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With deep gratitude and respect, we are honoured to be learning and unlearning on the ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) & səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation).

École Jules Quesnel Elementary School is situated on the ancestral lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Nation), Sḵwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) & səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). As one of three single track French Immersion elementary schools in the Vancouver School District, we serve students from both local and surrounding Vancouver neighbourhoods. Jules Quesnel shares a site with Byng Secondary School with most of our students transitioning to Kitsilano Secondary for French Immersion. We embrace our local roots and connections and are committed to fostering the growth and success of every student.

Reflecting the diverse makeup of greater Vancouver, the Jules Quesnel student body includes English Language Learners, Indigenous students, and those with Ministry Designations. We prioritize creating an inclusive learning environment that respects and values each student's individual strengths and perspectives, recognizing that diversity is a key aspect of our dynamic school community.

Our dedicated staff and supportive community actively encourage student participation in various extracurricular activities, including school sports and outside-of-school programs. The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) at JQ is an active and engaged group, enhancing the overall educational experience by organizing initiatives, events, and fundraisers benefiting all community members. Through collaboration with community partners, we ensure a holistic approach to education, where students excel academically and thrive socially and personally.

Focusing on valuing diversity, teachers at École Jules Quesnel integrate First Peoples Principles of Learning, emphasizing decolonization and indigenization. Proximity to local parks like Pacific Spirit Park, Camosun Park, Chaldecott Park, and Jericho Beach facilitates outdoor learning, aligning with Indigenous land-based education principles. Prioritizing student voice, active learning, and inclusive assessment strategies, we foster a dynamic and inclusive environment. Collaborative initiatives, such as teachers from different grades working together and a focus on student leadership, contribute to community building. Our commitment to hands-on, experiential learning ensures students are well-prepared for a diverse and evolving world.

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