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Toronto Catholic District School Board


In his meeting with Catholic Educators at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, 17 April 2008, Pope Benedict XVI said:

Education is integral to the mission of the Church to proclaim the Good News. First and foremost every Catholic educational institution is a place to encounter the living God who in Jesus Christ reveals his transforming love and truth (cf. Spe Salvi, 4).

This relationship elicits a desire to grow in the knowledge and understanding of Christ and his teaching. In this way those who meet him are drawn by the very power of the Gospel to lead a new life characterized by all that is beautiful, good, and true; a life of Christian witness nurtured and strengthened within the community of our Lord’s disciples, the Church.

This is the goal of the Catholic school. These are places where Christ is at the centre.

I believe that Catholic schools should be sacramental communities based on Gospel values, where students come to learn and live their faith, through a vital partnership between the home, school and church; each of which are committed to the faith and educational formation of the students. These are places where the Catholic faith is woven throughout the curriculum through the Catholic Graduate Expectations, which are embedded into the learning of all students.

At D’Arcy McGee, we strive to provide a safe, healthy and welcoming environment, which respect the similarities and differences of all students.

Because we are called to be life-long learners, it is our duty to provide challenging learning opportunities for all students. This includes equitable access to 21st century technology, and differentiated instruction which offers a broad range of instruction and assessment strategies which meet the needs of all students regardless of their abilities. 

Students develop literacy, numeracy and communication skills that allow them to be creative, holistic thinkers with problem solving and decision making skills that will guide them throughout their life. 

We believe that students should be encouraged to become global citizens who develop to their full potential, using the gifts they have been given to be stewards of the environment, to make a meaningful contribution to society by respecting the rights of others and working for the common good.

Furthermore, at D’Arcy McGee, we work together to create a safe, instructional environment built on Gospel values, exemplary practices as well as Ministry of Education accountability; all for the common good of the students and one another.

Catherine Profiti
Principal, D’Arcy McGee Catholic School, TCDSB