Our School

About Our School Name

The Northern Lights form above the magnetic poles in the Northern (aurora borealis) and Southern (aurora australis) hemispheres, leading to a display of vibrant colours. Some Indigenous peoples believed that the lights indicated the location of manabai’wok (giants) who were the spirits of great hunters and fishermen. Some believed the lights were the spirits of the animals they hunted; while others believed they were the spirits of their people.

Vision and Mission

Our Vision is a school community where all children feel loved, respected and encouraged to develop to their fullest potential.

Our Mission is to provide high-quality learning experiences in a respectful, collaborative environment that builds the skills and mindset for life-long learning, independence, and resilience. Learning will be explored through the lenses of Peace Education, Environmental Education, and Design Thinking.

We will aim to provide the safe, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere required to create a sense of belonging where all children from diverse family and cultural backgrounds are acknowledged and respected. Our vision and mission statements will act as a guiding north star as we aim to make decisions that live up to these statements and help our students become bright, dancing lights like those of the aurora.

Why Peace Education?

Peace Education:

  • promotes positive relationship building across the school population
  • allows student leaders to support school initiatives
  • includes a variety of citizenship-building activities and opportunities to support others locally, nationally and globally in the future
  • helps students to extend the acceptance of all by all - to ensure this doesn't become a 'story of childhood' but rather an enduring life experience
  • helps children understand they are always capable of accepting, honouring and valuing the existence of all humans - including themselves
  • leverages the natural innocence and acceptance of children into expansive, shared experiences where learning frames connections rather than divisive distinctions between people
  • fosters dialogue, exchange of ideas and promote empathy for all
  • helps children understand all humans must have love, attention, care and connection to survive - without each other, no one can live and grow. We are a dependent species - we need each other and we need the best of each other to thrive and grow successfully
  • provides a consistent language of positive conflict resolution where our problems challenge us to think differently, exercise empathy and seek the best possible resolutions for everyone, not just a privileged few
  • helps children learn to share their ideas and experiences comfortably and to accept, listen to and honour the ideas and experiences being shared with them as well
  • teaches children to honour all cultures and communities and share the essential skills, strategies and resources needed to live successfully side-by-side in a world that can successfully sustain all human life (regardless of where we were born, our culture, gender, age, occupation, education or ability
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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 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​.

SKIP THE DEPOT ONGOING FUNDRAISER Our Northern Lights School Parent Fundraising Society has teamed up with ‘Skip the Depot’ (https://t.co/kwoUAbH0o0) to help raise money for our upcoming playground installation. See details on how to help out in the attached picture! Thanks!!! https://t.co/qEy2JYV0QJ

Thank you to our School Council and parents for the beautiful whipped cream cake from @OrchidPastry! Our staff are certainly feeling loved today! https://t.co/djXh0Gnh9a

What a nice treat from a family to say thank you! #feelingappreciated https://t.co/imLvK0Y6w3

Loving learning about what types of trees are around the school, the cost of each type and what we need to do to care for them! https://t.co/HzKXGfHe00

NLS students and staff making a difference for our amazing planet by pledging a personal change! https://t.co/JKvSQSic8a