It's true - each day at BME we celebrate active citizenship, and encourage our students to respect not only themselves, but others. Older students at Black Mountain take pride in their school community and are seen as leaders by the younger students. Students respect and look out for one another, regardless of age, and even take the time to know each other's names. One can often see appropriate behaviours being modeled and taught by older students to younger ones - during Buddy Time, Shared Reading time, Peer Mentoring time, and playground time to name a few.
We are fortunate to have a caring, committed, and knowledgeable staff that collaborate together, and build important relationships to consider all aspect of the child. Our staff provide an inclusive and differentiated learning community. Overall the staff is valued in the community as caring individuals who work hard and are committed to building positive relationships. Our staff consists of 17 classroom teachers, who are supported by a principal, a learning assistant teacher, a Learning Commons teacher, a gym specialist teacher, a teacher-librarian, a counselor, a resource teacher, a Fine Arts teacher, an aboriginal advocate, and 9 certified educational assistants. Accounting for 1.9% of our district population, our school has 415 student enrolled with a 9.5% aboriginal population, a 1.2% ESL population, and 5.5% special needs population.