Outstanding Ontario elementary schools to be recognized at annual awards for excellence

    TORONTO, March 16 /CNW/ - The Fraser Institute will honour teachers,
principals, support staff, and volunteers from the top one per cent of Ontario
elementary schools at the 2007 Garfield Weston Awards for Excellence in
Education, Tuesday, March 20, at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. Nearly
500 educators from across the province are expected to attend the reception
and awards dinner.
    Weston Awards will be presented in three categories. Improvement in
Academics, recognizes schools that have experienced the fastest, most
consistent improvement in their academic performance over the past five years.
    Academic Achievement in Excess of Expectations, recognizes schools that
ensure that their students succeed regardless of the challenges they may face.
This award challenges the notion that schools in rich neighbourhoods always do
better academically than schools in lower income neighbourhoods.
    Overall Academic Achievement, recognizes schools whose students have
achieved remarkable, ongoing academic success over the last five years.

    Event Details

    DATE:        Tuesday, March 20, 2007

    WHEN:        5:30 Champagne Reception;
                 6:30 Banquet and awards presentation.

    LOCATION:    The Fairmont Royal York
                 100 Front Street West, Toronto

    Interested media are invited to the awards presentation and school
principals in attendance will be available for interviews and photographs.

    A complete list of participating schools follows below.

    Participating schools (Listed by award category and community)

    Improvement in Academics
    John XXIII Catholic School                                   Arnprior
    St Bernadette Elementary School                              Barrie
    Sullivan Community School                                    Chatsworth
    Colchester North Public School                               Essex
    St Francis of Assisi Catholic School                         Georgetown
    Queen Victoria Public School                                 Lindsay
    Margaret Twomey Public School                                Marathon
    Randall Public School                                        Markham
    Upper Thames Elementary School                               Mitchell
    Ecole élémentaire catholiqueTerre des Jeunes                 Ottawa
    Ecole élémentaire Catholique Montfort                        Ottawa
    Our Lady of Victory School                                   Ottawa
    Glen Tay Public School                                       Perth
    Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School                          Petawawa
    Valley Farm Public School                                    Pickering
    Rockland Public School                                       Rockland
    Seaforth Public School                                       Seaforth
    Jeanne Sauvé Catholic School                                 Stratford
    Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Elementary School               Strathroy
    St Vincent de Paul Catholic School                           Toronto
    Earl Haig Junior Public School                               Toronto
    Transfiguration of our Lord Catholic School                  Toronto
    Blessed Margherita of Città Castello Separate School         Toronto
    St Margaret Catholic School                                  Toronto
    St Elizabeth Catholic Elementary School                      Wallaceburg
    Walkerton Public School                                      Walkerton
    Holy Name Catholic School                                    Welland
    Winchester Public School                                     Winchester

    Academic Achievement in Excess of Expectations
    Ecole élémentaire catholique Saint-Victor (Alfred)           Alfred
    Ecole Elda-Rouleau                                           Alexandria
    Ecole La Source                                              Barrie
    East Wawanosh Public School                                  Belgrave
    Chalmers Street Public School                                Cambridge
    Avenue Road Public School                                    Cambridge
    Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School                     Hamilton
    St Lawrence Separate School                                  Hamilton
    Dawnview Public School                                       Hanover
    Ecole élémentaire publique Nouvel Horizon                    Hawkesbury
    Hillsdale Elementary School                                  Hillsdale
    Ecole séparée Saint-Michel                                   Leamington
    Mount Carmel Blytheswood Public School                       Leamington
    Ecole Saint-Raymond                                          North Bay
    Howard Jordan Public School                                  Port Hope
    Ecole élémentaire catholique Sainte-Trinité                  Rockland
    Ruthven Public School                                        Ruthven
    Ecole Saint-Dominique                                        Sudbury
    Queen Elizabeth Public School                                Timmins
    Cornell Junior Public School                                 Toronto
    J G Workman Public School                                    Toronto
    Ossington/Old Orchard Public School                          Toronto
    Holy Family Catholic School                                  Toronto
    Churchill Heights Public School                              Toronto
    Lord Roberts Junior Public School                            Toronto
    Transfiguration of our Lord Catholic School                  Toronto
    Port Royal Public School                                     Toronto
    Albion Heights Junior Middle School                          Toronto
    Ecole Ste-Marguerite-d'Youville                              Verner

    Overall Academic Achievement
    Katimavik Elementary School                                  Kanata
    St Jude Catholic School                                      London
    Ecole élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys     Markham
    Roy H Crosby Public School                                   Markham
    St Patrick Catholic Elementary School                        Markham
    Coledale Public School                                       Markham
    Credit Valley Public School                                  Mississauga
    Sts Martha and Mary Catholic School                          Mississauga
    First Avenue Public School                                   Ottawa
    Kennedy Public School                                        Toronto
    Harrison Public School                                       Toronto
    Blythwood Public School                                      Toronto
    Seneca Hill Public School                                    Toronto
    Prince of Peace Catholic School                              Toronto
    Denlow Public School                                         Toronto
    Arbor Glen Public School                                     Toronto
    Deer Park Junior and Senior Public School                    Toronto
    Keele Street Junior Public School                            Toronto
    St Henry Catholic School                                     Toronto
    St Pius X Catholic School                                    Toronto
    Hillmount Public School                                      Toronto
    Courcelette Public School                                    Toronto
    Our Lady of Perpetual Help School                            Toronto
    Maurice Cody Public School                                   Toronto
    St Justin, Martyr Catholic Elementary School                 Unionville
    William Berczy Public School                                 Unionville
    St Angela Merici Catholic School                             Woodbridge
    Bellewood Public School                                      Windsor

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communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on
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For further information:

For further information: Lisa-Diane Fortier, Coordinator, Outreach
Programs, School Performance Studies, The Fraser Institute, (604) 714-4569,
Cell: (778) 554-2349, Email: lisa-dianef@fraserinstitute.ca; Raeann Co, Media
Relations Co-ordinator, The Fraser Institute, Tel: (604) 688-0221 ext. 568,
Email raeannc@fraserinstitute.ca

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