The original two story building and separate gymnasium structure was built in 1960 and served as the Forest Lawn High School with buildings and fields on 12.94 acres. The building was renovated and added to over the years, with a Library installation in 1978, and a lunchroom in 1982. In 2003 the academic wing of the building was upgraded to present day standards for safety and design. In 2008 most of the original building was demolished and reconstructed as a state-of-the-art complementary course wing, including a new restaurant style cafeteria and technology infused library. At the beginning of 2009 the large gymnasium was repainted as the final detail for opening the renewed Ian Bazalgette School. The school has 26 classrooms.
Ian Bazalgette school has invested in technology to provide state-of-the-art equipment for our students to benefit from the augmented teaching and learning that is available to them. They have access to three Computer labs, a Fine Arts/CTS Lab, a Communication Technology Lab, a Multimedia Lab, a Macintosh lab, and Digital Photography equipment.
The school's construction shop is also completely updated and has industry leading safety equipment and tools. This shop provides students with opportunities in woodworking, leatherwork, models, and small engine repairs.
One of the most popular complementary courses at Ian Bazalgette is our Foods class. It is a bright space that invites learning with 5 full kitchens. The Music Program at Ian Bazalgette School focuses on guitar and percussion with a Music Appreciation curriculum to enrich music interest.
Our school library is a learning commons. It provides students access to literature and internet for learning lifelong skills in information analysis and critical research. The Library provides resources for all subjects at levels to support emerging readers, English Second Language Learners, and mainstream students alike.
The Ian Bazalgette Snack Shack is our school cafeteria. This lunchroom area allows students staying for lunch to supplement what they bring with milk, snacks, and occasional hot specials. We also have a free breakfast and lunch program for any student who is hungry.
We are pleased to offer numerous activities to enhance students' junior high experience. I would encourage students, parents, and members of our neighbourhood to become involved in the Ian Bazalgette community through our sports teams and after school activities.
Our staff works hard to help students achieve their academic goals. We have high academic and behavioural expectations of Baz students.
At Ian Bazalgette School we strive to help every student achieve their best and we encourage all parents and students to join us in helping students reach their potential.
Our School's Name
Our school was named in honour of a World War II bomber pilot, Ian Willoughby Bazalgette. He was born in Calgary on October 19, 1918 and was killed in action as a bomber pilot on August 4, 1944 in France at the age of 26.
In his distinguished career as an airman, he became a Squadron Leader and the motto for his squadron was “We Lead, Others Follow". This phrase has become our school motto and is also the reason that all our school teams are known as The Bombers.
For his great heroics and bravery as a bomber pilot and aviation instructor, he was awarded the Victoria Cross. This is the highest award a military person can be given. Ian Bazalgette was the first Albertan ever to receive this distinguished award.
At Ian Bazalgette School we recognize that students are at the “core” of our work. We are guided in this work by the Calgary Board of Education’s (CBE) Statement of Purpose, Mission Statement and Statement of Beliefs.
Our purpose at Ian Bazalgette School is to support, nurture and connect the work of students, teachers, parents and the community. We endeavour to ensure that time, talent and resources are used in the best possible way in support of student learning. Our mission at Ian Bazalgette School and CBE is to educate tomorrow’s citizens today. Our learners take ownership of their learning by discovering and developing their own potential, their passions, and their gifts. They take their place as lifelong learners and make a significant contribution within an exciting and ever changing world.
In working toward our purpose and mission, we are guided by the five Results Policies:
Each student, in keeping with his or her individual abilities and gifts, will complete high school with a foundation of learning necessary to thrive in life, work and continued learning.
Each student will be literate and numerate, able to integrate and apply the knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies acquired across all academic disciplines.
Each student will be a responsible citizen.
Each student will identify and actively develop individual gifts, talents and interests.
Each student will demonstrate good character.