Cascade Christian School
45657 Yale Road
Chilliwack, BC V2P 2N1
Place-based learning is often used interchangeably with outdoor learning or environmental education. While each term connotes a slightly different description, ultimately, place-based learning focuses on learning that uses authentic contexts to learn and connect subject areas in a meaningful way (Skoutajan, 2012). Learning through our local environment cultivates increasing wonder in God’s creation, a deeper understanding of the people in the community and the lands we inhabit and ultimately to become people of action, developing the competencies needed for a flourishing life.
Place-based education connects the content learned in the classroom with hands-on, experiential learning outside. For example, studying biodiversity in the classroom becomes more meaningful as students examine and explore biodiversity in a real-world setting. This connection leads to deeper learning.
At Cascade Christian School, we believe each student has unique gifts and strengths that are needed and contribute to the health of the greater community. Place-based education recognizes that our diverse students need varied opportunities to build on these strengths.
Our school’s mission statement is “To inspire living with wonder, serving with purpose and leading with God’s grace.” As our students engage, explore and are equipped to spend time in Creation and our local community, they become more aware of their place in God’s story in the world around them. We desire our students to authentically live out their faith with passion and purpose, serving those around them both in the school and in the larger community.
Wonder is the awe and awareness of the beauty and intricacy of Creation. As students connect the natural world’s design, beauty, and diversity with God’s character, their faith deepens, and they begin to respond to this growing awareness personally and in their communities.
The students explore a variety of local environments. Occasionally, we travel east to Manning Park and west to Vancouver. We post the planned location on Google calendar the week before for students to access.
We go out outside- rain or shine. Safety is paramount, so there are times when the weather will dictate a change in the planned activity (e.g. we would not hike if there was lightning).
We leave shortly after the second bell goes. If your child misses the bus, there is no-one to supervise them at school, and you will be called to pick them up.
Year One – $25
Year Two – $50
Year Three – $50
Year Four – $100
(Fees are to cover costs incurred on fee based outings and speakers)
See gear list above
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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.