Clarkson Secondary School, Glendale Public School and John Fraser Secondary School recently received the Premier's Award for Accepting Schools for their exceptional and innovative work in creating a safe, inclusive and accepting school environment. These three Peel schools were among 10 Ontario schools to be awarded this honour for demonstrating initiative, creativity and leadership in promoting a safe, inclusive and accepting school climate for all.
Clarkson Secondary School describes itself as a "little school with huge heart." Its focus and commitment to overall wellness makes this school a worthy recipient. The school supports its students in every way it can from creating a breakfast program, implementing loan programs for technology devices, supporting student ambassadors for inclusivity and equity, and designating a wellness room for staff and students.
To support the diversity of its students and families, Glendale Public School worked to create a safe and accepting school climate where students can continue to grow and thrive. To support their goal, the school formed a climate committee, created a "Character Garden" to symbolize its commitment to creating a positive climate and encouragement of environmental stewardship, and worked to assist students find unique ways to express and regulate their emotions.
Situated in one of the fastest growing parts of Mississauga in Erin Mills, John Fraser Secondary School is awarded for creating a positive learning environment through the school's work to offer a Peer Mentor program, create a positive space, develop professional learning opportunities for staff and collaboratively work to create Erin Mills Connects (EMC), an initiative to provide mental health and wellbeing resources for schools within the Erin Mills community.
To read more on these schools and their initiatives, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Education's website.