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  • Lacrosse: The fastest game on two feet!!

    Lacrosse: The fastest game on two feet!!

    Academic and Athletic Development in conjunction with Donnan School and Vimy Ridge Academy, is excited to announce the launch of the the Donnan Lacrosse Athletic Development (LAD) Program .  

    The Donnan LAD program will be available for Grade 5 and 6 student-athletes, male and female, who are interested in combining the skill development of lacrosse with overall athletic enhancement.  The objective of the program will be to develop a foundation of lacrosse skills while working on overall movement and sport skills, which leads to physical literacy.  Student-athletes will be exposed to both field and box lacrosse, while being led through numerous other sports to build upon their active lifestyles.  Each student-athlete will receive on average six lacrosse sessions per month, while combining other physical activities and in-class sessions focusing on health and wellness.  Student-athletes will  benefit from the Donnan Advantage, a “fast-track” into Vimy Lacrosse as they enter Grade 7.  No lacrosse experience is required, just a desire to learn the game of lacrosse.  The cost of the program for the 2015/16 school year is $1560.   

    The Donnan LAD program will be coordinated by Jason Knight, teacher at Donnan with assistance from Paul Rai and Jimmy Quinlan, instructors at Vimy Lacrosse.  Jason Knight brings extensive coaching experience and has over the past five years immersed himself into box and field lacrosse.

    Both Paul Rai and Jimmy Quinlan bring a strong lacrosse coaching background.  Paul Rai has been involved with lacrosse for close to 35 years and Jimmy is the current Assistant Coach of the Edmonton Rush.  They both believe the LAD program will be a great opportunity for student-athletes to be exposed to lacrosse skill development while developing overall athleticism and a love of an active lifestyle.

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    Grade four students in Miss Goodale’s class went “wild” recently, visiting wildlife at the Edmonton Zoo that is.  Students increased their awareness of birds, reptiles, and invertebrates, and even interacted hands-on with animals.  Students learned about near natural habitats, endangered species, and the role of wildlife in the environment.  Many students noted that Zoo School has made them think more about the need to care for our plants, wildlife, water, and environment.  Miss Goodale agreed that Zoo School gave them first-hand experiences with wildlife and a challenge to take care of our natural world.

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  • School Philosophy

    School Philosophy


    Donnan School focuses on the combination of academics and sport as vehicles to create lifelong learners, ready to take on the challenges of our changing world.  We promote health and physical literacy as well as academic excellence from early childhood through adolescence.  We believe that physical and mental health is integrally related.


    • Staff and students share a passion for learning and for the pursuit of excellence.
    • Students need to be provided with a supportive learning environment so that they may become contributing members of their school and the global community.
    • Students need opportunities to demonstrate leadership, cooperation, respect, tolerance and responsibility.
    • Physical activity is a key component to academic success. 
    • Practicing active and healthy life choices promotes academic, physical, and emotional well-being.

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  • Taking down the bullies, one jiu-jitsu move at a time...

    Taking down the bullies, one jiu-jitsu move at a time...

    All Donnan students were extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in Edmonton's renowned bully prevention program, created and run by Curt Malin (Donnan's own grade 5 teacher and Brazlian Jiu-Jitsu professor) and Andrew Gummer (Donnan's second Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu professor, who also has his own dojo).

    Professors Malin and Andrew seek to empower students through basic self defense strategies should adult help not be at hand. Students were given specific vocabulary, practiced using their "strong voice", and developed a good, strong, physically defensive base as their primary means of diffusing a threatening situation. Throughout the week, students had a chance to practice this diffusing strategy many, many times. They also learned, that unfortunately, sometimes a bully will not respond to these techniques. Professor Malin and Professor Andrew taught the children a number of basic jiu-jitsu moves to empower them with the ability to defend themselves; students learned how to break a variety of grips (and because jiu-jitsu uses the physics of movement, these grip breaks are effective regardless of the size of the aggressor), and how to immobilize someone with a clinch.

    Throughout all of these physical steps, children were given specific vocabulary to use in order to help diffuse the situation. They learned to utilize these specific strategies to stop the aggressor from hurting them, in order to back away safely. This program empowers the students through very specific, non-violent strategies, and they now know how to keep themselves safe should the need ever arise.

    The students had a wonderful time with Professor Malin and Professor Andrew. They loved every minute of their time in the dojo, and learned a lot of extremely valuable strategies.

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Donnan offers both a Kindergarten to grade 6 regular program and Sports Alternative programming for students in grades 3 - 6.  Grades 7 to 9 have been relocated to Kenilworth Junior High.  Also, please note that this year our school day begins at 8:35 a.m. and ends at 3:20 p.m.

 Please click the icon below to view Donnan School's 2015 - 2016 modified calendar.  


Alternative Programs at Donnan include:
  • Arts & Activity Gr 3-  6
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gr 3-  6
  •  Elite Athletes
  • Hockey Gr 3-6
  •  Lacrosse Gr 3- 6
  •  Sport Fit Gr 3-6  


Principal's Message

Welcome to Donnan School!

We are a community school with a unique learning environment that challenges students from Kindergarten to Gr 6 to explore and develop their skills and talents in the areas of academics, sport and lifestyle.

We believe in providing a positive environment for all students, staff and families that encourages responsible, respectful attitudes for oneself and others.  Our dedicated staff work diligently to provide the best possible learning environment for our students.  If your child has a passion for physical activity and a healthy lifestyle, Donnan School can support and nurture this and help them realize their full academic potential.  

Yours in Education,

Fred Fonseca