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Selwyn Elementary School's Mission Statement

Selwyn School is located in the St. Clair and O'Connor area next to Topham Park. We share a common yard with our next door neighbour, G.A. Brown Middle School.  The school opened in January 1957 and celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2007. Selwyn is a kindergarten to Grade 5 school.  The Selwyn Community Child Care Centre also operates within the school building.

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Selwyn School is committed to the following goals:

- To expect the very best from each student and to maintain high academic standards for all.
- To provide a balanced curriculum in an enriching school environment that develops the individual and encourages the love of life long learning.
- To work as a team of students, staff and parents to adapt to societal changes and provide the best possible learning experiences for all of the children.
- To foster a respect for self and others and to encourage a sense of personal responsibility and good citizenship throughout the school and community.

Character Matters at Selwyn

At Selwyn, we believe that a positive school culture is an important criteria for an effective learning environment. We have embraced the Ministry of Education's Character Development initiative and have implemented it into the life of the school.

We hold regular Character Assemblies at Selwyn. Teachers integrate character development into their classroom programs in a range of ways.

More Information About Selwyn Elementary School

A Proud EcoSchool

We work to reduce impact on the environment and help our students learn to be environmental citizens. Selwyn began this journey in 2006 when we were certified as a Silver EcoSchool. We were proud to be certified Gold from 2007-10 & then from 2010-2013 we were recognized as a Platinum EcoSchool.  Since then we are Silver.  But we are aiming for higher results moving ahead.

EcoSchools initiatives at Selwyn include:
- a greening initiative where we have completed phase 1 of the Bird and Butterfly Sanctuary and Learning Garden at the front of the school
- eco-friendly school practices such as reducing our paper usage through email and webpage communications, using 100% recycled paper, and encouraging the use of reusable rather than disposable items
At Selwyn, everyone is involved in EcoSchools: staff, students, and parents... Together we can make a difference.

Parent Involvement: It Takes a Village

At Selwyn, our students benefit from an active parent community.  We value the involvement of our parents and families in the life of our school. There are many ways that community involvement enriches the life of our school through fundraising and spirit activities.

Just a few of these ways include:
- volunteering to support classroom trips and programs
- contributing to the numerous fundraising and community-building activities
- participating in regular School Council meetings

Student Life - Where You Belong


Selwyn staff organize a wide range of activities for students. These include:
- intramural sports
- school teams and groups (such as Cross-country, Track and Field, Volleyball, Folkfest)
- student events such as the concerts and talent shows
- student leadership opportunities such as Office Helpers, Morning Announcers, Door Monitors, Library Helpers, Kindergarten Helpers, and emcees for various events
- We Club for our Grade 5 students who plan fundraising and awareness events through Spirit Days


Selwyn is a thriving smaller community school with a staff dedicated to working together to provide effective classroom programs. Selwyn staff collaborate in program planning and student assessment. Selwyn staff and parents are dedicated to organizing a range of activities for students which enrich the learning environment by introducing new experiences and building community through fun events.


The Selwyn School Council holds regular almost monthly evening meetings. Parents work to harness the energy and knowledge in the parent community, to raise additional funds for the school, and to organize events to strengthen the school community.
The Intergenerational Teaching and Learning in our Communities Program (IT-LC) links local seniors with Grade 5 students to learn crafts. The program is run by the East York Community Care Access Centre.