District Award Winners

posted Dec 16, 2016, 7:21 AM by Powell Jones   [ updated Dec 16, 2016, 6:24 PM ]

To recognize the outstanding achievement or exemplary performance of an individual parent or community member, secondary student or district staff member who has demonstrated a standard of excellence in an area of endeavour. Focus is on achievements, leadership or contributions that are meritorious, innovative, creative, or inspiring and have brought distinction to the individual, the school, the community and the District.

Harry Ainlay Skills Canada Team

The team members are Brent Cox, Sandi Halliwell,JeffHowlet, Terri-Lynn Hyland, Neil Mazur, Steven Milton,Jaryd Murray, John Neufied, Shirley Rainbow, Colin Veldkamp and Jordan Walker. The Harry Ainlay Skills Canada Alberta Team (HASCAT) combined their skills and efforts to share, advance and promote the fabrication, construction, cosmetology, fashion technology, robotics and culinary industries to students. Each member's passion for the trades transformed option classes into job-site learning opportunities so students could explore and gain hands-on experiences. Each HASCAT team member spent countless hours training and preparing students for success at the Skills Canada competitions. The time spent before and after school, during lunch hours and even during evenings and weekends is a testament to their dedication to help students achieve their personal goals. They prepared each student for Skills Canada levels as they qualified-local, regional, provincial and national. Students Michael (Raleigh) Timms and Jager Watson who worked on building robots for the competition say, "Throughout the project we were able to play as we experimented with new strategies to build the best robot. We are excited to get the team back together and try again this year."

Paul Francis, Teacher, Harry Ainlay School

Paul is a shining advocate for LGBTQstudents at Harry Ainlay. He founded the school's Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) that provides a safe space for students in need of support and guidance. Many students that do not identifY as LGBTQ can also be found working with Paul, helping to create a supportive community that rallies behind LGBTQyouth and other vulnerable students, making them feel safe and welcome. Through the GSA, students have been able to connect with their peers from other schools and hear inspirational speakers address their interests and concernsAllison Greckol, department head at Harry Ainlay, says, "Mr. Francis' enthusiasm, compassion and admirable work ethic have provided a great example for both staff and students. His room is a safe environment where students are able to talk, share and grow, cultivating a sense of trust in hi~ that is unrivalled." One of the most anticipated activities every year at Harry Ainlay is the Genderbread campaign. Paul and his students bake and give out gingerbread ahead of Christmas to create awareness around various school community events and issues.

Kevin Falcone, Teacher, Harry Ainlay School

Kevin Falcone's environmental stewardship and vision at Harry Ainlay has lead to the founding of the Harry Ainlay SustainabilityTeam (HASTE). His creativity, hard work and dedication to HASTE has transformed the Southeast courtyard into a garden that provides fresh food to the school's culinary arts program, provides additional classroom space and a space for students to eat their lunch in warm weather. Kevin put countless hours into collecting and planting perennials, outdoor furniture and student art to make the space usable and inviting. Through HASTE, Kevin has created awareness about local and global environmental challenges and engaged students to confront them. Allison Greckol, social studies department head, says, "Over a number of years, his vision and labour have contributed to the culture of responsible citizenship and student leadership at Harry Ainlay." Kevin takes the time to research and apply for grants for various projects and was awarded an Evergreen Foundation and Toyota on the Trail grant for the garden. One of Kevin's student's, Mason Rubik, remembers, "It seemed like Mr. Falcone was always writing letters for grants, whether it was early in the morning before school or late afterwards, he made sure students received the best opportunities." Students will be able to apply their learnings at the local and international levels thanks to the experiences they gained through HASTE.

Remembrance Day

posted Nov 9, 2016, 5:48 PM by Powell Jones

Harry Ainlay observed a minute of silence Wednesday, November 9th at 11:00 am in commemoration of Remembrance Day.  The entire student body congregated in the North Field of the school where the ceremony was conducted.  We were joined by Senator Tommy Banks (retired), Minister of Indigenous Relations the Honourable Richard Feehan, Brigadier General S.C Hetherington, and Chief Warrant Officer S.D. Douglas.  The Harry Ainlay choir performed "O Canada," Laura Hawley performed "Au champ d'honneur," and Rebecca Cave read "in Flanders Fields."  A special thanks to returning alumni Matt Langor for trumpeting "The Last Post, "The Flowers of the Forest," and "Reveille."  Thanks also to Hugh MacDonald, our bagpiper.  

A special thanks to students Zanib Pannu and Leena Anwar for their outstanding work in all aspects of the event, including leading the ceremony itself; Rawan Osama made an outstanding contribution behind the scenes.

Our Titans conducted themselves with the maturity and gravity that befitted this event.    

2015-16 Yearbooks

posted Oct 25, 2016, 6:20 PM by Powell Jones

Hey Class of 2016! The 2015 -16 Harry Ainlay Yearbooks will be available for grads who have purchased them starting at noon on Tuesday, November 1st.

If you purchased a yearbook and still have a sibling or friend that attends Ainlay, you can have them pick up your yearbook for you at lunch in the rotunda on Tue., Nov 1st, Wed., Nov. 2nd or Thurs. Nov., 3rd.

Your surrogate will need:

  • their Ainlay ID card

  • A note or a text message from you authorizing them to collect your yearbook for you.

If you wish to pick up your yearbook yourself, you can obtain them from the front desk in the general office starting at lunch on Tuesday Nov. 1st. They will be available anytime during regular school hours after that date. (Note: Photo ID will be required. Please ensure any outstanding fees, library fines etc. are paid before attempting to collect your yearbook.)

The above message is only for grads who pre-paid for a yearbook last year. THERE WILL BE NO 2015-16 BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR CASH PURCHASE. If you neglected to purchase a yearbook last year and now wish you had purchased one, you can add your name to a waiting list for surplus yearbooks and you will be contacted in the spring.

Yearbooks not collected by the end of March 2017 will be resold or   otherwise disposed of.

We regret this policy, but unfortunately we do not have space to store unclaimed yearbooks.

Photo Retakes

posted Oct 19, 2016, 9:10 AM by Powell Jones

Photo Retakes
Monday, October 24, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Students must return their original photo packages in order to have retakes done.  

GRADE 12s Google Data

posted Jun 19, 2016, 8:34 AM by Powell Jones

Student Google Apps Data retention

Account creation and maintenance - all students

  • Student Google Apps accounts created when students enrol in the District and will be maintained for the duration they are registered with EPS.

  • Accounts are active during the school year, typically September to June or during summer classes for those students enrolled in summer classes.

  • Students keep the same account from year to year, school to school within EPSB.

Access to Student Google information after leaving EPS

  1. Student will only have access to their Google account and all data up until July 31st of their last enrolled school year.  Accounts will be removed on August 1st.

  2. Students can obtain a copy of their Google data prior to July 31st by following this procedure:

    1. Docs:  Use Google Takeout to export ALL of your Docs in whatever format you choose, or just export the ones you want right from your Docs.

    2. Sites:  Export a site, or better yet - create a Gmail account and make yourself@gmail.com an owner of your site (like this, but backwards).

    3. Contacts:  Export your contacts or use Google Takeout

  3. Students requesting access to their Google Docs beyond this period can contact the last school they were registered in and make a request for access to their student data.   If the data is available on backups, then it can be made available to the student requesting the information.  The school will need to follow the procedure below:

    1. Student/parent contacts the school, requests data for *username*’s data. Default would be all contents of student’s Google Drive only.

    2. School enters request in Orbit.  Must include a non-epsb email address to send information

    3. Orbit request sent to account.management@epsb.ca for processing

    4. Data restored from backup by DT personnel

    5. MD or LB create ZIP file, send link to download to student via email

  1. All student data  is permanently removed on July 31st following the student’s last enrolled year (12 months).

U of A Career Centre summer career camp

posted Jun 3, 2016, 9:08 AM by Powell Jones

May 27, 2016 – Calliing all students with career questions! From July 4 to July 8, the University of Alberta Career Centre is holding a summer career camp for students who will be in Grade 10, 11, 12 or post-grade 12 this upcoming fall.

Participants from last summer’s camp experienced a 20 per cent increase in optimism about their career, a 65 per cent increase in knowledge about researching careers and a 71 per cent increase in identifying next steps in their career. Their favorite part of camp was spending a day visiting workplaces and interacting with the professionals who worked there.

What: Summer Career Camp
When: Monday, July 4 to Friday, July 8, 20168:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: University of Alberta, North Campus
Cost: $300 + GST

Winds at the Winspear

posted Jun 3, 2016, 9:05 AM by Powell Jones

Congratulations to our Concert Band, Concert Choir and the Symphonic Group for their outstanding performances yesterday evening (June 1) at the Winspear. The ambiance of the evening was enhanced even more by the performances from the Avalon, Vernon Barford and D.S. Mackenzie music groups! 

Al Hamilton Scholarship

posted Apr 16, 2016, 8:48 AM by Powell Jones

 The Al Hamilton Scholarship is named after one of our great Oilers, Al Hamilton, who is a community pillar, and played on both the Oil Kings and the Oilers. He was our captain and a great defenceman in his era.


The Al Hamilton Scholarship is awarded annually to a student from the Greater Edmonton area for excellence in academics, athletics and community service. Value of this scholarship is $2000 per school year to a maximum of four (4) years equalling out to $8000.


To apply, candidates need to send in the application form as well as their most recent report card, a short, 500-word essay on why they believe they deserve the scholarship and two letters of recommendation.


Application forms can be found online at www.oilkings.ca. Applications are being accepted from April 11 until May 27.

Study Keys 2017

posted Feb 14, 2016, 11:11 AM by Powell Jones   [ updated Apr 26, 2017, 3:01 PM by Carmen Roth ]

We at Castle Rock Research very much value our strong relationship with Harry Ainlay High School and the extended parent community. For the new school year, we appreciate having the opportunity to work with school administration to improve the ordering and delivery process for our resources. As such, we have implemented a new procedure for orders from Harry Ainlay families. Orders may now be placed online at https://schoolorders.solaro.com/7059.

Castle Rock Research provides educational discounts for school purchases (retail price is $29.95) and will ensure that parents ordering online will get the preferred school pricing. Please note that the portal will be available until June 30th, 2017 so orders may be placed at any time prior to this closing date. Castle Rock Research will individually package, aggregate, and deliver orders to the specified home address on the on-line order form.

The following resources are being provided for purchase:

The KEY Study Guides - Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies courses across grades 3 to 12. These guides are ideal for review and assessment preparation and feature questions from past Diploma exams and Provincial Achievement Tests, where applicable. The correct answers and detailed solutions for questions are also provided.

Student Notes and Problems (SNAP) Workbooks – Instructional content, practice exercises, and unit assessments covering the breadth and depth of select Science and Mathematics courses.

Problem Solved – All of the questions from the respective SNAP books are presented along with the detailed solutions.

Class Notes – An excerpt of each SNAP workbook that focuses students on the explanatory notes for each topic.

SOLARO – A digital resource that is web or mobile (iOS, Android, and Windows) enabled and 100% aligned to the curriculum outcomes for each course. Students get unlimited access to robust online content for all of the courses offered in print, with content that spans the SNAP workbooks and the year-end assessments found in The KEY Study Guides. SOLARO is also offered for 20 other courses that are only available digitally.

As always, we thank you for your support, The Castle Rock Research Team.


posted Feb 14, 2016, 10:47 AM by Powell Jones

Senior and Junior Men's Handball tryouts start on Tuesday, February 16 at 8:00 p.m. in the Small Gym. Information meeting is on Tuesday, February 16 at 12:15 p.m.in Construction (Room 218)."

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