St. Michael's College School

Our respect and culture journey

Following recent tragic events at St. Michael’s College School, we are committed to building a culture of respect and positivity. This site is our hub for news, updates on our action plan, and feedback from our community.

It is our hope that, together with our community, we can turn these painful events into an opportunity of learning, healing, and change.

We want to hear from you about how we can improve and strengthen a culture of respect and positivity at our school.

 

Message from the President

 

Photo of Father Andrew Leung

Thank you for taking the time to learn about St. Michael’s College School’s Respect and Culture journey.

I take on the role of interim president with hope, faith and a determination to earn the trust of our community. I want to turn painful recent events into an opportunity for learning, healing, and change.

We want every St. Michael’s experience to be transformational and positive — as it has been for the overwhelming majority of our students and graduates.

That is why we have an action plan to change the way we do things. You can read about it on this site.

That is also why our board has engaged an independent committee of experts to do a through review of the school’s culture. The committee will report by the summer of 2019, and we are committed to implementing its recommendations.

We want to understand the truth – even if it’s hard — because only then can there be learning, healing and change.

I’m committed to transparency about our journey — while respecting the pain, privacy and sensitivity of the people who have been hurt.

I hope that St. Michael’s can take what we’ve learned to contribute to the larger conversation in our society about building cultures of respect and positivity.

We look forward to your feedback as we move forward on our Respect and Culture journey.

Yours sincerely,

Father Andrew Leung, CSB
Interim President
St. Michael’s College School

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Recent Ideas

  • Revisiting Catholic Beliefs

    I am a Catholic. While I think your school should maintain Catholic beliefs, it is critical that you revisit them because there is a possibility that some boys may exploit those beliefs to justify their bigotry and hatred. Make sure…

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  • Catholicity

    I think, if you want to get to the root of the problem, you have to address the Catholicity of the school. The school motto is only meaningful if viewed through a Catholic lens. The religious/spiritual culture of the school…

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  • Spiritual Formation

    Goodness comes from acknowledging and accepting the power, presence and loving mercy of God. He gave us gifts, opportunities and talents that we can use freely. Only if we acknowledge His presence everywhere and always, and especially in each and…

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  • Rename and re-position the role of President

    President vs Principal: I think having both positions is very confusing for kids and parents alike. At any level of governance, you need one person in charge, and in the case of a school, this is a Principal. The President…

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  • More focus on consolidating school values in the grade 9 year

    Integrating new kids: I agree with the suggestions around pairing new kids with an older kid who can act as a mentor. With the class year doubling in grade 9, it seems extremely important to focus on the grade 9…

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