The Whole School is hiring

TEACHING POSITION: The Whole School, a Kindergarten to Grade 7 Independent
School, is hiring a part to full-time elementary teacher for the 2018-19 school year.  Desired applicants must have current BCCT certification along with a passion for alternative education.  Experience in multi-aged classrooms, music, French and outdoor education are assets.  Looking for an independent, creative, collaborative individual with strong team teaching and communication skills.  For further information contact Principal Anniah Lang
Resumes can be emailed or mailed PO Box 240, Winlaw, V0G
2J0.  Closing date May 29th by 3:00pm.

Registration 2016/17 – Tuesday, Sept 6th

It’s that time of year again – time to gear up for Autumn and let go of our summer vacation.  The Whole School’s registration day is next Tuesday, September 6th this year from 9am -4pm. For those families re-registering, please remember to bring your registration packages already filled out to make the day go smoothly.

The Whole School is still accepting new students K-Gr. 7.  See you then.   Oct 2015 066


Running Club at The Whole School


Whole School students biking Galena Trail May 2016

The Whole School kids are excitedly anticipating and preparing for the Nakusp Fun Run/Walk  happening THIS Saturday, May 28th!  Their coach and teacher, Eli Geddis, has been involved in Kootenay Sufferfest for over five years and is an experienced long distance runner and adventure runner.  He believes that kids doing activity and movement during and outside of school promotes strong self-esteem, academic performance and an active lifestyle in adulthood.  Well, they are getting plenty of activity in and out of school this year!  Thank you Eli.

The students are running about 2 kms every Tuesday and Thursday in addition to spontaneous runs throughout the week!  It has been a unique way to see the world outside of school through the trails and byways of Winlaw.

The Whole School prioritizes outdoor leadership and adventure through their regular Friday Outdoor Leadership Program led by Eli and supported through parent participation. This program involves swimming, gymnastics, skiing, snowshoeing, biking, hiking, and wilderness safety education.  The Whole School OLP program offers a natural segway for students into local secondary school outdoor ed programs such as the OELP program offered through W.E. Graham Community School in Slocan City, BC.

Outdoor Leadership Program 2016

DSC00121This year begins with a swoosh – that’s the sound of The Whole School students cross country skiing on snow! The Winter Term has been full of outdoor adventuring including Wild Voices for Kids Winter Survival Program with Shanoon Bennett, snowshoe making with our teacher Eli Geddis, x-country touring to Paulson Winter Hut, and a fun day of building snow mazes and snow caves with our Principal Anniah Lang.
The Spring term will focus on biking and hiking. Stay tuned to find out what the students at the Whole School get up to…

Reflections on 2014/15

2014 school year 022The Whole School had an eventful year last year with new focus on the Outdoor Leadership Program that will continue through this year.  The students were climbing, hiking, biking, skiing, swimming, doing gymnastics & generally adventuring in our beautiful Kootenay wilderness.  They also learned basket weaving, hatched chicks & watched butterflies emerge from their cocoons in the spring.  Singing with Bo Conlan was another highlight.

With winter coming and Hallowe’en behind us, it’s a great time to reflect on the past year and look forward to what’s ahead.

OPEN HOUSE at the WHOLE SCHOOL – Tuesday, April 21st

OPEN HOUSE at the WHOLE SCHOOL – Tuesday, April 21st

WELCOME!  The Whole School is hosting an open house on Tuesday, April 21st between 2:00 and 5:00 pm (5614 Highway #6, Winlaw).  Bring your children and join in our Earth Day activities until 3:00 and experience the magic.  Meet our students, Principal, Teachers and staff.

The Whole School is NOW ACCEPTING KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATIONS and multi-aged elementary applications for the 2015/16 school year.  For more information call our School Coordinator at (250) 226-7737, email