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HNDA Patriotic Exercises

Adopted: May 10, 1985
Amended: March 8, 2005, June 22, 2010


The Board believes that participation in and exposure to patriotic exercises play an important role in the development of good citizenship in students.


  1. Patriotic exercises will be designed to develop:
    1. An understanding and appreciation of what it means to be a Canadian;
    2. An awareness of civic rights, obligations and responsibilities; and
    3. A feeling of pride in our cultural heritage, which can flourish in the Canadian Mosaic.
  2. A student may be excluded from patriotic exercises on receipt by a principal of a written statement signed by a parent.  The student may be permitted to leave the classroom or remain without taking part.  Exclusion from patriotic exercises will be without prejudice to any other activities of the school.
  3. Each morning before regular instruction commences, all individuals shall stand to participate in the playing of the National Anthem.
  4. The Canadian Flag, the Alberta Flag and portraits of the Queen and His Royal Highness shall be prominently displayed in each school, particularly in areas where students congregate for special activities.
  5. Whenever students are gathered for functions sponsored by the school and if circum­stances are amenable, the activity shall be opened with the singing of "O Canada" and closed with “God Save the Queen/King.”
  6. Each school shall develop procedures, which will involve students and staff to meet the intent of this policy.
  7. Remembrance Day will be observed in all schools.  Schools will develop activity plans for the day which includes a ceremony or the observance of silence from 11:00 a.m. to 11:02 a.m. on the school day immediately preceding Remembrance Day.
  8. In the event that staff members, for reason of conscience, are unable or unwilling to participate, they shall make it known to the principal so that alternate arrangements can be made.



Legal Reference:

Alberta School Act: Sections, 61
Remembrance Day Act

Cross Reference:

GBEB Harassment in the Workplace

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