Our School Story

 

 

Our Story

THE QUILCHENA STORY

Quilchena Elementary is a close knit community school on the west side of Richmond.  We are made up of 171 students from Kindergarten to Grade Seven.  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.  The school has a warm, friendly environment where students are encouraged to explore, ask questions and take risks as they progress in their learning.  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. Our school strengths include: collaboration, belonging, encouraging students to be caring, responsible citizens.  We have a vibrant PAC group that supports our school community. Our school has a large play area with a well established garden. Each day is started with a morning walk where students and staff connect and are able to regulate to get their bodies and minds ready for learning. Students are well connected with each other through our family teams and collaborative learning opportunities provided by our staff.

Our Focus

2020/2021

Now, Not Yet, Next Steps 

Question: How might we create a cycle of celebration, reflection, feedback, look ahead - for our learners using the prompts - Now - What do I wish to Celebrate? Not Yet? Where do I want to go? Next Steps? How am I going to get there or what are my next steps? 

In the 2020/2021 school year we are building upon the last three-year focus on Self-Regulation, Co- Regulation, Community and Relationships, and Social Responsibility. Last year before the Pandemic our community develop a new acronym Quilchena CARES to help students develop their ability to both co regulate, build connections and be peaceful problem solvers. This year our focus is shifting slightly to assessment. Our entire school is shifting from reporting and report cards to communicating student learning. In our scanning we noticed that our students are continuing to learn how to take more ownership of their learning. We also noticed that students see learning as a finite set of steps to go up and then when at the top they are done. Our beautiful, redesigned curriculum is one that is layered year of year and through the different grades enabling students to always be reaching and stretching themselves as learners. Our question for this school year is

How might we create a cycle of celebration, reflection, feedback, looking ahead - for our learners using the prompts - Now - What do I wish to Celebrate? Not Yet? Where do I want to go? Next Steps? How am I going to get there or what are my next steps? 

We believe that using these prompts in tandem with our e-portfolios may develop learners who are able to see learning as a continuous cycle. 

Our Learning

Below is a description of Actions and Evidence that demonstrate student learning related to our focus. The Action posts are examples of ways students are enhancing their learning related to our focus. The Evidence posts share the difference we are making in student learning related to our focus.

Our Action Posts

Now, Not Yet, Next Steps

Posted: Dec 3 2020

MOTM

Posted: Jan 21 2019

Possibilities

Posted: Jan 21 2019

Together We are Better

Posted: Sep 10 2017