CDS will provide an approach toward instruction that is rooted in a deep understanding of our students. We will support wellness for all and continue to attract inspirational and caring faculty and staff.
“There is no planet B,” reads one of 6R’s student posters about Climate Change. In our Grade 6 social studies class, we’ve been learning about Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old activist from Sweden. She skipped school on Fridays to protest against Climate Change. At first, she stood alone in front of the Swedish Parliament. Soon, her friends, classmates and other students joined her, helping to spread the word.
Imagine being admitted to a prestigious Canadian Medical school before even finishing high school. The Queen’s University Accelerated Route to Medical School (QuARMS) has been offering this exclusive and unique opportunity to 10 exceptional undergraduate students each year since 2013. Each year CDS has nominated an extremely worthy contender, never having received good news until now.
Last week at Assembly, Mr. Moorlag presented a comprehensive update on how our students fared at some recent worldwide Math competitions. Here is the impressive snapshot:
University of Waterloo Canadian Computing Competition
Sixteen participants in Grades 11 and 12 (and one in Grade 8) wrote this three-hour coding competition that included questions inspired by real-world topics in computer science and mathematics, including a basketball scoring system and a text message compression exercise.
When something as exciting as a Music trip to Europe is on the agenda for March Break, it would take a lot to extinguish the anticipation and excitement shared among the students and faculty members. When news of a travel delay of an undetermined amount of time was released at the airport, our intrepid travelers navigated what turned out to be 24-hour-delay and multi-flight reschedule extraordinarily well.
Last November, The Country Day School was fortunate to host actor and writer Kelli Simpkins for five days of workshops and rehearsals with CDS drama students and members of the cast of the upcoming Senior School production of The Laramie Project taking place Feb. 28-March 2.
In early November, 47 of our Grade 7 and 8 students boldly came forth to take the University of Waterloo Beaver Computing Challenge (BCC), which is designed to get students with little or no previous experience excited about computing. Students with a score of 60 or higher received a certificate of distinction (top 25% of all competitors worldwide). This year, 30 of our students scored a 60 or higher and two tied for the top CDS score of 86: Stone Li ’24 and Jimmy Zhou ’23. The previous CDS record was 82.
During Tuesday’s Orientation Day and on the first day of School, the Director of the Middle School, Rob Waldron, and Guidance Teacher, Counsellor and Learning Strategist, Courtney Kroen asked the Grade 7 and 8 students one simple question: “What is Your Hope?”.
In our ongoing quest to support, know and inspire our students, and in response to parent feedback, CDS has created the new position of Middle School Guidance teacher, counsellor and learning strategist as part of the Student Services team.
In the past, Middle School students have had access to guidance and counselling in the Burge Family Student Services Centre located on the second floor of the Senior School, which could be intimidating for some. Now Grades 7 and 8 students can easily stop by to see Ms. Courtney Kroen in a refurbished office located centrally beside the Director of Middle School Mr. Waldron’s office.
As you prepare to embark on summer holidays, cottage time, summer camp, summer hours, or just time on your deck; a bounty of delicious summer reading awaits! Whether it's one, two, three or 10 books you plan read this summer; our wonderful CDS librarians have composed some terrific suggested reading for all ages, including adults!
Grad X is the Grade 12 annual art exhibit, held this year from May 24 through June 14, in celebration of the culminating year of students in the visual arts program. The show is a collaboration of art works created by the Grade 12 art class and provides them with an opportunity to display their works to the public within the school gallery space.
Kerstin Wyndham-West, Debating and Public Speaking Coach, Faculty
For the past 11 years, CDS has qualified at least one student every year to join Team Canada’s contingent of 14 students at the World Individual Public Speaking Championships. This is a significant accomplishment, as CDS is only one of two Canadian schools to have done so. This year’s host was Bishop’s Diocesan College in Cape Town, South Africa, an independent school for boys, with a spectacular campus situated at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.
Last weekend, Arjun Walia and Tomas Chacin competed at the prestigious Fulford Debate held at Bishop Strachan School in Toronto. In spite of being in Grade 8 and competing against much older students, the boys debated at a high level.
Do you know someone who would thrive at a school like CDS, but perhaps has never considered applying because of the expense? Are they currently in Grade 8 or 9? If so, we encourage you to let them know about our NEW York Scholarship Bursaries which provide up to 65% of tuition and fees for the duration of each student’s high school career.
CDS Students and faculty were abuzz yesterday when Victor Mete ’16 stopped by with his sister Julia Mete ’13, Courtney Petrachek ’16, and mother Mary Mete to visit the School he attended for nine years.
Dave Harvey, Director of Academics, Middle & Senior School
Last week, the Director of Academics: Middle & Senior Schools, Dave Harvey, addressed the Middle and Senior School students in assembly with a memorable and humorous presentation with respect to their upcoming reports:
The Grade 10 History classes undertook a new challenge this year, a two-day field experience to enhance their understanding of the efforts of soldiers in World War One. The activity took place in the far eastern portion of the CDS property, a former corn field on the other side of the railroad tracks. Watch the video below of their experience.
John Liggett shared a special story with Junior School students at this week’s Assembly about taking their Remembrance Day poppies on an incredible journey.
I want to take you back in time. This little journey back in time might make us sad, but it will also make us feel proud.
Our first journey back in time – is just a little way back to last week’s Remembrance Day ceremony. I know how I felt that day – always a little sad. But I also felt proud to be a Canadian, and most of all – proud of all of you.
Yesterday, we paid our respects at our Remembrance Day ceremonies. Putting my obvious bias aside, I have to attest that our school was at its very best. Populists might call what we experienced “flow.” Call it what you may, there is no doubt that the character, care and respect that we work so hard to create at CDS, were on full display. And I couldn’t have been more proud of our students, faculty and staff.
Kerstin Wyndham-West, CDS Faculty and Debating Coach
Last weekend, three students: Maeve Tebbutt (11), Anna Croxon (10) and Anaïs Leiva von Bovet (11) travelled to Winnipeg to compete in this year’s International Independent Schools' Public Speaking Competition co-hosted by Balmoral Hall School and The Gray Academy of Jewish Education. More than 140 students from 10 countries competed in their choice of three events.
Whether you are touring the Junior School, stopping into Admissions, walking past a Senior School Math or Science class or Grade 10 Careers Class – CDS Alumni are back on campus and we are so happy to have them!
DECA is an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service. The organization prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other business areas. Faculty advisor Laura Aldoroty has been involved with DECA since its implentation in 2011, and has traveled with students to places like Salt Lake City, Atlanta and Nashville to name a few.
In 2014, we launched our Portrait of a Graduate video series, featuring Graduates who opened up to reveal who they are today and how CDS helped shape their character. After a year of faculty brainstorming and teamwork developing the components, in our final assembly of the year in May 2015, we introduced our Portrait of a CDS Graduate to the students, asking them to continue to question Who Will You Be? Each year as our students graduate, our hope is that they will leave us with these qualities at their core (below).
Ready, set, go! It’s Day 2 and CDS students have jumped right back into their academic routine. As a
school that values education with balance, we would like to encourage students in Grades 4-12 to get involved in an extra-curricular activity (or multiple) from the get go this year.
Not only are extra-curricular activities a wonderful way to meet like-minded friends, but they also allow students to recalibrate after being in class all day and let off steam. Studies have demonstrated that extra-curricular involvement pursuits contribute to increased self-esteem and academic motivation, and better time management; a win-win for everyone!
Grad X is the Grade 12 annual art exhibit, held this year from May 25 through June 16, in celebration of the culminating year of students in the visual arts program. The show is a collaboration of art works created by the Grade 12 art class and provides them with an opportunity to display their works to the public within the school gallery space.
The Country Day School mock trial team finished in 4th place out of 24 teams at the Judges’ Cup Mock Trial Tournament at the Newmarket Courthouse. The competition is the largest in Ontario and one of the few in Canada that holds its trials in real courtrooms in front of actual judges.
Having qualified earlier this year to join the Canadian team of 15 participants from across the country, two CDS public speakers, Olivia Railton (Grade 12) and Maeve Tebbutt (Grade 10) travelled to Sydney, Australia in early April to compete in the World Individual Public Speaking and Debating Tournament, held at Ravenswood Girls’ School. This is the 10th consecutive year that CDS has sent either one or two representatives to this prestigious and challenging tournament.
One of the downfalls of learning a new language in the classroom is the lack of authenticity in practice and conversation. However, with the increase in conferencing technologies, it is becoming much easier to connect with people overseas, and have meaningful and real conversations in the target language - a vital condition for second language acquisition.
January 11th wasn’t an ordinary day for Trinity De Simone and Olivia Railton, Grade 12 students at The Country Day School. Both girls had had this date highlighted in their calendars for months. This was the day that all shortlisted candidates for Oxford University hear via email whether they had been accepted. By 7:00 a.m., both Trinity and Olivia were grinning from ear-to-ear.
As many of you know, one of our strategic outcomes is to support, know and inspire all our students. In some respects, the second of these verbs, to know, is an important precondition to achieving the other two. The reasoning is quite simple: if we know our students—their learning preferences, the areas of study that engage them and those at which they struggle, their learning strengths and weaknesses, and what they are truly passionate about—we are much more likely to find ways to inspire them and to provide the necessary support that will enable them to thrive at CDS and beyond.
Dave Harvey, Director of Academics, Middle & Senior Schools
Acting on our new strategic direction to inspire, support and know all our learners, the Middle and Senior School Professional Development Day on October 7th was focused on the importance of relational teaching.
The Junior School Library is a welcoming place where students can always find that perfect book to read in a comfy, cozy place; but it is also a place of exploration, research and discovery. Their learning is often based on questions that originate from the curriculum, as well as the world around them.
Following our long range plan commitment to support, know and inspire all of our students, the Middle/Senior School Professional Development activities in late August were decidedly focused on how we personalize learning in the classroom.