|Turner Fenton Secondary School|
|7935 Kennedy Road South
Brampton, Ontario, L6W 0A2, Canada
|School board||Peel District School Board|
|Area trustee||David Green
|Vice principal||James Dowhaniuk
Deb Sharp Ramsay
|School type||high school|
|Language||English, Extended French|
|Team name||Turner Fenton Trojans|
|Colours||Royal Blue, Black, White and Silver|
|Founded||1993 merger (1972, 1974)|
|Enrollment||2,578 (September 2010)|
Feeder schools include Fletcher's Creek Sr. Public School, William G. Davis Sr. Public School
Turner Fenton is a diverse school, even by Greater Toronto Area standards, due to the varied array of programs it offers. At least eleven educational programs are available:
The school also works with the William Osler Campus, a Peel Board facility for those admitted to hospital for terms longer than 14 days. Turner offers a Learning Strategies Course, and Specific Learning Disabilities services. A Regional Enhanced Program program ran at the school, until the end of the 2004-2005 school year. The school also offers a number of different beneficial programs, including an International Baccalaureate Program. Turner Fenton was the largest high school in Ontario as of 2006.
Turner Fenton participates in Model UN events, in 2005 representing Cambodia and Kenya, and in 2006 representing The United States of America. In previous years, the school represented China, France, and Somalia. Turner Fenton consistently places high among Ontario schools for fundraising for the Terry Fox Run, although its totals are often eclipsed by one of its "feeder" schools, W.G. Davis Senior Public School, which, in 2005, raised over $23,000 from a school population of just over 550.
Due to its proximity to the recently constructed Powerade Centre, the OHL's Brampton Battalion hockey team members who have not yet completed high school are assigned to this school during the hockey season, returning to their home schools afterwards.
The Turner Fenton cross country team, has won twelve consecutive ROPSSAA championships in the "overall team" division. The badminton team has won a total of four medals in the 2005 season. The girls doubles team has won ROPSSAA gold in 2007 and in 2009 both the girls double and the girls single team won silver and gold respectively, hence making OFSAA. The boys Lacrosse team won the 2006 ROPSSAA championships and went on to appear the OFSAA finals in St. Catharines, Ontario. Also the boys Baseball Team and Soccer Team won 2006 ROPSSAA TIER II Championships. In 2006, The boys junior Cricket Team came runners up at ROPSSAA, losing to Woodlands Secondary School in a tightly fought match. During the Late 80's and early 90s, the Trojan football teams placed well in the Peel Gridiron. The school's archery team had also performed at high levels in both ROPSSAA and OFSAA tournaments winning first place on multiple occasions. The wrestling team has won 5 straight ROPSSAA overall titles. along with a few OFSAA placings. The team won the 2009 ROPSAA team titles (boy girls and overall) as well as the 2009 OFSAA Championships with the overall and boys title. The team had 3 gold medals, 1 silver, 1 4th place, and 2 5th place finishes.
Turner Fenton hosts an annual event, Trojanfest, assembling local aspiring bands in a one night performance for the school. Providing an event for aspiring bands, and venue for those who wish to see the acts, Trojanfest has become a Turner Fenton tradition. Other traditional events include Bistro Shows (hosted by the IAC) and Turner's Got Talent. The two events have spawned acts from numerous students of the school. The Integrated Arts Council also hosts the annual "Arts Banquet" which features performances from many of the musical and dramatic acts from around the school. The events are often held in the North Hall Auditorium or the South Hall Cafeteria. Students are often enthusiastic about musical events because it's a good way for them to get out of class.
CultureFest is an annual event held at Turner Fenton Secondary School. The festival is entirely student-run and comprises live performances, educational booths and workshops, as well as a marketplace of international foods spread over two days and one community night. The festival has existed under a number of names over since its inception and was most recently stylized as "CultureFest," with a distinctive capitalization of the second component of the word.
Every year, CultureFest assumes a specific festival theme or focus. The latest incarnation was the "Five Continents, One Vision." theme for the 2007 festival, which took place on April 22, 2008 and April 23, 2008. Last year, CultureFest was profiled by several prominent media agencies, including the CBC, the Brampton Guardian, and Rogers Cable. A videorecording of CultureFest 2007 is available here OR here. A videorecording of CultureFest 2008 is available here.
In January 2009, a parent complained that her child was not being educated to the provincial standard and was not being challenged to the best of her abilities. The student, who was placed in the school's applied program, felt that she deserved to be in the academic program of the school. However, she was denied acceptance after repeated failure. The parent filed a case, however the matter was lost.
Each year, students and staff collaborate to plan leadership and skills development conferences. Noted conferences include the annual START (Students: The Active Risk Takers) and SOAR (Suddenly/Student Opportunities are Reachable) leadership conferences for high school and middle school students respectively. Additionally, the school hosts the International Baccalaureate Mentorship Conference (IBMC), intended to introduce new Grade 9 Middle Years Programme students to the high school atmosphere. TFSS students are also noted for high involvement in the Peel Student Presidents' Council, whether students are on the council itself or take part in their yearly conference.
Turner Fenton's active robotics team has participated in Canada and US FIRST competitions.
Turner Fenton Secondary School is composed of two buildings, dubbed North Hall and South Hall. Until 1992, the two buildings were each schools in their own right, the North being J. A. Turner SS, and the South being W. J. Fenton SS. W. J. Fenton was the first of the two to open in 1972, built by Val Mitchell Construction. C.A. Smith built J. A. Turner Secondary in 1974. Both buildings were designed by architect Don E. Skinner Thughliphe.
The rooms of the "new" North Hall are numbered 100s and 200s on the first floor and second floor, respectively; the South Hall rooms are numbered 300s on the first floor and 400s on the second floor. The portables are 500s. Each faculty department generally has its own section of the school. English, Math, Science, Business/Tech, the Library and Main Administration are in the North building. History, Moderns (French and other language studies), Geography, Arts (Dramatic, Visual, Digital, Culinary and Cosmetic). Some exceptions do apply however: Music classes are located in the North Hall although part of an integrated Arts department. Similarly, Biology classes are in the South Building. Administrative offices are split between the two buildings, with certain Vice Principals and Guidance Counsellors located specifically in the South hall. The school also has two cafeterias, the North Hall cafeteria being the larger of the two. The South Hall cafeteria is less popular, but provides a different atmosphere for students. Additionally, as the South Hall was equipped to serve Culinary arts teaching, the cafeteria in the South Hall allows students to make/serve food.
Following the merger of the schools in 1992, the school was referred to officially on its main outdoor signage as 'Turner Fenton Secondary School,' however had also adopted a secondary brand name 'Turner Fenton Campus' used on school letterhead. In the early-2000s, the school board forced Turner Fenton to standardise its name, because the school had not filed the proper forms upon its creation in 1992.
Some other changes were also made to the already large school. On September 2007, construction workers had fenced off an area between north hall and south hall to extend the school. Construction was coming to an end by the end of the 2007-2008 school year and on September 2, the new section was opened to all staff and students. The school now has new lab rooms and English classrooms. As well, math teachers were upgraded to a newer and much larger office to accommodate all the teachers. The newer division also came with two new staircases and a beautiful large window from one of the staircases that looks onto the parking lot. In addition, trees and plants were also added to the parking lot and the side of the school to make it more appealing. This makes the school larger than before and almost impossible to see all your friends on your walk to class.
J.A. Turner Secondary School (present-day North Hall) previously housed a radio station in the projection room near the cafeteria. The room contained various alternative rock demo CDs and tapes, some of which were marked with the call letters CFNY-FM, which refer to Toronto's Edge 102 radio station.
In the 1980s the radio station was called RAT, Radio Active Turner. The play list was primarily alternative, sharing many songs with CFNY. There are frequent concerns within the faculty over the lyrics.