Our 7th graders had the opportunity to take their learning beyond the four walls of the classroom and “dive” into God’s beautiful Creation as they explored Toyon Bay on Catalina Island at the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI)!
Through observation, inquiry, and hands-on experiences the students learned about fish, sharks, algae, oceanography, plankton, invertebrates, creatures of the deep, island flora, island geography, and they even completed a squid dissection!
Beyond the labs, the students worked together and strengthened our community while snorkeling and kayaking. The 7th graders encouraged one another while hiking, and rock climbing. We even had a Talent Show- “St. John’s Got Talent!”
Throughout the week we prayed and completed devotions. The students led a worship service Thursday night to praise God for the wonderful opportunities that we had throughout the week to enjoy, learn about, and appreciate His fascinating Creation!
Some 7th graders shared what they learned during the week and when they felt God’s presence:
I learned how to dissect a squid. I saw God when hiking in the mountains. -Bella
I learned at Catalina how to really work together to accomplish something. Night snorkel. I saw God during the rock wall, because love is always on top. -Evan G
I saw God in His creation of animals. I learned that it is very hard to put on a wetsuit. – Jackson
I learned that bioluminescence glows in the dark. I felt God’s presence in “long division.” – Cooper J.
I saw God give us peace and to work together for a great purpose and us working like a well oiled machine and I learned how to dissect a squid. -Jack
I learned the fundamentals of the ocean. I saw God through the bonfire, it made me feel watched. – Owen
By: Yvette Stuewe, 7th grade science teacher