Cascade Christian School
45657 Yale Road
Chilliwack, BC V2P 2N1
We are privileged to meet and learn on the Stó:lō unceded traditional territory of the Pilalt and Ts’elxwéyeqw tribes.
GoingPLACES exists to nurture students by developing spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual growth through place-based learning and understanding their role and responsibility in the larger community.
Place-based education allows students with diverse needs to excel and recognizes that authentic learning must accommodate individual strengths and skills (Chawla & Escalante, 2007; Vander Ark et al., 2020). Research demonstrates that students experience improved levels of memory, reduced inattentiveness, lower levels of depression and stress and increased positive behaviour when students had increased access to nature (Dadvand et al., 2015; Roe & Aspinall, 2011; McCormick, 2017). Increasing student engagement, developing the 21-century competencies of creative thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration requires learning through meaningful connections to the world around them. Supporting faith development and wonder in Creation are critical by-products of place-based learning
We recognize that God has created each of our students uniquely and wonderfully. We seek to create a program where students will recognize and develop their individual God-given strengths and abilities. This will allow them to positively impact the world in which they live.
Through their experiences they will establish a sense of ownership and responsibility for the PLACES they inhabit in the Chilliwack area. Students will recognize that their purpose is to use their hands and feet, hearts and minds to unpack all of the potential learning an outdoor classroom has to offer.
Together we will be inspired and engaged through God’s creation to develop the competencies necessary for flourishing life
To nurture students to develop spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual growth through place-based learning and to understand their role and responsibility in the larger community
Experiencing wonder in creation
Leadership through collaboration
Learning through a strengths-based approach
Students in grade 6 begin the 4-year GoingPLACES cycle. In the Engage year, students begin leaving campus for one morning each week to engage in a local community project or area of inquiry. This grade has adopted McCutcheon Park, a local community park and has taken responsibility for some ongoing maintenance and development of the park. Working with the city, our Indigenous neighbours and other community partners, students continue to plan for development of the park and further understand it as a place of learning.
Students in grades 7 and 8 begin exploring the local community outside the classroom for one day each week. They spend time learning about the local geography, stories and land within our region. A typical day might be spent exploring symbiotic relationships in nature while on a hike, comparing and contrasting water quality between two different bodies of water or meeting with a local expert in the community forest. The EXPLORE component culminates in an Action Plan to educate or inform others about a local topic related to their experiences.
In grade 9, students have the option of choosing to spend another year exploring, or apply for a year of skill building, certification and leadership. During the EQUIP year, students will develop a deeper understanding of our local place. In this place-based learning experience, students develop specific skills-based learning and outdoor practice. By the end of the year, students will have the opportunity to receive their: 1) First Aid Certificate, 2) Belay Certificate, 3) Lakewater Level 1, 4) River Smart Certificate. A typical outdoor day in the EQUIP component would be building a survival shelter, snowshoeing, or building skills and knowledge toward specific certification.
Chawla, L., & Escalante, M. (2007). Student gains from place-based education.
Fact Sheet: https://www.colorado.edu/cedar/sites/default/files/attached-files/CYE_FactSheet2_Place-Based%20Education_December%202010_0.pdf
Dadvand, P., Nieuwenhuijsen, M., Esnaola, M., Forns, J., Basagana, X., Alvarez-Pedrerol, M., Rivas, I., Lopez-Vicente, M., De Castro Pascual, M., Su, J., Jerrett, M., Querol, X., & Sunyer, J. (2015). Green spaces and cognitive development in primary schoolchildren. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112, 7937-7942.
McCormick, R. (2017). Does access to green space impact the mental well-being of children: A systematic review. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 37, 3-7. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2017.08.027
Roe, J., & Aspinall, P. (2011). The restorative outcomes of forest school and conventional school in young people with good and poor behaviour. Urban Forestry and Urban Planning, 10, 205-212.
Skoutajan, S. (2012). Defending place-based education. Green Teacher, 97, 34-36.
Vander Ark, T., Liebtag, E., & McClennen, N. (2020). The Power of Place, ASCD
Cascade Christian School is accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. The successful candidate will be comfortable teaching all core subjects and engaging students from a Biblical worldview.
At Cascade we seek to consider and value each student as an individual. Approaching students and curriculum development from a strengths-based mindset is an asset. Cascade is developing an instructional culture focused around local place-based opportunities. Candidates should be interested in including learning opportunities outside the classroom on the school grounds or off site.
All candidates must hold or be eligible for a valid BC teaching certificate. Please send resume, philosophy of Christian Education, credentials and statement of faith to:
We are looking for a part-time (0.4 FTE) French/ADST teacher to teach and prep for upper intermediate/middle school French and middle school ADST (sewing).
At Cascade we seek to consider and value each student as an individual. Approaching students and curriculum development from a strengths-based mindset is an asset.
Candidates should demonstrate:
All candidates must hold or be eligible for a valid BC teaching certificate.
Cascade Christian School is seeking a part-time (0.6) Education Assistant. The successful candidate will be working in a collaborative team environment, be able to receive direction from the teacher and report to the Director of Inclusive Education. Experienced candidate would be preferred.