Frontier School Division
Components of Division Mission Statement
Introduction and Direction for Use
The Board of Trustees approved the current Mission Statement in
February 2008. There are several components that comprise the total
document. Each of these components is important and has significance for
the Division. These components are explained in the following text.
This information was also presented by the Board Chairperson to the
delegates at the 30th Annual School Committee Conference.
Frontier School Division is defined by our natural surroundings and the
beauty of this environment. The images of land and water and their
impact on us collectively is a part of who we are. Our connection with
all that is natural and holistic sets us apart and makes us uniquely
“Frontier.” Increasingly, schools, with community support, are providing
land-based and culturally-focused educational activities for students
using this rich and beautiful natural environment.
Map of Manitoba
In the lower left corner, the Province of Manitoba map identifies
Frontier School Division territory and our area boundaries. It is
impressive to note that we are responsible for educating many students
who live in this huge territory that covers approximately 75% of
Manitoba. The narrow boundary lines outline our five areas as defined in
Our broad geographical expanse is not a barrier to our mission, but
rather on opportunity to build and maintain relationships across
communities, from the farthest northern regions to the farthest southern
regions and to points east and west of the province.
This geography often leads us to think creatively. Our range of
communities and cultures fosters both inclusion and diversity. We see
our communities as representative of the larger fabric of Canadian
society regardless of our geographic location.
Photographs in Circles
The three photographs in the circles speak to our geography and some of
the unique but routine ways that we travel in all seasons across the
Division. Float planes, snow machines with toboggans, and trains on the
Bay Line are common for many of us but different and unique in the eyes
Frontier Logo “O”
The Division’s logo of “Partners in Learning” is embedded in the letter
“o” in Frontier at the top of the Mission Statement. Input from across
the Division clearly stated we must keep and reinforce this phrase.
Frontier School Division’s philosophy of partnership has never been
Our Children, Our Success, Our Future
We increasingly are aware of the vital importance of the
interconnectedness of all levels of home, school, community, and
society. Our focus on building, preserving, and maintaining
relationships and partnerships are the same whether we are talking about
a classroom or a boardroom, a home or a community. It is through
working as partners in learning that we will share success. That is why
we have chosen three simple statements to define our mission.
The Division’s efforts are for every child. We use the broadest definition of the word children.
This describes our Division operating at its peak. When we are able to
harness the collective energy of every component of our system then we
can achieve our success.
This is the focus of our planning. This is what lies ahead. This is what
inspires us. If we are thoughtful and thorough enough with the first
two components of the mission statement, then we can realize together a
successful future for our children.
Our Vision ... Our Beliefs
· Students are healthy and successful.
· Parents provide support, guidance, and direction.
· Families build a strong foundation for students.
· Staff are participating members of the community.
· High standards of teaching result in academic excellence.
· Appropriate educational programming is provided for all students.
· School programs reflect the needs and aspirations of the community.
· Language and culture celebrated in the community and school builds
· Schools are safe places where individuals are respected, cared for,
· Our Division is an innovative and dynamic leader in education.
These are 10 strong and positive statements about students, parents and
families, staff and programs, safe schools, and our Division as a
leader. They add clarity to our purpose, focus, approach, and identity.
They support the phrase – Our Children, Our Success, Our Future – and
further define our mission. The statements encompass what the Board
believes must be the guiding principles, goals, or universal values that
will help us all move in the direction of our mission. They are our
“North Star”. These statements must be revisited often and can be the
lens through which we view all that we do. When we look at all that we
are and all that we do, then we can truly believe that our mission is
Our Children, Our Success, Our Future.