​​​​​Welcome to the 2023-24 School Year

Important Dates

We follow the CBE instructional ​calendar. The calendar sets common start and end days, non-instructional days and holidays. For our school’s additional non-instructional days, late entries, early dismissal days and events, see our school calendar page.​​

Back to School Information

Welcome to a new school year at Sir Winston Churchill High School. This page contains information you will need to know for a smooth school beginning. Students and parents are encouraged to frequently visit our website for updated information. As well, please check our school sign and listen for automated phone messages that will come throughout the year to highlight special news and events. 

Pleas scroll down for information concerning: 

  • Grade 10 Welcome
  • School Photos and Visual ID Cards 
  • Business Office 
  • Transportation
  • Computer and Technology Services 
  • Band 
  • IB Information for all Grades
  • Locker Sign-Up 
  • Student Parking
  • Homerooms and Student Assemblies 
  • Absence Reporting and Bell Schedule 
  • Student Services - Course Changes etc. 
  • School Opening Procedures 
  • Football 

Important Dates

Aug 23   9:00 – 3:00         Grade 12   Textbooks, ID Cards & Lockers

Aug 24   9:00 – 3:00         Grade 11   Textbooks, ID Cards & Lockers

Aug 25                             School Closed          

Aug 28   1:00 pm              Grade 10   Math IB Cohort - IB Challenge (see page 3)

              9:00 – 3:00         Grade 10   Textbooks, ID Cards & Lockers

              9:00 – 3:00         **Grade 10 Band Students Instrument Pickup (See page 2)

Aug 29   9:00 – 3:00         All Grades Textbooks, ID Cards & Lockers

     &30   9:00 – 3:00         **Grade 10 Band Students Instrument Pickup (See page 2)

Aug 31   8:00 am              Grade 12   IB Meeting for grade 12 students taking IB - Theatre

              8:30 am              Grade 12   Assembly and Home Room

              9:15 am              Grade 11   IB Meeting for grade 11 students taking IB - Theatre

              10:00 am            Grade 11   Assembly and Home Room

              10:45 am            Grade 10   IB Meeting for grade 10 students interested in IB - Theatre

              11:30 am            Grade 10   Assembly followed by Home Room, School Tour and Barbeque.

              **** All grades photo day Life Touch will be available from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM ***

Sept 1    8:15 am              Home Room

                                       Following Homeroom Regular Classes Begin with a Friday Schedule

                                       School Council – Details to be announced.

Grade 10 Welcome 

August 31, 2023 11:30 am Assembly - Home Room

Grade 10 students are invited to a barbeque and school opening activities on Thursday August 31, 2023 following the morning assembly and Home Room.  

School Photos and Visual ID Cards

Plan to have your picture taken!

Student photo visual ID cards will be initially issued at no cost to all student.  Lost or damaged ID cards will need to be immediately replaced at a charge to the students.  




They will be required for admittance to classes, school activities, exams, sporting events, checking out library books and subject textbooks, and picking up yearbooks.  ID cards may also be required to verify student status on Calgary Transit.  

All SWC students must have their picture taken, even if a photo package is not purchased. You do not need to bring money for photos during school start up.  Each student will have pictures taken and receive a proof package mid-September.  Please visit their website for further information at http://lifetouch.ca/ 

Business Office

School Fees will be assigned during the summer.  Fees must be paid or alternate arrangements made before textbooks are issued.  Visit www.cbe.ab.ca/parents/fees.asp to register.  Parents must use the same email address that is on file at their child’s school when completing this process.  You must bring a copy of your paid online invoice in order to pick up textbooks. 

All previous textbooks must be returned and/or outstanding items tended to before the current textbooks can be issued. 


Transportation to school is by Calgary Transit.   Please visit the Calgary Transit website for details of High School Service Routes.  

Computer and Technology Services

Students should review the Computer and Technology Services section on our school website.  http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/sirwinstonchurchill/culture-environment/tech-tools/digital-citizenship/pages/default.aspx


Grade 10 Instrumental Rentals & Uniform - All grade 10 band students are asked to attend uniform fittings, in the Band Room (001) during text book pick-up on August 30th.  Students requiring a CBE rental instrument for the 2023-2024 school year may also do so at this time. 

Grade 11/12 – Instrument Rentals & Uniform - Grade 11 and 12 students renting school CBE instruments will receive their instruments during their first class.  Uniform fitting will take place on August 30th

SWC Music Parent Association (SWCBPA) Annual General Meeting - The SWCBPA will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Monday September 18 at 6:30pm in the school theatre. All music parents are encouraged to attend this important meeting. Please visit the SWCBPA website – www.swcbpa.ca for more information on the organization and how they support the music program. 

The Band Parents Annual General Meeting is on Monday, September 18, 2023- 6:30PM in the school theatre. 

 Uniform Fitting - All music students will be sized on August 30th.  Uniform distribution will take place at the end of September. 

IB Students (Grade 11 and 12) and Grade 10s Interested in IB 

Current Grade 12 and grade 11 IB students and any grade 10 students interested in participating in the International Baccalaureate Program must attend important meetings on Wednesday, September 1 in the theatre.  Grade 12 at 8:15 am, Grade 11 at 9:15 am and Grade 10 students at 10:15 am.  

Math 10 IB Candidate Challenge 

IB MATH CANDIDATE CHALLENGE EXAM - AUG 28 AT 1:00 PM  updated Aug. 18, 2023

If you have completed Math 10c in grade 9 and have Math 10c Alberta Education credits, you are eligible to write a challenge exam that may allow you to skip Math 10 cohort IB and go straight into Math 20IB in semester 2. Without these Alberta Education credits, you do not qualify for this exam. However, you can still take Math 10 cohort IB as originally planned. Usually, grade 9 students only complete Math 10c credits if they are in a GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program or private school. Be aware that the Math 10 Cohort course covers more than the regular Math 10 curriculum and usually only a small number of students do well enough on the exam to skip Math 10 cohort and either way, you will need to apply for and be accepted into an IB program. You are not required to write this exam. The challenge exam will be on Monday August 28 at 1:00 PM in Room 121. If you intend on writing the exam, please email Ms. Lee by August 27. arlee@cbe.ab.ca

Locker Sign up

Locker partners must be in the SAME GRADE and must COME TOGETHER for the sign-up

Locker sign-up will take place August 25 through August 31 during the school opening process.  Students require a current SWC visual ID card. Locker registration is done any time after your have your new ID card. Students may choose a locker partner.  Students who do not come with a locker partner will be assigned a partner at random. 

Student Parking

Students interested in applying for a parking pass must apply at the school. Students will be able to apply and pay for parking passes during the school opening process.    There is a minimum charge for a parking pass which covers parking lot maintenance.  Unfortunately, there is a limited number of spots for students.  Please watch the Churchillian for further details. 


Homerooms & Student Assemblies

Thursday, August 31, 2023

            Grade 12 – 9:00 am

            Grade 11 – 10:15 am

            Grade 10 – 11:30 am

Students are required to attend an assembly on Thursday in the main gymnasium, followed by a homeroom.

 Friday, September. 1, 2023

Home Room – 8:50 am

During school opening, students will receive forms and notices. Coloured forms need to be signed & returned. Students who did not participate in the school opening procedures will need to listen to announcements for further instructions

Absence Reporting & Bell Schedule

To report a student absence, parents or guardians are asked to phone the attendance line at (403) 289-9241, option 1 prior to 1:00 pm on the day of the absence.  Non-valid student absences, (not lates) will be communicated through the school messenger system.  If you have concerns, please contact the main office.  Please provide the following information:

Student’s Name                    Spell the last name                    ID number

Reason for absence                TIME OF THE ABSENCE                Who is calling

If missing a quiz or exam – the name of the teacher


School store- Pop Up

There will be a pop-up school store open on Monday, August 28, Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30 from 9:00am-2:00pm in the school foyer.


There will be a variety of Churchill hoodies, crewnecks, sweatpants, lanyards, water bottles and more. Cash only. 

Student Services

We welcome back our returning Churchill students and extend a special invitation

to our new students to visit us in Student Services.

The guidance department is staffed with four full-time counsellors and a secretary.  Students are assigned alphabetically by the first letter of the last name to their counsellor. 

Ms. J. Black

A – F, International Students

Ms. K. Murray

G - L

Mrs. K. Alladin

M - R

Ms. L. Chan

S - Z

Ms. A. Lee


Ms. L. Ofner


 Students Requesting Timetable Changes:

Guidance Counsellors have worked hard to balance all student timetables for the 2023-2024 school year. Student schedules are subject to change through the summer as we balance class sizes. While student timetables will retain the same courses, the specific order of courses and corresponding teachers may change.

Students will have the opportunity to request a change to their timetable in late August-early September. Change Request Forms will be emailed out on the following dates:

Grade 12 – August 22

Grade 11 – August 23

Grade 10 – August 25

It is important to note that very few changes will be granted as timetables have been balanced. We are not able to entertain changes to complementary classes in the Fall.  All change requests must be submitted through the fillable Course Change Request Form and should be emailed to Mr. Fullerton at:


If a student makes a course change request that is deemed appropriate, it will either be completed by Mr. Fullerton or sent on to their guidance counsellor for consideration.  Mr. Fullerton will notify the student that the request has been completed or sent on. If a request cannot be considered, Mr. Fullerton will provide notice of this to the student.

An email will be sent home on Tuesday, September 5th to remind students that the last day to submit a change request form is Wednesday, September 6th. No further student requested changes will be entertained after Wednesday, September 6.

Classes at Churchill are full; therefore it is difficult for counsellors to adjust timetables. Students are asked to ensure that guidelines below are adhered to before submitting a request.

Important Guidelines: 1. All schedules are subject to change as we balance class sizes. 2. Requests to change teachers will only be considered if the student has previously completed a class with that same teacher. If a student has not completed a class with a teacher they may not request a change. Student requests to be in a specific teacher's class cannot be granted. 3. Teaching assignments often change; the teacher listed on a student’s timetable may not be the teacher when the class begins.

4. Courses cannot be moved to different periods due to extra-curricular student commitments and/or spare preferences. Students are expected to be available to attend all periods during the school day.

5. Counsellors will only contact a student if there are questions regarding their schedule. Students are asked to please be patient and check PowerSchool often for changes to their schedule once they have submitted a request form.

6.  If a counsellor needs to see a student in person to discuss timetable concerns, a placeholder called "See Counsellor" will be added to their schedule. Only students with a ‘See Counsellor’ note will be seen during the first 3 days of school. These students are asked to go to Student Services ONLY in the period that needs to be changed or in their spare and not during other unaffected class periods.

School Supplies

Please bring your own basic school supplies, such as pens, pencils, and binders with paper. Your teachers will let you know if additional supplies are required.

School Calendar

View our School Calendar for upcoming events and dates. See the CBE website for system calendars.

Registration Information

Please visit our How to Register page for all registration details. Please note that the registration process is completed online, but schools can assist with any questions.

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​​​​​​Do You Have a MyCBE Account? Have You Added Your Child(ren) To the Account?

Parents / Legal Guardians / Independent Students who have not already done so, must create a MyCBE account and add their child(ren) to the account to:

  • access your child’s program information (e.g., course assessments, daily attendance record, report card)
  • view your child’s learning using Brightspace by D2L
  • pay fees and request waivers
  • register for transportation and lunch ​supervision
  • book parent-teacher conferences
  • submit online school forms (required for 2023-24 school year)

You will need your email address on file at the school as well as your child’s CBE ID, which can be found on the:

  • SchoolEngage student profile, for families that registered their child using SchoolEngage. 
    Note | For a visual guide on how to find the CBE ID within SchoolEngage, refer to SchoolEngage CBE Student ID
  • CBE Report Card, beside the child's name
  • CBE ID card

MyCBE Account

For parents / legal guardians / independent students without a MyCBE account

  1. Sign in at www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe
  2. Create the account; refer to MyCBE - Creating an Account
  3. Add child(ren); refer to MyCBE - Adding Additional Students

For parents / legal guardians / independent students with a MyCBE account

  1. Sign in at www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe
  2. Add child(ren); refer to MyCBE - Adding Additional Students

Subscribe to School Messages

Most school messages are sent to parents through SchoolMessenger. It’s a mass communication tool that allows schools to easily and securely send email, phone and text messages to parents / guardians, independent students in a particular grade, class, school or area. Messages are sent to the parent contacts on file at your school.​​

To ensure you receive important information from your child’s school and the Calgary Board of Education, subscribe to school messages.​

​​Fees and Waivers

School fees will be charged to families starting in October. Online fee payment is the simplest and most convenient way to pay school fees. Parents can use their online account to pay fees or apply for a waiver at: www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe.

You can find more information on the CBE school fees and waivers​ page.​​​​​​​

​Follow CBE on Social Media

Follow the CBE social media platforms to stay up-to-date on system news and announcements.

​Further Inform​ation

We look forward to a great year ahead. If you have any questions that we haven’t addressed here, please contact the school. 

For further information visit our CBE back-to-school information​ page.​​​​​