Another academic year has come to a close. We know that this is an exciting and busy time for our staff, students and families. I would like to take a moment to reflect, express gratitude and celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of our school communities.

Our strategic priorities and commitments are the foundation of our efforts to help each and every student experience equitable, safe and inclusive learning environments, as well as caring and nurturing relationships, through the professional practice of our educators and staff. Our goal is to support our students to ultimately graduate or reach their chosen destination of success.   

We are encouraged by the EQAO results we saw in September which suggest we are making improvements. We have also seen positive outcomes with the re-engagement of students and early intervention for students at-risk of not graduating. We know that there is still more work to be done and are actively implementing strategies to help us reach our goals.

We cannot do this work alone. Our staff, families, and caregivers are partners in every student’s learning journey. Together, we are creating the best possible outcomes for our students. So let us celebrate this milestone of another successful school year.

I want to thank our families for helping us put our students first – each and every one. Our students’ achievements and well-being are a shared responsibility, and we share in their success. This is only possible through the support of our families. We have been encouraged by the feedback and input we have received from through our family survey, Director’s Town Hall and a variety of focus groups held across our community. Your input is essential to our success.

I also want to thank our staff. We are fortunate to have so many dedicated and talented professionals working in a variety of functions inside and outside of our classrooms. The great work of our teachers, support staff, system leaders and departments nurture and support our students to reach their potential.

To our students who are starting university, college, an apprenticeship or entering the workforce, I wish you ongoing success as you continue your learning in your new endeavours. To all of our students returning this fall, I hope you have the opportunity over the summer to reflect and recharge. I look forward to our continued work together and welcoming you back in September.

John Bryant
Director of Education