2019

  • May

    Congrats to our Fulford & Jr. National Debaters!

    Last month, three students represented CDS at the Spring Fulford Debate held at Ridley College. Grade 9 students, Tomas Chacin and Danyal Hakeem finished in 4th and 5th placed respectively in the Junior Division, winning coveted citations, and Grade 11 student, Georgie Tsioliswas 11th overall in the Senior Division. Well done, boys!
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  • Student Wins COSTI Poetry Prize

    Congratulations to Grade 9 student, Resiri Erivwo, who was selected as the 2nd Prize Winner of the Refugees & Human Rights Child & Youth Poetry Contest for her poem entitled “Home”.
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  • Wilson O'Neill Hurdles the Competition in 2019

    Zach Lawton
    Grade 12 Student Wilson O’Neill’s start to 2019 has set a blistering pace for his expectations this year. After finding success at two National tournaments in the U.S. and committing to Western University for September, Wilson is setting his sights on finishing his CDS career with success at OFSAA and aims to be a member of the U20 Pan Am team competing in Costa Rica this summer.
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  • Grade 6 Students Protest Against Climate Breakdown

    Brianna Nichols and Diviya Amarnath
    “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.
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  • Grade 7 French Class: A Day in the Kitchen

    The Grade 7 French class has been expanding their understanding of la francophoniein the Americas beyond Québec. Through exploring the many carnavals celebrated in francophone communities such as Louisiane and Martinique, the students discovered the importance that French people place on their culture.
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  • Paws for Stories

    The Junior School Library hosted a wonderful event for our Grade 1 readers on Friday, May 3. Each year, as part of the ‘Paws for Stories’ program, volunteers from the St. Johns Ambulance Service Dogs visit our school with their four-legged partners to enjoy some stories with our young readers.
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  • CDS Student Accepted to Coveted Queen's QuARMS Program

    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.
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  • Student Shares His Passion for the Game of Cricket

    Grade 9 student, Karan Amin, travelled to Guyana on the northern coast of South America for 12 days over March Break as a member of the U16-U18 Ontario Cricket team. In Guyana, Karan played against nine other U16 teams from across South America and the world, including the very competitive Guyanese team.
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  • VEX Robotics World Championship

    Kaitlyn Zhang, in 5M, recently attended The VEX Robotics World Championship in Kentucky, which brings together top robotics teams in the VEX IQ Challenge, VEX Robotics Competition, and VEX U.
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  • April

    Middle School Earth Week

    On April 23, in honour of Earth Week, the Middle School students did their part by participating in a campus-wide cleanup. Armed with gloves and garbage bags, all classes headed out on a beautiful spring morning to do their part and give back to the Earth.
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  • Students Score Impressive Marks in Recent Math Competitions

    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.
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  • The Tradition Continues: Gr. 12 Writer's Craft Visit SK Class

    Last week, Grade 12 Writer’s Craft students visited Mrs. Lyn’s SK class to interview the younger students for inspiration for their Children’s Picture Book Assignment.
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  • CDS Debater Wins Worlds for Third Time in Four Years

    CDS made history on Tuesday at the World Independent Debating and Public Speaking Championships (WIDPSC) held at Branksome Hall in Toronto this past week. Not only did our veteran coach Ms. Kerstin Wyndham-West bring three students for the first time in her 12 years of qualifying CDS students, but one of our own won the World Championship once again.
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  • Finding the Balance Panel Recap

    “It’s not our bodies that need changing. It’s our attitudes.” This was the parting quote from the NEDIC panel discussion on “Finding the Balance: When “Healthy” Eating and Exercise Put Your Child at Risk” held last Friday morning for CDS parents.
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  • King Mayor’s Celebration of the Youth Arts

    “The ASK student art show is a fantastic opportunity for our students to publicly exhibit their work,” said Heather Castellan, CDS Head of the Visual Arts. “As artists, having the ability and willingness of a gallery to showcase our work helps us to connect with the larger community outside our doors.”
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  • 2019 Music Trip: Adventure & Resilience All Wrapped Into Fun

    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.
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  • Ontario Model United Nations Conference: Q & A

    This past weekend, CDS sent a delegation of 14 students to the Ontario Model United Nations conference at Upper Canada College to discuss issues as varied as solutions to cybercrime, the future of artificial intelligence, the prevention of corruption in the National Hockey League, and the historical fall of Yugoslavia. All delegates were challenged to think critically about the issues that face our global community.

    One of the students who attended was Grade 9 student, Nicole Damianidis. She was asked a few questions about her experience.
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  • Self-Care in the Middle School

    Courtney Kroen, MS Guidance Counsellor
    Our Middle School students are at an age where they are developing their toolkit of life skills to help strengthen their relationships, explore their interests and passions, negotiate conflicts and become self-advocates (to name just a few!). Among the many skills students need to thrive and add to their toolkit, self-care, is one they have recently been exploring during our Monday morning advisory sessions.
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  • CDS Qualifies Three Debaters for Worlds

    For the 12th consecutive year, The Country Day School has qualified a debater for the World Championships held this year from April 11-17 at Branksome Hall in Toronto. There will be 14 students representing Canada, and for the first time three students will be from CDS.
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  • Robotics Team Heads to Western

    The CDS Robotics team kicked off their build season in early January with a small group of students meeting in a rarely-visited corner of the school. Students from Grades 9 to 12 collaborated to design, prototype, build, and program a robot. Much like the robot itself, the team is made up of a variety of parts: groups of students working together towards a common goal.
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  • Tickets On Sale for James & The Giant Peach Jr.!

    Tickets are now on sale for the Junior School drama production of James & The Giant Peach JR. taking place on April 25, 26 and 27. They are $15 and available at www.cds.on.ca/tickets.
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  • Track Team Participates in Pre-Season Training in Hawaii

    Ms. Steadman & Ms. Winterink
    Over March Break, 12 members of the CDS Track team, along with Ms. Steadman and Ms. Winterink, embarked on a 10-day adventure to the island of Oahu. The main purpose of the trip was to give students a head start on training outdoors in preparation for their upcoming track season.
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  • March

    JS Students Learn About Electricity

    Noelle Endras, 6J
    Just before the March Break, 6J worked with the Senior Kindergarten students and taught them different things about electricity through fun activities. The SK’s were split into small groups and were paired with two or three Grade 6 students - we called ourselves Electro-Spark Buddies!
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  • Sr. Girls Compete at OFSAA in Volleyball

    Joshua Collins
    The highest level of high school volleyball in Ontario is represented at OFSAA and the road to get there is a hard one to pave for all teams. At the end of a long season, the Sr. Girls' team secured a spot as an ‘A’ school competing against ‘AAA’ schools at OFSAA just before March Break. This was the first time CDS has ever sent a volleyball team to OFSAA – so our girls were part of history, albeit complete underdogs who were not expected to be competitive. We wouldn’t have it any other way!
     
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  • Boys' Hockey Captures CISAA Gold

    Zach Lawton
    Congratulations to The Country Day School Boys’ Hockey Team who captured CISAA Gold this past week, for the first time since 2016.
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  • A Cuban Culture Day for Students Enrolled in Spanish

    Beatrice Stefanescu
    On February 22, Grade 10-12 students currently enrolled in the Spanish program experienced Cuban culture through a variety of activities in downtown Toronto. Studying a foreign language not only involves learning the grammar and vocabulary, but immersing oneself in the culture too. This is why students were taken out of the classroom and into the city!
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  • CDS Student Competes at Canada Winter Games

    Last month, Grade 10 student Kennedy Ryan was the only female member on Team Ontario to compete in both Freestyle Slopestyle and Mogul events at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta. While she earned one of the coveted three female spots for Slopestyle based on her competitive results last season, Slopestyle skiing is what Kennedy does for fun, and Moguls are her primary competitive event. She has been competing in both events for five seasons.
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  • February

    Future Looks Bright for CDS DECA

    Kabir Walia ’19
    On February 8, 29 CDS students participated in the 40th annual DECA Ontario Provincial Competition in downtown Toronto. Students compete in a variety of business categories, including Entrepreneurship, Marking, Finance, and Business Management, after undergoing rigorous training and preparation throughout the school year.
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  • Middle School Concert Band Awarded Gold

    Last Friday, the Middle School Concert Band travelled to Lawrence Park Collegiate to participate in the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival. With a new, more challenging repertoire prepared, the band played their best performance of the year and earned a “Gold” award. The adjudicators made special note of the band’s professionalism and mature sound. Mr. Zero and Mr. Jung would like to thank the band for their hard work, dedication, and commitment in preparing for the festival this term.
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  • The Laramie Project: Opening Night!

    The honour of hosting Matthew Shepard’s parents, Judy and Dennis – our very special guests visiting for all three productions of The Laramie Project, has helped to capture some incredible media attention, including that of CBC Metro Morning and CBC Evening News.
     
    This morning, Scott Garbe and Dennis appeared on CBC’s Metro Morning with host, Matt Galloway, for a moving and heartfelt interview you can listen to here:
     
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  • Pathways to People

    This past Valentine’s Day, our Grade 6 Pathways to People students were thinking of the guests at The Welcome Table in Aurora. Welcome Table is a drop-in community dinner that operates every Wednesday out of Trinity Anglican Church, providing a hot meal to 100 guests each week, 51 weeks of the year!

    Pathways to People students wrote kind and thoughtful notes to each guest. These notes were wrapped up with a hygiene product and delivered on Wednesday night!
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  • Remarks from a Visual Arts Student

    Colleen Glynn ’19 was one of three visual artists who presented at a recent Arts Assembly. Colleen shared her evolving passion for art and some examples of her most recent landscape work.

    Art has become something that has grown increasingly important to me over my years at CDS. I never expected it to become such a huge part of my life, but through the guidance of my teachers, it has. People now look at my paintings and say things like, “Wow, I could never do that,” which is amazing because I really didn’t think my art was decent until this past year.
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  • Snowboarding Success

    After multiple snow days and cancellations, the CDS Snowboard team competed in the CISAA finals yesterday at Craigleith Ski Club and brought home Gold

    This is the first time the CDS Girls’ team has won a CISAA gold medal (they’ve won silver for the past three years) and the fourth consecutive championship win for the Boys’ team. Congratulations to the entire team and their coaches, Ms. Weening and Ms. Barbanchon!
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  • Middle School Assembly: 8D Technology With Balance

    Middle School assemblies are a crucial part of Middle School education and are a great venue to shine the spotlight on our Grade 7 and 8 students, as well as the issues that are important and relevant to them.

    We have witnessed a fundamental shift in society with the growth in technology and social media over the past two decades. In last Thursday’s Middle School assembly, the students from 8D spoke to their peers about the impact of technology and how we all need to strive to reach a balance between real face-to-face interactions and those that we have with our screen.
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  • For the Love of the Game: Three-Term CDS Athlete Steps Up to Play Net for First Time

    Sportsmanship truly defines an athlete and speaks to character and agility, as well as the length that person is willing to go for their teammates.

    When The Country Day School’s Senior Girls’ Hockey team found themselves without a goalie in November, it didn’t take long for Grade 12 student Brynlyn Rowntree to offer to step into net.
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  • Introducing the CDS Blog: Education with Balance

    Unlike a news story, a blog post can be whatever you want it to be about. In the case of The Country Day School’s new blog, our only proviso will be that it have something to do with our tagline, education with balance, and offer a glimpse behind the scenes.
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  • The Laramie Project: Tickets on Sale

    Twenty years ago this past fall, on the evening of Oct 6th, 1998, openly gay university student Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, viciously beaten and left to die, tied to a fence on the starry outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. In the aftermath of what became known as one of the most infamous hate crimes in modern American history, the close-knit citizens of Laramie were left to confront and investigate the brutality of the crime, its roots in hate and intolerance, and the possibility of the community’s own culpability under intense and unsparing national and international media scrutiny.
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  • January

    Food Intolerances vs. Allergies: What Our Dining Hall Staff do to Keep Students Safe

    Kim Sillcox
    As the mother of a child with potentially life threatening allergies, I understand and appreciate the great lengths our Aramark Dining Hall staff go to in order to keep CDS students and staff safe every day as they prepare food for 900 people.
     
    In the world we live in, the new norm is that many of us have either food intolerances or food allergies. Some are outgrown, others not, and some come about later in life. Food intolerances can cause discomfort and nausea, while food allergies can cause mild to severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis which left untreated can be deadly.
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  • Mr. Garbe's Journey to Laramie

    Kim Sillcox
    Last October marked the 20th anniversary of one of the most infamous hate crimes in recent history – the killing of an openly gay university student named Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. The Laramie Project is a theatrical account based on more than 200 interviews conducted by members of the Tectonic Theatre Project of New York over the course of 18 months following Matthew’s death. It is also the choice for this year’s upcoming Senior School drama production taking place on Feb. 28, and March 1-2.
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  • Actor Reflects on Her Role in The Laramie Project

    Kim Sillcox
    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.
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  • Auction 2019: Jeans & Jewels

    Mark your calendars and save the date for the 46th annual CDS Auction on Friday, May 31st, 2019! Join us for an amazing evening of live and silent auctions with dancing, food, entertainment and more! This year's theme is Jeans and Jewels.
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  • Enrolment Season Is Here!

    David Huckvale
    A natural focus for the Office of Admissions is to look ahead toward the upcoming academic year. From Open House events to admission interviews, interest in joining the CDS community has never been stronger. This is also the season when you, our current families, are asked to plan ahead and confirm your child's enrolment for September 2019. A re-enrolment contract for each of your children will be sent by regular post next week. The return deadline for the re-enrolment contract is Thursday, February 14th, 2019.
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  • Vaping 2.0: Navigating the Dangers vs. Cool Factor

    At Monday’s Senior School Assembly, Head of Physical and Health Education Pete Milonas, joined by his colleagues Denise Steadman and Josh Collins, presented the myths and potential health hazards associated with teenage vaping to our students.
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  • CDS To Host One Week of Debate Camp: June 17-22

    This year, we are excited to announce an amazing opportunity for students in Grades 5-10 to take part in Debate Camp 2019Canada’s public speaking and debating camp at CDS from June 17-22, 2019. This prestigious program, with space for 40 students, is offered for one week only. The directors of the camp are experts in their field, and students work in small groups with highly experienced counsellors.
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  • Congratulations Teagan Grant '19

    Congratulations to Teagan Grant '19 on her Gold medal win as a member of Canada’s U18 Women’s World Hockey team! Team Canada defeated the United States, 3-2 in overtime, at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Championships in Obihiro, Japan on Sunday. Their road to the finals included a semi-final game against Russia last Friday, which also ended in an overtime win for Canada, 4-3.
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  • Remembering Madame Graham

    On Friday, January 18th, we will hold a small ceremony in honour of our beloved teacher, Colleen Graham, who passed away on December 29th. Colleen loved our Senior School Coffee Houses and so our ceremony will take a cozy format rather similar to Coffee House.
     
    We will gather to honour Mme. Graham on the Winch Learning Stairs from 3:30 to 4:00 PM. Students are welcome to stay if they wish to do so. Our flags will fly at half-mast that day. Additionally, the school is donating to Colleen’s Living Memorial and we have plans to plant a flower garden in her memory.
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  • 2018 Parent & Student Survey Results

    John Liggett
    Last spring, we conducted two online surveys – one among CDS Parents and one among CDS Students in Grades 6-12. Attached are highlights from both surveys, as well as some areas in need of improvement and attention, and recent school initiatives either underway or already developed to address these issues.
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  • Auction Kick Off Breakfast: January 23

    Are you interested in volunteering for Auction 2019? Join us on Wednesday, January 23rd after drop off for our Auction Kick Off Breakfast in the Di Ciano Atrium. By attending, you will be one of the first to find out the theme and get a sneak peek about what is in store for this year! Please RSVP to auction@cds.on.ca.
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  • From Four Tiny Acorns a Mighty Oak Stands Strong

    Kim Sillcox
    An interpretation of CDS’ history by the Grade 1V Class

    Jenn Vipond has been teaching Grade 1 at CDS for nearly 10 years and holds a true appreciation for the School’s 46-year history. So much so that, earlier this year, after being inspired by the words of our Head of School, John Liggett, she decided to take action and share the history with her young students. In an effort to simplify the story of our founding for her Grade 1 students, she chose to blend art with a favourite tale, and then animate the final product with her students voices overlaid on top.
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  • Lest We Forget

    John Liggett, Head of School
    A Letter from John Liggett, Head of School 

    I think everyone would agree that The Country Day School conducts our Remembrance Day ceremonies particularly well. As such, it was a tremendous honour, as Head of School, to bring a personal Remembrance Day message yesterday to the Middle/Senior and Junior School assemblies. Below is an excerpt of what I shared.
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  • MS Students To Spend Time In Nature

    Courtney Kroen & Stephanie Collins
    Throughout the month of January, Middle School students will be exploring the topic of Mental Health. Students have been exposed to this topic through their guidance classes, health curriculum, and class presentations during Thursday morning assemblies.

    The research shows that approximately 1 in 5 youth in Ontario experience challenges with mental health. It has been found that early intervention is critical, and leads to improved academics and healthier outcomes. It is important for young adolescents to understand the importance of caring for their own mental health, looking out for one another’s well being, and how to ask for help from a trusted adult.
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  • Traffic Light Update: It's a Go!

    John Liggett, Head of School
    It looks like our new Traffic Light will become reality on Tuesday, December 18 right after drop off!
     
    Hydro One provided connection of our new service yesterday, and the contractor will have York Regional Police on site for traffic control during the activation next Tuesday. The temporary line painting is to be completed by Monday, December 17.
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13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5
(905) 833-1220
communications@cds.on.ca
admissions@cds.on.ca
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.