Finch - A Great Place to Learn!
Finch Public School was built in 1951 and is situated within a diverse community made up of single family homes, townhouses, apartment buildings, condominiums, and a housing complex. Finch Flyers Child Care is also housed within the school building. We have about 360 students enrolled at the school and are working together to create the highest achievement for all our students - whether they are in the regular program, the autism transition program, receiving support in English as a second language, in the home school program, or in remedial skills.
A Diverse Student Population
* Currently about 360 students are enrolled in the school
* 72% of Finch students speak a language other than English at home
* Five most common languages spoken by students: English, Chinese, Persian, Korean, Spanish
* Regular and autism transition programs are housed within the school
* Such diversity helps our students interact positively and collaborate with each other, preparing them for entry into our diverse society
21st Century Learners
At Finch we are committed to empowering our students with the global competencies required to lead our changing world. As a school, we strive to create, monitor and modify opportunities for our students to engage in critical thinking, problem solving, creating, collaborating, leading, and communicating.Our classroom practices, extracurricular activities and parent engagement initiatives support our students in fostering these skills. Character and Citizenship drive the teaching and learning in our classrooms, where students are challenged and supported to build attitudes and confidence required to make a difference in the world.
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Literacy - teachers participate in Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) to improve literacy skills.
Numeracy - teachers develop plans to increase student achievement in math and student ability to apply their learning to problem solving in every day life.
School Action Team - focuses on developing character education, and creating a safe & caring learning environment.
We are continuing to develop our use of technology within the school. Our portable laptop labs move from class to class and continue to be used by students for research, projects and note taking. We are expanding our use of SmartBoards and data projectors within classrooms.
Vibrant Co-Curricular Activities
Staff are pleased to provide many co-curricular activities in the areas of arts, recreation and sports. Such activities include: Green Ambassadors, Choir, Dance, Volleyball, Soccer, Cross Country, Track and Field, French Club, Origami Club, Card Games, Talent Show, Origami and Kilometre Club.
After School Programs
In addition to the many co-curricular activities available to students during the day, there are many optional activities available after school from which parents can choose: Mad Science, Chess Club, Group Piano Lessons, and Heritage Language Classes - Chinese and Mandarin.
● Gold Eco-school
● Parent and Community Volunteers
● Co-op Students
● Strong Partnership with Child Care
● Student Teachers
● Student Recognition Programs
● Professional Development for Staff
● Team Based Planning for Teachers
Student Life - Where You Belong
Finch is a place where students flourish in an environment that is caring and respectful. We provide engaging learning experiences and rich programming where everyone can be successful. Field trips, Prologue Performances, Arts Express and Scientists in School programs allow for increased achievement and engagement. Students can engage with peers and pursue diverse interests by participating in extracurricular activities such as Track and Field, Choir, Coding Club and Storytelling Club. Finch also offers leadership opportunities through Student Council and Eco Club, fostering a sense of pride and confidence through student voice.
What Sets Us Apart
Our school is a unique learning community with a cohesive teaching staff and support team. Within our Kindergarten to Grade 5 school community, we have one autism program, an ESL newcomer program and a homeschool program and additional supports to meet the unique needs of students. It is a safe and caring environment where teachers and staff have high expectations of and an excellent rapport with students. We have a dedicated and skillful staff team who look for their best from our students, and are willing to share their expertise and time by providing students with many extra-curricular activities. We live up to our motto: Finch - A Great Place to Learn!
Parent and Community Engagement
Finch is the hub of our community and we strive to capitalize on the cultural diversity of our school. Our families are invited to a weekly Principal’s Chat, which leverages our community resources. We have an active School Council that supports student engagement and achievement through various initiatives. Our families are invited to our monthly character assemblies. We have a community engagement evening every third month, with the focus on Math, Literacy, Well-being and Digital Fluency.