School Plan for Continuous Growth 2020-2023 (year 2)


School Mission: Our mission at École Frère Antoine is to foster an inclusive Christ-centered environment where our children collaborate, explore, and communicate as active learners and critical thinkers in a quality French Immersion community. .
School Vision: We are called to walk together in God’s love. Our vision is to inspire in our children a love for God and learning, a call to social justice, bilingualism, and an appreciation of our school’s diverse and multi-cultural mosaic.
School Charism: Living fully in Christ through a life of service.

Priority:  Growing in Faith
Our students and staff will learn and live the Word of God through worship, witness, and service.
Key Strategies:
F.1 Empower students and staff to express and share their gifts from God and explore the school’s charism and its importance.
F.4 Provide formation opportunities for students and staff that further their participation in our faith and enable them to discern the presence of God in their lives.
Actions we will take
Inspired by Frere Antoine, a hardworking loving Oblate priest who was dedicated to helping others, our charism is to follow his example of “Living fully in Christ, through a life of service”. Through various engagements, students, staff and families will have opportunities for community engagement guided by the question: As one of God's children, how can you make a difference? Every grade level will coordinate a social justice project or school activity, for their grade or the whole school, that will empower students to experience or reflect upon the impact of their initiative and their ability to make a difference. The projects will be shared through our newsletter, and media accounts as well as the Division's Social Justice Report.
Performance Measures (Domain - Local and Societal Context):
Local measures are under development for this priority. Our performance in this area will also be measured using the:
  • Division Assurance Survey (Catholicity items).
  • Projects will be shared through our newsletter and media accounts.
  • Publication of our projects in the Division's Social Justice Report
Priority:  Student Success
Through a holistic approach, students will develop to their fullest potential through multiple pathways.
Key Strategies:
S.2 Implement teaching and assessment practices to deepen students’ understanding and to increase ability to target teaching and improve learning.
S.4 Continue to support students’ diverse needs through best practice and responsive and flexible programming.
Actions we will take
Reading is a fundamental skill that influences our learners’ success in every other subject area. “The Simple View of Reading may be eloquently distilled into foundational terms, but that doesn’t imply that the process of reading is easy or simplistic. Reading and the process of acquiring literacy, is not a natural or simple process, but a complex restructuring of the brain to engineer novel pathways for the unnatural task of literacy to be achieved.” Hollis Scarborough. Based on class performance we are focusing on phonemic and phonics skills in both French and English to continue to build our students’ reading skills. Within the Covid context which has affected our students’ learning environment for over a year and to varying degrees, we recognise that students would benefit form a variety of universal social and emotional learning (SEL) experiences. “SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.” CASEL We strive to identify common areas in which many of our students require support and provide opportunities to help our students building their SEL skills. Example of such areas could include self-awareness and social identities, self-management, executive function skills, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making.
Performance Measures (Domains - Student Growth and Achievement & Learning Supports):
Local measures are under development for this priority. Our performance in this area will also be measured using the:
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Student Learning (Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exam Results);
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of High School Completion;
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Citizenship;
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Student Learning Engagement;
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Welcoming, Caring, Respectful and Safe Learning Environment; and,
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Access to Support and Services.
  • SEL projects will be shared through our newsletter and media accounts.
Priority:  An Excellent Place to Work and Learn
We will provide an optimal learning and working environment that fosters a culture of faith, trust, unity, inclusivity, confidence, respect, value and appreciation for one another.
Key Strategies:
E.3 Provide and engage in professional learning to enhance the level of subject matter, conceptual, and procedural knowledge expertise and competency.
Actions we will take
At EFA staff have enriched their pedagogy by participating in a series of Community of Practice sessions called "Five Pillars of Reading". Staff will continue to engage in professional learning related to the science of reading in both English and French languages.
Performance Measures (Domain - Teaching and Leading):
Local measures are under development for this priority. Our performance in this area will also be measured using the:
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Education Quality.
Priority:  Building Our Future Together
We will engage in good stewardship of all resources through principled governance and engagement.
Key Strategies:
B.5 Ensure decisions are data-informed; enable best practice indicators and transparency to ensure continuous improvement.
Actions we will take
Our school staff, École Frère Antoine School Council (EFA SC) and École Frère Antoine Fundraising Association (EFA FA) endeavor to respond to our school communities’ needs through council and parent engagement meetings. When the ECSD Satisfaction and Provincial Assurance surveys are released we will focus on responding to parental perceptions and explore ways to have parents meaningfully engaged in their child’s learning.
Performance Measures (Domain - Governance):
Local measures are under development for this priority. Our performance in this area will also be measured using the:
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Parental Involvement; and,
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Budget-Actual Comparison.
  • EFA SC and EFA FA meetings will be posted on the EFA website with agendas and any surveys emailed to our parent community.