Our Great Programs!
+ Akwego Family Gym
Akwego Family Gym is a weekly after-school program for students that are part of the Akwe:go program at the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Center (NGFC). A healthy snack is provided and kids particpate in both structured and unstructured play.
+ Family Yoga Class
This program is offered afterschool weekly in the Spring through partnership with the Indigenous Family Case Worker at SMPS, NGFC’s Healthy Living Kids Program staff and the Health Outreach Worker at the Sunset Women’s Aboriginal Circle. Students have a healthy snack and then learn yoga basics including breathing techniques and practicing mindfulness.
+ Fun Food Fridays
A weekly in-school healthy living program implemented in all Kindergarten classes by students in Grade 5-8 Leadership. The program was created in 2017 by NGFC’s Healthy Living Kids Program staff in partnership with the Indigenous Family Case Worker at SMPS and funded by a grant from the NWHU. Leadership students learn basic food and kitchen safety, facilitation skills and healthy living games, activities and snacks to implement Friday mornings with all four Kindergarten classes.
+ Cultural Activities
Students at SMPS have access to our school drum, Anishinawbequay, and weekly drum teachings through a partnership with the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre. Anishinawbequay is feasted seasonally, with celebrations open to the whole student body and families. Additional traditional teachings and events are offered throughout the year to students and families including hand drum making, beading circles, dog sledding, harvesting medicines, traditional crafting and cooking.
+ Right to Play
A weekly after-school program partnership with the Indigenous Family Case Worker and NGFC’s Healthy Living Kids Program/Right to Play Program in the gym at SMPS. A healthy snack is provided and kids particpate in both structured and unstructured play.
+ Equine Assisted Learning
EAL is an effective approach to human development that encourages individual and team growth. Participants engage in objectively driven exercises and find themselves learning valuable life skills in a fun and exciting atmosphere while working with horses. Program offered in-school and after-school in throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall.
+ Right to Play Arts & Crafts Program
This afterschool program is offered weekly to Sioux Mountain students age 7 + through a partnership with NGFC/Right to Play and the Indigenous Family Case Worker at SMPS. Students enjoy a healthy snack followed by a variety of arts and craft projects.
+ Hockey Canada Skills Academy
Our Hockey Canada Skills Academies are designed to challenge and inspire all students who participate. They are a complete program that includes a strong focus on academics, as well as on-ice skills, off-ice strength and conditioning, mental training, and personal and team development. Hockey Canada Skills Academies run during the school day and funding is available to help families acquire the necessary equipment.
+ Project Sunset
Sioux Mountain staff in partnership with Project Sunset, the OPP, NGFC, ONWA, SWAC and other community partners are implementing weekly adventure-based learning opportunities for students in grade 5-8 after-school. Students have the opportunity to take part in outdoor programming that takes advantage of our natural environment, such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing, trapping, ice fishing, hiking, biking, swimming, canoeing, camping and many more activities that promote teamwork, communication, and build leadership skills while increasing personal confidence and problem solving skills. Programming runs after-school throughout the school year as well as through the summer.
+ You’re the Chef - Kids Cooking Program
This hands on cooking program is designed to help students in grade 5-8 develop the skills and confidence necessary to prepare healthy and tasty recipes emphasizing vegetables and fruit.
+ Grade 7/8 Lunch Program
Students in Grades 7 & 8 are offered a daily lunch program at SMPS which includes a healthy snack and an opportunity participate in programming offered by the Indigenous Family Case worker at SMPS in partnership with staff from NGFC. Programming includes card and/or board games, study group, art, beading, drumming, BINGO games such as smoking prevention, coping skills, healthy relationships etc.
+ Play for Prevention
The Play for Prevention Program is a program offered through Right to Play and is sponsored by Sun Life Financial. The Right to Play mentor from the Nishnawbe Gamik Friendship Centre (NGFC) offers weekly play-based Diabetes Prevention programming in-school in the Grade 4/5 and Grade 3/4 classes at SMPS throughout the school year.
+ Grade 7/8 Art Club
Students in grade 7 & 8 are offered a weekly after-school art program hosted by Shannon Bowcock, Wasanabin Program Coordinator from NGFC.
+ Grade 7/8 Academies
Students in Grades 7 & 8 are offered an opportunity to participate in hands-on experiential learning academies. Academies are offered weekly for 6-7 week sessions and include coding, cooking classes, board games, cultural teachings, ultimate Frisbee, Cedar Bay (outdoor activities), yoga, robotics and more.
+ Leadership Classes
Students in grade 5-8 have the opportunity to learn how to plan and implement programs and activities that benefit the entire school and community, as well as plan and implement fundraisers to cover their costs.
+ OPHEA Healthy Schools
This program recognizes and celebrates school communities for promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of students, school staff, and the broader community through a variety of activities and initiatives. We are very proud to be the first school board in Ontario to register all of our schools for OPHEA’s Healthy Schools Certification.
We also offer:
Learn to Skate
French and Native as a Second Language
Sioux Mountain Public School is a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school in the progressive community of Sioux Lookout.
At Sioux Mountain, children are able to experience a variety of programs to enhance their education. We promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with our robotics and Lego League programs.
We have an excellent team of teachers and early childhood educators that support outstanding Kindergarten programs. The program focuses on the whole child, including their academic, social, and emotional development. Over 90% of the students that graduate from our kindergarten program are able to read independently.
Extra-curricular activities are offered for all students at Sioux Mountain. Junior and Intermediate students can join a variety of sports teams. These teams compete in tournaments with neighbouring community schools. Daily sports intramurals are offered in the gym over the lunch hour. Various clubs are offered throughout the year.
Sioux Mountain also has a very active School Council. This group of parents hosts a variety of activities that help make school a fantastic place for our children.
We believe that positive relationships among all school members, along with high expectations of our students are integral to their success. We are proud that our school programs reflect the cultural diversity of our school and community. We invite our school community members and residents of Sioux Lookout to visit and see the great things our students and staff are achieving together!
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