Swansea School

Swansea School History

In 1891 our school as we know it began to take shape when a two-room school house was erected on the present site thanks to the largesse of one of the area’s prominent settlers, a Welshman named James Worthington. Worthington, like his fellow Swansea-ite William Rennie, was anxious to establish a school for the neighbourhood’s growing population of children. While Worthington provided the land for the school, Rennie used his own money to hire a teacher named Miss McCutcheon and to secure a temporary classroom in the row housing on Kennedy Avenue, to be used until the new school building was finished, Swansea Public School was born!

By 1923 both the Village of Swansea and the school itself had undergone rapid expansion. The school had been enlarged twice to accommodate increasing numbers of students. At that time Swansea resident and reporter R.C. “Globe” Smith expressed the hope that the ravine immediately to the east of the school would become a part of the school grounds, in order that the many magnificent trees could be enjoyed as part of the playground for generations to come. Thanks to Mr. Smith and his foresight, the ravine comes to life daily with children participating on Swansea school teams, in gym classes and recesses.

Of course, Swansea’s growth and expansion continued long after 1923. The building was enlarged in 1928 and then again in 1953. The Swansea Community Centre – built in 1985 at the northeast corner of the building – is the most recent addition to the school complex.

In 1991, Swansea Public School celebrated its centenary. In 2010, the school will celebrate its 120th anniversary. Over the years, the school’s graduates have gone on to achieve great success in their careers and in community service, fuelled in part by the strong educational foundation gained at Swansea Public School.

Swansea School A Great Place

Swansea is a triple track school offering a regular English program as well as an Extended French program to students entering Grade 4 and Grade 7. We offer a balanced program of academics, sports, music and technology. Students are involved in many in-school and after school activities. The school has an attached shared-use swimming pool and recreation centre which runs many sports and fitness programs for the local community.

Extended French Program — Extended French is a program in which
French is not only taught as a subject but also serves as the language of
instruction in other subjects. Students in this program spend up to 50%
of their day in French instruction. The subjects taught in French are
French Language Arts, Social Studies and The Arts. English Language
Arts, as well as Mathematics and Science are taught in English.
Students may apply to enter this program at either grade 4 or grade 7.

Computer Lab — Since 2007 students from grade 1 – 8 have had the
opportunity to work in a state-of-the art computer lab. Swansea has 30
iMac computers and students create projects using iPhoto, iVideo,
Garage Band. Students participate in podcasts, students news blog and
help keep our website updated.

Music Program — Swansea’s music program exposes students to
music from many styles and historical periods, and a variety of vocal
and instrumental options. All students are actively involved in
creating, performing, dancing, singing and playing Orff and percussion
instruments from around the world. Students in the junior grades
learn the recorder and the senior classes play guitar.

Library— We are fortunate at Swansea to have a full-time teacher
librarian. In addition to regular weekly class visits students have the
option of participating in several reading programs – Blue Spruce, Red
Maple, Silver Birch, and Boys Reading Club. With a collection of
over 19,000 items students have plenty of books to choose from for
their assignments and school projects. Access the Swansea Public
School library from home at

Swimming — Swansea shares a full-size pool with the community
recreation centre. We have 2 on-site aquatic instructors who provide
swimming instruction to all students from SK to grade 8. Annual
aquatic events include swim meets and the Cardboard Boat Races.

The Swansea Student Government

Composed of elected senior students, the Student Government meets on a regular basis to plan special events such as spirit days, dances, and fund-raisers to support many activities.


Students at Swansea are recognized for their great effort, participation and commitment in academic, social and physical pursuits. Several times throughout the year we participate in recognition assemblies at which time we honour such students. Formal recognition is awarded to grade 8 students at Graduation. Our Swansea School Council, Royal Canadian Legion, Swansea Ratepayers, staff and private individuals donate awards for outstanding achievement. The following is a list of the awards:

PRINCIPAL’S CUP – awarded for excellent achievement in all aspects of school life to a girl and a boy.

WALTER S. ROBSON SCHOLARSHIP AWARD – awarded for academic proficiency to a girl and a boy.

JIM BONHAM AWARD – awarded for outstanding achievement in mathematics

JOE HOCEVAR AWARD – awarded for most improved in mathematics

ONTARIO PRINCIPAL’S COUNCIL AWARD – awarded for student leadership

The Swansea “S” is a highly prized award for students who:
· participate actively in many aspects of school life through clubs and
extracurricular activities
· display a good role-model through responsible behaviour
· exhibit good work habits
· have a positive attitude
· assume leadership role

A record is kept of the various activities in which each student is involved throughout grade seven and eight.

Build Character, Build Success
Character development at the TDSB is about helping our students learn and practice positive character attributes, which will help them not only do their best, but be their best.

When we build good character, we build strong communities. In the school community, character development is woven into its programs, practices and interactions. It becomes a way of life. Student success is dependent on a safe, caring and inclusive learning environment where all students feel valued. This starts by teaching our students about the value of character – respecting themselves and each other, making positive contributions to their school and community and thinking critically and creatively.

But character development is a shared responsibility. Together with the schools, family and community members must engage and cooperate to encourage student learning and maturing. Together, we can make it happen.

Character Development:
· Develops the whole student
· Contributes to a healthy, safe and orderly school environment
· Creates a collaborative school where the teaching and learning can be the focus
· Provides high expectations for learning and behaviour
· Engages students in their learning
· Is Universal
· Is Respectful
· Strives for an ever growing depth of self-awareness, self-discipline and understanding