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Principal's Message 303
Principal's Message
Dear Visitors to Bayview Secondary School: 
 

Bayview Secondary School prides itself on a rich history steeped in culture which reflects student success, achievement and wellbeing and aligns with our school motto, "friends learning together".
Bayview Secondary School is named after the street that it is located on, Bayview Avenue on a fifteen-acre site formerly a part of the Elliot farm. Classes commenced on November 14, 1960. Originally the school was built to support the rural and urban students living in and around the town of Richmond Hill.  Additions were placed on the original school in 1962, 1965 and 2006 and ongoing renovations to facilitate delivery program have complimented an outdoor improvement plan known as "Beautifying Bayview".   Our grounds contain an outdoor classroom, basketball court, sport fields and a range of trees planted by the students. 
 
Currently, Bayview Secondary School serves a diverse community and offers programming opportunities to meet the needs and aspirations of all of our students.  Our English Language Learner program supports 20% of our students with the Special Education Department providing additional guidance to over 300 students.  The Special Education students have a range of services which may include; participation in Learning Strategies courses, monitoring by their Special Education Resource Teacher or integrated through the Community Autism and the Grade 9 and 10 ASD Programs.  Bayview hosts a variety of regional programs such as; Alternative Education Senior Intensive, Special High Skills Major (Bayview School of Business) and the International Baccalaureate Program.
 

Bayview Secondary School prides itself as a 21st century learning environment where students are challenged to academically to develop skills in critical thinking, communication and interpersonal relations to compliment the knowledge learned in all their educational programming.  Our school’s mission statement:  "We work collaboratively in our purpose to prepare students to be productive, responsible, life-long learners in an ever-changing, global society" which parallels a similar statement of the York Region School Board.
 
Bayview’s wonderful team of teachers and support staff work collaboratively to ensure that our students are provided with a wide range of exemplary learning opportunities both within the classroom and externally in various clubs, sports and arts opportunities which help foster to student engagement.  The results of the efforts of our students and staff within both the prescribe curriculum and extra-curricular produce outstanding achievements in academics, the arts, social activism and athletics.  
 
In an effort to support the learning environment, our caretaking staff and EcoSchool Team have worked hard to maintain and improve the physical appearance of the school.  The custodians’ collective action has contributed to a sense of student pride and connection to the building.  The work of the Ecoteam continues to be recognized at the provincial level as we have reached and maintained a Gold Certification.  Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education and certification program for grades K-12 that helps school communities develop both ecological literacy and environmental practices to become environmentally responsible citizens and to reduce the ecological footprint of schools.  Bayview Secondary School has many unique facility based learning centre ranging from labs in Computer Science, Food Studies, Automotive, Communication and Technological Design.  Within this plant, we have over 450 computer resources available to students to investigate, learn and communicate in the digital world.   

 
Bayview is in its fourth year of the Ministry of Health, Healthy Schools and Workplace Initiative, promoting health and wellness awareness. The Healthy Schools Committee partners with Aramark, York Regional Police, Public Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association to hosts many events. Promotion and education of healthy snacks is continued with our Apple-a-Day program.  Students have the opportunity to have a grab and go of an apple and/or carrots and bananas available in the front foyer. 
 
Collectively, the many initiatives and diverse programs, ensures Bayview Secondary School is a vibrant learning community. 
 
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