Sir Winston Churchill High School

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Sir Winston Churchill High School
Sir Winston Churchill High School 2.jpg
5220 Northland Drive
Calgary, Alberta, T2L 2J6
Coordinates 51°06′00″N 114°08′24″W / 51.10009°N 114.14006°W / 51.10009; -114.14006Coordinates: 51°06′00″N 114°08′24″W / 51.10009°N 114.14006°W / 51.10009; -114.14006
Type Public
Motto Non Scholae Sed Vitae
(We learn, not for school, but for life[5])
Founded 1968
School board Calgary Board of Education
Area trustee Trina Hurdman
Director Jeannie Everett
Principal Arvin Rajan
Grades 10–12
Enrollment 2150 as of September 2016
 • Grade 10 585
 • Grade 11 629
 • Grade 12 724
Campus size 8.0 acres[1]
Campus type Suburban
Colour(s) Red, White, Blue       
Mascot Brutus the Bulldog
Team name Bulldogs[2]
Newspaper The Churchill Chronicle[3]
Communities served Brentwood (sections), Dalhousie (sections), Edgemont, Hawkwood, Nolan Hill, The Hamptons, Sherwood Varsity Acres and Varsity Estates (as of September 2011)
Feeder schools H.D. Cartwright Junior High, F.E. Osborne Junior High, Simon Fraser Junior High, Tom Baines Junior High[4]

Sir Winston Churchill High School is a senior high school in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It derives its name from Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II and the early 1950s. The high school is built in the Northwest community of Brentwood, and currently accommodates 2 150 students as of September 2016. The school offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme, various second languages, and numerous clubs and teams.


Churchill is known for its many prestigious academic programs. It is the North West designated International Baccalaureate school.The vast majority of its graduates attend post-secondary institutions across the world. Churchill is considered one of Alberta's leading schools for academics, regularly placing first in the city and often in the province and in national math competitions, poetry contests, and science competitions, including the Science Olympics.[citation needed] The school is part of the Action for Bright Children Society.[7]

International Baccalaureate programme[edit]

The head of the International Baccalaureate program at Sir Winston Churchill is Brent Johnson. The IB Diploma/Certificate programme begins in the middle of a student's grade 10 year with Math and/or Physics/Biology. Other IB courses begin during the grade 11 year and include Art, Chemistry, Computer Science, World History, English, French and Mandarin. This academic program is demanding but encourages students to be well-rounded individuals. During their grade 11 year, IB students taking, at least, one of the IB Group 4 subjects are required to complete a science fair style project, demonstrating their knowledge of the scientific concepts behind a topic of their choosing. During their grade 12 year, IB Diploma students will work on an involved, self-instructed and teacher-guided essay on a topic of their choice, known as the Extended Essay. Students taking History, regardless of Diploma or Certificate involvement also complete an Internal Assessment, similar to the Extended Essay.


The school's athletic teams competes and participates in the Calgary Zone of the Alberta Schools Athletic Association.

Various sports are played within school, and school teams of SWC are strong competitors among the Calgary Senior High schools. They have been crowned Overall Champions in Wrestling, Badminton, Basketball, Rugby, Swimming, Diving, Soccer, Field Hockey, Table Tennis, and Volleyball. The School's Swimming, Basketball and Wrestling are the most distinguished among all.

The Junior Boys Volleyball team in 2000 won City Championship. The same group of athletes on the senior team in 2002 and 2003 also won the city championship. This is the only volleyball team in the city and province to win 3 years of city championships. In 2002 the volleyball team also won provincials under the coaching of Al Taylor.

In 2006, five different teams won awards in various divisional and city championships. Churchill fielded a Senior Boys Rugby team for the first time in many years. The team went undefeated in the regular season and took home the city championship for Div II Rugby with a 30-22 win over Queen Elizabeth High School.

In the 2007 to 2008 school year, the Bulldogs came out on top snatching many city titles. Among them include Junior Boys Soccer, Senior Boys Basketball, Senior Girls Basketball and Senior Girls Field Hockey.

In the 2008 to 2009 school year, the Bulldogs again came out on top snatching many city titles. Among them include Junior Boys Volleyball, Senior Boys Basketball, Girls Rugby and Girls Wrestling.

Continuing the legacy of Sir Winston Churchill, Churchillians was crowned in many different sports during the school year of 2010-2011, including Junior Boys Volleyball, Girls Wrestling, Diving, Intermediate Boys Cross Country, Junior Boys Basketball, and Senior Boys Rugby.

In the 2012-2013 school year, Churchillians once again surpass its limits, and crowned in many sports, including Junior Boys Football, Senior Boys Volleyball, Senior Girls Basketball, both Junior and Senior Field Hockey and both Boys/Girls Wrestling

In the 2013-2014 school year, Sir Winston Churchill High School Swim Team won the City Championship while setting a new City record of 1082.17 points. The Sir Winston Churchill High School Dive Team also finished in second.

In 2014-2015 school year, Sir Winston Churchill High School Cross Country Team captured both Junior and Senior Boys Championship.

In the 2014-2015 school year, Sir Winston Churchill Swim Team once again captured first place in the Inter-School Swimming Competition.

Recently, Sir Winston Churchill Swim Team has captured the Inter-School Swimming Competition Championship for a record of 4 consecutive years.

Coed Male Female
  • Basketball, junior
  • Basketball, senior
  • Field Hockey, junior
  • Field Hockey, senior
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball, junior
  • Volleyball, senior
  • Wrestling
  • Rugby

The fine arts and performing arts[edit]

School productions[edit]

SWC prides itself on its well-developed Theatre and Musical Theatre programs. Each year a large scale production is presented, giving any interested students a chance to show off their exceptional skills. As a final project in grade 12, students in both Performing Arts programs are given the opportunity to direct or stage-manage their own 45 minute productions. These productions are completely student driven, and are among the best in the city[citation needed]. Each production is presented in the evenings in the theatre, giving students and staff a chance to view them. Many Drama 30 students have been fortunate enough to have their pieces presented at the Calgary Drama Festival, and for the past several years, more than one student’s production has been submitted for viewing, a rarity in the festival.

Sir Winston Churchill High School bands[edit]

One of the main sources of pride for Sir Winston Churchill are the various Sir Winston Churchill bands, conducted by Judy Wishloff and David Graham is the band. Churchill's bands include the Concert Band, the Symphonic Band, the Blue Jazz Band, the Jazz Army Band, the Jazz Combo, the Choir, and the Percussion Ensemble. At the beginning of each year, students wishing to enter the school bands attend band auditions. The student's skills are judged and then placed in either the Concert or Symphonic band. Those of a high skill level are placed in the Symphonic band, while most tenth-grade and some eleventh-grade students are placed in the Concert Band. A small percentage of highly skilled grade ten students may find themselves placed in the Symphonic Band, which plays music at grade 5 through 6 music levels. With both the Concert and Symphonic bands, students must take corresponding courses in the school year. Those students who have schedule conflicts due to IB courses must attend IB-Band classes at lunch (these classes are not according to an IB curriculum, the name is simply because the students are in other IB courses, and do not have room in their timetable to attend the regular class).

The Blue-Jazz, Jazz-army, and Jazz Combo bands, as well as the Percussion Ensemble, are entirely volunteer-based as well. Students are allowed into Blue Jazz if they have exceptional skill at jazz music and play the appropriate instruments. Otherwise, they may choose to be part of the Jazz Army. Percussion Ensemble consists of percussion instruments, which include drums, xylophones, timpanis, vibrophones, pianos, maracas, and a variety of other percussion instruments. None of these groups have a corresponding in-school class that students have to attend.

Both the Concert and Symphonic bands at Sir Winston Churchill are composed of woodwind, brass, low woodwind, low brass, and percussion instruments. The only string instrument in the band is the Low String Bass. The Jazz Army and Blue-Jazz bands also have an electric bass and sometimes an electric guitar. It is also interesting to note that the Jazz Bands (usually) consist of Brass instruments, whilst the Concert and Symphonic bands are composed mainly of woodwind-type instruments.

Each year, Sir Winston Churchill bands attend several competitions, including the Alberta inter-city competition, Alberta International Band Festival, and several other inter-province band festivals. All bands also go on an annual band trip, to spend a few days in another city, where they perform and record the annual Sir Winston Churchill CD (recorded by DarkMatter Productions). On the last evening of each trip, students attend a formal dinner with one another, followed by the awarding of section-leader awards, as well as the various medals of achievement earned by students.

The Symphonic and Concert bands also perform at the Sir Winston Churchill Graduation ceremony. The Symphonic band plays a piece that the students have chosen, whilst the concert band plays march-style pieces at the entrance and exit of the graduates.

Extracurricular activities and clubs[edit]

Churchill's Model United Nations team is one of the strongest in Western Canada. In 2014, the MUN team took home city championships as well as several national awards. In 2015, the MUN team claimed city championships once more, and in 2016, did the same. Also in 2016, the MUN team won first place at SSUNS in Montreal, first place at WAMUN, and first place at WCHSMUN. Churchill also has its own conference, SWCHSMUN, which is run by students. Registration is open to almost any high school student.

Churchill also has two well equipped weight rooms. Students can join the 'Fitness Club' and can purchase memberships for a small price, (now made free, if a small written fitness test is passed) and can work out in the morning, at lunch, and after school. The weight room offers a variety of equipment and well trained teachers to help instruct students on proper techniques and help as spotters when needed.

Churchill has been extremely successful in various scientific competitions, such as APEGA Science Olympics, SET Challenge, and Science Fair. As a competitor in the Calgary Youth Science Fair, Sir Winston Churchill High School has been awarded the BP High School Aggregate Award on consecutive occasions, recognizing it as the top school in Calgary at the event. Many Churchill alumni have been selected to represent Alberta at the Canada-Wide Science Fair — where numerous individuals have received top honours. Notable examples of these alumni include Emily Gubski, Sunand Kannapan, Tahmid Khan, and Tim Wu; where some of these students have received extensive nationwide media coverage for their research.[8] [9]

Churchill hosts an annual debate tournament sponsored by the Calgary Churchill Society.

Sir Winston Churchill FRC Team 4719 Team Photo 2015
SWC FRC Team 4719 Team Photo (2015)

Churchill's International FRC team was started in 2013, and came to an end after the closure of the 2015 FRC season.

-In 2014, Churchill's Robotics Team (FRC Team 4719) won the 2014 FRC Western Canada Regional Competition and advanced to the 2014 FRC World Championship.

-In the following year, Churchill's robotics team seeded first and won the 2015 Western Canada Regional again, winning a coveted spot to the 2015 FRC World Championship, and the Quality Award.

Sir Winston Churchill High School is also the home of some of the best VEX robotics teams in the province.

- In 2015 and 2016, Sir Winston Churchill teams 3388 Foolbar and 3388T TurboTech won the VEX robotics Alberta Provincial Championship "Skyrise" and "Nothing But Net" and competed in VEX World robotics Championship.

- In 2017 Churchill's team 3388B Bulldog (Steven Feng, Ayush Ghosh and Junyoung Seok) and 3388T TurboTech competed in the VEX Provincial Championship "Starstruck" and finished 3rd and 7th respectively for qualification and 2nd and 3rd respectively for skills challenge. And they went on to represent Canada to compete in VEX World robotics championship


Competitive Service Academic Other
  • Stock Market Competition
  • Debate/Speech Club
  • Intramural Activities
  • Science Olympics and SET Challenge
  • Science Fair and Contests
  • Swim and Dive Team
  • Model U. N.
  • Symphonic Band
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Army
  • Robotics (VEX robotics team)
  • Operation Education Charity Club
  • Recycling Earth Club
  • Student Leadership Activities
  • Yearbook Club
  • Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC)
  • Right To Learn
  • Citizens of Churchill
  • Grad Video
  • Grad Committee

Notable alumni[edit]


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