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Toronto Catholic District School Board

About Us
 
Mission Statement
 
By word and deed, the Catholic community of St. Agnes Catholic School, strives to foster the Gospel values of compassion and love, of dignity and uniqueness of each individual, and of family as the foundation of our community. By faith and prayer, we seek to create a rich Christian environment for the full development of each individual. With the example of St. Agnes as our patron saint of our school, we ask God to give us courage to do the right thing.
 
 
How Do We Meet the Diversified Needs of Our Students

At St. Agnes, we believe in the uniqueness of every child. We recognize that children have individual talents and their own special needs. We strive to assist the students to “be the best they can be” growing in Christian values, self-esteem and respect for themselves and others.

The cathetical program, as approved by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, is the foundation for the instructional program in religious education. Among a variety of strategies employed to ensure a Catholic environment, we practise the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Acts of charity such as participation in food drives, the ShareLife campaign, supporting families in need and assisting seniors, are encouraged as gestures of Gospel values at work. Through the chill out program, our grade2/3 class helped to collect warm clothing to give to the needy. As part of their confirmation commitment, our grade 8 students are involved in an extensive program of service and fundraising for the seniors of North York Hospital. To further religious growth, they also participate in a day of reflection (as does staff on other occasions). These efforts are essential for reinforcing with the students that we are a people called by the Gospel to make a difference in the world.

Fostering a safe and welcoming learning environment that is an example of Christian community, is a vital part of the Mission Statement of the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Daily attendance monitoring is one example of this mission in action. Through cooperative parent-school communications, parents advise the school if their child will be absent, and school staff monitor attendance pattern and alert the family of their observations. Within the school, every effort is made to attend to the health and safety of the students. We appreciate parents notifying us of health conditions which may affect their child at school. We also strive to keep parents and guardians informed of issues and situations which impact on their child's health and safety. It is our hope and desire that all families feel welcome when entering the school. We are pleased to provide information about our school and community, to make introductions and to maintain collaborative communications.

As part of our resolve at St. Agnes to enhance technological education and computer literacy, there has been ongoing staff in-service, the acquisition of new equipment and increased emphasis on computer skills. To help meet the needs of individual students, teachers modify programs within the regular class, consult with other staff and meet with resource personnel assigned to the school. Special programs support students with particular needs.

Last year our grade 8 students enjoyed a one-week excursion to Mansfield Outdoor Education centre. Special activities include skating, skiing, tobogganing, nature studies and ecology lessons. For those with artistic inclinations, there are art classes, musicals, drama and the choir. House leagues offer good fun, sportsmanship and friendly competition. We have school teams for both boys and girls in soccer, volleyball and basketball. Track and field is a yearly event. St. Agnes Catholic School's enrolment has consistently increased over the past five years.
 
 
St. Agnes Celebrates Feast Day
 
On Thursday January 21st, the St. Agnes Catholic School community celebrated the feast of St. Agnes. Students had an opportunity to participate in two workshop sessions focusing on community building, and working on respectful language and actions toward one another.

The activities were coordinated in collaboration with a team from Student Leadership/Staff Development and the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s Catholic Teachers who supported school staff with the development of a program of community building workshops designed to build positive relationships and respect among the student body.
 
Senior student volunteers from Brebeuf College and St. Joseph Morrow Park Catholic Secondary Schools were there to assist with serving lunch, as well as helping out with general organization throughout the day.