Construction has started – New school to open in September 2019

Great news! Construction of the new David and Mary Thomson school building started today, April 17, 2017. The general contractor has taken control of the site, located in the open field north-west of our present school. Perimeter fencing has been installed and soon heavy machinery will begin foundation work on the site.

Opening of the new David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute is scheduled for September 2019. This web site will follow progress of the construction work in coming months.

The Thomson Alumni Association is planning a 60th anniversary celebration for the school, which will be hosted in May 2019, and a perfect way for all alumni to salute our old school building before its demolition and the hand-off of its proud legacy to the new building.

Click on this image for an enlarged rendering of the new school, presently under construction:

Shovels are almost ready – New school construction is set to start very soon

On March 2, 2017 the TDSB sent a letter to Thomson Collegiate students, staff and the community at large with an exciting update regarding the new school:

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Thomson Robotics Team continues quest for competition success, calls for donations

Your Thomson’s Robotics Team is entering its third year! Since the team’s inception in 2015, the team has contributed to the growth and interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) and robotics to students within and outside the Thomson/Bendale community:
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Calling all Thomson alumni who are published authors!


For an upcoming issue of the alumni newsletter, the committee wishes to highlight alumni authors who have had their work appear in print — especially, but not exclusively in books. In addition, magazines, newspapers and digital media such as blogs can qualify.

Stan Farrow, chair of the newsletter committee, has come across three such publications since our Spring 2016 newsletter, so he thought the next issue would be an opportunity to expand the list and let fellow Thomsonites know of these special literary accomplishments. The literary efforts of Thomson staff members can also be recognized.

If you are such an alumni author, or you want to brag about a fellow Thomsonite’s achievements, please let Stan Farrow know at If you’ve got a cover page, a masthead, etc. to include with your news, send it along with your description. Stan will get back to you for more details, as needed.

Thanks for your participation, and for spreading the word!

Thomson Collegiate ranked as one of the school buildings in highest state of disrepair in Ontario

The Toronto Star has published a news article that discusses the state of disrepair of school buildings across Ontario.

According to the government-sponsored survey, David and Mary Thomson Collegiate ranks number 217 out of 4,656 school buildings surveyed in Ontario in terms of scale of disrepair. This means Thomson Collegiate has one of the worst building infrastructures in Ontario (worse than 95.4 percent of all other school structures), meriting a ‘critical’ rating in the survey. Neighbouring school Bendale BTI ranks worse, with a critical rating of 64 out of 4,656 schools in the survey (worse than 98.7 percent of all other school structures).
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