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Senator Patrick Burns School

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Grades and Programs: 7-9 Regular; 5-9 Spanish Bilingual, 7 - 9 NSA

School Hours: AM: 8:25 ~ 11:48 PM:12:28 ~ 2:55

School Location

2155 Chilcotin Road NW
Calgary AB
T2L 0X2

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Senator Patrick Burns School is located in the northwest with close proximity to the University of Calgary. We serve the communities of Charleswood and parts of Brentwood. Elementary feeder schools include Captain John Palliser, North Haven, Capitol Hill, Dalhousie and Collingwood. We proudly offer the Spanish bi-lingual alternative language program for students in North Calgary in Grades 5 through 9, operating under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Alberta and the Government of Spain. Additionally, we house the National Sports Academy option for students in Grades 7, 8 and 9. Sports included in this program are hockey and baseball. Most of our students graduate from Senator Patrick Burns School to William Aberhart High School, although the National Sports Academy students may choose to continue their program at Central Memorial High School. Students in the International Spanish Academy continue to William Aberhart High School.

About the School

The school was built in 1961 and is situated on 12.53 acres with expansive playing fields. In the spring of 2009 we opened a new Outdoor Adventure Centre which was lovingly planned and established through the hard work of many present and future parents and community members. Students enjoy using this facility every day. The school has 33 classrooms: a well equipped library; band room; art, drama and Construction Technology rooms; fashion and foods labs; updated science laboratories; three computer labs with a growing inventory of technology in many classrooms; four physical education locations with a full sized gymnasium, a dance/combatives area, a fitness area with weights and a climbing wall; and a superb cafeteria with a large variety of nutritious hot and cold food choices. The National Sport Academy is a program of choice which attracts families whose children demonstrate skills and passion for hockey and baseball. Students complete all required Alberta Education programs of studies while learning more about their sport through the Training for Excellence in Sport off-site, and on-site experiences. More information is available at the school and from the National Hockey Academy at 777-3646. We are excited to be home to the International Spanish Academy Spanish Bilingual program in Grades 5 through 9. Students enrolled in this program have been taking Spanish as a bilingual program since Kindergarten or Grade 1. New students are only accepted with a high degree of fluency in Spanish as determined by intake interviews with the Spanish-speaking staff.

About School Name

Patrick Burns was born on July 6, 1856 in Oshawa, Upper Canada. He was the son of Michael Byrne Burns and Bridget Gibson, who were both Irish immigrants. His family moved to Manitoba in 1878, where he became a cattle dealer. In 1890, a meat packing firm called P. Burns and Co. Ltd., was established in Calgary. It became one of the largest businesses of its kind in the world, with branches in London, Liverpool, and Yokohama. Patrick Burns held directorships in several important banking, engineering, and insurance companies. In 1912, he was one of Alberta's "Big Four" cattlemen who, in that year, backed the first ambitious Calgary Stampede. Patrick Burns was called to the Canadian Senate in 1931 but relinquished his seat in 1936. Senator Patrick Burns died in Calgary on February 24, 1937.

School Mission

These are the three pillars that define what we value, and that help guide us in our decisions and relationships: Pillar 1: We All Belong Pillar 2: We Value Choice Pillar 3: Relevancy in Learning Matters

School Motto

Orgullo BRONCO Pride!

Unique Points

  • Senator Patrick Burns School program is uniquely organized as follows:
  • Teacher advisor groups are provided through homerooms.
  • Teachers within the core program are organized into teams that work together to plan activities and integrate curriculum. They discuss strategies to work more successfully with their students.
  • On Fridays, the entire grade group works together in an inquiry model where students have choices in their learning activities related to the integration of all core and complementary subjects.
  • Outstanding Complementary program (options) - organized in semesters(exemption: Band is a full year courses). Students are offered a wide variety of option courses in Spanish and English which extend and enhance the Program of Studies
  • Staff are creative, concerned, competent and caring, bringing a wide range of language and cultural experiences to their students.

Student Enrolment (September 2014 )
Total Enrolment: 651

Grade 5Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8Grade 9

Marlene Krickhan
School Board Trustee: Trina Hurdman
CBE Ward: Ward 7
Chief Superintendent: David Stevenson
Area: Area II
Director (Area): Brant Parker (Acting)
Notes for Substitute: Early Dismissal: Friday - 12:55 p.m.


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