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.
"As soon as I started to be more authentic and true to myself, the brands started to come to me." Ruby Benson - owner of Rags and Ruby - instagramer
Career hack; take risks, set goals and teach yourself new things. That advice from our gracious Alumni who returned to speak to our students at the Fall Career Breakfast at Moatfield Campus. Ruby Benson '09 and James Finlay '06 spoke to Prep and Upper School students and their parents about the Media and Entertainment industry. Ruby has worked in the world of fashion, marketing, photography and now instagram. Her entrepreneurial mind set has led her to a wildly successful career in the digital sphere. James Finlay began shooting short films while at Bayview Glen and imagined himself in the film industry. He began his post-secondary journey in Global Affairs but his passion took him back to his first love - film. He took an innovative programme at Centennial College and landed at a start-up called Juice Worldwide. He's helped grow the company exponentially as the Director of Sales and Distribution. Both fielded questions from the audience and toured the new Moatfield campus after their presentations.
The next Career Breakfast on the Business industry takes place on Dec. 4, 2018 at 7:30 am.
Emaan Ali has always been passionate about fantasy books so when a doodle of a fictional character took shape on her worksheet, it wasn’t a surprise that Mrs. Smafpaf came to life. The grade 6 student wove a story of an old, magical woman who, not only is an expert gardener but also happens to be good at fixing people’s hearts. Her enchanting tale captured the top prize in the Ripple Foundation Kids Write 4 Kids contest.
As it turns out, Emaan is not the first published author in the family. Her older sister Safaa won the same contest five years ago (in Gr 4) for her book Why Peacocks have Coloured Feathers.
Both Emaan (now in Gr 7) and Safaa (Gr 10) took part in Toronto’s Word on the Street book festival on Sunday, September 23rd. Prep School teachers Mr. Clark and Ms Iafrate dropped by to show their support.
Watch Safaa's reading here.
Sunday, September 30th from 10 am - 3pm.
It's a BVG tradition to welcome Fall with a massive community celebration.
It all starts with our 3km FUN RUN at 10 am at the Lower School.
The festival begins at 10:45 am behind the Upper School by the turf and runs until 3 pm.
Join us for bouncy castles, BBQ, games, crafts, raffles, dance contests and so much more.
10am run start — 9:45 warm up activities
3km — walk or run, strollers welcome - the whole family is invited to participate! The 3 Km Fun Run & Walk starts at the Lower School Field (on Duncan Mill) and follows the Betty Sutherland Trail - Rain or Shine!
We are looking for used games/puzzles/children’s books/video games – including Wii games – and used sports equipment for our big “Sidewalk” Sale.
Used games can be dropped off at The Shops starting Monday, September 24, until Thursday, September 27.
Children’s books & games on Friday morning, September 28 during morning Parent Bench drop off at both the Lower and Prep School locations. (Please try to ensure that any games being donated are complete sets.)
Used sports equipment can be brought to the Turf on Saturday, September 29 between 12 and 4 pm and on Sunday morning, the day of Fall Fest, at 8:30 am.
Fall Fest is organized by the Bayview Glen Parent Association and is run by parents, staff and student volunteers for the benefit of the entire Bayview Glen community. Volunteers are still needed for the Run/Walk and for the Fair set up in the Turf Parking area.
For parent volunteering: firstname.lastname@example.org
For student volunteering: email@example.com
Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the Fall Fest and the Fun Run!
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!
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.
"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.
We were thrilled to be cheering for former Gryphons at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
National Cross Country team member Lenny Valjas ’06 is a champion skier and proud BVG alumnus. Lenny made his Cross Country skiing Olympic debut in Sochi in 2014 and is a member of Team Canada at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang. Lenny won the World Cup bronze medal in Ulricehamn, Sweden when he was a member of the men’s 4×7.5km relay team in 2017.
The Olympics are a familiar place for the Valjas family. Lenny's older sister Kristina competed in beach volleyball at Rio 2016.
As part of his Olympic profile on CBC, Lenny chose to have his story shot here at Bayview Glen. Watch it here.
Former Prep School student Candace Crawford is a downhill skier for Team Canada. At the FIS World Championships in 2015, she was a member of the Canadian squad that won silver in the team event. She also posted top-30 finishes in both of her individual events, slalom and giant slalom. Candace is attending her first Olympic games. Candace and her brother were profiled in the Toronto Star.
Mercedes Nicoll was also a student in the Lower School in the 90's before moving out west with her family. She is competing in her 4th Olympic games.