Community school envisions a peace garden

Students at Beachcombers Community School in Fanny Bay have a much nicer view than most pupils.  - Photo courtesy Beachcombers Community School
Students at Beachcombers Community School in Fanny Bay have a much nicer view than most pupils.
— image credit: Photo courtesy Beachcombers Community School

Beachcombers Community School, a lovely parent-driven school in Fanny Bay south of Courtenay, has just been shortlisted for a $20,000 outdoor classroom grant.

“We are very excited to be one of a handful of schools to be chosen across Canada, and the only school in B.C.,” said principal Wendy Preston.

Beachcombers School’s vision is to build a “peace garden” that will include an outdoor garden and science classroom, including a composting centre.

They are also hoping to install a stone circle that will function as an outdoor teaching area and place for classroom community meetings.

The final grant winner is chosen through online voting. Beachcombers needs your vote.

As a small school with small class sizes and small overall student numbers, the school is at a disadvantage.

To win the grant, the school will need community support.

“We are up against schools with 10 times our student population,” said Preston.

“We need every vote.”

Beachcombers School offers a gentle learning environment, Montessori-inspired academics and environmental stewardship, including coastal studies.

“We are grateful for all the community support we have received,” said Preston. “We truly are the ‘Little School that Could!’ ”

To vote, visit the Beachcombers Community School website at


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