Jesse Ketchum Junior and Senior Public School (Gr JK - 08)
61 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON
Jesse Ketchum (1782 - 1867) was a tanner and philanthropist. He donated this land to the Village of Yorkville for a public park and as a site for a "Free and Common School." The school erected at that time, with later additions, was replaced by the present building in 1920. Jesse Ketchum had first given land for a school, built in 1832, at McMurrich St. and Davenport Rd. A public-spirited man, known as the "Children's Friend," he helped establish churches, schools and libraries, and set up trusts to provide prizes for school children as "incentives to diligent studies, correct deportment, and good behaviour."
At Jesse Ketchum we believe that all students should have equitable access to opportunities in education so that they may thrive academically, socially, and emotionally in and safe and caring environment.
Staff and parents work collaboratively to ensure students success.
"Life is a great big canvas and you should throw all the paint you can on it"
There are a wide variety of extra curricular activities for our students to participate in. We field teams in football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, cross country, hockey, track and field and softball. Intra mural sports are often running at lunch.
We also offer clubs for students with a variety of interests. From chess club, choir, theatre, art, knitting and of course a homework club. Free the Children's Me to We, is a prominent club at school and helps organize spirit days and dances for the senior school.
Our students have many opportunities to perform. Storyfest is a long standing tradition at Jesse Ketchum. From grade one to grade eight students learn about the art of story-telling, practise their stories, and get the opportunity to perform in front of peers and parents. We celebrate Storyfest with a community pot-luck dinner.
School Yard and Eco Schools
Construction on our newly renovated playground has just completed. Our yard is comprised of an artificial turf field, primary and junior playscapes, an eco garden, basketball courts and a variety of other seating and play areas. Our garden is part of our Eco Schools initiative, and we recently reached a bronze level in recognition of our efforts.
Science and Technology
Thanks to the support of our school council, Scientists in the Schools visit our grade 1-6 classes.
We have opened up our Design and Tech room for our senior students. There students make the science they have learned real, designing structures and building their designs. We have participated in the Skills Trade Canada competitions for the last three years.
Students learn both in and out of school. We augment our program with trips to Pioneer Village, the Zoo, the ROM, TSO, TUSC, skating at Ramsden Park, and to the YLCC Camps to name a few
Every other year, students in grades 5 and 6 attend MonoCliffs for 3 days of outdoor education. and our senior school students have the opportunity for a trip to Quebec City.