Our School

School Motto

Live Your Legacy

School Mascot

EPIC the Phoenix

Unique Points

  • 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.

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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 acknowledge 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, 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​.