CDS will provide an approach toward instruction that is rooted in a deep understanding of our students. We will support wellness for all and continue to attract inspirational and caring faculty and staff.
Ready, set, go! It’s Day 2 and CDS students have jumped right back into their academic routine. As a
school that values education with balance, we would like to encourage students in Grades 4-12 to get involved in an extra-curricular activity (or multiple) from the get go this year.
Not only are extra-curricular activities a wonderful way to meet like-minded friends, but they also allow students to recalibrate after being in class all day and let off steam. Studies have demonstrated that extra-curricular involvement pursuits contribute to increased self-esteem and academic motivation, and better time management; a win-win for everyone!
Grad X is the Grade 12 annual art exhibit, held this year from May 25 through June 16, 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.
The Country Day School mock trial team finished in 4th place out of 24 teams at the Judges’ Cup Mock Trial Tournament at the Newmarket Courthouse. The competition is the largest in Ontario and one of the few in Canada that holds its trials in real courtrooms in front of actual judges.
Having qualified earlier this year to join the Canadian team of 15 participants from across the country, two CDS public speakers, Olivia Railton (Grade 12) and Maeve Tebbutt (Grade 10) travelled to Sydney, Australia in early April to compete in the World Individual Public Speaking and Debating Tournament, held at Ravenswood Girls’ School. This is the 10th consecutive year that CDS has sent either one or two representatives to this prestigious and challenging tournament.
One of the downfalls of learning a new language in the classroom is the lack of authenticity in practice and conversation. However, with the increase in conferencing technologies, it is becoming much easier to connect with people overseas, and have meaningful and real conversations in the target language - a vital condition for second language acquisition.
January 11th wasn’t an ordinary day for Trinity De Simone and Olivia Railton, Grade 12 students at The Country Day School. Both girls had had this date highlighted in their calendars for months. This was the day that all shortlisted candidates for Oxford University hear via email whether they had been accepted. By 7:00 a.m., both Trinity and Olivia were grinning from ear-to-ear.
As many of you know, one of our strategic outcomes is to support, know and inspire all our students. In some respects, the second of these verbs, to know, is an important precondition to achieving the other two. The reasoning is quite simple: if we know our students—their learning preferences, the areas of study that engage them and those at which they struggle, their learning strengths and weaknesses, and what they are truly passionate about—we are much more likely to find ways to inspire them and to provide the necessary support that will enable them to thrive at CDS and beyond.
Dave Harvey, Director of Academics, Middle & Senior Schools
Acting on our new strategic direction to inspire, support and know all our learners, the Middle and Senior School Professional Development Day on October 7th was focused on the importance of relational teaching.
The Junior School Library is a welcoming place where students can always find that perfect book to read in a comfy, cozy place; but it is also a place of exploration, research and discovery. Their learning is often based on questions that originate from the curriculum, as well as the world around them.
Following our long range plan commitment to support, know and inspire all of our students, the Middle/Senior School Professional Development activities in late August were decidedly focused on how we personalize learning in the classroom.