Our School

Robert Bateman PS

We would like to acknowledge that our schools are on unceded Algonquin Territory, and thank the Algonquin Nation for hosting us on their land.

Our School

Robert Bateman PS is a large school in the community of Hunt Club Park. Opened in 1991, it is named after the Canadian artist, Robert Bateman, who continues to take an active interest in the life of the school. 

Robert Bateman PS has approximately 270 students. We utilize a balanced day schedule, with three teaching blocks of 120 minutes, 120 minutes and finishing with 60 minutes. All of our Kindergarten students receive half of their instruction in English, and half in French. When students reach Grade 1, they have the choice of Regular English or Early French Immersion. Our school is also home to a Primary Special Needs (PSN) class. 

Our Students

Our enrolment as of 2022 is 260 students, enrolled in both the Regular English and Early French Immersion. When students graduate from Robert Bateman PS, they usually attend Roberta Bondar PS for programs in Grade 7 and 8, in both Early French Immersion and English. 

Our Staff

Our staff is made up of 35 teachers, Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs), Educational Assistants (EAs), office support staff, custodians, lunch monitors, a principal, library technician,  and other support staff. All are dedicated to the learning environment of our students.

Staff members are continuously upgrading their qualifications and skills through courses, conferences and board-sponsored workshops, in order to better meet the needs of our students.

Our Community

The school serves an area bounded by Conroy, Hawthorne, and Hunt Club Roads and the railway. Spacious parks and pathways were incorporated into the design of the neighbourhood, providing ample space for walking, biking, playgrounds, baseball and soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, wading pools, and outdoor rinks. After school programs are offered by the Greenboro Community Centre.

Robert Bateman PS welcomes parent and community volunteers to work in partnership with staff in order to provide positive, caring and safe educational experiences for all of our students.

The Robert Bateman PS School Council works closely with the staff and administration in the pursuit of excellence for our students. Monthly meetings are held to discuss items of interest, plan program supports, and work in partnership with the school staff to ensure their children’s experiences are as rich as possible.  Parents fundraise extensively to provide resources and programs to support and enhance the delivery of the curriculum.

Mission Statement

Robert Bateman PS is a school where there is care and respect for oneself, for others, and for the environment. We come to Robert Bateman PS to love learning, strive for excellence and prepare for the future.

Ici nous respectons et prenons soin de tout un chacun ainsi que de notre environnement. Nous fréquentons cette école pour l’amour du savoir, pour accéder à l’excellence et pour préparer notre avenir.

Facilities and Resources

Robert Bateman PS has excellent facilities which include:

  • A large, newly renovated library 

  • Two gymnasia

  • A  before and after school Extended Day Program (EDP) 

  • Multi-purpose rooms for small learning support groups

  • Large foyers on both floors for student activities · a separate kindergarten wing with  well-equipped rooms

  • English and French Literacy and Numeracy resource rooms located in the library and on the second floor

  • An inner courtyard

  • A fully stocked skate and helmet lending room

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

Robert Bateman PS is a dual-track school with:

  • English program, JK to Grade 6; Core French as part of the English program offered as follows:, JK/SK(20 min./day), Grade 1 to Grade 6 (40 min./day);

  • Early French Immersion program, SK to Grade 6; English to Early French Immersion program, Grade 2 to 6 (Grade 2 and 3 = 1 hr. daily for Language Arts), Grade 4 to 6 = 60% French & 40% English (Language Arts and Math);

  • Inclusive Learning Support to assist students in the areas of Language Arts and Mathematics; and

  • Full Day Kindergarten (Junior and Senior Kindergarten).

Classroom Organization

Early French Immersion

  • 2 SK

  • Grade 1

  • Grade 1/2

  • Grade 2/3

  • Grade 3/4

  • Grade 4/5

  • Grade 5/6

English

  • 1 JK

  • 1 JK/SK

  • Grade 1

  • Grade 2

  • Grade 2/3

  • Grade 3

  • Grade 4

  • Grade 5

  • Grade 6

Special Education and ESL Programs

Our Learning Support Teacher (LST) provides educational support for students, as well as diagnostic assessments and support in curriculum planning. We also have a Primary Special Needs (PSN) system class, which is comprised of 10 students and the support of one educational assistant. Educational Assistants (2.5) are assigned to the school based on medical or safety needs.

For students who are in the English program, our approach includes, first of all, support from the regular classroom teacher by way of differentiated instruction. Inpidual Education Plans (I.E.P.s) are prepared for students receiving special education programming or accommodations.

Additional identified support would be provided by our Learning Resource teacher and/or English Language Learning support teachers (2 x .5). These teachers work in cooperation with the classroom teacher to address specific student needs using either an inclusive or withdrawal support model.

Clubs and Activities

  • Cross-country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, track & field

  • Running club

  • Chess Club

  • Fund-raisers for charitable organizations

  • Monthly assemblies

  • Choir

  • The Amigos program

  • Arts Spring Showcase

  • Recycling club

  • Winter skating activities at the adjacent skating rink

Safe Schools Initiatives

A Safe and Caring School continues to be our focus and our students are recognized through our monthly Character Traits awards. Robert Bateman PS has a code of behaviour that has recently been revised to reflect new legislation and includes input from staff and parents. It has been inserted in the student agenda for quick reference. Our Amigos program involves students from the junior pision who, with teacher support, organize co-operative games for the students in the primary pision during the two activity breaks.

Other Safe School Initiatives include:

  • Breakfast Program

  • Safe Arrival Program

  • Fenced yards separate from parking areas

  • Fenced yard for Kindergarten students

  • Sign-in/Sign-out protocol for all visitors and students

  • Dismissal procedures specific to kindergarten students

  • Two-way communication devices for the yard, classrooms and gym

  • First Aid trained staff members

  • Fire Drill and Lock-Down practices

  • Safety and emergency procedures

  • Amigos Program

  • Learning/Reading buddies

  • Nutrition Break student monitors

  • A progressive discipline approach

Our community’s vigilance makes the safety of our students, school property and the surrounding neighbourhood a priority. Everyone at Robert Bateman PS has the right to a safe and secure school environment, and we all must work together to provide it.

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