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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In January, Mr. Fanni and Ms. Hudson approached Marianna Speranza, Nilou 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. 📗
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.
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.
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
RSVP Today Middle and Senior School Parents Monday, June 6th 7 PM to 9 PM
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
A CDS debater made history once again last weekend at the 34th annualWorld 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!