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.
Cedar Bark Peeling in Ms. Pikes classroom with Mr. Baker.
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.
The following message was read to students in their C block class first thing this morning:
“Yesterday, RCMP were called to our school to assist with a situation. Students had been heard talking about a school shooting. We take this very seriously, and we have procedures in place to deal with situations such as this. The police are investigating the threat, and we feel that our school is a safe place to be today. If you have any concerns or are worried, there will be counsellors and support people in Ang’s room for you to talk to. Please let your teacher know if you are going to Ang’s room.
The safety of our students and staff is always our biggest concern. If you ever hear or see something at school that makes you feel unsafe, please report it to any staff member. You may notice RCMP in our building today as they are our partners in ensuring school safety. Please feel free to chat with them about any of your concerns.”