Important Dates

We follow the CBE Traditional Calendar. The calendar sets common start and end days, non-instructional days and holidays. For our school’s additional non-instructional days, late entries, early dismissal days and events, see our school calendar page.


Please review the links below, these will provide useful information and answer any questions you may have about your first day of school, and our day-to-day expectations of students. 

  

First Day of Classes

Our first day of classes is September 3, 2019 for Grade 10 students, and September 4, 2019 for grades 11 and 12. The school office is open to parents on August 20, 2019.

Forms to Hand

  • Acceptable Use Policy form (for computer network access)
  • Student Demographic form (verify and make any necessary changes)
  • Consent to Post or Publish Student Information and Work form
  • Receive locker assignments
  • Obtain parking passes (for Grade 11 and 12 students only)

Priority for timetable changes in August and September will be students:

  • who attended and passed summer school courses
  • who failed courses in June
  • with partial / incomplete timetables
  • with unbalanced core subjects between semesters

  

Important Start-Up Information

Students must have an official timetable and transcript to be admitted to class. These are obtained from homerooms on Tuesday, Sept. 4 (Grade 10) and Wednesday. Sept. 5 (Grades 11 and 12).

  

Students' Pictures

Pictures of each student are taken on Registration Day. Each student must have their photo taken for their school ID card. Photos are required for two items: ID cards, and for the yearbook. Learn more on our security page.

Students also get their photos taken for the yearbook free of charge. The cost of the optional personal colour packages are set by the contracted photographer, Lifetouch. Please make cheques payable to Lifetouch if you wish to purchase, and bring the payment and form with you to the Confirmation of Registration. See the Merchandise page for further details.

  

Locker Selection

Grade 10 students will be assigned a locker during the Confirmation of Registration process.

Grade 11 and 12 students that have made locker requests can pick up their locker assignments in the Cafeteria. Grade 11’s and 12’s that have not requested locker partners.

Visit our Lockers page for further information.

  

Student Parking | Grade 11 & 12 Students Only

Student parking passes are available in the main office a cost of $10.00. For more information see the Student Parking page.

  

Insurance

CBE carries accident insurance on all registered students for school activities. Additional insurance may be purchased by parents. The PE Department encourages all students participating in any school sports to purchase this insurance.

  

Medical Problems

Please visit our Illness & Medical page.

  

Injuries, Illness & Parent Contact at School

Please visit our Illness & Medical page.

  

Student Services

Students’ timetables are now available through the parent or student accounts of MyCBE / PowerSchool. Students will receive paper copies of their timetables when they come to complete their registration. 

See Student Services page.

Course Change Requests

Visit our Complementary Course page for further details.

All students registered at Western have already requested courses as of June 2018. Should you wish to make a change in your course requests*, please use the Course Change Request Form provided in this package. You may submit your request by uploading it and sending it to: guidance4wchs@gmail.com, alternatively, you may bring the change request to the Student Services office during registration days, August 29 & 30, 2018.

*Course changes may be possible for the following reasons:

  • Student was unsuccessful in a prerequisite course and needs to retake a course
  • Student completed a course in summer school or independently/online
  • Student has changed their mind about what course they want to take

Note:

  • Universities do not require students to have specific courses in Semester 1
  • Students will be allowed to submit a Course Change Request form after they receive their timetable in August however they will need attend their registered classes until course request is processed
  • The last date to submit a Course Change Request is: Monday September 10/18
  • We will not make timetable changes to accommodate teacher preferences

To facilitate the number of changes, counsellors will not be taking any appointments until Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Note: only students with “See Counsellor” on their Timetable will be seen the first week of school. If timetable changes are possible, they will be processed and reflected in your timetable. If class sizes or conflicts do not permit a change, it will not be made. We will not be contacting you.

Grade 10 Students: Your counsellors look forward to welcoming you to Western and meeting with you to plan your exciting high school years! Once school is underway, be sure to make an appointment with your counsellor so we may get to know and support you well during this important step in your educational journey.

Study Space: Help for Students in a Relaxed Environment

Western Canada High School is pleased to announce the continuation of our exciting initiative, Study Space, to aid students in their academic endeavours. We are running this support program in all core subject areas for the upcoming school year as a tool to help students succeed scholastically. Of course the demand for support comes mainly from Math and Science and there will be excellent support offered in those academic areas.

Study Space is a program that allows students to take advantage of one of their most valuable resources, their peers. Students will be able to attend anonymously after school to study in groups in a non-judgmental and non-remedial environment. Trained student leaders, who excel in their courses, will be present to answer any questions and offer clarifications needed through supportive collaboration. The key to this program is its relaxed and inclusive environment. We encourage your student to attend with a friend or friends! There is no attendance taken, and the students, who are there to answer questions or provide valuable tips, will only offer their knowledge if asked. The environment is easy and relaxed. We have seen students attend the sessions and study in small groups and lean on each other for academic support. This is a very effective and enjoyable approach to a “tutoring” session.

We need your support in encouraging your student to take advantage of this opportunity. We feel that for some students this could actually be an unofficial part of their academic timetable. Our hope is to have many more students take advantage of this exciting (and free!) opportunity. We hope that you will encourage your child to attend these sessions if they would like assistance with building confidence, study skills, and strategies for performing well in their courses.

  

French immersion, International and Classic Languages

Extra-Curricular Activities

First and foremost, we would to extend a warm thank you to two colleagues from the French Immersion program who are retiring at the end of June. Mme Dominique Côté who has taught French Language Arts and Mme Sylvie Bouchard who has taught Social Studies. Their expertise and their love for their respective subject areas was unquestionable. Their presence will be missed.

Japanese

We are happy to include Japanese as a language option at Western during semester 2.

Field Experiences

Italy: Srta. Cebrecos and members of the Art team have planned a trip to Italy in March of 2019. They have already had their initial meetings but students new to Latin and Art in the fall will have the opportunity to join. Ask for information in September if you are interested in participating.

Extracurricular & Field Experiences

As we welcome the return of students in grades 11 and 12 and new 10 students to Western in the fall we would encourage your child to get involved in co-curricular / extended program activities where they might use international languages skills in a real setting: Franco-Western, Speech and Debate, writing articles in French and/or Spanish for the Western World, joining a student-run Spanish club one lunch hour per week.

DELE and DELF

Students will be given the opportunity to take the international accreditation exams, the DELE for Spanish and the DELF for French, in November, April and May. More information will be provided later in the year.

International Baccalaureate

 Any questions over the summer please email Susan Rivers, IB Coordinator at serivers@cbe.ab.ca, or visit our IB page

Grade 10

Recommendations - the WCpre-IB courses are designed to be challenging, but also to prepare students for the rigours of the IB programme. Recommendations are required to move from the WCpre-IB courses at the 10 level to the IB courses at the 20 level. Teachers expect students to contribute positively to the class environment by coming prepared for class with homework complete, participating in class, and asking for help when required. The most important things to remember are to try your best and maintain unquestionable academic integrity.

Building relationships - study groups, both online and in person are one of the best ways to forge quality friendships and to excel in your IB classes. Make use of tutorial times and the Study Space after school program on a regular basis and you will form lasting relationships with your teachers as well.

C.A.S. – activities completed in junior high and in grade 10 will not count toward the Creativity – Activity – Service component of the IB diploma programme. You are still encouraged to pursue these activities which you may continue during the diploma programme.

Fees – there are NO fees for WCpre-IB or IB classes in Grade 10 as only in-school exams will be written.

Grade 11

Fees - each IB student in an IB course that does not continue with another semester in Grade 12 will have registration and exam fees and will write an IB exam in May of 2019. Individual exam registration started in June but will continue in September. *Official IB exams are not mandatory to be in many IB classes.

Any questions about fees should be directed to serivers@cbe.ab.ca before they are paid.

*Full I.B. students who have not had a small group or personal meeting with Ms. Rivers (regarding C.A.S.) should email to book an appointment for September.

Grade 12

Anticipated grades - many institutions require teacher-awarded IB anticipated grades as early as October / November but most are required in the spring. Some institutions will send out acceptances based solely on these grades, whereas others will require an Alberta transcript as well. Anticipated grades can be requested by emailing Ms. Rivers at least one week before you need to mail / upload them.

IB Transcript requests - IB sends official transcripts to your university of choice. These requests occur in class or by email to Ms. Rivers in the spring once students have narrowed down their choices.

  

Redhawks Athletics

[ Athletics History ]

Redhawks Cross Country Running

Our season will commence during the first week of school. There will be an organizational meeting at lunch time, on Thursday, September 6th. Watch the hallways for posters and listen to the announcements for more information. In September Cross-Country page will contain a link for access to the cross country sign-up forms. [ see cross-country page ]

Redhawks Volleyball 

All grade 10 students interested in playing volleyball for Western Canada should attend the junior team tryouts. All grade 11 and 12 students should try out for the senior team. If you are in grade 10 and are interested in trying out for the senior team, you will need to contact the coach directly for the application process prior to the first tryout. All athletes will need to have proper gym strip and the completed ‘Athletic Permission Form’ found on our athletics page to be eligible to participate. [ see our volleyball page for more information ]

Girls Soccer

All new and returning players must attend tryout. Prior to trying out, every player must fill out and return the Annual Authorization Form found on our athletics page, it can be printed or picked up outside of room 106 (the math office). Completed forms can be brought to the first tryout. We encourage players in any grade and of all skill levels to try out for the team!

[ See our soccer page for more information ]

Redhawks Football

Visit our football page for more information

  

Fine & Performing Arts at Western

Dance

We are already excited about what is to come in the Dance Program. If you love to dance or would love to learn, make sure you check out the opportunities provided at WCHS. Visit our Dance page to see our courses offered.. Whether or not you have Dance experience Dance 15 is perfect for you. The Western Canada High School Dance program provides opportunities to grow as an artist and leader as well as developing skill and technique in a variety of Dance genres. Talented guest artists enrich the experience with their specialized knowledge and passion for dance. At the end of each semester the Dance Program will present Dance at Noon performances, which give all our dancers a chance to perform in a supportive and fun environment.

Our renowned Centre Stage Dance Show will be held in early May with open auditions happening in March. Even if you are not part of the official Dance Program, you may audition a solo, duet, or group piece.

Visual Arts

We are proud to have a vibrant Visual Art Department at Western. Examples of the incredible student work can be seen throughout the school campus, whether it is in the cafeteria, the hallways of the art wing, the murals in the arts wing courtyard, and of course our brilliant Art studios in the east wing of the school. Check out the Fine Arts Webpage through the link on the WCHS website and click on the Visual Art gallery to see what students created each school year. Visit our Visual Arts page to see our courses offered.

If you love Art and have always wanted to learn more about it, be sure to see your guidance counsellor about the opportunities available at Western in the Visual Arts.

Drama

We have had a phenomenal end to a really incredible year in the drama program at Western. The Drama program has had excellent second semester. Our annual partnership with the High Performance Rodeo in the Beautifulyoungstudents program saw our Drama 30 students seeing up to 10 shows each for free. It was an incredible primer for the Drama 30 curriculum and such a wonderful opportunity for the students to meet some of the best theatre artists in the country through the weekly artist talks we hosted at the school. We also participated in a number of opening nights and industry talks with Theatre Calgary as the inaugural high school in residence. We are so grateful to both theatre companies for their generosity and kindness. The drama program also continued with our work as artists who are active in our communities by raising money for Rohingan refugees, participating in the March 4 Our Lives, and participating in a fundraiser for Alberta Theatre projects. We rounded off our year with an excellent spring production (Wild Abandon by Daniel MacIvor) and of course the amazing Drama 30 Directing projects.

Next year we are looking forward to the same partnership with the High Performance Rodeo, as well as forging some new bonds with Alberta Theatre Projects by opening up our theatre space to support professional new play development. We begin our season with a production of The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood and are so pleased to have commissioned playwright Elena Belyea to write our spring show. Goals for next year also include further development to the Betty Mitchell Studio theatre. We are looking for support in this area, so please get in touch if you think you might be able to help out.

Choral Program

For the past several years, Western’s Choral program has been taking the choral community by storm, receiving acclaim at festivals for their consistently beautiful performances that reflect challenging repertoire. Whether you’ve been singing your entire life or want to try out something new, there’s a choir for everyone at Western. No experience is required to be a part of one of our outstanding choirs, and it isn’t too late to join the fun! Registration will continue to take place at the beginning of September, with students encouraged to come to one of our open rehearsals at the beginning of the year to see what singing in a choir is all about.

Moreover, since choir takes place outside of the regular timetable, it’s easy to still be in choir with a full schedule and earn an extra 5 credits too! All choirs participate in retreats to Camp Chestermere, sing at the Calgary Carol Festival to raise funds for the Food Bank, and perform at Choir Alberta’s Choralfest.

Visit our Music page for more information on:

  • Student music meeting
  • Choir Parent Meetings and schedules

Band Program

The Band Program at Western is among the finest of its kind in Canada. Throughout the year, the Band program participates in local festivals, workshops, partners with outstanding music organizations like the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and most importantly builds a community at Western that is rich in student development and culture. Yearly, the bands participate in Band Camps and the full senior levels of the Band Program participate in annual tours.

Western has long been known for its outstanding Concert Band and Jazz Band programs. If you are new to Western or old and currently don’t have band in your schedule, but would like to get involved, it is not too late!

Western has a Grade 10 Concert Band, a Grade 11 Symphonic Band, a Grade 12 Wind Ensemble, a Junior Jazz Band, a Senior Jazz Band and two Jazz Combo’s. Students who wish to enroll in the jazz band program must also enroll in the concert band program. At Western, all performing ensembles are 5 credit courses. All performing groups rehearse outside of the regular timetable.

Please see the start-up dates on our Fine Arts page.

  

Western Canada High School Alumni Association

Please visit our Alumni Association page for more information.

Back to School Information

Please review the links below, these will provide useful information and answer any questions you may have about your first day of school, and our day-to-day expectations of students. 

  

First Day of Classes

Our first day of classes is September 3, 2019 for Grade 10 students, and September 4, 2019 for grades 11 and 12. The school office is open to parents on August 20, 2019.

Forms to Hand

  • Acceptable Use Policy form (for computer network access)
  • Student Demographic form (verify and make any necessary changes)
  • Consent to Post or Publish Student Information and Work form
  • Receive locker assignments
  • Obtain parking passes (for Grade 11 and 12 students only)

Priority for timetable changes in August and September will be students:

  • who attended and passed summer school courses
  • who failed courses in June
  • with partial / incomplete timetables
  • with unbalanced core subjects between semesters

  

Important Start-Up Information

Students must have an official timetable and transcript to be admitted to class. These are obtained from homerooms on Tuesday, Sept. 4 (Grade 10) and Wednesday. Sept. 5 (Grades 11 and 12).

  

Students' Pictures

Pictures of each student are taken on Registration Day. Each student must have their photo taken for their school ID card. Photos are required for two items: ID cards, and for the yearbook. Learn more on our security page.

Students also get their photos taken for the yearbook free of charge. The cost of the optional personal colour packages are set by the contracted photographer, Lifetouch. Please make cheques payable to Lifetouch if you wish to purchase, and bring the payment and form with you to the Confirmation of Registration. See the Merchandise page for further details.

  

Locker Selection

Grade 10 students will be assigned a locker during the Confirmation of Registration process.

Grade 11 and 12 students that have made locker requests can pick up their locker assignments in the Cafeteria. Grade 11’s and 12’s that have not requested locker partners.

Visit our Lockers page for further information.

  

Student Parking | Grade 11 & 12 Students Only

Student parking passes are available in the main office a cost of $10.00. For more information see the Student Parking page.

  

Insurance

CBE carries accident insurance on all registered students for school activities. Additional insurance may be purchased by parents. The PE Department encourages all students participating in any school sports to purchase this insurance.

  

Medical Problems

Please visit our Illness & Medical page.

  

Injuries, Illness & Parent Contact at School

Please visit our Illness & Medical page.

  

Student Services

Students’ timetables are now available through the parent or student accounts of MyCBE / PowerSchool. Students will receive paper copies of their timetables when they come to complete their registration. 

See Student Services page.

Course Change Requests

Visit our Complementary Course page for further details.

All students registered at Western have already requested courses as of June 2018. Should you wish to make a change in your course requests*, please use the Course Change Request Form provided in this package. You may submit your request by uploading it and sending it to: guidance4wchs@gmail.com, alternatively, you may bring the change request to the Student Services office during registration days, August 29 & 30, 2018.

*Course changes may be possible for the following reasons:

  • Student was unsuccessful in a prerequisite course and needs to retake a course
  • Student completed a course in summer school or independently/online
  • Student has changed their mind about what course they want to take

Note:

  • Universities do not require students to have specific courses in Semester 1
  • Students will be allowed to submit a Course Change Request form after they receive their timetable in August however they will need attend their registered classes until course request is processed
  • The last date to submit a Course Change Request is: Monday September 10/18
  • We will not make timetable changes to accommodate teacher preferences

To facilitate the number of changes, counsellors will not be taking any appointments until Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Note: only students with “See Counsellor” on their Timetable will be seen the first week of school. If timetable changes are possible, they will be processed and reflected in your timetable. If class sizes or conflicts do not permit a change, it will not be made. We will not be contacting you.

Grade 10 Students: Your counsellors look forward to welcoming you to Western and meeting with you to plan your exciting high school years! Once school is underway, be sure to make an appointment with your counsellor so we may get to know and support you well during this important step in your educational journey.

Study Space: Help for Students in a Relaxed Environment

Western Canada High School is pleased to announce the continuation of our exciting initiative, Study Space, to aid students in their academic endeavours. We are running this support program in all core subject areas for the upcoming school year as a tool to help students succeed scholastically. Of course the demand for support comes mainly from Math and Science and there will be excellent support offered in those academic areas.

Study Space is a program that allows students to take advantage of one of their most valuable resources, their peers. Students will be able to attend anonymously after school to study in groups in a non-judgmental and non-remedial environment. Trained student leaders, who excel in their courses, will be present to answer any questions and offer clarifications needed through supportive collaboration. The key to this program is its relaxed and inclusive environment. We encourage your student to attend with a friend or friends! There is no attendance taken, and the students, who are there to answer questions or provide valuable tips, will only offer their knowledge if asked. The environment is easy and relaxed. We have seen students attend the sessions and study in small groups and lean on each other for academic support. This is a very effective and enjoyable approach to a “tutoring” session.

We need your support in encouraging your student to take advantage of this opportunity. We feel that for some students this could actually be an unofficial part of their academic timetable. Our hope is to have many more students take advantage of this exciting (and free!) opportunity. We hope that you will encourage your child to attend these sessions if they would like assistance with building confidence, study skills, and strategies for performing well in their courses.

  

French immersion, International and Classic Languages

Extra-Curricular Activities

First and foremost, we would to extend a warm thank you to two colleagues from the French Immersion program who are retiring at the end of June. Mme Dominique Côté who has taught French Language Arts and Mme Sylvie Bouchard who has taught Social Studies. Their expertise and their love for their respective subject areas was unquestionable. Their presence will be missed.

Japanese

We are happy to include Japanese as a language option at Western during semester 2.

Field Experiences

Italy: Srta. Cebrecos and members of the Art team have planned a trip to Italy in March of 2019. They have already had their initial meetings but students new to Latin and Art in the fall will have the opportunity to join. Ask for information in September if you are interested in participating.

Extracurricular & Field Experiences

As we welcome the return of students in grades 11 and 12 and new 10 students to Western in the fall we would encourage your child to get involved in co-curricular / extended program activities where they might use international languages skills in a real setting: Franco-Western, Speech and Debate, writing articles in French and/or Spanish for the Western World, joining a student-run Spanish club one lunch hour per week.

DELE and DELF

Students will be given the opportunity to take the international accreditation exams, the DELE for Spanish and the DELF for French, in November, April and May. More information will be provided later in the year.

International Baccalaureate

 Any questions over the summer please email Susan Rivers, IB Coordinator at serivers@cbe.ab.ca, or visit our IB page

Grade 10

Recommendations - the WCpre-IB courses are designed to be challenging, but also to prepare students for the rigours of the IB programme. Recommendations are required to move from the WCpre-IB courses at the 10 level to the IB courses at the 20 level. Teachers expect students to contribute positively to the class environment by coming prepared for class with homework complete, participating in class, and asking for help when required. The most important things to remember are to try your best and maintain unquestionable academic integrity.

Building relationships - study groups, both online and in person are one of the best ways to forge quality friendships and to excel in your IB classes. Make use of tutorial times and the Study Space after school program on a regular basis and you will form lasting relationships with your teachers as well.

C.A.S. – activities completed in junior high and in grade 10 will not count toward the Creativity – Activity – Service component of the IB diploma programme. You are still encouraged to pursue these activities which you may continue during the diploma programme.

Fees – there are NO fees for WCpre-IB or IB classes in Grade 10 as only in-school exams will be written.

Grade 11

Fees - each IB student in an IB course that does not continue with another semester in Grade 12 will have registration and exam fees and will write an IB exam in May of 2019. Individual exam registration started in June but will continue in September. *Official IB exams are not mandatory to be in many IB classes.

Any questions about fees should be directed to serivers@cbe.ab.ca before they are paid.

*Full I.B. students who have not had a small group or personal meeting with Ms. Rivers (regarding C.A.S.) should email to book an appointment for September.

Grade 12

Anticipated grades - many institutions require teacher-awarded IB anticipated grades as early as October / November but most are required in the spring. Some institutions will send out acceptances based solely on these grades, whereas others will require an Alberta transcript as well. Anticipated grades can be requested by emailing Ms. Rivers at least one week before you need to mail / upload them.

IB Transcript requests - IB sends official transcripts to your university of choice. These requests occur in class or by email to Ms. Rivers in the spring once students have narrowed down their choices.

  

Redhawks Athletics

[ Athletics History ]

Redhawks Cross Country Running

Our season will commence during the first week of school. There will be an organizational meeting at lunch time, on Thursday, September 6th. Watch the hallways for posters and listen to the announcements for more information. In September Cross-Country page will contain a link for access to the cross country sign-up forms. [ see cross-country page ]

Redhawks Volleyball 

All grade 10 students interested in playing volleyball for Western Canada should attend the junior team tryouts. All grade 11 and 12 students should try out for the senior team. If you are in grade 10 and are interested in trying out for the senior team, you will need to contact the coach directly for the application process prior to the first tryout. All athletes will need to have proper gym strip and the completed ‘Athletic Permission Form’ found on our athletics page to be eligible to participate. [ see our volleyball page for more information ]

Girls Soccer

All new and returning players must attend tryout. Prior to trying out, every player must fill out and return the Annual Authorization Form found on our athletics page, it can be printed or picked up outside of room 106 (the math office). Completed forms can be brought to the first tryout. We encourage players in any grade and of all skill levels to try out for the team!

[ See our soccer page for more information ]

Redhawks Football

Visit our football page for more information

  

Fine & Performing Arts at Western

Dance

We are already excited about what is to come in the Dance Program. If you love to dance or would love to learn, make sure you check out the opportunities provided at WCHS. Visit our Dance page to see our courses offered.. Whether or not you have Dance experience Dance 15 is perfect for you. The Western Canada High School Dance program provides opportunities to grow as an artist and leader as well as developing skill and technique in a variety of Dance genres. Talented guest artists enrich the experience with their specialized knowledge and passion for dance. At the end of each semester the Dance Program will present Dance at Noon performances, which give all our dancers a chance to perform in a supportive and fun environment.

Our renowned Centre Stage Dance Show will be held in early May with open auditions happening in March. Even if you are not part of the official Dance Program, you may audition a solo, duet, or group piece.

Visual Arts

We are proud to have a vibrant Visual Art Department at Western. Examples of the incredible student work can be seen throughout the school campus, whether it is in the cafeteria, the hallways of the art wing, the murals in the arts wing courtyard, and of course our brilliant Art studios in the east wing of the school. Check out the Fine Arts Webpage through the link on the WCHS website and click on the Visual Art gallery to see what students created each school year. Visit our Visual Arts page to see our courses offered.

If you love Art and have always wanted to learn more about it, be sure to see your guidance counsellor about the opportunities available at Western in the Visual Arts.

Drama

We have had a phenomenal end to a really incredible year in the drama program at Western. The Drama program has had excellent second semester. Our annual partnership with the High Performance Rodeo in the Beautifulyoungstudents program saw our Drama 30 students seeing up to 10 shows each for free. It was an incredible primer for the Drama 30 curriculum and such a wonderful opportunity for the students to meet some of the best theatre artists in the country through the weekly artist talks we hosted at the school. We also participated in a number of opening nights and industry talks with Theatre Calgary as the inaugural high school in residence. We are so grateful to both theatre companies for their generosity and kindness. The drama program also continued with our work as artists who are active in our communities by raising money for Rohingan refugees, participating in the March 4 Our Lives, and participating in a fundraiser for Alberta Theatre projects. We rounded off our year with an excellent spring production (Wild Abandon by Daniel MacIvor) and of course the amazing Drama 30 Directing projects.

Next year we are looking forward to the same partnership with the High Performance Rodeo, as well as forging some new bonds with Alberta Theatre Projects by opening up our theatre space to support professional new play development. We begin our season with a production of The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood and are so pleased to have commissioned playwright Elena Belyea to write our spring show. Goals for next year also include further development to the Betty Mitchell Studio theatre. We are looking for support in this area, so please get in touch if you think you might be able to help out.

Choral Program

For the past several years, Western’s Choral program has been taking the choral community by storm, receiving acclaim at festivals for their consistently beautiful performances that reflect challenging repertoire. Whether you’ve been singing your entire life or want to try out something new, there’s a choir for everyone at Western. No experience is required to be a part of one of our outstanding choirs, and it isn’t too late to join the fun! Registration will continue to take place at the beginning of September, with students encouraged to come to one of our open rehearsals at the beginning of the year to see what singing in a choir is all about.

Moreover, since choir takes place outside of the regular timetable, it’s easy to still be in choir with a full schedule and earn an extra 5 credits too! All choirs participate in retreats to Camp Chestermere, sing at the Calgary Carol Festival to raise funds for the Food Bank, and perform at Choir Alberta’s Choralfest.

Visit our Music page for more information on:

  • Student music meeting
  • Choir Parent Meetings and schedules

Band Program

The Band Program at Western is among the finest of its kind in Canada. Throughout the year, the Band program participates in local festivals, workshops, partners with outstanding music organizations like the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and most importantly builds a community at Western that is rich in student development and culture. Yearly, the bands participate in Band Camps and the full senior levels of the Band Program participate in annual tours.

Western has long been known for its outstanding Concert Band and Jazz Band programs. If you are new to Western or old and currently don’t have band in your schedule, but would like to get involved, it is not too late!

Western has a Grade 10 Concert Band, a Grade 11 Symphonic Band, a Grade 12 Wind Ensemble, a Junior Jazz Band, a Senior Jazz Band and two Jazz Combo’s. Students who wish to enroll in the jazz band program must also enroll in the concert band program. At Western, all performing ensembles are 5 credit courses. All performing groups rehearse outside of the regular timetable.

Please see the start-up dates on our Fine Arts page.

  

Western Canada High School Alumni Association

Please visit our Alumni Association page for more information.

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Fees and Waivers

School fees will be charged to families after the start of the school year in September and October. Online fee payment is the simplest and most convenient way to pay school fees. Parents can use their online account to pay fees or apply for a waiver at: www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe.

You can find more information on the CBE school fees and waivers​ page.​

Further Inform​ation

We look forward to a great year ahead. If you have any questions that we haven’t addressed here, please contact the school. 

For further information visit our CBE back-to-school information​ page.​​​​​

Do You Have a MyCBE / PowerSchool Parent Account?

Parents who have not already done so, must create an account in MyCBE / PowerSchool to:

  • Pay fees or apply for a waiver

  • Register for transportation and noon supervision

  • View student progress

To create a new account, go to www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe and click on Create Parent Account. You will need to have your child(ren)’s CBE Student ID Number and use your email on file at the school.

RT @UsihChristopher: Dr. Zahi Shlah, my new dentist, is a CBE alumnus. Always a pleasure to connect with #WeAreCBE alumni and showcase positive role models! ⁦@yyCBEduhttps://t.co/G8yR11qYxg

Today is the last day of the school year for teachers and school staff. Thank your for another amazing year. Enjoy your well-deserved summer break! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/IlEIqQUkXj

Today was the last official day of classes for the 2018-19 school year! Congratulations to all of our students on your many accomplishments and successes this year. Have an awesome summer! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/NJWHSGxs9c

RT @cityofcalgary: School/playground zone safety is everyone's responsibility. A friendly reminder that the maximum speed in playground zones is 30 km/h and is in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., 7 days a week, year round. https://t.co/z67wIsesnP https://t.co/k1jLA9Sxv0

RT @YourAlberta: As the school year winds down, hats off to all our students for a successful year and congratulations to Alberta's class of 2019! 🎓 🎉 #abed https://t.co/KJw6wNa3Lo