News and Events
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.
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. The webcam should be up and running soon. Stay tuned.
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.
Let the Ceremonies Begin
Spring is here and with it comes the promise of new beginnings. The 2018 Graduation Ceremonies at Bayview Glen provide a great opportunity for families to share in the accomplishments of our students. In addition, we will be saying goodbye to the Graduating Class of 2018, and honouring these students as they begin the next phase of their lives.
Here is the schedule for our Preschool, Lower School, Prep School and Upper School Graduation and Closing Ceremonies. Please check below for your child’s Grade to find the correct date, time and location.
All students are to wear their Full Dress Uniform (in good repair with crests) and polished shoes for the ceremony. Jewellery must be moderate, older students must be clean shaven, and uniforms should be worn with pride.
Please contact your Assistant Head of School if you have any questions.
Jun 13th @ 9:30 AM
Grade 1- 4 Graduation Ceremony 2018
Jun 13th @ 5:00 PM
Grade 5 Graduation Ceremony 2018
Jun 13th @ 7:30 PM
Grade 6 - 7 Graduation Ceremony 2018
Jun 14th @ 9:30 AM
Grade 9-11 Closing Ceremonies
Grade 12 Graduation Evening and Reception
June 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., in the J.T.M. Guest Theatre, Moatfield Campus. Reception to follow.
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.
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.
Legendary film director Guillermo del Toro's movie The Shape of Water won Best Picture at the 90th Academy Awards in California. del Toro also won the prestigious Best Director honours. The Shape of Water captured Best Production Design and Original Score as well. The movie was nominated for a remarkable 13 Oscars.
Post City magazine wrote about Bayview Glen's connection to the two outstanding Oscar contenders.
For more about the movie The Shape of Water, click here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5580390/
"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.