"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.
To see Jesse Denison's presentation, click here.
To see coding PowerPoint Presentation, click here.
It's not every day the remarkable Barbara Reid presents to kindergartners and teenagers in the same visit. The award winning Toronto author and artist is best known for her Plasticine art and prolific writing. In the Lower School, Barbara spoke with Junior and Senior kindergarten students about the inspiration for her stories and the joy of working with Plasticine. Her favourite part of using Plasticine is blending the colours to create entirely different looks in her pieces. She did share that it can be tough when the clay is firm and less malleable. As she read stories aloud to the group, she pointed out features in her illustrations and shared the significance of many of the details. For example, she explained a stuffed bunny drying on a clothes line was inspired by her daughter's favourite toy called Floppsy Bunny. Later in the day, she spoke with Upper School students about how she connects the majority of her work with her personal experiences. Students in both schools have been working on their own Plasticine illustrations and many had questions on how best to create works of art.
Barbara Reid's books have won every major children's book award, and in 1988 she became the first Canadian to win the UNICEF-Ezra Jack Keats International Award for Excellence in Children's Book Illustration. She is also a Globe and Mail bestselling author and her book the Subway Mouse won a Governer General's award for literature.
In July 2013 Barbara was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.
For more about Barbara Reid
As part of the Prep School day of empathy, notable public speaker and IT expert Paul Davis delivered an impactful presentation to students in grades 4 through 12 about the use of technology in our daily lives. Mr Davis has spent 27 years in Information Technology and the last six years dedicating himself to education
He has spoken to more than 400,000 students in North America, along with the OPP, Department of Defence, Alberta RCMP and Canada Border Service.
Mr Davis addressed issues around cyber bullying, digital citizenship and the importance of respect and kindness. He emphasized, unlike footprints on the sand that can be washed away by the ocean, a digital footprint can last for years. "Delete is a myth," said Mr. Davis. He outlined the importance of discretion when photo sharing and disabling devices that geo track a person's whereabouts.
His cyber bullying tips included:
1. Never respond.
2. Out smart the bully by gathering evidence. Capture and print the attack.
3. Report and ask for help.
4. If there is a threat of physical harm, call police.
Mr Davis discussed the benefits of an online presence including informative blogs and private photo sharing but said safety should always be the number one issue.
Students in the Prep School spent the first day back from winter break taking part in presentations, activities and workshops promoting empathy, collaboration and communication.
In recognition of World Aids Day, Mr Moore's mentor group launched an Aids Awareness campaign centred around LA Dodgers baseball player Glenn Burke.
Burke was credited with inventing the "high five". He was forced out of Major League Baseball at the age of 26 for being gay. He was diagnosed with Aids and passed away in 1995. Glenn Burke, refusing to be deterred, worked in his community for years giving back through his volunteering. To honour his courage, the Upper School students organized a high five jumping fundraising contest and challenged other mentor groups to create a video featuring high fives.
The money raised was donated to the Toronto People With Aids organization. Two members from TPWA attended a recent assembly and were presented with a cheque.
Seeing your book on Amazon when you're in Upper School is a remarkable feat on its own but considering it was written as a Lower School student is a whole other tale. Grade 9 Safaa Ali took up the challenge by her then Grade 4 teacher Jesse Denison to write an original story for the Kids Write 4 Kids contest run by Ripple Publishing. Her beautiful fable Why Peacocks Have Colourful Feathers was chosen as one of the winners that year. (Safaa also provided the illustrations) The story features a horrible drought in the jungle where the tiger king challenges all the animals to find a solution. The drab peacock is thought to be without value when it is suddenly transformed from the least beautiful animal to the most impressive.
Winning the competition was thrilling but becoming a published author was only the beginning. In the last five years, Safaa has written a blog for Ripple Publishing, served as a judge for the contest she previously won, recorded videos about her experiences and recently conducted a reading of her book a the flagship Indigo store in downtown Toronto. Safaa says, "I would never have imagined when I was writing my story, that it would touch so many readers. I'm also pleased that the proceeds from winning the competition go towards literacy and charitable causes." Safaa still carries around a notebook to jot down any future book ideas. As for the success she's already had, it's clear it's been a wonderful experience. When asked what it is about her story that is resonating with so many young readers, Safaa paused and said, "I think it's the belief that miracles can really happen."
From the BVG Archives - By Mark Fellin, Archivist
In 1843, Henry Cole (1808-82) had an ingenious idea! He contacted an artist friend, John Horsley, and commissioned him to design an idea that he had sketched out in his mind. Cole took Horsley’s illustration—a triptych that showed a family around a table celebrating the holiday in the middle and images of kindly souls helping the poor on each side—and had a thousand copies made by a London printer. The image was printed on a piece of stiff cardboard 13 x 8.25cm in size. The top of each card was the salutation, “To,” while the caption along the bottom read, “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.”
It was the first Christmas card.
As printing technology and the mail service improved, the practice of sending commercially produced Christmas cards caught on and it became an integral part of the holiday season. In 1975, our founder, Doreen Hopkins, designed and gave out her own 18 x 15cm Christmas card, seen to the right, to celebrate the holiday season.
If you are interested in contributing Bayview Glen memorabilia or keepsakes to the Archive or seeing more of our collections (we have over 240 Christmas photographs from 1975!), please contact Mark Fellin by email at email@example.com or by phone at 416.443.1030, Ext. 634
Collaboration and problem solving are at the core of Problem Based Learning (PBL) says Prep and Upper School Director of Teaching and Learning Christopher Federico. He presented to the Parent Association November meeting about PBL and answered a series of questions from the audience. Among other strengths, Mr. Federico says PBL allows students to retain information more efficiently since trial and error and experiential, hands-on interaction makes subject matter more "sticky". Thanks to the internet and Google, information is far more readily available. Experts are finding it's how our students are using "information at their finger tips" that will define how they best navigate the global economy.
To view a video of the presentation, click HERE
Slide deck, click HERE
With stories of struggle and hope, Dr. Silvia Bernardini shared her expertise on the topic of anxiety and depression in youth. BVG is proud to host leading industry experts to discuss topics that are timely and relevant to our community. Dr. Bernardini is a registered clinical child and adolescent psychologist. She discussed the differences between normal anxiety and sadness versus anxiety disorder and depression. She told the audience that mental health is measured by how well we manage the everyday parts of our lives, how well we deal with stress and how well we connect with others.
•In Ontario, 20% of children < 19 years have significant mental health problems
•40% have more than one disorder
•1 in 5 teenagers will have experienced a major depressive episode before leaving high school
•Historically 75% don’t get help
•Earlier intervention prevents long-term negative outcomes
Suggetions on how to help:
•Privately – “I have noticed…..”
•Listen and offer support
•I’m happy you are sharing this with me - LISTEN
•How can I help?
•What are the parts that we can manage/deal with?
Always take their concerns and worries seriously
Do not tell your child to “get over it”; “snap out of it”; “suck it up”, “grow up”
Anxiety BC website - www.anxietybc.com
Youth anxiety/depression treatment guideline algorithm - www.bcguidelines.ca/gpac/guideline_depressyouth.html#algorithm
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - www.aacap.org
Teen Mental Health - www.teenmentalhealth.org