Brunskill School is a Kindergarten to Grade 8 elementary school located just three blocks south of the University of Saskatchewan campus. Renovated in 2000, Brunskill is a comfortable and safe facility in which to learn. Opened in 1951, our school was named after William Cy Brunskill, a dedicated member of the Saskatoon Public School Board for 28 years.
Our enrolment is about 400 students, including a therapeutic preschool in the adjoining Kinsmen Children's Centre (KCC). Brunskill is staffed with approximately 24 teachers, 6 teacher associates, 3 caretakers, 2 administrative assistants, a vice principal and a principal. We share with other Saskatoon public schools the services of a speech language pathologist, school psychologist, school counselor, and social worker. We also have access to many other consultants and resources from within Saskatoon Public Schools.
Brunskill is home to numerous on-site and off-site programs associated with our school. In addition to KCCs Therapeutic Preschool (which is attached to our school building), we also have an off-site program -- the Royal University Hospital School Program: Homebound in which hospitalized school-aged children receive educational support. We are also home to an itinerant teacher for the hearing impaired, who works with students in several schools.
Brunskill has a special feeling about it. We attract students from countless walks of life. Approximately two-thirds of our students reside outside our immediate community. Many parents who choose to send their children to Brunskill work at Royal University Hospital, the University of Saskatchewan or related science and technology centres in Saskatoon. We boast a diverse population, as some of our parents are, themselves, international students working at or studying at the university.
Our regular academic programming includes half-day Kindergarten (three classes), Grades 1 to 8 classes, Core French (Grades 4 to 8) and band (Grades 6 to 8). We also have two resource teachers who specialize in programming for students with intensive needs or learning disabilities. Our model for supporting these students is evolving to include our resource teachers in the classrooms, collaborating and co-teaching with classroom teachers.
In alignment with Saskatoon Public Schools Strategic Plan, Brunskill has identified two main areas of focus evident in all aspects of our school life. Over the past five years, Brunskill has embraced our Literacy for Life initiative along with mathematics renewal. Consequently, we are pleased to report that our students reading and comprehension results have been exemplary. At the same time, mathematics is being taught in a manner that promotes a deeper understanding, conveying a better sense that mathematics is a part of our daily lives.
Brunskill offers numerous extracurricular activities. School sports include cross country running, girls golf, volleyball, basketball, indoor track, and outdoor track & field. We also offer an intramural program for students across all grade levels. Musical opportunities include junior choir, African drumming and dramatic theatre. Other extracurricular activities include Student Representative Council, service programs (e.g., the milk program, morning announcements, secretarial and safety patrol), chess, environmental club, science club and craft/art clubs.
Brunskill School is a vibrant and progressive school where learning is inspired and sustained. This dynamic environment is achieved by involving our students and staff in a safe and meaningful way, where all members of our school community are proud to say, I am from Brunskill!
Brunskill's staff is committed to inspiring, leading and teaching our students so they may develop into citizens of the world who are proficient life long learners.