Toronto Star profiles the Summer 2022 learning hub at Thomson Collegiate

The Toronto Star has published an amazing news article on the summer program being operated at Thomson Collegiate, and how that program is responding to the challenge of the tragic shooting and murder of a Thomson student earlier this year.

Quoting from the article:

The plan had always been to run regular secondary summer school at David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute. But the fatal shooting of a student in the hallway earlier this year sparked discussions amongst school board staff about how to help a traumatized community heal.

Out of those talks came the idea to create a learning hub for kids in grades 4 to 12, combining elementary and secondary students under one roof at the Scarborough school in what’s believed to be a first for Toronto’s public board…


Original red bricks from old Thomson school building now available for sale

Salvaged from our now-demolished old school building on Lawrence Avenue East – original red bricks are available for sale!

October 2022 Update: SALES ARE NOW CLOSED

We are accepting donations, minimum $10 for each brick, any quantity, at this PayPal credit card link. All proceeds will support future activities of the Thomson Alumni Association. Thank you for your support!

Pickup date for bricks on June 11th at a location in Scarborough. You will receive pick-up location details by e-mail after your donation. Credit card processing is by PayPal (accepts all major cards) at this link.

October 2022 Update: SALES ARE NOW CLOSED

Statement by Thomson Alumni Association following the shooting death of a student in the school

The Thomson Alumni Association sent the following message to the principal of David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute, Mr. Aatif Choudhry, in the aftermath of the shooting and murder of an 18-year-old student, Jahiem Robinson, inside the school on the afternoon of February 14, 2022.

Dear Mr. Choudhry,

On behalf of the David and Mary Thomson Alumni Association, I wish to express our shock and sorrow at the shooting death of a student at the school. Our first thought is for family members, fellow students and staff members directly affected by this tragedy. We realize how fortunate our many alumni members have been in never having had to experience such an event first-hand. We send our deepest sympathy to all those for whom this death is a personal trauma.

At the same time, as alumni members, we remain proud Thomsonites, confident that the positive memories we have of our time at the school will remain even and especially for those living through such an event. We express our confidence that you and your colleagues in the school and the Board can draw upon Thomson’s long tradition in supporting families and individuals most affected by adversity.


Bob McBride
President, Thomson Alumni Association