Bluenose Academy Class Teaches Practical Skills For Lifelong Lessons

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 07:32 AM

A local educator is teaching students practical skills he hopes will turn into life lessons down the road.

Kajtek Jaskowiak is a science and outdoor education teacher at Bluenose Academy in Lunenburg.

He can often be found outside of the school, teaching Grade 7, 8, and 9 students how to tie knots, make shelters, and cook on camp stoves.

"It's a program that allows students to learn many of the hands on skills they get in other classes but it's a bit more of a hands on approach."

Jaskowiak says these skills aren't just important for camping.

"Tolerance for adversity and uncertainty - it's the idea that when things get challenging and the unknown happens how do we respond, so these are all life skills these students are learning and we try to practice them in an outdoor setting."

The day our newsroom visits, it's chilly and windy. The Grade 8 students are building a-frame shelters outside of their school.

They've already mastered the art of cooking on small, white gas camp stoves. Now they need a spot to do that if it's raining or snowing.

Grade 8 student Jasmine Saunders, says she's learned a lot of practical skills in Jaskowiak's class.

"How to tie a lot of knots, how to light the stoves and how to light matches, how to put up a tarp," says Saunders.

Saunders feels the class has helped her prepare for situations in all weather.

Student Alisdair Song  says the classes are a great way to break up the day and he's learned a lot.

"I think a lot of kids could definitely take those skills and use them to their advantage like cooperation, working with team mates, being prepared," he says.

At the end of the year each class gets a hiking at the Morton Centre while the Grade 9 class gets to do an overnight camping trip, also at Morton Centre.

Both Song and Saunders say they're looking forward to using their skills out in the wild.

Story by Brittany Wentzell

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