Eric Harvie School 2016 - 2021
"The most important thing for me as an educator is to never lose sight of school as a conduit to our students' future lives -not their careers but how they will choose to live their lives fully. I want them to make choices to live with courage, generosity, empathy, perseverance, perspective and a fierce self confidence they can take risks, follow their dreams and change the world." Lorraine Kinsman, Principal
At Eric Harvie School, our vision is to establish and sustain a learning environment that fosters creativity and innovation in a peaceful community of connected, independent thinkers, problem solvers and learners.
We believe students need a well-developed ‘Learner’s Toolkit’ of skills and strategies to support children in wondering, investigating, problem solving, posing questions, representing thinking and helping others, as they ‘live their learning’ through ‘Wonders’ and curiosities, rather than just acquiring knowledge, to make sense of their world.
Eric Harvie School is focused on building a strong sense of community with families, students and all staff. Learning is approached from the perspective of integrative, co-created learning and connectivity through collaboration. Learning is explored primarily through the lenses of Peace Education, Place-based Learning (Environmental Education) and Design Thinking principles to promote innovative thinking and learning.
Our School Name
Eric Harvie (b. 1892 – d. 1975) was a Calgary lawyer, businessman and philanthropist, who gave back to our community through several foundations including the Harvie Foundation and the Glenbow Foundation. Harvie founded the Glenbow Museum to share his passion for artifacts from all over the world, and in particular those from Western Canada. He also supported the creation of Heritage Park, the Calgary Zoo, the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts, and the Luxton Museum.
In carrying on with his legacy, his family’s ranch land was designated a provincial park, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, by the Government of Alberta in 2008. In 1914, Harvie enlisted in WWI and served as a Lieutenant and a Captain. Following WWII, he was appointed Honorary Colonel with the Calgary Highlanders and in 1967 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.