Withrow Avenue Junior Public School (Gr JK - 06)
25 Bain Ave, Toronto, ON
Every day, every child, a success!
Welcome to Withrow Avenue Junior Public School
Withrow Avenue Public School is situated in Riverdale. The school has rich history and celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2003. The school's current building was constructed in 1972, and was designed around the open-concept model that was commonplace for the times. We are a dual-track school, offering both an English and Early French Immersion program to approximately 600 students. The building also houses the Withrow Childcare Centre as well as Quest Alternative Senior School. Withrow is also a focal point for the community and is used by community groups outside school hours.
Words and Music by Mauro Bellotto
As we stand at the door,
With a plan, books in hand.
And we walk down through the halls of Withrow,
Little hands for little toys,
Shaping dreams of girls and boys.
We are led to believe in ourselves,
"W" a wish for each and all,
Red and white remind us to stand tall.
Thoughts we share, we want to know,
We are members of Withrow.
In the school, out the door, at the gate forever more,
Withrow is my second home.
What we learn will make us strong,
As we move on.
Withrow's Mission Statement
Withrow Public School is a dynamic community of lifelong learners working together towards equity and excellence through trust, mutual respect, co-operation, and critical thinking in the pursuit of knowledge. To this end:
-We accept the challenge of working for positive change.
-We foster an inclusive environment where the contributions of all are encouraged.
-We take responsibility for our learning, actions, and interactions.
-We seek to become confident decision makers and socially responsible citizens.
We're a Gold Eco School
Withrow is a Gold Eco-School. At this level schools have extensively implemented and sustained exemplary practices in staff and student leadership, reducing impact, developing ecological literacy, and building healthy communities. We also have a teaching garden, bringing the curriculum to life. Our Greening Committee, Eco Club and Garden Club support our green goals.
Integrating the Arts
At Withrow, we strive to integrate the arts into all aspects of our program. Our students also have opportunities to explore the arts with specialist teachers in Music and Drama & Dance. We work collaboratively with Learning Through the Arts on projects that integrate art forms into core curriculum areas, and parents and community members share their artistic talents.
Withrow's Rich History
The need for a new school for the Riverdale area became apparent just prior to the turn of the century. The present site was approved for purchase on June 7, 1900. The location was on Withrow Avenue and the school was named for the avenue which received its name from John J. Withrow, former alderman and founder of the Canadian National Exhibition. www.torontohistory.org
More Historical Perspectives
Fascinating stuff! The grounds of Withrow Avenue Public School on Bain Avenue used to be an aboriginal encampment. A 1988 Toronto Historical Board plaque giving the details is attached to the school. As well, inside the school is a display of some artifacts found on the site.
More information is available at: www.torontohistory.org