job of summing up who we are.  (The melody is “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten.)  See the lyrics of our Anthem on the next page and hear a performance of our anthem attached to this website.

QUILCHENA CYCLONES ANTHEM

On a flat land near the water

Indigenous peoples’

Sons and daughters

Protected this precious land

For generations

Now we’ve come together    

From countless nations.

 

And all the memories we share

Of families, friends and teachers’ care

Our masterpieces on the walls

And laughter ringing through the halls.

 

Quilchena Cyclones

This is our proud home

We stand and sing out to you

Quilchena Cyclones

You make our hearts strong

Inspiring, caring

And we’ll always think of you so gratefully

You’ve helped us be

The very best we can be.

 

We tend our garden carefully

Show respect for you and me

And community; so welcoming

We learn to read and write and solve

Our skills they grow and they evolve

Creatively, joyfully

 

And all the memories we share

Of families, friends and teachers’ care

Our masterpieces on the walls

And laughter ringing through the halls

Quilchena Cyclones

This is our proud home

We stand and sing out to you

Quilchena Cyclones

You make our hearts strong

Inspiring, caring

And we’ll always think of you so gratefully

You’ve helped us be

The very best we can be.

The very best we can be.

 

On a flat land near the water

Indigenous peoples’

Sons and daughters

Protected this precious land

For generations

Now we’ve come together                

From countless nations.

 

Quilchena Cyclones

This is our proud home

We stand and sing out to you

Quilchena Cyclones

You make our hearts strong

Inspiring, caring

And we’ll always think of you so gratefully

You’ve helped us be

The very best we can be.

 

You’ve helped me be

The very best I can be.