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.
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.
Join us on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 pm in the Performing Arts Centre for a FREE screening of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age – a 68 minute documentary about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help them minimize harmful effects and find balance. REGISTER HERE
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.
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.
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!
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.
OnSunday, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!