September 06, 2016
Students thrive as enrolment at RMHC Toronto School grows
We're expecting it to be the best year ever at RMHC Toronto School.
Building on what she learned as School principal during last year’s record enrolment, Katie Doering knows this year’s lessons will be even more interactive and that the children will take an even bigger role in determining what and how they learn. An unprecedented 67 students enrolled in RMHC Toronto School last year, up from 52 the year before.
“The bigger classes gave students the confidence to explore and try new things,” says Katie. And because students were enrolled for a longer period of time than they had been in prior years, they also formed stronger relationships with each other, and across grades.
“Children developed friendships in the classroom and sustained them for the entire year,” she says.
The growth in School enrolment last year reflected a growth in occupancy at the House in general, and the fact that families are staying for longer periods of time than in the past. Last year was the busiest year in the 35-year history of RMHC Toronto.
“A goal this year will be to ask the students what they are interested in, and then marry that with the curriculum. We want to foster a life-long love of learning,” she says. “The sky’s the limit.”
The School will also be reaching out to better support children who are in-patients.
Parents have been tremendously grateful for the School’s unique approach to learning.
“We didn’t have to worry about our children being ready to go back to school at home,” says Sylvester Czyz, whose son and daughter children attended the RMHC Toronto School for nine months last year.
So whether kids this year will want to explore the mechanics of heart surgery, test the aerodynamics of a hockey stick or learn how to make a scary soundtrack for Halloween, the teachers at RMHC Toronto School will be ready to guide their learning.
The only school of its kind in North America, RMHC Toronto School is staffed by two full-time certified teachers, follows the Ontario Curriculum and enrolls both patients and their siblings. The School is funded by generous donations. This includes $500,000 in capital funding from the Sofina Foundation and the Latifi Family. The Kavelman Fonn Foundation recently committed to a new donation of $300,000 over three years. The School also benefits from the support of Tutor Bright, which provides one-on-one tutoring services for students.
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