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The Student Voice of St. George's School

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The Student Voice of St. George's School

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The “Disco” Effect

Ms. Claudia Lutes
The Disco ’21-’22 cohort on their backcountry ski trip in Whistler, BC

Discovery (Disco) is a unique outdoor education program at St. George’s where students embark on several camping trips throughout the year, culminating in a year-end 21-day hiking and kayaking excursion.

Mr. Ian Siess and Ms. Lisa Denholm have been leading the program for over three years. Both of them have grown to appreciate the unconventional teaching style the program offers; students, meanwhile, have also expressed their gratitude for the cohort.

Before joining Discovery, Mr. Siess and Ms. Denholm were already aspiring educators. Ever since high school, Mr. Siess knew he wanted to be a teacher. He sought an environment that preached community and growth. “Discovery teaches you to be good human beings,” he says. “Outdoor Education is one the few subjects where students and teachers can connect with each other.”

The Disco ’21-’22 cohort hiking a section of low-tide on the North Coast Trail during the Year End trip (George Sun)

Ms. Denholm followed a similar path. After years as a French teacher, she stepped out of the conventional classroom setting, saying it “wasn’t her style.” Ms. Denholm commented on having to “re-learn how teaching works,” mentioning that the transition into Outdoor Education was “both difficult and rewarding.” Discovery allowed her to work in a more experiential way; she stated that she appreciated “the freedom of no longer being tied to the expectations of an academic classroom.”

The Disco ’23-’24 cohort canoeing through Sayward Canoe Loop (Mr. Ian Siess)


Although Discovery is often overshadowed by the variety of sports and arts programs offered at St. George’s, its impact has been ubiquitous. From backcountry skiing to rock climbing, trips that students participate in build irreplaceable skills, those of which are unteachable in a regular classroom setting. 

The Disco ’23-’24 cohort on their Squamish rock climbing trip earlier this September (Mr. Ian Siess)

Jaghr Dhiman, a current grad who was a part of Discovery in 2022, spoke on the cohort’s impact. “Discovery has made me more open to new relationships,” he says. “Without Discovery, I wouldn’t know where he would be today.”

Undoubtedly, Discovery has had a great impact on students in the community. Current Grade 9 students should definitely keep it in mind as a unique and adventurous opportunity when choosing their courses next year.

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Alex Yang
Alex Yang, Staff Writer
Currently a Senior at St. George's School, Alex is ecstatic to be a part of the Echo this year! From dazzling the chords on the electric guitar to learning quirky pop songs on the piano, Alex is passionate about music and the arts. At Saints, Alex is an active member of the community. He was a part of the Discovery 10 cohort, as well as a member of the Sustainability Council, Saints Sprouts, and Concert Band, performing in the Pit Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. In his spare time, Alex can be found picking up and putting down heavy circles, listening to Frank Ocean, discovering new R&B Music, and hiking in the backcountry. Through Journalism this year, Alex hopes to expand his impact on his community.
George Sun
George Sun, Staff Writer
Currently in his Grade 12 year at St. George’s School, George is honoured to serve as a writer for The Echo. A lifer, George has dabbled in a variety of activities, from music to the literary arts. He is a part of the St. George's Wind Ensemble and the school's literary magazine, the OPUS. In his spare time, George can be found playing basketball with friends, binge-watching K-dramas, or reselling shoes.

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