Leadership opportunities are embedded in every branch, at every grade and across all aspects of school life at TFS.
In fact, at La p’tite école, leadership begins in Grade 1. Every Grade 1 student is assigned to a committee that helps run assemblies, presents at branch events, writes a newspaper, fundraises to help others or broadcasts the news throughout the branch.
Students at the Junior School are always eager to take action to make a difference. For instance, while the Grades 2s were studying a unit of inquiry on “how we organize ourselves,” they organized and ran a market for the Grade 1 students from La p’tite école, who were invited to shop for used toys and books. The resulting proceeds were donated to SickKids.
Two students from each Grade 4 and 5 class at the Junior School are elected as class representatives. They attend council meetings, with the intent of making the Junior School a better place. One of their recent actions was to take on the role of corridor monitors to ensure everyone exited and re-entered the school safely during recess.
Grade 5 in particular is a very rich year for leadership opportunities at the Junior School. As the senior students at the branch, they act as Playground Activity Leaders (PALs), organizing recess activities for the other students.
With greater awareness of their wider community, they also take notice of local issues, such as supporting the building of a sidewalk adjacent to a neighbourhood park, to increase pedestrian safety and encourage greater park use.
Finally, Grade 5 is the year when the PYP Exhibit takes place. The culminating activity of the Primary Years Program
tasks student-groups to form a unique unit of inquiry on a topical issue and present their findings. As part of their projects, each group must take action to help address the problem inherent in the issue they have presented, such as collecting old blankets for an animal shelter.
Our West Campus similarly has a plethora of ways to engage students as leaders.
Grade 2 students become elves to manage the branch's toy drive for the CHUM Christmas Wish Foundation.
As part of the Forest of Reading program, students report back to their peers on books they have read, and then lead a literature circle with those students who choose to read their recommended book.
Les vers de terre, a group of Grade 4 students, collect and share data on our recycling efforts. They also share their findings during assemblies in creative ways, including through videos.
Just like their peers at the Toronto campus, the Grade 5 students at the West Campus also lead initiatives inside and outside of the school to promote positive change on the issues they researched for their PYP Exhibit.
Grades 6 and 7 at the West Campus see a wider role for these students as leaders in their school community. The Grade 6 Reading Buddies read with a Grade 1 buddy each week, while the Grade 7 Homework Helpers offer homework guidance to younger students after school.
And every Valentine's Pyjama Day at the West Campus, a Grade 7 student leads their food drive for the Mississauga Food Bank.