Our School

Andrew Sibbald School is the designated K - 6 community school for students living in Lake Bonavista and Bonavista Downs.

Our school occupies a beautiful spacious building that has been repainted and had a full wireless access upgrade. Our learning commons is a central hub of learning that includes a Makerspace area to encourage design thinking, creativity and problem solving. We have an outdoor Learning Grounds that provides an outdoor learning space and two recently resurface playgrounds.  

We are within walking distance to Fish Creek Park and are able to take advantage of the learning opportunities that come along with living so close to this urban provincial park. We have fabulous parents who support the school in many ways such as organizing monthly fun lunches, and volunteering in classes and offsite activities. Our Parent Association supports funding for rich learning opportunities such as artist in residence programs, and bussing for field trips. There is a before and after school care program that includes Kindergarten students that operates out of the school

Our School Vision 

At Andrew Sibbald School, our students will be responsible global citizens who actualize their dreams and ambitions through perseverance and collaboration with others. 

Our School Beliefs 

We believe students achieve their personal best through student-generated inquiry, goal setting, risk-taking and reflection on learning in a collaborative, discovery-oriented, personalized learning environment. In addition, students are provided opportunities to Collaborate, Create and Care.

Our School's Name

Andrew Sibbald was Alberta's first school teacher. He was born in Ontario in 1833 into a family of carpenters. As a young man he lost his left hand in an accident. He took to teaching and was recruited by the missionary McDougall brothers to begin the first school in Alberta at Morley in 1874. As well as teaching, he designed and supervised buildings and bridges from Calgary to Banff. He retired from teaching in 1896 and ranched in the Sibbald Flats - Sibbald Creek area with his son until retiring to Banff in 1903. There he became a respected centenarian, dying in 1936 at age 103.

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​​Our School's Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

We are committed to acknowledging and supporting the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 94 Calls to Action specific to education. Our school, along with all CBE schools, made a TRC Commitment to Action. On June 21, we renewed our commitment, which can be found under Resources.​​

Acknowledging the Land

We would like to acknowledg​​e the traditional territories and oral practices of the Blackfoot Nations, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani and the Kainai. We also acknowledge the Tsuut’ina and Stoney Nakoda First Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.​

​​​School Development Plan

​Each year, our school prepares a development plan with input from teachers, school staff, students and parents. We review many sources of data, including report cards, provincial achievement test results and school surveys. Based on this information, we create our plan identifying targeted areas for growth. Our school development plan is not meant to represent all of the work that takes place in our school, but rather it focuses on specific areas for improvement.​​​

​​​​School Improvement Results Report

Our school also prepares a results plan, which looks at our previous school year. It shows our students’ achievement and progress in meeting the goals and outcomes as set out by the CBE and Alberta Education, outlines some of the highlights of our school development plan and gives an overview of our school. You can look on the CBE website for system-wide results​.