Alaqsite’w Gitpu School
In September of 1997, the doors at AGS officially opened. Alaqsite’w Gitpu means ‘the eagle will soar.’ The school’s name was selected from several names submitted to a Name the School contest. Alaqsite’w Gitpu reflects the hope that students at our school will reach their full potential, proud of their unique NNU identity. The winner of the contest, former student Leah Metallic, believed that “Our own community school would give our children and their children the opportunity to go beyond the limits and to continue to soar despite our trials and tribulations.”
Currently, there are 250 students attending Alaqsite’w Gitpu School from Nursery to Grade 8. The school provides instruction in three language streams, including Mi’gmaq immersion (Nursery – Grade 2), French immersion (Grade 3 – 8), and English stream (Nursery – Grade 8).
Students attending our school benefit from numerous programs and services, and may participate in many different sports and activities. We believe that learning is continuous and takes many forms.
AGS is also moving towards the knowledge and digital era that we live in today. We are one of six schools from First Nations communities across Canada taking part in a project called Microsoft’s First Nations 21st Century Digital Learning Village Network Project. Teachers and students will have an opportunity to use and learn from digital tools and resources.
Anyone who visits our school will quickly notice that our students enjoy rich opportunities to develop all their talents and skills. Enjoy our website, and remember to come visit us often.
Jeff Grass, M.Ed.
The Mi’gmaq values of sharing and dignity are rooted in the inherent beliefs, principles and values of our people. In the belief that all people are unique, we recognize and celebrate the embracement of our language and culture into our way of life and into all aspects of life. This reflects and is integrated into positive expectancy, self-actualization and self-respect.
It is the express purpose of the Listuguj community to provide for our students an education, which fully enhances an affective learning environment of emotional, cultural, physical and intellectual development. This environment reflects’ Mi’gmaq beliefs and efforts at encouraging the responsibility of the people at directing themselves to their full potential, and a love of learning.
First Nation Student Success Plan
As part of our First Nation Student Success Plan for the 2011/2012 school year, we are focusing on the following priority areas:
- Literacy (reading & writing)
- Student Retention
Our goal is to create a positive school environment. Modeling Mi’gmaq values, we hope to ensure a sense of belonging for all students at school. To read AGS’ First Nation Student Success Plan (2011/2012), click here.
At Alaqsite’w Gitpu School, our goal is to provide students with creative and innovative academic programs, based on Mi’gmaq values, to meet students’ learning needs.
Respect other’s property, space and feelings. Be responsible for your actions and words. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Most importantly, take pride in yourself, our school and our community!
The AGS Positive School Discipline Plan has been designed to teach our students the behavioral skills, concepts, and knowledge necessary to become respectful, responsible, and self-disciplined learners.