Principal's Message

Welcome back to all returning Tigers!  To new members of this wonderful community we say ‘welcome’ as well. Janice, Colleen and I are looking forward to another great year as the Woodroffe High School Admin Team.

 Woodroffe is a dynamic community with a ‘can do’ spirit.  The academic year of 2016-17 boasted two International excursions and too many field trips to count.  With another two on the docket for this year, no wonder we are the best OCDSB site to achieve the Board’s International Certificate. As well, the school continues its pursuit of excellence in environmental affairs earning its first ever Gold Eco-schools Certificate two years ago with many more to follow.

 This year we will embark on an ambitious replacement of the lighting system in the auditorium to complete the makeover which included ’new’ seats, a donation from the National Arts Center. Summer work continues, including projector installation in all remaining classrooms, repairs to our new tennis/basketball courts (with thanks to our awesome Parent Council); and a complete replacement of the upper gymnasium ceiling.

 High School, like life, will be what you make of it.  The difference between being a part of something special or something ordinary lies in your approach to the following:

Firstly, your own mindset.  If you know in your heart that Woodroffe is the best school in the city, then it will be.  Pride in these historic halls is worth it, as it gives back to you that feeling of membership in something truly unique and worthwhile.  Secondly, your courage to get involved.  Tigers represent so many cultures, faiths, backgrounds, stories, and interests, that it could not help but to be a vibrant and dynamic place. With so many clubs, activities, sports and other events, I encourage all students to get involved to enrich their high school experience. 

 Grade 9’s will sometimes use a wait and see approach, and promise to get involved in year two. This approach reduces their opportunity by 25% in terms of time, and can make it more difficult to join clubs with existing ‘veteran’ membership later on. The real key to enjoyment if you are new to Woodroffe is to bite your lip, take a chance and show up to first meetings, try-outs and other gatherings.  Get involved early and often and you will be rewarded for your courage.

 In closing, I want to let you know how pleased I am to be  the Principal of Woodroffe High School. This place along with its staff represent what is right with public education and I cannot wait to get started.  I look forward to meeting you all.


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