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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.


My name is Robert D’Addario and I am excited and honoured to be the new Principal of St. Denis. Thank you to all of the parents, students, and staff members that have already welcomed me to the St. Denis family with open arms.


As a Catholic community, we are entering an exciting year; the Year of the School. This is the final year of the three-year pastoral plan, Together with One Voice: Harmonizing our Faith through Family, Parish, and School. This year will be a time for celebrating the connection between the home, parish, and school and how we are all inspiring our students.


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.


Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

An important fluency in education is the ability to engage students in a meaningful exploration of concepts and situations. Put simply, critical thinking is the ability to design and mange, solve problems, and make effective decisions using a variety of resources. Within the past few years, educators have been faced with a technological shift that has emphasized a focus on student-driven lessons and critical thinking and problem solving. Since information is easily accessible, students must explore real-life local or global problems and effectively use evidence to create solutions. Highlighting real local and global issues for which there may be no clear answer requires a critical thinking lens. My goal for the St. Denis community to ignite their passion for learning and development of these types of skills and create relevant, authentic learning experiences.




Communication in a 21st century context refers not only to the ability to communicate effectively, orally, in writing, and with a variety of digital tools, but also to listening skills. The role of teachers and students have shifted due to the vast amounts of information that is easily accessible. As a result, we must also prepare students to understand this information and effectively communicate it. Communicating information requires a thorough understanding of the material and effective oral and written techniques. Education has to prepare students to communicate their ideas, solutions, or information to their respective audience, whether it is print, oral, or digital.



Education has witnessed an increased importance in critical thinking, problem solving, and communication, which has been enhanced through collaboration. Collaboration refers to the ability to work in teams, learn from and contribute, use social networking skills, and demonstrate empathy for others. In this digital age, cooperative learning can truly go beyond the walls of the classroom and become global. We need to prepare students for global citizenship and an era of collaboration beyond our existing limits.


Creativity and Innovation

Educators must allow students the opportunity to explore their capacity to create new ideas and solutions or improve existing ones. Creativity and innovation occurs when students have been in an environment of critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration. Although innovation can happen at any time, giving students the tools for creativity requires effective use of all 21st Century fluencies.


My educational journey has been successful because it has allowed me to be part of an inclusive community. Through my family dynamic, my teaching experiences, and overseas teaching, I have realized that having passion is a crucial element of leadership. Passion for learning, for students, for teachers, and for the community will be evident in everything that I do. Education can achieve these goals through leadership that focuses on humility, collaboration, compassion, and communication.




Robert D’Addario