Making the connection between what we eat and how it affects wellness is at the core healthy eating.
Eating breakfast impacts a student’s ability to learn and focus in the classroom. By packing a healthy lunch for your child, you ensure they can recharge and get through the day.
Many of our schools offer nutrition programs. Contact your Principal to see if one is offered at your school.
Vision and Hearing Testing
Good vision is at the centre of a child’s ability to learn. Students need good vision to see the board clearly, read a book and fully participate in class activities. Regular vision examinations are part of being ready for school.
The Gift of Sight and Sound program provides vision and hearing screening for students in Toronto’s highest-need school communities. Students who require further assessment are directed to health care professionals. If students require glasses and/or hearing aid devices, they receive them free of charge.
To help improve access to health care, we have launched the Paediatric Health Care Initiative to open medical clinics in inner city schools.
There are currently six paediatric clinics in our schools:
- George Webster Elementary School
- Gosford Public School
- North Albion Collegiate Institute
- Sprucecourt PS
- Willow Park Junior Public School
- Yorkwoods Public School
Beyond 3:30 is an after-school program for students in Grades 6, 7 and 8. The program runs on school days from 3:30 to 8 p.m. in local schools.
This program provides students with a fun, safe and educational place to be after school and offers a number of programs that encourage a healthy lifestyle. Students can learn to cook or participate in physical activities that help students make smart choices and develop social skills and improve their self-esteem.
Beyond 3:30 is offered at:
Beyond 3:30 runs in partnership with the Toronto Foundation for Student Success and the Toronto Community Foundation and with the support of donations from the local community.
Schools in Cluster C4 have the opportunity to have all kindergarten students have their vision screened by Kids2See, a research initiative conducted by students in the medical school program at the University of Toronto.
MSIC seeks to develop partnerships through large initiatives and with the local communities to collaboratively support student success. Some partnerships include Toronto Public Health, Toronto Public Library, Toronto Foundation for Student Success and Community Care Access Centre.