Bruce Junior Public School (Gr JK - 06)
51 Larchmount Ave, Toronto, ON
We are a safe and caring learning family.
Originally named "Leslie Garden School", Bruce Jr. Public School is located in the hip Leslieville area in an area previously occupied by The Leslie Nursery Gardens. When the nursery was sold, construction started and a new school opened in 1923. Originally the area was populated primarily by a community of British Heritage. Today many of our students have English as their second language. The largest non-English speaking group is of Chinese heritage, with growing representation of other languages and cultures. We provide Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 and have a vibrant Early Years partnership with WoodGreen Community Services, providing seamless childcare and learning opportunities for families and children of all ages and backgrounds.
Vibrant Partnerships = Student Success
The Bruce/WoodGreen Early Learning Centre is one of the original five Toronto First Duty sites, a precursor to the Best Start provincial initiative. The project brings together Bruce Jr. Public School, WoodGreen Community Services and our Parenting and Family Literacy Centre to provide a progressive integrated program of kindergarten, child care and family support. Our partnership with WoodGreen Community Services, allows us to provide exemplary services to our students and families including childcare before, during and after regular school hours. Read more about Vibrant Partnerships = Student Success
Balance and Varied Learning Opportunities for All
Parents, staff and Bruce community partners strive to provide meaningful learning experiences for all of our students. Regularly scheduled professional development opportunities provide our Parenting staff, Early Childcare Educators, Teachers, Educational Assistants and Special Needs Assistant with a vibrant Professional Learning Community in which to plan for rich learning experiences for our students. Since September 2010 we have the good fortune of being part of the Model Schools for Inner Cities group of schools which will provide extra human and financial support to level the playing field between the various communities across the city. Read more about Balance and Varied Learning Opportunities for All
Health and Physical Activity
We recognize that children need to learn about the love of maintaining a healthy mind in a healthy body. Collaboratively with our Health and Physical Education teacher, staff at Bruce are focused on providing a wide variety of heart healthy active experiences that will help children and families to make good choices about daily physical activities. Read more about Health and Physical Activity
We love our volunteers!
A wide variety of volunteers add to our learning family at Bruce: from parents who add to the daily learning throughout our school by sharing their time, skills and enthusiasm, to lawyers who volunteer their time (Borden, Ladner, Gervais - BLG Reads to Kids Project), to Toronto Public Health (One to One Mentoring with Hydro employees). We welcome and appreciate everyone! Read more about We love our volunteers!
Arts education is integral to a well balanced life
We strive to provide a full spectrum of learning opportunities for our students and families. In 2010-11 we painted a mural. Every student from Grade 1-6 painted part of a large scene representing the lakeshore and Tommy Thompson Park. Visual arts, dance, drumming, band, ORFF percussion music and drama opportunities all support our goal of teaching a love of the arts.
Morning Snack and Hot Lunch program
Our school provides a healthy morning meal to every student, providing a snack made up of three food groups. At lunchtime students may purchase a hot meal for $3.00. Meals are prepared by our wonderful kitchen staff and valued volunteers. We also teach our students about growing and harvesting healthy foods with seasonal lessons in our vegetable gardens.