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. As the only French Immersion school on the West Side of the Central Okanagan Public Schools, and with more than one hundred students of Aboriginal ancestry, children learning English for the first time, those from various cultural backgrounds, it is true that we support a diversified community of learners. We are almost five hundred strong! 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.
Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the
community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors.
Our school has adopted the Positive Behaviour Intervention & Supports framework for student code of conduct.
In 2016-17, we formed a Student Wellness Team (SWaT) to collaborate and consolidate efforts between Admin, Aboriginal Advocates, Behaviour CEA, and Counselors for enhanced social/emotional wellness in students and families. In 2016-17, a new alliance was formed between the Metis Society and the George Pringle School. We now house Peetigway, a Metis preschool, and support a parenting program instructed by elders and members of the Metis Society. The program, "Nobody's Perfect", begins with a smudging, prayer, meal, and finishes with parenting support presentations.
Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational
(focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of
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, and nearby Glen Canyon Regional Park for studies in indigenous plants and the environment.
In 2017, our Harmony Day project involved every staff member and every student in the creation of a mural which is now displayed in our main Office. The mural depicts harmony and acceptance through the use of a rainbow of colors, and a universally understood symbol, the heart.
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. A kindness passport was developed in 2016-17 to assist students with restorative justice.
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.
In 2016-17 our school-wide theme was based on Growth Mindsets, and was called "The Power of Yet".
More information on growth mindset and the Power of Yet can be found by clicking on the other links on this page.
We can become very distracted with programs, strategies, special events, guest speakers, models of instruction.
It is important to remember that we have two "big rocks": (1) social/emotional well-being of students and ourselves, and (2) striving to meet the needs of unique and diverse learners in each classroom. As long as we continue to focus on these two big rocks, our practices will align and we will continue to build a strong, cohesive, thriving school.