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Toronto Catholic District School Board

 
Anti-Bullying at St. Mary's:
 
The anti-bullying effort at our school is understood in the:
      St. Mary Anti-bullying Student Agreement:
 
I agree that I have the right to be respected.
I agree that I have the responsibility to respect others.
This Agreement means that I will:
  • speak up instead of acting as a bystander;
  • choose to participate in activities that don't involve teasing;
  • forgive others if they make poor choices
  • model good behaviour;
  • include others in group activities;
  • accept others for their differences;
  • talk to an adult when there is a problem I can't solve on my own.

I have the power to make a difference at my school!

We will also continue to encourage students to demonstrate the "I Care Rules":
 
We use "I care" language.
We listen to each other.
We care about each others feelings.
Hands are for helping, not hurting.   
We are responsible for what we say and do. 
 
How We Meet the Diverse Needs of Our Students
 

Classroom teachers work in partnership with specialist teachers to create the most optimal programming for students.  Accommodations and modifications are made for students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in order to meet specific student needs.

Student success at St. Mary School is promoted in the following ways:

  • we focus on learning goals, success criteria and descriptive feedback to promote student learning;
  • we emphasize and model appropriate behaviour including self-respect and respect for others;
  • we use positive reinforcement and maintain an affirming attitude;
  • we encourage students to take risks;
  • we promote student independence and responsibility;
  • we use agenda books to promote student organization;
  • we build routine and structure;
  • we use co-operative learning strategies;
  • we incorporate hands-on learning; 
  • we encourage peer tutoring;
  • we conference with students;
  • we try to dialogue with parents regularly;
  • we invite parents to be actively involved in school activities.