Welcome to Keewatin Public School
Keewatin Public School is a Kindergarten to Grade 6 School located in the community of Keewatin, within walking distance of Keewatin Beach, Mink Bay Trail, Darlington Bay, Lake of the Woods and the hamlet of Keewatin.
At Keewatin Public School, our staff is extremely proud of our innovative programming! We are focused on delivering high-quality outdoor and environmental education for Kindergarten to Grade 6 based on Forest School ethos and pedagogy. Forest School is an educational approach that started in Scandinavia and has been around for over 50 years. Children foster their curiosity and develop great ideas in an outdoor setting by learning and playing in nature. Key school staff, certified as Forest School Practitioners (Child and Nature Alliance of Canada) deliver outdoor experiences for children based on Ontario curriculum expectations using the outdoors as the classroom. Children play, create, explore, learn and solve problems with their peers in a natural environment through regular and repeated access to the same natural space over the course of the school year. Keewatin Public School is the perfect location for KINDERGARTEN FOREST SCHOOL! Bussing is available to and from Keewatin Public School that picks up students from home (or a bus stop close by) who want to register but don’t live within the Keewatin attendance boundary.
Our newly built outdoor learning environment based on the four elements of earth, wind, water and fire includes an amphitheatre with natural seating and a view of Darlington Bay, a working sundial, water play area, wind chimes and whale drums for children to play and explore. Our gardening and composting program is unique and provides an opportunity for learning how to grow and harvest vegetables.
We are excited to announce the opening of our dedicated Firefly Child Care space and new Kindergarten space in the spring of 2021. Before and After Care programs will be available in the 2021-2022 school year.
Our partnership with Scouts Canada provides an opportunity for young children to reap the benefits of Beaver Scouts (offered during the evening) and Cub Scouts (offered after school). Swimming lessons are provided to all children from Kindergarten to Grade 6 “FREE OF CHARGE” thanks to fundraising efforts on behalf of the School Council. We also hold monthly Seven Grandfather Teaching assemblies to promote physical activity, creativity, self-expression and build our strong sense of community. Our playground is absolutely huge with lots of space to run and play including a soccer field, basketball court, Big Foot Slide, climbing structures and a dedicated Kindergarten playground.
Parents and families are a VERY important part of Keewatin Public School’s equation for success. They are made to feel welcome in the school, encouraged to participate and volunteer in the classrooms as their schedules permit, and are involved in decision making at an individual level and at the broader school level. Our active School Council hosts several events during the school year including Trunk ‘N Treat, Turkey Feast, Family Movie Nights, Friday Family Fun Nights, and Community Family Fun Day to name a few. New members are always welcome! The EarlyOn Best Start Hub, geared for families with pre-school children, operates out of Keewatin Public School once per week.
We have plenty to offer families in Keewatin and the surrounding area and are a very proud community school. Please contact us for a tour any time!
Our Awesome Programs!
Roots of Empathy
Swimming lessons at Keewatin Public School are provided free of charge for families through fundraising by School Council.
Junior Soccer Academy
Learn to Skate
This program is open to any students from K-6 at Keewatin who have little to no experience skating, for a nominal fee. Experienced volunteers from our School Council and staff take our Learn to Skate group to the Keewatin Arena bi-weekly through the winter months and teach them how to skate—it’s an amazing, fun experience!