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A New Chapter in Global Education at Bayview Glen

Date: 
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Round Square exchange student Joaquin Villar from Lima, Peru
   with his Gr 10 exchange partner Nikhil Marwaha.

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 myarndley@baviewglen.ca

Speaker Series: Cyber Safety Starts in the Home - Paul Davis

Date: 
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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.

Paul Davis and Alumni in attendance

 

NEW: AP Courses continue to expand in the Upper School

Date: 
Thursday, January 17, 2019

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 cfederico@bayviewglen.ca

 

Design Your Own School: Problem Based Learning with a design twist.

Date: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

  

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.  

   

Alumni story: A Rocket Ride to Success, one kind song at at time

Date: 
Friday, January 11, 2019

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.

 Tickets can be purchased here.

Speaker Series - Internet Safety expert Paul Davis

Date: 
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

"Unlike footprints on the sand that can be washed away by the ocean, a digital footprint can last for years."  Cybersecurity 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

Prep School Athlete Recognized for His Love of Sports

Date: 
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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.

Giving Tuesday Ignites a Discussion About Kindness

Date: 
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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.

   

 

Nurturing a Global Mind Set

Date: 
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

"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.

BVG joins NEW Blue Schools intitative from the Toronto Zoo

Date: 
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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.

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