Our School

Shingwakons Public School

We acknowledge that our learning is taking place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory. We thank the Algonquin Nation for hosting us and recognize their enduring presence on this land.

Our School

The new Shingwàkons PS opened its doors in September 2022. We officially moved into our new building on January 10, 2023

We are a dual-track school offering the regular English and Early French Immersion program. Our school serves students from JK to grade 6.

Shingwàkons P.S. is a two-level school with 628 pupil spaces. It includes a double gym, “Makerspace/Library”, outdoor classroom, meeting spaces, learning commons, 20 regular classrooms, 8 kindergarten rooms, and a Daycare Centre. We also offer the OCDSB Extended Day Program.

Pronounced shing-gwa-kons, the name, meaning “little pine,” comes from the Kitigan Zibi dialect of the Algonquin language. The school name is rooted in the belief that the pines in the Algonquin Territory are some of the strongest, straightest and tallest. Their branches are longer facing the east, welcoming each new day as a new beginning. They are a resource and can be used for sustenance. “Little” reflects the young learners who will be attending this school who will grow stronger as they learn and discover.

The name was chosen following consultation through the spring of 2022 with students, parents, staff and members of the Fernbank community (located south of Highway 417 between Kanata and Stittsville). Additional input was provided from the Indigenous Education Advisory Committee along with an Algonquin Elder and Knowledge Keeper.

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