At St. Marguerite Bourgeoys School we believe that each child deserves to attend school in a safe, inclusive and healthy learning environment. We strive to challenge each child’s academic potential and to assist each pupil to grow in the Catholic faith.
Teachers utilize a variety of teaching and assessment techniques in order to determine the strengths and needs of learners. Data is examined and used to create best teaching strategies and practices. Teachers belong and participate actively in a professional learning network in which they have an opportunity to dialogue with other professionals about best practices. At St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, student progress is reported on a regular basis to parents and meetings with parents and other professionals are held to determine how the school can best meet the learning styles of pupils.
During the school year 2005-2006, the school purchased new materials to support the development of Boys’Literacy and other materials providing information on Bullying, such as the Steps to Respect Programme. These materials provide the staff with additional information and materials to address learning needs.
The School Learning Plan is reviewed and updated by the staff and the areas of Literacy, Numeracy, Success for All are addressed from Grades Junior Kindergarten to Grade Eight. Scores from standardized tests such at the CAT -3, EQAO, Running Records, CCAT are reviewed along with report card marks. The staff receives on professional development in how to integrate this data into teaching practice.
In addition to the catechetical programme, the pupils at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys share their time, talents and treasure and become active participants in their faith life through school liturgies, participation in food drives, Sharelife activities and other acts of charity.
The children being confirmed are asked by the parish to complete community service and this is supported at the school level. School staff have a unique opportunity to deepen their faith experience through participation in the Courage To Serve – Canada - Retreat Programme.
The creation and maintenance of a safe and welcoming environment is a critical and important aspect of school life. Daily attendance is monitored, recorded and communicated to parents. Parents and guardians must sign pupils in and out of the school for appointments. The visitor policy is enforced at all times. Pupils practice fire drills and lockdown procedures as required by the school board. The school has a Safe School Team consisting of staff, parents and pupils and each month a characteristic, such as “Empathy, Kindness, Fairness…” is highlighted, discussed and acknowledged.
Pupils are strongly encouraged to wear the school uniform which was initiated in 2004.
Extra curricular programmes include badminton, choir, volleyball, soccer, track and field, cross country, W5H.. Participation in these activities are encouraged and supported, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys has a very dynamic Health Action Team consisting of staff, pupils and the public health nurse.