Agnes Macphail Public School (Gr JK - 08)
112 Goldhawk Trail, Scarborough, ON
Agnes Campbell Macphail (1890 – 1954) was the first woman to be elected to the Canadian House of Commons, and one of the first two women elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Born in Grey County, Ontario, in the early years of her life, Agnes was called "McPhail" but after visiting Scotland, she rediscovered her familial roots and the traditional spelling of "Macphail."
Students, Staff, Community – Achieving Excellence Together
Agnes Macphail's student population consists of a variety of ethnic groups with the majority being of Chinese and Tamil decent. Our school blends the use of up-to-date educational technology with an awareness of how best to support the needs of our environment. We strive to develop a well rounded student stressing academic excellence balanced by an emphasis on character development. Our staff endeavours to support student success through their on-going participation in professional development and the establishment of a school wide professional learning community. We are also committed to creating a strong home-school partnership by developing parenting skills and empowering parents to make informed educational decisions.
Academic + Character Education = Citizenship
We believe that intelligence alone is not enough. Intelligence plus Character is the goal of true education.” (Martin Luther King Jr.) Character development is a major focus for our school community. Each month we highlight and stress one character attribute in alignment with the TDSB's monthly Build Character/Build Success themes. Our school community values education and supports the school’s effort to challenge our students academically while realizing the importance of character development in contributing to a productive, cooperative and accomplished members of a community.
Respect and sensitivity to the rights of others is a major focus of our school community. Our rules and conduct are governed by the four Tribes agreements: Mutual Respect, Attentive Listening, Appreciation with No Putdown and the Right to Pass and Participate. Our staff and students are expected to follow these four Tribes agreements in class and in the school yard.
Our students design and create videos to support our school programs. Our staff is very competent with technology and used a variety of computer run programs such as ‘blog’, ‘wiki’, ‘Comic Life’, “Avatar Creators’ for student learning. We also have SMART boards, document & Flip cameras in every classroom that engage our students through a high-tech teaching device.
We have an active student council that plays an important role in implementing our school initiatives and co-ordinate the monthly spirit days. All students helped create the school song in 2005. Older students contributed to the implementation of new programs by receiving training and mentoring younger students through a study buddy. We have an active student Eco Team.
An Unique Focus on Literacy
We are renowned for our involvement with the OLA Forest for Reading - our Blue Beech program helped form the Blue Spruce Award! Students act as MCs, e-journalists and consultants for Silver Birch. The 2006 Ministry's Boys' Literacy Grant helped create our extensive graphic novel collection. We were part of a Queens University project that studied the impact of comics.
Our students have access to a wide range of sports teams. Gr.4-8 students have the opportunity to take part in ski days. We also have many groups that grow out of our excellent music program such as the Orff ensemble, drumming & movement , recorder, & rhythm, etc. The wide range of our extra curricular programs will provide something to engage each of our students.