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Last updated on Tuesday, May 03, 2016.

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9:05 AM - 3:25 PM


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John Gris - 905.648.6142 | Email John Gris


Michael Prendergast - 905.527.5092 x 2626 | E-mail Michael Prendergast


Alex Johnstone - 905.515.7082 | E-mail Alex Johnstone


Office Administrator: Cathy Todd – 905-648-6142

School Council Chair

Kim Strecker

Our School

Rousseau school is a one floor building, constructed in 1958. It has grassed areas with mature trees, three tarvia areas and an exciting creative playground. Major renovations were completed in 2005-2006 and again in 2011 with a new roof and 2012 with the kindergarten rooms being updated for full day kindergarten.

The school is well established, so we now teach the children of former Rousseau graduates. We serve approximately 250 children, from JK to grade 6, on a balanced day schedule. Rousseau is a community school with a big heart and strong traditions including supporting local, national and international charities and families, as well as an annual “Fun Fair”.

Rousseau enjoys the benefit of a large number of volunteers, who work here daily. They work with children individually or in small groups, with clubs or sports, with driving students to events, with chaperoning students on trips, with our School Improvement Planning process, with School Council or with other activities. Rousseau has well developed “Learning Communities” for staff and for students, which meet weekly to work on Literacy and foster a “Passion For Reading”.

The Rousseau vision statement says it all: “Rousseau is a place, where we have a Passion for Learning, and where our students come to school because it is fun to learn within a respectful environment.”

Programs & Services

Student Success Supports

  • Adult Volunteers
  • Book Fair
  • Pre-service Teachers
  • Early Reading Intervention Programs

Program Highlights

  • Oral Communication: all junior students prepare and deliver speeches
  • Primary and Junior Choir
  • Active Student Council and School Council
  • Music and Art programs with specialist teachers


  • Primary Choir
  • Junior Choir
  • Cross Country
  • Swim Team
  • Track & Field
  • Student Council
  • Basketball
  • Library Helpers
  • Art
  • Volleyball
  • 3 Pitch

Before/After School Program or Activities

  • SAAC (School Aged Child Care, by YMCA)
  • Mad Science
  • Basketball (Winter)
  • Swim Team (Fall)
  • Volleyball
  • Ancaster Fair Art Submissions (Spring)

Our School Plan

Curriculum Focus

  • Literacy: Every student is engaged in Comprehensive Literacy. A combination of guided, modeled, shared and independent reading is leading to increased literacy skills. A “Passion for Reading” is fostered in each child.
  • Numeracy: Problem solving permeates all Math strands. Students are actively engaged using manipulatives to make the connection between Math and everyday life.

Environment Focus

  • Peaceful Schools-Creating a Culture of Peace
  • Student Leadership
  • Curriculum Enrichment Activities (drama, music, art, anti-bullying, etc.)

Parent & Community Involvement


Partnerships include:

  • Inner City Sister School
  • Community Care Access
  • Ancaster High School
  • YMCA
  • Ancaster Public Library
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Chapters
  • Redeemer University
  • Starbucks
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation
  • Ancaster Community Services
  • Fieldcote Museum
  • Foster Parent Programme
  • Neighbour to Neighbour


  • Our School Council has many members
  • School Council funds many student initiatives such as Grade 6 Graduation, Literacy and Silver Birch Reading Club
  • School Council organizes our annual “Fun Fair” with activities for children and adults