About Lorne Akins
School Mission Statement
Lorne Akins School is committed to excellence in public education which fosters the joy of life-long learning.
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At Lorne Akins School, both students and staff are learners, consider learning to be “Job 1”, and are committed to the pursuit of excellence in education through:
- providing a safe, caring, supportive, and compassionate learning environment;
- encouraging the development of creative and critical thinking skills;
- meeting the learning needs of all students, with the direct, valuable assistance and resources of our parents and our community;
- emphasizing the growth and development of students and staff in a vibrant, dynamic learning environment; and
- recognizing and building on each student’s strengths to develop self-esteem and respect for self and others.
Lorne Akins - The Man and the School
Lorne Akins was a farmer, a community builder, and a St. Albert pioneer whose holdings ran from the Sturgeon River back to the northern edge of the modern day school property. The building that was to become Lorne Akins first opened its doors in 1963 as the new, state-of-the-art, Paul Kane High School. Lorne Akins took its new name officially on October 4, 1973, when it opened with an enrollment of 405 students in Grades 7 to 9. It had, however, accommodated junior high students since April of 1973 when the Paul Kane students vacated the site for their new facility on Cunningham Road and the staff and students of Sir Alexander Mackenzie (SAM) Junior High made their way across Sir Winston Churchill Avenue to the adopted premises. Lorne Akins has been a dynamic and well-established junior high for 39 years. The recent modernization will ensure that its strong programming, excellent academic performance and solid community involvement will continue long into the next century. We are sure that Mr. Akins would be very proud to see his namesake brought up to such a first-class standard. The atrium, natural light, advanced technology, fully modernized labs….come and experience success in a brand new Swamp!
From 1963-1973, our building housed the students of Paul Kane High School. In spring of 1973, in what was surely a sight to see, a massive parade of students, teachers, supplies, and books made the journey from Sir Alexander Mackenzie Elementary to the old site of Paul Kane High School. The building was recomissioned "Lorne Akins Junior High School" in honour of a well known St. Albert pioneer.
Many present day District Six staff were part of the exodus to the newly-named school. Darlene Ferguson (Pechanec), Larry Dick, Lawrence Kenakin, Wally Cherniwchan and Don Bliss were all on that first Lorne Akins staff. Our current ATA President, Bernie Poulin, was involved in the move, as were recent retirees Dick Krenz, Lowell Throndson and Gerry Buccini, as well as the first administration of Principal Barrie Findlater and Assistant Principal Ted Rogers. Leading the parade in one notable photo is current trustee, then teacher, Joan Alexander.
In 2003, we celebrated our 30th anniversary as one of the premiere educational facilities in the St. Albert Public School Board.