About Us

General School Description

Principal - Mrs. Susanne Young

Vice Principal - Mr. Scott Ratter

Admin Secretary - Ms. Lori Carmichael

School Secretaries - Mrs. Joanne Martin

 

Named after the famous London painter, Jack Chambers School was built in 1992.  It is a first-class educational facility housing 2 gymnasiums with a seating capacity of 800, a lunchroom facility, a music room and a childcare centre through the London Children's Connection (519-850-0744).

A new 8 classroom addition was opened in November of 2006 in order to accommodate the growing population of the Jack Chambers community.  All of the classrooms are equipped with SmartBoard technology.  The Jack Chambers School facility is used extensively every day of the week, providing before and after school childcare programs, and community-based programs through the City on London in the evenings for children and adults.  The Jack Chambers staff prides itself in offering a balanced educational program for our students in the areas of academics, athletics and the arts.

Volunteers at the School

Volunteer forms can be obtained through the office.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • helping on field trips
  • assisting with school council events
  • library assistance
  • coaching support
  • reading and math tutoring for students grade 1 - 8
Measures of Student Achievement and Success
At Thames Valley, we believe that assessment and evaluation of student achievement are integral parts ofthe learning process.  Information gathered through assessment and evaluation helps teachers to determine students' strengths in their achievement of the curriculum expectations.  It also serves to guide teachers in adapting curriculum and instructional approaches to students' needs and in assessing the overall effectiveness of programs and classroom practices.  A variety of methods are used to gauge student progress including: teacher observation, classroom tests, projects and other examples of student work.  For more information on our school's provincial assessment results, visit the Educational Qualtiy and Accountability Office.
History

Chambers Avenue makes a long, easy curve from east to west as it rises to the top of Hastings Drive, where Jack Chambers School is situated.  The school was named to honour the late, renowned London artist Jack Chambers, and it from the school that the avenue derives its name.  Chambers trained at H. B. Beal Technical School in the 1940s. After several years of study at the fine art academy in Madrid, he returned to London in 1961 and began painting the southwestern Ontario landscape. He soon developed a reputation as an important young artist and filmmaker.

 

In 1963, Chambers painted Summer Behind the House, a work in which my daughter Andrea, our golden retriever, and myself appear standing in a field of wild flowers with a row of poplars to the west and a gentle hill rising in the background. In 1988, 10 years after Chambers tragic death at the age of 47, the London regional Art Gallery mounted an exhibition of this paintings which included Summer Behind the House.

 

In 1991, when a new school was being built on Hastings Drive, the neighbourhood was asked to submit names for it. One resident, Roseanne Pulford, whose three children would attend the school, visited the site and noticed a row of poplars mark the eastern boundary of the future school yard. Recalling a similar scene in one of the paintings in the Gallery's memorial exhibit, she was inspired to launch her successful campaign to have the school named after Jack Chambers.

 

Nancy Poole

 

Image and description printed with permission from N. Poole

 

 

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