Creating a Sense of Belonging
by encorporating First Peoples and 7 Principles of Learning
Our day begins early at George Pringle Elementary. Enthusiasm abounds as last minute preparations for each day ensure the safety, learning, and well-being of each of the children. It is true that we support a diversified community of learners. Our underlying school philosophy is based on a whole child approach, with wrap-around support. We take much of our day-to-day operation from some elements of the First People's Principles of Learning.
First People's Principles of Learning.
Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors.
Our school is shifting from using a Positive Behaviour Intervention & Supports framework for student code of conduct to a Collaborative Problem Solving Solutions. Our team is vast, empathetic, and supportive of all of our learners. We work with community supports of an ARC worker, Le Petit Hibou, YMCA, Strong Start, RCMP, Breakfast Clubs of Canada, Metis Society, and Westbank First Nations.
Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place).
Embedded in our instructional practice, is room for hands-on learning, experimentation, building, project-based learning, and for student reflection and self-assessment. Many classrooms take advantage of our school garden, our retirement home across the street, and nearby Glen Canyon Regional Park for studies in indigenous plants and the environment.
Learning involves recognizing the consequences of one’s actions.
Our student code of conduct includes means by which students are involved in conversation, discussion, restorative actions, and problem solving when they find themselves in need of dealing with the consequences of their actions.
Learning involves generational roles and responsibilities; Learning recognizes the role of indigenous knowledge;
Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story. Learning involves patience and time.
2020-2021 Learning story
Our focus for this school year has been to continue the great work in our previous years at GPE.