Story by Denise Steadman, Geneva Winterink, Josh Collins & Sarah Parker, CDS Track Coaches
This was another record-breaking year for The Country Day School’s Senior Track Team. The season started with the largest contingent ever with just over 50 athletes. While most trained and competed, there were a handful that joined the team just to improve their fitness.
As a result of the unexpected ice storm in early April, training consisted of interval running with snowshoes. As coaches, we were so impressed by the dedication, positive attitude and work ethic of our athletes. We knew that this was going to be a good season.
Did you or a loved one miss the CDS Junior/Middle School or Senior School Closing Day Ceremony on June 14th? 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.
Also be sure to login to MYCDS to view and download images from our Closing Day photo galleries.
For the second year in a row, CDS qualified nine students for the Track & Field OFSAA Championships held in Toronto, where on June 8th our Jr. Boys’ 4x100 Relay team not only placed first, but established a new OFSAA record!
If you have an Alumni home for the summer, we are hosting our 4th annual Alumni Palooza this Saturday, June 16 from 2:00-5:00pm (rain or shine) right her on campus! Watch this short video from our teachers encouraging Alumni to attend!
As you prepare to embark on summer holidays, cottage time, summer camp, summer hours, or just time on your deck; a bounty of delicious summer reading awaits! Whether it's one, two, three or 10 books you plan read this summer; our wonderful CDS librarians have composed some terrific suggested reading for all ages, including adults!
Have you noticed the hive of activity beside Hawksworth Track & Field lately? New spectator bleachers are now installed and an electronic scoreboard is still to come! Upon your return in September, blue and white scoreboards will be up along the sidelines of both Hawksworth and Centre Fields.
Yesterday 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.
CDS Summer Camp will open its doors for summertime fun starting June 18 and we can't wait! Whether the campers are playing soccer, basketball, tennis, volleyball or multi-sport; doing robotics, day-tripping, practicing math, science or leadership skills or even being dramatic – our programming offers something for everyone!
Congratulations to Grade 8 student, Arjun Walia, for his outstanding performance at the Canadian National Junior High Public Speaking Championships held at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver last weekend. His Top 18 finish was remarkable, as the majority of students competing were in Grade 9.
Arjun's Persuasive Speech on the dangers of the over-prescription of antibiotics was particularly well received and achieved fifth place. Thank you to his debating coach, Ms. Sagalina Doré, for accompanying him to the event.
This is an impressive feat for a Grade 8 student and we are immensely proud of Arjun's accomplishment!
In April, Grade 10 student Jonah De Simone realized a long time goal to be selected in the OHL draft. Chosen in the fourth round on OHL draft day, he was the third pick by the Niagara Ice Dogs and 70th overall.
Grad X is the Grade 12 annual art exhibit, held this year from May 24 through June 14, 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.
During the Making Connections Campaign, donors were able to secure engraved paving stones for our Alumni Walkway located in front of the new Senior School entrance. The pavers include names of our alumni, families, current students, teachers and friends who supported this new initiative.
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.
Grad X is the Grade 12 annual art exhibit, held this year from May 24 through June 15, 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.
Our Grade 1 students have been learning about monarch butterflies and how human development has impacted their habitats. They learned how planting milkweed seeds can give the monarchs a safe environment and can help to boost the monarch population. The classes decided that they wanted to help out any way that they could.
A big thank you to our Junior School Grandparents' for joining us on the grandest day of the year! Our special visitors enjoyed classroom visits, lunch and a musical performance by the students in the Junior School. We appreciate the time our grandparents take to show such interest in their grandchild’s education! Stay tuned for a photo gallery coming soon.
For the second year in a row, The Country Day School Mock Trial Team has finished in the top four of 23 schools from across York Region in the Judges’ Cup. The annual Mock Trial Tournament is held in the Newmarket Superior Court of Justice in front of actual judges. This is the only high school trial tournament in Ontario to do so.
The Country Day School raised more than $20,000 at its inaugural Relay for Life held on April 27. CDS Senior and Middle School students, faculty, staff and parents walked from 3:00 to 9:00 pm around Hawksworth Track and Field in teams or as individuals.
Kerstin Wyndham-West, Debating and Public Speaking Coach, Faculty
Last Saturday, three novice students: Jessie Rudin (‘23), Danyal Hakeem (‘22) and Kate Shepherd (‘21) travelled to Branksome Hall School to participate in the Nora McRae Public Speaking Competition. All the students performed in three categories.
A huge thank you to those families who have already made a Silent or Live Auction item donation to the 2018 Call of the Wild Auction. We want to encourage all families to contribute and be part of this incredible event and there is only ONE WEEK left until the donation deadline of May 2nd. This timing allows us to complete the Auction Catalogue for distribution.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of TheGrunch who delivered 4 outstanding performances! The cast worked diligently to present an exciting story to their audiences and should be very proud of their perseverance.
We are very excited for Grandparents' Day on Thursday, May 10! 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.
As a member of the “Because I’m a Girl” Speakers Bureau, Anna Croxon ’20, attends monthly workshops to learn more about issues that affect girls worldwide and human rights, while honing her public speaking skills. An accomplished debater at CDS, Anna’s decision to become part of this global initiative striving to end gender inequality and promote girls’ rights is a perfect fit.
The Grade 5 and 6 classes held their in-class speech competitions from April 2nd through April 10th. The students were encouraged to write speeches on any topic and needed to be two and a half, to three minutes in length.
Kerstin Wyndham-West, Debating and Public Speaking Coach, Faculty
For the past 11 years, CDS has qualified at least one student every year to join Team Canada’s contingent of 14 students at the World Individual Public Speaking Championships. This is a significant accomplishment, as CDS is only one of two Canadian schools to have done so. This year’s host was Bishop’s Diocesan College in Cape Town, South Africa, an independent school for boys, with a spectacular campus situated at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.
CDS has and continues to feel the devastating impact that cancer can have on a community. On Friday April 27th, 2018, The Country Day School will be hosting a Relay for Life from 3:15-9:00 pm on Hawksworth Track and Field. This Relay for Life event, championed by our students, is a community-based event that raises money for cancer research. Participants register as a team and must have at least one person carrying the team’s baton walking around the track for the duration of the event.
Inspired by The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Grunch tells the story of Rudy Grunch, a grumpy 6th grader who always feels like an outsider. When the entire school gets excited about the annual school musical, he comes up with a perfect plan to ruin it for everyone; he’ll steal the sets, costumes and lights the night before it opens. But will the spirit of theatre prevail? Come find out! Purchase your tickets today!
Grade 11 student, Ian Rokas ’19 recognized that CDS Robotics are going to lose most of their team next year, so has decided to use his skills as a programmer to create CDS’ first mobile game to promote the team.
The Country Day School will be establishing idle-free zones in the pick-up/drop-off areas in front of the PAC, the Senior School and in the Junior School. An idle-free zone is an area where drivers are encouraged not to leave their engine on while waiting for their children. The idea of an idle-free zone at CDS was created from a student’s initiative in their Independent Study Unit in the Green Industries course.
Drivers continue to be challenged in turning both left and right onto Dufferin Street upon exiting the School. Please exercise great caution and proceed only when you’ve fully determined that it is safe to do so.
You may have noticed a lot of activity (and some mud) at Hawksworth Track and Field this week. The exciting news is that this is the beginning of the installation of our new spectator seating that will be complete this spring. Along with these new seats, two new scoreboards will also be installed, one on Hawksworth Field and one on Centre Field.
Inspired by “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”, The Grunch tells the story of Rudy Grunch, a grumpy 6th grader who always feels like an outsider. When the entire school gets excited about the annual school musical, he comes up with a perfect plan to ruin it for everyone; he’ll steal the sets, costumes and lights the night before it opens. But will the spirit of theatre prevail? Come find out! Tickets are only $15 each - purchase your tickets today!
CDS Spirit Wear will be available for purchase April 9-13 (for both students and parents!) during Senior School lunch in the Mantella Atrium. This pop-up store will have hoodies ($43-$50), sweatshirts ($57), t-shirts ($34) and a brand new CDS bucket hat ($23). Please note that items may only be purchased in person with cash, credit or debit. The items will then be carried in the General Store.
While technology, in general, has the capacity to execute common practices and processes faster, and thereby make them more efficient, its real transformative and paradigm-shifting power comes in the form of allowing students to view the world, subject matter and even themselves, in completely novel ways.
CDS wishes our Grade 11 debaters, Anais Leiva von Bovet and Maeve Tebbutt, all the best as they begin their journey to Cape Town to compete in the World Individual Public Speaking and Debating Championships!
In addition, congratulations to Grade 8 debaters Arjun Walia, Danyal Hakeem and Tomas Chacin on their performance at the Junior Provincial Public Speaking Qualifiers at UTS on March 27. Both Arjun and Tomas won awards, and Arjun’s second place award qualified him to attend Nationals in Vancouver this May as one of 12 Grade 7-9 students from Ontario!
The competition required the boys to write and memorize eight-minute speeches, have an interpretive reading, and present for three to five minutes without the use of notes after only two minutes of prep time. A tall order for anyone, but the competition was quite steep with more than 40 competitors and only the top 12 qualifying for Nationals.
In February, a proposal was unveiled to create a 500-acre park on land to the southeast of CDS. This proposal, while celebrated, still requires extensive support from the provincial government to become a reality.
Thank you to the many families who have already committed their support to the Call of the Wild Auction. However, the assistance of our entire CDS community is essential in making the evening a success!
Ellie Seedhouse, a member of the Physical and Health Education department and part-time associate teacher in the Junior School, has taught and coached at CDS for the past three years. While most of her CDS colleagues and students may have heard about her extensive hockey background, it came as a surprise to many to hear she was a member of the winning team in Sunday’s Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s (CWHL) season final.
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.