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History of Montcrest School

* → Montcrest School Principals

1961

Founded as The January School devoted to small classes, with students enrolled according to ability rather than date of birth.

Founded by Patricia and Taduez Grygier to serve their son, Jan, who was born in January and not permitted to enter Kindergarten until the following year. It started with seven students and was located in Annex on Spadina Avenue.

* First Principal, Patricia Grygier (1961 – 1966)  

1967

The Grygiers move to Ottawa and handed over the school to the Board of Directors and a new Principal.

* Mrs. Darling (1966), Principal *died suddenly
* Carolyn Atkinson, Principal (1966 – 1968)
* Marilyn Etchells, Principal (1968 – 1970)
* Katherine Livingston, Principal (1970 – 1982)

1970

Organized as Montcrest School by Katherine S. Livingston, in a house at 4 Montcrest Boulevard, provided through the generous support of Charles Lake Gundy. A special education program is established for children with learning disabilities.

1973

The name of the school was officially changed to from the January School to Montcrest School.

1978

Charles Lake Gundy donates the house and property at 4 Montcrest Boulevard to Montcrest School. The Ewart R. Angus Wing of 4 Montcrest is opened, thanks to a gift from the estate of Ewart R. Angus and other sources. A bursary program is established through a gift from the Angus Estate. The first Montcrest Mini-Marathon held at Montcrest School.

1979

Grades seven and eight are added. The Gervase Moore Family purchases 543 Broadview Avenue and donates its use to the school. The first school dramatic production The Little Prince inspires Montcrest’s drama program and the evolution of The Montcrest Players in 1996

* Josephine Wilson, Principal (1982- 1983)
* Diane Johnston, Principal (1983 – 1987)

1983

The first Montcrest Parents’ Association started by Dr. Phillip Rawkins.

1984

The proceeds from the sale of 543 Broadview were donated in Mr. Moore’s memory, to the school by the family of Gervase Moore.

1985

Montcrest School leases 658 Broadview Avenue, with an option to purchase within two years. A renovation program begins to convert the property to additional classrooms and other school facilities, to be ready for the September 1986 school year.

1986

Montcrest celebrated its first Kite Day in the spring.
658 Broadview Ave. is renovated and opens in the fall to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Montcrest School.

* Graham Hookey, Principal (1987 – 1990)

1989

Thor Eaton donates the outdoor amphitheatre and playground to Montcrest School.

* Alan Croombe, Principal (1990 - 1991)

1990

Fundraising by the Montcrest Parents enabled the school to build the two story annex and science room. Montcrest Parents’ Association is renewed and re-structured.

* Elaine Danson, Principal (1991 – 2006)

1992

Through the efforts of the Montcrest Parents’ Association funds were raised for a computer lab.

1993

Montcrest School purchased 650 Broadview to expand its grade seven and eight program to two classes at each grade level and provide a larger computer lab, science room and multi-purpose room. This purchase also made available a larger space in 4 Montcrest for a Music room. First annual Montcrest Fall Fair organized by MPA with ceremonial opening of 650 Broadview by Board members Rene Pantalone and Hugh Heron. Montcrest School becomes an approved member of the Conference of Independent Schools (CIS)

1994

First Montcrest Singers. Montcrest begins the SSAF (Small School’s Athletic Association)

1995

Montcrest School purchased 660 Broadview to acquire the land necessary to build a separate structure housing a gymnasium, library and classrooms. A second grade 1 class was formed with the vision that Montcrest would have two classes at each grade from one to eight. The Montcrest Parents’ Association bought computers for the new classrooms.

1996

Spring groundbreaking ceremony for construction of new building located in backyards of Broadview lots. The school hosts a fall reunion to coincide with its 35th Anniversary and the opening of its new building and name the gym The Eaton Gymnasium. First instrumental band program.

1998

The Montcrest Parents’ Association raised funds to expand and update our computer lab with seventeen new computers and software in 650 Broadview.
First school teams compete in CISAA (Conference of Independent School’s Athletic Association).
First Honour Pins presented to students.

1999

The Science Lab at 650 Broadview is completely renovated thanks to fundraising efforts by the Board of Governors. Our first CESI (Canadian Educational Standards Institute) evaluation. Montcrest School becomes a member of CAIS (Canadian Association of Independent Schools). First CISAA (Conference of Independent School’s Athletic Association) athletic banner awarded.

2000

660 Broadview is completely renovated to provide a new grade 6 building that also has classes for the Learning Disabilities program and a multipurpose room. With proceeds from the M.P.A. auction we were able to upgrade the art room and band room. Through the Annual Giving Fund the amphitheatre is expanded and a new security system is installed throughout the entire campus.

2001

658 Broadview is completely renovated with new administration offices, Principal’s office, a French class and Tuck Shop. The offices at 4 Montcrest are re-arranged with some becoming resource class
Montcrest School celebrates our 40th Anniversary.

2003

650 Broadview is renovated and houses the senior classes (grades 7 & 8) along with our science lab, computer labs, senior workroom and the kitchen has been enlarged to accommodate our lunch program.
4 Montcrest is dedicated as “Livingston House” to Katherine Livingston in recognition of establishing Montcrest School.

2004

Annex building renamed as “La Cabane Française”. 4 Montcrest “Livingston House” is renovated and houses the Art room, Music room, Junior and Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1 (with all new cubbies), Admissions, Academic Resources, Special Ed. Coaching and Faculty Staff Room.

2005

Montcrest School purchased 664 Broadview to acquire the land for future development.

Montcrest’s Standing for Character initiative was created to help ensure the shared values of good character are infused into the curricular and co-curricular programs of the school, and are visible in the actions and daily interactions of all members of the Montcrest community.

2006

Montcrest School celebrates our 45th Anniversary.

The gymnasium building has been dedicated to Elaine Danson and is now called “Danson House”.

* Steve Beatty, Head of School (2006 – 2011)

2007

House system introduced for all students and members of staff at Montcrest School.

The four houses are: Fox House (Terry Fox - a Canadian Hero); Livingston House (Katherine Livingston - Montcrest School's first Principal); Masih House (Iqbal Masih - the inspiration for "Free the Children"); McClung House (Nellie McClung - a champion of women’s rights).

2008

660 Broadview Ave. the house where William Peyton Hubbard, Toronto's first black politician, lived is now called “Hubbard House”.

Montcrest School renews mission statement.

2009

Growth Centre developed to offer Montcrest students educational specialists who provide specific, research-based intervention using a variety of strategies and programs to assist learners of all ages with the acquisition of academic and assistive technology skills.

2010

Montcrest’s backyard space is rejuvenated with spaces for play and sport complete with trees, boulders, and benches. Garden dedicated to the memory of Montcrest’s beloved grade 1 teacher, Sherry Bleakney.

2011

Montcrest School celebrates our 50th Anniversary.

* David Thompson, Head of School (2011 - current)

2012

Our school library was transformed into a state-of-the-art Learning Commons. We introduced e-books and more iPads to complement our paper collection.

Montcrest School senior student leadership program evolves in partnership with Outward Bound.

2013

Montcrest created a new vocal music room, private music studio, grade 6 classroom, and made improvements to the Aftercare & MPA room.

2014                 

Montcrest School hosts first iSteam Night.

Danson House renovated to improve classrooms and create a new performing arts dance studio and Athletic office. 

2016

Montcrest School launches Building Together Campaign to commence its largest ever building project to transform learning and teaching spaces. 

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