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Southwest Horizon School Division






High Levels of Success for All Students;  Learning is our Core Purpose;  Strong Connections  



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Southwest Horizon School Division hosted its first annual Mini WE Day for all grade 6 students on Wednesday, April 27 at Wawanesa more 









































































































































Superintendent's Message - Welcome to another exciting school year in Southwest Horizon School Division.  Summer seems long gone, quickly replaced by busy school and extra-curricular calendars!  


Southwest Horizon is in the final stages of setting priorities for 2016-2020 through a Strategic Direction Plan.  The draft priorities stem from our three foundational beliefs:  



    • We believe in high levels of success for all students.  
    • We believe that learning is our core purpose.  
    • We believe in strong connections.



As we work to reset our Strategic Plan based on these foundational beliefs we ask ourselves, if we truly believe in these statements, what will our schools look like? what will our schools feel like? what will we hear?  "The mission of a not revealed by what people say, but rather, what they do" (DuFour). 



It is our intent to educate students who will create change for the world and make a difference.  This is an enormous task that cannot be done in isolation.  "Changing the world takes more than everything any one person knows, but not more than we know together" (Simon Sinek). Senior Administration, the Board of Trustees, division and school staff, students, parents and community members working together will bring us closer to this goal for our students.



Please join us in this very important strategic planning process.  We will share a draft of our Strategic Plan at a public session to be held on November 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Hartney School.  If you are unable to attend but but wish to share your thoughts, please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  I look forward to working together on behalf of our students.  





Report on Student Outcomes and School Climate - Southwest Horizon School Division, in partnership with Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning, and The Learning Bar, have all students in Grades 4-12 complete a survey twice a year that measures school and classroom effectiveness. The survey that is completed in the fall includes a set of questions to measure bullying, while the spring survey includes a set of questions that measure student engagement. There are two separate surveys - one for students in Grades 4-6 (Elementary); the other is for students in Grades 7-12 (Secondary).



These surveys are taken electronically in each school, and each school receives an individual report that may be seen upon request. The surveys posted here indicate overall divisional results. If you have any questions, please contact Robin Brigden at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



 The Southwest Horizon Annual General Meeting/Student Showcase took place on February 10, 2016.  Many thanks to the Students and Staff for their presentations, which were enjoyed by everyone present.


The 2016/2017 Draft Operating Budget was presented.  The budget was approved at the March 9, 2016 Regular Board Meeting.  



During the first week of January 2016, Grade 12 students from each school in our division were asked to complete an on-line survey which included questions regarding their thirteen years of school experience, preparation for the transition out of our schools, as well as post-secondary plans.   We would like to thank the students who participated.  Survey Results   



Each year Southwest Horizon School Division creates a Report to the Community highlighting the school year.  Our 2014/15 Report is now available.  If you have any questions or comments, please email Michelle Blades, Executive Secretary at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   



Following the October 14, 2015 Board Meeting, the 2014/2015 Audited Financial Statements for Southwest Horizon School Division are now available to view.




School Satisfaction Surveys - the latest reports are posted for Souris School and Waskada School, which were both completed during the 2014/2015 school year.



The Soutwest Horizon School Board's Inaugural Meeting was held on September 23, 2015.  At that meeting the Chair and Vice-Chair were elected for the 2015/2016 school year, as follows:



Chair of the Board:  Trustee Scott Perkin

Vice-Chair of the Board:  Trustee Sven Kreusch





SHSD Library -  students, parents staff and any stakeholder who lives in our catchment area are welcome to borrow books and other resource materials from our Division Library.  




We recently invited our community to share their thoughts about what we are doing well and where we can improve.  We then invited our community to review and prioritize these thoughts placing stars next to the ideas of most importance.  


Our goal is to get a sense of shared values and priorities within our schools and across Southwest Horizon School Division community.  This feedback is vital to our school improvement planning and the renewal of our divisions Strategic Plan.


Click here to view the Thoughtexchange Results for the division and each individual school. 





Southwest Horizon School Division Accountability Report - October 2014





The Policy Manual was overhauled in September 2014 and a new Administrative Manual was created.   







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 Mission Statement:


Southwest Horizon School Division is committed to learning and enriching our communities with inclusive, outstanding educational choices.


The Division


Established in 2002 as a result of amalgamation, Southwest Horizon is a rural school division located in Southwestern Manitoba. The geographical size of the division is approximately 6,500 square kilometres.


There are 12 schools in our division. This includes 5 schools located in Hutterian Colonies.


The Board of Trustees has a strong commitment to small schools and to seeking innovative means of delivering quality programming to students in a rural environment.



Administrative Structure


Southwest Horizon School Division has chosen a dual track administrative structure where the Superintendent is primarily responsible for all functions related directly to the education of students (staffing, curriculum, professional development of staff, special education, evaluation etc.). The Secretary – Treasurer is responsible for fiscal management, transportation and maintenance (operations) and for the staffing, professional development, and evaluation of staff under his jurisdiction.


The Superintendent and Secretary-Treasurer work together as a team in setting divisional goals, setting the budget, advising the Board, carrying out the Board’s direction and leading the school division. Together, they are referred to as the Executive Team.


The Region


Agriculture has historically provided the economic base in the region. More recently, there has been increasing levels of energy-related development.


High quality country living in an area sprinkled with hunting, skiing, fishing, boating and other year-round outdoor recreational opportunities have a strong appeal for residents.


Excellent recreation facilities are available throughout the Division.