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For a Lifelong Love of Sport

In the Junior School, the Athletic Programme is designed to help students understand the values of  enthusiasm, respect and commitment. Sport helps in the  development of these attributes. We value that so many of our Junior School students choose to be student-athletes in either Gladiator Athletic Development Programmes (GADP) or as a member of an Athletic team.
In the Junior School, the Athletic Programme is designed to help students understand the values of enthusiasm, respect and commitment. Sport helps in the development of these attributes. We value that so many of our Junior School students choose to be student-athletes in either Gladiator Athletic Development Programmes (GADP) or as a member of an Athletic team. Over 55% of our Junior School students are actively participating in athletics this term in four GADPs and on five competitive athletic teams. 

Our goal, with respect to Athletics, is to have students understand and embrace the concept of student agency while feeling proud of their accomplishments, contribution to our school community and their commitment to being a student-athlete. After much reflection and discussion, we have concluded that awarding individual members of athletic teams runs contrary to our mission of promoting the qualitative effect of helping children develop a lifelong passion for participation in sport and recreation to foster a healthy and active lifestyle. As such, we are moving away from our practice of honouring student-athletes with individual awards at the end of each season to a new approach where we celebrate our Junior School student-athlete’s experiences and growth as members of an athletic team. We believe that the power of this narrative will be compelling and perhaps be the impetus for more, if not all, of our students to pursue recreational athletic endeavors at school. 

Five cultural pillars of our athletic culture:
1) Habits - understanding of establishing positive habits
2) Attitude - continuous improvement based Mindset
3) Relationships - mutual respect amongst teammates, coaches and officials
4) Daily Celebrations - appreciate our athletes every day. (It is not awards that make the celebration)
5) Balance- wellness and athletics have a mutually beneficial relationship
 
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Canada's first co-educational independent IB World School
The York School is a co-educational JK to Grade 12 independent school located in the heart of Toronto. The York School was founded in 1965 and is the first school in Canada accredited to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) from junior kindergarten (JK) to university entrance. As an IB World School, The York School's motto is Experientia Docet or Experience Teaches.

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Junior School (Grades JK-5) 1639 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario M4T 2W6

Middle School (Grades 6-8) & Senior School (Grades 9-12) 1320 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario M4T 1X2
Tel: 416.926.1325

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