A local newspaper reports that Thomson Collegiate has been acquired by the French school board for use as a regional high school. Great news! Apparently the school building will live on, probably in a fully renovated and updated state.
See this brief news article from the Scarborough Mirror, published November 27 2013: Continue reading →
Architects and TDSB officials have released a YouTube video animation that shows the proposed design for the new Thomson/Bendale school building, expected to open in Fall 2015. View the video on YouTube or see the embedded version, below.
As we announced on our alumni website last November, the final hurdles have been cleared to gain approval for a new collegiate to be built on the Bendale-Thomson-Donwood-Highbrook property. If planning and construction schedules are maintained, the new school will be open for the 2015-2016 academic year. See further details about the Bendale-Thomson Revitalization project on the TDSB web site.
Thomson principal, Soriana Mantini, shared her excitement for the future in a recent interview. However, since this is an alumni newsletter, you may wish to hear first about what will happen to the old school. Soriana was able to bring us up to date on those plans as well, and they may not include demolishing the building. Continue reading →
Recent media coverage of this issue has focused on allegations of over-priced union labour that the TDSB is contractually obligated to hire, and tales of unionized maintenance/repair workers who falsify their work time-sheets and spend some of their paid time in leisure activities. The reports rocked TDSB, hurt the credibility of the organization at a time of massive budget deficits, and forced senior managers to pledge an investigation into the practices and abuses. On April 10, 2013 the Globe and Mail published a follow-up story that details the TDSB’s actions in response to this matter. Continue reading →
The Ontario Ministry of Education has approved the TDSB’s redevelopment plans and timeline for a new primary/secondary education complex on the Thomson-Bendale-Highbrook lands. The original David and Mary Thomson Collegiate building, originally constructed in 1959, will be demolished in 2015.
Into the darkness of the forest to pioneer the land,
David and Mary Thomson bravely came
Where proudly now we stand.
Never the fear of toil dismayed them;
May we their sons the same
Ever be striving to bring honour to
The school that bears their name.
Hail Thomson! We will fight
For Scarlet, Black, and White.
The Maple Leaf our emblem for
Thomson for ever more!
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