Principal's Message

Opened in 2008, Avalon is home to 370 students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. We offer programs in English and Early French Immersion. We are located in a vibrant and growing neighborhood. A forested area is at the back of our school and Portobello Park is adjacent to our property. 

At Avalon you will find a wonderful community of learning. Staff, students and parents/guardians work together towards common goals – academic excellence, social and emotional development, and positive attitudes. Our students are encouraged to become life-long learners and responsible citizens. The Community of Character is at the heart of all that we do. Our WITS Anti-Bullying Initiative is part of our school culture and ties in perfectly with our Community of Character. The WITS program is a community-based approach to preventing peer victimization.

Our dynamic school is special place to learn and grow. We have a culture of high expectations for our students. We nurture critical thinking and encourage life-long learning! Avalon staff is dedicated in their efforts to offer wonderful experiences for students both within and beyond the walls of the classroom. With a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, teachers pursue professional development opportunities to deliver the best programs possible for our students. Students at Avalon are engaged in their learning and are excited to participate in the variety of extra-curricular experiences that are offered.

At Avalon we value our supportive and involved parent community and welcome volunteers!

We are proud of Avalon and are delighted to share it with you!


Jennifer Anderson


Our principal is… a leader, an educator, a learner, a listener, a strong communicator, a person with compassion, empathy, and humour.

The principal of Avalon Public School:

Demonstrates leadership to build a shared vision for effective teaching and learning with students, teachers, and parents. She/he cultivates a strong atmosphere of respect and safety through consistent and fair discipline that is reflective of school philosophy and procedures. Our principal recognizes the perse skills and talents teachers bring and helps maximize their potential.

Demonstrates knowledge by bringing a high level of understanding and skill in current research and best practices of teaching and learning. Our principal is open to innovation and supports teachers in creating dynamic learning environments where children feel confident to take risks, explore, and meet their potential. She/he is aware of and supportive of best practice programming for children with special needs, second language learners, gifted children, and others. She/he has an appreciation of and a willingness to advocate for all aspects of education, including the arts, physical education, and technology.

Models strong character through respectful and empathetic interactions with all. Our principal actively encourages healthy character traits, including those represented on the shields in the lobby.

Embraces diversity in the Avalon school community. She/he is sensitive to the diversity of our school population and encourages understanding, acceptance, and celebration of these differences.

Encourages and welcomes active parental involvement through two-way communication and participation. Our principal maintains open, transparent, and timely communication with parents about all issues affecting the school community and the students. She/he works in partnership with the school council for the benefit of Avalon Public School.

Recognizes Avalon Public School not just as an institution for education, but as a visible and active part of the community. Our principal is knowledgeable about and liaises with local social and community agencies and groups.

Reflects on present circumstances and experiences and envisions next steps for the school community within the framework of OCDSB policy. She/he is able to balance present needs with consideration of upcoming needs in our growing school.

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