District Emergency

School closures due to Evacuation Orders

School Closures due to wildfires

  • Career Pathways School, Wabasca Alberta
  • Mistassiniy School, Wabasca Alberta
  • St. Theresa School, Wabasca Alberta
  • Calling Lake School (school will re-open on Monday, June 17, 2019)
  • Chipewyan Lake School
  • Pelican Mountain School (Sandy Lake)
  • Paddle Prairie School 

Any decision regarding school operations will be announced once more information becomes available.

Evacuation Orders

Sunday, May 26, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.: Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement

Re-entry for communities previously under Evacuation Order

Wednesday, June 12, 2019: Phase 3 Re-entry (Return of Residents) for Wabasca-Desmarais, Sandy Lake and Chipewyan Lake. The threat of wildfire still exists for the above-mentioned communities. As a result, an eight (8) hour Evacuation Alert will remain in effect. 

Question and Answer page for students, parents, staff impacted by the wildfires

Click here to view the Question and Answer page.

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Paddle Prairie School closed for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year

Attention: Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange approved a request from the Board of Trustees of Northland School Division (NSD) to close Paddle Prairie School for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year. The decision to close the school for health…

Junior high students at Paddle Prairie School host a Business Expo

Junior high students at Paddle Prairie School hosted a Business Expo on May 7th. The Business Expo was a celebration of the hard work each student put into their businesses. Many groups of students have already been running their businesses in the…

Paddle Prairie on a worldwide journey writing letters

Paddle Prairie School students are learning about other parts of Canada and the world through writing. For the past couple of weeks, students in grades 2 and 3 have been writing letters to a grade 1 class in Kenya. Teacher Kaitlin Walker says she got…

Paddle Prairie students attend Gener8 2019

Four students along with two teachers from Paddle Prairie School attended Gener8 2019 in Canmore. The summit, which was put on by Inside Education, gave students the opportunity to explore the issues and possible solutions around climate change and…

Start a Fundraising Association

Any parents/guardians interested in this workshop to start a school Fundraising Association. Please come to the school on Monday January 28th @ 5:00pm.Hope to see you here!!


CTS Week at Paddle Prairie School

Students at Paddle Prairie School covered a number of Career and Technology Studies (CTS) strands while camping out at the Jack Pines. This is a camping area situated above the banks of the Peace River. Some of the strands covered include Wildlife 1100:…

CTS Week for Students in Grade 7-12

Next week is our last CTS week of the year for students in grades 7-12. Students are travelling to Jackpines to participate in various CTS activities.IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOUR CHILD HAS A SIGNED PERMISSION FORM. If they do not have one and are not…

Report Cards

Welcome Back everyone! All High School students who were present this afternoon received their report cards to take home. Anyone that was not present will receive the report in the mail. Please ask your child about their report card when they get home. 

Book Fair

Our annual book fair is just around the corner. Students will have an opportunity to visit the book fair during school hours. If you would like your child to purchase something from the book fair please send money along with them to school. The book…

Paddle Prairie School Students Celebrate Pink Shirt Day

Students at Paddle Prairie School celebrated pink shirt day today. Pink shirt day is designed to spread bullying awareness to youth. An assembly was held at 9:00am to kick off the day!

Pink Shirt Day

Tomorrow is Pink shirt day at Paddle Prairie School. Students are encouraged to wear a pink shirt to school to show their support for the anti-bullying campaign. For more information on Pink shirt day you can click on the following link: https://www.pinkshirtday.ca/.…


Gift Walk- November 30th at 2:00pm

Paddle Prairie School will be hosting a gift walk on November 30th at 2:00pm in the school gym. This is an excellent opportunity to get some Christmas gifts checked off of your list! If you cannot make it and your child would like to participate, please…

Kindergarten Graduation Committee Meeting

There will be a meeting for parents/guardians of the kindergarten class on November 29th at 4:30 (before the school council establishment meeting). 

Important Dates

Important Dates to Remember: Thursday, November 23- Parent teacher interviews (all grades) and Elementary report cards will be given out at PTI's. ... Wednesday, November 29th- Alberta Student Council Association Board establishment meeting Friday, December…

Paddle Prairie School Participates in a Blanket Exercise.

Today the Junior and Senior high students and staff had the opportunity to participate in a blanket exercise. This exercise was meant to teach students about the true history of Canada and the Indigenous people that inhabited the land before colonization…

Attention: Jr/Sr High Parents/Guardians

  Northland School Division No. 61 Paddle Prairie School Box 40, Paddle Prairie, AB T0H 2W0 Phone (780) 981-2124  Fax (780) 981-3777 Cell: 780-507-9467 E-mail:  jill.gaudet@nsd61.ca Jill Gaudet, Principal Memo Date:    Nov. 13, 17 To: Parents/Guardians…


  Our students need your support. Please help us establish our new School Council! Now is the time to have a voice and make a difference for all of our students. Please join us:... Date: Wednesday, November 29th  2017 TIme: 5:00pm Place: Paddle Prairie…

School Board Trustee Elections information for parents and community members

Do you want to ensure Paddle Prairie School students are strong in identity, healthy and successful? Have your voice heard and vote for a school board trustee! School Board Trustee Election Day is October 16th. Voting will take place at Paddle Prairie…

Paddle Prairie School celebrates high school graduate

On June 24th, Paddle Prairie School celebrated grade 12 graduate Haley Sowan! Here is special message from Paddle Prairie School Principal Jill Gaudet.  "The grade 12 graduation ceremony in Paddle Prairie was a celebration for one, but a well-deserved…

Paddle Prairie School host Business Expo

Paddle Prairie School hosted a Business Expo in April! Students who have been taking business class showcased their entrepreneurial spirit to other students, staff, parents and community members.  "We have had a business class running with our grade…

Northland School Division Community Engagement Discussions

The Government of Alberta is committed to working collaboratively with members of the Northland School Division community to take action and help ensure a positive future for students of the division. Part of this commitment means working to restore…


What a weekend for Paddle Prairie Eagles Volleyball

What a weekend for the Paddle Prairie School Eagles! The senior boys and junior girls volleyball teams participated in a tournament sponsored by North Peace Tribal Council at High Level Public School on December 3rd. The senior boys captured first place…

CTS Week (October 24-28)- Cosmetology and Foods

Biology Class - Dissection

CTS Week- Outdoor Education (Jackpines)


Remembrance Day Ceremony

2016 Halloween Costume Parade

Paddle Prairie celebrates Aboriginal Day

A celebration of Aboriginal values, customs, language and culture is attracting visitors and residents in the Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement. The settlements three-day Métis Culture Days officially kicked off on Aboriginal Day which takes place…

Paddle Prairie School host fundraiser to support Fort McMurray and area wildfire victims

Paddle Prairie School hosted a Cake & Gift Walk fundraiser recently to support everyone affected by the Fort McMurray and area wildfires. $466.25 was raised and donated to the Canadian Red Cross.         

Winter Carnival

Paddle Prairie School & Dr. Mary Jackson School participated in the Winter Carnival that was set up and put together by Dawn Cardinal (PPMS) 

Career and Technology Studies Week February 29 - March 4th

The school hosted a Career and Technology Studies Week from February 29th - March 4th. Students in grades 7-12 participated in courses related to sewing, moccasin making, cooking, woodworking and mechanics. High school students who completed courses…


Trickster Theater & Paddle Prairie School Students "WALK IN TWO WORLDS" performance show

Students recently performed at the school with the help of Trickster Theatre. The company visited the school to educate and help students create a theatre performance. The theme for the play was "Walk in Two Worlds". “Walk in Two Worlds” is meant…

Seniors Christmas Dinner

Perfect Attendance Awards and Trickster Theatre Day 1

November- December 2015

November 26th-  Elementary Parent Teacher Interviews @ 4:00-7:00pm November 30th-December 4th:  Trickster Theater "Walk in two Worlds"  Parents/Guardians/Community feel free to volunteer  or stop in during the week. December 9th- Seniors Christmas…

Halloween 2015

Check out Halloween photos!

Pumpkins Donated by Hazel Bellrose

A big thank you to Hazel Bellrose for kindly donating pumpkins to the school. They are from her garden.

Student Vote 2015

Paddle Prairie School students participated in Student Vote before the October 19th federal election. Student Vote is a parallel election for students under the voting age, coinciding with federal, provincial, territorial and municipal elections. The…

Cultural Day at Paddle Prairie School

Paddle Prairie School hosted a cultural day recently. Students, staff, parents and community members cleaned ducks to make duck soup, started the moose hide tanning process, cut meat to make dry meat.       

Attendance Improvement Initiative 'Every Day Counts' Recognition

Congratulations to students in grades Kindergarten to grade 8 who received Attendance Improvement Initiative 'Every Day Counts' certificates. Students received the following certificates: Eagle Award: For achieving a yearly attendance of 95-100% Buffalo…

Paddle Prairie School's Open House/Meet the Teacher and Attendance Improvement Event

September 17, 2015 at 4:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m.  4:00 p.m. : 7:00 p.m. Open House/Meet the Teacher 4:30 p.m.: Attendance Improvement 'Every Day Counts' Initiative session for parents and community with Northland School Division Associate Superintendent Don…

Positive Literacy Results for Northland Schools

Northland School Division No.61’s (NSD61) long term vision for the division-wide Literacy Initiative is coming to fruition after three years. Gail Sajo, Literacy Supervisor, presented the latest progress report to the Northland Board on June 26th.…

Year End Awards 2015

2014/2015 has been a happy and successful year for us at Paddle Prairie School and we ended the year on a very high note. Thank you for joining us at the Year End Awards. 

Contemporary Baking

Fun Day 2015

ECS Grad 2015

Aboriginal Day 2015

Crafts and Bannock Making. 

Filleting Fish

Northern Pike (Jack Fish) caught down at the Haig, and Jamie and Pat demonstrating how to clean and fillet the fish.

ECS to Grade 6 Swimming Lessons

Cooking Making

Grade 2/3 finished up their division unit in math, by making cookies and dividing them equally. 

Northland Games 2015

A signature event for Northland School Division No.61 (NSD61) is just around the corner! May 29th marks the 28th edition of the Northland Games! Hundreds of athletes will travel to compete in the regional track and field competition at Grouard Northland…

Summer Reading Program

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”                                                                                                       –…

Forensic Lab Tour

Tour of Forensic Lab at RCMP Detachment in Peace River

Skills Alberta Field Trip

Grade 9-11 attended the Skills Alberta in Edmonton May 14th, 2015. 

University of Alberta Tour

Student Vote 2015

On May 4, 2015, Paddle Prairie School students took on the role of election officials and organized a Student Vote Day where students voted for the official candidates running in their electoral district.  Their vote followed a series of instruction…

Mother's Day Tea

Mother's Day Tea 2015

School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

The Student Transportation Association of Alberta's has declared May 4th, 2015 “School Bus Driver Appreciation Day”. Join us in recognizing and celebrating our hard working, dedicated School Bus Drivers! Recognize your school bus driver with a…

Forensic Lab

Tolko Tour (High Level)

Sr. High Tour of Tolko Mill in High Level.

Indigenous Youth Science and Traditional Knowledge Fair

The Faculty of Native Studies - University of Alberta is co-hosting a Traditional Knowledge - Science Fair with Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta, and the Treaty 6 Confederacy. The vision of the fair is to bring together youth from across Treaty 8 and…

Taste Testing

Regional Science Fair 2015

Schools across Northland School Division are busy preparing for the Regional Science Fair! Bishop Routhier School in Peavine Métis Settlement will once again host the event on Monday, April 27, 2015. Parents and community members are encouraged to attend! Students…

Attendance Improvement Initiative Awareness Campaign

The Attendance Improvement Initiative - 'Every Day Counts' Awareness Campaign runs from April 6-10, 2015. Click here to listen to our radio advertisements and learn more about the Attendance Improvement Initiative. 

Northland Photography Contest Winners!

Northland School Division held a division wide Photography Contest! We are very pleased to announce that 2 of our students placed in the Senior High Category; 1st place Haley Sowan, Grade 10. 2nd place: Brittany Christian, Grade 11. Congratulations…

Winter Carnival 2015

Beautiful day for a Winter Carnival and it was nice to have the staff and students of Dr. Mary Jackson School join us for the day. Thank you to Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement for organizing the events

Substitute Teachers' Appreciation Week

Northland School Division No.61 (NSD61) takes this opportunity to thank substitute teachers for their valuable service to students, staff, schools, parents and community members. “In times of illness, family situation or necessity, we need highly skilled…

Photography Contest

A reminder that the Northland School Division Photography contest deadline is this Friday. Click here for details about the contest and how to submit a photo!

Community Conversations: Guiding Principles for an Amended Northland School Division Act

Alberta Education is holding community conversations to develop guiding principles for an amended Northland School Division Act. To support attendance, there will be events in five communities within Northland School Division. Meals will be provided. Click…

Food Safe Course

Students, staff and community members participated in Food Safety & Sanitation on Feb 24 & 25, 2015 with instructor Emily Hunt. 

Whispering Pines Ski Hill, Worsley, Alberta

Students grade 7-11 Day Trip to Whispering Pines Ski Hill in Worsley, Alberta on February 26, 2015.

Pink Shirt Day (Anti-Bullying Day) 2015

Paddle Prairie School students and staff participated in Pink Shirt Day today. Pink Shirt Day originated in Nova Scotia in 2007 when a Grade 9 student was bullied by other students for wearing a pink polo shirt to school. In response, hundreds of students…

Pajama Day

Thursday, February 26, 2015 is Pajama Day for ECS to Grade 6.  

Have your say in Education

We are asking parents for input by filling out the Accountability Pillar Survey! The Accountability Pillar Survey uses a number of indicators to determine how schools are measuring up. Click here for more details.  Once surveys have been gathered, responses…

Feb Newsletter

Feb 2015 newsletter

Pink Shirt Day

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 is Pink Shirt Day. Say No to Bullying!!!

January Newsletter

You can now view our newsletters online! Click here to read the January 2015 issue! 

Family Literacy Day 2015

We hosted another successful Family Literacy Day! We hosted a Scholastic Book Fair and invited the community librarian, Dawn Cardinal, who organized reading activities. Thanks, Dawn! The event was well attended by parents and community members. They…

Family Literacy Day

We are hosting a Scholastic Book Fair and inviting the community librarian to organize reading activities with ECS to grade 6 students. Grade 4-6 students will perform a puppet theater production and a group of grade 6 students will read to children…

Perfect Attendance September- December 2014 Prize Winners

Congratulations to:

Kaine Clarke - Samsung Tablet

Tarynce Ducharme- Wii game system

One Laptop per child

5 laptops donated to our elementary

from Dakota House