We provide a caring, dynamic learning environment that emphasizes Respect, Rights and Responsibilities for all.
At Hawkwood School:
- We come together in a community to learn and teach.
- We create learning environments which are founded upon positive relationships and where learners feel successful, are free to take risks, and become increasingly responsible for their own learning.
- We work to develop a sense of community which extends beyond the school.
- We grow in our understandings as we all are lifelong learners: staff, students, parents, and community members.
Hawkwood School is the focal point of the community where all members are valued and where everyone is a learner. We believe that the most effective learning environment begins with positive relationships among students, parents, and staff who work together as a team. Relationships are built upon openness, trust, respect, and care for one another.
Children are preparing to become lifelong learners by developing a foundation of skills, knowledge, and understandings. Students are encouraged to take increasing responsibilities for their own learning and to reach their fullest potential. Learning is celebrated, expectations are high, and diversity is honoured.
The teaching and learning at Hawkwood School is informed by the Alberta Program of Studies, provincial and Calgary Board of Education directives, current research, our school development plan, our strengths as a professional learning community, and the children with whom we work.
Parents are encouraged to become knowledgeable about their children's education, while modeling a positive and supportive attitude towards school and community. When the provision of a safe, secure home environment in which fundamental needs are met, children to come to school prepared to learn. Hawkwood School is a welcoming, enthusiastic, learning community that encourages respect, rights and responsibility.
Together We Soar.
Hawkwood School Name
The name of this community originated with a family named Hawkwood who resided and owned land in and around this area. It was on July 17, 1888, in Rochdale, Lancashire, England that Arthur Hawkwood was born. As a young man Arthur worked in the cotton mills. In 1911, with a courageous heart filled with adventure and the desire for a better life, Arthur came to Canada to look around and see what the country had to offer. He liked what he saw in the Calgary area, returned to England, and made preparations to come to Canada to live. Those preparations included getting married. In 1913, Arthur returned to Canada and with him was his bride, Isabella. Arthur immediately went to work for the CPR freight sheds but it wasn't until 1921 that Arthur and Isabella actually bought some land west of Calgary. That first quarter section of land created the beginning of a farming life for the Hawkwoods, and Canada truly became their home. Arthur and Isabella raised a family of seven children, four sons and three daughters. As the family grew, so did the amount of land being farmed by the Hawkwoods. Arthur died in 1956, and Isabella remained on the farm for some years. The land was divided among family members, with the home place being left to the youngest Hawkwood son. Isabella died in 1980. When the land was sold to Melcor Developers, it was the hope of the family to have perhaps a small park in the area bearing the name of the family. In the end, the community itself carries the Hawkwood name. Since Hawkwood School was the first school in this community, it carries the name of the community.