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Martin Punkari

Espanola High School

Grades 9 to 12 - Enrolment 536

School Profile

A community school committed to excellence

Mission Statement

Espanola High School strives to provide a friendly learning environment which recognizes the unique qualities of individual students and their cultures. We encourage students to develop both knowledge and life-long learning skills, and to become
responsible, respectful citizens, prepared to meet the challenges of the future.

We are committed to:

  • excellence in education
  • providing learning opportunities which will enable students to think critically, be creative and achieve their potential
  • life-long learning
  • providing an extensive curriculum which recognizes the divergent needs of our student population
  • the communities we serve
  • the promotion of cultural understanding
  • providing on-going opportunities for professional growth
  • nurturing our friendly environment
  • the physical and psychological wellness of students and staff

Martin Punkari Principal
Susan Kett
Theresa Gervais
Parent Involvement Committee Chair
Stephanie Schouten
Program Leaders, Literacy
Dan Taylor Mathematics
Gary Vermeer
Business / Computers / Science
Tony Yachuk Sports
Dean Riggs Technological Education / The Arts / French
Kathy Blanchard
Student Services
Glyn Madill
David Gallant

Special Education
Family Studies/Humanities/
Native Studies/Language and Social Science


43 teachers
3 support staff
4 educational assistants
1 library technician
1 attendance counselor
1 Aboriginal Student Support Worker
6 custodians
9 School Council members

Espanola High School offers English language programs from Grades 9 to 12. Situated in Espanola, Ontario, the school has an enrolment of 575 and draws its students from the communities of Walford, Massey, Webbwood, McKerrow, Whitefish Falls, Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation and Whitefish River First Nation (Birch Island).

Espanola High School is a large two-level building equipped with two gyms, a cafeteria, the Domtar computer lab, the technology computer lab, a large lecture facility, a high-tech music room and an extensive Resource Centre. The school shares its physical space with Ecole Secondaire Catholique Franco-Ouest and Contact North.

In addition to the core curriculum areas of English, Math, Science and the Humanities, we offer courses in Aboriginal Studies, The Arts, Business, Computers, Family Studies, Music, Physical Education, and Technological Education .  We also have an extremely successful Cooperative Education program. (We offer Ojibwe courses to our large aboriginal student population.) omit   Students with special education needs have many program options including Resource Room assistance, Transition, Lifeskills, ASD, and Section 23 programs.

Espanola High School hosts a number of community partners and works closely with these agencies and businesses. Partners participating in school events and providing work placements as part of our Cooperative Education Program include Domtar Pulp and Paper Products, Chartwells, Better Beginnings – Better Futures’ Breakfast Club, Manitoulin Family Services, Sudbury and District Mental Health Services, Espanola Police Services, Sudbury and District Public Health Unit, Parent Involvement Committee, Espanola Recreation Complex, Espanola Fire and Rescue, Espanola Lion’s and Elk’s Clubs and other local businesses.

Espanola High School works cooperatively to promote a positive learning environment by providing students with many academic, athletic and extra-curricular opportunities beyond the classroom. Academic support includes the Homework Club, Literacy Training and Math Contests. Learning activities include Skills Canada Competitions; Cardboard Boat Races; Art trips to museums; trips to Europe; Music Competitions (to Ottawa, Montreal, Cleveland and Halifax;) omit this part and annual trips to the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario.

In addition to providing activities such as Athletic Day, school dances and assemblies, the Students Parliamanet and other groupsraises funds for both local and international needs. Examples of these activities include the 30-Hour Famine, benefit concerts (for Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina victims and) omit the Terry Fox Run, Haloween for Hunger, and supporting World Vision initiatives.

The athletic department sponsors more than 20 teams that participate in the North Shore and Sudbury Athletic Associations. The school athletic program offers an energetic intramural program at lunch hour. The Athletic department also hosts our annual Athletic banquet and raises funds to support a large number of school teams. Our school Wellness Committee provides educational information regarding drinking and driving, drugs, Internet safety, nutrition, physical fitness, bullying and dating.

Our guidance program provides support to our students and surrounding community members in a number of ways. Counselling services are available to the student body. Links to other agencies such as Manitoulin Family Services, Sudbury and District Mental Health, Sudbury and District Public Health, and a Nurse Practitioner and Doctor are provided to students and staff.

Our school also plans entrance and transition activities for Grade 8 students entering Espanola High School. These activities are designed to welcome new Spartans to our team.

Espanola High School, your community school, is committed to excellence.