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Public Schools

1 Centennial Road                                           Where the schools are
   271 Centennial Rd: 416-396-6125
2 Charlottetown Junior Public School
   85 Charlottetown Blvd: 416-396-6135
3 Joseph Howe
   20 Winter Gardens Trail: 416-396-6405
4 Mowat Collegiate Institute
   5400 Lawrence Ave: 416-396-6802


5 St. Brendan
   186 Centennial Rd: 416-393-5359

6 École élémentaire catholique Saint-Michel,

   29 Meadowvale Road, 416-393-5421



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Sir Oliver Mowat

Posted Dec 2014

Mowat Mania

By: Pricilla Khan


It’s that time of year again! Mowat’s tradition of Christmas Cheer is back! Beginning December 8th, 2014 Mowat’s Prefects will run two weeks of Christmas spirit, which aims to raise money for charity. This years chosen charity is Camp Awakening.

Camp Awakening is a charity, which provides summer camp opportunities for physically disabled children and youth. This organization is unlike any other because it gives disabled people between the ages of 9-24 the opportunity to take part in activities in which they would not usually be able to. Camp Awakening makes the accommodations needed to give these children the chance to experience new things.

 Every year Mowat staff and students come together as one to support a selected charity and make contributions. Mowat Prefects and staff advisors work together to plan and host spirit events such as a teacher talent show, song grams, and Mowat Idol, just to name a few. However, the most well known event that takes place within these two weeks is Mowat’s annual Pancake Breakfast!

This event is open to all community members and all proceeds go to charity.  This years pancake breakfast will take place on Friday December 16th, 2014 from 7am to 10am. Mowat staff and students would like to invite you to be a part of this special morning! Stop by for some breakfast and support the cause!

That’s not all that Mowat has going on! Once again another Mowat production is on its way! Following the success of the sold out musical Footloose, Mowat’s current endeavor is a production of Legally Blonde. This year’s production is composed of roughly 80 Mowat students; it will include 40 cast members, 20 crew members and a pit orchestra.  The premiere of Legally Blonde will begin on January 22nd, 2015 with performances also on January 23rd and 24th.

Legally Blonde The Musical is based on the movie starring Reese Witherspoon. It is the story of Elle Woods on her journey to find true love and her true self. You won’t want to miss this show as it features some of Mowat’s most talented students. For more information, please contact the Drama or Music department at Mowat. Further information will be in our next article.

Message from Mowat School Council

Posted Dec 2014

Mowat Collegiate Institute  has an active school council that meets monthly in the school’s resource centre.    Every Toronto District School Board has an elected School Council.  Elections at Mowat take place annually in the fall.   Councils provide an opportunity for parents to contribute to their child’s educational experience, and to become partners in their education journey.  The Council provides a forum for parents or the members of the local community to discuss and help to address school-wide issues, interests and matters that affect the education of students.  

The Council functions as an advisory body to the Principal, representing and communicating the views of the school community.  Matters discussed include but are not limited to:  school safety, curriculum goals and priorities, renovation plans, after school activities, school budget priorities and a wide variety of topics relating to student achievement. 

To keep abreast of the Council’s activities, or to find the dates of upcoming meetings feel free to visit the Council’s website:  http://sirolivermowatschoolcouncil.wordpress.com/

Vania Sakelaris


Posted Dec2014

Matthew Chin



The recently graduated class, of Sir Oliver Mowat, including myself, had their graduation ceremony in early November.  When almost all of the graduating class attended, the atmosphere was filled with a mix of excitement and nostalgia, as we reunited for a single night. 

Amongst the packed procession, the principal, Anothony Hack, had his opening remarks, followed by the former principal, Tom Lazarou whom the class seemed to cherish, as he was the principal for the entire three years and half of the forth.  It brought back old memories of Lazarou rolling up his sleeves to stop a fight in the halls, and his charismatic approach to those who needed help.

The senior band conducted by Peter Tombler, played excellent tunes, as we sauntered across the stage to receive our diploma.  Faces gleamed, graduation gowns flowed, and cameras flashed in an auditorium full of admiring family.

Then the valedictorian, Cadence Currie, spoke on the past memories of our time at Mowat, pointing out the best of times as well as the worst of times, while also looking toward the future.  She mentioned leaky ceilings, various science fiction references and the frightful future of a life of debt due to rising tuition.

Soon after, the ceremony moved its way to the cafeteria, where many posed in group photos, signed the 2014 banner, and spoke to admired teachers, giving final remarks and ending on a positive note.

There were laughs, there were cheers, and there were certainly tears, as we all parted ways again, hopeful to meet again later in the future. 


Joseph Howe Senior Public School

Posted Nov 2014


What We Day Means to Me


By Lakshmi Anandaraj


I know that in one, two, five, or even ten years, I will look back on We Day as a day of movement. Every person that spoke touched my heart, because I knew that they were speaking from theirs. All performances were amazing, and I could see the hard work put in to organizing this event. I also learned just how powerful words are. It started like this…


“The plane is coming, the plane is coming!” I squealed with excitement. “The plane?” my friend asked, laughing. “I mean the train.” I corrected myself, flustered.  It was 6:54 am, the day of my first ever We Day, and I was ready for my first GO train ride. My bag was bulging with a multitude of items: socks, books, a pencil case, a notebook, etc.


We boarded the train and as it took off, all I could do was stare in awe at the quickly passing landscape. I’ve been on a car, but this was my first time in a GO train. I stood with my teachers and schoolmates near the door we had come in. I listened to songs and chatted with friends for the rest of the ride.


When we stopped at Union Station, I was pushed forward. I grasped the metal pole to steady myself. We exited quickly. After a head count, we made our way to the Air Canada Centre. The line was long. I mean, a giraffe lying down would have been shorter.


It felt like an eternity, but our group got inside. This year’s We Day theme was empowerment. What does empowerment mean? My belief is that different words will mean different to different people.


On an online dictionary, it says empowerment it “To give power or authority to.” I believe empowerment means that anyone can do anything. Even kids like us have a say in what happens all over the world. Anyone can have empowerment, but we need to know how we want to use it. That means looking inside ourselves and looking at what we do, how we act, listen, learn, see and a multitude of different things.


The people that talked, sang, and danced, they were moved by what they believe in and they were determined. Determination is a word, a word used to define and shape things to how we want to see them. I feel that it is power itself. Power we use to achieve things that we want in life. If we push ourselves, we can do anything. We just need to understand that we have that power.


I learned about different kinds of empowerment – Economic and Social, as well as how we can use technology for good, or for bad. I learned about education and how every single one of us has a talent. I learned about HIV, poverty, bullying, and so much more. I saw the people who used their power to make a difference in problems like this for the better. I got to clap, dance, and sing along with many different performers.


But in the end, it comes down to all of us. Do we help those who struggle to make a living every day? Those who suffer symptoms of terrible diseases? Or do we stand back and watch, watch the news, being informed but never doing anything about these problems. It’s a choice. I want to be one of those who do what they can to help make a different world: a world where everyone is safe, happy, and empowered.


Charlottetown Junior Public School



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