Gosford Public School (Gr JK - 05)
Learning, Living and Working Together
Gosford P.S. is part of the Model Schools for Inner City Program. Our vision for student success is founded on the Five Essential Components for Model Schools: Innovative Teaching and Learning; Support services to meet the social, emotional and physical well-being of students; School as the Heart of the Community; Research, review and evaluation of students and program; and Sharing Best Practises. Students are the centre of all that we do and we value a strong partnership between the home and school.
Schools on the Move Lighthouse Program
Our school has recently been honoured by being chosen for the Schools on the Move Lighthouse Program through the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat. This means that our school has demonstrated a significant improvement in Reading, Writing and Mathematics over a three year period. At Gosford, student engagement in learning is a priority and there are high expectations for achievement for all students. Students are provided with many opportunities to communicate their thinking and to express their opinions, giving reasons to support their ideas.
Parents are warmly welcomed and are encouraged to be an integral part of our school community. Involvement in our School Council, Nutrition Program, extra-curricular activities as well as assisting with excursions are important ways that parents contribute. Parents also connect with the school for Family Literacy Days, Literacy evenings, School Concerts, EQAO Information Nights and Parent workshops. Recently, Gosford has established a partnership with the Hospital for Sick Children. Doctors have come to our school to provide strategies to families to promote the health and academic success of their children.
Our Nutrition program has become an integral part of our morning routine. Each day our students enjoy three food groups. This important aspect of our program helps our students to learn to eat nutritiously and helps them concentrate better on their learning.
Both our teachers and students reflect on the type of questions that they pose so that higher-level thinking is fostered and that stimulating discussions take place. Teachers model for their students by "thinking aloud" and then gradually helping students become more independent thinkers through guided activities and then independent challenges.
Meeting Curriculum Expectations
We challenge our students to think critically and provide them with lots of practice identifying main ideas and concepts, providing proof for their ideas and a rationale for a strategy chosen to solve a problem. They are encouraged to make connections to books and classroom experiences by relating "big ideas" to their own life, other texts and media as well as the world.
A Safe and Caring Learning Environment
We believe that every student must be respectful and be a respected citizen of our school. We will provide a caring, secure, healthy and safe learning environment that promotes student success. High expectations assist students to realize their full potential and achieve lifelong goals. Our Code of Conduct also clearly supports what we stand for.