Cawthra Park Secondary School

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Cawthra Park Secondary School
1305 Cawthra Road

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Coordinates43°34′34″N 79°34′25″W / 43.576081°N 79.573497°W / 43.576081; -79.573497Coordinates: 43°34′34″N 79°34′25″W / 43.576081°N 79.573497°W / 43.576081; -79.573497
School typeProvincial, High school
Motto"Learning the art of Living...Living the art of Learning"
School boardPeel District School Board
SuperintendentAnthony K. Edwards
Area trusteeJanet McDougald
School number899003 Gay Ackerman (M-Z)
PrincipalTerry Whitmell
Enrollment1,350 (70% Female 30% Male) (Sept 2010)
Colour(s)Purple, Orange and White             

Cawthra Park Secondary School, also known as CP, 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 two thirds of Cawthra's students are in the RAP program, with the remaining students coming from the local area.

Cawthra offers a Specialist High-Skills Major (SHSM) in Arts & Culture, allowing students to complete additional certifications and trainings to prepare for their career path.


Cawthra Park also offers a full standard academic program so that students complete all compulsory subjects and graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

95% of Cawthra Park students passed the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test in 2013. 91% of the academic math students scored at or above the provincial standard for the 2013 EQAO math test.


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 former 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, Momentum, Mississauga Transit, 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, Chicago, Nashville, Austria in 2012, and New York City in 2015.

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 National Theatre School 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 – a widely praised and highly anticipated spectacle drawing thousands annually.

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.


The school also puts on a fall musical and a spring play annually.

Fall Musical Spring Play
2018-2019 Legally Blonde Our Town / Girls Like That
2017-2018 Billy Elliot Hamlet
2016-2017 Guys and Dolls Sense & Sensibility
2015–2016 Hairspray Julius Caesar
2014–2015 Ragtime Summer and Smoke
2013–2014 The Drowsy Chaperone Macbeth[2]
2012–2013 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Agamemnon
2011–2012 Sweet Charity Leaving Home
2010–2011 The Scarlet Pimpernel Romeo and Juliet
2009–2010 Footloose[3] Mad Forest
2008–2009 Jesus Christ Superstar[4] The Miracle Worker
2007–2008 Cabaret Les Belles-sœurs
2006–2007 Merrily We Roll Along One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
2005–2006 West Side Story The Laramie Project
2004–2005 Into the Woods Doctor Faustus
2003–2004 The Sound of Music A Midsummer Night's Dream
2002–2003 Les Misérables A Streetcar Named Desire
2001–2002 Carnival! Auntie Mame
2000–2001 Godspell Dark of the Moon
1999–2000 The Apple Tree Servant Of Two Masters
1998–1999 N/A (Ontario Teachers Strike of '98–'99) N/A (Ontario Teachers Strike of '98–'99)
1997–1998 Once Upon A Mattress The Crucible
1996–1997 Guys and Dolls A Midsummer Night's Dream
1995–1996 Fiddler on the Roof Look Homeward, Angel
1994–1995 Oliver! Charley's Aunt
1993–1994 Pippin The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
1992–1993 The Pajama Game 1949
1991–1992 Into The Woods[5] Twelfth Night
1990–1991 Bye Bye Birdie Tartuffe
1989–1990 Cabaret You Can't Take It with You
1988–1989 Damn Yankees The Crucible
1987–1988 Sweet Charity[6] (performed in spring) Nurse Jane goes to Hawaii
1986–1987 Guys and Dolls[7] (performed in spring) Brighton Beach Memoirs
1985–1986 Oklahoma! Our Town
1984–1985 Annie The Pajama Game°
1983–1984 Grease Fiddler on the Roof°
1982–1983 Oliver! Li'l Abner°
1981–1982 Take Me Along°∆ Waiting For The Parade∆
1980–1981 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Carousal°
1979–1980 Macabaret Oliver!°
1978–1979 I Remember Mama Sweethearts°
1977–1978 Guys and Dolls A Gift of Song°
1976–1977 Grease Blossom Time°

° = These musicals were performed by the Clarkson Musical Theatre at the school in spring (and not students) before the tradition of the spring play came into place.

∆ = The school choose to delegate the fall spot to the Clarkson Music Theatre for their musical so they could instead prepare the school's first attempt at a spring play.


The 2017-2018 girl's volleyball team completed a perfect season, not giving up a single set on their way to capturing the ROPSSAA championship.

Din Selmanovic won the 200 m Freestyle with a time of 1:55.20 at the 2014 OFSSA Swimming Championships in Brantford, Ontario.

Athletic courses as of the 2015–2016 school year include both boys and girls basketball, golf, swimming, alpine skiing, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, ultimate frisbee, soccer, tennis, hockey, cross country, track & field teams, and a boys' baseball team.[8]

The Cawthra Panthers Baseball Team won the 2007 ROPSSAA Tier 1 Baseball Championships for the first time in the school's 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[9]

Notable alumni[edit]

Past students of Cawthra Park include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rolling Stones to rock with Mississauga choir". 24 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Student play channels Macbeth as tormented Canadian soldier".
  3. ^ "GTA can't get enough of Footloose". 23 November 2009.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2008-11-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  8. ^ "Teams – Cawthra Physed".
  9. ^ "Cawthra Clips Summer 2012" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-04-21.
  10. ^ queen, official; Freddie Mercury; Brian May; Roger Taylor; John Deacon. "Erica Peck Returns To WWRY Toronto".
  11. ^ "Erica Peck is older, wiser but still rocking". 1 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Former "bad boy" named to prestigious Top 20 Under 20 list".

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