About Our School

Grades Taught



Roy Bickell Public School is a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school with 420 students and 43 staff located in the Royal Oaks neighborhood in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

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We opened our doors in the fall of 2017 and welcome new registrations throughout the school year. Our catchment area are the neighbourhoods of Royal Oaks, Northridge, Gateway, Westgate and Arbour Hills. Roy Bickell Public School also welcomes the students transitioning into Grade 7 that attended Avondale School. Boundary students from Roy Bickell Public School transition to the Grande Prairie Composite High School for Grade 9.

Our school is named in honour of Roy Bickell, an innovator, an explorer, an entrepreneur and a community contributor who, after his passing in 2015 continues to be a presence in our city through his lifelong dedication to improving our local resources, education and attractions. His passion for people, business and fossils was matched by his dedication to the Grande Prairie and Peace region. Roy Bickell's Biography

We are proud to have Mr. Bickell as our namesake. Roy Bickell students and staff strive to uphold the values of innovation, exploration, entrepreneurship, contribution and community spirit that embody Mr. Bickell's legacy.

Who we are!

EXPLORING, CREATING and GIVING are at the heart of our work at Roy Bickell Public School.



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Welcome to Roy Bickell!

It has been my privilege to be a part of the Roy Bickell community.  This is my twentieth year of teaching and my tenth year in administration.  I am a local girl who grew up attending school right here in Grande Prairie.  It is a great honour to work with parents, students, and staff in my home city.  I completed my Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta and later my Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Calgary.  I am passionate about building student emotional, social, and academic capacity so that they can achieve and grow.  My life is richly blessed with a supportive husband Peter and two daughters Mei Lei and Jai Lin.  We also have our new dog Tilly which we love so much!

"Exploring, Creating and Giving" will be at the heart of our work at Roy Bickell - guiding principles inspired from Roy Bickell, a local community minded and industrious individual, our school's namesake. will also be encouraged to take an increasing ownership of their education by learning how to learn in a culture of growth and deep-learning.

We encourage families to volunteer and participate in developing our school culture by joining our school council or volunteering in your child's classroom. 

Welcome to Roy Bickell Public School!

Tracey Mark, Principal
Shawna Holman, Vice Principal
Gerry-Lynn McCann, Vice Principal

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​School Council our Partners in Education

Parents can get involved in our School Council, more information can be found HERE

Meets every 6 weeks (Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.)

School Council Chair contact information and meeting information can be found HERE

At Roy Bickell Public School we...

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We believe that an inquiry process of learning and embedding creative opportunities that reflect our core values, will be focus areas in our instructional practices. Students are encouraged to expand their knowledge and understanding through the incorporation of student voice and student choice.

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Creativity is evident as you enter the school where our display cabinet highlights student made projects each month.

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In our school every classroom has committed to giving back to our community, be it the school or within our city. This is accomplished by having each homeroom take on a social responsibility project to support non-profit organizations, community members or by volunteering in the school.

Our School Education Plan is focused on:

Priority: Teaching and Learning

Outcome: Classroom instruction and assessment prioritizes literacy and numeracy.
Outcome:  Student Mastery of Grade Level Math Facts.

Priority: Inclusion

Outcome: School Communities are welcoming, caring, respectful and safe environments where students, staff and families have a strong sense of belonging.

To see our full School Educational Plan and Results Report - Click HERE

Programs of Choice Offered at Roy Bickell

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KinderPAL is an early learning Program of Choice for kindergarten-age students in GPPSD schools. The Play and Learn experience is programming in a classroom setting where students experience peer-based play as they continue developing and growing their knowledge. 

Students will experience full school day learning with kindergarten programming for half their time, and the other half is KinderPAL. It follows the school’s full-day bell schedule and calendar. A certified teacher provides kindergarten curriculum instruction, and a KinderPAL Instructor provides KinderPAL programming.  

See more information about KinderPAL by visiting the Grande Prairie Public School Division site.
Learn More

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To see more information about Music Program Grades 5-8 Program of Choice - Click HERE

Music Program Grade 5-8 provides students the opportunity to be part of an inclusive and vibrant community.  All students are supported through quality programming which inspires curiosity, increases confidence, embraces creativity, and develops a sense of personal achievement. Our music program creates a community rich with diversity and collaboration which encourages lifelong learning.