R.H. Murray Public School is a small elementary school located in the community of Whitefish, 26 kilometres west of the city of Sudbury. Encompassing a large rural geographic area, the school boundaries extend from the Walden Township line immediately east of Nairn Centre to Graham Road just before the Vermillion River bridge on Regional Road 55, north as far as Worthington and south to Lake Penage. Most students are bussed to school (98%).
R.H. Murray P.S. offers regular program to students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 and is home to about 127 students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. Presently, 45% of our student population is female with 55% male. Approximately thirteen percent of the student population comes from the Whitefish Lake First Nation Reserve in Naughton where close ties and communication between the school and the Whitefish Lake First Nation are maintained through the Social/Education Counsellor.
School plays an important role in the community and parental support and community involvement is strong. In recent years, we have had as many as 20 volunteers working in various classrooms for a total of 1400 hours. A baseball field, tennis court and playground equipment at the school are jointly used and maintained by the school and community. Parental and community support and attendance at school and school events are always outstanding.
R.H. Murray P.S. is committed to academic excellence. Traditionally, our students do well on both EQAO and OLSAT tests. Results on the primary and junior EQAO testing of reading, writing and mathematics have our students normally at or above board and provincial standards. At R. H. Murray we believe in educating the whole child with high academic standards, a stringent homework policy and a strong emphasis on character development and self-esteem. Our school continues to participate in the Roots of Empathy program. Furthermore, our students participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities throughout the year including cross-country running, soccer, volleyball, basketball, and track and field.