Welcome to Quqshuun Ilihakvik and the community of Gjoa Haven! We hope our profile gives you some insight into our students, staff and community! If you are a new hire, we look forward to soon meeting you in person! It is our hope that you find this coming school year rewarding, both professionally and personally.
Quqshuun Ilihakvik is a kindergarten to grade six school serving the community of Gjoa Haven. We have more than 200 students and we are committed to offering them all a bilingual education in Inuktitut and English. At our school, we have three main focuses:
1) to improve our students attendance
2) to develop our students' Inuktitut skills
3) to raise our students' academic level
When we are hiring, we look for educators interested in supporting the language and literacy learning of children in both Inuktitut and English. Also, because we only allocate a limited time to learning in English, it is important for our teachers to be well-versed in how to teach reading and writing to primary students using engaging and effective approaches.
Through our commitment to the Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) principles, the mission of Quqshuun and Qiqirtaq Schools is to ensure that all students will develop the skills, confidence and cultural pride required to fulfill their dreams, realize their ambitions, become lifelong learners and contribute to their community.
Our student population is predominantly Inuit, although most of our students do attend school speaking mainly English. However, we are focused on providing a strong education in Inuktitut.
When children turn three or four years old they can come to our school to attend an Aboriginal Head Start pre-school program. This program is offered in Inuktitut.
Our school teachers follow the immersion language of instruction model. This means that the majority of students in kindergarten to grade four are taught and instructed in the Netsilik dialect of Inuktitut. We are soon going to extent the model to include grade five students. However, students also receive English instruction for 15 per cent of their day.
Extracurricular activities are provided at the school, but these activities vary year to year, depending on students' interests and what our staff can offer. If you are interested in contributing to our school's extracurricular activities, please check with the school principal for more information.
Our staff are committed, enthusiastic and energetic individuals who attend school everyday wanting to support and instruct our students. We share this dedication through our partnerships with our parents, the community-at-large and our DEA (District Education Authority). We are here to help, educate and move our students towards success and graduation.
As previously mentioned, our teachers mainly instruct our students from kindergarten to grade 4 in Inuktitut. Our staff members also participate in in-services on various types of programs offered at the school, such as the Picture Word Inductive Model (PWIM) and Picturing Writing.
We develop themes on a monthly basis to instruct our students on various academic topics. The themes are drawn from the Nunavut curriculum and are usually based on Inuit knowledge, such as the Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) principles. They are also based on the teachers' and students' interests. We also set-up a weekly homework program for students that also helps keep parents informed about the theme and skills being taught.
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 that 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.