OUR NORTH POINT CULTURE
School is more than academics and athletics. At North Point we are about building strong relationships with students, acting as mentors and guides within a small family-like atmosphere where students feel comfortable and supported to maximize their potential. Read on to learn more about a ‘day in the life’ of our students, who the Navigators are, our Navigators squads, and the many traditions that make North Point unique.
Throughout the year on selected Friday’s, our student body is out on some kind of action or adventure in the community. Whether it is a visit to a recycling plant, Dunvegan Gardens, Granary Road or a hike in the mountains, Terry Fox Run, fencing or archery, to name just a few, our students connect with the community around them while also having a chance to get to know their schoolmates from other grades and programs in a different light. Action Friday’s bring our community together.
Ordered Lunch Days
Two times a week, students have the opportunity to order lunch. Our Healthy Hunger program on Mondays is run by our Parent Council and Hotdog Thursday is run by our teachers and high school students as a fundraiser for outdoor education and adventure activities. In both cases, parents and/or students can order in advance to have a hot lunch ready on either of or both days.
North Point offers TWO bus routes with community pick up points.
- Our NW route has begins in Tuscany and generally follows Crowchild Trail with a few pick-up locations on the way to the school close to Crowchild. Communities include Scenic Acres, Varsity and Hillhurst.
- Our SW/SE route begins in McKenzie Towne with various stops in the SE mostly following McLeod Trail including Lake Bonavista before heading west into Woodbine. From there it follows 14th St – Glenmore – Crowchild then 20th St. through Aladore and into the school in Richmond.
Cost is $1500 per year round trip or $750 one way. Other options are available.
For more information please contact Dave Jackson (Business Manager) at 403-744-5214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
North Point students attend school in our casual uniform. This involves a North Point branded shirt or hoodie paired with bottoms of their choice (no rips/tears). Every Wednesday, students wear North Point ‘formal’ – boys wear a navy North Point polo and khaki pants/shorts.
NORTH POINT NAVIGATORS
Navigators is our school team name because true Navigators are Respectful, Resourceful, Resilient, Relentless and Responsible in their pursuit of everything they do.
Upon joining North Point each student becomes part of a Navigators Squad. These squads provide the foundation for friendly rivalry and camaraderie for your child’s entire time at North Point. Throughout the year, students participate in numerous challenges (academic, physical, character). While building up skills, these challenges are also for the elusive pursuit of the Navigators’ Cup & Pizza Party – awarded to the squad with the most points at the end of the school year.
Students in grades 7-12 can participate on the North Point Navigators athletic teams that compete within the Calgary Independent School Athletic Association (CISAA). North Point athletics teams include:
FALL: Golf, Cross Country Running, Volleyball, Ultimate
WINTER: Basketball, Curling, Floor Hockey, Badminton
SPRING: Track & Field, Rugby, Soccer
North Point students participate in a number of traditions throughout the school year. These include:
- TownHall Assembly / Fun Lunch: Typically held on the last Tuesday of every month, we hold a TownHall Assembly for students to highlight the positive activities that have taken place during the month, discuss opportunities for improvement and preview upcoming activities. Additionally, this is also dress down day and Fun Lunch day. Standard dress code is not required on this day. North Point School supplies lunch to all students on this day.
- Retreats: This is a team / culture building 3-day/2-night outdoor education retreat for students in Grades 4-12 held annually in late September.
- Christmas Ornament Tradition: each student new to the school brings in an ornament with their name or initials on it and places it on the school Christmas trees. We keep the ornament and continue to put it on the tree every year to celebrate our school family throughout the years.
- Mountain Day: a surprise day hiking in the mountains! – The special Mountain Day bell is rung by the Head of School in the morning, letting all students know that classes are canceled and they will be participating in a day of fun, camaraderie and fresh air.
Students in grades 8-12 may participate in an optional travel program to Utah/Arizona held every spring break. This annual trip of 11 days – three travel days and eight exploration days – takes a group of adventurous, curious and courageous boys to the southern Utah desert. The students are introduced to canyoneering, repelling, hiking, climbing, camping, meal preparation and outdoor survival skills. This is a trip the students will remember forever!
We Know Boys
- Boys tend to be Visual and Kinesthetic learners.
- Boys process and express emotions differently than girls.
- Boys need male role models.
- Boys and girls develop different skills at different stages.
- Boys mature later than girls – physically and socially.
- Boys are curious and creative.
- Boys have boundless physical energy.
- Boys can be impulsive.
- Boys tend to be disorganized.
- Boys are competitive and are risk takers.
It is with this understanding that we have created an environment that celebrates boys’ strengths and interests, understands areas of growth, and is realistic about behaviour expectations.