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Bell Times

8:45 AM - 3:05 PM


Gord Carey - 905-522-9690 | Email


Nicole Lee - 905.527.5092 x 2673 | E-mail Nicole Lee


Sabreina Dahab - 365.889.2969 | E-mail Sabreina Dahab

School Council Chairs


Administrative Office Staff

Marlene Reid & Karen Gaston

Our School

Central Public School was opened in 1853 to accommodate 1,000 students in the largest graded school in Upper Canada.  Central was the first public school in Hamilton.  It incorporated a scheme of an integrated, rational and graduated public education system based upon a central school and primary feeders.  The original building is a finely proportioned classical design.  It was remodeled in 1890 to include a steeply pitched roof, round-arched windows and a heightened central tower.  It was remodelled in 1934 when the clock was installed. Presently our school population represents 30 nations from around the world with approximately 29 languages other than English spoken at home.

Programs & Services

Student Supports

  • Family Literacy Day
  • Family Numeracy Day
  • Learning Skills & Work Habits Assemblies
  • Nutrition Program
  • Roots of Empathy

Program Highlights

Extensive range of community partnerships.

  • Settlement Workers in Schools – Hamilton (SWIS)
  • YWCA Before and After School Program
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington In-School Mentoring Program
  • Hamilton Public Library’s MELD program to provide enrichment for our JS/SK literacy pr


  • Green Team
  • Library Club
  • Computer Club
  • Swimming, Cross-Country, and Track and Field teams.
  • Primary, Junior Choirs & Special Events Choir
  • Knitting Club
  • Garden Club
  • Checkers

Before/After School Program or Activities

  • YWCA – Before and After School programs. Parents are asked to please contact the YWCA if interested in the program. Phone Number: 905 522-9922

Our School Plan

Curriculum Focus

Our focus continues to be on student well-being , learning skills and work habits as well as  literacy/numeracy development. Our focus is to improve student successes in Reading and Numeracy. Our staff work collaboratively with our system supports, families and community to support student success and , as a school, we share teaching strategies and resources. These strategies offer students a growth mindset and the skills needed to become strong, independent thinkers and problem solvers.

Environment Focus

  • Our green team and volunteers continue to provide support to our school community to promote the respect and care for our environment. Several school wide initiatives are in place to support this. Events will be communicated to families as they take place.

Parent & Community Involvement


  • Our playground provides a play area for our students and community
  • YWCA Before and After School Program.


  • Our last School Council hosted 10 members
  • Parents are involved in volunteering in the library, our nutrition program, on school trips including extra curricular activities and in the classrooms, both regular and ESL.
Updated on Wednesday, June 21, 2023.
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