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April at Island Oak High School in the Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, B.C.

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Talent for Charity, the student-produced show, was last Saturday the 12th of April. Here, the Glenora Handbell Ensemble performs a German folk song. The Ensemble comes from Glenora Farm, a therapeutic farm that is part of the international Camphill movement. People with developmental disabilities live and work on the farm. Click on the photo for a link to the Glenora Farm website. Talent for Charity raised funds for two educational non-profit initiatives: One! International for poverty relief to enable street children in Mumbai, India to attend school (one of the Island Oak students has volunteered there), and #islandoakhighschool which is a non-profit and registered charity deeply rooted in the Cowichan Valley, educating young people from multiple countries, with a huge variety of backgrounds. You can still donate to these two great causes by contacting us at mail@islandoak.org

Talent for Charity, the student-produced show, was last Saturday the 12th of April. Here, the Glenora Handbell Ensemble performs a German folk song. The Ensemble comes from Glenora Farm, a therapeutic farm that is part of the international Camphill movement. People with developmental disabilities live and work on the farm. Click on the photo for a link to the Glenora Farm website. Talent for Charity raised funds for two educational non-profit initiatives: One! International for poverty relief to enable street children in Mumbai, India to attend school (one of the Island Oak students has volunteered there), and #islandoakhighschool which is a non-profit and registered charity deeply rooted in the Cowichan Valley, educating young people from multiple countries, with a huge variety of backgrounds. You can still donate to these two great causes by contacting us at mail@islandoak.org

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4 Post-Secondary Must-Do’s for High School Students

High school is over, now what?” For scores of high school graduates this spring, the question can loom. But it doesn’t have to; attention to the following four items adds up to an effortless post-secondary transition.
1. Explore Yourself.
“Identify your skills, values and personality factors”, says Barb Kruger, an independent career professional. Barb uses a combination of assessments, self-reflection tools and coaching to help students know and communicate about themselves and recruit the help they need.
2. Explore the World.
“Learn how to gather information that is meaningful and relevant to yourself and to your goals”, says Barb. At Island Oak High School in Duncan, she has students practice interviewing each other before bringing real-world professionals into the classroom for students to interview. Students then conduct occupational interviews out in the community.
3. Explore Post-Secondary Institutions.
“Practice speaking and writing about your accomplishments”, says Barb. She takes students on post-secondary visits and trains them to express themselves with confidence, then has them practice writing essays that can garner them university acceptances and scholarships.
4. Start in Grade Nine or Earlier.
“Pre-requisites differ from university to university”, says Barb, “you need more than the requirements for a Dogwood Diploma to qualify for most universities.” By grade 10, students need specific maths and sciences courses for some university programs, and documented volunteer and work experiences.”By Grade 12, choices become critical if students want to enter university.” Even adults can go through the steps above, but “ If they start in Grade 9 or earlier, this process will be effortless and fun, with no pressure.”


This is reprinted from an article in the Cowichan Valley Voice magazine by Vivi de Graff, the Communications Coordinator at Island Oak High School in Duncan.

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You could be here!

If you are a British Columbia student, you could be here right now! Put in an application and let’s talk. All of our students are students who really want to be here, which is a big reason there’s such a positive feeling at Island Oak! We admit BC students by interview, not by ability to pay tuition.

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Some of our great students taking shifts at Stuff the Truck for SUN FM’s food drive last week!

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Over 100 people of all ages attended the Advent Spiral gifted to the community by a group of IOHS alumni parents Dec. 1

Over 100 people of all ages attended the Advent Spiral gifted to the community by a group of IOHS alumni parents Dec. 1

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Advent Spiral Sunday, Dec.1. Open to the public by donation.
Everyone is invited to begin the Christmas season in a quiet mood of beauty and wonder with this meditative, labyrinth-style walk with live music. Enjoy cookies and tea in the anteroom, then enter the spiral room with apple-candle in hand (you can bring your own candle set in an apple, or we have some here). Carry your apple-candle to the centre of the spiral, light it at the large candle there, then set it down your way out of the spiral.

This wonderful gift to the public is created by volunteer alumni parents of Island Oak High School. Donations go to the musicians.

Advent Spiral Sunday, Dec.1. Open to the public by donation.
Everyone is invited to begin the Christmas season in a quiet mood of beauty and wonder with this meditative, labyrinth-style walk with live music. Enjoy cookies and tea in the anteroom, then enter the spiral room with apple-candle in hand (you can bring your own candle set in an apple, or we have some here). Carry your apple-candle to the centre of the spiral, light it at the large candle there, then set it down your way out of the spiral.

This wonderful gift to the public is created by volunteer alumni parents of Island Oak High School. Donations go to the musicians.

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November Main Lessons
Cell Biology and Reproduction (Sci 9)
Reasoning and Statistics (MA 11)
Promise, Collapse and Tragedy (His 12)

November Main Lessons
Cell Biology and Reproduction (Sci 9)
Reasoning and Statistics (MA 11)
Promise, Collapse and Tragedy (His 12)

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People, Passion, Program…and pizza. Cowichan Valley Parents/Teens looking for high school that works are invited for pizza and stories.

People, Passion, Program…and pizza. Cowichan Valley Parents/Teens looking for high school that works are invited for pizza and stories.

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Under the “why I love this school” category; how often do you see high school students come BACK to school on their week off to rake and plant?