2017

  • December

    2017 Donation Deadline: Tax Receipts

    In accordance with Revenue Canada guidelines, all mailed donations postmarked before December 31, 2017 will receive a 2017 tax receipt. If you wish to make your donation in person or by telephone via credit card, please do so before the school closure begins December 22, 2017, in order to be eligible for a 2017 tax receipt.
     
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  • Coffee and Conversation with the Head

    Do you have a question you’ve wanted to ask, but it’s never the right forum? Are you curious about something you’ve heard and would like for it to be elaborated on? Head of School John Liggett would be happy to answer your questions over coffee.
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  • Grade 5s Discover the Magic of Matter

    Kelly Johnson, Grade 5 Faculty
    The Grade 5s are studying the topic of matter in their science classes. It’s been a busy, messy and exciting week in the classroom as the Grade 5s covered chemical reactions and properties of matter and are presented their “Matter Magic” science experiments.
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  • Why should you contribute to the Birthday Book Program?

    By making a donation to the Birthday Book Program, you are supporting the Junior and Middle/Senior School Libraries by ensuring we have the most current available books and resource materials. What a great way to honour your child(ren) on their birthday while supporting the CDS Libraries!
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  • De Simone Ready for GTHL Top Prospects Game

    Zachary Lawton
    Last month, Jonah De Simone ’20 was returning from a hockey game with the Mississauga Reps when his father received an e-mail. The message from the GTHL head office stated that Jonah had been selected for the GTHL Top Prospects game, which has been a long time goal of his.
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  • Hour of Code @ CDS

    Lara Gee, Junior School Technology and Integration Specialist and Annie Dearden, Associate Teacher
    During the first week of December, 139,329 Hour of Code events are taking place around the world, and 290 Junior School students at CDS participated in one of them!
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  • November

    Country Day School students Tara McKendry, Sydney James, Karsen Roy and Claire Gallagher joined forces this year to launch the first-ever Senior Girls’ Hockey Team.

    Senior Girls’ Hockey Team is a First for CDS

    Kim Sillcox
    The sky’s the limit when a group of motivated girls set their minds to doing something. After 13 years of fielding only Boys’ or Co-ed hockey teams at CDS, a fun turn of events happened this year. Buoyed by the enthusiasm of two new Grade 10 students and two returning students in Grades 10 and 12, who spent weeks lobbying teachers and coaches and making persuasive announcements at assemblies, the girls at CDS were given the green light for a Senior Girls’ Hockey team.
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  • Congratulations to the Cast & Crew of The Outsiders!

    Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Outsiders for putting on two stellar performances last Thursday and Friday. The students were consummate professionals, portraying characters that dealt with issues beyond their years. Check out our photo gallery and congratulations again to all involved – we are so proud of you! Don’t miss the opportunity to see the Senior School students shine in another outstanding production, In the Heights, coming in March 2018.
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  • SmartMusic: Practice Smarter – Not Longer

    Sheldon Rose, Director of Technology and Creativity
    “Practicing” can be one of the most frustrating aspects of mastering a musical instrument. It seems that for all the many hours of solitary rehearsal, progress is slow and onerous. Although the process of regularized repetition is a well-recognized denominator in any skill acquisition activity, it is also the Quality and Deliberateness of that practice that matters more than simply the number of hours invested.
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  • Students Gain Perspective Through WWI Trench Warfare Simulation

    Dave Downer, Senior School Social Sciences
    The Grade 10 History classes undertook a new challenge this year, a two-day field experience to enhance their understanding of the efforts of soldiers in World War One. The activity took place in the far eastern portion of the CDS property, a former corn field on the other side of the railroad tracks. Watch the video below of their experience.
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  • UPDATE - Christmas in King City

    See the pictures and video from the spectacular event!
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  • CDS Poppies Journey from King to Vimy Ridge

    John Liggett, Head of School
    John Liggett shared a special story with Junior School students at this week’s Assembly about taking their Remembrance Day poppies on an incredible journey.

    I want to take you back in time. This little journey back in time might make us sad, but it will also make us feel proud.

    Our first journey back in time – is just a little way back to last week’s Remembrance Day ceremony. I know how I felt that day – always a little sad. But I also felt proud to be a Canadian, and most of all – proud of all of you.
     
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  • Term 1 Athletic Assemblies: Nov. 20 & 21

    Middle/Senior School Assembly
    Monday, November 20
    9:00 am, Performing Arts Centre Theatre
     
    Junior School Assembly
    Tuesday, November 21
    9:00 am, Performing Arts Centre Theatre
    (#1 Dress is required for Grade 4-6)
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  • Join us for the Alumni Holiday Celebration - Dec. 19!

    Please save the date for the upcoming Alumni Holiday Celebration on Tuesday, December 19 from 7:30-9:30 pm.
    The celebration will be held in the Mantella Family Atrium of the Senior School and will host a DJ, delicious hor d'oeuvres and refreshments. Spouses and significant others are more than welcome to come! No RSVP is necessary.
     
    For further information, please contact alumni@cds.on.ca. We look forward to seeing you! Be sure to tell your friends!
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  • The Alumni Legacy Fund - Next Week is GIVING WEEK!

    Since opening our schoolhouse doors in 1972, CDS has belonged to all of us. During your time as a student, you added your own chapter to our rich and varied story – to the open book (beneath the tree!) that contains all of our tales of learning and growing. On its pages can be found every experience that makes up the CDS legacy.
    What is your CDS legacy?
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  • Lexie McKay Nets “Here’s My Canada” 2nd Place

    Zach Lawton
    Last year, when Ms. Weening suggested her Gr. 10 Communications Technology class submit video projects to “Here’s My Canada”, Lexie McKay ’19 did not see herself coming in 2nd place and netting $2,500. But that’s exactly what happened.
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  • A Proud Day at CDS

    John Liggett, Head of School
    Yesterday, we paid our respects at our Remembrance Day ceremonies. Putting my obvious bias aside, I have to attest that our school was at its very best. Populists might call what we experienced “flow.” Call it what you may, there is no doubt that the character, care and respect that we work so hard to create at CDS, were on full display. And I couldn’t have been more proud of our students, faculty and staff.
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  • Sr. Boys' Soccer Tier 2 Champions

    Sandy Townsend, Sr. Boys' Soccer Coach
    Last Friday, the Senior Boys' Soccer team traveled to UCC to play the hosts in the first of two games to determine the 2017 CISAA Tier 2 Championship. CDS finished second in the West division and had to make the trip down to Toronto to play UCC who finished first in the East. The schools did not play in the regular season and that created a slight feeling of nervousness among the team.
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  • The Outsiders - Tickets Available at Door!

    S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders is a story that revolves around two rival gangs in the 1960s midwest. Young Ponyboy Curtis is yearning to prove himself so he can be accepted by his brothers and his gang while dreaming of a life beyond the fences of his lower class. This play deals with real people, seen through the eyes of a teenage protagonist who constantly finds himself stuck on the wrong side of the tracks.
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  • U16 Girls' D2 Basketball Wins CISAA Championships

    Alex O'Reilly, Jr. Girls' Basketball Coach
    Finishing the season in first place in the West division, after an undefeated regular season that included victories over Hillfield Strathallan College, Havergal College, The York School and Villanova College, the Junior Girls' Basketball team entered the playoffs with high hopes and a determination to realize their goal of winning a championship.
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  • ANNUAL CDS HOLIDAY FAIR: NOVEMBER 22 AND 23

    Why not avoid the mall crowds and start your holiday shopping at the upcoming annual Holiday Fair! This is a wonderful opportunity to do some holiday shopping for unique items all in one place. There is something for everyone - from soaps and preserves to coats and art - there are 36 vendors to peruse. It is FREE and open to the public, so please spread the word among family and friends!
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  • Left to Right: Anna Croxon, Maeve Tebbutt, Mrs. Wyndham-West, Anaïs Leiva von Bovet

    Best Showing Ever for CDS @ IISPSC

    Kerstin Wyndham-West, CDS Faculty and Debating Coach
    Last weekend, three students: Maeve Tebbutt (11), Anna Croxon (10) and Anaïs Leiva von Bovet (11) travelled to Winnipeg to compete in this year’s International Independent Schools' Public Speaking Competition co-hosted by Balmoral Hall School and The Gray Academy of Jewish Education. More than 140 students from 10 countries competed in their choice of three events.
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  • October

    Portrait of a Grade 7 During Breakout Week

    Kassandra Miranda
    For Breakout Week, the Grade 7s headed down to Haliburton Hockey Haven Camp for four days, and it was so much fun!
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  • Top: Deirdre Tait, Caitlyn Tamane, Andrew Bartle, Bottom: Liz Duckett, Joshua Simmonds, Alanna Houston; Missing from the photo - Megan Lavis

    CDS Alumni Are Back in the Classroom!

    Whether you are touring the Junior School, stopping into Admissions, walking past a Senior School Math or Science class or Grade 10 Careers Class – CDS Alumni are back on campus and we are so happy to have them!
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  • Reflections from Algonquin Breakout Week

    Leo Palerma and Ben Smylie, Gr. 10
    Leo Palerma’s thoughts on Algonquin:
    The best part about Algonquin was definitely being out in the nature and getting a little refreshing break from all of the technology and rushed life back home. It was nice being able to just move through nature and look at your surroundings without being distracted by anything like a TV or a phone or another device. It was also nice to get away from the rushed school life and experience no assignments or due dates; we could just live our life the way we wanted too out there.
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  • Take Me Outside Day

    Steph Collins, Junior School Outdoor Education
    On Wednesday, October 25th, the Junior School participated in a Canada-wide initiative called Take Me Outside Day. Started in 2011, this day helps to bring awareness to our connection with nature and time spent outside. Schools across Canada were encouraged to spend at least one hour outdoors.
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  • Tickets Available to Fall Production of The Outsiders

    Tickets are now available to the Middle School production of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders! The Outsiders is a story that revolves around two rival gangs in the 1960s midwest. This play deals with real people, seen through the eyes of a teenage boy who constantly finds himself stuck on the wrong side of the tracks. We hope you can join us on:
    - Thursday, November 16 @ 7:00 pm
    - Friday, November 17 @ 7:00 pm
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  • Washington, DC Breakout Week Trip

    Ava Morson & Nusha Naziri, Gr. 10
    Bright and early on Sunday, October 1, CDS students from Grades 10 and 11 jumped on the bus headed for Washington, DC.
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  • DECA And a Passion for Music Inspire Student's Project

    DECA is an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service. The organization prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other business areas. Faculty advisor Laura Aldoroty has been involved with DECA since its implentation in 2011, and has traveled with students to places like Salt Lake City, Atlanta and Nashville to name a few.
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  • Girls Volleyball Breaks Out

    Heather Hudson & Alexandra Nichols, Gr. 11
    Due to weather conditions beyond our control, our Breakout Week volleyball trip to Cuba was missing one key part - Cuba! But with the exceptional efforts of both Mr. Collins and Mr. Moorlag a whole new week was put together for us. The week ended up being tons of fun and each and every girl was impressed by the activities we participated in, which was amazing considering the amount of time they had to prepare. So we would like to share what we did for the week.
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  • New Innovations in the Junior School

    Lara Gee, Techonology Integration Specialist: Junior School
    The Junior School is off to an innovative start to the school year and our Grade 6 Robotics program is leading the way. Mr. Rafferty’s class began a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) unit recently and is utilizing our LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits.
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  • Senior Boys’ Soccer 2017 CAIS Tournament

    Sandy Townsend, Sr. Boys' Soccer Coach

    Last week, the Senior Boys’ Soccer team traveled to St. George’s School in Vancouver for the 2017 CAIS soccer tournament. It was bleary eyed group of boys that gathered at 6:30 am Wednesday at Pearson Airport for the long trip west. Upon arrival, the team made its way to Stanley Park for a light practice and kick around. By the time they returned to the hotel everyone was ready for a shower, dinner and then bed.
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  • STEM Group Takes Flight

    Kabir Walia & Emily Wright, Gr. 11

    The STEM trip took flight this Breakout Week! Students learned all that there is to know about aerodynamics and so much more.
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  • The Green Build Experience

    Jonah De Simone, Gr. 10

    When the concept of the CDS’ first ever Breakout Week was announced, I remember being overwhelmed by the amount of incredible learning opportunities that were being offered to us. After all of the experiences were presented, there was one in particular that stood out to me; The Green Build Experience. This experience involved building an outdoor log shelter that would have a lasting impact for the CDS outdoor education program.
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  • Break Out Week - Grade 9 to Camp Timberlane

    Anne-Marie Bassi, '21

    Oftentimes we are given an opportunity to take part in something that we are unsure about, yet sometimes you just need to do it, and you end up realizing how grateful you are that you took that leap.
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  • The GY West University Trip

    Ethan Dhanraj ’18 and Sierra McNulty ’18
    A group of 31 eager GY students woke up very early on the Tuesday morning of Breakout Week to begin the West University trip on an exciting, yet sleepy note. We all grabbed our coffee, boarded the bus, and began the journey to London.
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  • A Taste of Quebec

    Dima Kalander, Grade 11 student

    October 2, 2017 was a milestone day for the Middle/Senior School students at CDS because it launched the School’s first ever Breakout Week! Breakout Week is the chance for students in Grades 7-12 to learn outside the classroom environment. For me, I chose to embark on a food tour in Montreal.
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  • CDS Cares: Touching the Lives of Others

    CDS Cares: Day 1
    By Allison Simpson, Gr. 10
    On Monday, October 2nd, the CDS Cares team visited a unique organization called Variety Village. Variety Village is an organization that helps people with disabilities get exercise and help rehabilitate people who may have gotten into an accident.
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  • Inaugural Breakout Week

    Celia Bland, Director of Senior School
    Do not ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come ALIVE and go do it!
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  • Portrait of a Grad Signage – Doug Coupland Style

    In 2014, we launched our Portrait of a Graduate video series, featuring Graduates who opened up to reveal who they are today and how CDS helped shape their character. After a year of faculty brainstorming and teamwork developing the components, in our final assembly of the year in May 2015, we introduced our Portrait of a CDS Graduate to the students, asking them to continue to question Who Will You Be? Each year as our students graduate, our hope is that they will leave us with these qualities at their core (below).
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  • Parent Walk + Community Relations Info Sharing & Tech Support: October 25

    Please join the Office of Community Relations and the CDS Parent Association members on Wednesday, October 25 for a walk of the School's acreage and an Information Sharing & Tech Support morning.
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  • Bark Lake Prepares Grade 6 Leaders

    On September 28, the Grade 6 classes travelled to Bark Lake to take part in the annual Bark Lake Leadership Convention. Over the two day trip, they were asked to challenge themselves and each other through a variety of leadership tasks and initiative games.
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  • Climate Change Film Screening: October 11

    On Wednesday, October 11 at 6:00 pm, Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust, Arts Society King (ASK) and CDS will be co-hosting a screening of Leonardo DiCaprio’s production of Before the Flood, and conversation on climate change in the CDS Performing Arts Centre (PAC). This event is FREE and open to the public.
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  • October 6th Professional Development at CDS

    Tomorrow, our faculty will participate in a number of professional development sessions designed to further enhance life and learning at CDS. Here’s a brief glimpse of what’s in store for the day:
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  • Pre-Owned Uniform Sale: October 17

    The next Pre-Owned Uniform Sale will take place on Tuesday, October 17 from 8:30-10:30am AND from 2:30-4:30pm in the Di Ciano Atrium of the PAC. A large selection of gently used, clean, good quality uniform items are available!
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  • September

    CDS Debaters Kick Off Season with Impromptu Debate

    Victoria McIntyre
    Last Saturday, six CDS students made their way to St. Clement's School to compete in their 40th annual impromptu debating tournament. The day was filled with fun, engaging resolutions ranging from economic to ethical issues.
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  • CDS is Certified as a Gold Ontario EcoSchool

    Stephanie Collins
    Last year, the CDS Green Committee underwent the Ontario Ecoschools certification process. This application includes a school-wide audit of environmental practices and curriculum, as well as a site visit from an Ontario EcoSchools representative.  We are happy to announce that CDS has been certified as a Gold Ontario EcoSchool for the third time.
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  • CDS Menu Items Include Bounty Of Harvest Fresh Veggies

    Neyla Kirby '22 and Georgia Benjamin '23 are quite proud of their roles as members of the CDS Dining Hall Committee. The Committee consists of Mr. Liggett and Chef Marcello, a Junior, Middle and Senior School representative, and two CDS Parent co-chairs. They meet once a term to discuss what can be improved upon, general feedback about the menu items, and students are even encouraged to put forth menu suggestions.
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  • Grade 5 Students Take on Glen Bernard Camp

    Last week, the Grade 5 students packed into a bus and headed north to Glen Bernard Camp. For a lot of us, this was our first real trip away from home, and the excitement was obvious.
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  • Grade 7s Partake in 'Book Tasting'

    The Grade 7s enjoyed an exciting trip to the Library with Librarian Mrs. Rutledge Wednesday, to select books for their independent reading projects. They took part in a "book tasting" which involved sampling numerous young adult novels from a variety of genres to help them to find the perfect one to read! 
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  • CDS Runners Raise $8,480 for Youth Mental Health

    Kiyan Heybati ’18 and Magnus Krever ’18 are still soaring from the success of the CDS Runners last Saturday at the RBC Race for the Kids in Toronto. The impressive team they assembled consisted of 38 CDS students and faculty members who answered their call to action last spring to help raise awareness and funds in support of youth mental health.
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  • CDS Runs for Terry

    On Friday, The Country Day School held its 26th run for Terry Fox in which the entire school participated. In her remarks to both Junior and Middle/Senior School students, Canadian Olympic Hurdler and volunteer for the Terry Fox Foundation, Nikkita Holder, thanked CDS for raising $505,168 for the Terry Fox Foundation over the past 25 years (this year excluded).
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  • Doors Open King

    Looking for something to do this Saturday, Sept. 23 between 10am and 4pm? The Country Day School is participating in Doors Open King again this year as one of 15 historic sites that will open their doors to the public. CDS will proudly feature its historic landmark, Eversley Schoolhouse, a one-room schoolhouse built in 1883 and now home to the Junior School Library. Click for more information.
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  • Ahead by a Century featured on CBC

    At the end of this summer, the CBC released its short documentary film about the making of Ahead by a Century, last season’s acclaimed Senior School Theatrical Production at CDS. Inspired by the words and music of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip, this original production was written and created by the students and directing faculty and thoughtfully addressed the haunting legacy of Canada’s residential school system.
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  • In the Spirit of Community, Get in Gear!

    The word community has deep routes at CDS and comes up in almost every meaningful conversation we have, whether it be with prospective or current families, students, alumni or CDS Grandparents on Grandparents’ Day. We take immense pride in our growing community and the events we host for them.
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  • Social Media - Join CDS Online!

    CDS hosts a Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts and a YouTube channel. If you haven't already done so, we encourage you to like, follow and watch as another communications source! If social media isn't your thing, then check in with us via our Media page at www.cds.on.ca/media.
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  • What is the CDS Parent Association and what does it do?

    The CDS Parent Association is an integral part of the school community, and as a parent of CDS you are already a member! The Parent Association works with the School to share ideas, encourage parental involvement and support CDS in its mission to provide an education with balance for your children.
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  • Why Not Get Involved from the Start?

    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!
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  • August

    CDS Donates Harvest from its Gardens to King Foodbank

    This summer, The Nobleton & King City Horticultural Society (NKCHS) partnered with The Country Day School to cultivate its vegetable gardens while students were away. As part of the Grade 9 Green Industry Outdoor Education course launched a year ago, Grade 9 students designed and built raised plant beds last fall, planted seeds this past winter, then in May, replanted the seedlings in the raised garden planter beds.
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  • Join Us for the Gianni Giro Bike Ride - September 24

    On Sunday, September 24th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm The Country Day School will host the 3rd annual Gianni Giro Bike for Heart charity bike ride and family fun fair, and we are encouraging our parents and students to participate! The event is for all ages and skill levels and includes multiple ride distances and activities for riders and non-riders alike.
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  • NEW Portrait of a Grad Videos

    Have you viewed our latest Portrait of a Graduate video series yet?
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  • Students Impress at OFSAA

    CDS smashed its previous OFSAA Track & Field records this weekend in Belleville, Ont.
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  • UPDATE - O’Neill Among Top 10 Canadian Hurdlers at Nationals

    Wilson O’Neill ran his second ever 110m Hurdle race at the National Youth Track & Field Championships in Brandon, Manitoba last Friday. During track season this year he ran 100m Hurdles, so had to adjust to the different spacing for this race. Although he ran a huge personal best (PB) to finish 10th in Canada and 3rd among his age group as the other boys were a year older, he just missed qualifying for the finals by a few hundredths of a second.
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    NEW Portrait of a CDS Graduate Videos Launch

    Kim Sillcox
    As members of the Class of 2017 embark on their next adventure this fall, we have put the final touches on another series of video vignettes that offer a glimpse into what it means to be a graduate of The Country Day School.

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  • July

    O’Neill Competes at Junior Nationals for Track & Field

    Denise Steadman
    After an undefeated Track season last spring, Wilson O’Neill took on his biggest challenge to date by competing in his first Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships earlier this month in Ottawa. Entry into this very prestigious event required athletes to obtain an event standard established by Athletics Canada, which Wilson did when he won the 300m hurdles at the OFSAA Championships in June. The event took place the week following Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
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  • June

    2017 Closing Day Ceremonies: Video & Photos

    Did you or a loved one miss the CDS Junior/Middle School or Senior School Closing Day Ceremony on June 15th? Video of both ceremonies is now available for your viewing pleasure! Click on show more within each video to advance to a specific time in the ceremony.
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  • CDS Smashes Previous OFSAA Records with Two Golds and First Relay Bronze

    This year, The Country Day School Senior Track team began a new tradition of choosing a motivational quote for the team’s motto for the season. After some extensive voting, the quote by Kenneth Cooper; “Start Strong, Finish Stronger” was selected. This quote would define another historical season for this team, as we sent the largest roster to the CISAA, Metro and OFSAA Championships.
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  • Gianni Giro Bike for Heart

    On Sunday, September 24, The Country Day School will host the third annual Gianni Giro Bike for Heart, a 5km, 45km or 90km ride championed by a current CDS family, the LiVolsis.

    Ride details can be found on the attached PDF or by visiting www.giannigiro.ca. Please save the date and feel free to invite friends and family to join in

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  • Our Grads are Going Places

    While they will always be Cyclones, our grads are about to become Tigers, Warriors, Golden Gaels and even Gryphons, at universities across Canada and around the world.
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  • South Beach Auction a Sizzling Success

    Last Friday, June 2, the night was sizzling and over 500 guests were out in force to attend the 44th annual CDS Auction. The CDS Dome was transformed into the colours and sounds of all that is South Beach!
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  • Summer Reading Suggestions

    If we were to encourage our children to do just one thing that would contribute to their future success in life, it would be to read more. Among other things, reading increases our vocabulary, develops analytical thinking skills, reduces stress, teaches empathy, and enlightens us about the world we live in.
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  • Junior Debater Finishes 7th at Nationals

    Anna Croxon '20 represented CDS admirably with a 7th place finish overall at the Canadian National Junior High Public Speaking Championships held at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver this past weekend.
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  • Annual Grad Breakfast

    This morning, our GYs and their parents honoured what has become an annual CDS tradition of being “walked to school” one final time for the annual Grad Breakfast. Everyone was rewarded with a delicious morning meal, plus great conversations and photo-ops with faculty members and friends in advance of the end-of-year Middle/Senior School Assembly.
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  • CDS Bids Farewell to Three Staff Members

    As exciting as the end of year can be, Closing Day 2017 will also be bittersweet as we prepare to say farewell to three special staff members leaving after 29, 15 and 14 years of service.
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  • CDS Summer Camp is Almost Here!

    CDS Summer Camp will open its doors for summertime fun starting June 20 and we can't wait!
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  • NEW Location on Campus - ALUMNI PALOOZA & Reunion!

    The third annual Alumni Palooza is right around the corner! We hope to see you on Saturday, June 17th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
     
    This year, the event will take place rain or shine in an awesome new location behind the Senior School. Join us in the Douramakos & Petrachek Courtyards for an afternoon of fun and reminiscing!
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  • May

    Grad X Opening Reception Tonight!

    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.
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  • Our Milk Bag Experience

    Lili Gray, Annabelle Clouthier, Katie Dowling - Grade 5 students of 5M
    Over the past four months, the students of CDS have been collecting used milk bags in the Senior School Office, an effort started by Grade 12 student Julia Garbe. We started doing this because otherwise they would end up in a landfill and would never decompose.
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  • What a Wonderful Grandparents' Day

    Grandparents’ Day is one of the most highly anticipated days of the school year in the Junior School. It is an opportunity for all of us to put aside any agendas we may have and look at our students and the work that they have done just for the pure joy of appreciating something that a child has created.
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  • Ahead By a Century Raises $11,360

    At the final Arts Assembly of the year Monday, CDS culminated its Ahead by a Century run with a special cheque presentation of $5,680 to both the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund and Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research – Sunnybrook Foundation. The cast and crew were able to raise a total of $11,360 for these two worthy charities through ticket and T-shirt sales, discounted rental rates, and the generosity of our special sponsors.
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  • CDS DECA Students Compete at Internationals

    On April 24th, Madison-Shira Hossack, Isabella Giancola-Schieda and Kabir Walia, along with their advisor, Ms. Aldoroty, ventured to Anaheim, California for the three students to compete in the 2017 International Career Development Conference (ICDC) as a part of the Senior School’s DECA business club.
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  • CBC Radio Personality Turned Author Visits CDS

    Award-winning author, illustrator, and former CBC sports broadcaster, Kevin Sylvester, gave an entertaining and informative presentation yesterday to the Grade 2, 3, 4 and 5 students in the Junior School Library. The author of the Neil Flambé capers, the MINRS series, and other assorted sports books for children, Kevin has combined his love of illustrating with writing and finds great pleasure in sharing his love for storytelling.
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  • Congratulations Cast & Crew of Lion King Jr.!

    Congratulations to the cast, crew and musicians of The Lion King Jr.! The students involved worked exceptionally hard to bring the African savannah to life, and guests were astonished with the craftmanship that went into the set and the costumes! The show was a huge hit, with three performances from April 27 to April 29.
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  • Digital Citizenship

    What is Digital Citizenship? How is this addressed in school? What should I do as a parent? Digital Citizenship is the concept of developing foundational habits of mind to use technology safely, responsibly and ethically, while still leveraging the benefits of collaborating and communicating in a globally connected world.
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  • Gr. 10 Student Commits to D1 Hockey Program

    Zach Lawton
    Teagan Grant is a first year Grade 10 student who has recently committed to the University of Wisconsin on a hockey scholarship. The offensive minded defenseman is a High Performance Phys-Ed student who was also recently invited to a Team Canada Strength and Conditioning Camp
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  • April

    2017 CAIS Senior Boys' 7s Champions

    On Sunday April 23rd the Senior Boys’ Rugby team created history in winning the first-ever CAIS Rugby 7s tournament. They defeated Bishops College School (BCS) 15- 5 in the final match in the 2017 event held at Ashbury College.
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  • CDS Students Intent on Making their Mark in the Legal World

    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.
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  • Final Coffee House of 2016-17

    On Thursday, April 20, the Senior School students, faculty and staff gathered at The Learning Stairs for the much-anticipated final Coffee House of the year. As always, the event was very successful; we had some great performances and a very good turnout.
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  • Sr. Girls' Rugby Team Steps Up for the Win

    Our Senior Girls’ team played through some considerable challenges at the CAIS national rugby tournament held at Ashbury College in Ottawa, April 20-23. Some early injuries to key players meant that the line-up had to be shuffled putting many players into positions they were not used to playing.
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  • Featured Athlete - Lauren Michelberger

    Zach Lawton
    GY student and Aurora native, Lauren Michelberger is an accomplished gymnast who has competed at a provincial and national level in Ontario and abroad.  After a routine of dedicating 16 plus hours a week to gymnastics, Lauren decided to change her commitment and focus solely on tumbling.  A big change that has already seen success with a gold medal at the Ontario Cup this month.
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  • Berkley and her coach David Belhumeur, Head Coach Ontario Mogul Team at Freestyle Ontario

    Aurora Skier Captures Spot on Canadian National Mogul Team

    Berkley Brown has enjoyed skiing moguls … fast, since she was seven years old. After being sidelined for six months with a torn ACL during her first season with the Ontario Provincial team three years ago, she returned with a vengeance to win the 2015 U16 Junior Nationals the following season.
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  • Breakout EDU: Immersive Learning Games

    The Breakout EDU immersive learning games platform was introduced to the CDS faculty this past June at our custom Google Apps for Education professional development summit. It consists of a combination of physical and digital puzzle elements that must be solved in a race against the clock. Players are challenged to open the locked Breakout EDU box using their powers of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
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  • General Store Now ONLINE!

    For the first time in CDS history, General Store products are now available online! Purchase select uniform items, accessories and 2017-18 stationery kits with the click of a button.
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  • Junior School Spring Concert: May 11

    We are very excited for Grandparents' Day and Spring Concert on Thursday, May 11! This is a special day at the School for staff, students and grandparents alike. Our very special visitors enjoy classroom visits, lunch and a musical performance by the students of the Junior School.
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  • South Beach Sizzle Auction 95% Sold Out

    Have you purchased your tickets to the South Beach Sizzle Auction yet? Tickets are still available but are selling fast - we are now over 95% SOLD OUT!
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  • Ten Years of World-Class Public Speaking and Debating

    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.
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  • InCite Winners

    Every year, all students in CIS Ontario schools are invited to enter written pieces to the CITE (Conference of Independent Schools Teachers of English) competition. Each school may submit a maximum of three pieces – one from Grades 7 and 8, one from 9 and 10, and one from 11 and 12. These entries are all published in a book entitled InCITE, and each piece is judged by a professional in the field who chooses four overall winners in each category. This year’s writing prompt was “The Difficult Conversation” and students could respond in any written form.
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  • NEW! Senior School Breakout Week

    On Monday morning, we were very excited to introduce our first Senior School Breakout Week to the students in assembly. This will take place from October 2-5, 2017, and is an excellent opportunity to break out of the classroom doors and take our educational journey to all sorts of exciting places.
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  • Another Successful Weekend for Robotics Team

    Julia Garbe, Grade 12
    From April 7th to 9th, the CDS Robotics team travelled to McMaster University, Hamilton for their second regional competition of the season.
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  • CDS Loses a Great One

    We mourn the loss of a giant in the CDS community. Our beloved Gord Lytle, Head of Maintenance, passed away in April 2017 after a short illness.

    We are very pleased to be able to announce and celebrate the naming of the Workshop within the Performing Arts Centre in honour of our friend and colleague, who served as Head of Maintenance at CDS for 29 years. To make a contribution, please visit www.cds.on.ca/gordlytle.
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  • Cycling the Leopold Canal

    Dave Downer
    While in Bruges over March Break, the CDS Social Sciences group bicycled 30 kilometres from the city to Adegem Cemetery, where many Canadians who fought in World War II are buried. The idea for bicycling originated with our Headmaster, Mr. Liggett, who thought we would be able to re-trace part of the route Canadian soldiers took as they fought through Belgium during the war. 
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  • Student Wins Scholastic Art & Writing Gold Medal Award

    Kim Sillcox
    Grade 11 student Victoria McIntyre has a passion for creative writing, journalism and literature. She comes by her desire to pursue a good story honestly as her grandmother was a widely published journalist and has always been a strong female role model for her.

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  • Holocaust Survivor Brings History to Life at CDS

    History was brought to life earlier this week for Grade 10 and Senior Social Science students taking World History with Mr. Young and Mr. Downer. The students spent the morning with two guests from the Friends of Simon Weisenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) as part of a Lessons and Legacies workshop.
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  • Please Drink Responsibly

    Neyla Kirby, Grade 7 & MS Enviro Council
    As you may know, CDS is an ever changing place, always striving to be its best. Which is why, starting after the Easter long weekend, we will be RE-enforcing a ban against single-use store bought plastic water bottles. “Less than half of the plastic bottles sold in Ontario find their way to recycling bins. The rest, an estimated one billion plastic bottles each year, end up either in landfills or the environment”.
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  • The Best Annual Event in King!

    Thank you to the many families who have already committed their support to the South Beach Sizzle Auction. However, the assistance of our entire CDS community is essential in making the evening a success!
     
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  • March

    Connecting Beyond the Classroom - Authentic Language Learning

    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.
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  • Junior School Grandparents' Day: Thursday, May 11th

    Each spring, The Country Day School hosts Junior School Grandparents' Day. This is a special day at the School for staff, students and grandparents alike! Our very special visitors enjoy classroom visits, lunch and a musical performance by the students of the Junior School.
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  • Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast: April 12th

    The CDS Parent Association, along with the Office of Community Relations, are pleased to invite all volunteers of CDS to a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. All CDS Volunteers are welcome and we ask that you please confirm your attendance below.
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  • SAVE THE DATE FOR ALUMNI PALOOZA: SATURDAY, JUNE 17

    Come back and reconnect with CDS at our 3rd Annual Alumni Palooza on Saturday, June 17th from 2:00-5:00 pm on The Country Day School campus.
     
    The whole family is welcome and there will be something for everyone: games, BBQ, beer garden, archival displays and more!
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  • South Beach Sizzle Auction 2017

    Mark your calendars and save the date for the 44th annual CDS Auction coming to CDS on Friday, June 2nd, 2017! Once again, we are pleased to offer CDS Alumni and their guest a reduced ticket rate of $100 each. Watch for your ticket package coming in the mail. Last year many alumni attended and had a fantastic time, all while supporting the School.
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  • Fulford Debate in Need of Judges!

    The Country Day School will be hosting the Fulford Debating Competition on Friday, May 5th at CDS from 3:00 - 9:00 pm, and we are in need of judges!
     
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  • Congratulations Cast & Crew of Ahead by a Century!

    This past week, our student actors and musicians took the stage by storm in four spectacular, sold-out performances of Ahead by a Century, a theatrical experience inspired by the words and music of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip. The show was the world premiere of an original CDS production, created and written entirely by the cast and directing faculty – a stunning achievement.
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  • Courage in Athleticism and Life

    Earlier this week, CDS showcased its winter term teams and athletes and their impressive accomplishments these past few months.
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  • Interested in Being Part of The Parent Association Executive?

    The CDS Parent Association is an integral part of the school community, and as a parent of CDS you are already a member! The Parent Association works with the School to build our community, encourage parental involvement and support CDS in its mission to provide an education with balance for your children.
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  • Jr. Girls Volleyball Team Captures CISAA Div. 1 Gold

    The Junior Girls Volleyball team wrapped up a record setting season with an emphatic championship win on Friday, March 3. Two weeks earlier, the team headed to Havergal College in Toronto for their last game of the regular season. With both teams undefeated at 9-0, the winner of this game would decide the location of the final tournament.
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  • CDS Robotics in Oshawa

    Julia Garbe, Grade 12
    From March 3rd to 5th, the CDS Robotics team travelled to Oshawa for their first regional competition of the season. They achieved a great success unparalleled in CDS Robotics history!
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  • Ahead by a Century Opens TONIGHT!

    The opening night of the Senior School production of Ahead by a Century is tonight! This theatrical experience is based on the music and poetry of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip.
     
    While the first two shows have already sold out, we have added balcony seating for both performances at 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm on Saturday, March 4
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  • The Canada Project

    The Canada Project took place on Monday and Tuesday this week and was CDS' way of recognizing Canada’s 150th birthday. The timing of the Project was intentional to culminate with our Senior School production of Ahead by a Century.
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  • Creating a place where all are welcome

    Dear Country Day School Community,
    I have now written a number of letters of this sort over the past few years. I have been told that parents appreciate them, but I would imagine some don’t. If you find yourself in the latter camp, my apologies – especially since this letter is two pages!
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  • February

    Continuing the Conversation: The New MS/SS Report Card

    Over the next few years, CDS will further its long range plan commitment to develop stronger mechanisms of communication regarding student achievement and individual growth.
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  • Term 2 Athletic Award Assemblies

    Mark your calendars to celebrate sport at CDS! The second Athletic Assemblies of the school year are approaching: 
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  • Thank You to our Auction Sponsors!

    Our Auction has always been our largest social event of the year for our community, and our goal is for every family to make a contribution of some kind. Many of you have already committed your support – thank you! To date, we are pleased to announce our first 2017 Auction Sponsors which include four Platinum, four Gold and 12 Silver sponsors!
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  • The Canada Project - February 27 and 28

    Canada turns 150 years old this year. On Monday, February 27th and Tuesday, February 28th, ALL of CDS will take part in The Canada Project where we will create what we hope will be at least 150 Canadian experiences across the School. Each experience, in its own way will bring Canada to the forefront and remind us of what it means to be Canadian.
     
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  • Ahead by a Century Tickets: Limited Seats Remaining

    “No dress rehearsal – this is our lives.”
     
    Watch our promotional video and come join us for what promises to be both a moving and joyous theatrical experience inspired by the words and music of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip.
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  • Guest Speaker Challenges Students to ‘Put Away the Boxes’

    Actor and inspirational speaker, Anthony McLean challenged Middle and Senior School students on Monday to ‘put away the boxes’ and judge people “not by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.” [Martin Luther King’s dream]
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  • Middle School Winter Carnaval a Success!

    Today’s Winter Carnaval, inspired by Carnaval de Quebec, was a huge success as Middle School students spent the afternoon making "la tire" from maple syrup, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, dogsledding around the back acreage (thank you Chocpaw Expeditions), and drinking hot chocolate around an open fire.
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  • CDS Cyclones Impress at Robotics Tournament

    Julia Garbe, Grade 12
    On Saturday, February 11th, three CDS Robotics teams travelled to St. Michael’s College School in Toronto to compete in our second and final VEX tournament of the year. Out of a substantial number of competitors from schools across the GTA, the CDS Cyclones are proud of our impressive standings!
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  • King Celebrates its Young Artists

    Kim Sillcox
    The CDS Visual Arts program was well represented at a student art exhibit and opening reception hosted by Arts Society King at the King Heritage and Cultural Centre on February 9. Twenty-two students had their artwork on display beside submissions by students from King City Secondary School and Villanova College.
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  • Make a Donation to Auction for a Chance to Win Free Tickets

    When it’s cold outside, one surefire way to keep warm is to think about South Beach Sizzle – the 44th annual CDS Auction! Mark your calendars and save the date: Friday, June 2nd!
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  • Student Actors & Musicians Collaborate to Create Ahead by a Century – Tickets on Sale Today!

    Scott Garbe was in the midst of making final plans with his colleagues for this year’s theatrical season last spring when news of Gord Downie's diagnosis broke. “Like millions of Canadians, we were heart-broken,” he recalls.

    What to do? As we all know, Gord and The Tragically Hip responded by making music. Mr. Garbe and his colleagues instantly felt compelled to create theatre. The result is an original production they have created with CDS Senior drama students and musicians entitled Ahead by a Century - a theatrical experience inspired by the words and music of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip.
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  • Two CDS Debaters Qualify for Worlds in April

    CDS debaters were at it again this past week at the National Public Speaking Championship finals at St. John’s-Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg. All four students competed in the mandatory four events, with three qualifying for the finals on Monday.
     
     
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  • Athlete of the Week - Robbie Luba

    King City native and Grade 12 student Robbie Luba ‘17 has played soccer and hockey at CDS since he was a student in the Junior School. A true competitor who has earned many trophies and personal accolades, he is most known for his work ethic, resiliency and leadership abilities. It will come as no surprise that his peers and coaches recognize this, and made him captain of both the Senior Boys' Soccer and Hockey teams.
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  • An Immersive Day of Hispanic Language and Culture

    Beatrice Stefanescu, Spanish Teacher
    On January 24, Grade 10-12 Spanish students had the opportunity for a full day of immersion to be exposed to and use the language they are passionate about, within a cultural context. It was the perfect opportunity to marry the grammar and vocabulary they have been learning with the rich culture that exists in the Hispanic world, also a significant emphasis in the new Ontario International Language Curriculum put forth earlier this year.
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  • Celebrate King's Students of Art

    Presented by Arts Society King, a month-long exhibit celebrating fine art by local students from The Country Day School, Villanova College and King Secondary will be featured at the King Heritage and Cultural Centre.
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  • January

    Trinity De Simone (left), Olivia Railton (right)

    Two CDS Students Bound for Oxford Next Fall

    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.
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  • Enhance our Financial Sustainability

    Clarity on Our Financial Footing

    Remaining current in terms of emerging practices and trends is important for any organization, and independent schools are no exception. To that end, our faculty and staff routinely gather to research, discuss and network amongst ourselves and with representatives from other schools.
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  • Rainbow Plate

    With the start of a new year, there is no time like the present to remind our students to make wise choices for lunch and to take advantage of the wide range of nutritious foods offered. According to our Head Chef, Marcello Marano, we should all try to eat our own rainbow plate every day.
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  • Senior School students taking part in the #BellLetsTalk booth at lunch

    Social Justice Takes Action on #BellLetsTalk Day

    One in five Canadians experience a problem related to mental health or addiction, and youth aged 15 to 24 are more likely to experience a mental health or addiction problem than any other age group.
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  • Athlete of the Week - Max Janousek

    Grade 11 student and Loretto resident, Max Janousek, has been competing in Pentathlons since he was 15. The five-event competition includes showjumping, fencing, swimming, cross country and range shooting.  Its unique nature requires unique athletes, something Max aims to be through training every week.
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  • Distracted Driving is Everyone’s Business

    It’s in the news almost daily. Drivers of all ages admit to having done it. All it takes is a second, a quick glance down at your phone, and you too are guilty. What seems like a harmless act, just to read something you think can’t wait, can instantly shatter lives just as permanently as drunk driving does.
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  • Annual CDS Auction Returns June 2, 2017

    Mark your calendars and save the date for the 44th annual CDS Auction on Friday, June 2, 2017!
     
    Join us for an amazing evening of live and silent auctions with dancing, food, entertainment and more! This year's theme is South Beach Sizzle!
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  • CDS Alumni Among Our Finest Ambassadors

    Our Alumni (at last count 1300 and growing) represent some of the finest examples of The Country Day School’s mission and what our teachers do best – support, know and inspire our students. Alumni are among our best ambassadors and continue to set the bar for our students to dream and aspire.
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  • CDS Loses Beloved Former Teacher

    In November, CDS lost a beloved former Junior School teacher (1S), Marilyn Souther. Ms. Souther retired in 2008 after spending 23 years at CDS.

    A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, January 22 from 1-4 pm at:
    MonteCassino
    140 Jevlan Drive
    Woodbridge, Ontario
    L4L 8G3
    T: 905.856.6683
    Marilyn's obituary may be found here.
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  • York Scholarship Bursary & Eberts Entrance Scholarship

    Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, CDS is please to announce the recent launch of the York Scholarship Bursary, offering up to three new entrance scholarships to eligible Senior School students.
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  • (Photo left to right: Georgie Tsiolis (9), Jack McDonald (9), Maddy Ganzhorn (9), Maeve Tebbutt (10), Olivia Railton (12), Billy Tsiolis (9), Wren Bahen (12), Abilene Jull (8), Anna Croxon (9), Mark Carpenter (12).

    Debating Team Competes at Queen's

    Kerstin Wyndham-West
    More than 250 students competed in the Annual Queen’s University Debating Tournament in Kingston this past weekend. The performances varied stylistically from other tournaments CDS students typically participate in, as these focused on rapid-fire, content-heavy speeches.
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  • Support, Know and Inspire

    Happy New Year! Let's Make a Difference

    January 1st is a bit like the first day of school in that it allows one the opportunity to make a fresh start. Many of us like to do that in the form of New Year’s resolutions. Some of us are successful at these, while others, maybe less so.
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  • CDS Summer Camp Registration Opens January 16

    We are excited for our fifth year of camp this summer 2017! New this year, we will introduce an Art Camp and a DayTrippers Camp for our 12-14 year old campers to take part in activities and sports off-campus. Camp registration opens January 16, 2017!
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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.