Belgravia is a wonderful little community school nestled between University Farm and the University of Alberta, and bordering on our wonderful river valley!
Built in 1954, the school presently houses 145 students enrolled in six classrooms. The are: Kindergarten (20), grade 1 (30), grade 2 (20), grade 3 (22), grade 4 (19) and grade 5 (22) and grade 6 (12). The school celebrated its 50 year anniversary four years ago.The academic excellence of our students is demonstrated in both everyday classroom work, and in district and provincial achievement tests.
The family atmosphere is evident from the moment you step in the school. Bulletin boards are inviting and share student successes in all subject areas. Activities such as Family Reading are weekly events. Parents are working in various areas of the school and feel welcomed and valued.
Our library, which has a reputation of being one of the best school libraries in the district, has now been automated. Our students enjoy lots of reading, lending itself well to our instructional improvement area of writing. Our aim is to have all students show measureable growth in their ability to write competently for a variety of purposes.
The children enjoy various clubs and activities from Music, Art and Running Clubs to intramurals. Many of our students take on leadership roles in various clubs that support the school. As well, many have given back to the community by being part of our Caring Club, which provides tray treats for patients at the Cross Cancer Institute.
Our Belgravia Parent Council truly supports our school! Monthly meetings provide an opportunity to share ideas, plan activities for the staff and students, and discuss issues pertinent to the school. Three fund-raisers during the year, a Fun Auction in November and 2 bottle drives (October and May) provide funding for a number of school-wide events for the students.
The community, as well, is supportive. In 1997 staff, students and community members decided to create an outdoor learning centre. After much input and planning, all were involved in its creation, and all continue to be involved in its maintenance. It provides a tremendous opportunity for classes to observe pond life, study birds, grow vegetable and plants, as well as sit in it to read or enjoy nature. In addition to being a much valued community asset, what a unique way to integrate our curricula!