Banded Peak School is nestled in the shadows of beautiful Kananaskis Country with the soaring mountains to the West and the rolling foothills to the South and to the East. At Banded Peak we are a safe and nurturing community who engage and challenge learners to think, to take risks, to collaborate and to become confident, independent, life long learners who contribute as resilient, caring, global-minded citizens. Students at Banded Peak engage in diverse programming to enable them to become self-directed, innovative, ecologically intelligent and entrepreneurial.
Teachers at Banded Peak School work to provide learning opportunities that both challenge and motivate students to learn, but which are appropriately balanced to ensure that literacy and mathematical benchmarks are attained for each student. Students experience the curriculum from kindergarten through to grade eight with teachers who seek to provide real-life, authentic learning opportunities. Opportunities which have allowed students to interact with local politicians and media, engage in profound discussion with business and community stakeholders, and experience our wondrous natural spaces, both adjacent to the school or surrounded by towering peaks in the Rocky Mountains.
As we review our school’s performance through the development of our Annual Results Report (SARR) we are pleased with the affirmation we have received from our community. In particular it is encouraging that stakeholders recognize the school’s efforts to provide students with challenging, engaging, and authentic learning experiences. In addition, we are pleased with the level of satisfaction from parents, students and staff in relation to our school being a caring and nurturing environment in which students flourish. Perhaps most noticeable in the development our SARR is the overall satisfaction with the improvement in the quality of education at Banded Peak School (94.5%). Despite the overall success of our program we recognize that we must continue to work diligently to involve parents in the school; not only as valued volunteers, but also as meaningful allies in the work that we endeavor to accomplish. We recognize that ongoing communication of student learning and student achievement is important to parents and we must continue to involve our community in this partnership.
We are excited about the opportunities and challenges that each school year affords us. We look forward to working collaboratively with our community partners, parents, students and teachers to continue to improve teaching and learning at Banded Peak School, the “gem in the woods”.
Simon Pols and Mary Magee
Banded Peak School Administrative Team