Our School’s Name
The school was named for Annie Gale, born Hannah Rolinson on Dec. 29, 1876, in Netherton, England. She married William John Gale, a civil engineer, on Feb. 9, 1901. Bill and “Annie” moved to Canada with their two children in 1912 on the encouragement of her sister, who had moved to Calgary years earlier. Between 1912 and 1971 Annie became quite well known for her volunteer work in Calgary.
On Dec. 10, 1917, she was elected to the Calgary City Council as an alderman. This was a historic moment in Canadian history. Until her election, no woman in Canada had ever held an elected office at any level of government – not municipal, provincial, or federal. In 1924, she ran for and was elected as a trustee to the Calgary School Board. Annie Gale eventually moved to Vancouver and lived there until her death on Aug. 7, 1970, at the age of 93.
There are currently 578 students attending Annie Gale. Our students include those who live in our neighbourhood as well as those who are registered in the Traditional Learning Community program. We have two classes at each grade level in TLC from Grades 6 to 9 for a total of 227 students (39 % of students). The remaining community students are spread across Grades 7 to 9 for a total of 351 students (61 % of students).
Students receive their year’s timetable during the first days of school. English Language Arts, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science and Social Studies courses are every day for the entire year. Complementary courses are every other day for the entire year. The school day is divided into 6 blocks. We operate a rotating timetable of an A Day and B Day that results in students having different subjects at different times each day. Students are dismissed every Friday at 12 PM so that staff can participate in staff specific meetings. The students are asked to please respect the staff’s need to do this work by leaving the building quickly once dismissed.