Construction of Pierre Elliott Trudeau HS commenced in June 2001 and opened the following September 2002 with 500 students in grade 7, 8, 9 and 10. The grade 7, and 8 students were from a feeder school and were segregated from the High School students. 2004-2005 was the first year with a graduating class and thus an entire full school.
Located in northern Markham between Major Mackenzie Dr. and 16th Avenue on Kennedy and Bur Oak Avenue, Trudeau is a part of the York Region District School Board, Trudeau primarily serves students who reside in northern Unionville, which include the communities of Cachet, Angus Glen, and Berczy Village. Trudeau also serves students in the French-immersion program who reside in the communities of Stouffville, and most of the City of Markham.
PETHS's feeder schools include:Ashton Meadows P.S.
Beckett Farm P.S.
Franklin St P.S. (French Immersion)
Glad Park P.S. (French Immersion)
Milliken Mills P.S. (French Immersion)
Sir Wilfrid Laurier P.S. (French Immersion)
Sam Chapman P.S. (French Immersion)
The colours of Trudeau are based on the four colours found on the native medicine wheel: white, yellow, red and black. The students of Trudeau are collectively known as the Trudeau Trailblazers. The name trailblazers is an homage to Pierre Elliott Trudeau himself and his "trailblazing" attitude in Canadian and global politics. Trudeau's athletic mascot is known as The Trudeau Trailblazers".
Strive Higher, Soar Further is the school's motto which is featured on the school's crest. The crest, titled The Spark, features a stylized abstract representation of energy and creativity.
PETHS was intended to be an academic school from the onset. Initially upon opening, Trudeau hired many teachers from Bayview Secondary School with the intent of implementing the International Baccalaureate program, which as of 2014 had not yet been achieved. Instead the school offers many AP classes in subjects such as mathematics, science, French, English and history. In addition, Trudeau now offers a Specialist High Skills Major in business as part of a transition to become a business major high school.
The 2015 Fraser Institute Report Card on Secondary Schools gives PET the following ranking:
Pierre Elliott Trudeau is also the first high school in Markham to have a competitive cheerleading team starting January 2011.
February 2011, the Junior Girls Volleyball division won YRAA tier 1 championships, bringing home the first YRAA volleyball banner in history.
In the 2015-2016 school year, the Senior Boys Volleyball made it to OFSAA, where they were defeated in the semifinals.
Trudeau Music, (often stylized as "trudeaumusic") is the music department at Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School, located in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Starting in 2002, the department has grown considerably and now consists of more than 700 students. Over the years, Trudeau Music has traveled to New York City, Chicago, and Washington D.C.. The department has previously invited composers such as Samuel Hazo, Frank Ticheli, Elliot del Borgo, Robert Sheldon, Stephen Bulla, and clinicians such as Paula Holcomb to work with students. Trudeau Music is also the first school in Canadian history to have won 8 Gold Awards at MusicFest Canada.
Trudeau Music offers a wide selection of courses available for students, including:
These courses offer students the opportunity to participate in their own concert band and hone their musical talents. Repertoire courses (consisting of full ensemble rehearsals) occur after school-hours. The Repertoire course is included as a co-requisite with this course.
In a choir setting, Trudeau Music's Vocal Courses train students' musical abilities. The Repertoire course is included as a co-requisite with this course.
Students are able to develop their skills by playing in their own string orchestra. The String Courses are divided into two separate ones: one being "Junior Strings", for musicians in Grade 9, and "Senior Strings", featuring students from Grades 10 and up. The Repertoire course is included as a co-requisite with both courses.
Trudeau Music's own Guitar Course trains and enriches students' guitar playing skills and technique.
This course at Trudeau Music teaches students the fundamentals of musical theatre and gives them the chance to perform in their very own stage production at the end of the school year.
Trudeau Music hosts 3 annual concerts throughout the school year:
"A Celebration of Bands", also known as the Trudeau Band Workshop Concert, or simply TBW, is an annual event which showcases Trudeau Music students from Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School performing, as well as featuring multiple other YRDSB elementary school's bands who display their own talents as musicians. "A Celebration of Bands" also features collaborations with the University of Toronto's Wind Symphony.
"Winter Melodies" is the Music department's annual Holiday concert, with shows featured at Trudeau until the year 2012, when the department now presents the show at the famed FLATO Markham Theatre. The concert features multiple wind and string ensembles, the Trudeau Singers, as well as including performances from jazz bands and the Musical Theatre cast from Trudeau.
"Spring Harmonies" serves as Trudeau Music's Spring Show and end-of-the-year performance. Likewise to "Winter Melodies", shows were held on site at Trudeau until 2012, when performances are now being held at the FLATO Markham Theatre.
The Trudeau Music Council consists of 32 students from Grade 9 through 12 who collaborate to produce Trudeau Music's numerous concerts and social events, such as the annual Fall potluck and Music Banquet at the end of the school year. Members of the Council also aid in representing their own ensemble as well as conceiving promotional videos, keeping records, and improving overall student life in the Music Department from late September to early June.
Trudeau Music is the first department in Canadian history to win 6 Gold Awards at the National finals for the Concert Band Division of MusicFest Canada (2015) and 8 golds overall.
Wind ensembles from Trudeau Music have won numerous Gold ratings and awards for outstanding achievement in performance.
Over the years, Trudeau Music has been awarded multiple 1st place and "Best in Class" awards. In June 2016, Trudeau Music's Grade 10 Symphonic Band achieved 1st place in the province.
PETHS has historically participated in and excelled at the McMaster University Engineering Olympics, winning in multiple events. Since 2005, they have participated in the York Region Science Olympics and have ranked in the top 7. Since 2004, its students began entering the University of Toronto Biology Contest and have placed in the top third of all international schools to participate. The school also regularly participates in the Sir Isaac Newton Physics Contest, and all applicable University of Waterloo Canadian Mathematics Competition. Trudeau's music department has advanced to the Gold Level at the OBA competitions.
Trudeau Theatrics has historically hosted Cabaret, the annual talent show for students and staff to showcase their many skills and talents, and the Drama Mosaic which is a showcase of student work relating to a single topic.
Trudeau has also participated in the Sears Ontario Drama Festival,an annual theatrical showcase event in which several schools across Ontario compete in. Trudeau has a reputation for hosting the district showcase and has had great success at the festival, advancing to the Regional Showcase at Hart House theater at the University of Toronto five times in the period from 2003-2009.
Some previous works include:The Great Theatre of the World (2003)
The Calendar Effect (2004)
The Arabian Nights (2005)
Dragon of the Winds (2006)
Stories Gone Wilde (2007)
Alice in Dystopia (2009)
A Mistake in Heaven (2010)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (2011)
Leaving Neverland (2012)
A Bad Day On Javaland (2013)
The Grey Platform (2014)
Events held by the Student Council members at PETHS include Trudeaumania, a welcoming event for grade nine students, Blazer's Bash which is a school wide event taking place near the end of May as well as many school spirit days usually focused on Spirit week in the late winter before march break.