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Toronto Catholic District School Board

About Us 

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How We Meet the Diverse Needs of Our Students:

    

     Our students have come from many different countries, some with very little or no prior formal schooling. Many have endured dangerous and life-threatening circumstances as they made their way to Canada from war-torn countries. We have mobilized as a community to provide all of our students with a welcoming and safe environment.

    

     Our greatest academic challenge has been to address the literacy and numeracy skills of all of our students. Three full-time teachers work on developing receptive and expressive language skills in our newly arrived students. In addition we have four-and-a-half resource classes where teachers deal with a wide range of learning exceptionalities.Our greatest academic challenge has been to address the literacy and numeracy skills of all of our students. Three full-time teachers work on developing receptive and expressive language skills in our newly arrived students. In addition we have four-and-a-half resource classes where teachers deal with a wide range of learning exceptionalities.

 

     A safe and welcoming environment has always been a high priority at St. Augustine School. A conflict mediation and resolution program, run by trained student mediators for students has been in operation for the last four years. The program is based on the Gospel values of community, peace, justice, and charity.

 

     The behaviour and discipline code articulates acceptable behaviour and spells out the consequences of unacceptable behaviour. Our school-based support team (SBST) along with our social worker, and our psychologist provide assistance for students experiencing emotional or behavioural difficulties. The Toronto Police Department has been very supportive in helping us to maintain a safe environment.

 

     The staff is very caring and responsive to the needs of the students. Students experiencing academic difficulties are referred to SBST meetings where programming changes result, or referrals to community agencies are made.

 

      With the demands of 21st century life facing us, teachers challenge and encourage students to excel in language, mathematics, science, and computer-based learning programs in all grades.  Grade 7 and 8 students have access to netbooks, computer projectors, a full computer lab (in the library), and SMART Boards to enhance their learning experience.

 

     To expand the experience base of our students, excursions are an integral part of our curriculum. Students visit sites such as the Royal Ontario Museum, the Toronto Zoo, Young Peoples' Theatre, various farms and conservation areas. Grade 8 students usually plan a yearly trip to Ottawa or Quebec City.

 

     There is also a very active athletic schedule where school teams are involved in soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, cross-country, and track and field.  Students also participate in general knowledge (W5H) competitions, teen forum and challenge to debate.

 
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