Blaydon Public School (Gr JK - 05)
25 Blaydon Ave, North York, ON
Blaydon Public School is located in the Downsview community west of Keele Street and north of Wilson Avenue. The school opened in 1955 and was expanded in 1977. Blaydon is a small school in a close-knit community serving a diverse cultural population. Blaydon Daycare is on site and serves our local community.
Blaydon recognizes that our mission is to improve student achievement and instill values that serve students and their families. Our focus is in the analysis of data and the design of programs to meet individual needs. Parents play an integral role and are encouraged to be actively involved in school life by connecting regularly with teachers, attending school functions such as School Council and other curriculum focused events.
At Blaydon, we value the growth and development of the whole child from pre-school age on up to the end of Grade 5 when they leave for middle school. We liaise with our on-site daycare, Blaydon Daycare to assist with readiness activities for future students. We also work with outside agencies and provide readiness workshops for parents and young learners entering the school system. We provide opportunities for students to build leadership and empathy skills through activities such as The Daily Bread Food Bank, Jump Rope for Heart, Toonies for Autism and the Harmony Movement.
At Blaydon, we set high expectations for all students. Our highly dedicated teachers provide a variety of learning opportunities designed to build higher level thinking throughout the curriculum. We gather and assess data to design learning tasks to meet the individual needs of all students. We offer a variety of special education programs and services to meet all needs such as behavioural, communication, intellectual, physical and multiple learning disabilities. All students are encouraged to take part in extra curricular activities such as spelling bees, skipping club and sports to develop their skills, interests and abilities.
Building Strong Literacy Skills
Our aim is to build literacy skills that will encourage each student to be actively engaged as a life long learner. Our school improvement plan focuses on implementing higher order thinking skills which will enable children to critically assess information and respond with understanding, clarity and a command of language.
We strive to implement a balanced math program including 3 part math lessons, math journals and higher ordering questioning to assist students as they solve complex problems. Math manipulatives are integrated into authentic learning opportunities designed to provide students with the stategies and tools they need to be effective number managers.
Creating a Safe Community of Culture and Caring
Our focus is to build a culture where students feel safe and are ready to learn. We strive to ensure that we have a respectful, positive and supportive learning environment for all. Programs such as the Harmony Movement, Second Steps Violence Prevention program and Future Aces bring an awareness to our students and demonstrate the need for an inclusive environment.
Engaging our Parents and Community
We endeavour to involve parents as much as possible in their children's learning and success. Our School Council works together with our Model Schools Community Support Worker to engage parents through BBQ's, special interest speakers and community supports. Our parent volunteers work diligently to assist staff and students with classroom learning and special events.