Balance and Innovate
We will continue to provide a balance of exceptional academics, arts and athletics. CDS will lead in outdoor educational experiences and environmental citizenship across all grades and offer a balanced approach to technology.

In the News

List of 15 news stories.

  • Recap of the Senior Track & Field Team's Season

    This year was exceptional for our Senior Track Team, with many personal best (PB’s) set, school records broken, and history made. 

    The first school record to be broken was by Tyler Shepherd ‘24, who threw 13.15 in the senior boys’ shot put, breaking a 22-year-old record. Although Tyler narrowly missed qualifying for the OFSAA Championships in shot put, he can be pleased by the way that he finished his last high school track and field season. 
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  • CDS Coach Named as Inductee to the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame

    Congratulations to Sandy Townsend for being named to the 2024 Class of Inductees of the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame at the Town Council Meeting Tuesday evening! 

    Coach Townsend has dedicated over 35 years to growing and building the game of rugby, establishing himself as a pillar of the sport both locally, nationally, and internationally. His storied career includes coaching the Aurora Barbarians Rugby 18U Boys to provincial championships in 2002 and 2013, showcasing his exceptional ability to develop young talent and lead teams to victory.
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  • Highlights From Last Weeks CISAA Championships

    Senior D1 Girls’ Tennis
    Congratulations to our Senior Girls’ 1st and 3rd singles players Avery Templeman ‘25 and Kiran Chaudhry ‘26 for capturing Gold at CISAA last week, and to Diviya Amarnath ‘25, the team’s 2nd singles player, for placing 4th. Diviya was also the team’s only qualifier for the OFSAA provincial championships this year taking place June 3-5. 

    Layla Campoli ‘24 and Diya Mangat ‘25 also enjoyed a strong season as 1st doubles players and were terrific supporters and mentors to Aneesa Khan ‘27 and Nicole Wu ‘27 in the 2nd doubles position. Overall, the CDS girls team came in 4th place, and according to Coach Aimee Lee, enjoyed their best season in years.

     
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  • Grade 5 Human Biology

    As part of the Human Body Systems science unit, the Grade 5 classes spent an Outdoor Education class participating in an experiential activity that showcased the digestive system. Each class was divided into smaller groups of 3 or 4. A diagram of the system was reviewed and then students were given materials to simulate how the digestive system breaks down food, absorbs nutrients and processes food. Matteo said, “It helped me learn the parts of the digestive system in more detail.”   Photo Gallery
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  • Grade 11 Biology: Can Seeds Thrive in Space?

    Mrs. Griffin's grade 11 biology students have been investigating the effects of space travel on seed germination by participating in the TomatoSphere project.
     
    In a blind experiment, students planted two groups of tomato seeds. One group spent approximately 30 days on board the International Space Station while in orbit, the other was a control group that remained on Earth.
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  • Senior School Vocalists Shine

    This week's ISU recital by the Grade 12 vocal class was an unforgettable experience, captivating the audience with a plethora of emotions. Each performance was a testament to the student's passion and dedication, as they poured their hearts into renditions of songs that deeply resonated with them.

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  • Simcoe County Museum

    The grade fives travelled to Simcoe County Museum last Thursday to participate in the program called "Two Cultures, One Trade."  Students explored a variety of hands-on activities that connected to the current unit of study in Social Studies.
     
    Students worked in groups to complete an orienteering task that mimicked the path that early fur traders had to travel. Students also had the opportunity to bake and eat bannock by the fire. We were able to hold and look at a variety of Indigenous artifacts and furs. Such an amazing day of learning and exploring.
     
  • Book Walk Promoting Environmental Awareness

    Students from JK to sixth grade have been buddying up to read and explore along our CDS trails this week as they experience an outdoor Book Walk together.
     
    Kyo Maclear’s book entitled 'The Fog' is an environmental fable that offers students a chance to consider the responsibility of human activity in contributing to a healthy planet.  In the story, a small yellow bird who enjoys human-watching notices a deep fog that rolls in, obscuring his view.  The more the fog is ignored, the more it spreads and the bird begins to wonder who else notices the changes. When a young girl appears, they both begin to wonder if others notice the fog too and whether it is here to stay.  
     
    The witty story comes to life with the misty illustrations by Kenard Park to highlight the importance of taking care of our world together.   Enlarged pages of the story on the Book Walk signs also include QR codes that students can access to view short video clips from the author to enhance their learning while reading the story with their buddies.
     
    Thank you to our Outdoor Education team for partnering with the Junior School Library again to promote literacy skills, mentoring and physical activity in our spectacular outdoor learning environment with this shared Book Walk!
     
     
  • CITE Conference

    On Saturday, April 27, CDS hosted the annual Conference of Independent Schools Teachers of English - or CITE - conference, welcoming 48 English teachers from various schools across Ontario for a day of professional learning about the future of English education in a digital age. The day included a keynote speaker and 10 different teacher workshops, including four run by CDS faculty. 

    The day concluded with a panel discussion moderated by Mr. Harvey. Three brave grade 12 students - Roshni Karmali '24, Hailey Casciato '24 and Adam Montgomery '24 - took to the stage with our other panel members, Mr. Lesiuk and Mr. Rafferty, for an hour of questions about their experiences in the English classrooms, their opinions on AI, and how they envision the future of English education.
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  • Earth Week in the Junior School

    In the Junior School, Earth Week has been front and centre. It is an opportunity for students and the community to be reminded of the importance of our connection to the natural environment. Throughout the year the Grade 5 Green Team is the leader when it comes to environmental stewardship in the Junior School. Earth Week is their time to shine.
     
    Members of the Green Team have taken on a variety of initiatives that all of the students have been participating in from JK-Grade 6. This week students have been tracking their daily energy use in the classrooms, participating in a food waste competition, spending a little extra time outside to appreciate the amazing natural spaces we have, and participating in a campus clean-up competition for house points. We were all reminded that we don’t need to be perfect, but we all need to make an effort to do our part. Make every day, Earth Day!
     
    In all of the Outdoor Education classes, students have been focussing on the monthly character trait of conservation. This week the students have been creating “seed bombs”. Our campus is a great space for honey bees, which do an essential ecosystem service for plant biodiversity and the quality of fruit and vegetable production. The seed bombs we have created are full of a variety of wildflower seeds which will provide the food for our pollinators to thrive. The students got their hands right into it as they created and launched their “seed bombs” throughout our back 40 in their O.E. classes.
     
    Happy Earth Week CDS!
     
     
  • Croatia Trip Opens Students' Eyes to Adventure Travel

    Over the March Break, 12 intrepid students accompanied Ms. Wellnhofer and Ms. Winterink to Croatia with World Challenge International. This trip was designed to allow us to make many independent decisions, live with our choices, and step out of our comfort zones. This trip was one big adventure where we had to work for almost every reward – which made each one that much sweeter!
     
    We slept in tents, managed a group budget of over $2000 to cover our groceries and snacks, cooked outside on camping stoves, kayaked on rivers and the sea, hiked in beautiful places, grocery shopped where nobody spoke English and all the labels were in Croatian, hiked up into a remote mountain hut, explored 1000-year-old forts, old cities, and abandoned villages. We weathered a thunderstorm and huge rainstorms, and adapted to many changes in our itinerary. While all of us came on the trip with a friend, many of us really didn’t know each other before the trip. As a group, we worked very well together and concluded our week with a lot of shared memories.
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  • Sustainability Club Clothing Swap

    Ready for some spring cleaning? Got some clothes that are still current but are ready to leave your closet? Bring your gently used clothing to CDS so it can be sustainably worn again. We are only taking clothes that are clean, in good condition, and current.
     
    Drop off of items will happen on Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30 before school and during break in the Mantella Atrium. Students will be given "store credit" for their items.
     
    The swap will happen at lunch in the Mantella Atrium on Tuesday, April 30. Students who have brought clothing items in will be the first to be able to shop the swap with their credit. Those who wish to shop the swap but did not bring in items will be able to purchase items by donation on Wednesday, May 1 at lunch time.
     
    Any clothes that have not been swapped or purchased can be picked up by their owners at the end of lunch on Wednesday, May 1. Any leftover clothing will be donated and any funds raised will go to The David Suzuki Foundation. This clothing swap is organized by the Sustainability Committee.
  • Support CDS Robotics this Weekend!

    Team 4951 - The CDS Cyclones - is competing in the Provincial Championships over the next three days. Come cheer them on at The International Centre (6900 Airport Road) Hall #5 in Mississauga! Admission and parking are free, and children of all ages are welcome. There is even a Lego Robotics booth available for our younger robot enthusiasts!
     
    Our team colour is navy blue, so wear blue and/or your CDS gear and bring your school spirit! Other teams take 60+ students and fans to each tournament. We are a small team (around 12 students), so we would welcome as many students, parents, teachers, and fans as possible to come cheer us on.
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  • CDS Robotics #4951 Secures Alliance Spot at FRC

    Over the March Break, Team #4951 competed at an FRC event in Newmarket.  With aspirations to match last year's top finish, CDS impressively secured a spot on the #4 Alliance team.
     
    The team demonstrated remarkable teamwork and resilience through five playoff rounds, narrowly missing a chance to compete in the finals.
     
    This was a huge accomplishment, where everyone on the team pulled together to get the robot working to its fullest potential.
     
    Other highlights of the tournament included the large crowds who came to see their Minecraft World and Gumball machine filled with student-created collector 4951 mini-buttons and candies. 
  • CDS Snowboard Team Has Always Been A Family Affair

    Ask any current or former member of the CDS Snowboard team about what it is like to be a part of the team, and most will mention “CISAA Fam” -- that intangible, collegial aspect of our CISAA snowboard league that makes it such a joy to be a part of each year. But at CDS, the concept of the “snowboarding family” runs even deeper, with a strong history of multiple family members participating on (and being very successful) the team.

    Nowhere is this more evident than in the Gosal family, whose three members, Daya ‘19, Jeevan ‘20 and Sarin ‘24 have captured more CISAA and OFSAA snowboard hardware than any other athlete in team history. Clearly, they have snowboarding in their DNA!
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Land Acknowledgment

The Country Day School wishes to recognize and acknowledge the land on which the school operates. Our nearest Indigenous Nations are now the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Chippewas of Georgina Island. The Dish with One Spoon Wampum covenant is often cited as an example of the shared responsibility for caring for these lands among the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples who would call these their traditional territories. CDS respects the relationship with these lands and recognizes that our connection to this land can be strengthened by our continued relationship with all First Nations, by acknowledging our shared responsibility to respect and care for the land and waters for future generations.

School Information

13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5 
(905) 833-1220 

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Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.