Our School

Welcome to Western Canada High School

Honouring its tradition of excellence, Western Canada High School prepares and empowers students to be knowledgeable, confident, lifelong learners capable of enhancing their lives and the quality of our world. A school year is a journey that takes many different turns. One of the most exciting and challenging aspects of being in a school is that each day is so different. Todd Whittaker writes: “The excitement of starting a new school year provides opportunities to reestablish expectations and introduce changes. We’re all on our best behaviour, full of positive energy about the coming year. The start of the year is a chance to set the tone for the school.”

We invite you to commit to your school and to bring your best to your classes and activities. By building a culture of shared commitment, we will create a strong community of excellence. Jim Collins in his book Good To Great writes: “Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.” This student agenda book outlines the expectations that will successfully guide each member of the Western Canada High School Learning Community in their interactions and relationships with each other.

On behalf of the staff at Western Canada High School, we welcome you to the Redhawks Team. The Redhawk Logo represents the strong, courageous and astute visionary who guides and protects our community. This image is reflected in the words Intellegentia, Vires, Virtus – or Knowledge, Strength and Courage. We look forward to meeting each of you during the course of the school year.

Western Canada High School Administration Team

  

Core Purpose

Honouring its tradition of excellence, Western Canada High School prepares and empowers students to be knowledgeable, confident, lifelong learners capable of enhancing their lives and the quality of our world.

Intellegentia, Vires, Virtus - Knowledge, Strength, Courage

We believe in:

  • providing an environment that encourages the development of individual potential and personal responsibility;
  • ensuring the respect, equality, and dignity of each individual;
  • celebrating the ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity of our school community;
  • enhancing our relationships with our communities;
  • consulting with stakeholders when appropriate;
  • recognizing, celebrating and fostering excellence;
  • offering diverse and challenging programs;
  • developing critical and creative thinking skills;
  • encouraging research and innovation based on best knowledge;
  • implementing technology that enhances learning and teaching;
  • creating a learning climate characterized by high expectations and a strong work ethic;
  • providing a safe and secure environment to ensure the well-being of our school community;
  • enhancing our strong relationship between home and school.

School Name

Western Canada High School's name was taken from the Western Canada College, which stood on this land from the early 1900's until the land was sold to the Calgary Board of Education in 1928. Western Canada College was a private boys college serving Calgary and Southern Alberta.

Our Partners

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

The Western Canada High School Music Program is proud educational partners with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. We are tremendously thankful for the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for their support in making this educational partnership a reality.

CIBC

We are pleased to announce CIBC as our educational partner for the Career and Life Management Program

Alberta Foundation of the Arts

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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. In 2021, our school, along with all CBE schools made a TRC Commitment to Action. On June 21, 2022, we renewed our commitment, which can be found under Resources.​​

​​​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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CBE parents/guardians, watch your inbox for a letter from the Minister of Education regarding access to in-person learning. https://t.co/A2tKoYIlih #yycbe https://t.co/y5pO4p5G2h

There are no classes for CBE students on Friday, Nov. 25, because it’s a system-wide non-instructional day. Have a great long weekend! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/dZCQzZ4rJA

Students at @WillowParkCBE worked with artist and author Vivek Shraya to create a short promotional video in connection to Vivek's new book – Revenge of the Racoons. Check it out: https://t.co/Ei06Ulk5tW #WeAreCBE

CBE parents/guardians, watch your inbox for information from the Chief and Senior Medical Officers of Health in Alberta about influenza circulating in the province & measures individuals can take to reduce the spread/lessen the impact in schools https://t.co/hETIuEDknh #yycbe https://t.co/S5AxW9QgXP

RT @elboyacbe: Math and art…a beautiful combination! #wearecbe@yyCBEduhttps://t.co/Ekakdzn9l9

RT @UsihChristopher: So pleased to engage with this inspiring group of young leaders! The 2022-23 Chief Superintendent Student Advisory Council represents high school students across #WeAreCBE. Thanks to staff advisors, school leaders, teachers, and Diversity&Inclusion for empowering student voice! https://t.co/CpbDDbpOxS

RT @AlbertaEd: Participate in an virtual online engagement session to share your views on career education programming for grades 7-12. + Tue, Nov. 22 from 6-8 pm + Tue, Nov. 29 from 6-8 pm + Francophone: Tue, Nov. 29 from 6-8 pm Register at https://t.co/ZSh3XODSRk https://t.co/z16xTIJE2b

RT @YourAlberta: Alberta’s Career Education Task Force is seeking input on grades 7-12 career education programming to build better connections between students and employers. Take the survey or attend an online or in-person session: https://t.co/V2TNm3FZTJ #abed. https://t.co/14scB7YXJh

RT @kinggeorgecbe: Students are celebrating Métis week by engaging in story and art. One of these art pieces will be part of a whole school collective.. stay tuned! #WeAreCBE @Indigenous_cbe https://t.co/F5pbdbnrIP

RT @CDNBlindHockey: Today we had 30 youth who are blind & or partially sighted from the @yyCBEdu take part in our Learn to Skate & Try Blind Hockey Field Trip Day Program. Thank you to @ABBlindSports for partnering together on this program & introducing these new participants to #Blind #Hockey https://t.co/HCo2tdPzmu