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A New Chapter in Global Education at Bayview Glen

Date: 
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Round Square exchange student Joaquin Villar from Lima, Peru
   with his Gr 10 exchange partner Nikhil Marwaha.

Nurturing a global perspective is one of the foundations of a Bayview Glen education. An exciting new option is now being offered to our future graduates. The Global Studies Certificate, in addition to the Bayview Glen Diploma will provide students with an interest in global studies the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the world and their place in it.

Our students currently participate in a wide range of experiential learning from Round Square activities to co-curriculars like the model UN and the Global Ideas Institute. This certificate is designed to recognize what students learn in class, the wider context of our school and the world outside our borders.  It also allows them to translate their ideas and experiences into appropriate actions to improve conditions locally and globally. There are four criteria with a focus on learning, participating in international experiences, engagement and action.  (For a more detailed look, please click here for a PDF with the specific criteria).

Grade 8 students and their parents were introduced to the Global Studies Certificate at the 2019 course selection evening.  Our Director of Global Education, Michelle Yarndley, outlined the new initiative saying, “Global Competency is part of the “leading edge” that you develop as a student at Bayview Glen.” 

The class of 2023 will be the first cohort to graduate with the new certificate. For further information or any questions, please contact Michelle at myarndley@baviewglen.ca

Alumni story: A Rocket Ride to Success, one kind song at at time

Date: 
Friday, January 11, 2019

Lisa Sonshine knows how to light up a room.  The Lower School atrium was filled with music and high energy as children’s entertainers Sonshine and Broccoli took to the stage.

The BVG Alumna met her musical partner Brock Burford in the prestigious Sheridan College Musical Theatre programme. That fateful meeting was the beginning of a 15-year career as Sonshine and Broccoli.  Their success has been meteoric. They have a China tour booked this summer and are hoping for a Juno nomination for best Children's Album of the year.  They will also perform at the ROM over March break.

As a BVG Alumna, Lisa recalls how many of their performances were in the bubble. She fondly remembers participating in Leader of the Pack.  “Taking part in musical theatre here at BVG helped influence my future path,” says Lisa. “Ms. Astrella in the Prep School is someone who I think of to this day as a person who helped shape me.”

Sonshine and Broccoli are releasing their 4th album called “It’s Cool to be Kind”.  Lisa held her CD launch party at Bayview Glen in early January.

 Tickets can be purchased here.

Speaker Series - Internet Safety expert Paul Davis

Date: 
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

"Unlike footprints on the sand that can be washed away by the ocean, a digital footprint can last for years."  Cybersecurity expert Paul Davis.

With more than 25 years of experience in the world of Information Technology, Paul Davis is our featured guest in January as part of our ongoing Speaker Series. He has spoken to more than 400,000 students in North America, along with the OPP, Department of Defense, Alberta RCMP and Canada Border Service. 

Paul spoke to our students about how to legally, safely and conscientiously navigate the internet and the ever-expanding field of social media. His presentations were so well received, we invited Paul back to speak with parents and alumni.

To register for the event before January 27th, please click here.

When:  Jan. 29th

Time:  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Where:  J.T.M. Guest Theatre Moatfield Campus

Giving Tuesday Ignites a Discussion About Kindness

Date: 
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Celebrating all the unique ways to give of one's time, talent and acts of kindness were the focus of #givingtuesday at Bayview Glen. The students were asked a question to start the day. What are some of the ways we give to those in our community and to each other?  Students in the Lower School took their markers to a kindness wall and started a conversation. In the Prep and Upper Schools, it was also about conversation in mentor groups and highlighting the amazing giving around our annual Better Beginnings campaign helping those in need.

   

 

Water is the Star in Grade Two STEAM Day

Date: 
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

                  

If excitement could be measured, Grade two STEAM day in the Lower School would be off the charts. It all started with a question: "How might we clean dirty water?" Working together in groups, the students enthusiastically built their own water filtration devices. This was more than just building structures. The story actually connects to Get Me Outside Day that took place earlier this fall. On October 24th, students explored the Don River behind the Lower School observing habitats and the flow of the river. In the classroom, teachers have engaged students with discussions about the importance of water and our eco-system. More specifically, they have been learning about the water cycle, properties of air and water and different filtration devices as part of the Grade two curriculum. This all culminated with a special STEAM day. With the help of parent volunteers and teachers, the students spent time in both the science and art rooms developing their structures. This engineering knowledge is part of problem based learning and design thinking. And the students had loads of fun!

                  

 

Nurturing a Global Mind Set

Date: 
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

"We are preparing our children for an inter-connected world where they don't just survive but thrive." Michelle Yarndley, Director of Global Education.

Listening to guest speakers and learning more about the school community is a major focus of the BVG Parent Association general monthly meeting. The new Director of Global Education, Michelle Yarndley, made a presentation at the November gathering on the many ways our students are exposed to global thinking. In fact, Michelle told the group, global education is part of the fabric of everything we do at Bayview Glen.

To learn more about her approach, click on this slide show presentation here.

Take Me Outside Day

Date: 
Friday, October 26, 2018

Exploring the forest, listening for animals and collecting leaves was all part of Take Me Outside Day on Oct. 24th in the Lower School. Our urban campus backs onto the lush Duncan Mill Green Belt. The Don River, which straddles our backyard, is home to countless habitats and native trees. Students spent time foraging for twigs and rocks to turn into crafts and special class projects.

It was seven years ago when Colin Harris ran across the country as part of a campaign to encourage more outdoor play and exploration. His mission is to motivate young people to put down their screens and get outside to enjoy the beauty of our neighbourhoods.

Check out our photo gallery here.

 

Viewpoint hitting shelves mid-November

Date: 
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The latest edition of our much anticipated annual school-wide magazine is about ready to launch.  Each November, Viewpoint is mailed to the Bayview Glen community as a way to celebrate the many remarkable accomplishments of our alumni, students, faculty and parents. The theme of the 2018 publication is Whole Child - the foundation of our school philosophyYou'll find inspirational stories such as Lenny Valjas; a mighty Gryphon who went on to taste World Cup glory and represent Canada at two Olympics in cross country skiing. Read about how a trio of Upper School students are taking the APP world by storm one coding sequence at a time while another spends her free time dabbling in artificial intelligence.  Viewpoint is known for its stunning photography and cutting-edge design.  We can't wait for you to see our latest edition. 

Previous publications are available online.

    

BVG student authors take part in Toronto's Word on the Street

Date: 
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Emaan Ali has always been passionate about fantasy books so when a doodle of a fictional character took shape on her worksheet, it wasn’t a surprise that Mrs. Smafpaf came to life. The grade 6 student wove a story of an old, magical woman who, not only is an expert gardener but also happens to be good at fixing people’s hearts. Her enchanting tale captured the top prize in the Ripple Foundation Kids Write 4 Kids contest. 

As it turns out, Emaan is not the first published author in the family. Her older sister Safaa won the same contest five years ago (in Gr 4) for her book Why Peacocks have Coloured Feathers.

Both Emaan (now in Gr 7) and Safaa (Gr 10) took part in  Toronto’s Word on the Street book festival on Sunday, September 23rd.  Prep School teachers Mr. Clark and Ms Iafrate dropped by to show their support.

Watch Safaa's reading here.       

 

Join us for Fall Fest and Fun Run 2018!

Date: 
Monday, September 17, 2018

Sunday, September 30th from 10 am - 3pm.

It's a BVG tradition to welcome Fall with a massive community celebration.

It all starts with our 3km FUN RUN at 10 am at the Lower School.

The festival begins at 10:45 am behind the Upper School by the turf and runs until 3 pm.

Join us for bouncy castles, BBQ, games, crafts, raffles, dance contests and so much more.

10am run start — 9:45 warm up activities

3km — walk or run, strollers welcome - the whole family is invited to participate! The 3 Km Fun Run & Walk starts at the Lower School Field (on Duncan Mill) and follows the Betty Sutherland Trail - Rain or Shine!

We are looking for used games/puzzles/children’s books/video games – including Wii games – and used sports equipment for our big “Sidewalk” Sale.

Used games can be dropped off at The Shops starting Monday, September 24, until Thursday, September 27.

Children’s books & games on Friday morning, September 28 during morning Parent Bench drop off at both the Lower and Prep School locations. (Please try to ensure that any games being donated are complete sets.)

Used sports equipment can be brought to the Turf on Saturday, September 29 between 12 and 4 pm and on Sunday morning, the day of Fall Fest, at 8:30 am.

Fall Fest is organized by the Bayview Glen Parent Association and is run by parents, staff and student volunteers for the benefit of the entire Bayview Glen community. Volunteers are still needed for the Run/Walk and for the Fair set up in the Turf Parking area.

For parent volunteering: pavolunteer@bayviewglen.ca

For student volunteering: pastudentrecruit@bayviewglen.ca

Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the Fall Fest and the Fun Run!

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