Our Learning Story
The History of Hudson Road Elementary School
As many of the names in the Westbank 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-6 school located at the base of Mount Boucherie, close to Highway 97 on the Westside of Kelowna. 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, all 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 Westbank.
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 and Spring carnivals, 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 300 students who come from diverse backgrounds and stories. Historically, a significant emphasis has been placed on the social-emotional aspect of a child's time at the school. As a result, the school growth plan goals have traditionally reflected this, as has the data gathered to support the goal. This was born from the two-fold recognition that the school serves a population that includes a large number of vulnerable learners, and secondly, 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. In 2014, an additional goal was developed to focus on enhancing literacy using differentiated instructional strategies. We see social-emotional development and literacy as two critical 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 improve self-regulation demonstrating personal and social responsibility.
To increase the percentage of students meeting or exceeding expectations in Reading.
To increase student learning through instructional practices in the area of Numeracy.
What Makes Hudson Road a Great Place to Learn
- a collaborative teaching staff who demonstrates differentiated instruction and on-going professional development in this area
- a focus on the social-emotional well-being of all students using a variety of strategies and programs (i.e. 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
- additional Learning Support 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 3-6
- Morning Reading Club
- Summer Reading program
- Cultural Assemblies
- Lego Club and games club at lunch time
- Basketball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country Running and co-ed Rugby teams
- Harmony and Anti-Bullying Day celebrations
- Intermediate-Primary Buddies
- Battle of the Books
- Intramural athletics for grades 4-5-6
- 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