Gifted students often have unique social and emotional needs. Students often relate to intellectual peers well beyond their years and find it difficult to relate to people their own age. For this reason, the 4C Challenge Program includes many opportunities for students to interact socially with students in other grades in the program. By extending their social connections beyond their own class students build lasting mentor relationships. Social events include BBQs, dances, movie nights, camping trips, forums, conferences, and picnics. Students are encouraged to organize as many opportunities for social interaction as they wish.
Esquimalt High School and Mt. Douglas Secondary School take turns hosting dances for Challenge students.
International Travel Opportunities
Esquimalt High School supports and encourages student participation in field trips, recognizing the social, cultural, and educational benefits of such experiences. The school sponsors international trips for students on a regular basis.
France, Russia, and the Americas are regular destinations and recent trips have included Spain, Peru, Greece, Costa Rica and Mexico. In 2013 students will be travelling to both Russia and South East Asia with stops in Viet Nam, Thailand and Cambodia.
For more information about these and other international opportunities check out Esquimalt High School's International Travel section of our website under the Activities menu.
Middle School Gifted Orientation Day
Gifted students in grades 6-8 are invited every year for a single day orientation session at Esquimalt High. Highlights of the day include four specialized sessions in the fields of environmental studies, evolution, dance/music and philosophy. These sessions are designed to give students a “taste” of Challenge learning at Esquimalt. An orientation session, tours of the school and snacks are also provided.
District Gifted Program Information Night
Greater Victoria School District 61 hosts an information session at either Esquimalt High School or Mount Douglas Secondary School each January. Gifted programs at both schools are discussed, and parents are welcome to ask questions to administration and program coordinators.
Please join us at Esquimalt High School on January 14th, 2013.