Principal’s Desk

Message From Administration

As part of our school plan this year we are focusing on increasing resiliency in our students.  This is to include giving students the tools to assist in dealing with adversity, uncertainty and dealing with stress.

One of the areas we hoped to address was the area of digital safety.  Paul Davis and his presentation went a long way in laying the groundwork for building resilience in digital safety with our students.  Many parents also found his presentation helpful in giving background in technology to assist them in helping their children understand many of the concepts involved in using technology.

Another way in which we hoped to build on the development of resiliency skills was to become an S4 school.  Start Smart Stay Safe (S4) is an education program aimed at helping students successfully navigate through challenging situations like bullying, cyber-safety and peer pressure.  S4 involves classroom experiences that build relationships between police officers, the school community and families.

The S4 partners recognize a crucial element of crime prevention is investment in the social and emotional development of young persons.

Classroom experiences with police officers highlight the Calgary Police Service core values and recognize the importance of working together to have a positive impact in the community.  Informal activities during the school day, on the playground and other school events, contribute to building positive relationships between students, families, schools and police officers.  Police officers and teacher co-facilitate lessons within the classroom to explore the question “How do we work together to keep our community safe?”

Police ask students to reflect on their own tools and strategies for making good choices at school, home and in the community.  Students are encouraged to self-reflect, set goal for themselves, and discover their important role in helping those around them.

Activities celebrate diversity and respect for the contributions of others to build a safe and inclusive community.  Students are invited to be active responsible citizens whose contributions are valued and seen as essential components in creating lasting change.

In the next couple of months classrooms will be working with our Youth Education Officer Constable G. Baker exploring topics related to building resiliency.


Paul Dorin



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Calgary Youth Science Fair

Congratulations to the Grade 5 and 6 students from John Costello school who participated in the Calgary Youth Science Fair at the Olympic Oval, April 17-18. There were over 1000 students and 800 projects there. We are so proud of you!




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Terry Fox Run

On September 29, 2014, we held our annual Terry Fox Run and continued our tradition of spelling out a word on the hill behind our school.  We are in the second year of our faith theme from Micah 6:8, “Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.”  We spelled out “BE KIND”.  Click the photo to take a peek at the video!

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