Chaminade College School

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Chaminade College School
Chaminade College School logo.png
490 Queen's Drive
Maple Leaf, North York, Ontario, M6L 1M8
Coordinates 43°42′36″N 79°29′46″W / 43.71°N 79.496°W / 43.71; -79.496
Type Separate
Motto Fortes in Fide
(Strong in Faith)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Founded 1964
School board Toronto Catholic District School Board
Superintendent Michael Caccamo
Area 3
Area trustee Sal Piccininni
Ward 3
School number 509 / 695947
Principal Tony Augello
Grades 9-12
Gender Boys
Enrollment 900 (2016-17)
Language English
Colour(s) Green and Gold         
Team name Chaminade Gryphons
Affiliation Roman Catholic
(Congregation of Christian Brothers and Society of Mary)
Parish St. Bernard

Chaminade College School (CCS, Chaminade) is an all-boys Catholic secondary school in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Founded in 1964 by the Archdiocese of Toronto, it opened its doors in September, 1965. Initially under the control of the Society of Mary (the Marianists), the school was named for the Society's founder, Father William Joseph Chaminade.

The mandate of the school was to prepare young men for post-secondary education in a traditional Catholic secondary school environment. The school's motto “Fortes in fide” emphasizes the importance of the virtue of faith in the life of the Catholic school.

In 1967, Chaminade began a partnership with the Metropolitan Separate School Board (now Toronto Catholic District School Board). In this partnership, the Board conducted the first two years of secondary school, and the Archdiocese conducted the remaining years. In September 1972, the Irish Christian Brothers took over administration of the school, until their departure in June 1988. The school is currently fully operated by the MSSB after the funding was expanded and the identity of the religious order for that school is preserved.

The school won a Green Toronto award in 2007 for its pioneering efforts in establishing the Adopt a Stream project that became a citywide model for waterway cleanup.[1] In 2008, students circulated a petition which resulted in the Province of Ontario outlawing smoking in automobiles when children are passengers.[2]

Chaminade is also known for its athletic achievements with Tevaun Smith and James Bodanis currently playing college football in the United States. The school is also home to several chess masters such as Vietnamese child prodigies Hoàng Nguyên and Henry Vu.

Nadia Pasquini, a veteran teacher at Chaminade, received the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence for the 2016-2017 school year. Pasquini's feats include fundraising over $24,000 for the Free the Children organization as well as partnering with the Working Against Violence Everyday group to raise awareness about screen addiction. [3]


Concert Band[edit]

The Chaminade Concert Band is led by the lone music teacher at Chaminade College School, Zachary Laidlaw. In 2008 Alex Voros (the previous music teacher) was named Canada's MusiCounts Teacher of the Year by the music education charity of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.[4]

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Coordinates: 43°42′36″N 79°29′46″W / 43.71°N 79.496°W / 43.71; -79.496