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Bienvenue à l’École Georges P. Vanier! L’année scolaire 2023 - 2024 promet d’être une année dynamique et riche en défis. Notre école connaît une très bonne réputation qui est due, en grande partie, au calibre élevé des élèves qui s’y inscrivent. Nous sommes très fiers du niveau de succès atteint par nos jeunes dans les domaines académiques, athlétiques et artistiques. A Vanier, nous sommes dévoués au développement intégral de l’individu. Nous espérons que vous vivrez une année scolaire fertile en expériences enrichissantes et en succès. 

 2023 - 2024 school year will be an exciting and challenging one here at GP Vanier. The fine reputation our school enjoys is a direct result of the high quality of students that Vanier serves. We are very proud of the academic, social, artistic, and athletic successes that our students experience. We sincerely hope that you will make every effort to become part of the Vanier community. As a staff, we are committed to total individual development and hope that you will experience a successful and rewarding school year! 

About Georges P. Vanier

Welcome to students attending Georges P. Vanier, we are eager to make you feel welcome. The school and staff are here to assist you in your development. It is our sincere hope that your school year will be enjoyable and rewarding. 

History of Georges P. Vanier School

Construction of Georges P. Vanier School was completed in 1960; the school was named for Georges Phileas Vanier who served as Canada’s Governor General from 1959 until 1967.   He served in World War I and II and became a Major General in the

Canadian Armed Forces. As well as having a distinguished military career, Vanier served as Canadian Ambassador to France from 1945 to 1953. 

  • Our school colors are blue, white, and silver. Our team's name is “Lynx”
  • Our fiftieth Anniversary was celebrated on May 27, 2010
  • Our 60th Anniversary was in May of 2020 – no celebration due to COVID 19 Our Bilingual Program started in September 1984

Educational Philosophy

Our CBE Mission

  • Each student, in keeping with their individual abilities and gifts, will complete high school with a foundation of learning necessary to thrive in life, work and continued learning.  

Our Motto

  • One School, Many Communities, Endless Possibilities 
    Une école, plusieurs communautés, des possibilités infinies 

Our Purpose

Georges P. Vanier School offers 5 distinctive programs: English Program, Continuing and Late French Immersion Programs, Learning & Literacy Program, and a Woods Satellite Program. We celebrate learning and personal accomplishment which results in people taking pride in and assuming responsibility for themselves and their school. 

At Georges P. Vanier, we strive to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect in an atmosphere of solution-oriented problem solving where the best interests of students are paramount.

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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​.