Our School Story
We are Woodward Wildcats.
Woodward is a small school defined by its’ strong sense of community. We have a high level of commitment and involvement from all of our stakeholders (students, staff, parents) given the small size of our school. Woodward is a very caring and supportive school community. Woodward staff is very dedicated and hard-working, providing many extra-curricular activities to our students as well as rich educational opportunities in the classroom. Woodward staff is student centered and caring, and works very hard to meet the needs of all learners, clearly evidenced in their teaching and interaction with our students.
Our students are known for their eagerness to support our school community by offering assistance in both formal “monitor” positions, as well as informally offering assistance in numerous settings. Students take advantage of the many opportunities offered, with high participation rates for all activities. When engaged in a school-wide activity on what it means to be a Woodward Wildcat, the most common student responses were: caring; welcoming; kind; respectful; close/strong community; spirit; and helpful.
Whether it be the wooden world map, our Don Taylor gymnasium, our basketball program, or our outdoor classroom, our school is shaped by the traditions of our alumni and those teachers, staff, and administrators that have lovingly made their mark on our school. While honouring the traditions of previous Wildcats, we look to the future to provide the best learning experience for our current and future learners.
The parent community at Woodward is also very active and supportive. Our PAC sponsored events such as our Annual Spring Fair, as well as our Hot Lunch program and other fundraising initiatives that benefit our school. Our parents and families demonstrate their support throughout the year by participating in assemblies, school dinners, learning conferences, or volunteering in the classroom.
Students, families, teachers, and staff work together to build our community.
Our mission statement states, “Daniel Woodward Elementary School is a safe, enjoyable environment for learning through work and play with others. Teachers and parents support all students as they become lifelong learners who take risks and show pride in all endeavours. As a community of learners, we care for ourselves, others and our surroundings.”
At Woodward, we follow our social responsibility matrix of ROAR (Respectful; Open-Minded; Accountable; Responsible).