STATEMENT - May 29, 2019

On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, the St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) Respect and Culture Review committee hosted a Town Hall meeting. Held at the school, the meeting was open to the entire SMCS community (past and current students, parents, teachers, coaches, administrators, and other staff).

The purpose of the meeting was for the SMCS Respect and Culture Review committee to update the community on the process followed, share key observations, and provide an open forum to share information and ask questions.

Below you will find links to the tonight’s presentation as well as a statement from the Chair.

The issue of bullying at SMCS and the status of the Junior Football team were two key points discussed.

The SMCS Respect and Culture Review committee has identified bullying as an issue at the school. Recognizing the recent steps to educate and bring awareness to this matter, the school will continue to educate students on bullying and bystander behaviour. At the same time, the school will await the committee’s final report to implement its recommendations, and work with the committee to further enhance bullying awareness and prevention.

Additionally, following a thorough review of the Junior Football team, the committee recommends that the team should be reinstated for September 2019. SMCS will work closely with the committee on the best strategies to prepare the team, including players and coaches, for this process.

The Board of Directors and school administration remain steadfast in the goal of implementing the SMCS Respect and Culture Review committee’s recommendations and associated measures to ensure compliance, once a final report is received this summer.