Grade Range: Kindergarten – grade 12
Student Population: 57
School Year: September – June
A Brief History of Angik School
By Mary Ruben-Bennett and Jessica Schmidt
Angik School has a unique history as the school actually began in the home of Nora Ruben in the late 1960s. Nora had books sent to her from Inuvik and she did her best to teach any interested children from her own home. Bertha Ruben would help Nora as well.
In 1975 Sister Manning arrived to open the school in Paulatuk. Comprised of a small trailer, Sister Manning was the only teacher and taught grades 1-6.
In 1977 Tom & Rose Kirby arrived and took over from Sister Manning. Tom was the Principal and taught grades 4-6. Rose taught grades 1-3 and Agnes Ruben was the school’s Classroom Assistant. Over the next few years an additional trailer was added on to accommodate an increase in student attendance.
In 1985 the new school building was built and named after Angik Ruben, a very respected elder and Father, Grand Father, Great Grandfather and Great Great Grandfather to many of Paulatuk’s residents.
Angik School’s very first graduate was Justin Ruben, who graduated in 2001. Shortly after that, Angik School no longer offered grades 10-12 and students who wished to finish their high school education were sent to Inuvik or Fort Smith.
Grades 10 to 12 were reintroduced to Angik School from 2005 to 2007.
Angik School has seen many changes over the past 30 years. In 1987, Inuvialuktun and classes about the local culture were introduced while full time Kindergarten was introduced in 2001.
The addition of cultural activities has been a focus for Angik school. Students are given many opportunities to participate in different activities that reflect their local culture and we hope to add even more each year. These includes traditional drum dance outfits which were made by local elders and teachers in the school while students helped in the making of 8 new drums.
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