School Philosophy & Purpose
Our purpose at Cecil Swanson School is to provide our students with challenging and meaningful quality learning opportunities for personal growth. These opportunities will help to develop the academic, social, emotional, creative, and physical potential of each child to the fullest. We will strive to accomplish this with the full involvement and commitment of our school community in a positive atmosphere of active learning.
School Vision Statement
Our vision encompasses a community of learners wherein we endeavour to provide our students with a learning environment that is safe, secure, stimulating and accepting. We encourage risk-taking, creativity, dialogue and sharing, inquiry, critical thinking and self-reflection. Students are encouraged to take ownership and responsibility for their academics and their behavior. An active partnership between school, home, and our community is vital to our success.
Our School's Name
The school was named after the venerable Archdeacon Cecil Swanson.
Born in London, England in 1889, Cecil Swanson attended Wycliffe College, Toronto, where he was ordained in 1912. He served in the Yukon, on Vancouver Island at Metchosin, and at Christ Church, Vancouver, before being appointed Rector at St. Augustine's in Lethbridge. While living in Lethbridge, Cecil Swanson also served as a School Trustee. In 1929, Cecil Swanson became Archdeacon of Lethbridge.
In 1932, he moved to St. Stephen's Church in Calgary. Appointed Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver in 1944, Archdeacon Swanson served there until becoming the Rector of St. Paul's Church in Toronto in 1953. In 1960, Cecil Swanson retired and moved to Calgary.
Archdeacon Swanson has been recognized for his untiring service by honorary doctorate degrees from several colleges, including the University of Calgary. In 1978, Cecil Swanson was made a member of the Order of Canada.