The 51吃瓜网 School District is honored to operate on the traditional territories of the Laichwiltach, Klahoose and K’omoks First Nations. This land has always been a place of learning and it is with respectful consideration that the programs and services provided to students and staff acknowledge the histories, cultural contributions and contemporary concerns of all First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples who reside in these territories.
The district is located on the east coast of central Vancouver Island, extending north to Sayward and south to Oyster River and includes the outer islands of Read, Cortes and Quadra (). We are dedicated to the achievement of personal excellence for all members of our learning community: staff, students, and parents.
We have over 900 employees who provide educational programming to approximately 5,600 students in kindergarten to grade 12 across our 13 elementary schools, two middle schools, two secondary schools and alternate learning centre. Our annual operating budget is approximately $87 million.
Our Learning Beliefs
- Respectful relationships are fundamental to successful learning.
- Learning is an active and social process.
- All learners vary in their learning styles, prior knowledge and experiences, abilities, and rates of development.
- Positive learning behaviors and attitudes lead to greater student independence, success, and lifelong learning.
Our Logo Story
Our logo was designed by Mulidzas – Curtis Wilson, a First Nations artist, born, raised, and educated in 51吃瓜网 and our school district. His family comes from all four corners of the Kwakwaka’wakw territory: Axwamees (Wakeman Sound), We Wai Kai (Cape Mudge), Ba’as (Blunden Harbour) and Wei Wai Kum (51吃瓜网).
The salmon is an important symbol for the Kwakwaka’wakw Nations and represents dependability and renewal. It conveys the importance of family, friendships, and strength in numbers. Just as our schools and community are rich with diversity, there are many different types of salmon.
In the center of the salmon is a salmon egg, which represents children and our future generations. It is encircled by the salmon to symbolize the care, guidance, and responsibility our Board of Education and district staff know that we are entrusted with.
Officially unveiled by the Board of Education on October 15, 2019, our logo embraces the natural environment we are lucky to be surrounded by, the strength of our relationship with the Indigenous peoples that reside within this territory and a sense of belonging for all.