Terry Fox Public School (Gr JK - 08)
Terry Fox: Living and Learning with Courage.
Terry Fox Public School is located in the Birchmount/Steeles area. The school opened in 1981. The school's name honours the memory of Terry Fox. The school serves approximately 500 students. A high percentage of the students speak English as a second language. School traditions that are maintained each year are the annual Terry Fox Walkathon, a Lunar New Year assembly, Welcome To Kindergarten orientation, Family Fitness Night, a monthly newsletter to the community, Student Recognition Assemblies, Winter and Spring concerts, a musical and extensive co-curricular activities that include a variety of sports, music ensembles (e.g., strings and choirs), robotics, chess and folk dance.
The Three A's
Our school community values the three A's of education: Academics, Arts and Athletics. We challenge our students academically while realizing the importance that the Arts and Athletics play in contributing to the development of productive, co-operative and accomplished citizens.
The Legacy of Terry Fox
Each year, to honour the memory of Terry Fox, the students and community raise funds by selling t-shirts for the Terry Fox Foundation. Every September, our fundraising efforts culminate in the annual Terry Fox Walkathon. Since 1986, we have raised over $68 000. In the Fall of 2010, a special 25 year banner was presented to the school by the Terry Fox Foundation, acknowledging the contribution we have made to cancer research. Read more about The Legacy of Terry Fox
Let's Get Physical
Research shows that healthy eating and an active life style contribute to student success. As well as a balanced physical education program, our teachers coach a wide-range of co-curricular sports teams. Students look forward to our annual ski day for Grades 4 to 8. During the winter months House League promotes physical activity and healthy competition. Read more about Let's Get Physical
A Culture of High Expectations
"We are living and learning with courage, we're being all we can be" are lines in the school song and articulate our belief in our students. Based on data collected about how our students learn, groups of teachers work together in grade and divisional teams to share best practices. Read more about A Culture of High Expectations
The Performing Arts at Terry Fox
Many groups have grown out of our excellent music program, such as the recorder group, primary, junior and intermediate choirs, the junior and intermediate bands and the strings ensemble and orchestra. Eight of our teachers are actively involved in coaching, mentoring and teaching the music program, as well as Itinerant Band Teacher, Mr. Huntley. Read more about The Performing Arts at Terry Fox
The focus on technology support for our students has resulted in the acquisition of interactive whiteboards throughout the school that support student learning that engages students in their learning and prepares our students for the future.. The introduction school-wide to the software "Read and Write Gold" supports the development of our students' literacy skills. Read more about Information Technology