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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Principal`s Message

 

 

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Welcome back all St. Denis families, including a special welcome to our students new to our community.
 
Over the past three years, the St. Denis school community celebrated the relationship between family, parish, and school. As a Catholic community, we are entering a new Pastoral Plan entitled Rooted In Christ: We Belong, We Believe, We Become. This new Pastoral Plan reminds us that we are called to continue to strengthen our sense of belonging to God and one another, to express our belief in God through our vision and mission, and to work to achieve our goals as people on a common mission. Our first year will focus on We Belong which describes our membership that gives us assurance of inclusion, acceptance and sense of satisfaction as members of one another.
 
As a leader in our community, I am committed to helping every student achieve success and well-being. Our goal is to develop the knowledge and skills that will lead them to develop characteristics of success, interpersonal skills, and become actively engaged in their passions.
 
How are we going to achieve this?
 
Our St. Denis community will continue to develop 21st century skills and competencies that will enable our students to face ever-complicating challenges now and in the future. A competency is more than just knowledge or skills. It involves the ability to meet intricate educational challenges by mobilizing psychosocial skills and attitudes. For example, effective communication is a competence that draws on knowledge of language, IT skills, reading and writing, and the ability to identify a particular audience.
 
21st century competencies are developed within the curricula of literacy, mathematics, and core learnings in our other subjects. They have measurable benefits for multiple areas of life and therefore are critical for the students in our community. They are positively associated with growth in the cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal domains, and that is what we aim to foster here at St. Denis.
 
The most prominent 21st century competencies found in international frameworks that have been shown to offer measurable benefits in multiple areas of life are associated with critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation.
 
In order to further student social, academic, and spiritual growth, the St. Denis Agenda has been revised to include our history, the TCDSB Catholic School Graduate Expectations and Virtues of the Month, our Positive School Discipline Plan, our school Focus and Commitment, Academic Standards and Expectations, and Dress Code. You can find the insert your child’s agenda and online at https://www.tcdsb.org/schools/stdenis/AboutUs/SchoolHandbook/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Robert D’Addario

Principal

Twitter: @robertdaddario