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Toronto Catholic District School Board

 

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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. Our tradition tells us

 

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 the school day, not just during the religion classes. There are monthly masses in which 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 in conjunction with St. Benedict’s Parish. Students in grade 8 will receive the sacrament of Confirmation at each of their own parish churches. In addition, classes visit out school chapel on a regular basis for prayer, reflection and teaching of religious values.

We are blessed to have a good partnership with St. Benedict’s Parish priests who come to the school to say mass and visit individual classrooms to speak to our students.

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 new curriculum, homework is assigned on a regular basis. Having parents provide support and encouragement at home for completing homework assignments is essential. Studies show that students perform better in school if their parents are involved in their education and 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 organizational skills, time management strategies, study skills, and independent problem solving skills as quickly as possible in their educational careers. This Student Agenda will assist them in acquiring these essential life skills.

Parents are invited to regularly review this planner with your child as one method of keeping fully informed about her/his academic progress. Your comments and suggestions are of course, most welcome. I look forward to working with you and your children this year.

HOLY CHILD HEALTHY ACTIVE LIVING AND LEARNING CENTRE

Holy Child is a Professional Learning Centre for Health and Physical Education. Our centre is dedicated to providing teachers (within our Board) with excellent professional development opportunities in Health and Physical Education curriculum delivery and becoming model schools for healthy, active living and learning.

Holy Child promotes Healthy Snack Time. All students are encouraged to bring a healthy snack (fruits, vegetables, and grain 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. We encourage parents to support these ideas through their shopping habits.

Holy Child continues to participate in Daily Vigorous Activity (DVA) as well. Time is set aside each day to encourage all students to be vigorously active. In addition, students are provided with 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.

The Kid’s Creed

I will put God first
At play and at school
And always do my best
To live the golden rule.
I will not lie
Or cheat.
I won’t treat others mean.
My body, my mind and my speech
will always be kept clean.
I will do nothing
That would harm
My body or my soul.
No other kid will make me lose my
Self control.
I will make my parents proud.
Each day the world
Will see me try harder
To become
The best kid I can be.