The English language only policy requires that all staff and students speak English inside the
school, including the lobby area and the front desk. This policy exists because:
1. Speaking a language in the presence of people who don’t speak that language is disrespectful because it excludes them. Speaking English is a mark of courtesy to those around us, students and staff alike. In addition, students show respect to their teachers by speaking English.
2. You have come to Pattison High School in order to improve your English. This can only be done if you try to speak English at all times. Your teachers will insist you speak English to them in order to help you develop your English skills and to teach you better.
3. You are now living in Canada, where one of its two official languages is English.