Aloha Warriors! September and October have gone and we are already done the first week of November! Our work in November highlights the IB Learner Profile trait "Reflective." This is arguably one of the most important Learner Profile tratis to develop as a life long learner. During the year, all Westminster Warriors are reflecting on their personal development of the Learner Profile traits and on their growth in Approaches to Learning using a bi-weekly Reflective Journal. Students are engaging in self and peer evaluation protocols for many projects and using reflective thinking during the Design Cycle.
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.
Pre-Registration for the 2020 - 2021 school year opens through SchoolZone on Monday, March 9th, 2020 and closes on Wednesday, April 15th, 2020. For students wanting to register at Westminster School for 2020 - 2021 who do not attend Edmonton Public Schools, registration opens on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2020. Forms for registration in the IBMYP for Grades 7 to 9 will be made available prior to Monday, March 9th, 2020. If you have any questions regarding registration for the upcoming school year, please contact Mrs. Johnston at the school.
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.
Shauna L. Paul, Principal