Our Learning Story
Helen Gorman Elementary has a rich legacy. Helen Gorman Elementary was built in 1992. Our school was named for Helen Irene Gorman who resided in the Glenrosa area from 1916 until her passing. She attended the one room school in Glenrosa until Grade 8 then completed her high school through correspondence. At the age of 18 Ms. Gorman returned to the Glenrosa School as the teacher, where she continued until the little school closed in 1942. After 41 years of teaching, in 1972 Ms. Gorman decided to retire.
Ms. Gorman was such a popular teacher and remembered by so many for the help she had given over the years, that in 1992 the new school in Glenrosa was named in her honour. Ms. Gorman was actively involved in school events until at the age of 85, when she suffered a stroke.
We are very proud that our school is named after such a special person who cared about others and always saw the good in everyone. We will continue to honour her endeavoring to make Helen Gorman Elementary a school to be proud of.
In our 2020-21 school year, Helen Gorman Elementary has a population of 238. We are a lovely school situated in the Glenrosa area surrounded by pine trees and rolling hills. Our staff consists of 16 teachers, seven education assistants, two clerical staff, and one administrator. We are committed to supporting the needs of our students and families and continuing to build connections with our school community.
Our Learning Journey
Update - October 22, 2020
Helen Gorman Elementary is in the first year of a five year learning plan. In October 2020, our initial step was to identify our collective belief in learning.
Our next step was to bring focus to our school goals. In reviewing our six existing school goals, we noticed overlap in several areas. In an effort to bring alignment and coherence to our work, we identified social emotional learning, innovative learning environment, and communicating student learning as our areas of focus. We have pledged to guide our work through a process of inquiry. Underpinning these efforts are the compentencies of the Okanagan Peoples' Four Food Chiefs as well as the foundational skills of reading, writing, and numeracy.
Building School Culture & Identity
Along with our many school initiatives our staff and students have been working together to create a strong HGE culture. Our students with their music teacher Mrs. Ziebart and artist Andrew Allen have created a school song incorporating our history along with the 21st century attributes. The students then worked with a local artist Linda Lovisia to create a mural depicting the song.
We invited artist Mr. Dean Lauze to create a mural in our gym; making reference to our surrounding environment along with our Cougar mascot.