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Toronto Catholic District School Board

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Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School
Centre for Self-Directed Learning

school bannerMary Ward is a vibrant, dynamic learning community that provides excellence in Catholic Education. With a faculty of talented and dedicated professionals, a strong and supportive parent community, an involved and successful alumnae, we offer our students an incredible opportunity to reach their full potential academically, socially and spiritually. We are a school with a difference! There is a spirit of community, creativity, and generosity that is clearly evident in every aspect of life at Mary Ward. At Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School we embrace a philosophy and vision of education that is rooted in Gospel Values, acknowledges the unique gifts of each individual, and focuses on a personalized approach that ensures self-directed, life-long learners well poised to meet many challenges of secondary school and beyond.
 
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How We Meet the Diverse Needs of Our Students
Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School sincerely follows the Mission and vision statements as articulated by the Toronto Catholic District Separate School Board. Further, we as a school community, committed ourselves again to the code of beliefs on which the school was founded:
 
"Because we believe in the worth and dignity of all human persons, we, the members of the Mary Ward school community, declare the following:
  • We affirm the multicultural and multiracial dimension of our community; prejudice, stereotyping, and jokes and language which insult or ridicule another culture or race, are not acceptable to use. We pledge our commitment to raise awareness, to realize we have a problem and to change our old ways.
  • We affirm the full equality of persons, male and female. Stereotyping, negative language and attitudes which see women as inferior to men, or which expect men to be “macho” are not acceptable to us. We pledge our commitment to raise awareness, to realize we have a problem and to change our old ways.
  • We affirm that the hope of humanity lies in peace and reconciliation. Physical and emotional violence, gossip, bullying and selfish behaviour, are not acceptable to us. We pledge our commitment to raise awareness, to realize we have a problem and to change our old ways.
We, the members of the Mary Ward community declare our willingness to continue the many positive things we have been doing to build a better society. When abuses occur, we pledge that we will act with courage and concern to stop negative behaviour. We make our commitment to this declaration in the name of Jesus, who modeled his behaviour, and whose spirit guides our actions."
 
The school meets the academic needs of the students by means of the following:
 
Offering a full component of courses at the advanced, general and basic level of studies
  • Developing a strong teacher advisory program assisting each student
  • Providing gifted, extended French, ESL and resource programs to better meet the individual needs of our students. Academic programs from enriched calculus to visual arts technology with animation and videography.
  • Teaching the responsibility of learning and good time management with use of the agenda booklet and the “directions for life” credit.
The school meets the co-curricular needs of the students by offering:
  • An extensive athletic program with over 30 inter-school competitive teams for serious athletes along with a vibrant and diversified intramural program for all students.
  • A sophisticated visual and performing arts program with major musical and dramatic productions such as “West Side Story”, “Guys and Dolls” and “The Women”. Student participation involves acting, singing, set design and construction, promotion and musical performance.
  • Musical bands and several different choirs hold numerous concerts across the city.
  • Student government with an active student council who plan and organize activities and who sit on the Catholic School Advisory Council and the school steering committee.
As a school community we believe we must allow our students to maximize their growth potential in all areas within the framework of a school community shaped by beliefs and commitments such as those indicated above.