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Career Breakfast: So you want to be in media?

Date: 
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

"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.

The magic of the written word with Wayson Choy

Date: 
Thursday, October 11, 2018

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.

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!

Bees are buzzing again for another year

Date: 
Friday, June 8, 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.

Check out our LIVE webcam

Fast facts:

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.

Did Somone Say Zarzuela?

Date: 
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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:

Primary:

1st Place    Grade 2     Tanya Verma                                                                                         

3rd Place    Grade 3     Rehan Shah                                                                                      

Junior:

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

Intermediate:

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.

       

 

A Global Helping Hand

Date: 
Friday, March 23, 2018

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.   

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