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  • School Profile

    School Profile

    Westminster School is located in the community of Glenora. We welcome students from our direct feeder schools - Glenora, Coronation, Grovenor, Westglen and Oliver. We excel at combining academics, arts, athletics and real life experiences for our students and as a result, we also welcome Grade Seven to Nine students from all over the City of Edmonton in the delivery of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP), in which our Regular Program, and two District Special Needs Programs - Strategies and Behaviour Learning Assistance reside.

    Westminster exists to create a safe space for students to find out who they are and flourish into who they are meant to be. We provide rich and fullfilling experiences for students, coupled with academic discipline and community involvement. Students leave Westminster feeling challenged, respected and valued, and confident.

    We are Inclusive. Everyone belongs. Everyone is valued.

    We Build Character. Kind, compassionate, and empathetic students.

    We look Beyond Schooling. We educate whole, well-rounded students through a multitude of opportunities and rich experiences.

    We have Fun. There is an element of delight in all that we do.

    We are Community - Centred. Inside and outside of Westminster, we focus on building a better world. 

     

     

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  • IB Program

    IB Program

    ‌Mission Statement of the IBO

    The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.  To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.  These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and life-long learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

     The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) curriculum aims to:

    • promote responsible global citizenship and encourage international-mindedness
    • encourage a positive attitude to learning by challenging students to solve problems, show creativity and resourcefulness and participate actively in their communities
    • reflect real life by allowing students to se the connections among the subjects themselves and between subjects and real issues
    • support the development of communication skills - inquiry, understanding, language acquisition, reflection and expression
    • emphasize, through the learner profile, the development of the whole child - physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and ethically
    • Provide students with the skills to act collaboratively and become critical and reflective thinkers

    The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) is a four year program designed for students between the ages of eleven and sixteen or in grades 6 to 9. The age group for which the program is intended represents a critical stage in a student’s personal and intellectual development. For many students, it is a time of uncertainty, heightened sensitivity and susceptibility, as well as a time for questioning many aspects of their life in the world around them. The IBMYP responds by providing a disciplined, yet open, approach with challenging standards. The program provides opportunities for students to develop skills and to exercise creativity, thereby encouraging them to become responsible, self-reliant and participating members of society.

    Year One of the IBMYP is offered at both Westglen and Glenora Schools.

    Year Two, Three and Four of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP)  is offered at Westminster School. A student does not have to take Year One of the IBMYP to register at Westminster School. We accept students into Year Two without any previous IB programming. 

    Coronation School is a International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IBPYP) and offers IBPYP to students in Kindergarten to Grade 6.

    At the core of Westminter's Pedagogy is the IB Learner Profile. Regardless of our students' strengths and challenges, we believe that the IB Learner Profile is applicable to ALL of our students. Every student is worthy of an IB education. We facilitate an environment where each and every student can be:

                             

    Inquirers
    Knowledgeable
    Thinkers
    Communicators
    Principled
    Open-Minded
    Caring
    Risk-Takers
    Balanced
    Reflective

     

     

    Subject Requirements

    Every student in the IBMYP will study eight subject disciplines. These include:

    1. Language A (at Westminster this is English Language Arts)
    2. Language B (at Westminster we offer French and Spanish)
    3. Mathematics
    4. Science
    5. Humanities (Social Studies which includes History and Geography)
    6. Arts (includes one of Music, Drama, and/or Art)
    7. Physical Education
    8. Design (choices may include Computer Studies, Food Studies, Construction, Drafting and Design, Environment Outdoor Education, Mechanical Studies, Film Exploration)

     

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  • Registration

    Registration

    Enrolment

    For the 2017 - 2018 school year, we are only accepting the following:

    • For Grade Seven, we are accepting students from within our catchment area (EPSB Find a School Tool) and outside of our catchment area into the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP). 
    • For Grade Eight, we are only accepting students from within our catchment area who are new to the City of Edmonton and Edmonton Public Schools.
    • For Grade nine, we are only accepting students from within our catchment area who are new to the City of Edmonton and Edmonton Public Schools.

    Information regarding registration, including option forms and IBMYP Expression of Interest forms will be availabe in early January 2018. Registration for students out of District (i.e. Edmonton Catholic Schools) opens on February 1st, 2018. 

    Supply List

    We provided all of our families, current and new, with a Westminster Basic Supply list for the 2017 - 2018 school year via email in June 2017. If additional supplies are required, teachers will let students know in the first few days of school. 

    Basic Supply List 2017 2018

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • School Philosophy

    School Philosophy

    At Westminster, an International Baccalaureate Middle Year's Programme (IBMYP) school, we envision a holistic approach to education. Combining academics, athletics, arts, and real life experiences, we seek to create equal opportunties for all of our students. Every student has a voice. Every student has a unique story to tell.

    We foster a safe, equitable atmosphere for students to learn, grow, and discover more about themselves. We strive to ensure students graduate from Westminster with an excellent education, but also as well-rounded, compassionate, and community-focused humans.

    At the core of Westminster's Philosophy is the IB Learner Profile. Regardless of our students' strengths and challenges, we believe that the IB Learner Profile is applicable to ALL of our students. Every student is worthy of an IB education. We facilitate an environment where each and every student can be:

    • Inquirers
    • Knowledgeable
    • Thinkers
    • Communicators
    • Principled
    • Open-Minded
    • Caring
    • Risk-Takers
    • Balanced
    • Reflective

    We are a place for everyone. 

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A Place for Everyone

At Westminster, we envision a holistic approach to education. Combining academics, arts, athletics and real life experiences, we seek to create equal opportunities for all of our students. Every student has a voice. Every student has a unique story to tell. Westminter is place for everyone. 

Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2017 - 2018 school year at Westminster Junior High School! There have been many exciting activities in our school over these past two months - Frank and a Float, the Halloween Dance, Food Truck Friday, Westminster Carnival, Warrior Wear Day, PIXAR Cross Disciplinary Activity, Frank Slide and our Pancake Breakfast to name a few. 

As IB learners, our goal is to help create a better and more peaceful world.  In November, we are promoting healthy relationships as part of the province's Anti-Bullying Initiative the week of November 13th - 17th and November 13th is World Kindness Day. Our Remembrance Day Assembly on November 6th recognizes the sacrifices made by our veterans in the Battle of Passchendaele. 

We are watching our building transform as we undergo a full school painting rejuvenation. Our main gym is a great place to catch all the action with new basketball frames/boards, new crash mats, refinished floors, new acoustical spray on the ceiling and new paint that the celebrates our Warrior spirit! The Library Learning Commons has opened and now offers students an updated place to play board games, work on their studies or hang out with their friends. We are excited to welcome students and families to our new learning environment at our Open House on Tuesday, March 6th at 6:30 PM. 

Registration materials for 2018 - 2019 will be available early in January for prospective students and families for both our IBMYP and Regular program. Check the Registration Page on a regular basis for the most current information. For families out of Distict (i.e. Edmonton Catholic Schools), we will be accepting registrations effective February 1st.

Education is about hope and believing that everyone can have the opportunity to be who they want to be and do what they want do. Westminster School is a safe place for students to discover their purpose; it's a place where kids can find their kindred spirits and where teachers are dedicated and interested in our students. At the core of Westminter's pedagogy is the IB Learner Profile which is built on high standards of student work, behaviour, community involvement, and school spirit. We are a dynamic place to learn, grow and have fun. 

On behalf of the staff, it is a privilege to welcome you to Westminster School.  We are a place for everyone.

In partnership,

Shauna L. Paul, Principal