WHAT IS INTERSESSION ANYWAY?
Intersession is the period between first and second semester where high school students engage in activities as diverse as missions trips and glass fusing, and as broad as sewing and work experience placementss. More than anything else, Intersession offers teachers and students a chance to work together in meaningful and authentic contexts that awaken and deepen their interest in a particular subject or field, as well as provide better and more options to strengthen their faith.
This year we had another great set of courses and opportunities organized for our Grade 10 - 12 students. We had students participate in all sorts of activities, service and training... not to mention, amazing trips to India for missions work and a renaissance tour around Europe! In Kelowna, Grade 10-12 students were engaged and inspired through jazz combo, set design, art, glass fusing, sewing, film noir of the 1950’s, skiing, Christian leadership training, and several work experience placements in our community. Thank you to all the teachers, parents and community members that helped make Intersession 2017 possible!
Seven students worked with the elemental colours of fire, air, water and earth to create an artwork that represented how God has visually used these as metaphors of His presence. From the burning bush, to the wind of the Spirit, to Living Water, to The Vine and the branches, God is with us.
Title: REFINE. BREATHE. QUENCH. GROW.
EUROPE RENAISSANCE TOUR
Our 14 students visited Sorrento, Rome, Tuscany, Cinque Terre and Venice! They discovered first hand the history they have been learning about in their textbooks. What an experience!
Students learned to work with stained glass at Annemarie Fux Glass Studio. They were taught pattern preparation, glass cutting and soldering while making a stained glass suncatcher. Students also became skilled in glass bead-making and glass fusing.
MISSIONS TRIP TO INDIA
Fourteen KCS Grade 11 & 12 students went off to India to serve, pray and love those at the Child of Mine Shanti Niketan Children’s Home. Learn more on our Global Missions page and follow their journey at KCSinindia.wordpress.com & twitter.com/KCSIndia2017.
Mr. Murdock, our amazing MS/HS Music Director, taught and further developed the talents of our students through Jazz over the week of Intersession 2017. What a privilege to have Anna Jacyszyn visit our campus again and have her experienced, lovable self teach our students too! They gave a wonderful performance at lunch only 3 days after working together – well done students!
WORK EXPERIENCE / GUIDED LEARNING
We had 29 students participate in our Work Experience / Guided Learning program at 12 local businesses and organizations during Intersession this year. They worked with local churches (Trinity Baptist and Willow Park), and gained real world experience at local businesses including Capri Insurance Vernon, Okanagan Interventional Pain Clinic, Interior Testing Services Inc. and Kelowna Glass.
CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP TRAINING
It’s always fun when Sid Loop, our MS/HS Student Life Director, is around! Along with Mr. Martens, they facilitated a fantastic leadership training program at Green Bay Camp for our students. They spent time going through a curriculum called “The Way I’m Wired”, which included topics such as Understanding Your Spiritual Gifts, Best Qualities, and Finest Values; Rethinking Your Motives, Relationships, and Use of Time; Knowing Your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats; Praying for Courage, Perseverance, and Miracles; and Writing Your Lifetime Dream.
Much of their time together included creating space for self-awareness in the areas of personality, gifts, talents, team building and soul care. Students finished their week by answering the question: “how do I best steward who God has created me to be?” and were challenged to develop their leadership skills to make a difference at KCS and beyond.
Students worked with Mr. Van Dyk on building the set for our upcoming High School Musical - Seussical.
Students visit the fabric store, bought material and sewed comfy sweats and aprons with help of Mrs. Marees.
Students participated in safety training and ski lessons at Big White Ski Resort.