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Park Street Collegiate Institute (PSCI) is a secondary school located in Orilliamarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker. It was built in 1961 to help with the overflow of students from Orillia District Collegiate & Vocational Institute. In March, 2008, a review process will begin to consolidate Orillia's three public high schools into two buildings as a result of cost of maintenance of the aging buildings and the declining enrolment at PSCI. Park Street has a capacity of 1011 students but, as of 2006, less than 900 students were enrolled.

On 28 November 2007, a bomb threat written on a mirror in a student washroom caused great concern and students were kept in classes in a school lockdown for the morning as police cleared the building room by room. Nothing suspicious was found and students returned to classes following an extended lunch break.

There is a group on Facebook that is planning the 50th anniversary celebration/reunion for May 20, 2011.

Special programs

PSCI has a Construction Craft Program in Grade 11, partnership with the YMCA and CAPC for a Young Parent Education Support Program, Life Skills courses, Co-operative education program, and a private nursery school that links to parenting courses. Other programs include: a Latin program, full music, art and drama programs, electronics, transportation, construction, yearbook, manufacturing, drafting, model construction, and computer technology.

Extracurricular activities

  • Park Street Collegiate participates in Blood Donor Clinics, Take our Kids to Work Day, OPP Youth Liaison Project, Whiteball volleyball tournament, Kiwanis Big Sister Basketball Championship, Blackball Tournaments, Kiwanis Music Festival, and Sir Sam Steele Gallery.
  • The Technical Program provides assistance for community projects and are setting up a partnership between Habitat for Humanity and the Construction Craft program.
  • Students' Administrative Council is in charge of dances, Winter Carnival, Hallowe'en and Christmas activities, Staff-Grad Baseball, Semi-formal and Formal, and the Grad Luncheon.
  • Park Athletic Council is in charge of all sport-related activities, including organizing support officials for games, running buy-ins, and selling school spirit clothes.
  • Cabaret - School's musical which is presented at the Orillia Opera House annually.
  • Gay Straight Alliance - a club meant to break down the walls between heterosexuals and homosexuals in the student population.
  • Fund Raising: PSCI raises funds annually to support Green Haven Shelter, Terry Fox Run, The Salvation Army, a foster child, respond to needs overseas, and provide support for those in need in the community. In January, 2007, Grade 10 Civics students organised to win a $5000 donation to the Orillia Food Bank from the Toskan-Casale Foundation through the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative and in December, 2007, the Peer Leadership class ran a four-day silent auction to raise money for the Orillia Food Bank.
  • Operation Knapsack: Students donate left-over school supplies at the end of the school year to children in developing countries.


Sport

  • Boys'/Girls' Hockey, Boys'/Girls' Soccer, Boys'/Girls' Rugby, Boys'/Girls' Basketball, Boys'/Girls' Golf, Boys'/Girls' Volleyball, Track & Field, Badminton, Tennis, Boys' Football, Girls' Flag Football


Notable alumni



Notable faculty

  • Don Tapscott, Sr., (1919-2006) music composer


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