Close to 100 examples of local student artwork representing the three secondary schools in King are on display for the month of March at the King Heritage and Cultural Centre. The show opened on March 1 with a reception sponsored by the Arts Society King (ASK) and features the work of 20 CDS students.
Congratulations to the cast, crew and orchestra of CDS’ incredible production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights! The level of commitment and professionalism brought to the piece was nothing short of sensational. Three packed houses were hooked from the opening moments to the final bows, during which they rose to their feet to give the cast a standing ovation.
Over the past few weeks, the Grade 5 students have been learning about the environmental impact of road salt. They have researched natural alternatives to road salt, and designed an experiment to test these alternatives. Here are some reflections from the project, as well as some photos of the action.
On Sunday, April 29th, 2018 CDS’ Performing Arts Centre will be the site of a special gala benefit concert in support of the St. Gregory’s Orphanage. The Gala Benefit Concert will feature music from Aaron Caruso, Maria Milano and direct from Italy, Pino Gioia.
The CDS High School Robotics team, consisting of 15 members from Grades 9-12, made its debut at the First Robotics Competition this past weekend (March 2 - March 4) hosted at Georgian College in Barrie. Each year, the team designs and constructs a 120 lb robot to work in an alliance to complete different challenges. This year’s game was called “Power Up”, an arcade theme where human operators are trapped in a virtual game. The teams work to defeat a boss in order to escape the arcade.
Having qualified last fall and last month respectively, Anaïs Leiva von Bovet ’19 and Maeve Tebbutt ’19 will travel to Cape Town, South Africa the first week of April to compete in in the World Individual Public Speaking and Debating Tournament. This is the fourth consecutive year that CDS has qualified two debaters for Worlds and the 11th year they have sent at least one representative to this prestigious and challenging tournament. Anais and Maeve will join the Canadian team of 16 participants from across the country.
Grade 12 student, Mollie McLaughlin, placed 1st in the Royal Legion’s Remembrance Day competition. She was recognized for her Remembrance Day poem entitled "The Stretch of Sadness" at an awards ceremony at the Aurora Royal Legion on Sunday, February 25.
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. To date, we are pleased to announce our first 2018 Auction Sponsors which include 3 Platinum, 3 Gold and 10 Silver sponsors!
The Parent Association is a team of volunteers dedicated to promoting school spirit, fostering a sense of community and supporting the Administration by organizing a variety of special events. If you are interested in becoming involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details. We'd love to see you!
The success of Canadian athletes at the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang has been impressive, and with just three days to go, Canada is well on target to break its Winter Olympic medal count of 26 achieved at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
You won’t want to miss this year’s Senior School drama production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award winning musical - In the Heights – the universal story of a vibrant immigrant community in New York City’s Washington Heights neighbourhood. Performances will take place on March 1, 2 and 3 in the Performing Arts Centre and tickets are $20.
As we introduce the Saint-Donat trip to the Grade 10 French students, we stress to them that it is not merely a ski trip, but an immersion experience - one that goes beyond exposure to the French language to also embrace the culture of a small Quebec town in the middle of their favourite season – l’hiver!
Aurora native Vanessa Chychrun has been an avid golfer her whole life. The CDS Grade 10 student has always loved playing, especially with her father, but had never committed to playing competitively until two years ago. Since then she’s taken 15 strokes off her handicap and has received the accolades to prove it.
Leo Bigourdan, a Grade 7 student at CDS, is a three-event competitive water skier, competing in Slalom, Tricks and Jump. Last summer, he won 1st place in Slalom and placed 4th overall in the Boys’ U12 division at the Water Ski National Championships in Calgary.
Last weekend, Arjun Walia and Tomas Chacin competed at the prestigious Fulford Debate held at Bishop Strachan School in Toronto. In spite of being in Grade 8 and competing against much older students, the boys debated at a high level.
On Monday, we mailed home our re-enrolment packages with a request that all contracts be returned by February 14. Included in the package was also a lengthy letter from me (my apologies, it could not be shorter) on the impending changes to Canada’s drug laws and how CDS intends to respond both now and after July 1, 2018. A revised copy of our Code of Conduct was also included that specifically forbids marijuana in any amount at CDS.
The Junior School’s paralympic-themed winter carnival was the kick-off to our first Disability Awareness Week. The goal was to end the stigma for those with disabilities, and to bring awareness of the barriers faced by people living with disabilities.
The online scheduler for Middle and Senior School Parent-Teacher Interviews opens TONIGHT at 7:00 pm. Interviews will take place Tuesday, February 13 from 3:40-6:00 pm and 7:00-9:00 pm. The process for parents to sign up for an interview is the same as it was in November, but the emphasis is different as these interviews are optional with a focus on addressing new or unresolved concerns, especially with respect to those students who are underachieving.
Trying out for a team can be intimidating for some at a new school. Grade 10 student David Kuntz, who recently moved to Aurora from Lausanne, Switzerland, initially had some reservations about trying out for the Senior Boys’ Basketball team. However, those reservations were quickly overcome and he has embraced the opportunity to become more involved. And in turn, his team has welcomed him with open arms.
Middle and Senior School students were treated to something out of the ordinary at Monday’s Assembly this week. Following Ms. Bland’s remarks, the dynamic trio of Patrick Walters, Joshua "Scribe" Watkis and Patrick de Belen of The Uncharted, a spoken word collective from Toronto, made their way to the stage.
Great news for safe and easy access to CDS! After a successful appeal to York Region Council last week, we can now confirm that the School has obtained approval to install a traffic light at our main entrance at the School’s expense, which will be supported by this year's Auction.
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!
Do you know someone who would thrive at a school like CDS, but perhaps has never considered applying because of the expense? Are they currently in Grade 8 or 9? If so, we encourage you to let them know about our NEW York Scholarship Bursaries which provide up to 65% of tuition and fees for the duration of each student’s high school career.
Mark your calendars and save the date for the 45th annual CDS Auction on Friday, June 1, 2018! Join us for an amazing evening of live and silent auctions with dancing, food, entertainment and more! This year's theme is Call of the Wild.
We need the help of the CDS community in order to make this event as successful as possible.
CDS Students and faculty were abuzz yesterday when Victor Mete ’16 stopped by with his sister Julia Mete ’13, Courtney Petrachek ’16, and mother Mary Mete to visit the School he attended for nine years.