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C W Jefferys Collegiate Institute

"We acknowledge we are hosted on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Wendat. We also recognise the enduring presence of all First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples."

Learn more about the TDSB Land Acknowledgement here.

November is Indigenous Education Month

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November is Indigenous Education Month at the Toronto District School Board. This month is an important reminder to centre First Nations, Métis, and Inuit perspectives, voices, histories, and contemporary realities across the TDSB. It is an opportunity to learn from Indigenous perspectives on treaties, Indigenous leadership, achievements, resurgence, futurities, and creativity.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action is a strategic direction in the Board.

Throughout November, students, staff, and community members honour a number of important days to deepen knowledge, to learn from our shared history, and to build stronger relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.

  • Treaties Recognition Week is the first full week of November, November 7th-11th.
  • November 7 is International Inuit Day.
  • November 8 is National Indigenous Veterans Day.
  • November 16 is Louis Riel Day in Ontario.

November is Hindu Heritage Month

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The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is proud to recognize Hindu Heritage Month during the month of November because of a motion passed in April 2018 by the Board of Trustees. Further on December 8th, 2016, the Province of Ontario passed the Hindu Heritage Month Act, 2016 by declaring that the month of November in each year is proclaimed as Hindu Heritage Month.

The Hindu Heritage Month Act, 2016 states, Ontario is home to a large and vibrant Hindu community. Since the first Hindu immigrants arrived in Canada at the beginning of the 20th century, Hindu Canadians from across Ontario have made significant contributions across all fields: science, education, medicine, law, politics, business, culture, and sports. Hindu Canadians have helped build Ontario into the multicultural success story that it is and have helped to build this province into the best place to live, work and raise families. They continue to help foster growth, prosperity and innovation throughout Ontario.

Hinduism is one of the oldest living religions which have flourished for over 10,000 years. It is an occasion to recognize and celebrate the rich tapestry of traditions, teachings and values that are integral to Hinduism and practiced by millions around the world today. November is an opportunity to celebrate the Hindu way of life, examine its impact and contributions to the world culture, and recognize values which promote compassion, tolerance, and inclusion.

The theme this year selected by the TDSB Hindu Heritage Month Volunteer Planning Committee is: Bhoomi Devi: Our Sacred Mother Earth. Hinduism has a message of spiritual connectedness and oneness of the whole creation. Everything in creation, living and non-living, is seen as a manifestation of one supreme universal consciousness or cosmic energy. Hindu way of living, of being and of knowing emphasizes coexistence with nature in peace and harmony. The earth is honoured as Bhumata (mother earth) or Bhudevi (Earth as divine mother) - the divine creative force of nature.

Human interaction with mother nature is guided by remembering the law of karma (what we do to others, comes back to us) and Rtam (nature's own rhythms). Prakriti or nature, as mother, is seen as having a right to being protected - as opposed to humans having rights to use nature, as a commodity. Hindus are asked to interact with nature with a sense of reverence and gratitude, following dharma (our awareness about our duties to others, living and non-living) and Ahimsa, doing least harm.

We encourage everyone to learn and enjoy the outdoors


A Little Bit About Our School

C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute is a semestered school located at Finch and Sentinel, between Jane and Keele and is in close proximity to York University.  It was founded in 1965. The school was named after Charles William Jefferys, a Canadian artist whose work has contributed to education in the areas of Canadian History and Art. 

The school is the home of the Saints where student involvement is an integral part of C. W. Jefferys’ school life.  To support student involvement, there are strong athletic, academic and extracurricular programs.  One of many important programs at the school is the ESTeM Program where students benefit from taking enriched science and mathematics, as well as from exploring computer technology and engineering. Additionally, C. W. Jefferys takes pride in their LAWS program which is a partnership with Osgoode Hall Law School aimed at supporting, guiding and mentoring students.  

C.W. Jefferys provides inclusive education leading to improved student results and exemplary credit accumulation. Students are recipients of numerous bursaries and entrance scholarships to some of the province's top colleges and universities. The post-secondary acceptance rate is extremely high.  The school has significant student success initiatives that enrich student learning as well as provides support for "at risk" students through initiatives such as “Learning to 18 pilot project”, "Stay Connected" and the credit recovery program offered at the school.

C.W. Jefferys is a true community school that welcomes and celebrates the unique talents of students, parents, and community partners.  It is a school that encourages, staff as well as students, to take an active role in helping the school to function smoothly, and efficiently ensuring a safe, secure professional learning environment. 


Food for Kids Program

We know that the closure of schools has been difficult for many families, especially those who rely on school-based Student Nutrition Programs. The TDSB and the Toronto Foundation for Student Success have teamed up to provide families at your school with $50 grocery store food cards (one per TDSB student). If your family would benefit from this card, please complete the registration form online.
Online Registration Form


On March 30, TDSB emailed parents/caregivers about the Ontario Ministry of Education's new graduation requirement for secondary students to complete two e-Learning credits as part of the 30 credits required for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). It applies only to students who entered Grade 9 on or after September 1, 2020 (now in Grade 9 or 10). 

The email also indicated that students may withdraw from the new online e-Learning requirement. A parent/caregiver or student (18 years of age or older) may withdraw by completing and submitting the Opt-out/Withdrawal form. No explanation or reason is needed to opt out/withdraw. If you already completed the form, no further action is required. If you haven't filled out the form and wish to opt out, the form is attached here and can be emailed OR printed and returned to your guidance counsellor.

Please visit the online learning graduation requirement web page for more information. If you have questions, please contact the Guidance Office.