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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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]
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!