Jan 06
Update January 6, 2021

Welcome back and Happy New Year. As we return to online classes, the Minister of Education confirmed on Monday January 4, 2021 that it is expected that all K-12 Students will return to in–person learning on January 11, 2021. The exception are those students who are enrolled in the HUB or registered at an alternative online program. The Calgary Board of Education will continue to work with Alberta Education as we return to in - person teaching and learning. As we navigate the return to classes we ask that you continue to follow the processes outlined regarding reporting positive COVID – 19 cases. https://www.cbe.ab.ca/about-us/school-culture-and-environment/health-and-wellness-in-school/Pages/coronavirus.aspx 

Return to School After International Travel

Students and families who have travelled outside Canada are legally required to follow all Provincial and Federal travel restrictions upon arrival.

If your family is participating in the International Border Testing Pilot Program, your child may not return to school until they have tested negative on a second test 6 or 7 days after your arrival.

If you are not enrolled in the pilot program, your child must:

  • Quarantine (isolate) for 14 days
  • Monitor for symptoms
  • Get tested if any symptoms develop and isolate for at least 10 additional days from the beginning of symptoms or until feeling well, whichever takes longer.

This means your child is unable to return to school for a minimum of 14 after your return.

Diploma Exams

Alberta Education has sent out notices to some students registered to write one or more diploma exams.  Please know that exams are still optional and students may ignore these notices unless they are opting to write.  It is very important that students do NOT delete their registration for the diploma exam as they must be registered in order to be exempt or to write.

Please note this is an evolving situation and subject to change. Be sure to check your email regularly for important information.

Nov 30
COVID Accomodations - Online Learning

Hello Western Families: 

With the recent announcement from the Alberta Government, all our in-person classes will be moving online from Monday, November 30 to Friday, December 18. After winter break, online learning continues from Monday, January 4 to Friday, January 8. Our staff will be ready and prepared to support their students as we move online with interactive classes and lessons to finish the semester. 

The school will only be open for staff starting on Monday, November 30. If your student needs materials or resources from their teacher(s), an appointment must be made with their teacher or through the Main Office ahead of time. 

If your student does not have access to technology at home (laptop, tablet or desktop computer and internet access), please contact Ms. Hornby (mahornby@cbe.ab.ca). Priority will be given to Grade 12 students. Please keep in mind that our resources are limited.   

Unlike the provincial school lockdown in the spring of 2020, student grades are not fixed, meaning they will fluctuate based on student performance. There is an expectation that students will remain active in learning, attend all their virtual classes during scheduled times, and complete all assigned work to the best of their abilities. 

It is imperative that students continue to follow their regularly scheduled classes with our current school timetable (WCHS Bell Schedule) which will not change in online learning. Attendance is required and will be recorded by teachers based on students accessing D2L or virtual online meetings at their scheduled times. HUB classes will continue as scheduled. 

Our final exam schedule is currently under review. We understand the stress that online learning puts on our students, therefore: 

  • Diploma exams are optional, as announced by the Alberta Government. 
  • Students who plan on writing their diplomas will e-mail Mr. Wesley (gwesley@cbe.ab.ca) by December 7th.

It is very important that we all do our part in following the restrictions outlined by the Alberta Government. This is a change that will require us to rise to the challenge of defeating COVID-19 by being responsible for each other's health and safety.  We recognize you likely still have many questions.  Please talk to your child about this further as teachers share many details in the coming days.  


Carma Cornea

Aug 30
School Re-Entry August 28 2020

Please read carefully the information to gain an understanding of the measures we are taking to provide for the safety and health of our students. The CBE will continue to make adjustments as our context changes. While this plan is set for now, updates are expected via the CBE corporate website. Parents are advised to check regularly. We are asking that families start the first day back to classes with our new procedure. Please print a copy of the COVID self-screening questionnaire linked under the Back to School section of this website. It is necessary that students be assessed using the Self-screening Questionnaire daily before school. Students showing symptoms listed on the Self-screening Questionnaire must remain home. 

Staggered Start to School Year: We are beginning our school year by limiting the number of students entering the school over the first two days. The purpose of the plan is: 

▪ to ease the transition of students into school, 

▪ to spend time with smaller groups familiarizing them with our health measures and allow for them to find their way to their classes, 

▪ to teach the protocols of our health measures with fewer students in the school. 

Tuesday, September 1 Morning: Half of our Grade 10s – Last name A – K (9:00 - 11:30 am) 

Afternoon: Half of our Grade 10s – Last name L – Z (12:15 – 3:00 pm) 

Wednesday, September 2 Morning: Grade 11s only (9:00am – 11:50 am)/ Afternoon: Grade 12s only (12:30 pm – 3:20 pm) 

Thursday, September 3 Grades 10, 11, 12 (9:00 am – 1:20 pm) – modified schedule (no lunch) 

Friday, September 4 Grades 10, 11, 12 (9:00 am – 1:20 pm) – modified schedule (no lunch) 

Please note on Sept 2 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm we will be holding a socially distanced photo session for all grades afterschool for those who missed getting a photo.

Health Measures: 

▪ Hand Washing: Students will be instructed on the location of hand sanitizers and reminded to use them frequently. 

▪ Hand sanitizing stations are located in entrances, exits, classrooms without sinks and near high touch equipment. 

▪ Students are expected to use the hand sanitizer each time they enter and exit the school and frequently throughout the day. 

▪ Thorough hand washing with soap and water is also recommended when possible. 

▪ Illness at school: 

▪ Students exhibiting signs of illness will be moved to a safe location close to the main office. This area will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after the student has left. 

▪ It is critical parents/guardians or a pre-identified emergency contact pick up an ill child within an hour of being contacted by the school.

▪ Masks: 

▪ Masks are mandated from kindergarten to grade 12. 

▪ This includes classrooms and public spaces such as hallways, learning commons, bathrooms, etc. 

▪ Mask guidelines were sent out by email to families earlier this week. 

▪ Volunteers and Guest Visitors: 

▪ Although volunteers are valued members of our community in their support of our students, to minimize outside contact of established student cohorts, there will be no volunteers working in the school. Individuals are encouraged to communicate with the school through email or by phone. 

▪ In-person guests such as guest speakers and artists in residence will not be invited into schools to minimize outside contact of established cohorts. 

▪ These decisions will be revisited throughout the year. 

Physical Set-up of Schools:

Physical Distancing: Schools will arrange and monitor physical distancing when and where possible as outlined in the Guidance for School Re-Entry – Scenario 1. 

▪ Classroom set-up. 

▪ Desks are arranged in rows with students facing forward. 

▪ Number of students will be limited at tables. 

▪ Seating plans are mandatory and will be in place for every class. 

▪ Cohorts: Each student in high school follows a personalized timetable. Each class in which a student is enrolled is considered a cohort.  

▪ Common Areas: Consideration has been given to managing student numbers where students often gather. Students will be limited to gatherings of less than 100 students. 

▪ Students will be taught the expectations for lunch time practices to reduce social distancing 

▪ Cafeteria – we will be limiting our cafeteria to 100 with social distancing practices in place and supervision 

▪ Classrooms and gyms will be opened up to reduce the numbers who eat in the hallway with teacher supervision 

▪ Hallway supervisors will be patrolling the hallway to assist with social distancing. 

▪ Learning Commons: 

The number of chairs will be limited per table. Students will be expected to be seated at a table or computer and chairs cannot be moved around. Books and other resources will be brought to the student by the librarians to reduce touchpoints. 

▪ We will be limiting the numbers of students who can come into the library at lunch to allow for social distancing. 

▪ Lunch: 

Cafeterias will follow the Alberta government’s strict COVID-19 health guidelines. School settings will limit student gatherings to less than 100 students. Students are not to share food or drinks. 

▪ Students will be able to eat in the designated locations.

▪ Students will be encouraged to leave the school for fresh air. 

▪ Each grade will be assigned a set of locations (classrooms/ and designated gyms) in which they can go to eat their lunches. Each location will have a limited number of students. 

▪ There will be physical distancing measures in place, e.g. chairs removed, spaced out, taped off sections. 

▪ Water bottles: Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to fill and have available over lunch and at their desks during the day. As a high touch area, water fountains will be sanitized regularly. The use of water bottles will also limit movement in the hallways. 

Storage of Student Belongings/Change Rooms: 

▪ Lockers: In order to support physical distancing, no lockers will be used. This will allow for better traffic flow and less lingering during class changes. Lockers will be locked. Locker use will be re-visited throughout the year. 

▪ Change Rooms: 

▪ There will be limited access to locker rooms to prevent gathering. 

▪ Capacity will be limited and physical distancing protocols followed when use is necessary. Floor markings will be used to indicate where students must stand when changing to ensure adequate spacing. 

▪ The entry and exit of students into a locker/change room will be monitored and staggered in order to provide physical distancing. 

▪ Students are to hand wash/sanitize upon entering and exiting. 

▪ Students will need to remove their belongings from the locker/change room. 

▪ Locker rooms will be disinfected between classes/cohorts.

Movement in school: We are minimizing occasions of large gatherings of students and managing movement overall of students in the hallways. 

▪ We will have one-way staircases and social distanced 2 way staircases, oneway hallways & dual path hallways in some places that have directions where students go when they arrive in the building to prevent large gatherings occurring. 

▪ Arrival and departure times at school are the busiest times for our school. 

To assist in the movement of students and to support physical distancing we are implementing the following: 

▪ Walking students: students are discouraged from arriving early and staying at school after dismissal. 

▪ Students on spares: Students in high school have personalized learning schedules. 

To manage the movement of students in our building during times students are not in class, we have established the following guidelines: 

▪ Students will be allowed into the cafeteria and library with social distancing measures in place. 

▪ First block and last block – Students will be encouraged to not enter or leave the building if they have spares in these periods to reduce overall numbers in the building. 

▪ Tutorial time in the mornings will be based on the 1st class you have that day and will allow for a “soft” entrance time for students. The tutorial time at the end of the day will be set up for the last class students have and will allow for fewer students exiting at the same time or a “soft” time for exits at end of day. This will reduce the number of students entering and exiting the hallways at the same time. 

The health and safety of your child will remain a priority for our school and we will keep you updated as new information becomes available. As mentioned, detailed information for the guidelines for safety and health for all schools is available on CBE’s Scenario 1 Information website. We are confident that, as a community, we will soon adjust to our new protocols and practices. We look forward to welcoming our students back to school and resuming our time together as a positive and caring learning community.

Jul 02
School Re-Entry

As the 2019-20 school year draws to a close, we would like to thank all our families for your unwavering commitment to our school.  Our values have never been as important to us in this last timeperiod and have helped sustain our school during this crisis.  Intelligentia, Vires and Virtus - Intelligence, Strength and Courage continue to guide us. These last few months have been challenging but our students and staff are resilient. We also thank our teachers and staff for all of their hard work to ensure that students stayed connected to learning while the delivery of quality education continued from home.

I also want to provide some more information about our re-entry plans and some reminders before we break for the summer.

2020-21 School Year

We continue to work on our planning for what the next school year will look like for students and staff. We will have more information in August after the Minister of Education announces which re-entry scenario schools will follow

Scenario 1 – in-school classes resume, near-normal operations with health measures
Scenario 2 – in-school classes partially resume with additional health measures
Scenario 3 – at-home learning continues, in-school classes are cancelled

Regardless of the re-entry decision, we know that things will look a bit different in our schools in September. While we cannot eliminate all COVID-19 risk, schools will implement measures to minimize risk. 

We will communicate with families after the Aug. 1 announcement is made. Before classes begin, we will have more details about how things will look at Western Canada to share with families. Please ensure our office has your correct email address so you don’t miss out on messages.  We will post to our website as well.

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Apr 04
Online Learning

We are excited to teach your child online! By now, many of our students are already on Brightspace for D2L and have been participating in online learning opportunities for some time.  Students are involved in discussion boards, posted lessons, live learning and continuing on with their studies. We are preparing your child for the next level. We are starting with core subjects, however your child's complimentary teachers have already been in touch with your student and will have more to share shortly.

Some advice for our Western families: 

  1. We recommend creating a routine with your family at home to access learning online. Getting up at the same time, getting ready and coming early to learning opportunities posted will help. All core teachers are posting a weekly plan on their D2L shell so you also can plan ahead. Please note that information will be posted regularly to the D2L site for core subjects. It is important for students to check each of their core courses daily for updates.  Accessing Brightspace D2L through Chrome versus other browsers appears to work better.
  2. With our video lessons, we have created a schedule for our teachers to use so that there is not a conflict for your student in accessing them. Teachers will communicate with the class directly when these will take place. See attached for schedule:WCHS Schedule.pdf ​​​​ We will always record any of these lessons so students can access them later. Video lessons are not the only form of learning we will be utilizing though and our planning will allow students some flexibility going forward.
  3. If students have concerns or issues related to D2L, CBE student email, Google docs or passwords, help information is available here:  https://cbe.ab.ca/support/Pages/Google-Apps-Gmail.aspx#q2  Ms. Rice our librarian is happy to provide individual assistance, as well.  Email her: ehrice@cbe.ab.ca or call the school at 403-228-5363 as we are here to help.
  4. If your student requires further assistance/ support outside of the online classroom aspect, please reach out to the designated Counsellor, Assistant Principal, or Resource support persons listed below:


Ms. Cadre clcadre@cbe.ab.ca

Guidance Counsellors:

Ms. Nairn (A – G) aenairn@cbe.ab.ca

Mr. Crane (H – 0) jdcrane@cbe.ab.ca

Mr. Kufeldt (P – Z) makufeldt@cbe.ab.ca

Ms. Forde (ELL/ Indigenous Students/Student services Learning Leader) lmforde@cbe.ab.ca

Assistant Principals:

Mr. Wesley (A - G) gawesley@cbe.ab.ca

Ms. Blum (H - O) kkblum@cbe.ab.ca

Ms. Hornby (P - Z) mahornby@cbe.ab.ca


Carma Cornea clcornea@cbe.ab.ca

On Monday or Tuesday next week, we will be calling those students without access to technology to offer you a computer through our loan program.

Sep 30
Enrichment Opportunities

Western Canada seeks to extend learning in ways that are rich and diverse to allow students to have maximum opportunities for growth.  Our debate club recently returned from New Orleans where they competed with students from Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Virginia, Texas and of course, Calgary.  These international competitions allow us to compete at a high level and push us to do better. 


Our athletes have competed in volleyball at the University of Calgary Dino tournament and then at our own Red Mile Rumble, which saw teams from across Alberta and even British Columbia come.  We were excited to see our girls teams place in first and our boys team place in third at this year’s Red Mile Rumble.


As part of the long-standing partnership between the Western Canada High School Band Program and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, we are incredibly fortunate to be hosting the CPO in performance on Thursday, October 3rd 2019. This promises to be an evening of incredible music and a great way for our band program to come together as a community to kick-off the fall! As a show of support for our Band Program and partnership, the CPO is donating the proceeds of all tickets sold to this event directly back to the Western Band Program. All proceeds generated will fund specialized instrumental education instruction through our clinic and workshop program. Every student in the band program will truly benefit directly this year from every dollar raised.  Tickets are being sold at the cost of $5.00 each and are available from the Western Band Program.​

Sep 02
Welcome & Bienvenue

Students and parents, 

We welcome our grade 10s back to school on September 3.  Grade 11s and 12s first day of school will be September 4.  Information about what your first day will look like was sent to subscribers by email last Friday.  We will provide this information to you in person on your first day if you do not subscribe to the Principal's weekly email.  Here is a link to some important information about Back to School:​


If you would like to subscribe to the Principal's weekly email please use this link:

http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/westerncanada/about-us/news-centre/subscribe-messages/pages/default.aspx.  Please use the email that is on file at the school when subscribing.

We are very excited to see you return to classes. Looking forward to a great year!​

Apr 30

It is an honour and a privilege to be your principal at Western Canada High School. Western has long provided students with the very best in academics, fine arts and athletics. Our school’s legacy has been built upon three values: Intelligentia, Vires and Virtus - Knowledge, Strength & Courage. These values are what built one of the best schools in the world and it is my intent to carry on these values and Western’s traditions. When you leave Western you will be knowledgeable, confident, a lifelong learner capable of enhancing your life and the quality of our world. I would like to welcome our new Grade 10 students. Your first year in High School will be filled with new learning experiences. You will be challenged and you will enjoy successes. Opportunities in both academic endeavours and extracurricular activities abound. Take advantage of these offerings to excel in every avenue of your new year, build on your experiences and create new strengths and memories that will carry you in the years to come. Those students returning after their first year and now entering Grade 11 should understand both the challenges and successes of academic achievement. You should all know that this coming year will be the beginning of a new stage in learning and life. You are transitioning into adulthood with all the benefits as well as the responsibilities that accompany this change. The aim of excellence should be in every aspect of your school life. Make this a year of focus and commitment and in so doing create a future for yourself. We believe in you! Congratulations to the Grade 12 students. You found your footing in Grade 10, some of you ventured into new areas of learning, others new sport or fine art activities. You helped to continue the legacy of excellence that built Western in Grade 11. Your successes will be celebrated! You benefited from the excellence in teaching that is a proud tradition in this school, which will serve you well. Now you step into the halls of your final year ready for the beginning of your adult life. In this year you will take on the reigns of the most senior students, you are an example for every other student and you will inspire them to achieve. This year more than any other will determine the path you take so make the most of it. See success and realize it, accept challenges and achieve them, take on responsibility and fulfill it.

Western Canada High School has been built on a long standing tradition of excellence. The legacy that inspires every student to excel is instilled in every aspect of Western Canada, which has been developed and nurtured by the best educators in the world. It is a safe place that will provide every student with a myriad of opportunities to learn and build for their future. The celebration of learning whether it be in academics, arts or athletics will underlie every aspect of our role as educators. The education and experiences the students of Western Canada High School create during this coming year will generate a new future of leaders and builders for a shared tomorrow.


Carma Cornea

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