We welcome Westminster's new Principal, Mrs Murray. Please see her message below:
My name is Melissa Murray and I am thrilled to be joining the staff
of Westminster Public School as Principal in January of 2018. I am passionate about learning and people. I’ve been an
administrator in the North area of the Board for the past three years, and have
enjoyed working in the WJ Watson (Keswick), Black River (Sutton) and Sutton
Public School communities. Prior to entering administration, I was a Curriculum Consultant
with the Board, supporting our K-12 school libraries, literacy, social studies,
and modern learning. Before that, I taught grades 4-8, Special Education
and library in both York Region and Toronto. Along with being a proud educator, I’m an even prouder parent of
two children, one in secondary school and one graduating this year from
elementary school. My husband and I love our north Richmond Hill
community, and especially appreciate how close we are to parks and walking
On October 5, 2016, Motion M-24 was passed in the Federal Parliament, officially proclaiming January of
every year as Tamil Heritage Month. Tamil Heritage Month aims to celebrate the richness of
the Tamil language and its literature, as well as to highlight the vibrant traditions, histories, arts, and
cultures of Tamil Canadians. In addition, it seeks to recognize the significant contributions of Tamil
Canadians in key areas of social, cultural, economic, and political spheres. According to the Tamil calendar, January 14, 2017 is the start of the Tamil New Year during the month of
“Thai”. On this day Tamils around the diaspora will be celebrating Tamil New Year and Thai Pongal, the
Tamil harvest festival. Thai Pongal is the most important and widely-celebrated festival amongst Tamils
around the globe. Thai Pongal is a time to give thanks for the blessings of the previous year and a time to
look forward to the New Year.
Pongal refers to rice cooked in milk and sweetened with chakkarai…
Our Character Assembly this month will be focusing on "Integrity". Throughout the month, our students have been discussing what integrity means to them in the classrooms and with their friends in the school yard. Our students are learning that to have integrity means to be truthful and sincere; to care for the well-being of others by how they treat each other. Displaying integrity is not always easy. It is one of our most difficulty character traits to live by and sometimes it takes years to truly understand what it means.
We look forward to honouring those students who have displayed this trait at our awards assembly on Wednesday, October 28th at 11:15 a.m.
Parents and guardians are welcome to join us. We thank Mr. Clark and Ms. Croteau's grade 2/3s for hosting the assembly this month.
"Integrity is doing the right thing even if it's difficulty; even when no one is watching."
"If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it."