Live Your Legacy
EPIC the Phoenix
- Guiding attributes of Excellence, Perseverance, Integrity and Courage (EPIC)
- An innovative middle school that provides a personalized approach to meet the needs and interests of its students.
- Daily Physical Education/Daily Physical Activity, with an emphasis on health and wellness for all students.
- Exceptionally strong and comprehensive inter school athletic programs.
- A robust Fine Arts program that is dedicated to excellence in all performance aspects, offering opportunities in music, band, visual arts, dance, and drama.
- Integrated Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) program in core subject areas.
- French as a second language offerings as well as extensive English language support.
- Strong focus on Digital Citizenship, with an emphasis on the educational, safe and ethical use of online tools and resources.
- Learning Commons that promotes and supports information literacy.
- Extensive access to computers, tablets and interactive classroom technologies.
- Flexible learning spaces and state-of-the-art science labs.
- A positive school community dedicated to fostering the learning, growth and development of every student.
- Vibrant school colours of purple and gold that reflect the valour, honour, courage and pursuit of excellence of our namesake.
- A powerful school logo that depicts a rising Phoenix, symbolizing life, optimism, renewal and transformation.
Who Was Captain Nichola Goddard?
The school was named to honour the life, service and sacrifice of Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard, a devoted Canadian soldier, wife, daughter and friend. Captain Goddard was killed on May 17, 2006, in Afghanistan while leading a platoon under Operation Peacemaker and serving with Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry; her parent unit was the 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. She was the first Canadian female combat soldier to perish in Afghanistan. Captain Goddard believed that her service would create opportunities for others to build a better life, specifically through education. Goddard's love of life, learning and service lives on through several significant honours including "The Captain Nichola Goddard Foundation"; "The Nichola Goddard Light Up Papua New Guinea"; the "Captain Nichola K.S. Goddard Memorial Graduate Scholarship" at the University of Calgary; and the "Captain Nichola K.S. Goddard Scholarship" at the University of Prince Edward Island. On Oct. 27, 2006, Goddard was posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. This medal is intended to recognize individuals who have carried out meritorious acts bringing benefit and honour in either military or civilian life. She was also posthumously awarded the Sacrifice Medal on November 9, 2009. Sacrifice Medals are awarded to those who die as a result of military service or are wounded by hostile action. In recognition of Goddard's heroic service to our country, in 2011, the Government of Canada named a new Canadian Coast Guard vessel in her memory.