Author Archives: Amber Weaver

Forestry Simulators

Yesterday we were visited by the Vancouver Island University’s training trailer. The trailer had simulators for a Processor, Log Loader, Feller Buncher, and Excavator.  As stated on the VIU website “Students stepping into the simulator seats will find the controls exactly as they are on the real machines. The large screens project 360-degree views of customizable, virtual landscapes, and the seats are on sophisticated motion platforms that move the operators around as they drive over rough terrain or pick up heavy objects. For example, on the excavator simulator, if a student drops the bucket too hard on the ground, the machine lifts just the way it would in a real machine.” These simulators help students understand the skills required to run forestry equipment.

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Grant Bay

A couple of our classes went to Grant Bay to make surf huts. They learned different building techniques and got to enjoy the beach!

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Mobile Medical Unit

Members of the PHSS health council had a tour of the Mobile Medical Unit in the parking lot of PH hospital. This unit is shared by the Health Authorities and has been to over 55 locations- including the 2010 Olympics. We met the doctor and paramedic that travel with the mobile unit and they gave the students demonstrations on how the machines are used. This unit is used for training and an alternative setting for health authorities.IMG_7405 IMG_7406


Some of our grade 10 students visited the hospital to learn what P.A.R.T.Y stands for: Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth.
Students learned that drinking and driving can be prevented. They toured the hospital trauma room and got to listen to nurses ‘work’ on a mock patient- Mac Bratosh. The nurses went through their A, B, C’s and how intrusive they need to be when people come into the ER and they are uncertain as to what they have ingested. They also met with the PH Ambulance paramedics who talked about the realities of car crashes.
Activities were organized to see how difficult it would be to button up your own shirt if you did not have hands and a video tape of a girl who was learning how to speak again after sustaining a head injury from an alcohol involving crash. Students could not understand the word list that she read out.
Constable MacDonald stressed that she would want students to call her to prevent drinking and driving crashes. The term accidents is not being used as drunk driving can be preventable.
Nurses, hospital staff and RCMP told the students that they are non-judgemental and want the students to be safe; that they wanted the students to know that any questions or concerns they had would be welcomed.
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