Our School Story
Sharing Our School’s Story
Who are we?
Spul’u’kwuks is named from the Musqueam, “place of bubbling water, ” where the land and water meet. It is near a former permanent Musqueam fishing settlement going back thousands of years. Spul'u'kwuks Elementary School was built in 2000 and opened in October that year. Currently, we have grown to 425 students. Half of our students are English Language Learners (ELL). We are the only school in Richmond that has a balanced calender, three months in session followed by a month break. Our breaks are: December, April and August. Our mascot is the eagle. Our Mission Statement: At Spul’u’kwuks we are a community of learners committed to developing a nurturing environment that encourages caring, respect, trust and personal growth. We value diversity, believe in the importance of building relationships and honour the uniqueness of each individual. We strive to create meaningful experiences that encourage a joy for learning. We have inspirational words on the wall in our foyer: Create, Transform, Imagine, Explore, Discover and Wonder.
School Goals provide staff with a focus to develop collective efficacy. They build on each other and a new one does not elimanate an old one.
In 2010-2011, the school developed a social responsibility program that focused on empathy, problem solving and anger management. We developed a plan around the 3 Cs – caring for ourselves, caring for others and caring for our place.
In 2014-2015, the school developed a goal focused on mathematical thinking. We noticed our students have computational fluency but lack deeper conceptual understanding.
In 2016-2017, with the onset of BC's New Revised Curriculum, we focused on two of the Core Competencies: Communication and Personal Awareness and Responsibility.
In 2017-2018 we narrowed our focus to Personal Awareness and Responsibility.
In 2018-2019, we went deeper into student self-regulation and well-being.