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Principal's Message

Welcome to the home of the South Branch Tigers!!

Our Board mission is to prepare all students for a successful life. Specifically at South Branch our mission is to embrace our journey by inspiring all learners.

When you come to our school, you will immediately see that we live our credo everyday: We BELIEVE in good character, good citizenship and a safe, inclusive learning environment in which all students can ACHIEVE and interact positively with each other. Meaningful learning opportunities will be provided for all so that everyone can SUCCEED.

South Branch Tigers demonstrate all of the Character Traits in Character Always with the UCDSB: Resilience, Honesty, Courage, Generosity, Respect, Fairness, Caring, Empathy, Perseverance and Responsibility.

Our vision for our school community is improving learning through the arts. You will see that we teach and assess many subjects through activities in music, visual art and drama. Dance is another subject area that many of our classes enjoy regularly.

Some of the many pillars of our successful programs are:

  • Character program with integration of the arts
  • Collaborative teams –hubs, Kindergarten work
  • Outdoor classroom
  • Large yard and soccer field
  • Arts festival –common theme; art auction
  • ECO school –“the Green Team”
  • One cohesive staff –family=> success
  • Integrating high needs students

o Staff embraces all students and focus on their strengths

o Integrate all students on yard and in classroom as much as possible

o Peers respond positively to our high needs students

  • ipads and revitalization of technology in the school; movie nights to support fundraising for technology
  • Music program:SOBAD drummers, primary and junior choirs, Illinois Jane movie
  • PALS program –students mentoring younger children; focus on preventing bullying
  • Lunch “club” and provision of healthy snacks
  • Many extra-curricular sports teams
  • Leadership opportunities for our older students such as Student Council, PALS and We Day
  • Circle process is embedded in the school community:it is used in classrooms, staff meetings and as a restorative justice practice when harm is caused
  • Anti-bullying programs include:restorative justice, inter-generational program, PALS, WITS and Best Buddies
  • Positive partnerships with the community:OPP, Bayfield Manor, municipal government, local grocery stores who help with our lunch program…….

Ms. Jill Pensa

Principal

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