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  • Registration



    New Student Registration

    Starting February 2, families registering for September 2021 may

    use the new online registration process on epsb.ca to fill out the


    Current Students Pre-enrolment

    You will need to pre-enrol on SchoolZone to tell us the school you’d

    like your child to attend next year. 

    This will be open from February 8 - April 15, 2021.

    Find important dates and deadlines and learn more about pre-enrolment

    Kindergarten Registration - 2021-2022

    Children who are 5 years old on or before December 31, 2021 may register for Kindergarten.

    Other Ways to Register

    Families who are unable to register online, may pick up and drop off a registtration form at the school.

    Copies of supporting documents will also be needed.


    Examples of accepted documentation:

    Legal proof of student’s name Confirmation of address
    • Canadian provincial birth certificate
    • Canadian citizenship document
    • passport
    • student visa
    • driver's license
    • utility bill
    • home insurance
    • property tax bill
    • In some cases, immigration documents (e.g. landed immigrant documentation or a Permanent Residence Card) may also be required. Visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada for more information.
    • In some cases, you may be asked to provide more than one of the above. 

    If you have any questions, please contact the school office at (780) 473-5924.


    If you register over the summer, you will be contacted after staff return to school on Aug 18th, 2021











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  • Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities

    Throughout the year, staff members offer a variety of activities to broaden children's experiences. These are done on a voluntary basis by our staff.

    At Kirkness we offer the following activities and clubs:

    AMA Safety Patrollers

    At Kirkness School students participate in the AMA School Safety Patrollers program. The Kirkness School AMA Student Patrollers are in grade 5 and 6 and are responsible for instructing, directing, and controlling the safe passage of Kirkness School students at the crosswalk at the beginning and end of the school day.

    Office Helpers

    Office helpers eat their lunch in the office, answer the phones, greet visitors and relay messages as required. By learning phone etiquette and interpersonal skills they represent Kirkness School in a positive, welcoming way.

    Student Leadership

    These are responsible students who take a leadership role in the school by setting a good example in their own interactions. Students meet once or twice a month to plan activities for the school. These activities might include school spirit days, acting as ambassadors for our school, fundraising activities, and community services.


    This club is for students in grades 3 to 6 who enjoy singing. Students meet and practice singing for upcoming performances.

    Intramurals Program

    The goal of our Intramurals Program is to provide opportunities for grade 4 to 6 students to develop active, healthy lifestyles and practice sportsmanship. All Division II students are encouraged to participate in our intramurals.

    Running Team

    Running Team participates in various competitions with students from other schools.

    Chess Club

    Students interested in playing chess, have the opportunity to learn the game with a peer.


    An opportunity for students to learn handbells and perform for upcoming events. 

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  • School Philosophy

    School Philosophy

    At Kirkness School we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and creatively as unique individuals.  We believe the school should be a safe place where caring and compassionate adults and students work together to develop a sense of social responsibility and good citizenship while respecting individual differences and beliefs. We support the varying abilities of students. Maximum achievement is attainable in a stimulating atmosphere where students are actively and meaningfully involved; a partnership of learning is valued between students, staff and community; everyone is a teacher and a learner; individuals are empowered to become responsible, independent decision-makers; and it is everyone's responsibility to promote public education.

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Welcome and Principal's Message

To read this letter in Arabic, click here

لقراءة هذه الرسالة باللغة العربية ، انقر هنا

To read this letter in Punjabi, click here

ਇਸ ਚਿੱਠੀ ਨੂੰ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਵਿੱਚ 

To read this letter in Somali, click here

Si aad u akhrido warqadan oo Af, guji halkan


Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year at Kirkness!

At Kirkness we seek to empower all students to develop skills for character, academic success, resiliency, and leadership. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, and creatively as unique individuals. 

We work together with care and compassion in order to develop each individual’s sense of social responsibility and good citizenship. We are an inclusive school that sees diversity as a strength, and we promote self-expression, creativity, and empathy in our relations with each other.  

Our school focuses on meeting student’s individual academic needs and supporting their growth in literacy and numeracy. We provide this by providing high-quality learning environments that challenge and engage students. Our dedicated and caring staff work hard to provide the necessary support to all of our students.

We work closely and collaboratively with our School Council to provide our students with additional learning opportunities that enhance curriculum learning and we deeply value the relationships we have built with our community. 

More detailed information about our school can be found in SchoolZone for our current and prospective families. Please contact our school office and we would be happy to offer assistance and/or provide registration information.


Britt Petracek




About Kirkness

Kirkness School was opened in 1983. Like other neighbourhoods in this part of Edmonton, the name‌ honours a pioneer. James Kirkness, who came to Canada from Scotland in 1864 with the Hudson’s Bay Company. James Kirkness worked as a farm labourer for several years before being transferred to Fort Edmonton in 1871, and then Rocky Mountain House. He then returned to Edmonton two years later and became a homesteader in the river lots known as the Lower Settlement. It was then that he met and married Sarah Jane Steinhauer, daughter of Reverend Henry Bird Steinhauer, an Ojibwa Methodist minister and Jessie Joyful Erasmus, a Métis woman. Throughout his lifetime he continued to work on and off with the Hudson's Bay Company, as well as opening a coal mine in what is now Kinnaird Ravine. Through his dealings, he amassed a great deal of wealth which continued to grow past his death in 1911. The Kirkness family developed the western portion of the river lot in the Lower Settlement into what is now the Virginia Park subdivision. Many landmarks in Edmonton are named after the Kirkness pioneer family or are located on the river lot purchased in 1871.