Storyteller and Sports Broadcaster Addresses Bullying

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On the final two days of Bullying Awareness and Prevention Weeks at Bayview Glen, students and staff across much of the school welcomed a guest speaker with an informed lens on the subject.

“To be generous, to be a good teammate, a good friend, to get people to follow you, you have to first invest in them, invest in those relationships,” shared Donnovan Bennett, moments before addressing grades 3, 4 and 5 in the Lower School, at the end of November. “Whether we’re talking about successful businesses, successful teams, successful families, having some grace and some empathy goes a long way. Essentially, that is the message I’m looking to share.”

And he did just that during multiple addresses over two days.

Jesse Denison, Head of the Lower School and Preschool introduces guest speaker Donnovan Bennett.

Bennett, a host and writer at Sportsnet, producer, podcaster and married father of two young children tailored his message across 10 grade levels, engaging students through relatable anecdotes and his lived experience.

“I think I’ve learned a lot and been fortunate to meet a lot of high achieving highly competitive individuals, given the nature of my job in sports,” says the St. Andrew’s College and Western University graduate. “So, I’m always trying to selfishly learn what it is about them that makes them unique, special and successful.”

Guest speaker Donnovan Bennett addresses grade 3, 4 and 5 students during Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week.

During the Lower School presentation in a packed atrium, students enthusiastically participated when prompted by Bennett about how to be supportive and encouraging of others.

“So, when we treat other people with respect, when you encourage them, when we share with them, and we include them, it’s not just great for them — it’s great for you, and it’s great for everybody,” he told the more than 150 Lower School students in attendance.

Antoinette Morgan, Director of Student Well-Being, Donnovan Bennett, author and host on Sportsnet and Jesse Denison, Head of Lower and Pre-school at BVG

That was followed by a smaller, more intimate gathering of 30+ student leaders from the Prep School and Upper School, in the Learning Commons. The question-and-answer session was moderated by Antoinette Morgan, Director of Student Well-Being at Bayview Glen.
 
“In my role, I provide emotional and social supports to students and bullying is a common theme,” says Morgan, who is in the first year at BVG. “I was familiar with Donnovan Bennett’s presentation to students of all ages and how well it resonated with them, so I decided to invite him to our school. Since a lot of students are either involved with sports as active participants or just cheering on their team, I felt his presence as a sports personality could mesh the world of sports with school life beautifully, and get the students’ attention,” she says.

This year’s theme for the two-week campaign was stronger together, focused on emphasizing allyship, building and maintaining healthy relationships, empathy and kindness and good communication.
More than 30 student leaders participated in a question and answer session with guest speaker Donnovan Bennett in the Learning Commons.

Students asked questions on a variety of related topics including leadership. One question elicited this response from guest speaker Bennett.

“Differences are something that we shouldn’t shy away from, change, try and conform to, or be more like — whatever the norm is,” said Bennett. “Specifically, if you come from some sort of marginalized group, whether it’s based on gender, or race or ethnicity, or potential disability that you may have — whatever the case may be — I would say whatever it is that makes you different, lean into that, accentuate that because ultimately that’s an intrinsic advantage.”

As a speaker who visits different schools, among other environments, and whose media work often touches on the intersection between sports, race, gender and culture, Bennett is keenly aware of both the medium and the message. Being a father to two boys (three and 10 months old) further deepens the significance of addressing kids on topics including: allyship, inclusivity, leadership, values and diversity, among others.

“These are all things that no matter the age group, I wish I was more cognizant of when I was their age,” he says.

Adds Morgan, “To stomp out acts of bullying requires more than treating others as we treat ourselves. I hope students remember to work towards being people of integrity who will stand up for others and are willing to do the right thing even if no one is watching.”

The conversation continues.

Toronto Public Health Letter November 15, 2022

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Toronto Public Health Letter, Re: Reducing Spread of Respiratory Viruses, November 15, 2022

Dear Parents,

As we head into colder weather, the number of cold/flu cases and respiratory viruses among children have increased according to Toronto Public Health. At this time, masks are strongly recommended indoors. We will continue to follow the guidance of Toronto Public Health, The Ministry of Education and communicate any updates, where necessary.

As a reminder, if your child is sick, it is paramount that you keep them at home until they are feeling better and follow the steps outlined in this document from Toronto Public Health, upon returning to School.

Thank you for your cooperation and your support as parents in keeping our community safe and healthy for everyone.

Respectfully,

James Lee
Head of School

Happy 60th Birthday, Bayview Glen!

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Happy 60th Birthday Bayview Glen (and many more)!

As we reflect on the past 60 years, we are excited to celebrate what we’ve accomplished nd look forward to what the future holds!

We can’t wait to see everyone today (Sunday, September 25, 2022) at our 60th Celebration event! Our family walk this morning will be rescheduled due to increment weather. There will be other many exciting activities including a silent auction, musical performances, food trucks, an alumni sports game, and more! It’s the perfect opportunity to reconnect with the Bayview Glen community and celebrate the past 60 years!

Parking will be available on Moatfield Drive and at nearby parking lots including Kraft Heinz parking area.

See you all at 11:00am at our Moatfield Campus!

New Items Added to the Bayview Glen 60th Celebration 2022 Online Silent Auction

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New silent auction items have been added to our 60th Celebration 2022 Online Silent Auction, including private dining experience, foursome golf passes, hockey tickets, custom candy creations, ciders, wine and chocolates, dental package, interior design consultation service, pilates class pass, BVG Gryphons sports spirit packages, studio music recording experience, and more.

There’s still time to shop and bid on a selection of amazing auction items. The Online Silent Auction closes at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, 2022:

https://www.32auctions.com/BVG60thCelebration2022

Winning bidders will be contacted during the week of September 26, 2022 to arrange payment and receipt of items. Thank you for your support of Bayview Glen.

Join Us for the Bayview Glen 60th Celebration 2022

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Presented by Anson Funds and the Nathoo Family

Sunday, September 25, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bayview Glen School Campus

Join us for a momentous occasion as we celebrate 60 years of Bayview Glen!

There will be many exciting activities including a family walk, bouncy castles, family activities, musical performance, food and beverage, an alumni sports game, and more.

The perfect opportunity to network and reconnect with the Bayview Glen community!

Register online if you and your family are interested in attending.

Full Event Schedule:

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Family Walk
Lower School Field / Betty Sutherland Trail

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Food and Beverage
Turf Field Parking Lot

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Family Activities and Games
Turf Field Area

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Beer and Cider Tent
Turf Field Area

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Speeches and Musical Performance on Stage
Turf Field Area

11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Alumni Sports and Gathering
Upper School Gym / Beer and Cider Tent Area

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Past Parents Gathering
Beer and Cider Tent Area

We look forward to seeing everyone at this special celebration on Sunday, September 25.

Bayview Glen 60th Celebration 2022 Online Silent Auction

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All members of the Bayview Glen community are invited to participate in our Online Silent Auction as part of our school’s 60th anniversary celebration.

The Online Silent Auction opens on Monday, September 19, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. and closes on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. Your strong winning bids are gratefully appreciated.

Choose from a selection of fabulous items including travels, wines, sports tickets, gift baskets, golf packages, health and beauty, spa treatments, gift cards, one-of-a-kinds, experiences, and much more! Thank you to all the silent auction donors for their kind support.

In addition to the Online Silent Auction, be sure to visit the Bayview Glen Archives area at our Moatfield Campus for a chance to win one of the $20 Off coupons for Dragon Pearl Buffet.

Winning bidders will be contacted during the week of September 26, 2022 to arrange payment and receipt of items.

Feel free to share the Online Silent Auction link with your family and friends so they can shop as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Anne Ruscica, Senior Director of Advancement, at cruscica@bayviewglen.ca or 416.386.6626.

Thank you for your support of Bayview Glen!