Monsignor Doyle Overview
Monsignor Doyle Catholic Secondary School officially opened in 1976 as a junior high school for students in grades 7-10. In 1985 public funding was provided for Catholic secondary schools and grade 11 was added and by 1987 Doyle had transitioned to a full high school. As the surrounding neighbourhoods of South Cambridge grew, so did the school community and renovations followed in 1995 and again in 2006. We currently have 1015 students enrolled and 116 amazing staff consisting of wonderful teachers, a chaplain, educational assistants, youth care workers, custodians, administrative assistants and administrators who all play an integral part of making Doyle the fantastic faith based community that it is.
Our school motto represents what we believe and how we choose to act at our school. It flows from our rich 40 year heritage as a Catholic learning community. We believe that education is a partnership with students, parents, parishes and our local community. First and foremost, we are about learning. That is our responsibility. As a Catholic school, however, we do this in the context of our faith and in an atmosphere of respect for self, others, property and the needs of the entire school community. That is why “We walk the path of learning, faith and respect together.” Students and staff at Monsignor Doyle demonstrate our faith in action daily through our liturgies, Advent and Lenten activities, and focus weeks for Catholic Education, Anti-Bullying Education and Mental Wellness.
In addition to our school motto, we also feel closely tied to the WCDSB Vision “Our Catholic Schools: heart of the community—success for each, a place for all.” Monsignor Doyle prides itself on giving back to the community in which it is a part. Our students and staff are involved in a wide range of social justice activities throughout the year, such as volunteering at Bridges (our local community shelter) and the Ontario Christian Gleaners (who supply soup for areas in the world that suffer from acute hunger and poverty). Students participate annually in our Trick or Treat for Hunger event and other drive events for the local Foodbank, Firefighter Christmas Hamper Campaign, Dominican Republic Encounter, WAYVE, We Day and We Schools in Action events. In addition, our community responds to local, national and international crisis needs throughout the year. The beauty of working together as a school community to help others is that our connection to our own school community flourishes as a result.
Doyle is a school that strives for success and excellence in academic achievement for all our students in the pathway most suited to their learning interests and strengths. Students enhance their learning by taking part in a range of experiential learning opportunities outside of the school building such as Co-operative Education, CCEP at Conestoga College, or UCEP at St. Jerome’s University. Our dedicated teachers work tirelessly to provide countless opportunities to our students, ensuring that their experience at Monsignor Doyle is as excellent as possible.
We work together to help our students find their place in our community through academics and faith in action activities. These events and opportunities help to round out their high school experience and we provide a huge range of club and team offerings. Our student leaders shape our school community through Student Activities Council, Mustang Athletic Council and our transition focused LINK team. Our DECA team has been successful in regional, provincial and international competitions in recent years. The HEART club creates a safe and inclusive environment for each and every student, and for those with a passion for building, gaming, robotics, math, science and darts, we have clubs for them too. Students can join our many athletic teams that run throughout the year. Most notable is our badminton and swimming team with its many accomplishments over the years, and our Mustang wrestling team which has captured the CWOSSA title for the last 16 years running and the District 8 title for 25 years! Our rich Arts program has produced three fantastic major productions in the last four years; Jesus Christ Superstar, Cinderella and 12 Angry Jurors. Our music students lend their talents to parent nights, liturgies, Masses, assemblies and at local long term care facilities. Our students also participate in a numerous local art exhibits, dance shows, coffee houses and drama festivals resulting in countless opportunities to shine.
Monsignor Doyle truly is the heart of the community, providing success for each and a place for all as we walk the path of learning, faith and respect together.