Annual Report 20172017-12-07T14:22:53+00:00

2017 Annual Report

Secondary Curriculum Services


Our Values

The Secondary Curriculum Services Department intertwines Student Success and Pathways to support our schools with learning experiences that spark passion and bring together rewarding aspects of school life. This includes celebrating and driving student achievement and voice, designing and responding to teacher professional learning needs, and providing pathways that maximize “opportunity meets occupation.”

The secondary school experience really begins for students in the seventh grade. TLDSB intentionally plans for successful transitions to the high school to carry our students through the next six years. Plans include dedication to graduation and life after high school.

The most important aspect of the student experience is a student’s relationship with their teachers. There are five experiential opportunities that drive this, which include:

  1.     Experiences that spark passion;
  2.     Experiences that enrich lives;
  3.     Experiences that build character and grow skills;
  4.     Experiences that shape social change;
  5.     and experiences that produce lifelong friends and memories.

We want to elevate the high-school experience, using purposeful learning to usher in a new era of education that prepares students for this century, not the last. We aim to provide a launching pad into a meaningful life for all of our students.

Spotlight – Cooperative Education

To Infinity, and Beyond

In 22 years, a great deal has happened. It was 1995 and future TLDSB students Pauline Carkner and Jesse Craig were still under the age of one. The TV series Home Improvement was in the middle of a 10-year run and “Tim the Tool Man Taylor” (Tim Allen) brought the skilled trades to primetime television while Bob Villa’s “This Old House” was the only home improvement show available. That same year, “Toy Story” was released and Allen’s voice of Buzz Lightyear coined the phrase ‘to infinity and beyond’ which proved prophetic for Pauline, Jesse, and many other early TLDSB apprentices. By 2017, both Pauline and Jesse would have their journeyperson ticket in iron work and electrical, and would be enjoying excellent careers in an industry that spawned an entire TV network dedicated to home improvement and countless websites. Our skilled trades graduates are absolutely headed to ‘Infinity and Beyond’.

Experiences That Produce Lifelong Friends and Memories

Vimy Ridge

Canada’s most impressive tribute overseas to those Canadians who fought and gave their lives in the First World War is the inspiring Canadian National Vimy Memorial which overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge, about ten kilometres north of Arras.

Fifty TLDSB Students Attend

Between April 9 – 12, 1917, four divisions of the Canadian Corps secured Vimy Ridge as part of the Battle of Arras. It is widely considered a signature moment in the birth of our nation. Vimy became a symbol for the sacrifice of the young Dominion. In 1922, the French government ceded to Canada in perpetuity Vimy Ridge, and the land surrounding it. The sculptures of the Vimy Memorial stands as a reminder of the 11,285 Canadian soldiers who have no known graves. The spring of 2017 represented the 100th anniversary of the battle, and thousands of proud Canadians from coast to coast gathered at the memorial site. Those in attendance included Prime Minister Trudeau, French President Hollande, and TLDSB. Fifty TLDSB Students from two of our secondary schools made a trip into history, and in doing so, became part of TLDSB history. 

It's All in the Music

Music festivals have been operating in Canada since 1908 and in centennial year 1967, Canada had its first National Schools Competition.

TLDSB Has Rhythm

Music festivals have been operating in Canada since 1908 and in centennial year 1967, Canada had its first National Schools Competition. Each year, performers qualify through local and provincial Kiwanis Festivals in intense, highly adjudicated competitions.

The year 2016 was no different, and TLDSB was there in full spirit with more than 20 individual and band honours, 2 provincial finalists, and even 1 singer who advanced to the to the US National Association of Teachers of Singing in Colorado. Alumni Bands bind students together for years after high school days are over and in TLDSB, our teachers work tirelessly to keep music at the centre of life’s great connectors as the glue for friendships and long-lasting memories.

OFSAA Championships

OFSAA is a federation of 18 regional school athletic associations geographically spread across the province. It is comprised of student-athletes, teacher-coaches, principals, and sport administrators, all committed to the philosophy of education through school sport.

TLDSB Attends over 30 OFSAA Championships

There are 18 regional school athletic associations spread across the province. Provincial championships are contested in 46 different sports annually, and TLDSB has no shortage of skilled athletes. TLDSB schools sent student athletes and teams to over 30 OFSAA Championships, and that’s the fuel for lifelong friends and lasting memories. One of the greatest feelings in sports is getting to hang out with friends, share the experience of working hard, and competing together.

Respecting Our Elders

Through connections with local communities, TLDSB students are building relationships, developing empathy and compassion, and strengthening community connections.

TLDSB Students Build Empathy and Compassion

Being part of a family is an enormous part of Feeding All Four, and developing citizenship is important to an individual’s well-being. At Huntsville High School, Grade 11 college level English students reached out to the aging residents of Fairvern Nursing Home to tell their life stories. The results were inspirational for students and uniquely wonderful for residents. Everyone has a story worth telling, and projects like this link generations in powerful, lasting ways. 

By the Numbers

Number of secondary school students who competed in 12 competitions at the Ontario Skilled Trades Competition.
Number of elementary school students who competed in 7 competitions at the Ontario Skilled Trades Competition.
Number of registered apprentices who participated in OYAP Level 1 programs.
Number of students who participated from 29 elementary schools in the Tech It Out Camp.
There were 11 programs offered through Georgian College. Partnerships help us increase connections between colleges and secondary schools.
There were 18 programs offeres to TLDSB students through Fleming College, of which 15 are teams taught and six were college delivered.
Number of secondary students who earned summer credits.
34 dual credits offerings, designed to enhance post secondary admission for students by awarding college credits while students are still in high school.
Number of credits earned in summer school.

Cardboard Boat Races

It's sink or swim for 148 students that participated in Cardboard Boat Races.

A Race to the Finish

The whistle blows and they’re off! Cardboard boats of varying descriptions and sizes gliding to the other side of the pool, their builders madly paddling for all they’re worth. For those with good designs and a bit of luck, the cardboard vessels not only make it across the length of the pool, they also hold the weight of team members as they pile in, one by one.

For years, TLDSB has been hosting Cardboard Boat Races, testing our students’ abilities to build a floating structure that will outperform all others in speed and weight challenges. Both CKL and Muskoka regions participate, including 37 classes from 24 schools. Teams of four are provided all the necessary materials to build a boat in just two hours. Students must bring their problem-solving, teamwork and design skills as they create a seaworthy structure out of two sheets of 4′ by 8′ corrugated cardboard, glue, string, a roll of duct tape, and markers.


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