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SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY
The St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School community enthusiastically endorses the mission of the Board. It accepts its responsibility to be part of the saving mission of the Church and, in co-operation with home and Church, to deliver a distinctly Catholic program intentionally directed to the growth of the whole person. It focuses on helping students become mature Catholics, responsible people who are capable of choosing freely in conformity with a conscience that has been shaped by Christian virtues. Thus, as a consequence of this philosophy, students, staff and parents cooperatively developed the following school mission statement:

We are inspired by the spiritual beliefs and “Little Way” of St. Theresa of Lisieux to strive for personal excellence as life-long learners within our Christ-centred Catholic school community.

This statement is intended to be the “ideal” towards which all of our efforts will be directed and against which all of our actions will be measured.


The Calendar of Courses provides detailed information on the curriculum program offered for the 2015-2016 academic year. Students and parents are encouraged to read it carefully. The selection of courses should be a formal decision based on input from parents, teachers, guidance counsellors, and fellow students. The organization of courses satisfies the Ministry of Education directive as outlined in “Ontario Secondary Schools, 1999.” The credit system permits promotion of a student in each course taken. The education climate of St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School is based on Christian values and a Roman Catholic focus. We promote a community which aspires to excellence in both curricular and co-curricular programs.

St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School is a distinguished Catholic school which prides itself on the achievements of its students and staff and its adherence to a special mission. Visions of the Catholic school graduate are contained in many writings by Ontario Catholic educators and leaders, past and present. One of the most compelling in its breadth and depth is to be found in a tract published by the Institute for Catholic Education.

Distinctive expectations for graduates of Catholic schools are determined and shaped by the visions and destiny of the human person emerging from our faith tradition. This Christian anthropology or world view, reveals the dignity and value of the person. Our tradition tells us God creatively and lovingly calls each of us into the wonder of life, sustaining us by the power of the Holy Spirit, throughout the human journey, into life eternal. We acknowledge that the journey includes moments of brokenness and sin. We recognize in the person of Jesus, the risen Christ, the human face of God sharing our life in order to heal us of our brokenness and liberate us from sin. This Christian vision of the human journey is best understood within the context of relationship. It is accomplished in community, in solidarity with brothers and sisters in the Church and beyond.

Catholic education views human life as an integration of body, mind and spirit. Rooted in this vision, Catholic education fosters the search for knowledge as a lifelong spiritual and academic quest. Consequently, St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School “can never be simply a place where students accumulate skills and information, a place where they learn to get ahead and sell their gifts on the open market.” (Ontario Bishops, This Moment of Promise.) St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School is a place where the ultimate purpose of education is to “educate the soul.” (Trafford 1998)


 

SCHOOL PROFILE

 

Founding Year:     2002
Associate Schools: Fr. Henri Nouwen
St. Anne
St. Charles Garnier
St. Mary Immaculate
St. Marguerite D'Youville
Parish: St. Mary Immaculate
Enrollment: Present 1,568
Format: Semestered
Uniform:    Required
School Colours: Forest Green, Gold and Black
Team Name: Lions
Transportation:    As per Board policy: 4.8 km from school

 

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL
The Catholic School Council is an important organization for parents and others in the community. The Education Improvement Commission, in a recent report, enthusiastically endorsed the involvement of parents in their children’s education and proposed a meaningful role for school councils. The fundamental purpose of school council is to improve student learning, and the commission recommended three “vehicles” that will allow school councils to achieve this purpose:

·     to foster participation by parents and partnerships with
      community groups
·     to be involved in plans to improve the school
·     to influence decisions made by principals, school boards and the Ministry

      of Education and Training

St. Theresa of Lisieux has a very active school council, and we encourage all parents to consider their involvement on the council.

CODE OF CONDUCT
St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School is a school that promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning environment. All students, parents, teachers and staff have the right to be safe, and feel safe in their school community. With this right comes the responsibility to be law-abiding citizens and to be accountable for actions that put the safety of others and self at risk. The Ontario Code of Conduct sets clear provincial standards of behaviour. It specifies the mandatory consequences for students’ actions that do not comply with these standards.

All members of the St. Theresa of Lisieux community are to be treated with respect and dignity, especially persons in positions of authority. Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student: comes to school prepared; is punctual and ready to learn; shows respect for themselves, for others and for those in authority; refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others; follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own action.

SCHOOL UNIFORM
The school uniform is supported by our parent community and it is fully supported by the staff of St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School. Students who enroll at St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School do so with a full awareness of the uniform requirements. Students must comply with the school uniform policy. Therefore, when a student chooses St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School, he or she agrees to abide by the established dress code. Both staff and parents regard the school uniform as a means of creating a distinct school identity. Students who do not respect the dress code are in effect undermining this goal. Only uniform items purchased from Halperns are allowed. Students with uniform items that do not comply with this standard will be disciplined.

CHAPLAINCY
The Chaplaincy Team at St. Theresa of Lisieux helps to facilitate a smooth academic year for all students. Students are free to come, visit and chat with the members of the chaplaincy team about any issue. The chaplaincy team at St. Theresa of Lisieux hopes to facilitate new students’ adjustment to high school.

Students will also be encouraged to participate in the liturgical life of the school - everything from reading morning reflections over the P.A. to assisting at class masses and school-wide liturgies.

Each student must participate in a scheduled retreat experience every year. This will be done through the Religion classes each semester.

 

The chaplaincy office helps to coordinate a peer ministry program for new students. This mentorship involves senior students showing the newcomers the school facilities and explaining various school groups and clubs (PAW Program).

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
The policy of our school, the government of Ontario and the York Catholic District School Board is to provide equal educational opportunity for all. St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School is committed to establishing an environment free of sex role stereotyping or any other prejudices which may limit the development of the individual student. Provision is made for the individual, cultural, emotional and spiritual needs of students and helpful guidance is given concerning varying needs and future education.

LIBRARY RESOURCE CENTRE
The School Library Information Centre is an integral part of the York Catholic District School Board’s educational program. Teacher-Librarians, in partnership with subject teachers, focus on the development and implementation of information literacy skills essential to the student’s successful academic achievement. Information literacy refers to the ability to acquire, critically select, and effectively use and communicate information in ways which promote knowledge, higher level thinking skills and wisdom. The Information Studies curricular program taught in the School Library Information Centre stresses the development of research, presentation, and information and electronic literacy skills. In addition, the Teacher-Librarian ensures that a strong print collection is available for staff and students to meet a wide variety of curricular needs. Students become more competent users of information and thus, better able to successfully complete research assignments required in their courses. The School Library Information Centre teaching program also develops life-long literacy skills and a love of reading. This is accomplished by creating a dynamic teaching and learning environment which reflects our Christian values and the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations.

SCHOOL ORGANIZATION
Each day consists of four classes of 75 minutes, and a lunch period. The timetable is organized into two semesters for all grades. Semester I runs from September to January; Semester II from February to June. Students in grades 9, 10, 11, carry 8 credits per year. Students who achieve 24 credits by the end of grade 11 may qualify for a study period each semester in Grade 12.