Equity, inclusion, and the elimination of barriers are central to Sunny View’s philosophy. Because of this, our staff recognizes the importance of students’ participation and involvement in activities outside of the school. Each year, interesting, relevant and appropriate excursions are planned for our students. These excursions may include TDSB-sponsored events, such as FolkFest and Barrier-free Track and Field, or community destinations, such as Ripley’s Aquarium, bowling, Famous People Players theatre performances, or a park.
Parental consent is always obtained before students are taken on an excursion.
Sunny View has also developed strong relationships with two community partners, Branksome Hall and Crescent School. These independent schools are located close to Sunny View and our partnerships continue to grow and strengthen every year.
Every year, a senior class of Crescent School students creates activities and educational toys for our students (some of which can be seen in the Adventure Centre). These projects are connected with their robotics program and focus on the strengths and needs of our students. A group of junior students has scheduled weekly visits for one term and supports our students with their daily activities.
A group of Branksome School students also has weekly visits and select groups are often scheduled for presentations to our students. Favourites from previous years have included clown and musical performances.
A few years ago, a small group of Branskome School students took the initiative to create a Sunny View Yearbook. These students raised funds to cover the cost and created a beautiful book of memories for our families. This project has continued every year. Another group of students started an annual art show, where art pieces created by our students are sold to raise money for our expressive arts program.
We are so appreciative of both Crescent School and Branksome Hall for their commitment to our students and how generous they are with their time and resources.
Sunny View has also developed connections with community resources, including Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Hospital for Sick Kids, and various respite centres. With consent from parents, we communicate with these resources as appropriate as another level of support for our students.