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.


Dear St. Michael’s College School Community,

At the town hall meeting of Wednesday, May 29, 2019, the Independent Review Committee recommended that St. Michael’s College School reinstate the football program for the 2019-2020 school year on the condition that certain measures are put in place to address the issues the Committee identified. The Committee’s recommendation was based on its extensive outreach and survey work and expertise in strategies to address bullying, hazing and related activities.

The Independent Committee recently met with the school’s senior leadership to outline, in anticipation of its final report, the kinds of measures to be introduced if the football program is reinstated.

St. Michael’s College School is committed to working with the Independent Review Committee to implement its recommendations, including the proposed measures. These measures are designed to ensure that all students who participate in the football program – indeed, in the school’s activities more generally – can succeed in an environment that respects human dignity and equity for all, free from unsafe activities such as hazing or bullying. Originally, the school had deferred any reconsideration of reinstatement of the football program pending the completion of an internal investigation. However, the robust measures recommended by the Independent Committee address the issues in a proactive, effective and timely way. The Committee will be assisting the school in implementing these measures, including facilitating, working and meeting with the students and parents, to ensure the football program is restructured to help ensure a safe environment for the students.

Accordingly, after much discernment and collaboration, the school intends to reinstate the football program for the 2019/2020 academic year and has commenced the work associated with implementing the necessary measures to reinstate the program. We ask for your patience and continued support as we work through the logistics involved within a restricted time frame.

We look forward to the Independent Committee’s final report in the summer, including its more holistic view of how the school can be a leader going forward in addressing the issues that brought about the Review.

Blessings,


Fr. Andrew Leung, CSB
Interim President

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Respect and Culture Review Townhall Meeting

On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, the St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) Respect and Culture Review committee hosted a Town Hall meeting. Held at the school, the meeting was open to the entire SMCS community (past and current students, parents, teachers, coaches, administrators, and other staff).

The purpose of the meeting was for the SMCS Respect and Culture Review committee to update the community on the process followed, share key observations, and provide an open forum to share information and ask questions.

Below you will find links to the tonight’s presentation as well as a statement from the Chair.

The issue of bullying at SMCS and the status of the Junior Football team were two key points discussed.

The SMCS Respect and Culture Review committee has identified bullying as an issue at the school. Recognizing the recent steps to educate and bring awareness to this matter, the school will continue to educate students on bullying and bystander behaviour. At the same time, the school will await the committee’s final report to implement its recommendations, and work with the committee to further enhance bullying awareness and prevention.

Additionally, following a thorough review of the Junior Football team, the committee recommends that the team should be reinstated for September 2019. SMCS will work closely with the committee on the best strategies to prepare the team, including players and coaches, for this process.

The Board of Directors and school administration remain steadfast in the goal of implementing the SMCS Respect and Culture Review committee’s recommendations and associated measures to ensure compliance, once a final report is received this summer.


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