Helen E. Taylor School
Wembley, AB. The attendance area for the school includes the town of Wembley and the surrounding rural area, serving a student population of approximately 215 students.
4 to 9
Our mission is ‘Bringing out the Best’ – in students and in everything the school does. The HET canteen offers a breakfast program, weekly hot lunch, twice-weekly healthy canteen, and Munchy Mondays nutritious snacks. Students access a fully equipped science lab, sensory room and music room, and public wireless. Elementary grades use two class sets of Chromebooks, with 1:1 deployment of the device in junior high. HET houses Wembley’s public library, offering after-school hours on Wednesday - Saturday and summer programs.
Our academic program includes both core and complementary courses.
Core Courses: Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies and Health/Daily Physical Education.
Complementary Courses: Art, Computer Technology Studies, Computer Information Processing, French, Citizenship, Wildlife Studies, Lifetime Sports, Legal Studies, Tourism, Drama, LA Extension, Creative Writing, Natural Resources, Leadership, Project Science, Project Math. Depending on student interest and staffing levels, the exact number of options may change from one year to the next.HET’s inclusive and supportive learning environment offers all students supplemental programs such as Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), Empower Reading, Learning Strategies, and French. A one-hour KNIGHT block for Grades 6-9 on alternating days provides personal learning time to access teacher assistance, complete project work, attend seminars, or participate in physical activities.
The sensory room is equipped with rebounders, chin-up bar, squeeze press, sensory bins, swing, sound machine and more to help students regulate their bodies and emotions.
Junior high students explore robotics, carpentry, electrical, and cosmetology options through the Encana Traveling Trades Program, and may select two option courses per term from fitness, indoor and outdoor games, hockey, guitar, art, photography, leadership, yoga, Breakout EDU, film, photography and more. Grades 8-9 students participate in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) at Beaverlodge Regional High School. Elementary students enjoy year-round art and music programs.
Citizenship activities include “Shining Knights”, an incentive program for positive behavior, along with student-led assemblies and an annual Christmas dinner for volunteers and seniors. Students participate in a spring community art show and silent auction, annual Christmas musical, Grade 5 sleepover-in-the-school, Grade 6 Classroom Champions and camp-out, Grades 4-9 ski trip, and Grade 9 Travel Club which has toured Quebec, Italy and Japan.
Private piano lessons are offered through GPRC during school hours. Grades 4-5 take Red Cross swimming lessons and Grades 6-9 enjoy recreational swimming. Jump Rope for Heart, Family Literacy Day, Pi (Math) Day, and Science Olympics are observed annually. Students participate in the Grande Prairie Music Festival and cultural events.
Health and wellness supports are provided by a Community School Liaison, FNMI Liaison Worker, Mental Health Therapist and School Counselor; and through the school’s breakfast program and twice-daily nutrition breaks. We offer inclusive education (Resource Room Assistance, Gifted Program) and speech pathology services.
Students enjoy twice-weekly intramurals and friendly competitions as members of one of four mixed-grade “courts.” HET Knights enjoy extracurricular activities. Grades 4-9 participate in basketball, volleyball and run club, and junior high enjoy badminton and track and field.
Helen E. Taylor School runs a Compressed School Week (CSW), resulting in an organization base of nine school days per two-week block rather than five school days per one-week block. CSW implementation occurred to support busing high school students to Beaverlodge Regional High School, who need to arrive at school by 9:00 a.m. Consequently, Helen E. Taylor students in Grades 4-9 are delivered to the school by 8:30 a.m.
Rationale for choosing a Compressed School Week (CSW) over other options included:
- If students arrive at school at 8:30, and classes do not begin until 9:00, many disciplinary problems can occur during this 30-minute wait. Even with supervision, these problems set the tone for the day and necessitate much extra disciplinary action from the teachers and administration.
- Longer noon hour recess made paying parent supervisors necessary.
- Children’s learning potential is at its peak in the morning; this is valuable time when children should receive instruction.