Stephen Carey - Principal
As Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School moves into our second quarter century of service to the Malvern community, we do so with a renewed focus on technology. After celebrating our 25th anniversary two years ago and branching out into the social media world of facebook to connect with our alumni, we have continued with some exciting new technological advances. In our efforts to stay current and in touch with students, parents, alumni and the broader community, we have developed this new school website. Located on the home page we have many useful links, both social and educational which support the idea of 21st Century Fluencies. You will also notice that you can follow the principal on twitter and receive up to the minute updates of events and activities at BMT.
Many of our staff are fluent in the use of SMART technologies and incorporate a multitude of pedagogical strategies to allow students the chance to succeed. In fact, last year we won an Exemplary Practice Award from the TCDSB for using technology in the classroom to connect our students with authors in other parts of the country. This past summer we replaced an entire computer lab with newer model desktops for use by all students. We are currently reviewing the needs for both our Communications Technology and Visual Arts programs to see what new software and hardware will allow us to produce even better student work. We have a very active Technology Committee and look forward to the future as we install more data projectors and SMART boards in classrooms, continue to improve our sound and light system in our cafetorium and explore the opportunities for greater connectivity throughout the school by way of wireless networks and the concept of “Flipping the Classroom.” In 2011-12 we piloted an i-Pad project for the TCDSB; by putting i-Pads in the hands of 20 teachers we created new and exciting ways for staff and students to become engaged in learning. Our newest technological acquisition has been class sets of netbooks for student use. We are very excited about the potential learning that can occur when the students are able to utilize this technology. Coming in 2012-13 will be class sets of i-Pad minis.
In September 2012 we began offering a Regional Arts Program (RAP). With a brand new dance studio to complement our existing drama studio and multiple music and art rooms, we are well equipped to accomodate a new wave of artistically driven students. This is an exciting time in our school history and we will be able to boast having a well-established Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program in Hospitality, a Congregated Advanced Placement Program and the new RAP. Outside of the classroom, students have the opportunity to participate in activities such as NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) and Skills Canada. They may also become members of competitive teams in a variety of sports including basketball, volleyball, soccer, track and field, rugby, softball, cross country, competitive cheerleading and football (the only Catholic School in Scarborough). Our successes with these teams/clubs provide numerous venues for students to learn skills, leadership, discipline, and teamwork.
We are the only Catholic School in Scarborough to offer such exciting and diverse academic programs with a strong and varied co-curricular program and know that all of these, housed under one roof, within the walls of a strong Catholic caring community, will only add to our status as a school of choice in Toronto.