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Indigenous Ensemble welcoming students after pandemic absence

May 03, 2022
The opportunity to share Indigenous culture through song and dance is returning after being sidelined for two years.
The Indigenous Ensemble, a division-wide extracurricular program designed to support youth through involvement in music, song, dance, storytelling, and traditional arts, will be reinvigorated for the remainder of the school year in preparation...
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Community partnerships highlighted for Board of Education

April 28, 2022
The contributions to students and learning made possible by partnership organizations were shared with trustees during the April 10 meeting of the Saskatoon Board of Education.
The school division's Partners 2021-22 document highlights the community connections that enhance academic excellence, character, engagement, and well-being. Building partnerships within the wider community allows...

Programs offer unique learning for high school students

March 15, 2022
Specialized high school programs that offer unique and hands-on learning experiences are inviting students to explore their opportunities for the 2022-23 school year.
Outdoor School, Media School, and the High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program (HCAP) provide Grade 11 students (plus Grade 12 for HCAP) with the chance to join other students from collegiates across...
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Traditional Knowledge Keeper supports students at Walter Murray

March 02, 2022
The First Nation, Inuit, and Métis Education Unit at Saskatoon Public Schools has launched a pilot program that sees Traditional Knowledge Keepers provide in-school support for First Nation, Inuit, and Métis ways of knowing, being and doing. The knowledge keepers spend four days a week in the school for a period of eight to 10 weeks. Each Traditional Knowledge Keeper chose...

School-year calendar set for 2022-23; first day of classes Sept. 1

February 09, 2022
All Saskatoon Public Schools' students will begin the 2022-23 school year on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, according to the school year calendar approved by the Board of Education.
The calendar represents a total of 184 instructional days for elementary students and 181 days for collegiate students, with 950 hours of instruction for...

Walter Murray students dig in to ecological learning

January 11, 2022
Students at Walter Murray Collegiate are learning about the importance of shelterbelts, the restoration of natural habitat and marshland, and regenerative agriculture and soil health as part of a unique partnership.
Students in Grade 9 physical education/health classes taught by Brian Thorstad have taken advantage of the opportunity to discover prairie ecosystems...
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Virtual open houses help Grade 8 students plan for high school

January 10, 2022
Saskatoon Public Schools' collegiates are virtually opening their doors to provide current Grade 8 students and their parents and caregivers with a glimpse of high school life.
Collegiate open house events usually give students and parents the opportunity to visit one or several schools. This year, schools are creating videos to highlight their...
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Report to the Community highlights challenging year of teaching and learning

December 14, 2021
Saskatoon Public Schools' 2020-21 Report to the Community is a snapshot of an academic year filled with much joy and many triumphs and accomplishments, but also unprecedented challenges.
The report highlights the work done by staff and students as they continued to learn and celebrate community while facing the uncertainty of...
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Guest honoured for commitment to students, passion for physics

December 09, 2021
Murray Guest believes a knowledge of physics allows students to look at the world around them with a different set of eyes.
That belief in learning and teaching is one of the reasons why the Walter Murray Collegiate teacher has been recognized with the CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High...
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MacPherson to serve third term as Board of Education chair

November 09, 2021
The challenge of educating students during a global pandemic has highlighted the strength of Saskatoon Public Schools, according to the Saskatoon Board of Education's chairperson.
Colleen MacPherson, who was acclaimed to a third term as chair during the board's inaugural meeting Nov. 9, said the past year has shown that Saskatoon...
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Flag raising honours partnerships with First Nations, Métis communities

November 03, 2021
The sight of the Treaty 6, Whitecap Dakota First Nation, and Métis flags flying above Saskatoon Public Schools' Board of Education office was a welcome sign for Chief Mark Arcand.
Arcand, chief of the Saskatoon Tribal Council, joined representatives of the school division and Whitecap Dakota and Métis communities on Nov....

Board of Education hears how outreach workers help students Reconnect

October 26, 2021
The creation of six outreach worker positions designed to support staff in re-engaging students and supporting student mental health was highlighted during the Celebrating Excellence portion of the Board of Education's Oct. 12 meeting.
The primary work of an outreach worker is reconnection with families and support school staff and the...
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Employee vaccination procedure approved by Saskatoon Public Schools

October 25, 2021
Saskatoon Public Schools has approved an administrative procedure that will require employees to be fully vaccinated or provide regular negative COVID-19 test results.
 
Administrative Procedure 415 COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing was approved by the division's administrative council on Monday, Oct. 25. While the procedure has been adopted by the administration, it is...

School division will require staff to show proof of vaccination or test status

October 07, 2021

Saskatoon Public Schools is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our students and staff members. As such, the school division is currently developing an administrative procedure on employee vaccinations. This administrative procedure will require all staff members to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or provide...

Help students make music by donating band instruments

October 05, 2021
Saskatoon Public Schools gratefully accepts donations of gently used band instruments for use in elementary and secondary school band programs. To donate instruments such as flutes, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, saxophones, or other instruments, contact the band teacher at your neighbourhood school or the Board of Education office. If you wish to...
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Every Child Matters flag flies over board office

September 28, 2021
On a sunny September morning, a small group of school division employees gathered on a rooftop to make history.
In a ceremony led by Don Speidel, the cultural resource liaison for Saskatoon Public Schools, the school division raised the Every Child Matters flag atop the Board of Education office. Located at...
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Garden program grows produce, learning at Walter Murray

September 21, 2021
A garden program at Walter Murray Collegiate is growing right alongside the cherry tomatoes and carrots it produces.
The seed for the school garden was planted almost a decade ago, but over the years it has expanded both in terms of planting space and the number of students who are getting...
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Schools working to ReConnect with students, families

September 13, 2021
Back to school is an opportunity for schools, students, and families to ReConnect.
As schools begin 2021-22 school year, Saskatoon Public Schools is offering additional resources and supports to help students reengage with their learning following a challenging year of learning. The COVID-19 pandemic saw many students and families lose their...

Saskatoon Public Schools recognizing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 10, 2021
Saskatoon Public Schools is committed to recognizing the importance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. The school division is moving the professional development/planning day for teachers scheduled for Oct. 8 to Sept. 30. This means there will be no classes for all prekindergarten to Grade 12...
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Saskatoon Public Schools releases back-to-school handbooks

August 23, 2021
Saskatoon Public Schools has released its plan that outlines the school division's commitment to providing safe learning and working environments for our students and staff members. "Guidance from local public health officials continues to provide necessary guidance for our operational decisions at both the elementary and collegiate levels," said Director of...
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Board presents top awards to graduating students

June 25, 2021
​ Every year at collegiate graduation ceremonies, trustees from the Board of Education hand out three of the top awards – the Governor General's Medal, the Perseverance Award, and the School Board Proficiency Scholarship.
For almost 150 years, the Governor General's Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students...

Board of Education approves operating budget for 2021-22

June 16, 2021
The Saskatoon Board of Education has approved its operating budget for the upcoming academic year, which will see expenses of $287.7 million, an increase of $9.4 million over last year.
Provincial government operating funding increased two per cent ($4.6 million) for the year, which mainly covers the provincially negotiated salary increase...
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​Division's pandemic response highlighted for Board of Education

April 27, 2021
Information about the school division's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic was shared with trustees during the Board of Education meeting held April 20.
Senior administration continues to meet regularly with medical health officers regarding the pandemic and its impact on learning and school communities. The division is in possession of...
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High school students have April 26 deadline for in-person, online learning shift

April 14, 2021
High school students who want to move back to in-person learning or transition to online classes for the fifth and final learning term of the school year must make their decision by noon on Monday, April 26.
The transfer deadline has been set to allow for any necessary staffing adjustments ahead of...

High school students have Feb. 24 deadline for in-person, online learning shift

February 18, 2021
​ High school students who want to move back to in-person learning or transition to online classes for the fourth learning term of the school year must make their decision by noon on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The transfer deadline has been set to allow for any necessary staffing adjustments ahead of the...

School-year calendar set for 2021-22; first day of classes Sept. 1

February 10, 2021
All students will begin the 2021-22 school year on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, according to the 2021-22 school year calendar approved by the Board of Education.
The calendar represents a total of 185 instructional days for elementary students and 182 days for collegiate students, with a minimum of 950 hours of instruction.
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Programs offer unique learning options for Grade 11 students

February 01, 2021
Three specialized high school programs that offer unique, hands-on learning are inviting students to explore their opportunities for the 2021-22 school year.
Outdoor School, Media School and the High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program (HCAP) provide Grade 11 students (plus Grade 12 for HCAP) with the chance to join other students from collegiates across the city...
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Trustees hear about creative approaches to mark Remembrance Day

December 15, 2020
Honouring those who served took on a unique look in schools this year.
All schools typically observe Remembrance Day prior to November 11, however due to COVID-19 health guidelines and a significant winter storm, school ceremonies in schools looked different this year, trustees heard during the Celebrating Excellence portion of the...
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Report to Community highlights year of learning, challenges

December 14, 2020
Saskatoon Public Schools' 2019-20 Report to the Community is a snapshot of an academic year that was filled with much joy and many triumphs and accomplishments, but also unprecedented challenges.
The division's highlights the work done by staff and students to continue to learn and celebrate community while facing the uncertainty of...

Three new trustees join Board of Education; MacPherson named chair

November 16, 2020
​ Three new trustees were welcomed to the Saskatoon Board of Education during the inaugural meeting held Nov. 16. New trustees joining the board following the recent civic and school board elections are Michael Pidwerbeski in Ward 1, Kim Stranden in Ward 4, and Angela Arneson in Ward 10. Incumbent trustee...
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​Procedure for transfer of students between online, in-person learning

September 21, 2020
In order to maintain stability for student learning and staffing, Saskatoon Public Schools has an established practice for transfers between in-school and online learning.
Collegiate students can transition between face-to-face and online learning at the beginning of each new quint. Registration for Quint 1 online classes has closed and the deadline to register for...
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Timetable Changes will be made via telephone starting on Wed., Aug 26.

August 19, 2020
​Please call Student Services at (306) 683-7856 to speak to your counsellor who can make changes to your schedule. She can also add an on-line class to your schedule at Walter Murray.
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Class of 2020 graduates being celebrated by school communities

May 19, 2020
Walter Murray Collegiate is distributing lawn signs to every 2020 graduate to allow the community to join in honouring the achievement.
Beginning May 20, lawn signs are being provided to every graduating Grade 12 student across Saskatoon Public Schools' 10 collegiates, as well as City Park School and Saskatoon Christian School. Each...
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Maruauder Invitational Tournament tips off for 37th annual event

January 30, 2020
The second semester off the high school year tips off Thursday with the 37th annual Marauder Invitational Tournament (MIT) that runs Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at Walter Murray Collegiate. Eight senior boys' and eight senior girls' teams representing 13 schools from throughout the city and across the province are taking part...
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Families have important role in encouraging regular school attendance

March 19, 2019
Walter Murray Collegiate believes every student has potential. But to succeed in school and in life, students need to show up. Regular attendance is a strong predictor of student success. Being present fosters engagement, builds relationships and creates a sense of belonging — elements that fuel a learner's confidence and drive to finish. ...

Academics, extracurricular offer students opportunity to #engage9wmci

January 09, 2019
Creating a smooth transition from Grade 8 to high school is the main goal of Walter Murray's new Grade 9 program, "#engage9wmci." The program is designed to welcome all learners to Walter Murray by creating a sense of belonging to our school. Most importantly, #engage9wmci endeavours to maximize student engagement in...
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Bring It On: The Musical runs for seven performances

November 19, 2018
Walter Murray Collegiate is proud to present Bring It On: The Musical for seven performances beginning Nov. 25 Bitingly relevant, sprinkled with sass and inspired by the hit film, Bring It On: The Musical takes audiences on a high‐flying journey that is filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal and...

Cross-country program builds individual success with team approach

November 09, 2017
  Athletes who compete in cross-country running finish their race with an individual time, but for the hundreds of Saskatoon Public Schools elementary and high school students who compete in cross country each fall the sport is all about being part of a team. "Every member of the team matters, a...
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Annual musical production offers Good News for audience

November 06, 2017
​ Walter Murray Collegiate has some Good News for fans of musicals with seven performances of the school's annual student production during the week of Nov. 19-25.
Set during the Roaring Twenties, Good News the Musical sends up undergrad life at fictional Tait College where football star Tom Marlowe falls for...
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Walter Murray 2017-2018 School Supply List, grade 9

June 20, 2017
​ Walter Murray Collegiate 2017-2018 Grade 9 - School Supply List   2 - 3" binders (a morning binder and afternoon binder) 2 or 3 duotangs 2 pkgs. Dividers Loose leaf 2- black and/or blue pens 1 – red pen 1- highlighter 1 pkg. HB pencils or a mechanical pencil with...

Grade 8-9 Transition at Walter Murray - Friday, June 30

June 19, 2017
If you are currently in grade 8 and are transitioning into high school at Walter Murray, you are invited to attend from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in our auditorium.  Get pumped up for the upcoming school year.  Experience a mock trial of going from class to class with the sound of...
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New Look for Front Doors of Walter Murray

June 19, 2017
A new look to the main doors at Walter Murray Collegiate is welcoming students and the community to the building and illustrating the school's commitment and response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action. On June 21, National Aboriginal Day, the school unveiled images above the front doors that...
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Link Crew program helps welcome Grade 9 students to Walter Murray

March 20, 2017
A fist bump in the hallway is one of the signs that a program to help elementary students make a smooth transition to high school life is engaging students at Walter Murray Collegiate. Link Crew is a mentorship program that sees incoming Grade 9 students welcomed to the school each fall...
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Open house set for Feb. 15 helps Grade 8 students prepare for high school

December 20, 2016
Walter Murray Collegiate is a comprehensive collegiate, which means our size and facility allows for the broadest range of programming and extra-curricular offerings in Saskatoon. Our school community is noted for its excellence in academics, athletics, fine arts and technology. Consequently, our students earn valuable scholarships and academic opportunities around the...
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Academic, extracurricular programs to engage every student

April 11, 2016
Walter Murray Collegiate boasts a wide range of programs and extracurricular offerings and a diverse student population attracted by the many opportunities available to students. As one of only two  comprehensive collegiates in the Saskatoon Public Schools’ system, we house a number of system-wide programs and proudly offer a multitude of...

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Indigenous Ensemble welcoming students after pandemic absence

May 03, 2022
The opportunity to share Indigenous culture through song and dance is returning after being sidelined for two years.
The Indigenous Ensemble, a division-wide extracurricular program designed to support youth through involvement in music, song, dance, storytelling, and traditional arts, will be reinvigorated for the remainder of the school year in preparation...
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Community partnerships highlighted for Board of Education

April 28, 2022
The contributions to students and learning made possible by partnership organizations were shared with trustees during the April 10 meeting of the Saskatoon Board of Education.
The school division's Partners 2021-22 document highlights the community connections that enhance academic excellence, character, engagement, and well-being. Building partnerships within the wider community allows...

Programs offer unique learning for high school students

March 15, 2022
Specialized high school programs that offer unique and hands-on learning experiences are inviting students to explore their opportunities for the 2022-23 school year.
Outdoor School, Media School, and the High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program (HCAP) provide Grade 11 students (plus Grade 12 for HCAP) with the chance to join other students from collegiates across...
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Traditional Knowledge Keeper supports students at Walter Murray

March 02, 2022
The First Nation, Inuit, and Métis Education Unit at Saskatoon Public Schools has launched a pilot program that sees Traditional Knowledge Keepers provide in-school support for First Nation, Inuit, and Métis ways of knowing, being and doing. The knowledge keepers spend four days a week in the school for a period of eight to 10 weeks. Each Traditional Knowledge Keeper chose...

School-year calendar set for 2022-23; first day of classes Sept. 1

February 09, 2022
All Saskatoon Public Schools' students will begin the 2022-23 school year on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, according to the school year calendar approved by the Board of Education.
The calendar represents a total of 184 instructional days for elementary students and 181 days for collegiate students, with 950 hours of instruction for...