Palmerston Avenue Junior Public School (Gr JK - 06)
Palmerston Ave. Public School is located in the Seaton Village area of the downtown Toronto Annex community. The school was first built in 1889. In 1897 a third floor was added and in 1915 the Annex building was constructed. The newer building opened in 1957. Palmerston Ave PS offers programs Kindergarten to Grade 6 with an enrolment of approximately 500 students, with the majority as English as their first language. The school is a dual track school offering both English and French Immersion programs. The school serves children from the immediate neighbourhood as well as many children who come from outside the school district to attend the French Immersion program.
For over 13 years Clusters have been running at Palmerston and a great part of what makes us unique. Our key to success is the participation of parents and our community who volunteer to share their passions. It provides students opportunity to participate in various activities for 80 mins. once a week for 5 weeks, such as yoga, plasticine, book making, and poetry. The students learn new skills, make new friends and above all have fun. At the end we have a Celebration of Talent, in a carnival-type atmosphere where students share what they have learned with friends and family.
Palmerston has been a TDSB Eco School since 2008 and was Gold-accredited in 2010 and 2012. Our Eco committee comprises of parents, students and staff who work together on many initiatives. We provide leadership and educate students about the importance of the environment and what they can do to contribute to a healthier planet. We are proud to have ECO Kids for both primary and junior students. Some of our initiatives include; no idling zone, recycling, waste and energy reduction, planting and litterless lunches. At Palmerston we are Green!
We offer a Balanced Literacy Program in both English and French Immersion classrooms that effectively meet the needs of all learners. We have established a school wide writing plan following First Steps Writing in both languages. Our library resource center has been extensively updated and offers a wide selection of English and French materials
We focus on the effective teaching of all five strands of the mathematics curriculum through problem solving. Students are encouraged to explain their thinking using pictures, numbers and words with appropriate math vocabulary. We use a number of resources including manipulatives, text books, technology and Ministry Guide Books in our math programs.
Palmerston has a very strong program in the arts which is enhanced by our Enrichment Clusters. All students from K-6 enjoy a vocal music program. Our Primary choir has over 50 students participating. Students also benefit from many itinerant music programs; Recorder, Strings and Band. Dance and theatre presentations in French and English that provides enrichment for all.
We have a very active Physical Education program at Palmerston. All students from K to grade 6 receive Physical Education along with DPA from their classroom teacher. We offer many competitive and non-competitive opportunities with a wide variety of school teams, winning many city championships. Throughout the year we also offer various house leagues for the students.