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Our Mission

Our mission describes our school's purpose. Our vision depicts our desired future. The principles needed to achieve our mission and vision are articulated in our values. Finally, the actions we need to demonstrate to make our mission, vision and values a reality are described in our collective commitments.

We have developed these statements in collaboration with our staff, students and families. They are part of our School Success Plan.


The mission of Rick Hansen Secondary School is to prepare all the learners in our building to be thinking, caring, flexible individuals who can meet the challenges of the 21st century. Our focus is to: •Create a caring community •Model democracy in every aspect of school life •Conserve and develop all the human resources in the building •Nurture thoughtful learning •Demand and support a culture of non-violence •Maintain flexibility so we can respond to a rapidly changing world


"Catching the Storm: Success for All" - we aim to provide the opportunity for all students, with a particular focus on those deemed to be at-risk, to achieve success throughout all aspects of their lives.


  • Stewardship: An orientation towards service to others and taking personal responsibility for our actions.
  • Technology: The use of information technology to shape the teaching and learning environment.
  • Opportunity: Recognition of the individual and differing needs of all members of our community and that learning should address the whole person.
  • Responsiveness: A mindset that change is a part of life and a chance to learn. Trying new things is part of the learning journey.
  • Metacurriculum: Thinking about what quality knowledge is for students. Students are explicitly taught thinking strategies and construction of meaning.

Collective Commitments

Staff Commitments

  • The staff of Rick Hansen S.S. commit to the following: -respect and respond to individual needs and learning styles
  • -collaborate with our colleagues and students
  • -participate in ongoing professional development
  • -communicate regularly with parents about their children's progress in school

Student Commitments

  • The students of Rick Hansen S.S. commit to the following: - demonstrating the S.T.O.R.M. values in action
  • -attending school regularly; arriving to classes on time; and completing all school work
  • -following the school's code of conduct and classroom expectations
  • -talking to our parents regularly about what we are learning in school
  • - respecting the rights and feelings of others

Parent Commitments

  • As parents of Rick Hansen S.S. students we commit to the following: -attending school information sessions and parent-teacher interviews
  • -learn about the school's and class expectations
  • -provide quiet and appropriate space in the home for our children to continue their learning
  • -communicate questions and concerns about our children's education to school staff
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