2022

  • 2022 Annual Ontario Qualifier Results

    The 2022 Annual Ontario Qualifier for the Canadian National Public Speaking and Debating Championships were held Monday at Branksome Hall in Toronto. Sarah Croxon '24Ethan Wahba '24 and Diviya Amarnath '25 competed in this tournament consisting of four different rounds, including Debate, Impromptu Speaking, Persuasive Speaking and Interpretive Reading.
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  • Grade 11 & 12 Students Travel to MOCA

    The Grade 11 and 12 art classes visited the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Toronto last week to take in the exhibit of Kelly Jazvac's work "Time Scale" and the combined works of Thomas Denmane, Martin Boyce, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Caruso St John entitled "House of Card".
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  • Grade 6 Students Learn About Financial Literacy

    Mina Matsui, 6S
    On Monday and Wednesday this week, 6S had two very special guests visit! Alexandra Azrilyant '23 and Michelle Ye '23 who are in Grade 12 came from the Senior School and taught us about Financial Literacy.

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  • JS Hour of Code at CDS

    Lara Gee, JS Technology Academic Head
    In 2016, when our current Grade 5 and 6 students were in Kindergarten, Lara Gee and Annie Dearden introduced Code.org’s Hour of Code to the Junior School. The Hour of Code first started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, intended to demonstrate that anyone can learn how to code. It has become a global movement held every December to celebrate computer science and programming, and reaches tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. While the students in the Junior School are actively involved in coding year-round, we still join millions around the world in celebrating Computer Science Education Week every year with the Hour of Code. And this year, Mrs. Gee challenged students to try something new!
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  • Waterloo Beaver Computing Challenge

    Last month, 32 Grade 7 and 8 students competed in the annual University of Waterloo Beaver Computing Challenge here at CDS in their math classes.

    This challenging contest aims to introduce computer science concepts to students who have little or no previous experience with computing. The BCC is a paperless, on-line problem solving contest with focus on computational skills and logical thinking. Questions are inspired by real-world topics in computer science and mathematics.
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  • Join the Party at CDS: Dinner & Auction - June 2, 2023

    After a three-year hiatus, we are thrilled to announce the return of The Country Day School’s annual Auction party on Friday, June 2, 2023! This is an evening you won’t want to miss as we come together as a community to celebrate our school’s 50th anniversary in the Cyclone Dome.
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  • Grade 1 Author Visit with Heather O'Connor

    Hillary Hall, Junior School Librarian
    Our Grade 1 students were filled with excitement to meet award-winning children’s author Heather O’Connor who visited our Junior School Library on Tuesday. Mrs. O’Connor’s picture book, Fast Friends, won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award and was a finalist for the Blue Spruce Award, the IODE Jean Throop Award, and the Shining Willow Award.
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  • Hannah Clarke '23 Commits to Play D1 Hockey

    Congratulations to Hannah Clarke ’23 who recently committed to play NCAA D1 Women’s Hockey for Providence College (@pcwhockey) in Rhode Island – starting in the 2024-2025 
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  • STEM and the Future of Science

    As one of CDS’s four new courses this year, STEM and the Future of Science is a project-based, interdisciplinary course for Grade 12 students. Students in STEM are examining a variety of contemporary issues and topics from an integrated, scientific approach with particular focus on STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).
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  • Grade 5 Beaver Computing Challenge

    Ms. Courtemanche, Mrs. Gee, Mrs. Cooke & Mrs. Johnson
    On Thursday, November 17th, for the first time in the history of the Junior School, students in Grade 5 participated in the Beaver Computing Challenge (BCC). This challenge was hosted by The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing through the University of Waterloo.
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  • Update on Gen Z Committee Findings

    Tony Young, Chair of Generation Z Committee
    Last year, a committee of 15 teachers was formed to study Generation Z (born 1997-2012). The main objective of this committee was to create a set of recommendations concerning academics, literacy, student life and health and wellness. To come to these recommendations, the committee administered parent and student surveys, which totalled over a thousand responses and took part in professional development and outside research. Overall, this process proved very fruitful.
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  • CDS Riders Were Well Represented at the 100th Royal Winter Fair

    Earlier this month, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair celebrated its 100th anniversary as the world’s largest combined, indoor and agricultural equestrian event. The 10-day event takes place on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in Toronto, and one of its highlights, The Royal Horse Show, showcases world class equestrians from across Canada and around the world.
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  • Students Take Advantage of University Visits During Lunch

    Since the third week of September, the Post-Secondary Counselling Office has been hosting admissions representatives from universities and colleges across Canada during lunchtime for not only Grade 12s, but Grade 9s, 10s and 11s to stop by and have an informative chat.
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  • The Middle/Senior Schools' Music Night & Art Exhibition

    The Middle/Senior School's Music Night and Art Exhibition is approaching! Please join us to hear the wonderful sounds of our Middle/Senior choirs, bands and ensembles on:
     
    Thursday, December 8 at 7 PM
    Paul C. Duckett Theatre

    This year, you will be able to select your specific seats in the Paul C. Duckett Theatre through online registration on the CDS website.
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  • CDS Brings Home Fulford Cup

    On Saturday, October 29th, four CDS students traveled to Royal St. George's College to participate in the prestigious Fulford Cup Debate Competition where they achieved great success.
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  • Grade 6 Students Do Their Part to Control Invasive Species

    6S
    Breaking News! Students in Grade 6 have been fighting back against the invasive plant species Phragmites. European Phragmites have been here for a number of years and are threatening the native plants in our wetlands. This reed is especially dangerous as it releases toxins into the soil and prevents other native plants from growing, causing a lot of damage. It is hard to control them because the seeds spread so easily.
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  • Lest We Forget

    Remembrance Day at The Country Day School has always been a time where faculty and staff in the Junior School and Middle/Senior Schools come together to pay respect to our fallen soldiers and honour the peacekeeping efforts of today.

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  • Remembrance Day in the Junior School

    Last week, every student and every adult in our Junior School placed a poppy of remembrance on our JS Poppy Fence. This was our way to recognize the 101st anniversary of the poppy. And a promise that we will always remember, today, tomorrow and always.

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  • VEX IQ Halloween Spooktacular Event

    Jen Weening
    On Saturday, October 29, a contingent of 11 members of the Middle School Robotics club headed to Whitchurch-Stouffville for their first VEX IQ Robotics competition in nearly three years. It was a very foggy morning, and it was easy to miss the renovated barn in the middle of nowhere while looking for the event. Thankfully, everyone arrived safely and we took in the atmosphere with excitement and apprehension.

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  • Field Simulation Creates Deeper Link to WWI Trench Experience

    Dave Downer
    For the past two weeks, the Grade 10 History classes undertook what has become an annual exercise at CDS, a two-day field experience to enhance their understanding of the efforts of soldiers in World War One. Mother Nature provided us with rain just in time, creating saturated ground in and around the constructed trench behind the tennis courts and track, adding an unexpected air of reality to the simulation!

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  • Parent Association Event on Social Networking Safety

    As parents, we know how critical it is that we remain informed of what our children are doing, who they are doing it with, and where they are spending their time on social media. In our rapidly changing world, this task of attempting to stay ahead of the curve often feels overwhelming.
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  • Public Speaking Competition in Boston

    Our three CDS debaters performed extremely well at last week’s International Independent Schools' Public Speaking Competition (IISPSC) held at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. Ananya Kapur ‘26 placed in the top 20 for Interpretive Reading and Diviya Amarnath ‘25 placed in the top 8 for Radio Newscast.
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  • Sneaky Art Exhibition in Honour of the 50th

    Ms. Kuchmak & the students of Term 1 JS Art Club
    This term, for the second year in a row the Art Club chose to do a "Sneaky Art" exhibition. Grades 4-6 club members spent a few weeks creating mini-masterpieces that have now been hidden throughout the Junior School.

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  • The Little Mermaid Jr. - Nov. 17-19: Tickets on Sale!

    Tickets for the Junior School production of THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. go on sale this evening at 7 PM and will take place over three days from November 17-19, including two evening performances and one matinee.

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  • A Glimpse Into Life Where Soccer is King

    Sandy Townsend
    The Senior Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer trip to England from September 28 - October 8 was once again a ground-breaking trip; the first school trip after COVID, the first co-ed school soccer trip, and the largest school sports trip since the coed-rugby trip in 2001.
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  • CDS Launches First Field Hockey Team

    There are those who accept the status quo and those who don’t hesitate to lobby for change; even if they are the new kid on the block.

    That was where Abbey Butler ’23 found herself a year ago when she arrived at CDS in Grade 11 not having realized there wasn’t a field hockey team. She had started playing in Grade 7 at her old school and captained the Varsity team in her Grade 9 year.
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  • CDS Pays Tribute to its Founders

    Steve McCutcheon
    Earlier this month, we welcomed our Founding families back for a tour and dinner to pay tribute to them for helping to imagine a private school in King for their children 50 years ago, and successfully turning that dream into reality.

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  • History Teachers Prepare for WWI Trench Experience

    The Grade 10 Canadian History teachers are preparing for this year's World War I trench experience! Mr. Downer, Mr. Dermody, Ms. Moonan and Mr. Young spent Wednesday morning mapping out this year's trench location and planning activities to simulate going "over the top" to attack No Man's Land. Not pictured is Mr. De Sanctis, who was teaching at the time, but who is also preparing his class for the excursion. 
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  • Once Again, Music Camp Did Not Disappoint

    For four days in September, the Music faculty, along with some enthusiastic music students, headed off for a weekend of playing, singing, creating, along with many other fun activities.
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  • Writer's Craft Welcomes Guest Speaker

    Sarah Hudson
    Last Friday, the Grade 12 English Writer's Craft class hosted a visiting speaker who shared her experience in the TV and movie industry.
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  • A Glimpse into Life where Soccer is King

    Sandy Townsend
    The Senior Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer trip to England from September 28 - October 8 was once again a ground-breaking trip; the first school trip after COVID, the first co-ed school soccer trip, and the largest school sports trip since the coed-rugby trip in 2001.
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  • Grade 8 History Students Visit Local Cemetary

    Jayne Wyvill Abubakar
    Over the past few weeks, all of the Grade 8 History classes have crossed Dufferin Street to visit the historic St. Andrew's Cemetery. The aim was to learn some local history and collect data about the former King residents who are buried there.
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  • The CDS Holiday Fair Returns!

    We are pleased to announce that the CDS Holiday Fair will return in December, 2022. This one stop, amazing shopping extravaganza features a variety of vendors, with something for everyone!

    Attached is a list of some of our fabulous vendors that will be a part of the Holiday Fair.
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  • Wild About Animals

    Jennifer Vipond
    The Senior Kindergarten students went on their very first field trip to the Toronto Zoo last week. Their adventure began with an educational lesson from the zoo staff about the characteristics and needs of living things. They learned how beavers use webbed feet for swimming and how tigers have giant whiskers to sense their surroundings.
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  • Introducing Chefs Julie & Richard in our Dining Hall

    It is wonderful to see our Dining Hall back at full capacity and all of our serveries back up in running. On the eve of the Thanksgiving long weekend, we thought this would be a good time to introduce our two new Aramark Chefs: Julie Axford, the new Head of Operations (food/housekeeping) and Richard Perks, as Executive Chef.
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  • Story Walk Honouring Orange Shirt Day

    Hillary Hall, JS Librarian
    In recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, our Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 students were invited to participate in an interactive ‘Story Walk’ experience celebrating Indigenous culture and traditions in our outdoor classroom located between our Junior and Middle Schools.
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  • The Booking It Project

    The English department is happy to announce the start of the Booking It! initiative. This project was designed with the goal of creating lifelong readers at CDS.
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  • Grade 6 Leadership Conference to Medeba

    Last week, the Grade 6 students travelled north of Carnarvon to Camp Medeba. The purpose of this trip was for students to learn, enhance and hone their leadership skills.

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  • Happy 50th Birthday, CDS!

    Kim Sillcox
    It’s hard to believe that earlier this month, The Country Day School kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration year. While the school’s actual anniversary was the beginning of September, we have decided to celebrate the 50th throughout this entire academic year.
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  • Join us for a Walk on our Back 40!

    Did you know that the CDS campus is situated on 100 acres of beautiful property, and includes approximately 2.5 km of walking trails created through our amazing wetlands behind the school? This property plays an integral role in our Outdoor Ed curriculum, x-country running, snowshoeing and mountain biking programs, and our overall wellness and country feel!
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  • Last Week's Terry Fox Run & Important Words to Live By

    Last Friday, The Country Day School held its 31st run for Terry Fox in which the entire school participated. In anticipation of the the run, the Junior School talked about Terry’s Marathon of Hope in their weekly assembly. Mr. Burleigh acknowledged the important work of former CDS student and Terry Fox Run participant, Hart Jackson '02, who today conducts cancer research at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Sinai Health. Following the assembly, Mrs. Paige Moore from the Junior School main office, a survivor herself, had the honour of raising the Terry Fox Flag in the Junior School with the help of Mr. Burleigh and Mrs. Wildberger.

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  • Middle School Team Building Field Trip

    Yuling Qian & Lanna Wappel
    Earlier this month, the Middle School students took a field trip to Cold Creek Conservation Area. We participated in a number of team-building activities, as well as Rock Climbing and High Ropes. The team-building activities included Low Ropes, the Nitro Swing,  Whale-Watching, Rope-Cuffs, the Giant Rubber Band, and a Marble Run. We had to work together, be engaged, and overcome challenges and obstacles. Working together meant we could get our activities completed faster, which led to us being able to participate in more activities.

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  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    At the Middle and Senior School assembly this week, students heard from Mr. Brent Johnston, Executive Director of Advancement, about his personal journey as an Indigenous person and the impact of Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
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  • Buzz Around the Campfire in Temagami

    Last week's Temagami Canoe and Duke of Edinburgh Award trip included a three-day paddle and camping voyage, as well as prep training and unpacking at base camp. Students pursuing their Duke of Ed (Bronze & Silver programmes) and the Grade 11 Outdoor Education program participated in this adventure. What a beautiful way to experience the northern landscape of Ontario and tune out from technology as we transition to autumn.

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  • CDS Admissions: Calling All Siblings!

    The team in the Admissions Office was thrilled to welcome so many great new students to the CDS family this Fall! With our newest additions now settling in, we have turned our attention to meeting and assessing next year’s applicants.
     
    If you are considering completing an application for another child for September 2023, we strongly encourage you to launch an application as soon as possible so we can add you to our list for exclusive early sibling assessment opportunities at all grade levels. For a more detailed description of the full admission timeline, please visit our website.
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  • Students Experience Live Theatre Again at Stratford

    Recap and photos courtesy of Jessie Rudin '23
    Last week, the Grade 11/12 Senior Drama class and Grade 12 English students travelled to Stratford Festival to watch a modernized version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. After having lunch along the Avon river, we entered the circular theatre to see a coffin lying in the middle of the stage with an actor inside. While puzzling, it really set the tone for the play. Some of the characters wore modernized clothing like Air Jordans or carried cell phones, but they still managed to stick to the well-known Shakespearean text and deliver it effectively.
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  • Welcome to Our New Junior School Faculty

    The Junior School welcomed all of our new students in JK-Grade 6 during the first assembly of the year in a video entitled "The New Kids on the Block." Our new faculty were introduced in this as well and their bios are listed below. We are so happy to have all of you join us this year!
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  • Welcome to Our New Middle & Senior School Faculty

    We would also like to introduce the new members of our Middle and Senior School faculty who hail from a wide range of teaching backgrounds and bring with them a wealth of experience and enthusiasm! 
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  • CDS Alumni Prominently Featured on New Driveway Banners

    As we honour our 50th anniversary, one of the many things we will be doing is featuring our CDS Alumni throughout the year on banners, socials and in The Link magazine.

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  • Happy 50th Birthday CDS!

    Yesterday, we were pleased to be able to bring back our traditional CDS Welcome Back BBQ. This year the BBQ was also a Birthday Celebration to honour the start of CDS's 50th Anniversary Year!

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  • Meet Our 2022 Portrait of a Graduates

    Have you viewed our latest Portrait of a Graduate video series yet?
     
    During the first few weeks of summer, we had an opportunity to sit down with recent graduates Henry XiuNeyla KirbyNicole Damianidis and Connor Fortin to discuss their individual CDS journeys.
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  • Success of 50th Anniversary Golf Tournament

    A year of incredible 50th Anniversary events teed off on August 18th at our Alumni Association Golf Tournament held at Cardinal Golf Course in King.

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  • ICYMI - Gold for Canada and Attending Prom in 24 Hours

    Zach Lawton
    How many student athletes win World Championship gold and attend their own prom in a span of 24 hours? Not many, but Mari Pietersen ‘22 recently achieved this as a part of the U18 Canadian Women’s Hockey Championship winning team, and the Country Day School Class of 2022.
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  • Welcome Back BBQ

    We invite all students, parents, faculty and staff to the return of our Annual Welcome Back BBQ on Wednesday, September 7th from 2:30 PM to 4 PM at Hawksworth Field.

    Join us on the first day of school, as we kick off The Country Day School's 50th Anniversary Year!

    Rain or shine. Parking available in either the Junior or Senior School lot. If you have any questions, please contact events@cds.on.ca.
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  • CDS Track Team Makes Impressive Return

    Coaches Avila, Steadman & Winterink
    After a two-year hiatus from track and field, CDS athletes were excited to be back on Hawksworth track this spring running, jumping, throwing, hurdling and passing batons. As their coaches, we looked forward to developing our young team, but were unsure of what to expect from athletes who had not competed for two years. We quickly realized we had no need to worry as we witnessed the amount of effort and talent demonstrated at the first meet.
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  • Kudos to our Junior School Mathematicians!

    In April, many Grade 3, 4, 5 and 6 students wrote the annual Canada-wide Mathematica math contests. Students began preparing for these tests back in term one. We have waited a long time and the results are finally in. In each of the contests, The Country Day School performed well with the majority of students finishing above the national average.
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  • Our Grads are Going Places!

    Although they will be Cyclones forever, we are excited that our grads are about to become Mustangs, Blue Devils, Thunderbirds, Bears, and Colonials at wonderful colleges and universities across Canada and beyond.
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  • A Promising Future for CDS Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee Team

    Hannah Fransen, Jasmine Ferdousi and Andrew Watts
    Sometimes starting up a new team can be a hard sell. You can never be sure if there will be enough student interest or whether you will be able to prepare a team quickly enough for league play. However, you don’t know until you try.
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  • After Waiting Two Years, CDS Student Realizes Dream of Visiting Vimy Ridge

    Kim Sillcox
    When Country Day School student Nicole Damianidis ’22 received the news in Grade 10 that she was a recipient of the 2020 Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, no one would have believed she would have to wait two years to realize her dream. As one of only 17 Canadian students to receive this honour, Nicole is finally traveling to Belgium and France in August to participate in this immersive educational program.
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  • Marianna Speranza wins Schulich Leader Scholarship

    Kim Sillcox
    Marianna Speranza received the exciting news while driving home from rep volleyball practice with her parents last month. She had won a coveted $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship to attend Western University where she will be studying Computer Science and Business Administration at the Ivy Business School. Nominated for her outstanding academics and entrepreneurial spirit, Marianna is only the second Country Day School student to receive this award.
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  • 2022/23 Association Executive Announced at Parent Association AGM

    Yesterday, we held our first in-person Parent Association AGM in three years! Throughout the morning, guests expressed how happy they were to be back in the school enjoying a coffee together. The smiles said it all!
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  • Art in the Middle School 2022

    Sarah Barbanchon
    This slideshow is a representation of some of the beautiful artwork created by our Middle School students over the course of the year.

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  • Grad X Opening Reception Last Week!

    Grad X is the Grade 12 Art Exhibition, held from May 26 through June 10, 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.

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  • Join Us for our End of Year Parent Gathering!

    Please let us know if you are attending one or both of our Parent Gatherings!
     
    If the recent Music Concerts and Parent AGM were any indication of just how good it would feel to welcome parents back to campus, we cannot wait to do it again on May 30th for our Junior School parents and June 6th for our Middle / Senior School parents!

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  • Robb Elementary School

    Any loss of life is tragic. But sometimes, the losses can test the boundaries of our understanding of the world as we know it. The situation in Uvalde, Texas at Robb Elementary School has taken our collective breath away. The impact of these events is truly unimaginable.
     
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the many families impacted. In respect, our flags will remain at half mast.
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  • CDS Captures Jr. National Championships for 3rd Year Running

    For the third year in a row, Millie Steinmann '25 is the Canadian Junior High Speech National Champion!! 🎉
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  • Democracy is Alive and Well at CDS!

    As a lead up to the June 2nd provincial election, Grade 10 student Ethan Wahba organized a mock election today for students in Grades 5-12 with help of CIVIX, a Student Vote program and national charity dedicated to strengthening democracy.
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  • Gr. 11 Students Explore the Bruce Peninsula & Tobermory

    Students in the Grade 11 Healthy Living and Outdoor Activities class took part in their third and final outdoor trip adventure from May 1-3 along the Bruce Peninsula.

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  • Grade 1 Students hear from First Responders in the Community

    Melissa Mazurkewich
    As part of their Community Help Unit, Grade 1 students have recently enjoyed visits from some very important career professionals who work in first responder roles in our community.
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  • Pascal, Cayley, Fermat & Euclid Math Contests

    On February 23rd, a group of 33 Middle School and 28 Senior School students rose to the challenge of writing the annual Pascal, Cayley, and Fermat mathematics contests organized by the Centre for Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) at the University of Waterloo.
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  • SKs Traveled into Space Yesterday!

    Jenn Vipond
    Yesterday our SK students had an epic adventure in space. First, the students put on their astronaut helmets and made sure their jet packs were secure. Then, they made their way to the gym where Astronomy in Action was waiting with their portable planetarium. Inside the planetarium, the students blasted off and toured all around our solar system.

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  • Grade 5 & 6 Public Speaking Contest

    Last Friday, Grades 4-6 were thrilled to be able to gather in the Paul C. Duckett Theatre for the Grade 5 and 6 Public Speaking Contest. Our judges, Mr. Liggett, Mrs. Wildberger and Mr. Waldron, would like to acknowledge that all 12 students presented their well-written speeches with poise and confidence.
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  • Join us for a Tee Off to the 50th Anniversary - CDS Golf Tournament

    In the coming months, we will start sharing more details about our plans for celebrating our upcoming 50th anniversary. The one event that has been set as a lead up to these festivities is a full-community golf tournament this summer.

    Please join us for the 50th Anniversary Golf Tournament on Thursday, August 18th at 1:30 PM at Cardinal Golf & Country Club.

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  • Looking for a New Book? Here's what CDS is Reading!

    Madeline Brayman '22
    In January, Mr. Fanni and Ms. Hudson approached Marianna SperanzaNilou Doust, and myself for student-driven ideas of how to celebrate World Book Day in April as further inspiration to read for pleasure outside of the English curriculum. As part of their work on the GenZ literacy subcommittee, a survey was sent out earlier in the year to get feedback from students regarding their reading habits. One common response was that students wanted to know what kinds of books were popular among the CDS faculty and student leaders. 📗
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  • Yolanda Sun and Bryce Scholten, Grade 6 and Elijah Weinroth and Charlotte Grossi, JK

    Why Not Me? How the JS Wall Mural Came to Be

    At the first Junior School Assembly in September, Mrs. Wildberger announced the theme for the year – Why Not Me? She and the JS teachers have challenged their students throughout the year to embrace this mindset by reaching, dreaming and trying new things.
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  • Grade 4 Sculpture & Grade 6 Printmaking

    Ms. Kuchmak
    Grade 4 Sculpture
    Grade 4 students have been busy in the studio this term learning about sculpture. For their assignment, the Grade 4s learned how to use paper in order to create insects, tree twigs, leaves and grass.
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  • Join us for our End of Year Parent Gathering!

    Earlier this week, we emailed an invitation to all of you to join us for one of two (or both) year end celebrations welcoming our parents back to campus. Weather permitting, we hope these events will be a relaxed outdoor party and allow parents to visit with one another, enjoy a drink and some hors d’oeuvres, and celebrate the arrival of warm weather on their children’s campus!

    Junior School Parents
    Monday, May 30th
    7 PM to 9 PM
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    Middle and Senior School Parents
    Monday, June 6th
    7 PM to 9 PM
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  • Salem Witch Trials were the Focus of April's CDS Model UN Conference

    Misha Svystonyuk ‘25, who played Paul Rhodes in the Witching Hour Advanced Crisis Committee
    The Country Day School’s Model UN conference (CDSMUN) took place last month and was centred on the Salem Witch Trials, which took place from 1692 to 1693 in Salem, Massachusetts. More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft at these trials, and 20 were executed for supposedly being a witch, while five others died while in custody. With trials and accusations, this conference was definitely something to be remembered.
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  • Language Week 2022

    After three years, 2022 finally brought back Language Week to the Modern Languages department! Traditionally, this week happens each spring and it focuses on students enrolled in French and Spanish classes who are able to participate in cultural activities beyond what they would normally do in class.

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  • Parent Book Review – May 31st

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    Looking for the next good read? We invite you to join our next Parent Book Review virtually on Tuesday, May 31st at 7 PM to discuss The School for Good Mothers, a taut and explosive debut novel by Jessamine Chan. One lapse in judgment lands a young mother in a government reform program where custody of her child hangs in the balance.
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  • Pathways to People

    Kirsten Baird, Kaitlyn Saunders & Liz Lang Pathways to People Coordinators
    The Junior School’s philanthropic group, Pathways to People, has continued to keep our youngest learners focussed on stewardship these past few months.
     
    In January, students raised $1000 for our national charity Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). CPAWS protects Canadian land and water including all animals that use those areas for their habitat. We are honoured to have supported this charity for three years!
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  • Story Walk Celebrating Earth Week

    Hillary Hall, JS Librarian
    Our JK to Grade 6 students had the exciting opportunity to get outside during our Earth Week celebrations to participate in an interactive 'Story Walk'. The Story Walk was a fun and innovative way for our classes to combine their love of reading and being outdoors at the same time!
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  • A CDS Debater Wins Worlds For Fourth Time in Seven Years!

    A CDS debater made history once again last weekend at the 34th annual World Independent Debating and Public Speaking Championships (WIDPSC) hosted virtually by The Country Day School. As a finalist in all four of her events, Grade 12 student Maria Ivoditova captured the overall World Champion title, and was a Grand Finalist in Impromptu Speaking and Interpretive Reading.
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  • CDS Robotics Team Holds Its Own at FRC

    Cindy Ma ‘22 and Karan Amin ‘22
    Last weekend, the CDS Robotics team competed in the provincial FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) over the course of three days. Playing a total of 12 matches, the CDS Cyclones #4951 team placed 25th in the province overall out of 67 teams. Not bad for our first competition in more than two years!
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  • CDS to Host Two Weeks of Canada's Debate Camp: June 27-July 8

    We are excited to announce that Canada’s public speaking and debating camp, Debate Camp 2022, for students in Grades 5-10 is holding two one-week camp programs at CDS this summer:  June 27-June 30 and July 4-8. Run by experienced educators, Debate Camp directors believe in providing an academic enrichment opportunity to youth across Canada and the Northeastern United States via a set of exceptionally well-organized, safe and accredited summer camps. Debate Camp believes in a well-balanced program where an academic focus is combined with opportunities for traditional camp games, and a fun and inspiring approach to learning.
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  • Let's Make Every Day Earth Day!

    April 22 marks the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day. Spending time outdoors in nature has always been a cornerstone of education with balance at CDS. After two years of celebrating Earth Day while at home during lockdown, students and their teachers were excited to pull out all the stops in-person in an effort to further inspire each other to become stewards of our Earth.
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  • The Water Walker

    MS/SS Advisor Morning Addresses Access to Clean Water

    Today’s Advisor Morning for both Middle and Senior Schools was organized by the Social Justice and Environmental Clubs in an effort to increase awareness about the Indigenous water crisis.
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  • SS Mock Trial Team Wins the Judges' Cup

    Last week, the CDS Mock Trial team competed in the Judges' Cup Tournament virtually. They took part in two trials, one as the prosecution and one as the defense, and finished among the top four teams, advancing to the finals held this past Monday evening in-person at the Newmarket Courthouse.
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  • JS Participates in National Math Tests

    Yesterday was an exciting day in the Junior School as many students participated in nationwide math contests called the Thales, Byron Germain, Fibonacci and Pythagoras. These students have been preparing for months and worked diligently to advance their math skills and problem-solving abilities as they got ready.
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  • King Mayor's Celebration of Youth Arts Launches Tonight!

    This evening, Thursday, April 7th, from 6-8 PM, there will be an opening reception for the Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts at the King Township Municipal Offices, 2585 King Road, King City, ON. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.
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  • Welcome Home: The Junior School Returns to the Stage

    It is hard to believe that the Junior School has produced 20 years of shows in our Paul C. Duckett Theatre! From 2002 until today, there have been hundreds of students, faculty and staff involved in helping to bring so many stories to our stage.
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  • CDS Hosts 34th Annual World Individual Debating & Public Speaking Championships This Month!

    Starting this Saturday, The Country Day School will be hosting the prestigious 34th World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships. From April 2-6, the event will run asynchronously with judging of pre-recorded submissions only. Then from April 9-10, it will run in three separate time zones, with Finals and Grand Finals for all events to be held live on Zoom from April 16-17 EDT.  
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  • CDS Snowboard Team Finds Success on the Slopes Once Again

    Jen Weening, Snowboarding Coach
    Building a strong team culture goes beyond just having a winning record. This is something that The Country Day School’s Snowboard team has been focused on since its inception in 2014. As we reassembled the team in the fall of 2021, after a year’s hiatus, there was some concern about whether the culture we had worked so hard to build over the years would be lost. The team had ended the 2020 season on an incredibly high note, with the boys’ team taking the OFSAA banner for the third time in four years and Grade 12 student Jeevan Gosal taking the individual HS boys Gold medal. With several senior athletes having graduated, and thereby a missed opportunity to pass the leadership torch on, would they be able to resume where they left off, not just in terms of success, but in team culture, camaraderie and competitiveness?
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  • Grade 8 Team Qualifies for Canadian Jr. Debate Championships!

    CDS had some great results from the Junior Provincial Debate Championships last Saturday with our Grade 8 team of Audrey Jiang and Kaitlyn Zhang and our Grade 9 team of Diviya Amaranth and Olivia Budweth competing for a spot at Nationals.
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  • Guest Speaker Challenges Students to Seek Out Diverse Perspectives

    The Diversity Committee hosted a Senior School advisor morning last fall with Nora Loreto, a Canadian journalist and activist. Following her talk there was an incredible amount of student engagement, in which many questioned, passionately agreed with, or challenged some of the ideas she discussed. As a committee, they decided that the best course of action would be to continue an important conversation by hosting a followup Q&A to get students’ questions answered.
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  • CDS Equestrians Balance Competition & School While on the Road

    The month of February is when National Horse Show events get underway in the southern United States. The Aiken, South Carolina, Winter Classic and the World Equestrian Centre in Okala, Florida, host two of the biggest. Both of these progressive show jumping events host USEF rated hunters and jumpers from across North America.

    This year, three of our Grade 10 equestrians from King have been training and competing in South Carolina and Florida for the past few weeks and benefitting from the scheduling accommodations offered as part of CDS’s High Performance Phys-Ed Program (HPPP) for provincially or nationally ranked athletes in Grades 9-11 to help balance busy training schedules.
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  • Don't Miss the Senior School Production of Our Town: March 5th

    Join us Saturday, March 5th at 7pm for the YouTube Premier of the Grade 10-12 production of Our Town!
     
    Thornton Wilder’s most frequently performed play appeared on Broadway in 1938 to wide acclaim, and won the Pulitzer Prize. Set in the early 1900s, Our Town tells the story of a small town, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, in order to tell us the story of every town, the whole world over.
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  • Speaker Encourages Students to Challenge their Personal Biases

    Last Thursday, the Diversity Committee hosted a very special guest, Michèle Newton, a speaker, expert and advocate, to speak with the Senior School students for Black History Month. 

    A resident of Barrie, Michèle shares her intersectionality and Black lived experiences through keynote speaking and educational workshops. A public relations and communications expert with more than 25 years experience, she provides unique insights and leading expertise through an equity lens. 
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  • Did You Know About Our CDS Olympic Ties?

    The success of Canadian athletes at the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing has been impressive. With just three more days to go, there will surely be many more inspiring moments to enjoy, including some additional Canadian medal winners.
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  • The Heart Card Project

    The Grade 5 classes took part in a special activity called, The Heart Card Project, facilitated by their Art teacher, Ms. Kuchmak. The project was inspired by artist James Goldcrown, a self-taught artist/photographer who works out of Los Angeles. He is well known for his “Bleeding Hearts/Lovewall” paintings and murals around the world.
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  • Spanish Classes Celebrate Black History Month

    Beatrice Stefanescu
    February is Black History Month and this is a wonderful opportunity to teach about the incredibly rich Afrolatino culture in Spanish classes at every level. Throughout the month there will be a focus on the history and contributions of Latinos of African descent.
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  • Recap of Last Week's Gen Z Parent Association Talk

    In January, the CDS Parent Association hosted Dr. Corey Seemiller for an informative presentation on Generation Z.
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  • Quinn Binnie: A Hockey Journey

    Zach Lawton
    Seventeen-year-old Gormley resident and Country Day School student, Quinn Binnie ’22 was always destined for the ice rink. The son of a former OHLer and NHL draft pick of the Minnesota North Stars, Troy Binnie, and the youngest of three brothers, Beau ’17 and Mitchell ’14, hockey is in his DNA and it didn’t take Quinn long to pick up a stick and lace up a pair of skates.
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  • Grade 12 Music Students Write Fugues

    Nancy Promane
    This month during our remote learning, the Grade 12 Music class made a wonderful attempt to write their first composition. The students were tasked with writing a fugue, which is a compositional technique made popular in the Baroque era by J.S. Bach, and continues to be a technique used throughout the history of music. This technique involves the imitation of a short melody that spins into multiple voices. Through the study of J.S. Bach, students looked at the way in which this master composer was able to write in the style of a fugue. This technique is extremely difficult to compose, requiring great detail in both the melody and harmony.
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  • Parent Book Review – March 2nd

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    Looking for a book to enjoy during the cold winter days? We invite you to join our next Parent Book Club virtually on Wednesday, March 2nd to discuss The Apollo Murders, an exceptional debut thriller and “exciting journey” into the dark heart of the Cold War and the space race, from New York Times bestselling author and astronaut Chris Hadfield.
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  • Results of Last Weekend's Junior Virtual Debate Tournament

    The Junior Virtual Debate Tournament held last Saturday comprised 32 teams from across Canada.

    The two CDS teams consisted of: Grade 8 students, Kaitlyn Zhang and Audrey Jiang and Grade 9 students, Millie Steinmann and Diviya Amarnath.
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  • CDS to Host 2022 World Individual Debating & Public Speaking Championships

    The Country Day School is honoured to announce that we will be the host of the prestigious 34th World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships, to be held remotely from April 8-10, 2022, in three separate time zones and with Finals and Grand Finals for all events to be held live on Zoom from April 15-16, 2022, EST.
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  • Grade 4 Student Earns Perfect Score in Global Math Contest

    Last week, Grade 4 student Shawn Dai received the exciting news that he earned a perfect score in the Caribou Mathematics Competition! This worldwide online contest takes place in November, January, February, April and May. Six contests are offered each time, one for each of the grade levels 2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12 and each one in English, French, Persian and Mandarin.
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  • Britta Badour visit to Grade 12 Writer's Craft

    Spoken Word Artist visits Grade 12 Writer's Craft

    Yesterday, Ms. Hudson's Grade 12 Writer's Craft class was treated to a virtual presentation from spoken word artist, Britta Badour (Britta B). Britta, who was recently named Toronto Arts Foundation's Emerging Artist of 2021, is also an educator and social justice activist, was well-positioned to give the class advice about how to enter this field and possibly make a career from writing. Along with some fun writing games, Britta performed some of her own work for the class and answered their questions about her path to success.
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  • Canadian Senior & Intermediate Mathematics Contests

    Krista Edwards
    On November 17th, we had 38 motivated students rise to the challenge of competing in either the Canadian Senior Mathematics Competition (CSMC) or the Canadian Intermediate Math Competition (CIMC). These are two-hour contests requiring full solutions that provide students with opportunities to demonstrate an excellent knowledge of various mathematical topics.
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  • Summer School Course Offerings & Registration

    CDS Summer School Registration opens on Monday, January 17, 2022. Courses can fill up quickly!
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  • Raising the Roof!

    Although our community is currently not able to come onto campus to witness it firsthand, over the holiday break our construction crew began the process of raising the roof in the 1883 one-room schoolhouse!
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  • Generation Z Speaker Poster

    How Generation Z Plans to make a Difference in the World!

    Join us for a free Zoom presentation on Generation Z on Wednesday, January 26th at 11am, sponsored by the CDS Parent Association.

    Generation Z are children born from the mid-to-late 1990s to the early 2010s and represent a generation that has grown up with technology, the internet and social media.
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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.