Robert Thirsk High School at a Glance

Personalizing, Connecting and Thriving

  • Through our learning communities, students will be connected to a key adult advocate(s) throughout their high school years.
  • Students will design learning plans to track their interests, successes and progress and develop their understanding of curricular outcomes.
  • Students will be both challenged and supported in their learning.
  • Students will participate in interdisciplinary study.
  • Students will play a key role in assessment and participate in parent/ teacher conferences.
  • Students will apply their learning as it relates to current issues and will work with experts.
  • Students will experience multiple successes, complete high school and transition for continued learning.

Our School Name

The Board of Trustees of the Calgary Board of Education has named the new northwest high school after astronaut—and former CBE student—Robert Thirsk. Robert Thirsk was selected for the Canadian Astronaut Program in 1983 and has flown on two space missions as a member of the Canadian Space Agency. In addition he served as crew commander of two space mission simulations, and he was the first Canadian astronaut to complete a long duration expedition aboard the International Space Station. He is currently vice president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Throughout his career, he has been a pioneer and a role model to Canadians of all ages by encouraging them to follow their dreams, and instilling in them the importance of scientific research. Dr. Thirsk holds three concepts "close to his heart - exploration, innovation and education". These themes will inspire our work at our new high school.

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Robert Thirsk High School at a Glance

Personalizing, Connecting and Thriving

  • Through our learning communities, students will be connected to a key adult advocate(s) throughout their high school years.
  • Students will design learning plans to track their interests, successes and progress and develop their understanding of curricular outcomes.
  • Students will be both challenged and supported in their learning.
  • Students will participate in interdisciplinary study.
  • Students will play a key role in assessment and participate in parent/ teacher conferences.
  • Students will apply their learning as it relates to current issues and will work with experts.
  • Students will experience multiple successes, complete high school and transition for continued learning.

Our School Name

The Board of Trustees of the Calgary Board of Education has named the new northwest high school after astronaut—and former CBE student—Robert Thirsk. Robert Thirsk was selected for the Canadian Astronaut Program in 1983 and has flown on two space missions as a member of the Canadian Space Agency. In addition he served as crew commander of two space mission simulations, and he was the first Canadian astronaut to complete a long duration expedition aboard the International Space Station. He is currently vice president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Throughout his career, he has been a pioneer and a role model to Canadians of all ages by encouraging them to follow their dreams, and instilling in them the importance of scientific research. Dr. Thirsk holds three concepts "close to his heart - exploration, innovation and education". These themes will inspire our work at our new high school.

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​About the CBE

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