Wild Spirit Singers and Dancers from Big Horn

The Nakoda people of the Big Horn Reserve west of Nordegg have a drumming and dancing presentation that is of the first order. This presentation was a powerful exposure to the dynamic interplay that First Nations people have with Mother Nature and the spiritual forces that govern all races. The singing and drumming are strong and haunting, and the dancers, adorned in the beautiful feathers and beadwork art passed down from their ancestors, dramatically portray the First Nations understanding of the world around us.  

The entire presentation is hosted by a member of the band, Barry Wesley, who explained the intricacies of the dance to the students before each segment.  His words brought the culture to life for the students, assisting them to see the world through new eyes. At the end of the performance, all of the students were invited to participate in a Circle Dance, connecting them to First Nations culture in a very real and practical way.

Grade 4 Tyrell Museum 2018

Students travelled to Drumheller to visit the Tyrell Museum this week. As a part of their Science and Social Studies curriculums, they had the opportunity to create a cast fossil and explore the museum.  On the ride to and from the museum, students saw some of the regions of Alberta; the parklands, the grasslands, and the badlands. The bus also took the students past wind farms and they were able to see wind generators in action.

Bigger Than That - Ryan Laird - October 2017

We were pleased to be able to bring Canadian Country Music Recording Artist, Ryan Laird, to our school during his national BiggerThanThat! Bullying Prevention & Youth Empowerment Tour.

Ryan Laird is known for his Top 10 Canadian hit, “I’m Your Man,” and for taking a risk to make his dreams come true by
putting up a billboard on Nashville’s Famed Music Row asking Taylor Swift to produce his album.

A New, Engaging, Motivational Musical Program Ryan talks about his experience of being bullied throughout his elementary school years, how he overcame it, and how he made his dreams come true by always believing in himself. He encourages every student to do the same, beginning with his belief in each and every student he meets. Ryan says, “No student should ever have to worry about not wanting to go to school due to negativity.”

Jump Rope for Heart - Twins Day Assembly 2018

Our school participated in Jump Rope for Heart to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Alberta. Our SWAT team organized a demonstration of extraordinary skipping skills and a VIP seating area for one set of twins form each classroom. 

Elder Corky Larsen-Jonasson - January 22, 2018

On January 22, 2018, IRIC welcomed Elder Corky to present at our school.  Corky will spoke, sang and inspired our school with her wealth of stories. Corky explained the meaning behind protocol and teaches the fundamental concept that everyone is part of one sacred circle including us as people but also the animal, nature and the elements. Corky inspired through storytelling and song that each person should be proud of their heritage. Corky worked with 3 smaller groups to teach and share with students how to hold a sharing circle. 

WE Day 2017 - SWAT team

Our SWAT team was able to send their Grade 5 and 6 students to WE day. 

WE is a movement that believes when we come together we can create an even better world. WE makes it easy for you to get involved—whether at home, school or work—by offering resources to help you create positive social change in your community and around the world. we.org

Terry Fox Run 2016

Our first Terry Fox Run and our first snow fall.  We raised $2247.65 for the Terry Fox Foundation. terryfox.org