Our School


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We envision a school community that values, and respects diversity, human development and learning.


To create a student-centred community school that cares for people and supports individuals in meeting their individual potential through personalized learning that occurs within a culture of respect where we ask questions, persevere, take risks and celebrate diversity.

Our Purpose

It is our intent to:

  • model and value peace, empathy, kindness and care for all people
  • provide and encourage positive, caring interactions between students, staff and parents
  • establish a safe environment where students can collaborate to take intellectual, emotional, and social risks
  • empower students to set goals and take control of their own learning
  • integrate deep, rich Inquiry that builds critical thinking skills through meaningful learning tasks that build 21st century skills and global citizenship
  • refine students' ability to observe, investigate and reflect on their own work
  • authentically infuse technology, the arts and STEAM principles to deepen Inquiry and understanding through tasks and learning opportunities that are persoanlized and meaningful to students

How Will Learning Take Place?

Character Education is an instructional technique that uses common language to examine what is going on; how people feel; what could be the best way of going about learning. It is a way of modeling cooperation and understanding between individuals and cultures. By deliberately developing character all students can be leaders. Students need to depend upon each other and work cooperatively. They need to know their roles; what they are expected to achieve and how to demonstrate that it benefits the group. Discussion, observation, and understanding are key teaching and learning experiences and skills we will develop. Our quest for building relationships will be through generosity, caring, hope and respect for each other. You will see evidence of staff caring deeply for our children. Our goal is that we will also have a sense of playfulness in our building – a community where everyone wants to be.

Inquiry-Based Learning is a process where students can reflect upon a situation, their learning, or group dynamics in a way that examines a specific question. It can be a powerful tool for cultural inclusion, appreciation for plurality, and dialogue. We often begin by asking "What's the problem?" With Appreciative Inquiry students are heard, seen, and appreciated. It also enables students to be active participants in the thinking process and encourages them to amplify what strengths or qualities they already possess towards their learning or class environment.

Our foundation in building a community will be our deep investment in children and their learning. We believe that all children have the capacity to learn and flourish. Our role is to have every child succeed. It is not about having the answers, but asking deep questions.

We wish to always model to you as parents, each other and to our students that we have a sense of passion and voraciousness for learning. We want our children to be critical thinkers and have strong ethics. We value risk taking for our children and there are multiple opportunities in our school and classrooms for actions and speech whereby each individual is encouraged to distinguish them as an individual. We will ask ourselves each day what have I contributed to our place – what difference have I made for myself and for another?

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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 acknowledg​​e 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 (Region 3), 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​.

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