Special Events

Special Events
Check here for the scoop on special events around Lord Dufferin. Performances, visiting guests, class excursions, extra-curricular activities, school-wide programs and initiatives - lots of opportunities keep Lord Dufferin busy and exciting.

Lego Day On Friday, Oct. 26, the students from grades 1 to 5 had a visit from Lego, where the focus was on innovative ideas for our future. Students were asked to use their creative ideas to design and help build their communities of the future.
Lego Batman 1
Lego Batman 1
A full-size Batman made out of Lego blocks greeted us in the foyer.
Lego Batman 2
Lego Batman 2
Lego Build The Change
Lego Build The Change
Students were asked to think about and help build their communities in the future.
Lego City
Lego City
Here are some of their ideas and creations.
Lego Emergency Castle
Lego Emergency Castle
An Emergency Castle
Lego Jail
Lego Jail
An 'Unescapable' Jail
Lego  Office
Lego Office
The Office of the Future
Lego Hotel Under Renovation
Lego Hotel Under Renovation
A Hotel of the Future (under renovations, of course!)
Lego Robot
Lego Robot
A Robot that will help with everyday tasks in our homes of the future.
Lego House Transport
Lego House Transport
A house in the future that can double as a mode of transportation.
Lego Airplane
Lego Airplane
An Airplane
Lego Horses
Lego Horses
A 'NEW' mode of transportation in the future that is better for the environment!
Lego Recycler
Lego Recycler
A recycler for the future
Lego Place
Lego Place
More homes and buildings...
Lego Platform
Lego Platform
Lego Zombie Apocalypse
Lego Zombie Apocalypse
Of course, in order to use all these wonderful things in the future, we must first know how to plan for and deal with any impending Zombie Apocalypse!
Lego Pile 1
Lego Pile 1
It seemed like no time, before the fun was over and the blocks had to be put away!
Lego Clown 1
Lego Clown 1
Another fun and life-sized Lego character bade us good-bye!
Lego Clown 2
Lego Clown 2
Thank you to all the folks from Lego, for visiting us and giving us this opportunity!
  • Lego Batman 1
  • Lego Batman 2
  • Lego Build The Change
  • Lego City
  • Lego Emergency Castle
  • Lego Jail
  • Lego  Office
  • Lego Hotel Under Renovation
  • Lego Robot
  • Lego House Transport
  • Lego Airplane
  • Lego Horses
  • Lego Recycler
  • Lego Place
  • Lego Platform
  • Lego Zombie Apocalypse
  • Lego Pile 1
  • Lego Clown 1
  • Lego Clown 2

Day of Pink

Pink DayThe 2017 International Day of Pink is April 12th. Along with the TDSB, and other schools across Ontario, Canada, and beyond, Lord Dufferin will be celebrating diversity, raising awareness about homophobia and transphobia, and fighting against the bullying that all too often accompanies it.

It started because of some students at a high school in Nova Scotia. After seeing a fellow student being mocked and bullied, simply for wearing a pink shirt one day, a couple of his classmates intervened. They were bothered by the blatant display of homophobic bullying at their school, and decided more needed to be done to make a clear statement that such behaviour was not welcome and would not be tolerated by the high school students. The idea of having everyone wear a pink shirt a few days later was a fitting symbol and a strong display of unity against bullying. The idea spread far beyond the Nova Scotia high school. For more about its origins, its mission, and related stories and activities, visit their website by clicking HERE.

We encourage everyone who walks our corridors (and even those who do not!) to be aware of the potential power of your own voice, and to make a conscious decision that yours speaks with positive messages that lifts up, supports, and affirms the many different people that may hear it each and every day. Anything that seeks to do the opposite by tearing down, condemning or belittling is not welcome here in our place of learning and living! We all need to stand up for our fellow students and citizens that might be getting knocked down.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance DayOn Friday, November 11th, Lord Dufferin will take some time to remember the sacrifice that so many Canadians have made and continue to make to gain and preserve the rights and freedoms we value and enjoy here in Canada.

Our Remembrance Day Assembly will commence at 10:30 am. with some student readings,  words of remembrance and gratitude. It will culminate in the moment of silence at 11:00 and the playing of the Last Post.

The entire school will stop to remember at the same time; however, the students will be in two places. Our Primary students will be in the gymnasium, and our Junior and Intermediate students will be in the auditorium.

You are most welcome to join us at this time of reflection and remembrance.

Lest we forget.

Meet the Teacher Night Curriculum/Meet the Teacher Night, where parents have the first formal opportunity to visit their child's classroom, meet the teacher, and find out important information about the upcoming school year.
Principal and Vice Principal
Principal and Vice Principal
Kindergarten Wall of Fame
Kindergarten Wall of Fame
Hallways and bulletin boards are already showcasing some of the skills and concepts that our students are working on.
Room 114 Artwork
Room 114 Artwork
A Snapshot of Me
A Snapshot of Me
Vivid, Colourful Names
Vivid, Colourful Names
An Important Piece on Our Own, and Together - All of Us Together - is Important in Making Our Class Great!
An Important Piece on Our Own, and Together - All of Us Together - is Important in Making Our Class Great!
Individually, we are all unique and each of us are equally important to the class as a whole. By each bringing something important and different together, our class can work at its full potential.
Grade 2-3, Room #208
Grade 2-3, Room #208
S.T.E.M.
S.T.E.M.
Safety in the Science Classroom
Safety in the Science Classroom
Student Selfies
Student Selfies
The Night Continues Outside for some Food, Fun, and Friends
The Night Continues Outside for some Food, Fun, and Friends
BBQ 3
BBQ 3
BBQ 4
BBQ 4
BBQ 5
BBQ 5
Wrapping Things Up with Cotton Candy
Wrapping Things Up with Cotton Candy
Cotton Candy Queue
Cotton Candy Queue
Our Intermediate Students Helping Out
Our Intermediate Students Helping Out
Cotton Candy 3
Cotton Candy 3
Cotton Candy 2
Cotton Candy 2
  • Principal and Vice Principal
  • Kindergarten Wall of Fame
  • Room 114 Artwork
  • A Snapshot of Me
  • Vivid, Colourful Names
  • An Important Piece on Our Own, and Together - All of Us Together - is Important in Making Our Class Great!
  • Grade 2-3, Room #208
  • S.T.E.M.
  • Safety in the Science Classroom
  • Student Selfies
  • The Night Continues Outside for some Food, Fun, and Friends
  • BBQ 3
  • BBQ 4
  • BBQ 5
  • Wrapping Things Up with Cotton Candy
  • Cotton Candy Queue
  • Our Intermediate Students Helping Out
  • Cotton Candy 3
  • Cotton Candy 2

Terry Fox Run

Terry Fox Run
   On Friday, September 30th, Lord Dufferin joined with students in schools all across Canada to participate in the Terry Fox run in the afternoon. We raised over $300 - thank you to all the students and all the families who sent some donations to school. Every little bit helps to fund research and keep up the fight against cancer.









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2015-16 School Year

Primary Spring ProductionCongratulations and a big thank-you go out to all of our Primary students who came out to put on a splendid performance on June 16th. This year, we did something very new and different for Lord Dufferin - instead of a Spring Concert with a variety show-style program, we put together a complete musical production..
It was called Wing It, a musical written by John Jacobson and John Higgins and published through the Hal Leonard Music Company. The story revolves around a family of birds. Mama and Papa Bird have four young ones but they are growing up and are finally ready to leave the nest once they learn to fly on their own. However, all four decide that the nest is far too comfortable to want to ever leave it, much to the shock and dismay of their parents. As the story develops, we find out that the real reason they don't want to fly is because they are scared to take that big leap on their own, so the whole bird community joins together to support and encourage them to just get out of their nest and 'Wing It'. It's a story about trying new things, taking healthy risks in your learning, believing in yourself, and supporting each other.
A special thanks go out to our brave and talented stage actors that put a tremendous amount of time and effort into getting the piece ready. Thank you as well to all of the Lord Dufferin staff, particularly our Primary Division staff for all their help, support, and flexibility without which, the show could never have gone ahead.
To be a little more specific, Mr. Quinlan would like to thank and recognize:


 Mr. Janusz, Ms Cunningham, Ms Suphal, Ms Evans, Ms Baltazar, Ms Miwa, Ms Seibert, and Ms Pettypiece for their patience, their flexibility and for helping their classes prepare, including getting such fabulous masks ready.
 Ms. Pettypiece for all the time and work she put into making the masks for all of the main actors on the stage.
 Ms Cindy, Ms Shaffer and Ms Parton for coming to lunchtime practices to help the students keep their focus and to offer them input and guidance to prepare them for the final performance.
 Mr. Krygier-Baum for his help with sound during the main performance, and for taking much of his time during the Primary students' music periods to help them learn their class songs.
 Ms Cindy for making the programme to distribute.
 Mr. Green, Ms Moschonissios, Ms Kathy and Ms Lucy for the help from the office and tolerating all the announcements and inquiries that come along from to day while preparing.
 Ms Skinner, Mr. Morgan, Mr. Ramsundar - the caretaking staff for all the access and help with the setting up and taking down of things.
 Mr. Aucoin and his grade five class in Room 222 for building our wonderful birds nest, which was the focal point of our set.
 Ms Gravelle and her grade five class in Room 223 for the beautiful trees that decorated our auditorium.
 The lunchroom staff and daycare staff, for putting up with what eventually became a daily interruption at lunchtime, as the various students were escorted to the practice rooms for rehearsals.
 Students in Mr. Quinlan's class who helped with many of the costumes needed, primarily the beautiful wings that lit up the stage on our main actors and for helping the younger students put on their costumes the night of the main perfornance.
 Deangela and the grade six girls from Mr. Quinlan's and Mr. Mark's classes that helped out backstage ( Delena, Tyanna, Victoria, Kulsum, Yasmin, Anisa & Jaden.)
 Mr. Marks, Mr. Talbot and Ms Weis for being flexible, which allowed Mr. Quinlan to schedule more rehearsals, particularly as the performance approached and students needed time to practise in and get used to the stage and auditorium.
 A BIG, BIG thank-you to Ms Weis for so many contributions and for all of the help and support she offered to get this production organized and ready for viewing.
...and of course, thank-you to all those parents and other members of the community who made up our audience, coming out to see our performance and show support for our primary students.
The students did exceptionally well on the stage, showing everyone all of the hard work they had put together to make this happen!

Check out the photo gallery below. More images will be added in the next couple of days.

Wing It Primary Musical In early February, eggs began popping up all over Lord Dufferin to signal something new that was coming our way. Any student who discovered an egg and opened it, found a little prize (perhaps) and a little square sticker with part of a picture on the front and instructions on the back.In the lobby was a big grid, and if the instructions were followed correctly, each square took their place on the grid, which bit by bit became a poster which would tell us what exactly was coming our way. Of cours
 

Math & Literacy Family Games Night 2016 On Wed, June 1st, students and their families were invited for an evening of fun and learning! Games that focus on or help practice certain language & literacy skills, or mathematics and numeracy skills were played until 6:00, at which time the barbecue started.
 

Toronto Island School

Students in Grade five and six recently visited the Toronto Island School on the Toronto Islands for their bi-annual overnight trip. Ms Gravelle's grade five students, Mr. Marks' grade six students, and Mr. Quinlan's grade six students attended from Monday to Wednesday with their homeroom teachers and Ms Weis. As they were getting ready to return on Wednesday, Mr. Aucoin's grade five students were just arriving and scheduled to return on Friday afternoon.

A lot of fun and learning took place in those three days. More information, along with some pictures of the experience will be posted soon. 

Aboriginal Education Month

Aboriginal Education Month

November is Aboriginal Education Month. 

Lunar New Year

On February 19th, some of our youngest students helped us usher in the Year of the Goat with a Lion Dance. They made their way around the school, downstairs and upstairs, while classes lined up along the corridors outside of their classrooms to watch and enjoy the festivities.

Gong Hey Fat Choi!


Chinese New Year Lion DanceChinese New Year Lion Dance






















Chinese New Year Lion DanceChinese New Year Lion Dance
























Chinese New Year End of Lion Dance

Gong Xi Fa Cai!  

                     

Readathon

Read-a-thon    

Students of all ages have been reading enthusiastically for the last several weeks to build their reading skills and read as many books as they can. They have been asked to record all of the books they have completed and hand in their final list to Ms Weis by 3:00 pm, on Tuesday, March 3rd. Prizes will be awarded and the class that has the highest total points will get a pizza party.

Keep diving into those books and hand your list in by Tuesday! Happy reading!

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