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  • Who We Are

    Samuel Burland School is a Kindergarten - Grade 8 school located in the suburb of St. Vital in the city of Winnipeg. We are part of the Louis Riel School Division. We have a proud tradition of excellence in the areas of: academics, leadership, social justice, music and sport. Our 450 students, 53 staff and families who are currently an integral Samuel Burland believe in actively supporting the vision and mission. 

    Our school mascot is the Bulldog! Characteristics of the bulldog include their legendary patience, and calm demeanour. In daily experiences of demonstrating how we care for each other, Burland students grow to develop: citizenship, attitude, respect, responsibility, empathy. These are attributes which are necessary in the workplace and in being an active member of society.

    Our active Parents’ Association along with the vibrant committee groups are a testament to the school’s supportive community. Our combination of rich and varied curricular and co-curricular activities is a catalyst for student success.


    It is our mission to promote growth and development which will empower each student to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for developing his or her full potential as a responsible citizen.

    To help achieve the goals stated in our mission, we strive to foster a stimulating, sensitive, nurturing and fulfilling environment for all Burland students and staff, and endeavour to maintain an open, responsive and positive relationship with parents as they are valued partners in the educational process.


    Samuel Burland School is dedicated to providing high-quality education to all of its students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Our focus is on the total development of each child—academically, intellectually, physically, socially and personally. This sense of purpose is integrated into all aspects of school life.

    School History

    Born September 10, 1880, in Belfast, Ireland, Samuel Burland attended Trinity College in Dublin and Queens University in Belfast, before embarking on a teaching career. Mr. Burland arrived in Canada in 1913, residing in Teulon, Manitoba, where he taught for two years. By 1915 he was Principal at Stonewall Collegiate, and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Manitoba in 1916. Mr. Burland moved to St. Vital in 1923, and became Principal of Norberry School the following year. He was Supervisor of the Glenlawn School District by 1935.

    During his years as an educator, Mr. Burland was an active member of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, and was presented with a life membership to the Society in 1969. After retiring from the St. Vital School Division, he returned to the classroom as a teacher at St. John’s-Ravenscourt School. He also worked for the Correspondence Branch of the Department of Education. In addition, Mr. Burland was a Trustee of the St. Vital School Board for seventeen years, serving two years as Chairperson.

    Samuel Burland School honours an individual whose personal commitment and professional contributions have helped to shape education and the St. Vital School Division. As the school in his name prepares students to meet future challenges, his achievements and dedication continue to inspire students to be active participants in their education.

    Burland By The Numbers

    Grades: K–8

    Number of Students: 448*

    * Data collected in September 2023