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OUR PHILOSOPHY

Guiding Light Academy is a Private Catholic School with a mission to nurture and develop children in Junior and Senior Kindergarten and Grades 1 to 6.

At Guiding Light Academy, our forte is our enriched curriculum that far exceeds the Ontario standard curriculum. Our 21st century teaching places a focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. Each and every child participates in various activities conducted by professionals from reputable Canadian Institutions as a part of their daily schedule. These include physical education, music, dance, gymnastics, drama and elocution

Our Catholic spiritual guidance program is managed by Lumen Veritatis and the brothers of the Heralds of the Gospel. The Academy focuses on developing a deeper love for God,  the Holy Eucharist, Our Lady and an all around deeper understanding of the Catholic faith.  As a Catholic Private School, Guiding Light Academy aims to instill a love of our faith and encourage active participation through continuous faith formation. All students are taught the basics of the importance of prayer in their lives through exposure to the Word of God and the lives of Saints.

Guiding Light Academy is Private Catholic School conveniently located just minutes away from the Streetsville Go Station in Streetsville, Mississauga.

At Guiding Light Academy we strive TOWARDS TOMORROW, TODAY.

Non-Adopters of the Revised Ontario Sexual Education Curriculum 

As a Private Catholic Elementary School, Guiding Light Academy does not follow the Ontario revised sexual education program. We believe that it is largely up to our individual parents to assess and determine when they want to expose their children to certain content. As a private school Guiding Light Academy has the flexibility to integrate or exclude information that we do not believe to be in line with the teachings of the Catholic faith or contribute to the overall development of our students.

VISION AND VALUES

Guiding Light Academy will identify and hone the strengths of each child while helping them to imbibe positive values and attitudes thereby shaping your child for success in their future.  We aim to develop a love for learning, self reliance, self regulation and the ability to interact positively with others by fostering character formation as a way to achieve sound habits of life. ​The academy follows  a sequence of virtues to ​be ​cultivate​d​ at each age:  ​from four to seven, emphasis is placed on  simple virtues such as obedience, sincerity and order. The practice of patience, perseverance and responsibility are encouraged in the following years. As graduation and entry into high school approach, students are encouraged to work on virtues that help them to deal effectively with logical arguments appropriate for their age. Truth, Goodness and Beauty form the constant  background to the practice of all these virtues.

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At Guiding Light Academy we will:

  • Provide a safe environment for the holistic development of your child
  • Provide a safe environment for the holistic development of your child
  • Nurture each child to enable them to grow into confident, secure and happy individuals
  • Foster essential social skills required for the development of a well rounded personality
  • Expose your child to an environment that will continually stimulate and challenge them to grow intellectually and develop a desire for lifelong learning
  • Instill the values of compassion, honesty, patience, respect and a sense of responsibility towards the global community
  • Improve expression through different art forms
  • Boost rapid physical growth and overall coordination
  • Develop effective communication skills
  • Encourage an inquisitive mind to facilitate critical thinking and leadership skills
  • Endorse sustainable practices within our day care and the greater community
  • Help students to develop an informed conscience, to act responsibly and to embrace their sacramental liturgical life
  • Inspire and ​foster positive relationships and character building inspired by God’s love for all, Goodness, Truth and Beauty

SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE

Religious Formation at the Academy

Our goal is sound academic formation in an ambience that teaches students to develop an informed conscience, to act responsibly and to embrace their sacramental liturgical life. Goodness, truth, and beauty, which reflect God Himself, are three qualities that the students are encouraged to practice in their daily routine. Emphasis on personal accountability in fulfilling one’s duties and obligations is an essential part of Guiding Light Academy’s effort to build the student’s character.

The Spiritual Guidance is under the full responsibility of the Heralds of the Gospel. A basic element in St John Bosco’s method of education, in the growth process of the young consists in a great emphasis on cultivating a sense of happiness and joy in whatever one is doing. This attitude is for both the young and those who counsel them. For more information about our religion studies please email Br. Justin Bonyun at justin.bonyun@lumenveritatis.ca or Br. Gustavo Kralj at gustavo.kralj@lumenveritatis.ca

Sacramental Life

Mass: Lumen Veritatis students, parents and teachers are encouraged to attend daily Mass. Attendance to Holy Mass is most powerful way to transform the hearts by the abundance of grace available in the Eucharist. Beside the nearby parishes, School Masses at the Academy are available as much as circumstances permit. Parents are always welcome to join us at these Masses.

Reception of Sacraments: Although it is the responsibility of the individual parents in co-operation with their parishes to prepare students to receive the Sacraments (Confession, Holy Communion, and Confirmation), the Academy will continue to provide instruction to supplement preparation for these Sacraments.

Prayer: Staff and students pray the Creed and Morning Offering to start the school day. The Gospel of the Day is commented by Heralds of the Gospel brothers. Other devotions (Rosary, Divine Mercy, and Stations of the Cross) are prayed throughout the liturgical year. The Angelus is prayed at noon and each school day closes with the Salve Regina. Each class also begins and ends with a short prayer.

Our spiritual guidance and formation takes its inspiration from Msgr. João Clá Dias, the founder of the Heralds of the Gospel. Msgr. João Clá Dias was born in São Paulo, Brazil. His parents, António Clá Dias and Annitta Scognamiglio Clá Dias, were immigrants from Europe, in whom the Catholic faith, which they had received from their forefathers, was still very vibrant. This lively faith manifested itself early in João. In school, he sought to organize a movement among his classmates to help young people practice a virtuous life. He joined the Marian Congregations, and at the invitation of a teacher, entered the Third Order of the Discalced Carmelites of the Strict Observance, on May 23, 1956 in the city of São Paulo. This event deeply marked his life. He completed his secondary studies at Colégio Estadual Roosevelt and studied law at the prestigious Largo de São Francisco Faculty in São Paulo. During his post-secondary studies he shone as an active Catholic university leader, in the turbulent years preceding the Sorbonne revolution of May 1968. Msgr. João S. Clá Dias is an honourary canon of the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major, in Rome, and Protonotary Apostolic. He has degrees in Philosophy and Theology from the Italo-Brazilian University in São Paulo and a Humanities Doctorate from the Pontifical Catholic University Madre y Maestra, in the Dominican Republic. He is also Master of Canon Law at the Superior Pontifical Institute of Canon Law in Rio de Janeiro and has a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the Catholic University of Colombia. Most recently, he received his Doctorate in Canon Law from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, more commonly known as the Angelicum, in Rome.

CURRICULUM

Our curriculum consists of three key components:

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  • A Catholic Spiritual Guidance Program offered by the Brothers of the Heralds of the Gospel and Lumen Veritatis Academy
  • A 21st century teaching methodology that places a focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. The academic content and methodology of Guiding Light Academy exceeds the Ontario standard. Students are tested on the academic curriculum with university styled exams. This allows children to start to hone examination skills while acting as a feedback mechanism for parent and teacher.
  • An extensive co-cirrucular program where every child participates in various activities conducted by professionals from reputable Canadian Institutions as a part of their daily schedule. This includes physical education, gymnastics, music, art, drama and elocution.
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  • Since our religion program is quite extensive, please download the course outline by clicking here

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DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS

Children are natural researchers with a desire to learn about the world and move through it. They interpret the world around them through experiences and Guiding Light Academy aims to build on their development in the following key areas:

Spiritual Development

As a part of our spiritual development program, Lumen Veritatis Academy will provide an educational atmosphere that fosters values and practice of the truths of the Catholic Church.

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Language Development

Educators engage children in activities to encourage reading comprehension, vocabulary development, grammar and written expression. ‘Interactive’ reading facilitated by the educator will help develop their imagination and critical thinking skills.

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Physical Development

Physical development is nurtured in all aspects of your child’s experience at Guiding Light Academy as we strongly believe that structured physical activity not only promotes a healthy lifestyle but enhances overall coordination and self discipline.

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Intellectual Development

At Guiding Light Academy students learn to represent themselves and their thoughts through painting, sculpting, sketches, crafts and other activities.

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Social Development

Guiding Light Academy arranges for students to participate in giving back to the community and assisting the less fortunate.

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SUNDAY RELIGION PROGRAM

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Guiding Light Academy
225 Broadway Street
Mississauga, ON L5m 1J1
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