What's New at Winchester Public School

Parent Workshop -- Demystifying the Teenage Brain

Thank you to parents for attending on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  Parents learning about the physiology of the brain, how teens think and how to support healthy development, from problem solving to appropriate amounts of sleep.  If you missed this workshop the PPT will be posted on Classroom Dojo.  We will be holding other such events in February, March and in the spring.  Watch for messages on Classroom Dojo School Story.   


Math Fair

Students grade 4-8 planned cooperative, movement based probability Math games.  Students had the opportunity to play the games, learn some Math and be Math Leaders. 


Garden Club

Thank you to Green Thumbs and parent volunteers for opening the garden every Thursday at lunch and after schools for students and families to enjoy. 


Choir, strings, steel pan and band.  Students enjoyed an afternoon of music. 

EFFT Parent Workshop

On Tuesday, March 7, parents enjoyed an evening with KinderCare, a group of Clinical Psychologist who specialize in primary children's behaviour. Emotional Focused Family Therapy, showed parents how to coach children through challenging behaviour. Parents had an opportunity to learn about the strategies and then apply what they learned through role-play.  Thank you to our School Council and Community Support Worker for organizing this worthwhile event. 


Red Carpet Movie Night

Wear your red carpet attire and choose between two movies and enjoy snacks, pizza and popcorn. Thank you to our amazing school advisory council for organizing!

Family Literacy Night and SAC Meeting

Bring your kids and participate in interactive literacy activities. Here from the Early Reading Coach, Learning Coach, Winchester Teachers and the Toronto Public Library.  The workshop will be followed by the School Advisory Council.

SAC and Parent Workshop on Math

Join us for the School Advisory Council Meeting then stay for the Math Night organized by our Math Coaches.  Explore the math curriculum and learn about how to support your child at home.  Thursday, January 26, doors open at 6 p.m.

PJ Night @ the Movies

Join us on Thursday, January 19 for pizza, treats and a movie. Doors open at 5 p.m.


Open House -- "Come and Play"

Join us on Thursday, December 15 between 4-6:30 p.m. for our annual drop-in.  Enjoy some refreshments, caroling, music, Right to Play Activities, board games, make some art and take some pictures at the photo booth. 

Hour of Code

Hour of Code became a week of fun, leadership and teamwork!  Classes teamed-up and visited the library to enjoy an hour of coding fun.  It was wonderful to see grade 4 students showing grade 8s how to reach level 1, or grade 8s helping the SKs. All kids left the experience feeling like coding champs. I think we're in for another week!

Montreal Alouettes Visits Winchester

In town for the Grey Cup, the Montreal Alouettes stopped in at Winchester this morning. Student participated in a French presentation by Mark Weightman, Bruno Heppell and the ALS' cheerleaders squad.  BOKskids had the students run through some BOKS Burst. The activities were fun and the students busted a sweat along side the athletes.  Thank you Montreal Alouettes and BOKSKIDS for a fun morning! 



Coding Club, Choir, Yoga, Primary Sports Club are exciting activities happening in November!  Coming soon, Chess Club, Glee, and Financial Literacy Club -- watch for the flyers.  Some of these clubs are organized by outside agencies and are cost based.  However, if you child is interested, the Chess Institute, Glee and the Financial Literacy Club offer subsidies or pay-what you can options -- check it out on-line or ask your child's teacher!  Everyone gets to play at Winchester!

Recess Buddies, Right to Play and the House System, we make leadership and activities a priority. 

15 Years of Supporting Terry Fox!

Congratulations Winchester, we've been supporting the Terry Fox Run for 15 years. On Friday, October 14, we held an assembly and received a pennant from the Terry Fox organization celebrating 15 years and thousands of dollars raised to support cancer research.  This year Winchester raised $615.00  Way to Go!


Orange Shirt Day

Winchester was a sea of orange today. We began our day with the treaty acknowledgement. Teachers received links to resources that help explain the history of residential schools in Canada.  What was loud and clear today, was that #everychildmatters. What a great way to end a month of Respect.   

Annual Terry Fox School Run

The run was been postponed due to weather.  We look forward to our new date, Thursday, October 6. Students will wear their House colours and Run for Terry and/or a special person affected by cancer.  Winchester has also made this our annual Odd Sock Ollie day, in memory of a former Winchester Student Oliver.  Wear your colours Winchester and your Odd Socks! Fund our Run at https://secure.terryfox.ca/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?TeamID=699533#&panel1-1

Curriculum Night

Thursday, September 29 was Curriculum Night.  Families visited classrooms and learned about the coming year.  Students where ambassadors and shared work, and gave parents tours of the class and school.  Families also received Learning Skills Rubrics in their hand-outs.


House System @ Winchester

Staff are working together to develop resiliency, leadership and accountability in our students. We have organized the whole school into 5 Houses.  Each house has a colour and a variety of classes from SK to grade 8.  The students will wear their colour at assemblies and special events.  Our first house assembly is Thursday, September 8th.  Winchester's first House event will be Friday, September 9th.  The students will meet their House members, participate in fun activities geared to getting the House acquainted with each other. 


Welcome Back!

Happy September everyone!  Welcome to Winchester and another year of exciting learning.  The fist day of school is September 6, 2016.  Staff will meet student in the following areas on the first day -- SK -- enclosed SK play area; Gr. 1/2abcde and 2/3ab on the tennis court close to the garden; Gr. 3/4 tennis court near the new building. Gr. 4/5ab, 5/6EN and Gr. 6 will meet on the Basketball Court.  All Grade 7-8 students will proceed to the Gym at entry bell. 

New this year is our House System.  All students will be part of a House and engage in activities that create mentoring and partnership.  The House System will be introduced to all the students on Friday, September 9th during our play day.  Looking forward to another great year.



Grade 8 students were rubbing elbows with some very impressive organizations on Friday, April 22.  The students worked with people form Microsoft, Ryerson Engineering, Ontario Clean Water Agency and other local businesses to explore how we can adapt to climate change and protect the Great Lakes.  Each group develop a plan then presented to the think tank.  One idea was chosen to be developed further and implemented! Congratulations on a successful day. Thank you #SCInnovation16 for the opportunity!

Earth Day Celebration

From clean-up to environmentally themed activities, students learned about the environment and had some fun.  



Winchester students are pretty clever, that's not new. But on April 5, two Gr. 7 students really put Winchester on the map! At the EdAPPHack competition, Winchester impressed the judges enough to be entered in the finals.  Congratulations to the students who developed the app Coach Help. They will progress finals taking place on May 4, 2016.


Roof Repairs

Roof repairs have been schedule to start on Friday, January 29. As a result the basketball court will be closed. Families that normally use that entrance will be re-directed to the temporary entrance on Rose Avenue near the garden. Entry and dismissal for rooms 101, 106 and 209 will be impacted.  Families can meet students from those classes on the tennis court near the temporary entrance. If further changes are required, we will communicate by email, letters home and twitter.

Maker Space -- Coming Soon!

Winchester is converting it's former Design & Technology room into a Maker Space! We are creating a space were students can create and innovate.  Students will use materials such as Lego, STEM kits and circuits to make simple machines and other inventions. Stay tuned to hear about all the great work.

Welcome Back!

Welcome to 2016!  We have a great term planned.  

Winchester is FAMOUS!

Winchester was buzzing with media today! CTV, CBC and CityTV visited to interview our Social Justice Club and learn more about their Syrian backpack project. The students were so excited, but did a wonderful job representing Winchester. CityTV stopped in to room 3 to learn about their thoughts on the Holidays. Students told the reporter about their wishes for the holidays. So cute! 
Social Justice Club


The Social Justice Club is a group of grade 7 and 8 students who strive to change the world!  They keep Winchester kids informed of world issues.  Most recently they have been reading about the Syrian crisis and decided they wanted to help.  They have written letters seeking donations for backpacks and school supplies. They just received their first donations of almost 50 backpacks, lunch bags and school supplies and clothing donations. On Friday, December 18 the students will be stuffing the backpacks in preparation for students arriving from Syria.  Thank you to Acco Brands Inc., Canadian Tire, California Innovations, Sharp, Sears, Staedtler Canada and Walmart for the generous donations.  With their support, new students to WR09 Family of Schools will be well prepared for school!



Right to Play - Youth to Youth Assembly

Thursday, October 15 students from SK to grade 8 learned about the Youth to Youth Program. Beginning the week of October 26, primary and junior students will have the opportunity to play fun cooperative games organized by youth leaders in grades 7 or 8.  Primary and junior students will meet youth leaders at the buddy bench during lunchtime recess for activities.  A great leadership opportunity for the older students and a fun opportunity to play and make new friends for the younger students.  A win-win for all!


Terry Fox Assembly


As is the custom at many schools across Canada, Winchester school staff and students will participate in the Terry Fox National School Day on ­­­­­­­­­­­ Wednesday, September 30 2015.  Terry Fox is a true Canadian hero, a symbol of bravery, courage, perseverance, integrity and selflessness. His qualities are ones that we want to nurture and foster in our students, helping them to understand that they too have the ability to accomplish greatness despite tremendous adversity.


This year, the Terry Fox Day has special meaning. We are dedicating the day to a young Winchester student, Oliver Muirhead, who lost his battle with cancer in July 2015. Oliver attended Senior Kindergarten at Winchester School in ­­2013. Oliver was known to family and friends as “Odd Sock Ollie” because he enjoyed wearing mismatched socks.  In his honor, we are encouraging Winchester staff, students and our community to wear mismatched socks on the Terry Fox National School Day.  Donations to the Terry Fox Run can be made in Oliver’s name at Terryfox.org .  Search Winchester School, Toronto and click Give to a Student or use the link below: 




We know that cancer impacts many families and it is possible in the coming days and weeks that your children may want to speak to you further about this issue. We know that some families may feel equipped to talk with their children about this, while others might benefit from some extra reading and ideas. The following links maybe helpful.
Children & Grief

Speaking with your Child About A Critical Incident or Traumatic Event


Right to Play Assembly

On Thursday, September 24 we had a visit from Right to Play and an Olympic Athlete! Students learned about Right to Play roots and the role they play around the globe.  The best part was hearing from Olympian Jennifer Hobbs, who talked about the endless hours of practice and dedication it takes to be an Olympian.  We will have the Right to Play Youth to Youth Leaders starting up soon.


Welcome to 2015-16 School Year!

Winchester staff wishes families a happy fall!  The Office re-opens on Monday, August 31 at 8:30 a.m. What's new for September?  LUNCH! 

Grades 1-8 have a staggered lunch this school year. Primary students (Gr. 1, 1/2 and 2/3) will have lunch in the lunchroom between 11:40-12:00, while the Junior and Intermediate (3/4, 4/5, 5/6 and 7/8) students enjoy 'lunch recess' outside. At 12 Primary and Junior swap. Primary (Gr. 1, 1/2 and 2/3) students will go outside for 'lunch recess'  while Junior students (12:05-12:30) proceed to the lunchroom for their lunch. During inclement weather, students will enjoy a movie, art activities or board games in the library instead of being outside.

All students SK-Gr. 8 will use an Agenda.  This encourages home/school communication and good time management skills.  Please check your child's Agenda nightly for homework, notes and important dates. All students begin and end the day with a 30 minute Homeroom period -- this is also Agenda Time.  Students write their homework and other important information in their agenda.

September Package will go home the first week of school.  The package includes important information (e.g., school year calendar, sign-up for Hot Lunch, Nutrition Program and Emergency Contact and Medical Information).  Please take some time to ensure your contact information is up-to-date.  The office must be able to contact a child's family in case of emergency. 


Entry:                    8:55 first bell (SK and Intermediate students enter)

                             8:57 second bell (Gr. 1-6 students enter)

a.m. Recess:          10:32-10:42 (Gr. 1-6)

Lunch                     11:30-12:35 (SK); 11:30-12:30 Gr. (1-6); 11:34-12:30 (Gr. 7-8)

p.m. Recess:           2:37-2:47 (Gr. 1-6)

Dismissal:               3:07 (SK); 3:09 (Gr. 7-8); 3:15 (Gr. 1-6)           




Promise in the Park

Red Dress Productions has been working with Winchester all year. Students have worked hard to complete the mosaic, which will be unveiled at Winchester's annual fun fair.  Join us on Saturday, May 28 between 11-3 for the fun fair and see the unveiling at 11:30. Come see the beautiful work proudly displayed on the school.


Winchester wins again! Canadian Tire, JumpStart program has chosen Winchester as the recipient of $2,500 worth of outdoor play equipment. Winchester will receive primary and junior sized basketballs, soccer balls, pylons and a variety of other equipment to use at recess. The unveiling of the gift will occur on Wednesday, June 5 with our Right to Play Youth to Youth Leaders. THANK YOU Canadian Tire for helping Winchester be ACTIVE AT SCHOOL 

Right to Play

Earth Day was celebrated at Winchester with fun activities, but the best part was finally meeting our Youth to Youth Leaders and experiencing how the program will work.  on April 22, Youth to Youth Leaders (gr. 7 and 8 students) organized games for students grades 1-6.  Students in grades 1-6 played Octopus, Elephant Game, Tree Tag, while the Youth to Youth Leaders organized, encouraged and cheered. The Right to Play program will run every Wednesday at lunchtime 12-12:30.  Leaders will be outside at the Buddy Bench waiting for students who need a group to join.  We hope this program will help kids find new friends who are looking to play some fun group games, and an opportunity for our intermediate students to lead and learn.  Just another reason why Winchester's the Place to Be!

Earth Day @ Winchester

Students enjoyed an afternoon of learning and playing fun.  Each class participated in a rotation of four stations, where they learned about wheel safety from Toronto Public Health, heard about environmental issues at the Winchester Film Festival in the Library, and participated in earth-themed games in the gym and on the playground.

Future Shop Tech Grant!

Winchester is one of 13 schools across Canada to receive the Future Shop Tech Grant! THANK YOU to the Grants Committee of the School Council for applying for the grant and for making GREAT things happen for our kids.  Thank you to Future Shop for making our tech dreams come true.  Here we go ...wireless-Winchester! Cheque presentation on Thursday, February 19th!


Green Bins @ Winchester!

Students participated in an informative Green Bin assembly on Friday, January 9th.  Green Bins are now in the halls and in some classrooms -- our first pick-up was January 12th.  Welcome to being eco-friendly Winchester!

Welcome Back and Welcome to 2015!

Winchester wishes all our families a Happy New Year. Students will begin 2015 with a Safety Assembly.  We will review the rules and routines -- remind students of safety rules when using the outdoor spaces and the importance of wearing appropriate outdoor wear etc. As part of Eco Schools, we will have a Green Bin presentation and Earth Rangers workshops. Read more News stories>