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Our School Story

We are the Woodward Wildcats:

The Woodward Learning Community is small, but well defined by its’ strong sense of commitment to a supportive and inclusive school. Within our school population, there are over 30 languages and countries represented. We celebrate and honour the diversity and multicultural components of our school. We have a high level of commitment and involvement from all our learning community members, students, staff, and parents. Woodward is a very caring and supportive school community. Woodward staff is very dedicated and hard-working, providing 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, our new moto, “Woodward Connects” epitomizes the sense of community/school relationship so evident in what we do.  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 connected to the school or neighbourhood community, 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 the past, we look to the future to “Connect” all members of our learning community 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 enhance the communication processes of the school. Our parents and families demonstrate their support throughout the year by participating in assemblies, school dinners, learning conferences, or volunteering in other capacities.

Students, families, teachers, and staff work together to build and “Connect” our learning 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 endeavors. 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). 

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