Equity & Inclusion

Introduction to Equity and Inclusive Education at PLR

At P. L. Robertson Public School, we know that equity and inclusion are inextricably linked to student well-being and learning. We consider our students' families to be our partners in the work of making our school an equitable and inclusive learning environment. To this end, we have a number of projects on the go which invite family participation. Please scroll down or use the links below to participate in the Power of a Name project, to share something special about you or your family for our weekly PLR Family Spotlight, or to make your voice heard through our anonymous Inclusion Survey.  We thank you in advance for your involvement in the life of your child's school through this important work. Should you have any questions or concerns at any time, please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or to Principal Sean McCarthy or Vice-Principal Navneet Singh or Vice-Principal Kristine Lukawecky.

PLR Black Families Advisory Group

This year we held an Open Space Session for families in our school community who identify as Black and/or Indigenous. This session provided us with the opportunity to share information about the Board's Multi-Year Plan and the work that we are doing at a school level to prevent and address Anti-Black and Anti-Indigenous racism. Most importantly, this session provided us with the opportunity to listen to our community and to learn what we can do better to ensure that our school is a safe and inclusive space for everyone. 

Following our Open Space Session, we held a follow-up meeting during which members of the community expressed the desire to continue to work together and to establish a Black Families Advisory Group for our school. You can learn more by watching the video of this session. If you are interested in joining this Advisory Group, please reach out to Mr. McCarthy, Ms. Singh or Ms. Lukawecky directly via phone or email. New members are always welcome!


This year we also held an Open Space Session for families who are part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. During this session, we shared information about the Board's Multi-Year Plan and the work that we are doing at the school level to prevent and address homophobia and transphobia. Much of this work is led by our GSA, which was first established in 2015. This session also provided us with the opportunity to hear from our community about what is working well and how we can continue to improve.  

PLR Family Spotlight

Whether you are a student, a parent, a grandparent, an aunt or an uncle at PLR, we encourage you to share your stories with us.  Over the coming months, we are hoping to spotlight “PL Robertson Stories” each week in the newsletter.  We know it takes incredible courage to put yourself out there, but we also know that when we share our stories, we knit together a tapestry of understanding and beauty.

to be featured in an upcoming edition of Family Spotlight

The Power of a Name Project

At P. L. Robertson, we believe that names are powerful, and that pronouncing people's names correctly matters. In collaboration with the community and initiated by School Council, families have identified that correct pronunciation of student names is an area where we at PLR can do better. This form is a first step toward achieving that goal. Participation is voluntary, but very much appreciated. We thank you for taking part in this project!

Graphic showing how to spell two example names phonetically:  Niam Dougherty = NEEV DOCK-er-tee    and  Adetunji Adepipe = a-day-TOON-jee ah-duh-DEE-pay
This is a screen shot of the survey linked below. It is a decorative image.

to complete The Power of a Name survey

We Want to Hear from You: Inclusion Survey

If you have concerns or suggestions about how PLR can continue to strive to ensure an inclusive and anti-discriminatory place for learning, please take a moment to fill out this anonymous survey. 

to complete the Creating an Inclusive Place for Learning survey