James Thomson Elementary School
You have to believe to achieve
Welcome to James Thomson

​We all know the saying "It takes a whole community to raise a child". Here at JT we believe it takes a whole Learning Community to educate a child. As a Learning Community our common goal is to work with you, our parents, to provide the best possible opportunity to increase academic and social responsibility skills to allow our students to meet the challenges of our complex world.​

Things we know about parental involvement:

  • When parents are involved, students achieve more, regardless of socio-economic status, ethnic/racial background, or the parents education level.

  • The more extensive the parent involvement, the higher the student achievement.

  • The most accurate predictor of a student's achievement in school is the extent to which that student's family is able to:

    1. Create a home environment that encourages learning

    2. Communicate high, yet reasonable, expectations for their children's achievement and future careers

    3. Become involved in their children's education

We also know this to be true of teachers.

"Community begins with a shared vision. It is sustained by teachers who, as school leaders, bring inspiration and dedication to the institution. Who, after all, knows more about the classroom? Who is better able to inspire children? Who can evaluate, more sensitively, the educational progress of each student? And who, but teachers create a true community for learning? Teachers are, without question, the heartbeat of a successful school."
- Ernest Boyer

We all look forward to working together with you and your children to make our Learning Community the best it can be.

James Thomson - Our History, Our Place

In 1914, five-acre parcels of government land were made available for people willing to settle in the Wildwood area. James Thomson was one of the people who camped on the Vancouver courthouse steps for more than a month to ensure he received a land grant. The school property is part of the original grant.

​The first school in Wildwood opened in 1923, with 30 pupils from Grades One to Six. Additions were made and in 1931, the primary building was raised to allow for classrooms in the basement.

In 1955 the newer building was begun, commencing with the Gymnasium and two classrooms. Further classrooms were added in 1958. The student population reached a peak in 1990, with approximately 375 students enrolled (K-7). The present enrolment is approximately 210 students.

In 1986, with the assistance of the Sliammon Band Council, an afternoon language enrichment class was begun at Sliammon, for Kindergarten students.

Our First Nations component is a vital part of our community and we are unique in Powell River in offering the Klah ah men language to Grades K through 6 students.

We continue to have a May Day celebration as a part of our Wildwood tradition and as far as we know we have the only remaining Maypole dance and May Day parade in Powell River.

Contact Us

6388 Sutherland Avenue, Powell River, BC, V8A 4W4 Phone: (604) 483-3191 Fax: (604) 483-3227

Hours of operation

Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm

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