Welcome to Umimmak School!
We are the most northern school in Canada, located in Grise Fiord on the southern tip of Ellesmere Island. The community of Grise Fiord has about 130 residents. Our school has about 34 students and 8 staff.
We hope this profile answers any questions you might have about our school and community. Our school promotes a safe and secure learning environment and focuses on our culture and heritage. Our staff is committed to working together as a team to support each other and to provide the best education possible for our students.
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Our mission at Umimmak School is to provide a safe, nurturing environment where students feel welcomed, respected and appreciated. Through their schooling, we hope they will learn skills and strategies for life-long learning.
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We have a great group of students here at Umimmak School. They are very enthusiastic about sports and love to spend time out on the land.
The students are very helpful to staff and to each other. They are a great group of students who are very well-behaved and respectful to those around them. Students here enjoy school, are eager to learn and willing to do what is expected of them in the classroom. They come to school each day with a smile and readiness to learn.
We have after school sports throughout the week. The exact days depend on what community activities are also happening. For example we had volleyball and broomball during the week. Sometimes, on the weekend, we will hold a badminton tournament for students and community. This is not always the case, but this is to give you a sense of activities that may be offered to our students.
With a small student population it can be hard to have constant extracurricular activities. Students here love sports so starting a program is easy. The hard part is maintaining interest throughout! The answer to this is to have events happen over a four to six week period then have a few weeks off. After a break, we then start activities again.
The staff gets along very well. Anyone who comes into the school is always impressed at how well we work together and helpful we are to each other. Everyone on staff is hardworking and truly dedicated to helping students create a future for themselves. We all have a great sense of humor and truly enjoy wokring together.
We love our jobs and love to have a laugh in-between classes!
Each of our classrooms has multiple grades. This means preparing can be a little more demanding! Each classroom has three grade levels: kindergarten to grade three; grades four through six, grades seven through nine and grades 10 through 12.
Our language of instruction model is the qulliq model.
We have a culture program that runs for a large part of the school year. People from the community come in to teach the students such activities as sewing, wood working, throat singing, Inuit games and hunting.
During the first few weeks and the last two months of the school year we often take the students out on the land. We usually pack the kamotiks and take the students for an afternoon of sliding and games. We pack snacks, sporting equipment and warm clothes. Members of the community are always invited and at times we have snowmobiles heading for a day of fun out on the land.
Here is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) from teachers (in general) that you may want to discuss further with your principal or colleagues, some of this information may be readily available on this website, while for...
Staff will have two days of orientation before students arrive in school. During this time you will become familiar with school routines, rules and expectations. You will have a chance to check out the school and meet the full staff. You will also start your preparation for the first few days of school. If you have any questions, orientation also gives you a chance to meet with the principal.
The first two days of the school year are when you will meet with the school principal and the rest of the staff.
On the first day the staff will gather and go over routines, rules and expectations for the year. You will take a tour of the school to become familiar with classrooms, gym, library, etc.
The second day you can prepare material for your first few days of work. You will have plenty of time to ask questions of other staff. The principal is also more than accommodating, should you need anything or have any questions.
We have some staff who have been here for a very long time and will be able to answer questions you may have. Everyone on staff is more than willing to help and support each other. Being a small staff we all have to work together to make the school year successful for our students and ourselves!
In addition, the Department of Education and the Nunavut Teachers' Association are currently developing a formal mentor program. The program will be available to new teachers at a later date.
You can contact the school anytime to talk with the secretary or principal.
Community members, when available, are more than willing to come into the school and help out. It is always good to use them as a resource - especially for cultural areas. There is so much experience and wisdom among our community members. Their knowledge of the land is incredible and they are more than happy to share stories with staff and students.