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Toronto Catholic District School Board


Our Faith and Values

faith1.jpg"Crescamus in Christum - Let us GArow in Christ"

The Catholic vision at Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School is deeply rooted in the philosophy of Reason, Religion, and Kindness. We seek to educate the whole child while instilling and preparing our students according to the Catholic Graduate Expectations. Respect is the cornerstone of our Don Bosco community. This respect is threefold—respect for oneself, respect for others, and respect for property.

Don Bosco's philosophy is an “expansive” community-minded one. Therefore, Don Bosco Secondary School encourages students and staff alike to think beyond the school and to offer services to local church communities and society at large. 

This concept coupled with Reason, Religion, and Kindness fosters in students the desire to become fully, that which he/she is meant to be—a person in the image of Jesus Christ. Don Bosco put great emphasis on sacramental life as the key towards the total education of the young. Throughout the years, Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School has held as a priority the preparation of students for the reception of the sacraments – especially the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist – and in providing opportunities for sacramental celebrations. Don Bosco's philosophy is an "expansive" community-minded one. Therefore, Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School encourages students and staff alike to Our Faith and think beyond the school and to offer services to local church communities and society at large.

 

Our History

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Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School is named after our patron, St. John Bosco, a renowned and forward-thinking 19th century priest, educator and writer, who established several ministries in Turin, Italy. St. John Bosco dedicated himself and his ministries to the welfare of young people and as a result founded the "Society of St. Francis de Sales" more commonly known as the Salesian Society or the Salesians of Don Bosco. In time, St. John Bosco with the assistance of Sister, later Mother Superior Maria Domenica Mazzarello founded the "Daughters of Mary Help of Christians". The educational philosophy of our school evolved from St. John Bosco and is a system based entirely on Reason, Religion and Kindness. With this in mind, Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School's educational philosophy encompasses touching the hearts of all young people. Don Bosco's concern was not only to impart knowledge -- though he insisted it be done well -- but to educate the young for life. His style was to prepare youth to make a solid contribution to society and to live in preparation for heaven.

Don Bosco has been named the patron saint of Catholic education in Canada by the Canadian Bishops. Pope John Paul II gave Don Bosco the official title, "The father and teacher of all the world's youth".

Don Bosco put great emphasis on sacramental life as the key towards the total education of the young. Throughout the years, Don Bosco Secondary School has held as a priority the preparation of students for the reception of the sacraments, especially the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist and in providing opportunities for sacramental celebrations ​

Our School

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How did Don Bosco come to Toronto? In 1976, through the influence of Basilian Father Tom Mohan, the first Salesians of Don Bosco were invited into the Catholic education system of Toronto. The first Salesians initially taught at Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School. In 1978 Don Bosco Secondary School was born in a temporary setting at 165 Dixon Road. From 1981-83 Don Bosco Secondary School operated out of the Transfiguration elementary school building. In 1983, with the sale of public secondary school, Keiller McKay to the MSSB, 2 St. Andrews Boulevard became the permanent site of Don Bosco Secondary School.