Samuel Hearne Middle School (Gr 06 - 08)
Anne Marie Michkowski
Who was Samuel Hearne?
Samuel Hearne was the sharp-eyed, warm-hearted fur trader who, in 1771, left the stone gateway of Fort Prince of Wales on Hudson's Bay to embark on an extraordinary hike. He and a band of Chipewyan Native Canadians were assigned by the Hudson's Bay Company to walk across the Barren Grounds to the Land of Little Sticks, where the north side of branches of dwarf willows and scrawny black spruce had been shorn by polar winds. Then, by canoe, they were to track down an El Dorado of copper, rumoured to exist amid the headwaters of the mysterious Far Off Metal River.
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We believe that the school has the responsibility of addressing
the social, emotional and academic needs of our students. Students have a right to an education, with an interesting and relevant curriculum, that will provide them with the means to attain a
sustainable future and become valued members of society. Parents and community members have the right to be informed and involved and to share the responsibility of collaborating and contributing to the socialization and education of our students.
Model Schools for Inner Cities Initiative
Samuel Hearne has been a member of the Model Schools for Inner Cities Initiative for the past three years. We are clustered with other schools in our area who are also involved in this program. This partnership gives our school a unique opportunity to share ideas and successes with schools that have similar needs as ours.
The Arts at Hearne
We are very proud of the Arts programs we offer at Hearne. Our award winning music program allows our students the ability to develop their playing skills and enhance their appreciation of music as an art form. Through their Visual Art classes students are able to explore and display their creativity through a variety of experiences.
Our HPE program is focussed on educating and encouraging the entire school community to maintain healthy active lifestyles. These opportunities are provided through our Fit for Life program, Healthy Active Living Nights, intra-mural and team sports and DPA activities.
The students at Hearne have the unique opportunity to take part in experiential learning through Design and Technology and Family Studies classes. Both female and male students design and build their own projects using a variety of hand held and power tools. In FS, they learn sewing and cooking skills and create healthy meals within a specified budget.