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Ontario Recognizes Leadership in Fostering Safe And Inclusive Schools

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Ontario Recognizes Leadership in Fostering Safe And Inclusive Schools

Awards Celebrate Safe and Accepting Schools Teams

Ministry of Education

Ontario is recognizing 10 Safe and Accepting Schools teams across the province through the Premier's Awards for Accepting Schools.

These awards are given out annually to recognize teams of students, educators and parents for creativity and leadership in creating positive school environments, and supporting student achievement and well-being.

The Safe and Accepting Schools Teams in the following schools are the recipients of the 2015-16 Premier's Awards for Accepting Schools:

Annunciation of Our Lord Catholic Elementary School - Hamilton

Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School - Ancaster

Brookville Public School - Campbellville

École secondaire publique L'Héritage - Cornwall

Fairwood Public School - Keswick

Fenelon Falls Secondary School - Fenelon Falls

H.A. Halbert Junior Public School - Scarborough

St. Anne Catholic High School - Belle River

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Elementary School - Stoney Creek

St. Thomas of Villanova High School - LaSalle

Promoting safe and accepting schools is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • Every school in Ontario is required to have a Safe and Accepting Schools Team.
  • Between 2004-05 and 2015-16, the government invested more than $540 million in safe schools and equity and inclusive education to support the work of school boards and school communities.
  • Promoting student well-being is a key goal of Ontario’s renewed vision for education.
  • November 20-26, 2016 is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario.

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“Congratulations to all the recipients of the Premier’s Awards for Accepting Schools for creating positive and inclusive environments. We know how important safe and accepting environments are in helping students become confident, capable and caring citizens.”

Mitzie Hunter

Minister of Education

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