GCP - Frequently Asked Questions


Why was GCP developed?

innovateThe world is looking for a new kind of learner – a student who is engaged with the world around them, who understands and can use their own personal power, who has a sense of advocacy, confidence, and agency, a student who has found their voice. However, within a traditional classroom framework, it can be difficult to provide students with the relational foundation required for such risk-taking and classroom constraints limit opportunity for students to practice some of these “real world” skills. GCP was developed to provide ample opportunity for relationship, inter-disciplinary learning, and practicum-focused engagement within and outside of the classroom.

Who is GCP for?

innovateGCP is for students in grades 10, 11, and 12.

In grade 10, GCP has a local focus and the overarching theme of GCP is for grade 10s is Be – students are encouraged to engage with their own journey and explore their identity in Christ.

In grade 11, GCP has a provincial focus and the overarching theme for grade 11s is Belong – students learn about relationships, conflict-resolution skills, boundaries, and how to practice healthy relationships.

In grade 12, GCP has a global focus and the overarching theme for grade 12 is Become – students reflect on who they are becoming and begin to think about how they will share their God-given strengths and purpose with the world around them.

How does GCP work?

In this course, academics are blended into student-driven programs of service and adventure, with a focus on personal journey. Each year, students take in four different modules: Self and Others, Geography and Outdoor Ed, Entrepreneurship, and Humanities. Within each module, classroom teaching is the back drop for students’ experiences outside the classroom. Students take part in community events, organize and execute events, travel, and work together to create and problem solve. All course content is based on the foundational aim of seeing students grow in their relationships with themselves, others, and God.

How is GCP funded?

The fees associated with the academic, adventure, and service trips are paid for by the students and subsidized by HCS. This cost is also balanced by a couple of other initiatives: As part of the GCP course content, students organize and run a major fundraising event with support from their teachers. All proceeds raised go towards the course costs. Additionally, GCP is funded by a variety of donors who are contributing to this course with both monetary funds and with donations of outdoor gear to equip students for outdoor trips.

Do students have to take GCP?

High School students at our school GET to take GCP. This is one of the most exciting programs our school has ever offered. We won’t let anyone miss out on this.

How is GCP Graded?

Instead of focus being placed on “end result” items like tests and presentations, GCP is focused on process, student initiative, and overall growth. Thus, GCP is comment driven and no marks are assigned until the end of the year. Throughout the year, students meet with teachers one-to-one to reflect on their growth. Parents are included in this process throughout the year. In June, all four teachers will meet with the student and reflect on the year as a whole. The teachers and student will come to an agreement together as to a final percentage mark based on material produced, growth, and effort.

Who teaches GCP?

GCP is taught by four different teachers:

chobot dyck yallits kuchma

Mike Chobot Bri Dyck Emily Yallits Anthony Kuchma

All student travel is facilitated by:

Gord Robideau

What credits do students get for taking GCP?

Over the three years of GCP, students will accumulate 14 credits. GCP covers the content of PE10 (4 Credits), Career Life Education (4 Credits), Career Life Connections (4 Credits), and Leadership 11 (2 Credits).

What travel opportunities are available to GCP students?

Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
A cross cultural experience connecting the students with an Indigenous native band. A wilderness adventure trip to Vancouver Island coupled with
an exploration of Victoria.
An international trip to Oaxaca, Mexico involving academic,
service and outreach work.
Grade 10 trips are 5 to 7 days in duration offering a service work and educational focus. Travel is kept within 4 hours of Kelowna.  Students are exposed to new experiences in a cross cultural setting on an Indigenous Band reserve. They will explore new levels of independence and learn to trust themselves and their peers. This lays the framework for future adventures with GCP. Grade 11 trips can range from 8 to 10 days.  They foster personal responsibility as students take turns leading the team and making informed and independent choices in new surroundings. These trips are structured to help students find and test their own limits, set realistic goals, and be involved in decision making. Students will learn to honor the things that make each team member unique. The Grade 12 trip introduces an international service and outreach perspective over six weeks of travel.  Students develop habits of autonomy, leadership, collaboration and reflection. Students will care passionately about others and the world they live in.  Instructors take a discipleship based approach to help students think about the real life relevance of the lessons they are learning.

Educational trips give students the chance to:

Build closer bonds with their classmates - Experience new environments - Reinforce what they have been learning - Learn perseverance and find strength to finish - Practice Community Outreach and the importance of giving

Studies show that students who take trips will:

Possess more knowledge - Have stronger critical thinking skills - Exhibit more historical and cultural empathy - Discover Global and cultural awareness - Display higher levels of tolerance and understanding

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