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Toronto Catholic District School Board

 

 

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

 

Mission Statement

  

In a school community formed by Catholic beliefs and traditions, our mission is to educate students to their full potential. Catholic schools are determined and shaped by the vision and destiny of the human person emerging from our faith tradition. The Christian worldview reveals the dignity and value of the person. 
 
God creatively and lovingly calls each of us into the wonder of life and sustains us on our human journey. While this journey contains moments of sin and brokenness, we recognize that the risen Christ shares our life and liberates us from sin. The Christian vision of the human journey is best understood in the context of relationship and is best accomplished in community. Catholic education views human life as a journey home to God. Catholic teachers create opportunities for their students to embrace their humanity, nourish their spirituality and develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and actions that contribute to the building of God’s kingdom.

 

The Catholic Community of Holy Child School believes that, by demonstrating our faith in God and respect for each other, we can create a safe, caring and collaborative environment that promotes life-long learning and celebrates the uniqueness of all individuals. In keeping with the chosen name of our school, we are following the examples that Jesus taught us throughout His life as we are learning to grow as Jesus grew.
 
Catholic Schools ensure that the Catholic faith permeates throughout the school day, not just during religion lessons. We are blessed to have a growing partnership with St. Benedict’s parish priests who come to the school’s Great Hall to celebrate mass with our school community and visit individual classrooms to speak to our students. In conjunction with St. Benedict’s Parish, all students are expected to participate along with preparation for sacraments. Students in grade 2 will receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Students in grade 7 or 8 will receive the sacrament of Confirmation. In addition, students visit our school chapel on a regular basis for prayer, reflection and teaching of Catholic values.
 
The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8 has been developed by the Ministry of Education to provide a rigorous and challenging curriculum for each grade. In order for our students to do well and meet the expectations outlined in the curriculum, homework is assigned on a regular basis. Having parents provide support and encouragement at home for completing homework assignments is essential. Research indicates that students perform better in school if their parents are involved in their education. Monitoring homework is an ideal way to become involved. Education is a shared responsibility of students, teachers and parents. The major purpose of a school is to help each student develop her/his potential as an individual and as a contributing member of a society who will think clearly, feel deeply, and act wisely.
 
We at Holy Child Catholic Elementary School feel strongly that students need to develop the six Learning Skills outlined in the Ontario Curriculum: Responsibility, Organization, Independent Work, Initiative, Collaboration and Self-Regulation, as quickly as possible in their educational careers. The Student Agenda assists students in acquiring these essential educational and life skills. Students with high achievement-Excellent in these areas will be acknowledged each term.  Parents are invited to regularly review their child’s planner as one method of keeping informed about her/his academic progress. Parents’ comments and suggestions are always welcome.

 

Holy Child is a model school for healthy, active living and learning. Holy Child promotes Healthy Snack Time. All students are encouraged to bring a healthy snack (fruits and vegetables, grain and dairy products) for each recess break, and a well-balanced lunch each day. These snacks and lunches should not include: pre-packaged foods, fast foods, and pop drinks. We encourage parents to support this healthy lifestyle through the family’s shopping habits.

  

Holy Child participates in Daily Physical Activity (DPA) as well. Time is set aside at the start of every morning to encourage all students to be vigorously active (outdoor/indoor). In addition, students participate in Physical Education classes. Being active, eating well, and accepting themselves are key to a child’s health and well-being. Parents and caregivers can play an active role in helping children develop healthy attitudes and habits that will last them a life time.

 


Ana Pires
Principal