Cawthra Park Secondary School

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Cawthra Park Secondary School
1305 Cawthra Road
Mississauga, Ontario, L5G 4L1, Canada
School number 899003
School board Peel District School Board
Religious affiliation Public
Superintendent Anthony K. Edwards
Area trustee Janet McDougald
Principal Wendy Lautamus
Vice principal Jeff Schust
School type High school
Grades 9-12
Language English
Motto "Learning the art of Living...Living the art of Learning"
Mascot Panthers
Colours Purple, Orange and White             
Founded 1972
Enrollment 1,350 (70% Female 30% Male) (Sept 2010)

Cawthra Park Secondary School, also known as CPSS, is a public high school built in 1972 located in Southeast Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Cawthra Park provides instruction to students from grades 9 to 12 and is under the jurisdiction of the Peel District School Board.

Cawthra Park is home to Peel's Regional Arts Program (RAP), for which students audition to study music (instrumental [concert band, guitar, and piano] or vocal), dance, dramatic arts or visual arts. Approximately three quarters of Cawthra's students are in the RAP program, with the remaining students coming from the local area.


The music department has performed over the years at various prominent venues, including mass at the Vatican City, onstage at Disney's Magic Kingdom, Austria, and for the American ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins.

The music department includes many different choral and instrumental ensembles, made up predominantly of 'music majors,' but also including students not enrolled in the music program. The Ritz, a concert choir with over 360 members, is the largest in North America. Other ensemble groups include Chamber Choir, Les Belles Classiques, Singsation, Jazz-A-Peel, Mississauga Tranzzit, Jazz Lab, Guitar Ensemble, Intermediate and Senior Concert Bands, and the Senior Wind Ensemble.

Each year the music department organizes a trip in the spring as an opportunity to perform outside of the GTA, open to any student involved with the department. Locations have included Disney World, Italy, Boston, New York City, Chicago, and Nashville. In the spring of 2012, the music department traveled to Austria for its second trip to Europe (first since 2006).

In May and June 2013, the Cawthra Park Chamber Choir performed with The Rolling Stones in the Air Canada Centre.[1]

Every ensemble has achieved gold status at MusicFest, and has received frequent invitations and awards at National competitions.

Dramatic arts[edit]

Cawthra's drama facilities include three studios, as well as a large, professional auditorium. Approximately sixty drama students are accepted per year, giving each year two classes with around thirty students each. Course contents range from practical scene studies and stage combat to more theoretical concepts including a unit on 'great acting teachers' and theatre's roots in Ancient Greece. This program also introduces its students to many new aspects of theatre including theatre production, musical theatre, and set and costume design.

The drama department annually spearheads the school's spring play and monitors the school's annual participation in the Sears Ontario Drama Festival each February due to the aforementioned competition being primarily student run. The department also shares directorial responsibilities with its music and dance counterparts for the fall musical.

Additionally every two years the Drama department goes on senior trips, some destinations have included, Greece, Rome, Chicago but with most recent trips being solely to New York City. This trip is open to any interested grade 11 and grade 12 theatre students; recent New York Trips have included viewings of many acclaimed Broadway shows such as most recently Cabaret, The Realistic Joneses and Hedwig and the Angry Inch .

Visual arts[edit]

The Visual Arts Department offers a wide variety of courses available to students both in the art program as well as to students pursuing other disciplines. Courses include traditional, modern and post-modern art, desktop design, media arts and photography. The department also has ties to other departments at Cawthra Park such as fashion and communication technology. One major event for the Visual Arts department is the annual Visual Arts SpringFest where the school is transformed into an art gallery. Senior Visual Arts students also partake in an art-focused week long class trip to New York City.


Throughout the four-year program, students refine their technical skills and develop their creativity in dance. Dance forms that are studied include ballet, modern dance, musical theater and jazz. Besides practical experience, the students are also required to study a theoretical curriculum that includes topics such as the history of dance, kinesiology, composition, criticism and social issues relating to the dance community such as eating disorders, and arthritis. The department provides the opportunity for students with and without formal training to develop dance skills through the Regional Arts Program. The department also offers elective dance courses for students not enrolled in the dance program, as well as dance opportunities for all students regardless of their arts discipline. Major events for the Dance Department include Dance Springfest in early April and Dance Mosaix in late May.


Athletic courses as of the 2013-2014 school year include both boys and girls basketball, golf, swimming, alpine skiing, volleyball, badminton, ultimate frisbee, soccer, tennis, cross country, track & field teams and a boys' baseball team. [2]

The Cawthra Panthers Baseball Team won the 2007 ROPSSAA Tier 1 Baseball Championships for the first time in the schools history with a 6-2 win over Mount Carmel. The Cawthra Park Hockey Team reached the ROPSAA finals on several occasions.

The 2012 Cawthra Panthers Ultimate Frisbee team in their second season reached the ROPSSAA finals, placing second to John Cabot SS[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

Past students of Cawthra Park include:

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Coordinates: 43°34′34″N 79°34′25″W / 43.576081°N 79.573497°W / 43.576081; -79.573497