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Rockwood is a multi-age school, based on the alternative philosophy.  Our classes are organized into teams of grades 1/2, 3/4 and 5/6 children. The children will stay with the same teacher for two years.

Rockwood School offers excellence in education with secure, comfortable, child-centered learning.  Programming is challenging, interactive and promotes self-reliance and independence. Our dynamic staff is committed to creating an educational community with students and their families.

Rockwood School has classes from Nursery to Grade 6 in a close-knit,  small school setting.  It has a stable population of approximately 210 students.  Rockwood School values the integration of the arts, interactive hands–on learning and technology. There is a YM-YWCA operated child care centre within the school that provides before and after school care as well as half day care for nursery and kindergarten students. There is also a parent council run lunch program. The school has an active parent council that is very supportive to the school.

Rockwood School is committed to education for sustainable development, focusing our efforts on environmental and social responsibility.


Valuing Diversity and Inclusion

Rockwood School is a place for everyone.  Multiculturalism enriches our school; we value learning from each other, about each other. The Rockwood School community also believes in the inclusion of students with special needs and we do our best to provide a supportive and nurturing environment for all.  Through inclusion in the multi-age classrooms we strive to teach our students about equality, respect, and dignity for everyone.  We are fortunate to have different kinds of families, representing many backgrounds, in our learning community.






The program is geared to provide social interaction and to develop students' math, reading, social, and school readiness skills, and language development through play, activity/learning centres, and exposure to children’s literature. The classes are multi-aged with nursery and kindergarten students grouped together. Instruction is child centered and creativity is fostered. Emphasis is on the development of the whole child.

Children who will be four years old by December 31 and reside within the boundaries of the Winnipeg School Division No. 1 can be registered for the Nursery program. Children who will be five years old by December 31 can be registered for the Kindergarten program. Kindergarten children out of the Division will be accepted only if there is space available and if they require no additional special resources.

Parents/guardians may register their children at the school office after the Winter Break for the school term beginning the next September. Your child’s birth certificate or Manitoba Health Certificate may be used as proof of your child’s birth. Please bring either at time of registration



The elementary program at Rockwood School uses as a foundation the philosophy that has traditionally been called "Alternative", which includes:
Child centred learning
Activity based, hands-on learning
Thematic and integrated learning
Multi-aged groupings
Family involvement

In addition to these traditional alternative values we also use the following as our foundation:
school priorities in math and language arts
a strong sense of community
integration of the arts
inquiry based learning
integration of technology
promotion of healthy lifestyles
fostering respect for the environment and global citizenship



By the end of grade six, students should be able to demonstrate the following:

Listening Comprehension
1. Understand the basic structures and vocabulary taught.
2. Recognize the differences between various sounds and intonations.
3. Follow directions given in French.

1. Pronounce correctly, with good intonation, rhythm and "liaisons".
2. Participate in oral practice with confidence.
3. Express themselves in simple language.

1. Recognize structures and vocabulary taught orally.
2. Read for global meaning.

1. Copy structures and vocabulary taught orally and already met in a reading context.

1. Discuss the existence of French culture at local, regional and national levels (i.e. French restaurants, newspapers, entertainers, etc.)
2. Describe aspects of French culture (i.e. celebrations, feast days, food etc.)
3. Appreciate similarities and differences between French and student's own culture.



Our music program includes an exciting combination of singing, playing percussion instruments, body percussion, Orff, Kodaly, recorder, ukulele, listening, language development, movement, improvisation, music literacy, and an appreciation of the arts. Opportunities are available throughout the school year to perform for others at monthly assemblies, the Remembrance Day Assembly, Winter and Spring Special Events, and at other special events. There is also choir for both the primary and intermediate students.

For many children music experiences become a particular source of pleasure and self-esteem; for others an opportunity for musical expression through group participation. Though children’s musical abilities may vary greatly, all children benefit from a wide range of musical experiences.



The Physical Education program at Rockwood School is based on the Manitoba K-12 Physical Education Curriculum Guide. The PE/Health Curriculum is designed to give today’s students the knowledge, skills and attitudes they will need to lead physically active and healthy lives. The Curriculum is divided into five general learning outcomes (GLO’s).

Movement – the student will be able to demonstrate competency in selected movement skills, and knowledge of movement development and physical activities with respect different types of learning experiences, environments and cultures

Fitness Management – the student will demonstrate the ability to develop and follow a personal fitness plan for lifelong physical activity and well-being.

Safety – the student will demonstrate safe and responsible behaviours to manage risks and prevent injuries in physical activity participation and in daily living.

Personal/Social Management – the student will demonstrate the ability to develop self-understanding, to make health-enhancing decisions, to work cooperatively and fairly with others, and to build positive relationships with others.

Healthy Lifestyle Practices – the student will demonstrate the ability to make informed decisions for healthy living related to personal health practices, active living, healthy nutritional practices, substance use and abuse, and human sexuality.

Specific Learning Outcomes (SLO’s) in the curriculum are divided up and taught by their physical education teacher, and/or classroom teacher.

The Physical Education Program is divided into Primary (K-3) and Intermediate (4-6) sections. These separate programs focus on the needs and abilities of the students at their particular stage of development. These goals and objectives can be met by a variety of activities in a well-balanced and varied program.

The Primary Program includes:
  • Physical Fitness
  • Basic motor skills with and without equipment
  • Rhythm and Dance
  • Games
  • Gymnastics
  • Outdoor pursuits

The Intermediate Program includes:
  • Physical Fitness
  • Large Group Offense and Defense Activities
  • Small Group Offense and Defense Activities
  • Rhythm and Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Outdoor Pursuits

In addition to the classroom program are special activities such as dance festivals, running clubs, soccer, volleyball, softball teams, field days, basketball, winter activity days, and intra-mural sports for grades 1-6.


Learning Assistance Centre

The Learning Assistance Centre program of the Winnipeg School Division is a Special Education Program for children who require a closely supervised, highly structured setting to overcome behavioural and emotional problems.  There are strict criteria for admission.  The Rockwood L.A.C. program provides a classroom for children ages 7-11 years and has staff-child ratio (1:3.5) for a maximum of seven students. The program also includes a resource/treatment support component. The overall goal of the program is to assist the child to develop appropriate constructive social/interpersonal behaviour, self confidence and academic competency in order to return to the home school and an educational program as close as possible to the mainstream.


YMCA - YWCA Rockwood Kidspace

Kidspace is a non-profit, licensed YMCA-YWCA school-age program. It operates a before and after school program, lunch program and daycare for N-Grade 6 children at Rockwood School. The YMCA-YWCA is responsible for all aspects of the program.

For more information or to register please call 453-6499. You can also follow this link​ for more information..​

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