MTMS was the first Jesuit fostered middle school in Canada. A key aspect of the distinctiveness of our school is the permeation of Ignation teaching and practice to help prepare our students for a successful life. MTMS is person centered and promotes “cura personalis”, care for the whole person. There is focused attention on values and high standards for students both personally and academically. MTMS is most grateful to Jesuit, Father Ben Fiore, former president of Campion College who has journeyed with the school since it was designed and who offered guidance on our Board and contacts with other Jesuit schools in the US.
In addition to preparing students to be strong and fit physically and mentally, MTMS students are exposed to spirituality as they are engaged in Spiritual Exercises. Each day there is a prayer of examination and the Student Pledge is lead by students and recited by staff and students„”In my words and in my actions, I will try to live the values of St Ignatius...”Our classrooms display key Jesuit principles. Virtue awards are given out weekly celebrating student leadership in demonstrating Jesuit virtues. Our student report card is the discussion point between parents, students and teachers on how students actually live these principles. Three times a year students provide evidence on:
- Their understanding that God has a place in their lives.
- Their willingness to try new things and their openness to new ideas.
- How they strive for excellence in school.
- How they stand up for what is right, even if it is unpopular.
- How they believe they are capable of giving and receiving love.
School programming often integrates spiritual art into the core subject area. Students journey together reflecting on why they are doing the art and what they are saying to the rest of the world. Diverse cultures are supported and explored. The creations are spectacular but the real success is the inner growth of our students. We are developing “men and women for others”. We see this student leadership every day!
Jesuit Education and Ignatian Pedagogy
Ignatian Pedagogy: is a teaching model that seeks to develop students of competence and compassion
Compiled by Debra Mooney, Ph. D - Conway Institute for Jesuit Education/ Center for Mission and Identity/Xavier University. www.jesuits.org