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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. 

    At Westminster, we are big believers in giving back. Not only is SERVICE a part of who we are, it's part of the core buildlign blocks of the IBMYP.  Every year, our students collectively commit to over 5 500 hours of volunteering. We wholeheartedly believe servcie helps develop well-rounded students, and establishes a fundamental principle of giving those who need our support. 

    During the 2019/2020 school year, Westmisnter was chosen as one of four schools in the Edmonton area to compete in the Hockey Helps Kids challenge, hosted by the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation. Our Westminster Warriors chose to support Little Warriors, a local charity focused on the awareness, prevention, and treatment of child sexual abuse. As a result of this opportinity, Westminster has developed a strong relationship with Little Warriors and going forward, we continue to have our Warriors helping Warrios, with Little Warriors and the The Be Brave Ranch as our school's Charity of Choice. 

     

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  • IB Middle Years Programme

    IB Middle Years Programme

    ‌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.

    IBMYP Parent Information

    10 Reasons Why the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) Encourages You to Become A Creative, Critical and Reflective Learner

    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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  • Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities

    A Place for Every Student

    WS Service

    At Westminster, we are big believers in giving back. Not only is service a part of who we are, it's part of the core buildlign blocks of the IBMYP.  Every year, our students collectively commit to over 5 500 hours of volunteering. We wholeheartedly believe servcie helps develop well-rounded students, and establishes a fundamental principle of giving those who need our support. 

    During the 2019/2020 school year, Westmisnter was chosen as one of four schools in the Edmonton area to compete in the Hockey Helps Kids challenge, hosted by the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation. Our Westminster Warriors chose to support Little Warriors, a local charity focused on the awareness, prevention, and treatment of child sexual abuse. As a result of this opportinity, Westminster has developed a strong relationship with Little Warriors and going forward, we continue to have our Warriors helping Warrios, with Little Warriors and the The Be Brave Ranch as our school's Charity of Choice. 

     

    Discover Your Purpose at Westminster

    We offer a wide range of opportunities for students to discover who they are through service opportunities, clubs, and committees. We are about educating whole, well rounded students through a multitude of opportunities and rich experiences. 

    We definitely take our learning and having fun seriously at Westmin', ensuring there is something for everyone. Whether you are into drama, sports, the outdoors, animals, skiing, science, student leadership, dances, plays, band retreats, improv, art, gaming - we've got it all and more. Your can find a full list of how we support students in Discovering Their Purpose

     



     

     

     

     

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  • School Philosophy

    School Philosophy

    Westminster School is proud to be an International Baccalaureate Middle Year's Programme (IBMYP) school, one of only two in Edmonton Public Schools.  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.

     

     

    The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) emphasizes intellectual challenge from a social development perspective. It encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for succes in further study and in life. 

    The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. The programme empowers students to inqquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers. 

    Research shows that students who learn through the IB Middle Years Programme:

    We are a place for everyone. 

     

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Spirit of Westminster 2022/2023

 

BE A WARRIOR!

Open House season is going virtual once again in 2022 and we are excited to share and connect with our prospective Warrior families on Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 with the launch of our Virtual Exhibit!  We cannot wait to share with you how our athletics, arts, academics and service make our students true Warriors!

Our Virtual Exhibit includes:

  • Westminster Warrior View Book 
  • IBMYP Learner Traits Profile 
  • Grade 7, 8 and 9 Option Selection Forms
  • a sneak peak of our amazing space  - I Got a Feeling

We will be connecting virtually with our five direct feeder schools - Oliver, Westglen, Glenora, Coronation and Grovenor - from March 9th to March 14th. Also in the month of March, we will be connecting virtually with other Edmonton Public elementary schools to share with them why the IB Middle Years Programme is the right fit for their junior high years! 

Our IB Middle Years Programme Open House is Tuesday, March 15th from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. A Google Meet link we be provided on March 1st, 2022.

Future Warrior parents have the opportunity to connect with Ms. Paul (Principal) and Mr. Monsma (Assistant Principal) through individual Google Meets via Conference Manager on Wednesday, March 16th (day) and Thursday, March 17th (afteschool and evening). Stay tuned for more details! 

Already a student in Edmonton Public Schools? Get ready for the 2022-23 school year! Sign in to your parent SchoolZone account between March 8th, 2022 at 9:00 AM and April 14th, 2022 at 4:00 PM to select Westminster School for next year.  If you are new to Edmonton Public Schools, you must register online. 

 
 

Principal's Message

We Can't Wait to See YOU at Westminster in September 2022! 

We are proud to have a school culture rooted in community where we deliver an atmosphere and experience that is safe, caring, studious, challenging, fun, and exciting. Westminster School is for students who want dynamic programming - diverse extracurricular activities, options, and teaching methods for every type of learner. Our kids have opportunities to be engaged in and outside of the classroom. We standout for our exceptional programming, academic excellence and dedication to giving back to our community. We want every student to know they have the ability to become whomever they want to be.

Combining academics, arts, athletics, and service, we look beyond just schooling to educate whole, well-rounded students through a multitude of opportunities and experiences. We have fun. There is an element of delight in all that we do. We provide a safe atmosphere for students to learn and discover their why. 

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. You can follow us on Instagram @westminsterwarriorsjh and on Twitter @WestminsterJH. 

In partnership,

Shauna L. Paul, Principal