TREK Program at Prince of Wales
Education about the natural environment and sustainability are fundamental components of the TREK Program. We believe that students should understand how the natural world has an impact on their daily lives, and in turn, what kind of impact their daily lives have on the environment. We provide students with opportunities to learn about the functioning of natural systems, consider a range of views, identify their beliefs and opinions, and ultimately make informed and responsible decisions.
The underlying purpose of the TREK Program is to provide experiences that help students learn about themselves. We create a physical and social environment that supports the development of positive character traits such as respect, responsibility, compassion, independence, self-confidence, openness to new experiences, helpfulness, self-discipline, enthusiasm, courage, leadership, critical thinking, interpersonal skills, creativity, and concern for health and fitness. Our aim is to enable students to choose wisely from among their choices, initiate action, turn dreams into reality and take personal responsibility for who they become.
To assist students to make connections to the natural environment and learn about themselves the TREK Program introduces each student to a variety of outdoor activities including hiking and backpacking; ocean kayaking; canoeing; rock climbing; cycle touring; back-country (telemark) skiing; cross-country (Nordic) skiing; essential outdoor skills (minimum impact camping, outdoor cooking, first aid, map & compass, weather interpretation, snow shelter construction, avalanche assessment and risk reduction).
We provide instruction in the safe means of participating in each of these activities, and give students the basis for a lifetime of outdoor adventure. In addition, our trips (1 – 7 days in duration) enable us to examine a variety of ecosystems (e.g. alpine, intertidal, freshwater, bog, and temperate rainforest).
Each year 112 students are admitted to this enriched alternate education program based at Prince of Wales Secondary School. Students must transfer to P.W. for the year. During their TREK year students will spend 5 months on-TREK where they will be involved in a combination of outdoor activities, field studies, and classroom-based academics and 5 months off-TREK where they will complete an intensified academic curriculum.
At the end of the year, all TREK students will have met the requirements for completion of Grade 10 (credit in English, Social Studies, Math, Science, P.E., Planning, a second language and Outdoor Education).
Admission requirements:Applicants must pass all Grade 8 and 9 core subjects with a minimum C+ average. Potential applicants, and their parents, are encouraged to attend one of two information meetings and interested students will need to attend an interview.
Administering school: Prince of Wales Secondary School