Staff - Programming
The language of instruction (LOI) for our school is Inuktitut until grade four and then English until grade 12.
We engage our students through a variety of academic classes and extracurricular programs. As mentioned earlier, our language of instruction is full-time Inuktitut from kindergarten to grade, with English becoming full-time in grade five. We also offer cultural programs once a week for two periods in a row.
Other programming highlights, in addition to the core content and electives we offer, include elementary reading programs, the school-wide science fair, and science and math challenges that encourage cooperative learning.
In addition, if beluga whales are spotted in the harbour and the community is fortunate enough to catch some classes may be taken to the dock to watch the hunters harvest their catch. Senior classes take land trips throughout the year to hunt caribou, build iglus, and learn land skills.
The senior students also participate in the Qajaq program during the first two weeks of the school year. Students spend the first two days learning how to safely enter and exit a qajaq, as well as basic paddling skills. After students have mastered their basic skills they learn how to perform self-rescues. Once all students have demonstrated their ability to safely rescue themselves and others, the entire group begins paddling on Hudson Bay for the remainder of the program. The final three days of the program are spent paddling a route beginning on Hudson Bay and ending at an in-land lake, where students camp out together.