On behalf of all of us at the West Campus, I’d like to introduce you to our warm, close-knit branch of TFS.
The West Campus is a true learning community. Everyone knows everyone else — the teachers are collaborative and work together towards common goals. Our students are respectful and incredibly diverse and engaged in their learning. Our students practise discernment on a daily basis, learning strategies to self-manage their learning and their social interactions, and to be resourceful in different situations. Our school is a microcosm of what we’d like to see in the world.
As the families at the West Campus know, I come from a small community of francophones in Toronto, where only French was spoken. I started learning English when I was eight years old, and this experience is partly why I believe so strongly in the power of bilingualism.
I know, because I see it every day: English-speaking students can learn to speak French with native-like fluency.
What would a visitor to our school be surprised to learn? First, how diverse we are — our teachers alone hail from France, Brazil, Lebanon, Algeria, Haiti, Morocco and, of course, Canada. Second, how inviting our community is, and how many smiles will greet you on campus. And lastly, how well-rounded the education is. Our students are politically active. For example, they sent a petition to the Canadian government to request a stop to the use of microbeads after presenting to Mississauga’s city council. We have student ambassadors who are leaders in the building and outdoors during recess. We participate in most every sport in the PSAA (Private School Athletics Association), and there are many opportunities for recreational and competitive sports. Our after-school activities range from robotics, math club and video presentations to art, folk dancing and woodworking.
Our students are the leaders of tomorrow. If we do our job well here, the world will be in good hands.
Principal, West Campus