News and Events
"Unlike footprints on the sand that can be washed away by the ocean, a digital footprint can last for years." Cyber security 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
If you're looking for Grade 8 student Ryan Juurlink, if he isn't in class, chances are you'll find him on the turf or in the gym. Ryan plays on several athletic teams here at Bayview Glen including basketball, soccer, cross country, softball and track and field. He plays on a sport every season but it's basketball where he spends a great deal of his time. He currently plays for the Canadian Basketball Academy and played two years with the Team Ontario Talent Identification and Development Program.
He was recently selected as a 2018 Team Under Armour Next Canada male youth athlete. He recently had a unique experience participating in a photo shoot with the NHL's Drew Doughty.
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.
Yazmeen Jamieson ‘16 has always been proud of her roots. As an Upper School student at Bayview Glen, she helped plan Black History Month celebrations and organized guest speakers to present to her peers. She won awards for her community outreach and always looked for ways to connect her storytelling through creative outlets like spoken word poetry.
Her outstanding athletic talents are also part of what makes Yazmeen tick. She is the goalkeeper on the first Jamaican squad to capture a FIFA World Cup berth. Her story was recently reported in the Toronto Star. Click here to read more.
At Bayview Glen, Yazmeen played a wide range of sports including basketball, volleyball, track and field and of course, soccer. She will play in net next July at the FIFA World Cup in France.
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!
"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.
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.
Getting in on the ground floor, Bayview Glen has signed up for the Toronto Zoo's new environmental programme called Blue Schools. This exciting initiative has merged members of Young Round Square and the Prep School Green Team. (The environment is one of the six key pillars of Round Square) Both groups were in attendance for a special presentation by Melissa Bauch, a Blue Schools representative from the Toronto Zoo.
She highlighted the importance of greater awareness around water conservation and the need to think more carefully about our water usage. The students will work together throughout the year on plans for a full school water audit and recommendations for improved conservation on campus. The student group will be responsible for writing and presenting an action plan by April. The goal is to reach level one in the Blue School certification process. Stay tuned for more updates.
When Wayson Choy asked a room full of Grade 9s if many of them liked to tell their friends stories, there was a sea of hands that shot into the air. He delightedly told them they were in fact all writers since at the heart of all good writing is storytelling. The Head of Arts in the Upper School, Norm Reynolds, invited Wayson Choy to spend the day speaking to students about his remarkable life and share insight on his craft. Wayson's novel The Jade Peony won the Trillium Book Award and the City of Vancouver Book Award. His memoir Paper Shadows: A Chinatown Childhood won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and was nominated for a Governor General's Award. He is also a member of the Order of Canada.
Part of the workshop involved making butterflies out one sheet of paper in three minutes. Wayson then showed them how to make an origami butterfly in seconds with a reminder that everything takes education and practice.
Students worked on writing prompts and spent time sharing ideas and challenges with their classmates.
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 philosophy. You'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.