The King Heritage & Cultural Centre (KHCC) has been doing some very inventive things this past year while their doors have remained closed due to COVID restrictions.
Perhaps the most exciting is forging a relationship with a local software company, Treasured, Inc., resulting in a free virtual exhibit titled Stories of King, featuring interesting and lesser-known tales from the Township.
In recognition of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 7-8, Mr. Downer’s class took part in an activity put on by Liberation75. The class got to hear the renowned Holocaust historian, Deborah Lipstadt, speak about antisemitism past and present during class on Wednesday morning. Dr. Lipstadt is a professor of Holocaust Studies at Emory College in Atlanta and well known for winning a libel case against Holocaust denier, David Irving, in 2000. She is also a historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.
This week, our Grade 6s had a very special visitor, Jose Torrealba. Jose is currently in his 4th year of a five-year program at Western University where he is pursuing a double major in Business and Computer Science at the Richard Ivey School of Business. As a CDS alumnus, he introduced himself by showing a picture of his graduating class from 2017 and went on to speak to the Grade 6s about Financial Literacy.
Senior School students heard from a special alumni guest at Monday’s Assembly. Michael Cherny ’08 joined them virtually to talk about making the decision to live his truth and his long involvement in championing diversity and inclusion. He urged students to live authentically and to never apologize for who they are, that others in the CDS community will always be there to support them.
As Director of Middle School, I am fortunate to observe our middle-schoolers as they interact with their teachers in the classrooms. Despite the challenges presented this year, our commitment to the Arts is unwavering and during this week's Middle School assembly, Ms. Barbanchon shared with the students her end of term Middle School visual art showcase.
It should come as no surprise that CDS basketball stalwart Carly Magarelli ’21 will continue her play this fall as a Varsity Blue. The point guard has run the show on every CDS basketball team she has taken the court with, leading her team to two CISAA titles in the Senior School before an injury and COVID abruptly ended her high school basketball career.
The CDS Auction has historically been referred to as the “best annual event in King.” First held in 1974, this unforgettable event has consistently raised upwards of $200,000-$250,000 in recent years, for a running total of more than $6.1 million dollars over 46 years. More importantly, it has become a CDS community tradition that everyone wants to be a part of.
The Social Justice team has been bringing joy to frontline healthcare workers and seniors over the past month.
CDS is helping Fatima Manshadi, owner of the Maple Teahouse & Bake Shop in Aurora, to make lunches for frontline workers at Southlake Hospital. This week, the ER nurses will be receiving chicken kebabs from Fatima thanks to the funding done during our last dress-down day. Members of the Social Justice Club wrote personal thank you notes that will accompany each hand-packed lunch, expressing our gratitude and appreciation for all of their hard work.
Schomberg resident and first-time author, Robin Leacock, spoke with our MS English classes and Grade 12 Writer's Craft recently about his newly released book, Evolo, a young adult science fiction novel.
Congratulations to Alexandra Azrilyant '23 and Briana Mascan '23 for qualifying for DECA Internationals this year with their Entrepreneurship Start-Up Business Plan written project and presentation. They will be competing (virtually) against approximately 20,000 other competitors from around the world in April.
In honour of the incredible women in our community and around the world, we recognized International Women’s Day this week. Student Council members, Ashley Munro ’21 and Erica Campagna ’21, created this video shown at Senior School Assembly featuring members of our community sharing the names of the women who they find most inspirational.
While it wasn’t the same as stepping off the bus at McGill, Carleton or Western, only to be greeted and toured by 10 or 15 familiar faces, our Alumni made a herculean effort to paint an insightful picture virtually for our GY and Grade 11 students on what university life is like, even in the midst of a pandemic.
Jen Weening, Technology Integration Specialist: Middle & Senior Schools
Last week, Ms. Stefanescu's and Ms. Weening's Communications Technology classes were lucky to welcome Matt Mendelsohn, a professional photographer based in Northern Virginia, as a virtual guest in their classes as they began their study of photography. Matt's photography experience stretches from covering the Gulf War, the White House, and professional sporting events in his career as a photojournalist to celebrity portraits, weddings, and photo essays. He is also a gifted writer who has turned some of his unique experiences into beautifully-written essays, supported by some of his photos.
Today, students in the Junior School participated the Take Me Outside Day initiative. Learning was taken beyond the desk and four walls of the classroom and all classes were encouraged to use the great outdoors as part of their day and engage with our beautiful campus and nature.
Exciting News! This week, Grade 6 students began to build robots for their robotics project. We used Lego Mindstorms Kits and followed instructions really closely so that the bots came together the way that they should.
Our GYs and Grade 11 students have been invited to join Mr. Huckvale and a number of other SS faculty members and Alumni for a premier CDS event - the first-ever virtual University Tour to be held on Tuesday, March 2 at 4:00 pm.
Anne Wellnhofer joined the Middle and Senior School Outdoor Education faculty in September. She has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Hons) in Environment & Resource Management, Biology and Geography from the University of Waterloo, and a Diploma in Education from Bishop’s University. Ms. Wellnhofer most recently comes to us from Greenwood College School where she taught science and geography.
Peter Johnson joined the Junior School Outdoor Education faculty in September. He has a BA in Psychology/BSS Criminology from the University of Ottawa and B.Ed. in Junior/Intermediate Division from the University of Toronto. Mr. Johnson has more than 20 years of educational experience teaching science, geography and history as well as an extensive background instructing young people in outdoor settings. He has taught in the Durham District School Board and at an independent school in Toronto.
Please join us for an informative discussion on Diversity & Inclusion featuring CDS parent Tamara Estabrooks on Monday, February 22nd at 10:00 am on Zoom. This is a free webinar open to CDS parents, friends and family members. We will share the link with you on Sunday for you to pass along.
A Speech-Language Pathologist by profession, Tamara is also the author of Perfectly Peach, a children's book she co-authored 10 years ago. She and her friend Vicky created this book in response to some of the questions their children were asking about colour, race and acceptance. Their ultimate goal was to bring colour to all children's lives and make them feel accepted and loved for who they are.
Avery Benlolo ’21 had just finished her afternoon class online, when she checked her emails and learned she had been accepted to her first choice - Queen’s Commerce. A little while later, she received a second email informing her that she was a recipient of a prestigious Queen’s Chancellor Scholarship; the same coveted award her eldest sister Lexi won three years ago.
On Monday, our Senior School students were treated to a virtual presentation by CDS alumnus Dr. Hartland Jackson '02. Hart has been working in breast cancer researcher for the past six years at the University of Zurich and recently moved back to Toronto to launch his own research lab at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in Mount Sinai Hospital. He is also participating in an antibody test trial having contracting COVID-19 back in March.
Today in Ms. Hudson's Grade 12 Writer's Craft course, the students were treated to a virtual presentation and discussion with Joseph Amenta, a queer filmmaker and artist based in Toronto. Joseph's work focuses on empowering the most marginalized in LGBTQ communities by telling their stories with empathy.
CDS Junior School staff, students and their families answered the challenge to share stories together on February 3rd by participating in WORLD READ ALOUD DAY! This global literacy event is celebrated in over 173 countries now and the numbers continue to grow.
Last Saturday, three Grade 11 students Tawana Ngorima, Nilou Doust and Lauren Neil participated in Carleton University’s virtual SOAR Student Leadership Conference.
Students were challenged and inspired to develop their leadership skills through informative and interactive workshops and presentations. Speakers included current Carleton students, alumni, and even Martin Luther King III, all of whom raised the question, what does leadership mean to you?
Please join us for the next Parent Association Speaker Series Zoom webinar on Monday, February 22 at 10AM. This month's topic is Diversity & Inclusion: Let's Have a Conversation featuring Tamara Estabrooks.
Tamara is a CDS Parent and Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, in private practice in King City, ON. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, she has worked for over 20 years with children in both public and private school settings.
Courtney Taylor, Middle School Guidance Counsellor & Learning Strategist
This morning, the Middle School gathered for their usual Thursday morning assembly, this week with an emphasis placed on mental health. The messaging focused on the importance of talking openly about our mental health and that it is OKAY to talk to someone we trust if we, or someone we love, may be struggling.
As a society we talk openly about our physical health - if we catch a cold or break a bone. The conversation should be just as natural for us to talk about our mental health and how to go about receiving treatment and support for it. However, mental health isn’t as obvious and is often concealed, yet equally as important.
In honour of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday, our Senior School students heard from Max Eisen in Monday's virtual Assembly. Mr. Eisen shared the story of how at the age of 15, he and his family members were deported to Auschwitz in spring 1944. He went on to lose more than 60 family members in the Holocaust, but made a promise to his father that he would bear witness to what happened should he survive.
Vanessa Chychrun is not only an accomplished golfer, Country Day School Class of 2020 Alumna and Aurora resident, but now a first year student studying Astrophysics at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Golfers won’t be surprised to learn that continuing her education at “The Home of Golf” played a massive role in her decision to attend.
Last week we witnessed a pivotal historical event take place in Washington, DC, with the inauguration of VP Kamala Harris as the first female, the first Black woman and the first person of South Asian descent to become U.S. Vice President.
We encourage you to check out some of the interesting enrichment opportunities for MS and SS students listed on the CDS Student Services Centre website. Some of these opportunities start next month, while others will take place over March Break.
The following are remarks by Dave Harvey, Director of Academics, from Monday's Academic Assembly.
Good morning, and welcome to the first Academic Assembly of 2021. The general theme of this Academic Assembly is How to keep your act together when it seems your world is falling apart. In difficult times like these, it’s easy to feel defeated, and more than a little fatalistic about how to see your way through to the light at the end of this seemingly endless tunnel. It’s important, though, to remember that there is light at the end, that this, too, shall pass.
In Ms. Moonan's Grade 10 Canadian History class, the students are currently wrapping up a unit on the 1920s. Throughout the unit, they learned about the economic roar, analyzed the laws surrounding Prohibition, learned about key Canadian events, and acted in character as they engaged in a physically distanced speakeasy icebreaker activity.
The CDS Parent Association is pleased to present well-known parenting expertsDr. Robert EvansandDr. Michael G. Thompsonfor a free Zoom webinar -Parenting in a Time of COVID- on Monday, January 18th.
There is no harder job than being a parent. Nothing else touches so much of a person so deeply or unpredictably, and there is no training for it. With COVID, the pace of life has accelerated, media influences have intensified, and things are less predictable.
At today’s Middle School Assembly, I asked the students and the teachers to work out what these are …
The answer is ‘bum warmers’, and ‘bum warmers’ are used to warm the muscles of cyclists before a race. The extra warmth means the cyclists can start one hundredth of a second faster than their opponents.
It is with great sadness that we share news that Dr. John Mollard, former CDS parent and Board Chair from 1988-1990 (having served on the Board from 1984-90), passed away peacefully on December 25, 2020 surrounded by his family. John and his wife Jane's four children, Peter, Andrew, Megan and Chloe, all attended CDS.