Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute

Welcome to Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute 

(GR. 09-12)

Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate, founded in 1969, was built on a solid foundation of academic achievement, community involvement, alumni support and excellence. Students are provided with a wide range of learning experiences, both academic and co-curricular, so that they are prepared for any post-secondary option they may choose.

Excellence in teaching is the cornerstone of Mowat. Teachers are caring professionals who are committed to creating an atmosphere in which students can develop a positive self-image, become independent learners, acquire skills for future employment, enjoy the pursuit of academic excellence, participate in extra-curricular activities, and demonstrate respect for themselves and others.

African Heritage (Black History) Month 

At the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), a motion to recognize African Heritage (Black History) Month was carried in January 2002 and reaffirmed again in January 2004. During the month of February, African Heritage (Black History) Month is recognized across Canada thanks to The Honourable MP Jean Augustine, who introduced the motion in the House of Commons in December 1995; it officially took effect in February 1996. The Black History Month Act was also passed in Ontario in 2016 and has been formally recognized since.

African Heritage (Black History) Month is an occasion to commemorate present and past individuals who helped shape the path of our future student leaders, while also celebrating the many achievements and contributions of numerous individuals with this heritage! Their voices and actions impact our society, and work to continuously improve the world we live in.

This year’s chosen theme is Our Black Is… Our Black Is Resilient, Community, Beautiful, Unity, Joy, Self-Determination, Excellence, Empowering, Purpose, Brilliance, Engaging, Creative, Belonging, Tenacious, Powerful, Faith, Audacious, Powerful, Me…

This open statement, “Our Black Is…” was selected as the 2024 African Heritage Month theme, as it is for Us as a Community to define. We invite our community to continue to boldly define ourselves. Please enjoy a brief video (coming soon) on Our Black Is… conveying reflections from our students from elementary to secondary level.

The African Heritage Month Volunteer Planning Committee and its partners continue to produce quality programs for students. This includes the Know Your Worth Black Youth Empowerment Conference partnership with York University Black Law Student Association. This initiative produced Know Your Worth Educators Conference for staff and for the first time this year, the Know Your Worth Black Youth Elementary Empowerment Conference.

Black identifying students within the TDSB were asked to submit a poster of their interpretation of the theme, Our Black Is… for the African Heritage (Black History) Month Poster Contest. We are pleased to announce this year’s successful participants. Please see the posters below (coming soon).

To kick off African Heritage (Black History) Month at the TDSB, we are excited to extend an invitation to all students, staff and the larger TDSB community to join us in marking this significant month with noteworthy speakers and entertainment! Please see the details below.

African Heritage (Black History) Month Virtual Launch

Date: Thursday, February 1st, 2024
Time: 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Please follow us on Twitter @tdsbAFricanHM and Instagram @tdsb_african_hm.

Chinese Heritage Month at the Toronto District School Board - February 2024

TDSB’s Chinese Heritage Month is proudly recognized in February each year. This year we celebrate the Year of the Dragon: Majesty, Brilliance, Confidence, Leadership.

Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is one of the most important celebrations for Chinese communities around the world.  Lunar New Year is celebrated annually, and its dates are based on the lunar calendar.  For 2024, it starts Saturday, February 10 and ends Saturday, February 24. The festivities include family gatherings, decorations, and of course a feast! 

TDSB Celebrations 

All TDSB students were invited to participate in the CHM’s popular annual poster contest, and we are excited to share the winning posters shortly on our TDSB websites.

In addition, all TDSB students and staff were invited to submit a 1-minute video on one of four guiding questions emphasizing the importance of Chinese heritage and/or a tradition. Submissions are currently being collected and a selection of the entries will be posted shortly.   

An in-person Chinese Heritage Month celebration will be held at A Y Jackson Secondary School with performances, presentations, and speakers to mark the day. Stay tuned for the full the video to be posted soon!  

Please follow us on X (formerly Twitter) for daily messages throughout the month of February  @tdsbChineseHM.

Weekly News Bulletin 



MST Leaders (Math, Science, Technology)

MST Flyer

MST Powerpoint


Grade 8 Open House

Grade 8 Open House Poster

Grade 8 Open House Presentation


MOWAT Performing Arts LINKS

MOWAT Performing Arts Website Link

PHAP Presentation



Sir Oliver Mowat Student Agenda

Click on the Book below for the 2023-2024 Student Agenda. The Student Agenda is also available on the TDSB Connects App.

Open Book

School cash online

Spirit Wear