Principal's Message

Welcome to the Bert Church High School Charger website!


In our rapidly transforming world, the one guarantee is that of relentless change. In order to create Chargers that feel competent & confident in their abilities to face this demanding landscape, we are building on the fundamental skills of literacy & numeracy. In addition, we are intensely focused on our students’ acquisition of 21st century skills. It is our charge to ensure that our students are collaborative, creative & productive as quality leaders in learning & living. For all of our Chargers, we aim to develop individual skills & achievement to their highest so that each student can realize every positive possibility in their future.


Our passion is to have Bert Church High School Chargers stand out & stand up, to be different & to make a difference in our world. As we drill down to design instruction & a learning environment that facilitates our learners excelling as individuals, we have developed three core school values to create all of our community being:


  • Inquisitive – Possessing a curiosity about learning & acquiring mastery, as well as to understand the perspectives of others; listening deeply& problem solving effectively


  • Inclusive – Providing a safe community that is welcoming, respectful, accepting & cares for others in their development as learners & individuals; working together for success


  • Innovative – Pursuing our desired outcomes as learners & individuals with creativity & mindsets that are open to growth; taking supported risks to be the best

In the past year, we developed our culture pillars of Mastery Learning, Collaboration & Exemplary Citizenship. We have experienced significant increases in student engagement, while having our school practices assessed as on the forefront of Alberta High School Redesign. Students have learned to enthusiastically dialogue about their learning, demonstrate working well with others, and increase their success as a collective. Our students have been recognized leaders in their service to others, while our parent community has demonstrated high confidence in our school’s ability to collaboratively support the success of all learners.


In our improving of our learning culture & climate in 2016-17, we are targeting the core quality of being inquisitive. We will engage to create authentic learning experiences that are relevant & meaningful, while refining our instructional design, particularly in the area of Design Thinking & Project Based Learning. We will enrich our students’ readiness for post-secondary by providing relevant learning, including building their competencies in employability skills and acquiring prowess in personal financial management. We will empower respectful relationship through supported processes of improved problem solving, collaboration & communication.


As our world changes, we must continue to strive to improve the learning experience for every community member. Status quo is not a desirable place to station ourselves, as a school or as individuals. We are a school that stands out in the provincial landscape, as well as cares to stand up for each of our learners. Adam Kreek, a gold medal Olympian and recent motivational speaker at BCHS, has inspired our school staff & students with his message that reaching excellence is achieved inch by inch. We will persist in moving forward in our contributions to our Chargers being courageous & committed to being different & making a difference in a complex world. Charge on!



Laurie Johnston

B.Ed., (Distinction), M.Ed.


Please reach out with any questions or requests for assistance:

(403) 948-3800 ext. 7010



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