Sir William Mulock Secondary School
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|Sir William Mulock Secondary School|
|705 Columbus Way
|School type||Secondary school|
|School board||York Region District School Board|
|Area trustee||Martin Van Beek|
|Enrollment||1240 (October 2013)|
|Colour(s)||Black, White and Gold|
|Last updated: September 2014|
Sir William Mulock Secondary School is an Ontario secondary school located at 705 Columbus Way, off Mulock Drive in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. It is one of four high schools in Newmarket under the jurisdiction of the York Region District School Board (a fifth high school, Sacred Heart Catholic High School, is under the York Catholic District School Board) and currently educates students from Grades 9 to 12. It opened its doors in December 2001. Prior to that, most of its students went to Newmarket High School. The founding students have demonstrated the initiative of character traits by creating original 'character feathers' which can be found in the main hall.
The school is named after Sir William Mulock, an important figure in Canadian politics at the end of the 19th century, leading into the 20th century. He was one of the most prominent residents of Armitage, the first community established in King that has since been subsumed by Newmarket.
The founding principal of SWMSS (Sir William Mulock Secondary School) was Reet Patterson. Carmen Spiteri-Johnson is the current principal, and approximately 1200 students attended the school during the 2010/11 school year.
Sir William Mulock Secondary School offers a variety of programs in: Business, Laboratory Experiments, Earth & Space Sciences, Computer Studies, Engineering, Woodworking, Co-operative Education, Lifestyles, Fashion, English, Family Studies, Geography, Law & Politics, History, Library Studies, Biology/Medical Studies, Mathematics, Modern languages - French, Spanish, Latin, Portuguese, Chinese and Italian; Health, Music, Orchestral Studies, Dance, Physical Education, Science, Special Education, Technical Studies, Drama and Visual Arts.
Mulock also offers many sports teams and clubs for students. Mulock is well known for their superior Ultimate Frisbee team that has consistently excelled throughout the years, specifically the first-place finish the team brought home at the Early Bird Husky Huck tournament in April 2014.
After an almost undefeated season, Mulock went on to the York Region Athletic Association Championships and beat Newmarket High School in the final to win the tournament. This is the first time Mulock has ever won the YRAA tournament.
The school is also limited in courses compared to other secondary schools in the area; this can be attributed to the relatively short establishment period. The first graduating class was in 2004.
The main feeder schools for Sir William Mulock Secondary School are:
- Rogers Public School
- Crossland Public School
- Clearmeadow Public School
- Armitage Village Public School
- Terry Fox Public School
Starting the 2010/2011 year, the Grade 9 students of the school participated in a new program. Students are now required to bring netbooks/laptops with wireless capabilities to classes throughout the year. After a successful first year for the program, it was implemented in grades 10, 11, and 12. This model is now being implemented at several other York Region District School Board schools.
This program was introduced to modernize teaching and learning methods by blending traditional and technological teaching strategies.
This is a public school therefore, the use of uniforms is not required. There is however, a dress code policy. Such inappropriate clothing includes short shorts, gang colours, and headbands over an inch thick. As of September 8th 2015, hats are allowed to be worn indoors.
Sir William Mulock Secondary School's mascot is Billy the Raven.
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