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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
What can we do to protect our children from developing vision conditions related to screen time?
Myopia, or nearsightednesss, affects nearly 30% of the Canadian population. If you are Myopic, it means that you experience a blurry appearance of far-away objects, caused by excessive lengthening of the eye. Did you know that this condition normally starts during childhood and continues to increase until the age of 20? Registered Optician Amy Chow (also one of our Bayview Glen parents) shared insightful evidence at our Parent Association Meeting last Tuesday regarding Myopia.
Why should we be concerned about the rising cases of Myopia?
With increases in screen time for children and teens being seen across the world, it is important that we take measures now to avoid eye damage. Children ages 8-11 are spending an average six hours per day looking at screens, and kids age 11-14 are up to nine hours per day. Visual input is a crucial part of learning, and difficulties seeing can absolutely be attributed to problems in the classroom.
What are some signs of Myopia in kids?
- Trouble seeing signs in the distance, or needing to move closer to the front of the classroom
- Tilting or turning of the head –this may indicate Astigmatism
- Headaches, nausea, dizziness
- Rubbing the eyes frequently or blinking excessively
- Often losing their place on the page
What should we do about it?
- Bring your children for eye exams as early as 6 months of age – annual exams are covered by OHIP up to 19 years of age
- Enforce the 20-20-20 rule while looking at a screen: every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will give your eyes a break, and help to relax the eye muscles
- Limit your child’s “extra-curricular” or “fun” screen time
- Instead, promote colouring, reading or playing simple games like tic-tac-toe or a word search
- Encourage outdoor play – bright, natural light and vitamin D are helpful in keeping eyes healthy
- Toddlers should not have any screen time
- No screen time 1 hour before bed. Studies show that this blue light exposure can lead to interrupted sleep
The Eye See...Eye Learn® programme is available to children born in 2015 that will start junior kindergarten in September. If required, Eye See...Eye Learn® will provide one pair of free glasses. See more details here.
Sunil Gurmukh graduated from Bayview Glen in 2001 and is a lawyer at the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC). Prior to joining the OHRC in 2011, he worked at the African Canadian Legal Clinic as a Staff Lawyer and articled at Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP. He has worked on significant human rights cases at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has a B.Comm. from Queen’s University (2005) and an LL.B. from Western University (2008). He has been recognized for his human rights work as a winner of the 2016 Precedent Setter Award and 2017 Hennessy V.S.O.P. Privilège Award and member of Bay Street Bull’s 2017 Power 50 Guide. Sunil was selected as the Bayview Glen Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient in 2017, and was recently named as one of the country’s top 25 most influential lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine in August 2019.
Yong (Daniel) Shen '15 came to Bayview Glen in Grade 7 and stayed all the way until Grade 12. Daniel recently graduated from Harvard College, the undergraduate liberal arts college of Harvard University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology and a minor in Classics. At Harvard, he served as the President of the Harvard-Radcliffe Kendo Club, a teaching assistant for developmental biology, peer tutor, and ran a biotech startup. Daniel graduated with Summa Cum Laude and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, Daniel is spending a year as a Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellow in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories to learn about Indigenous healing, culture, and the intersection between health, environment, and policy. In August of 2020, Daniel will start medical school at the Columbia-Bassett program at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.
The wind outside is howling which means that it is time for this year's BVG rendering of Dracula! The Bayview Glen Upper School productions are well known for their breathtaking sets, dedicated actors, and true embodiment of the play they are performing. This year's production is no different with the entire student-run team working tirelessly to breathe life into the timeless characters. Join us on the 21st and the 22nd at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, no tickets or payments required. We look forward to seeing you there!
One of Canada's leading speakers on Cyber Safety delivered a powerful presentation to parents and Alumni as part of the ongoing Speaker Series at Bayview Glen. Paul Davis emphasized in his presentation "The Internet Never Forgets" that technology for children is a privilege and not a right. "Accountability and responsibility starts with the parents," said Paul. "It's up to adults to set the rules on screen time, when and where devices are allowed and what social media is permitted." Paul has spoken to over 500,000 students across the country and to thousands of parents. He stated he's not anti-technology. "Learning to code, building websites together as a family or learning how to be a game developer are all examples of appropriate use of tech." Paul told parents they need to lead by example and model good digital habits. Most importantly, he suggested parents engage regularly with their children about their digital world and ask questions.
Top three takeaways from Paul:
1. The hand held check-in: Set daily in and out times for mobile devices.
2. Snapchat audit. Without notice, ask to see your child's Snapchat feed and ask them about their connection to each "friend".
3. Unplug cable modem in the home to limit access after designated times.
Put a room full of five-year olds together and ask them what they like about toys, chances are, you'll hear more than a few enthusiastic responses. How about taking the conversation one step further and requesting they put pencil to paper and start designing? This group of SKs dove right in and started creating. But the process didn't end there. Next up, building the toy they had imagined on paper. This is problem-based learning with a great deal of trial and error. What if the glue won't quite keep the straws in place? What if the sponge is blocking the entrance where the ball is supposed to go? And maybe the colours don't work together after all. Once the students were done the creating stage, it was time to bring in the expert. Nick from Sago Mini visited the classroom to talk about how professionals develop toys and compatible online games. The students were eager to discuss their own creations with Nick and of course, they wanted to try his game. After working hard through the entire process, there was an outburst of excitement when it was announced their own toys were allowed to go home. Design thinking, one straw at a time.
Bayview Glen has a long history of offering Advanced Placement (AP) courses to students in our Upper School. Coordinated by the College Board, AP courses allow students to study and sit exams on selected subjects at a first-year university level, while also earning credits towards their high school diploma. Not only do these courses offer students the opportunity to challenge themselves and explore subjects of special interest to them in greater depth, but many universities will grant advanced standing or transfer credits on the basis of a student’s results on their AP exams.
For the 2019-2020 academic year, Bayview Glen is introducing new two AP subject courses: Computer Science Principles and US History.
In addition, beginning in September of 2019, Bayview Glen will begin offering the exciting new AP Capstone programme. This two-year programme allows students to conduct in-depth, advanced research and problem-solving in a field of their own choosing guided by the classroom teacher and a subject-matter mentor, essentially completing a ‘mini-thesis’ over the course of their Grade 11 and 12 years. Students who successfully complete the two Capstone courses and also earn a level 3 or better on four additional AP examinations are awarded the AP Capstone Diploma.
The complete list of AP offerings at Bayview Glen is available in the Upper School course calendar, which can be accessed here, and further details about the College Board and the AP programme can be found at https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/.
For more information, contact Christopher Federico, Assistant Head, Academics at email@example.com
If you dropped by Ms Iafrate’s Grade 6 classroom, you’d be forgiven if you thought you were at conference on innovation in education. Big ideas were flying around the room for ways to improve learning environments. The students were presenting their designs for their own middle schools with the focus on these questions: What is school for? What is it designed to do and how can it be improved? Using the programme floorplanner.com, students tackled designs for individual spaces around a school such as the library, science classrooms, rooftop gardens and storage spaces. Many of the ideas centred on using renewable energy, making spaces open and bright and ensuring each room was accessible for all. Students were also in charge of naming their school and designing a logo and mascot. The project was part of the Problem Based Learning class that all students take as part of our Grade 6 programme.
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.