Welcome to the 2018/2019 School Year
The Admissions team has put together this comprehensive guide to help with back-to-school questions for the new year. It's loaded with info on school times, curriculum nights and so much more! Click on this link for an on-line version or stop by our reception desks at both campuses for a hard copy.
We're looking forward to seeing all our friends and families again on September 4, 2018!
It’s often said art should be seen and enjoyed not tucked away in a studio. Toronto’s Gallery City certainly believes so. The local organization is running a summer showcase of over 35 artists across Eglington Avenue in street-side galleries. Gallery City partnered with local non-profit art organizations to find unique contributions for the exhibition. Art work by two of our talented Lower School teachers was recommended for the show. Melissa Lende and Alexandra Iorgu will have their pieces featured in the Crosstown Art Crawl until September 3.
The Gallarycity.ca website has an interactive map and more detail about the event.
This year, the Junior Leadership Club partnered with Water First, a nonprofit organization that focusses on bringing clean water to communities within Ontario. Approximately two out of every five First Nations communities within the province have contaminated water. The students spent the spring learning about the importance of clean drinking water and lack of understanding around this issue. In an effort to raise more awareness, club members created and sold water droplet pendants for two dollars. Word spread quickly there was something special happening in the cafeteria! Enthusiastic students gathered to pick their favourite craft while student leaders spoke about the importance of clean drinking water for all.
Bayview Glen's Lower School will undergo a transformation that will unify our two campuses for generations to come. Our facilities committee updated the community on the latest developments in the Campus Master Plan at our annual Town Hall. The goal of the build is to support excellence in learning and create the look and feel of one campus. The exterior of the renovated Lower School will match the outside of the Prep and Upper School campus with a new entrance that will open onto Moatfield. Duncan Mill will be closed to traffic. Other highlights of the new Lower School include:
*A new athletic complex to replace the bubble with an indoor pool and viewing area
*Refurbished interiors to enhance student learning
*New reception area
*New windows, heating and air conditioning
*Re-landscaping of exterior spaces
We are currently awaiting permits from the City of Toronto and a review of the construction tender process is underway.
Several members from the Board of Directors also made presentations on year-end financials, governance and risk management. The chair of the Advancement committee spoke about the importance of legacy and community as we move forward with our innovative plans.
The annual Spelling Bee championships were a gargantuan success with BVG students securing medals thanks to their creative abilities with words such as doorjamb, pullet, coupe and resurgence. (Fast fact: Zarzuela is a Spanish seafood dish!)
One of our students will be advancing to the Canadian Championship Finals in May.
Here are the results:
1st Place Grade 2 Tanya Verma
3rd Place Grade 3 Rehan Shah
3rd Place Grade 4 Ethan Yam
Honourable Mention for making it to the 8th Tie Breaker Round: Grade 6 John Zhonhyang Hu, Grade 5 Anushka Yoganathan,,and Grade 4 Emily Jiang
3rd Place Grade 9 Ryan Freeman
Tanya Verma has advanced to the 2018 Spelling Bee of Canada Championship Finals on Sunday May 6, 2018 at the Toronto Plaza Airport Hotel. She will compete against 30 other spellers from across Canada.
A special thank you to coaches Ms. Wilson, Ms. Vu, Ms. McCleary, Ms. Bowles and Mrs. Nathani who were an integral part in making this a successful event. Their support over the past months has provided our BVG students with confidence and a solid foundation, as they continue to develop and master their spelling skills.
"Medals are rewarding but being a great teammate is what it's all about."
Vicky Sunohara knows a great deal about Olympic medals. The three time Olympian has two gold and one silver medal in women's hockey playing for Team Canada. Vicky visited our Lower School two days after our Canadian women captured the silver medal in Pyeongchang. "You may have seen a lot of tears but that's because you work hard for so long and your goal is the gold medal" said Vicky. "You want to win for your country and your teammates. When you fall short of your goal, it can be hard but we're always exceptionally proud to play for Canada." Hockey has been a driving force in Vicky's life. When she was a toddler, her dad started shooting the puck with her in their basement. She was on skates by the age of two. Vicky spoke to our students about the challenges she faced early in her career. "Can you believe back then people didn't think women should be playing hockey?!" But she said friends and family helped her believe in herself along with all the talented teammates she played with. One of the most valuable lessons she learned from hockey was it's not only important to play hard and succeed personally but supporting others to be the best they can be is equally important.
Vicky represented Canada in three Olympics and played on the winning team in 7 World cups. After 30 years of playing, she is now a full time hockey coach at the University of Toronto. She was also honoured to be chosen as a torch bearer for the Olympic flame in Toronto as the torch made its way across the country to Vancouver for the 2010 games.
We were thrilled to be cheering for former Gryphons at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
National Cross Country team member Lenny Valjas ’06 is a champion skier and proud BVG alumnus. Lenny made his Cross Country skiing Olympic debut in Sochi in 2014 and is a member of Team Canada at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang. Lenny won the World Cup bronze medal in Ulricehamn, Sweden when he was a member of the men’s 4×7.5km relay team in 2017.
The Olympics are a familiar place for the Valjas family. Lenny's older sister Kristina competed in beach volleyball at Rio 2016.
As part of his Olympic profile on CBC, Lenny chose to have his story shot here at Bayview Glen. Watch it here.
Former Prep School student Candace Crawford is a downhill skier for Team Canada. At the FIS World Championships in 2015, she was a member of the Canadian squad that won silver in the team event. She also posted top-30 finishes in both of her individual events, slalom and giant slalom. Candace is attending her first Olympic games. Candace and her brother were profiled in the Toronto Star.
Mercedes Nicoll was also a student in the Lower School in the 90's before moving out west with her family. She is competing in her 4th Olympic games.
To see Jesse Denison's presentation, click here.
To see coding PowerPoint Presentation, click here.
It's not every day the remarkable Barbara Reid presents to kindergartners and teenagers in the same visit. The award winning Toronto author and artist is best known for her Plasticine art and prolific writing. In the Lower School, Barbara spoke with Junior and Senior kindergarten students about the inspiration for her stories and the joy of working with Plasticine. Her favourite part of using Plasticine is blending the colours to create entirely different looks in her pieces. She did share that it can be tough when the clay is firm and less malleable. As she read stories aloud to the group, she pointed out features in her illustrations and shared the significance of many of the details. For example, she explained a stuffed bunny drying on a clothes line was inspired by her daughter's favourite toy called Floppsy Bunny. Later in the day, she spoke with Upper School students about how she connects the majority of her work with her personal experiences. Students in both schools have been working on their own Plasticine illustrations and many had questions on how best to create works of art.
Barbara Reid's books have won every major children's book award, and in 1988 she became the first Canadian to win the UNICEF-Ezra Jack Keats International Award for Excellence in Children's Book Illustration. She is also a Globe and Mail bestselling author and her book the Subway Mouse won a Governer General's award for literature.
In July 2013 Barbara was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.
For more about Barbara Reid
As part of the Prep School day of empathy, notable public speaker and IT expert Paul Davis delivered an impactful presentation to students in grades 4 through 12 about the use of technology in our daily lives. Mr Davis has spent 27 years in Information Technology and the last six years dedicating himself to education
He has spoken to more than 400,000 students in North America, along with the OPP, Department of Defence, Alberta RCMP and Canada Border Service.
Mr Davis addressed issues around cyber bullying, digital citizenship and the importance of respect and kindness. He emphasized, unlike footprints on the sand that can be washed away by the ocean, a digital footprint can last for years. "Delete is a myth," said Mr. Davis. He outlined the importance of discretion when photo sharing and disabling devices that geo track a person's whereabouts.
His cyber bullying tips included:
1. Never respond.
2. Out smart the bully by gathering evidence. Capture and print the attack.
3. Report and ask for help.
4. If there is a threat of physical harm, call police.
Mr Davis discussed the benefits of an online presence including informative blogs and private photo sharing but said safety should always be the number one issue.
Students in the Prep School spent the first day back from winter break taking part in presentations, activities and workshops promoting empathy, collaboration and communication.