🏔This Land is Us🏔

Hi, guess what! I’m back at it again with my grade 9 year of PLP. Somehow I managed to make it here alive and well, with the exception of the overwhelming pressure of my school, social, and personal lives. Just kidding, I bet I really had you there. Once again kidding. At this very moment I’m sitting, iPad in hand typing away at what some would call, a “she just drank 5 shots of espresso” pace. And no, I didn’t just drink 5 shots of espresso, it was only 4. Kidding again. Anyway, back to the fact that I’m sitting here, typing on my iPad for my school portfolio post alive and well. I wonder what that hints to. Considering the was identity works I’m simply saying that there is a reason that I have the opportunity, the privilege to be doing these things. To be learning in a way that makes it fun and more beneficial. And to be surrounded by a diverse community rich with culture that all have something in common. Place.

Our first project of the year is entitled, “This Land is Us,” and had given us the question, “How Does Place Impact Who We Are?” Why don’t you try and answer this question without any research or background knowledge. It’s hard isn’t it. Yeah I would know. So how does the place in which we live impact who we are? In order to properly grasp an understanding of the answer to this question we took a trip up north and through vast terrain. You guessed it, the Canadian Rocky Mountains. This trip was amazing and I think that I got so much out of it going towards my project. Since I now realize that I neglected to explain what said project is, I will now do so.

Incase you haven’t read any of my blog from October 2018 – June 2019 I’m gonna refresh your brain and explain briefly that grade 8 was all about still images and worldview. As I am now one year wiser I’m starting to recognize that we started with a big idea that we are now working our way inwards on. Worldview was one of my least favourite words last year and now its seems to be one of my favourite. On our trip to Alberta, we began to talk about identity and culture of an individual or social group. This resulted in the making of our “people groups.” These seven groups defined the final product, a video explaining the answer to the driving question. But like everything in PLP, this come with a twist. Our class was divided into seven different groups that we would research and interview. Albertans, Artists, Business Owners, First Nations, Students, Tourists, and Wildlife. In these groups the driving question was fit to each subject. For myself, “How Does Place Impact Wildlife,” became the driving question I was so determined to answer.

Okay so that I’m all caught up here comes the checklist you’ll learn to love.

1. I have now explained that we are learning all about the making of videos and working with technologies to do so.

2. I have also explained that we are working with the idea of identity and culture and were asked, “How Does Place Impact Who We Are?”

3. Finally, I’ve given a basic understanding of what our project was all about.

Perfecto! So how did we get here. And by here I mean to the beginning of our glorious project. We started out by discussion what make place a part of who we are and how living in BC impact us. We mapped out some ideas surrounding the general idea including politics, geography, education, food, and many more. We tried to summarize what we meant by this and not going to lie, not a single person in that room spoke up about identity and culture. As we went on into our next milestones we began to get and idea of how place impacts an individuals personal identity without really speaking about the word or concept of identity itself.

As we continued with our travels through Alberta we reached Calgary in which we visited the Glenbow Museum as one of our many ventures in the city. At this beautiful museum we saw tons of art relating back to our driving question, some of which closely related to my specific group, wildlife. With each stop we learned more and more about how the place in which we live, learn, and strive in impacts us and those related to our people groups. The most beneficial stops on the trip for my specific group were definitely anywhere from the Lake Louise Gondola Tour to Leo Downey’s Buffalo Ranch so clearly the topic was difficult especially when it came down to choosing between my many interviews for my final video.

Now I know that is is a dreadfully long post and you’ve probably given up on reading it at this point. The final point I’d like to make is all about my understanding of the curricular competencies. Before Alberta we were introduced to the idea of curricular competencies that would act as a guide line for what we should be trying to recognize in each milestone. “Compare and contrast continuities and change,” was the big one that stood out to me. I feel that with the way my video turned out, I did a good job and not only made something that I’m proud of but also demonstrated my solid understanding of the continuity and change in the impact of place on wildlife. When I finally got to answer the driving question in my own words it resulted in the idea that the place in which we learn, grow, strive and adapt to life in become one of the biggest parts of our identity as individuals. I would not be the same person if I’d grown up in Ireland. I wouldn’t be the same person if I’d gone to Dorothy Lynas instead of Cove Cliff for elementary school. Our place seems like a widespread area. Some would say that the place they come from is BC or Vancouver. But I really believe that its the close to home place that hits my identity hard. Where I learned to ride my bike and multiply 5 by 7 have gotten me to where I am to today.


ciara ✌️

🛣Oregon Field Study Advertisment Reflection🛣



  • Obviously I was headed in the wrong direction




    Hey guys! As you’ve seen from my recent post I sent on an awesome field school to Oregon with my PLP 8 cohort. During the trip we were assigned groups to interview a business in order to complete an advertising project similar to the one done in Deep Cove earlier this year. 



Obviously I was headed in the wrong direction



   The outline of the project was to create an ad for the business assigned to your group. My group, Finn, Rhiann, Felix, and Grace were assigned to Marine Discovery Tours in Newport, OR. 



I changed the opacity of the square and added more ( but not enough ) information



   As you can see my first draft was really something… during our interview, our “client,” suggested bright colours and family friendly vibes. This draft was messy but did compile some of those aspects.




TeroVesalainen / Pixabay




   The second draft for my ad was an improvement no doubt. But it was still missing multiple important aspects such as information, and a clearer perspective on what I was actually selling. This draft was a stepping stone in the process that lead me away from animated crabs and bright yellow cuts.





After receiving critique from my classmates I tried to improve but got stuck in a never ending loop. Drafts 3 and 4 were hardly what I needed to really succeed. During the entire process as a whole, I received helpful critique from my teacher, peers, and even PLP 11’s. Though I received the critique itself, I still struggled with making my ad better.





I think the best to come out of this project was all about the critique I recieved from multiple audiences all liable to have an interest in what I was selling.


Ciara ✌️


🌊The Oregon Field School🌊

Hi guys, I’m back and in this post I’m going to cover everything I experienced on the Oregon field study that I recently got back from with the rest of my class in PLP 8. For those of you who don’t know what PLP is. PLP is a program at Seycove Secondary in BC, Canada. The program itself is one that reinforces revision, inquiry, and many more important traits to have when learning. Every year, the PLP teachers take each grade on a field study to different parts of the USA or even places like Cuba. Every group of grade 8’s goes on a 7 day trip down the Oregon Coast. As I said before, this post is all about that!




  • Yaquinna Head





Favourite Meal:


  On this amazing trip I expanded my palate and opened up to trying new foods like Thai, Chinese, and more. Though I tried a new variety of foods, I still can’t get over the buffets. During this journey we were treated to three different buffets, but my absolute favourite was in northern interior Oregon on our way home. The place was like Chuck E Cheese, but in my opinion, much much better. There were games, rides, movies, tv, and lots of food, including ( my favourite, ) dessert buffet. If you ever are in north interior Oregon, go to Johns Incredible Pizza Co., it’s the best.









Favourite Activity:


  On the second day of our awesome adventure, we went to High Life Ziplining. This was my absolute favourite activity. We had soooooo much fun during the eight course ziplining adventure, over forest, ponds, and a huge lake in which we were dunked. On this course we were given snacks, and a great scare by a yeti. But by far, the best moment during this venture was when my friend Holly who is small, apparently to small to make it across the zipline by herself, and I went down a super long zipline together and our classmates, Felix, Kaden, Ryan, and Fin, convinced the instructor to dunk us in the lake. At High Life we had a really great time and hope to do something similar in the future.








Favourite Place We Stayed:


  Now, on a trip like this one no one was expecting a five star hotel. That doesn’t mean that we didn’t have some pretty awesome accommodations. During the trip we stayed in three different resorts one of which was KOA a resort located in Warrenton Oregon. We spent our first two nights there swimming in their outdoor pool, enjoying pancakes, and our cabins. That was my personal favourite stay of the trip.









Favourite Nature Experience:


  My favourite nature experience is so had to choose so I’m leaving it at that, I can’t choose. We went to multiple beaches, The Northwest Trek, Fort Stevens, not to mention every single time we stepped outside the bus, the nature that surrounded us was breathtaking. We saw a huge monolith, beautiful beaches, animals of any and almost every kind found on the northwest coast. We ventured into Forrest, tidal zones in which we got wet, and of course the occasional grey whale. The Oregon Coast is beautiful and breathtaking.







Favourite Quest:


  If you’ve ever heard of geocaching, you know how fun it is when those supervising you, trust you to go off into nature, around bay fronts, estuaries, and even closed and repurposed military bases. We did each and every one of these things, but why? Because throughout the Oregon coast, certain places provide questing opportunities. Questing is simply a group of 4-5 people using clues to solve the mystery at hand. For us, the mystery was where a small tupperware box with a stamp in it was hidden. After we used all the clues to find the box we had to make it back to our teachers before the designated amount of time was up. My favourite quest was the very last one of the trip. At our campground, my group ( Grace, Rhiann, Felix, and Fin, ) and I were the only group to solve the puzzle. The final answer got us the win. This was my favourite quest because not only did we accomplish something no one else did, but we also had so much fun doing it.









  To conclude on a high, in Oregon I had one of the best times of my life and experienced something that I am so lucky to be a part of. Down below is a virtual book my class was assigned to make in Oregon. It goes day by day and is filled with all the pictures you could think of.