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 8.
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.
As a Private Catholic Elementary School, Guiding Light Academy does not follow the 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.
Guiding Light Academy will identify and hone the strengths of each child while helping them to imbibe positive values and attitudes thereby shaping each child for success in his or her future. Guiding Light Academy aims 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 cultivated at each age. In the primary years, 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.
At Guiding Light Academy we will:
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 is that during the formative years of a child there must be an 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Br. Gustavo Kralj at email@example.com
Daily Mass: Each student at Guiding Light Academy begins each school day with daily mass. The children and teachers attend 8:30am Mass at St Joseph’s Parish in Streetsville, Mississauga. Guiding Light Academy believes that this routine provides our students with introspective reflection time and promotes mindfulness and an exceptional moral foundation.
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 brothers from the Heralds of the Gospel read and explain the Gospel of the Day to the students. Other devotions such as the Rosar, Divine Mercy, and Stations of the Cross are prayed throughout the liturgical year. The students pray the Angelus at noon and each school day ends with the Our Lady of Good Remedy Novena and 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 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.
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: