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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

 

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

Take Me Outside Day

Date: 
Friday, October 26, 2018

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.

 

Viewpoint hitting shelves mid-November

Date: 
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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 philosophyYou'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.

    

BVG student authors take part in Toronto's Word on the Street

Date: 
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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.       

 

Join us for Fall Fest and Fun Run 2018!

Date: 
Monday, September 17, 2018

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: pavolunteer@bayviewglen.ca

For student volunteering: pastudentrecruit@bayviewglen.ca

Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the Fall Fest and the Fun Run!

Back to School Guide 2018/2019

Date: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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!

Gold medal Olympian visits BVG

Date: 
Friday, February 23, 2018

"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.

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