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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.


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June is Pride Month 2021 at the TDSB! It’s an opportunity to celebrate diversity and raise awareness among all staff and students about the rich culture and history of our 2SLGBTQ community.

Here are some of the things we’re doing in TDSB to recognize Pride Month 2021:

  • Following the name change approval at Board last night LGBTQ2S will now be referenced as 2SLGBTQ as we move forward we honour the knowledge of the two spirit, Indigenous and the work of communities to decolonize settlers
  • Two Spirit Indigiqueer Pride June 16-22, 2021
  • Virtual raising the Pride flag at 5050 Yonge (Details to follow)
  • Participating in the city’s Virtual Toronto PRIDE 2021 Parade on Sunday, June 27– Everyone is welcome!
  • Please visit to learn more about these activities and find out how you can get involved.

For additional support and resources for LGBT2Q+ youth needing a safer space, community, flexibility, and/or a curriculum that reflects who they are, and are disengaged please connect with The Triangle Program.



The first Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Pride in the TDSB will be from June 16 to June 22 and will include events with Kent Monkman; Tasha Spillet & Elder Albert McLeod; Michelle Corneau & Elder Blu Waters; and an artists panel with Thirza Cuthand, Theola Ross, Fallon Simard, and Indigenous Student Trustee, Isaiah Shafqat.


A list of full programming can be found on the Urban Indigenous Education Resources Site.




Portuguese-Speaking Heritage Month is proudly recognized during the month of June at the Toronto District School Board for the past 10 years since 2011. The Province of Ontario passed the Celebration of Portuguese Heritage Act in 2001 and this year marks the 20th anniversary of this Act. This year our theme is Esperança! / Hope! 

The contributions of the Portuguese-Speaking Heritage Community to Canada are significant as they include the arts, sports, music, culinary arts, and many professional contributions to educational and medical service areas. Canadians, along with all TDSB students, staff, and its communities and beyond all enjoy the energetic and vibrant traditions that are shared through the customs of this heritage. Over 1,400 TDSB students speak Portuguese as their mother tongue or as a primary language. Internationally, there are 250 million Portuguese-speaking people worldwide, making it the fifth-most spoken language.

We are inviting all TDSB community, students, and staff to join our Portuguese-Speaking Heritage Month virtual launch to celebrate the culture and tradition that this heritage brings.

Join us for an extraordinary hour filled with prominent guests, information and celebration on Thursday, June 10 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm live stream. 



Italian Heritage Month is recognized proudly during the month of June at the Toronto District School Board. The TDSB passed a motion to recognize Italian Heritage Month in June in May 2012. This year the theme of Italian Heritage Month is Made in Italy.

The Province of Ontario also celebrates Italian Heritage Month since June 2010 when the Italian Heritage Month Act was passed. As stated in the Italian Heritage Act, 2010, “Ontario is home to more than 1,350,000 Italian Canadians. Since the 1880s, the Italian Canadian community has made and continues to make significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of the Province of Ontario.”

In keeping with our theme, Made in Italy, we are pleased to share a calendar with you (attached) that includes two chef-led online cooking classes. Let's learn how to make a delicious Italian meal with Chefs Vanessa Gianfrancesco on June 11, 2021 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm and Antonietta Ferretti on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. (Please see the attached calendar for registration details).

The calendar also provides daily quotes and provides information regarding an interview with former Toronto District School Board student and celebrity actor Frank Crudele. As an accomplished actor Frank Crudele has worked with several exceptional Directors including Martin Scorsese and held many countless roles including those for feature film (cinema), film (TV series) and film (TV film). His characters are those of leads, supporting actor/leads amongst other proficient contributions.

Please follow us on Twitter TDSB_ItalianHeritage


Enjoy this powerpoint on Italian Heritage Month that highlights an overall understanding of Italian customs and traditions!

Italian Heritage Month at the TDSB: Celebrating through the Love of Food!

Two online cooking classes with Chefs Vanessa Gianfrancesco and Antonietta Ferretti will be taking place during the month of June to recognize and celebrate Italian Heritage Month.  They will teach us how they create their favorite Italian meals and share their very own recipes with us!  An invitation is being extended to all students, staff and the TDSB community to join us and share a meal together.

Chef Vanessa Gianfrancesco
June 11, 2021
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Registration in advance for this webinar
(After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar)
Meal: Zucchini Parmesan & Lemon Spaghetti. See attached for full recipe and required ingredients.

Chef Antonietta Ferretti
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Register in advance for this webinar
Meal: Pasta E Ceci. See attached for full recipe and required ingredients.
(After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar)

The attached document will also provide you with information about each of our chefs.


This year, the TDSB recognizes Children’s Mental Health Week (CMHW) from May 3 to 7, 2021.  To help support student mental health and well-being for all, the Professional Support Services team has developed a wide variety of resources in line with this year’s theme of Coping, Caring and Connecting. Please access these resources below and also our COVID-19 specific resources.

And, join and follow the conversation on Twitter using #copingcaringconnecting and see how schools are supporting mental health and well-being with their students.

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Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Award Winners!  You worked hard under difficult circumstances and you achieved your goal.  Please watch our celebration of you at the following link:


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