Welcome to Inuujaq School!
We are a kindergarten to grade 12 school located in the community of Arctic Bay, Nunavut. We are a small traditional community of just over 800 people. You will find our community and school are vibrant and culturally rich. Many of our students speak Inuktitut as their first language (mother tongue).
Qikiqtani School Operations (QSO) oversees our school with direction coming from the Department of Education in Iqaluit.
We hope you will find our profile useful.
It is the mission of Inuujaq School staff, students, and parents to meet the goals of respect, community and literacy.
We will be kind and thoughtful to others. We will treat other people the way we wish to be treated. We will listen to others when they have something to say. We will keep school property clean and safe.
We believe in community-based education. Valuable learning also takes place outside the school. The whole community helps children learn and we will co-operate with each other to encourage learning. Learning is a lifelong process.
The ability to read and write in both Inuktitut and English is important. Every person can improve his or her language skills.
We currently have about 240 students from kindergarten to grade 12. In general they are friendly, curious and energetic!
Here are some other basic facts about our students:
We offer a variety of extracurricular activities. What we offer varies from school year to school year. However, many of our staff try to offer our students as many opportunities as possible to partipate in activities outside instructional time.
Some activities we have offerred include:
Our staff members are very friendly, hard-working and committed individuals. Here is a list of positions/ staff members that are typically found at our school, who supporrs and works with our students;
Like any other school in Nunavut, the academic courses we offer are based on the curriculum set by the Department of Education. Students must meet the necessary requirements to graduate.
Our school uses the qulliq language of instruction (LOI) model. This model was chosen because Inuktitut is the first language of the community. The qulliq LOI model supports and encourages students' use of Inuktitut. Using this model, students in kindergarten through grade three receive instruction in Inuktitut about 90 per cent of the time. Grades four to six gradually integrate more English, with core academics taught in Inuktitut. Later grades include even more English, with half of instruction given in Inuktitut and half given in English. Elders are also encouraged and involved in meeting the instructional needs of our students.
Here is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) from teachers (in general) that you may want to discuss further with your principal or colleagues, some of this information may be readily available on this website, while for...
Check with your principal or vice-principal to find out if an orientation will be organized for new and returning staff.
The Department of Education and the Nunavut Teachers' Association are currently developing a formal mentor program. It will be available to new teachers at a later date. If you are interested in a mentorship, please check with your principal to see if informal mentoring is a possibility.