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Our School Story

Sharing Our School’s Story:

Who Are We: Spul’u’kwuks is named from the Musqueam language meaning, “place of bubbling water,” where the land and water meet.  It is located in the northwest corner of Richmond, 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 about 400 students.  Half of our students are English Language Learners (ELL).  We are the only school in Richmond that has a balanced calendar with three months in session followed by a one-month break.  Our breaks are in 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. 

Our School Goals: School Goals provide staff with a focus to develop collective efficacy.  They build on each other and a new one does not eliminate an old one.  


Using the data collected from students at the end of last school year in addition to data gathered from the Student Learning Survey, we are continuing our focus on belonging and developing a greater understanding of Indigenous Peoples’ history and connectedness to the land upon which our school sits. This year, we are focusing on acts of Reconciliation that can be taken both individually and school-wide to help develop a greater sense of community and belonging.

There is a group of teachers working on an Innovation Grant with a focus on outdoor learning and the following question:  With an outdoor learning and land-based pedagogy, how might we reimagine our outdoor learning space to support our learners to develop a strong sense of belonging to each other as a community and to the place where they live, learn, and play?  The First Peoples Principles of Learning will be used to reimagine the general outdoor learning space including gardening areas, gathering spaces, indigenous art, and more, along with student and staff input.


Last year, we increased the number of school-wide activities and reinforced the idea of kindness (to self, to others, and to our community) to work on building a sense of belonging and connectedness.  As we have been learning more about Truth and Reconciliation, and scanning in our classrooms, we noticed that not as many students as we believed understood the significance of our school’s name and its connection to the land upon which our school sits. We see a need to connect to our place to build our school identity and to continue to increase our student’s sense of belonging.

Our Focus

Focus Statement:

How do we build belonging through a school-wide inquiry of who we are as a school and as a community of learners?

Action Statement:

To build belonging, we will:

• educate ourselves on our place and our connections to our place and each other

• engage staff and students in activities designed to support teamwork and work toward a collective goal

• increase student voice

Evidence Statement:

We know that our work with students is making a difference when students can describe their sense of belonging and connectedness and can show how we work together.

Our Learning

Our Actions and Evidence Posts demonstrate student learning related to our focus. The Action posts are examples of ways students and staff are enhancing their learning related to our focus. The Evidence posts share the difference we are making in student learning related to our focus and guide our next steps.

Our Action Posts

Our Evidence Posts

Student Survey

Posted: Jul 31 2023

Student Kindness Survey

Posted: Jul 25 2022

Class Reviews

Posted: Oct 20 2021

School-Wide Survey Gr. 1-7

Posted: Jul 26 2021