Media advisory and photo alert - 1,600 TFS students and staff to form giant "50" on field to show school's 50th anniversary pride

The pioneer of French Immersion in Canada celebrates history of academic excellence and leadership

TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Toronto French School (TFS) - Canada's International School, is kicking off its 50th year with true joie de vivre. To celebrate a long history of academic excellence including the invention of French immersion in Canada, over 1,600 students and staff will march to the Play & Sports Field and form a giant human number 50. The celebration will also include a school wide flash mob dance, the singing of the new school song written by two TFS teachers and remarks from TFS Headmaster, The Honourable Dr. John Godfrey.

With humble beginnings that included six students in the basement of school founder Harry Giles' home, today TFS is renowned as being the leading Canadian bilingual International Baccalaureate (IB) school providing more than 1,300 students a year with an internationally focused education.

Media are invited to the first of many celebratory events that will commemorate the impact that the school continues to have in the lives of thousands of children.

When: Friday September 28, 2012 from 2:15 - 3:00 p.m.

Where: TFS Toronto Campus, Play & Sports Field

Media can register at 306 Lawrence Avenue East where they will then be escorted to the field

Photo opportunities: 50 th anniversary kick-off party with more than 1,600 students, staff and friends

  • 2:15 - 2:30 p.m.
    • Aerial shot of students and staff forming a giant 50 on the field
  • 2:30 - 2:50 p.m.
    • Speeches by Head Boy and Girl, TFS students
    • Flash mob dance
    • Remarks by Headmaster, The Honourable Dr. John Godfrey
    • Performance of new school song
    • Cake presentation
  • 2:50 - 3:00 p.m.
    • Media interviews

Interview opportunities:

  • The Honourable Dr. John Godfrey, Headmaster
  • An alumni and current parent
  • TFS students

About TFS
TFS, Canada's International School, is a bilingual, co-educational and non-denominational school with a long history of academic excellence for students from age 2 to university entrance. At both its Toronto and Mississauga campuses, TFS provides its students with an international perspective through the combined strengths of the curricula of the Ministry of Education of Ontario, the Ministry of Education of France and the International Baccalaureate programs.  Since 1962, TFS has provided a caring and supportive learning environment that has enabled and encouraged students of diverse backgrounds to discover and develop their intellectual, physical and creative potential. Collectively, TFS students represent more than 60 different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and speak over 30 languages at home.  For more information, visit


For further information:

about TFS and its 50TH celebrations, visit To attend, please contact: 

Amy Morin
Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, TFS
416-484-6533 extension 4328
Cell : 416 735-3572

Lamia Charlebois
Public Relations Consultant
514 279-4601

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