Our Learning Story
The History of Hudson Road Elementary School
As many of the names in the West Kelowna area have been named after early explorers and fur traders, the name "Hudson" may have been named after the Hudson Bay Company or the Hudson Bay Brigade which made their trail now known as "Hudson Road".
Hudson Road Elementary School is a K-5 school located at the base of Mount Boucherie, close to Highway 97 on the Westside of Lake Okanagan. The school was built in 1978. A renovation and addition were completed in 1993. A staffroom, office, multi-purpose room, kitchen, computer lab, classroom and learning resource centre were added while the existing facility was upgraded. At present, most classrooms are being used to meet the needs of the school population. The schoolyard with its hills, large playing fields and excellent adventure playground, is the envy of many other schools. The site is well used by the entire community year round. Hudson Road is a primary rental site and the sports fields and school facility are used by the community for basketball, soccer, baseball and other sporting and community activities. The location of the school, near ponds, parks and the Mount Boucherie Community Complex, provides for many educational opportunities that are within walking distance or a short drive. Public transportation gives easy access to both Kelowna and West Kelowna.
Parents are supportive of this school. Regular attendance at conferences and special events is a reliable indicator of this. The Parent Advisory Council is an active and vital group involved in community building through their Welcome back BBQ, Hot Lunch Program, Winter Carnival, and teacher appreciation luncheon. Fundraising for school initiatives, as well as taking an interest in school programs, are a major focus of the Parent Advisory Council.
Hudson Road Elementary is a school that services a population of approximately 220 students. A significant emphasis has been placed on INQUIRY, LEARNING COMMUNITIES, THE OECD 7 PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING and LEARNER AGENCY. Academic progress is supported with caring for the social-emotional aspect of a child's time at the school. This was born from the understanding that in order for any student to experience academic success, he or she must first feel safe and have their basic needs met before engaging in meaningful learning. To that end Hudson Road has, over the years, developed a number of strategies and supports to create the foundation for effective learning. We see social-emotional development, along with literacy and numeracy development, as areas of a child's overall educational experience.
As a community of students, staff and parents, our goal is to promote a safe environment where there is trust and respect for self and others. Each student is encouraged to show initiative and responsibility towards life-long learning.
To increase the percentage of students meeting or exceeding expectations in Reading.
To increase student learning through instructional practices in the area of Numeracy.
To improve self-regulation demonstrating personal and social responsibility.
What Makes Hudson Road a Great Place to Learn
- Integration of INQUIRY across grades and subjects - including a school wide INQUIRY project on Mount Boucherie
- Using the OECD 7 Principles of Learning to guide planning, instruction, assessment and reporting
- Providing opportunities for student voice and choice - Learner Agency
- Supporting the social-emotional well-being of all students using a variety of strategies and programs (i.e. Play Is the Way, Mind Up, Zones of Regulation, Whole Body Listening Larry, How Does My Engine Run, the work of Ross Greene and his Collaborative Problem Solving model for determining specific areas where students are lagging skills)
- a strong, well established School Based Team to support students and families
- a Pyramid of Interventions model to support students and classroom teachers
- students, staff and parents feel a strong sense of connection to the school
- a well-established and Social Justice Club
- School Choir for grades 3-5
- Morning Reading Club
- Cultural Assemblies
- Lego Club and games club at lunch time
- Basketball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country Running and co-ed Rugby teams
- Harmony Day celebrations
- Intermediate-Primary Buddies
- Battle of the Books
- Intramural athletics
- Primary/Intermediate swimming and skating programs
- Involvement with B.C. Fruits and Vegetable & Snack Program
- All staff trained in Physical Literacy
- Wide range of curricular and extra-curricular field trips, including but not exclusive to, Climbing Wall, EECO Centre, Mission &Creek Park, O'Keefe Ranch, Gardom Lake, Ben Lee Park, Apple Bowl, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Museum, Aboriginal Winter Gathering, Kelowna Community Theatre as well as Rutland Senior and Rutland Middle Schools