John Ross Robertson Junior Public School (Gr JK - 06)
130 Glengrove Ave W, Toronto, ON
John Ross Robertson (1841 -1918) was a Canadian newspaper publisher, politician, and philanthropist in Toronto. A firm advocate of amateur sport, he served as president of the Ontario Hockey Association. His battle to protect hockey from the influence of professionalism caused him to be called the "father of Amateur Hockey in Ontario." He worked especially hard to rid hockey of increasing violence both on and off the ice. The championship trophy of the Ontario Hockey League, the J. Ross Robertson Cup, is still named in his honour. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945.
Our motto is Learning Together.
John Ross Robertson was designated as one of the 23 original Schools on the Move in the province by the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat in recognition of our achievement on the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments. Our students continue to achieve at very high academic levels because of the exemplary teaching and learning facilitated by the partnership of teachers and parents in our community. In recent years we have been short-listed for the Fraser Institute's Awards for Excellence in Education in the category of Excellence in Language Arts. Read more about Academic Achievement
Safe and Caring School Culture
The staff and families at John Ross Robertson have worked together to establish a safe and caring environment at the school. Our code of conduct is based on our motto of Learning Together and outlines expectations for student conduct. These expectations align with the TDSB character education qualities that we focus on in our daily announcements and monthly assemblies. The Second Step social skills program is taught in every classroom to help students develop social skills and strategies for dealing with conflict. Teachers also use the TDSB Let's Stop the Bullying lessons to develop common understandings and approaches to bullying.
The Arts at John Ross Robertson
At our school we understand the value of integrating the arts across the curriculum. Artists in dance, visual arts, music and media from the Learning through the Arts organization work with our classroom teachers to plan and implement lessons that enable students to experience the curriculum in rich and meaningful ways. Ceramic and fabric artists also work in our school.
Sports at John Ross Robertson
Students at our school have many opportunities to participate in athletic activities. In the fall, over 200 students from grades 1 to 6 take part in our cross country running program. Over the year, our teachers coach a wide variety of teams that compete with other schools in the TDSB. In the spring, students in grades 4 to 6 participate in track and field events.
Music in the School
Music has always been an important part of the culture at John Ross Robertson. We have a large junior choir, as well as a grade three choir. Itinerant teachers teach band and strings instruments to older students. Our specialist music teacher works with all the students in the school. Students perform regularly in concerts and musical productions for the community.
Our computer lab is always filled with students who are using technology as a tool to explore the curriculum. We have worked with our parents to fund laptops and cameras for our claymation program that is integrated into science or social studies in every grade. Smartboards are being used in some classes. We use our website to communicate effectively with parents.