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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

    2019 -2020 Registration

    Enrolment Limits

    Westminster School has a pre-determined number of spaces for students in the school, certain classes, and/or specific programs. Limiting the number of students who can attend helps the school maintain excellent teaching and learning conditions for members in our learning community.

    Please note that Westminster School is now closed in Grades 7 to 9 in the IB Middle Years Program and in Grade 9 in the Regular Program. We are still accepting registrations in Grade 7 and 8 in the Regular Program. We are only accepting registrations in the Grade 9 Regular Program if you are newly moved into the school's attendance area after April 15th, 2019.

    Our school office opens on Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 from 9:00AM to 3:00PM daily. If you need to connect with the school prior to our office opening in August, please email the school at westminster@epsb.ca.

    EPSB New to District Registration Form

    Westminster ViewBook 2019 2020

    IBMYP Expression of Interest Form 2019 2020

    Grade 7 Option Selection Form 2019 2020

    Grade 8 Option Selection Form 2019 2020

    Grade 9 Option Selection Form 2019 2020 

    Westminster Basic Supply List 2019 2020

    Westminster Bell Schedule 2019 2020

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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

    As a District, it is our shared responsibility to ensure that each student can learn and realize their potential within a safe and caring learning environment. Westminster School's Student Rights and Responsibilities communicates our expectations so that every student can thrive in a safe, productive, and welcoming learning environment. 

    We are a place for everyone. 

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Warriors Helping Warriors

We are beyond excited to announce that Westminster Junior High School was chosen as one of four schools in Edmonton to participate in the Edmonton Oilers' Hockey Helps Kids Charity Cup Challenge 2019 - 2020. Hockey Helps Kids is program founded by Chloe and Harrison Katz to encourage junior high school students to think of creative and innovative ways to give back to the community. Our Westminster Warriors have teamed up with Edmonton Oiler #25 Darnell Nurse and Little Warriors, a local charity committed to the awareness, prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse. Our Hockey Helps Kids Student Committee is going to work together to develop a 2 minute video to promote Little Warriors and drive votes and awareness to win $25 000 for this awesome organization. 

 

Principal's Message

Aloha Warriors! September has been a busy blur and we are already done the first week of October!  So many of our initiatives have already highlighted the October Learner Profile trait of “Caring.”  We’ve had returning Warriors welcoming new Warriors; an amazing kick-off to our Hockey Helps Kids campaign; Warriors who have helped make sure elementary students have been safe during the Coronation, Grovenor, and Glenora Terry Fox runs; and IB students have had an orientation of the Action and Service component of their learning.  

We are proud to have a school culture rooted in community were we deliver an atmosphere and experience that is safe, caring, studious, challenging, fun, and exciting. I have no doubt that each of you will uphold our school culture this year as you continue to be guided by the 8 principles of a Westmin’ Warrior: resilient and respectful; inclusive and integrous; committed and compassionate; honest and just.

As a Westminster Warrior, you are our 'Ohana'. In Hawaiian, the 'Ohana' literally means family, but it's more than just immediate family - 'Ohana encompasses extended family, friends, and those people important in our lives. As part of our Ohana, we are incredibly proud of the hard work talents, humour, creativity, intelligence and wisdom that you demonstrate every day. You continue to amaze and impress us with your commitment to learning and growing as students and as human beings. We love witnessing each of you embrace the values of Westminster as you persevere to reach your goals under Westminster's four pillars of academics, arts, athletics, and service. 

Westminster School was chosen as one of four schools in Edmonton to participate in the Edmonton Oilers' Hockey Helps Kids Charity Cup Challenge for the 2019-2020 school year. This is an exciting opportunity for our school to be even more involved in our community and in alignment with our pillar of service! Over the course of September, all of our students planned, researched and nominated local charities that aligned with social issues important to our students. Besides having a positive impact on our local community, Hockey Helps Kids has many other postive benefits:

  • highlights social issues affecting Edmontonians
  • creates appreciation of social responsibility and community involvement
  • builds awareness of the local charity and the important work they do
  • develops undertanding of charity operatoins and allocation of resources 
  • builds teamwork, creativity, communication and presentation skills

Please note that Westminster School is closed in Grades 7 to 9 in the IB Middle Years Program and in Grade 9 in the Regular Program. We are still accepting applications in Grade 7 and 8 in the Regular Program. We are only accepting registrations in the Grade 9 Regular Program if you are newly moved into the school's attendance area after April 15th, 2019.

Our Warriors are truly the epitome of our school's tagline, #somethingforeveryone, and we are truly humbled to be able to work with our Warriors on a daily basis. 

In partnership,

Shauna L. Paul, Principal