Toronto District School Board-School Visits – April 23rd

Maximum 40 people

***one group of 20, walk from Westin Harbour Castle at 9 am,  to the ferry for trip to Island Public School and return to Westin Harbour Castle for noon lunch and then board afternoon bus at 1 pm to Riverdale CI

***one group of 20, board bus at 9 am to Riverdale CI for morning visit and return to Westin Harbour Castle for noon lunch and then at 1 pm,  walk to the ferry for afternoon trip to Island Public School


Panel: Elementary

School Name:
Island Public/Natural Science School
30 Centre Island Pk
Toronto, ON
M5J 2E9

Principal:
Gary Pieters

School Information:
The Island Public/Natural Science School in the Toronto District School Board is the only K-6 public elementary school on Toronto Island https://www.destinationtoronto.com/things-to-do/outdoors-and-recreation/toronto-islands/, accessible by a short ferry ride across Lake Ontario from the City of Toronto waterfront.

It is a unique and innovative facility that fosters environmental awareness, inquiry-based learning, and community engagement.

Our facility house 2 school programs under one roof. The day school have a student population of 185+ students, and the overnight outdoor education program led by Toronto Outdoor Education Schools serve over 4,000 grades 5-8 student visits annually for 4-days and 3-Nights, where they are housed in dormitories onsite at the school, and participate in programming on biodiversity, and outdoor learning activities connected to nature.

The majority of our day school students live in high density vertical multi-residential buildings on Toronto’s Waterfront (City-side), and commute to school each day by ferry vessel. A small number of students live on the Island-side at Wards and Algonquin Islands.

We are a STEM infused school with a variety of learning technologies onsite. We also run weekly coding and gamification clubs.

Overall, our core focus is on student achievement, well-being, equity, and embedding Indigenous realities into the curriculum.

Our school has a lens on Indigenous Realities and is likely one of very few schools in Toronto that flies the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations Flag at its front entrance. We also have an Indigenous sacred medicine garden at our school and it includes the 4 sacred medicines – sweet grass, cedar, tobacco and sage. We have teaching staff and students who are from Indigenous populations. As well, our classes engaged in learning activities to foster awareness around Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with a focus on the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. We host events at our school with an Indigenous lens and have had the TDSB Urban Indigenous Education Centre spend the day at the site in previously for various professional learning events with Indigenous Elder Dr. Duke Redbird.


Panel: Secondary

School Name:
Riverdale Collegiate Institute
1094 Gerrard St E
Toronto, ON, M4M 2A1

Principal:
John Au

Vice-Principal(s):
Jonathan Jones
Reshma Somani

School Information:
Riverdale Collegiate Institute is a secondary school offering grades 9-12. Since 1907, Riverdale Collegiate has established a reputation for academic excellence and strong community involvement.  Riverdale is home to a modern library learning commons and students regularly use technology to enhance their learning.  The academic program is complemented by a wide variety of clubs and sports such as: the Riverdale Environmental Action Committee, SASSD, yearbook, athletics, music and theatre.  Our school prides itself on a strong spirit of community. As Riverdale looks to the future, we have a strong commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, Equity, and Inclusion.

Maximum 40 people

***one group of 20, boards bus at 9 am for am trip to The Waterfront School and return to Westin Harbour Castle for noon lunch and then board afternoon bus at 1 pm to Jarvis Collegiate and return to Westin Harbour Castle for 3:15

***one group of 20, board bus at 9 am  for am trip to Jarvis Collegiate for morning visit and return to Westin Harbour Castle for noon lunch and then afternoon bus at 1 pm to The Waterfront School and return to Westin Harbour Castle for 3:15


Panel: Elementary

School Name:
The Waterfront School
635 Queens Quay W,
Toronto, ON,
M5V 3G3

Principal:
Dolora Harvey

School Information:
The Waterfront School is located on the shores of Lake Ontario with incredible lake views from many of the classrooms. The school has a diverse population of students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. The school serves students who live in the community bounded by York Street on the east, Stadium Road on the west, between Lakeshore Blvd and Queens Quay West.

They pride themselves on an inclusive approach to education and schooling, for which they have received recognition from the Toronto Community Living Association and the Director of Education of Canada’s largest school board.

The school is a Platinum Eco School and has been part of a City of Toronto initiative to eliminate fossil fuels. The building is heated and cooled from the water of Lake Ontario and is 85% energy efficient. The school building also houses City School Alternative Secondary School, Waterfront Neighbourhood Community Centre and TNG Waterfront Childcare Centre.


Panel: Secondary

School Name:
Jarvis Collegiate Institute
495 Jarvis St,
Toronto, ON,
M4Y 2G8

Principal:
Stephen Bain

Vice-Principal(s):
Nancy Clark
Terrol Sinclair

School Information:
Jarvis Collegiate Institute is a secondary school offering grades 9-12. Founded in 1807, Jarvis CI was the first public high school in Toronto and has a long tradition of academic excellence and student involvement.  Jarvis is committed to providing a rich and varied program encouraging critical thinking as well as developing research and communication skills.

Jarvis offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses, a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) in Business, and student leadership activities through Grade 9 Camp, and their many clubs, teams, and Arts programs. Commencing fall 2024 Jarvis will also offer a Math Science and Technology (MST) Central Student Interest Program. The school has a rich mix of students from over 70 countries of origin, integrated into one unified, vibrant community.

Maximum 20-25 people

***one group of 20-25 people , board bus at 9 am , for am trip to Kapapamahchakwew – Wandering Spirit School and return to Westin Harbour Castle for noon lunch and then board afternoon bus at 1 pm to ROM and return to Westin Harbour Castle for 3:15


Panel: K-12

School Name:
Kapapamahchakwew – Wandering Spirit
16 Phin Ave
Toronto, ON
M4J 3T2

Principal:
Elise Twyford

Vice-Principal:
Jonathan Salvatore

School Information:
In 1977, Kapapamahchakwew was founded on the vision of Pauline Shirt and Vern Harper who were looking for a safer school for their own child. They searched for a school that was culturally safe and nurtured their son’s Indigenous identity. But when a school couldn’t be found, they founded their own school known as Wandering Spirit Survival School, which was designated as an alternative school. In 1983, the school was recognized by the TDSB as a Cultural Survival/Native Way program instead of an alternative school. In 1989, the program was renamed First Nations School of Toronto (FNST). Then in 2018/19, the school returned to its original roots and after a renaming ceremony, and is now called Kapapamahchakwew – Wandering Spirit School.

Learning at Kapapamahchakwew-Wandering Spirit School is student-centred and culturally relevant. Students learn within a circle of care that includes students, caregivers, community and Elders. Students from K-12 learn Anishinaabemowen and have access to a Culture and Tradition Instructor and land-based learning programming.


Name:
Royal Ontario Museum

Visit to the Royal Ontario Museum with a focus on the Indigenous Exhibition.
***self-guided tour

More Information:
Visit the Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture | Level 1 at the Royal Ontario Museum. The First Peoples Gallery opened in 2005 with input from Indigenous advisors. Since then, additional cultural specialists worked with the museum to update sections of the gallery. The ROM is grateful to those who forged paths for more accurate representation of First Peoples.

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