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November 19
William Roper Hull School – A Message from the Principal
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We are now well into the school year and already have many things to celebrate.  To that end, 
please join us at William Roper Hull School on Thursday, November 21 from 4:30 – 7:30pm for our Annual Celebration of Learning.  All students, families, and caregivers are encouraged to attend. Dinner for guests will be available at 5:00pm.  Please come by and see what your children have been up to thus far this school year.  The learning and growth has been rich, and our students are eager to share.

The Celebration of Learning will also mark the culmination of our Annual Book Fair, which runs 
Monday, November 18 through to the end of the event on Thursday, November 21.  Proceeds from all purchases benefit our school.

October was a busy month at our school, with the tremendous gifts of our students from Grades 1 through 12 on full display at our first Talent Show of the year.  We also continued our commitment to Indigenous learning and reconciliation.  In addition to thoughtful teaching and learning in this regard, students and staff engaged in our first Walk for Wenjack event on the Hull Campus.  Academically, our school has dedicated extensive focus on the development of Literacy amongst students in all of our classrooms.  And, as always, social-emotional learning and development remains at the core of all we do at William Roper Hull.

Our Twitter account is up and gaining followers regularly.  Please follow us on Twitter to see some of the great things happening at this wonderful place of learning.  You can follow us at 
https://twitter.com/HullSchool or through the link on our school website.

We look forward to seeing you on November 21, and in the meantime (and always), please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or feedback that you may for us.


Joe Sturgeon

Principal, William Roper Hull School 


October 03
A Message from the Principal

03 October 2019

It is amazing how quickly time can pass.  Students began at William Roper Hull School on August 15 this year, and we have now been in session for over six weeks.  In this time students and staff have become acquainted and re-acquainted with one another, and our school continues to bustle with learning, energy, and growth.

Our students have enjoyed cultivating (quite literally) the fruits of their springtime labour, as our one-of-a-kind school greenhouse and garden are yielding incredible amounts of kale, broccoli, and a multitude of other vegetables of every shape and size.  Included in the bounty are pumpkins – many, many pumpkins – that we are sure will come in handy as the Halloween season approaches.  The greenhouse, horticulture, and Outdoor Education programs, alongside our terrific automotive and wood shops, exemplify the exceptional applied, practical learning opportunities that our students enjoy each and every day. 

Another highlight early in our school year is our groundbreaking skateboarding program.  We are grateful at WRHS to have access to (and permission to use) Hull Services very own Matt Banister Memorial Skatepark, and all the therapeutic and learning opportunities that come with it.  The park is seeing significant student use, through an options program that is highly popular amongst students.  There is significant evidence that identifies skateboarding as an activity that promotes healing and self-regulation in people of all ages, in addition to being an excellent source of exercise. 

All of our outdoor pursuits are equalled by the vitality, energy, and passion for learning that is taking place under the roof of WRHS, as well as in our satellite classrooms at Acadia Elementary, Sherwood Middle, and Central Memorial High Schools.  We are engaging in new Literacy initiatives in the classroom, continuing to focus on functional Mathematics, and enjoying rich debate and discussion with our students about any number of current events.  Our Fine and Performing Arts programs continue to provide a creative outlet and inspiration for our students, and our Learning Commons remains the hub of the school and a venue for literary exploration, chess contests, or just a break from the typical busy-ness of the school.

The Annual Terry Fox Run fundraiser at WRHS was a terrific success.  We are all very thankful that we enjoyed gorgeous Fall weather for the event.  Students and staff of all ages jogged, walked and interacted, carrying on the vitally important and inspirational legacy of one of Canada’s iconic heroes.  And, though recent weather turned snowy, our students are excited as they realize that with snow comes the imminent return of our hockey program, where students hit the ice each Friday to enjoy Canada’s game.

As we head further into Fall, I would like to pass on a few updates and reminders for parents, guardians, and caregivers:

  •          We have joined the “Twitterverse” and now have a Twitter account.  Please follow us at https://twitter.com/HullSchool or keep up to date with the Twitter feed that will be up on our school website soon.
  •          Our first Talent Show of the school year will take place in the school gymnasium on Thursday, October 10 at 10:30am.  As always, we encourage loved ones to join us to enjoy the always high-energy performances that our students will share with us all.
  •          We do not have school at WRHS on Friday, October 11 (Non-Instructional Day), nor during the week of October 14 – 18 (October Break).  This is due to our school being on the Modified School Calendar.  Classes resume Monday, October 21.  This does not apply to our satellite classrooms, as the host schools follow the Traditional School Calendar.   
  •          Our annual Celebration of Learning is upcoming.  Please set aside the evening of Thursday, November 21 to visit our school and see what your child has been up to during the early parts of this school year.  The evening events will run from 4:30 – 7:30pm, with dinner provided for students and their guests beginning around 5:00pm.  We hope to see you there!

It is an honour and a privilege to work alongside the resilient, passionate, dedicated young people who make up the William Roper Hull School student population.  It is an equal honour to serve as a member of the tremendous staff team that supports, teaches, counsels and guides our students through this phase of their journeys.  William Roper Hull School is an environment that brims with kindness, goodness, respect, and care.  Thank you for entrusting your child to us.  Please call or email me directly with any feedback, questions or concerns that you may have.  We welcome parent and guardian engagement always.


Joe Sturgeon

Principal, William Roper Hull School




January 30

Welcome to William Roper Hull School, a dynamic school community that is always on the lookout for ways to engage and motivate our students, staff and caregivers. We are honoured and excited to join the outstanding team at William Roper Hull.  As a school, our collective goal is to continue to foster a school community where students are provided opportunities and inspiration to achieve their highest potential.

The staff work hard to develop rich, personalized learning opportunities for all students. Each staff member brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion to their work.  Foundational to all learning at William Roper Hull School is the incredible capacity and expertise of all staff in developing and maintaining meaningful relationships with each and every child that we serve.

At William Roper Hull School, the education of our students takes the form of a partnership. We believe that input from all stakeholders is essential to the successful operation of the school and personal success of each child. Our parents, guardians and caregivers are valued and appreciated members of this partnership, and are encouraged to communicate regularly and openly with school staff.

Please feel free to contact the office, or either of us directly, with any questions that you may have regarding this vibrant learning community.​

Joe Sturgeon, Principal

Leanne Murphy, Assistant Principal


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Our Friday Hockey program! Many of these kids come to us not knowing how to skate and watching their confidence and perseverance on the ice blossom with the support of staff is inspiring. #Learningisactive #Hockeyistherapy #ourstaffmakeadifference #HullServices #WeAreCBE https://t.co/jDKMGwcqNb

Engaging our Acadia STAR students. Artifacts help us make connections and explore the traditonal clothing of India. Collaborative research using the google platform helps us extend our understanding. #workinghard #clothinginindia #cbeliteracy #hullservices #5ws #googledocs https://t.co/C1kA0jC6H3

Appreciating our beautiful campus and all that nature can teach us during outdoor education last week. Thanks for capturing this Faizal! @HullServices #getoutside #Wearecbe #engagement #natureisthebestmedicine https://t.co/B5L1b42Ayb

RT @Room2WRHS: Getting our students outside to enjoy this beautiful snowy day at William Roper Hull School! @hullcalgary @HullSchool @yyCBEdu https://t.co/SAWr8QZWdI