News and Events
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!
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Our partners and friends from Alveole were here to check on our honeybee hive and it was literally.......buzzing! Honeybees love the heat so they've been super busy this month. All the yellow you see on the planks is honey. It's been a great season so far. It's estimated there are nearly 20,000 bees calling the Bayview Glen hive home.
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.
Our honey beehive is officially open for its second season. Our friends from Alveole were here to install our new hive on the rooftop at our Moatfield campus. It's super strong with the Queen looking healthy and busy! Our second round of BVG honey will be sweet indeed.
Bees are vegan! Wasps are carnivorous which makes them aggressive.
Bees usually visit trees, plants and flowers within a 5 km radius of their hive.
Worker bees live for about 30 days.
A hive has 50,000 bees but only one queen, who lays 2,000 eggs a day.
Unlike mosquitos and wasps, honeybees rarely sting. When they do, they die immediately.
Think Dragon's Den but without the dragons and plenty of school time to formulate a brilliant idea and business plan. Partnering with Lucas Chang at Y2 Labs, Bayview Glen imbedded entrepreneurial thinking into the curriculum this year for Grade 8 students. The 40 minute class, introduced in September, was called PBL or Problem Based Learning. The students worked in groups to create a product that either addressed mental health or sustainability. Mentored by Lucas and Prep School teachers, the teams spent months working collaboratively on projects that resonated with them. The result was a wide range of ideas from turning garbage into eco-bricks to an app for the hearing impaired that links to a translator.
The Grade 8's hosted a demo day for parents and their fellow students. During their presentations, they outlined their product in detail, problems they encountered and a business model for the marketplace. The Q and A session provided another learning opportunity for the potential future business leaders to answer questions on the spot.
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.
Making a meaningful contribution to people who live on the other side of the world is the goal of a popular co-curricular club at Bayview Glen. The Global Ideas Institute (GII) at the Munk School of Global Affairs, encourages participants to develop innovative solutions to complex world issues. Upper School students work on finding solutions to issues like clean drinking water, access to electricity or other identified areas of need.
With the popularity and growth of GII, schools now take part in a lottery in order to guarantee a place in the annual challenge. Bayview Glen was invited for our first three years, but have been winners in the lottery for the last two. Bayview Glen was recently highlighted in a feature article on the Munk School of Global Affairs website. Read more
How it works at BVG:
At a September assembly, Upper School teacher DJ Church announces the GII program and challenge for the year. This year's initiative is food insecurity. Students can then apply via an application and essay explaining why they are interested, what they feel they can offer and other commitments. The team is selected, registered, and ready to go for the first orientation session, usually end of September/beginning of October.
On average, there is one session a month with a variety of experts in different aspects of the year’s challenge. Students also work with mentors after the speaker session to gradually begin to develop their strategy and work on problem based learning approaches as the year progresses. These mentors are usually grad students from the Munk School of Global Affairs, OISE, and Rothman School of Business.
It culminates this year with an all day symposium on April 13th. Students will show a one minute pitch/overview video of their solution, followed by a five minute presentation which outlines their ideas in detail. This is done in front of other school groups, teachers, mentors, and panel of judges who are experts in these areas. The experts come from many walks of life ranging from government, academia, private sector, NGOs etc. The presentations are followed by six minutes of questions and feedback from the judges on the students presentations. The day is a celebration of innovation and provides an opportunity to receive valuable feedback on the ideas the students have worked hard on.
Reaching out and connecting with our community around us is one of the pillars of Round Square. (Round Square's six IDEALS of learning are Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure Leadership and Service). Inspired by the work at a local grassroots women's shelter, Grade 11 student leader Miruna Schonberger organized a donation drive to collect much needed items for women struggling with homelessness.
Armed with a list of suggested donations for Safe Haven at the Crossroads, she reached out to mentor groups in the Upper School asking students for help. Miruna created a poster, made a presentation in assembly and placed donation bins in the commons areas in the Upper School. The support was overwhelming. Along with friends and fellow Round Square team members, arrangements are being made to transport the items to the shelter.