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Who Was Colonel Sanders?

Gilbert Edward Sanders was born on Christmas Day 1863 at Fort Yale, B.C. His boyhood chums were First Nations children at the Fort. He received his education in England, returning to the Royal Military College, Kingston, in 1880. In 1884, he began a very colourful and exciting career with the North West Mounted Police. Poor sight in his right eye should have disqualified him from joining the Force; however, he was able to keep this defect from the authorities until later when he started using his famous monocle. His life with the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) was as exciting as a modern TV western. He saw service during the Riel Rebellion, led in the capture of Charcoal, helped with the Sioux Rebellion in the United States, and on and on. Not only did he lead in battle, he led the way in peace. He was a friend of the First Nations and was included in many signings of peace treaties. He served his country in the Boer War and was a Commanding Officer in the First World War. In 1919, he returned to his position of Police Magistrate in Calgary, a position he held until retirement in 1932. Of himself at this time, he said, "I have tried not to differentiate between the poor and the obscure on the one hand and the rich and the influential on the other, but I have tried to serve without fear, favour, or affection, throughout my years of service."

Colonel Sanders continued to live in our city until his death on April 19, 1955. On Sep. 4, 1956, the Public School Board opened an elementary school in northwest Calgary to honour this colourful, worthwhile pioneer in our city and country. His outstanding life and ideas of service to his country and his fellow men are examples worth following.

In 2001 Colonel Sanders School was selected as the site for the first Traditional Learning Centre (TLC) program. Due to parent demand, the Traditional Learning Centre has expanded to other CBE sites. The name was chosen to reflect the mandate of the school: providing a traditional education with a focus on character education as a program of choice for parents within the Calgary Board of Education. It opened its doors in Sept. 2002.

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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​.