Qulliq Language of Instruction (LOI)
Ulaajuk closely follows the qulliq language of instruction model. This means all students from grades one through four are taught 90% of their day in Inuktitut, with the remaining time in English. This changes in grades five and six to approximately 85 per cent English and per cent Inuktitut.
The students have been divided into 10 house teams. Each team has a northern animal name and a special colour associated with their team.
Each team has approximately 25 students from kindergarten through grade six and two staff supervisors. They meet once a month in the gym for a fun assembly where the teams compete against each other for team points. In addition to the assemblies, points are awarded to each team for academic performance, school attendance, participation in spirit days and good behaviour. This system is constantly evolving.
Attendance Wall of Honour
Each month the names of those students who had either perfect attendance (100%) or great attendance (85%-99%) are placed on the Attendance Wall of Honour displayed in the main entrance to the school.
Early Dismissal Afternoon
Once a week students are dismissed early and teachers are subdivided into three smaller groups: elementary, primary and SSAs. The groups are involved with various professional improvement sessions such as...
- developing a common daily lesson plan template
- collaborating on teaching strategies
- sharing long-term plan progression from month to month
- developing themes with relevant curriculum outcomes
- collecting resource recommendations
- discussing professional development needs
- attending mini workshops by staff members and/or visiting itinerants
Meetings are held once a week to create and/or review support plans for specific students. The principal, vice-principal, SST and school counsellor are core members of the team along with one representative from the elementary and primary sections.