Community of Vavenby: news update

School bus safety and Halloween fun

  • Nov. 10, 2018 1:30 p.m.

By Robyn Rexin

The last week of October was a busy one for Vavenby Elementary School students. On Oct. 30 a school bus showed up in the morning; the bus driver taught bus evacuation and how to react to an event.

All the children were given activity bags that contained a tag that said SD73 School Bus Safety Deputy. Most students clipped it on right away.

After the presentation it was time for recess and when the students came back there were fresh baked chocolate cupcakes prepared by teacher, Mr. Forsyth, plus vegetables waiting for them. Some vegetables had to be eaten first.

At 11:45 a.m. Blue River students arrived. There was a little free time, then everyone went into the main classroom. Forsyth explained to everyone that, “exterminators had been in the school for a couple of days to get rid of flies and the school had been changed.”

The students would be divided into teams. They’d need to look for clues to help them solve problems that would get them through the lock-out room and out of the school. The lock-out room was at the far side of the school and had a letter combination lock on it.

Children were also given rules of what not to touch such as fire alarms, light switches and fire extinguishers.

Before doing this team game everyone ate lunch then went outside to burn off some excess energy.

The children went to the gym next to play a game called Epic Battle of Rock, Scissors, Paper. The children were divided into four teams and had a colour put on the back of their hand.

Two of the teams were sent to one side of the gym and the other two to the opposite side.

There were hula hoops on the floor going from one group to the other. One child from each side hopped through the hoops until they met up. Then they did Rock, Paper, Scissors. The winner kept hopping until they met a new opponent. The loser went to the opposite team. This could be an everlasting game and the children loved it.

As this game was continuing a certain coloured team was being removed to go through the two haunted hallways to find the five clues to get through the locked room. Forsyth, with his jack o’lantern mask on, put the team into the first hallway.

The decorations, blinking lights, and scary music provided a spooky atmosphere. The final clue was three Scrabble letters found inside a pumpkin with its “intestines” left in. The students had been warned they might have to get messy!

It was great to see how well the Vavenby and Blue River school children worked and played together.

On Oct. 31 there was a class full of unrecognizable children and adults at the school—it was Halloween and everyone came dressed up for it.

That night was the Halloween party at the community hall sponsored by the Vavenby Trails and Recreation Society.

The doors opened at 6:30 p.m. There were hot dogs, hot chocolate, and coffee for everyone. People payed by donation. Rick Dee of Dee’s Store in Birch Island donated the wieners.

There was costume judging by age groups: 0 – 5, 6 – 10, 11 – 16, and 17 – 107.

Barb Pennell made 85 “witches cauldrons.”

These were covered baskets filled with different items. Everyone in costume got one, but the judges – Sandra Graffunder and Dave Stewart – picked the top three costumes for each age group. These winners received cauldrons with some special items in them.

For once it wasn’t raining or snowing on Halloween so everyone could go out to enjoy the bonfire put on and watched over by the Vavenby fire department.

The department also set off fireworks at the thrift store across the street. Sadly it was difficult to see the erupting lights because it was so foggy that night. The TNRD gave a donation towards the cost of the fireworks.

The Beware the Toilet ended up in the community hall as part of the Hallowe’en decorations. The total amount raised with this toilet was $495.

This money is to go towards buying more outdoor equipment for the school.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19: Interior Health orders closure of all fitness centres until May 30

The order is subject to revision, cancellation, or extension

Clearwater healthy living classes live-streamed for those in self-isolation

Those interested can follow along with yoga, body conditioning exercises, and mental wellness talks

Q&A: Interior Health CEO answers questions on COVID-19 response

Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health, answers questions regarding COVID-19

Clearwater RCMP look for missing Alberta man

Wayne Theriault was last believed to have been seen on March 24

Trudeau rejects mandatory stay-at-home order for now; COVID deaths up

The virus has now infected more than 10,000 Canadians and cost 130 their lives

Celebrate Easter in a ‘safe way,’ Dr. Henry urges as B.C records 6 new COVID-19 deaths

Top doctor urges British Columbians to halt non-essential travel within the province

B.C. health officer says homemade masks may prevent spread of COVID-19 to others

Practising physical distancing, frequent hand washing and resisting touching your face are proven methods

B.C.’s senior home staff measures show results in COVID-19 battle

Dr. Bonnie Henry’s order restricts care aides to one facility

‘A matter of human decency’: Truckers’ union calls on gas stations, rest stops to fully re-open

Teamsters Canada wants feds, provinces to put pressure on facilities to re-open for transport workers

B.C. unveils $3.5M COVID-19 emergency fund for post-secondary students

Money will help students cover living expenses, food, travel, portable computers

‘We will get through this’: B.C. sees new COVID-19 death, but 57% have recovered

A total of 1,066 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

Canada’s 75% wage subsidy is coming, but not for several weeks: finance minister

Subsidy will cost Canada $71 billion, but push down cost of emergency benefit, Morneau said

COVID-19: ‘The Ballad of Bonnie Henry’ recorded and released

LISTEN: Quick turnaround for song penned by B.C. Order of Canada musician Phil Dwyer

Most Read