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.
Over the past several weeks, the Grade 12 Communications Technology class, taught by Ms. Weening and Ms. Stefanescu, was tasked with designing and branding what would become the CDS Honey Project. The five students in the class had the unique opportunity to experience working with a real client, Mr. MacMillan, in creating labels for 50 honey jars filled with honey harvested in the School’s apiary, an initiative spearheaded by Mr. MacMillan.
While they will always be Cyclones, our grads are about to become Gryphons, Golden Gaels, Lions, and Badgers (Brock and Wisconsin) at universities across Canada and abroad.
Queen’s University has once again captured the hearts of the largest group of our graduating class with 11 of our best and brightest heading to Kingston. This year Wilfrid Laurier shares top destination status, followed closely by McMaster, Guelph, Western and University of Toronto. For the third year in a row St. Francis Xavier in Nova Scotia gets the furthest from CDS, while still in Canada award, followed closely by Mount Allison and Dalhousie.
“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.