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Toronto Catholic District School Board

About Us

 

Mission:

To provide a safe and nuturing learning environment, guided by the spirit through
Reason, Respect and Responsibility
 
Vision:

To nurture a self-directed, responsible life long learner by example

 

How We Meet the Diverse Needs of Our Students
 

At The Divine Infant Catholic School, we strive to ensure that each student develops to the maximum of his/her potential in the academic, spiritual, social, emotional and physical realms, all the while being cognizant of the fact that each child is also a unique individual with his/her own talents and special needs.

Maintaining a Catholic school environment at The Divine Infant is one of our prime objectives. The very foundation of the instructional program in religious education is the Canadian catechetical series, Born of the Spirit, which is approved by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. To develop the students' knowledge of common prayers and to strengthen their prayer life, we employ the book of prayers as appropriate for each grade level.

A variety of strategies are utilized throughout the year to encourage the students' participation in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. As a means of putting their faith into practice, the children regularly support, among other charitable causes, Thanksgiving and Christmas food drives for the Daily Bread Food Bank and/or the Good Shepherd Refuge and ShareLife. Through these types of endeavours, it is hoped that the students become more aware of the fact that they must live the Gospel values on a daily basis by helping those in need in both the local and global communities.
 
A key component of the Mission statement of the Toronto Catholic District School Board is to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment that is an example of Christian community. In order to fulfill this obligation, we have adopted a safe arrival program, through daily attendance monitoring in the morning and afternoon session, which necessitates the full cooperation of both parties in the home-school partnership. Primary responsibility rests with the parent(s)/guardian(s) to inform the school if their child(ren) will be absent or late. In the event that no notification is received, the school office will contact home and/or business to ascertain the reason for absence. With the current system of two-way communication in place, we feel that every effort has been made to provide direct, adult supervision for them. Thus, before and after school, during lunch-hours and recesses, the school playground and the lunchrooms are monitored vigilantly by staff.
 
Parent(s)/guardian(s) have been apprised to alert the office re: any serious health conditions which may affect their child(ren) while at school, i.e., asthma, allergies, epilepsy, etc. A list of such students is maintained and posted in appropriate locations in order to assist staff in dealing with any situations of an emergency nature. The staff of The Divine Infant trust that all who enter the school, students, parents and visitors, are made to feel welcome at all times and are recognized as an important part of the school community.
 
Expectations regarding proper behaviour have been clearly outlined for our students. Respect for the rights and safety of others and for school property is encouraged and expected. Throughout the year, school rules/routines/procedures are reviewed and reinforced for students in a variety of ways by staff. The recently introduced violence prevention policy of the TCDSB, with its call for a school “code of behaviour”, confirms our commitment to the safety and security of all members of the school community.
 
At all grade levels within the regular class setting, teaching staff at The Divine Infant modify and adapt instructional programs, where necessary, to meet individual student needs. Consultations with colleagues and with resource personnel assigned to the school assist us in our efforts individualize programs. Classes of a more specialized nature, i.e., resource, behaviour program, English as a Second Language and programs for those who learn differently support exceptional students with identified needs.
 
The Divine Infant offers a full range of extra and co-curricular activities for its student body. Annually, we have participated in the TCDSB Music Education Festival by showcasing school bands, choirs and choral speaking groups Chess and W5H teams provide an outlet for students to develop their talents in these areas. A variety of house league activities assist the development of skills, good sportsmanship and healthy competition. School teams vary from year to year and offer  educational experience through participation in inter-school athletics. All of this would not take place without the cooperation and generosity of staff who voluntarily assume responsibility for the above activities.
 

 

 
 
 
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