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June 28, 2011

Premier's Safe Schools Awards

The Premier's Safe Schools Awards were launched in fall 2010 to recognize safe schools teams across the province. This year, 10 safe schools teams are being recognized.

These teams have demonstrated initiative, creativity and leadership in promoting a safe and inclusive school climate. Their activities have led to positive changes in their schools and/or school communities.

Congratulations to the recipients of the Premier's Safe Schools Award:

  • Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School, Aurora
  • Dunrankin Drive Public School, Mississauga
  • Eastdale Secondary School, Welland
  • Edenbrook Hill Public School, Brampton
  • Errol Road Public School, Sarnia
  • Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School, Brampton
  • Grimsby Secondary School
  • Orangeville District Secondary School
  • Saint Paul Catholic High School, Niagara Falls
  • St. Philomena Catholic Elementary School, Fort Erie

For more information, visit our website.

Life After High School Program

More than 9,000 students at 37 high schools across the province will be getting extra help in the classroom to learn about choosing a career and the benefits of postsecondary education.

Starting this fall, the new Life After High School program will help Grade 12 students and their families:

  • better understand college, university and apprenticeship options
  • navigate the application process for OSAP
  • overcome barriers that may discourage students from applying to college, university or apprenticeship.

For more information about post-secondary options, visit that ministry's website.

Improving Mental Health Services for Students

Approximately one in five Ontario children and youth has a mental health challenge. These young people deal with issues such as anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, mood disorders, schizophrenia and eating disorders.

Early identification and intervention is important and leads to improved school achievement and better health outcomes.

The government recently announced a mental health strategy that targets three key areas: fast access to high-quality services, early identification and support, and help for vulnerable kids with unique needs.

This strategy will also focus on building awareness and support around mental health issues by reducing stigma and discrimination, identifying problems and intervening early, and delivering more high-quality and timely supports.

More information on the government's mental health strategy is available on the Ministry of Health's website.

Summer's Here!

Best wishes for a wonderful summer vacation. I hope it's as exciting, productive or relaxing as you want it to be.

And finally, thank you for all of your hard work throughout the 2010-11 school year!


Thank you
Murray Leaning