Energy poverty- that is a theme a group of Upper School students have spent weeks discussing and debating. The challenge? How best to help India's poorest families who rely on kerosene lanterns to provide light in their homes. It's all part of the Global Ideas Institute. The programme is run by the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. After months of work in their home schools, students from all over Toronto gather in April to present their ideas to a prestigious panel of experts. Our student's strategy relied on designing an implementation system to connect solar lamp manufacturers with local village distribution systems. As well, they planned an educational programme that would focus on teaching young children the benefits of green energy.
It's a full day event with speakers and opportunities to ask fellow students about their presentations and ideas. The programme ends with a debrief by the experts about the various presentations, as well as a final speaker for the entire group.
Bayview Glen’s award-winning robotics team, Ctrl-Z, was invited to formally pitch their Pinder Pet Finder to the York Angel Investors on March 30th at the York Downs Golf & Country Club in Unionville.
As part of the 2016/2017 FIRST LEGO League season, Ctrl-Z designed a Bluetooth-enabled pet smart collar that helps reunite lost pets with their families. With the help of extensive research, consultation, surveys and hard work, the team developed a prototype that has been receiving a great deal of attention. Pinder Pet Finder has been showcased at several events including the Ontario Innovation Celebration where Ctrl-Z took home the Problem Identification Award.
Designing, building and programming a robot is one aspect of participating in FLL each year. Teams are also challenged to identify a real-world problem related to a theme and propose an innovative solution. For this season, FIRST LEGO League‘s theme is ANIMAL ALLIES and the challenge is to improve our interactions with animals.
To see Ctrl-Z in action, click here.
Check the team’s website for regular updates.
It's an idea that packs a triple punch. Recycling textiles helps the environment, generates money and lightens the load for those looking to do their spring cleaning.
The Bayview Glen Student Executive Council and the Parent Association have joined together for a fundraiser this month with a green twist - just in time for Earth Day. The Textile Recycling Campaign involves an arrangement with a local Textile Waste Diversion Company that will give the school 10 cents for every pound of textiles we donate. An average full garbage bag weighs 20 lbs. So for example, Bayview Glen will receive $10 for every 50 bags collected. The money will be put towards future environmental initiatives. The drive runs right up to April 19, 2018. The bins are located in the Shops at both campuses.
What is being collected: ANY clean and dry textile, even if its ripped or stained.
Stuffed items like pillows or stuffed animals
The Textile Recycling Drive runs until April 19, 2018. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
"Fear should not guide our humanity". Simon Wisenthal
The much anticipated Tour For Humanity bus pulled up in front of our Moatfield campus this morning for a day full of compelling discussion and learning. The mobile classroom is so in demand, schools are booking visits two years in advance. The programme is run by the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies with the goal of talking to as many people as possible about diversity, democracy, and Canadian civic rights and responsibilities. Not only was this a powerful learning opportunity for our students, the themes and subject material connect directly to the Grade 10 curriculum. The creators of the mobile human rights education center hope to empower Canadians to raise their voices and take action against hate, intolerance and bullying.
Tour For Humanity is a refurbished RV that operates like a state-of-the art studio. The 30-seat theater has multiple screens with a high-tech sound system. It cost $1.2 million to conceive, design and build. The bus travels throughout the province providing education on historical events including the holocaust, slavery, Japanese internment camps and Canadian residential schools for First Nations children.
Since it was launched nearly four years ago, the tour has delivered interactive programmes, to more than 50,000 students at 315 schools across the province.
"My goal was to put this guitar in people's hands so they truly understood the essences of citizenship. It's actually a piece of history that you play." - Jowi Taylor, February 15, 2017
Canada's most famous guitar was held, played and celebrated in three separate Bayview Glen assemblies to the delight of hundreds of our students. More than two decades in the making, Six String Nation is the legacy project started by award-winning writer and CBC broadcaster Jowi Taylor. On an invitation from the Prep School's own Scott Milligan, Mr Taylor spoke to enthralled audiences about the guitar's journey. 64 symbolic pieces, from Pierre Trudeau's canoe paddle to Rocket Richard's Stanley Cup ring, are woven into this one-of-a-kind guitar. Mr Taylor traveled all over the country collecting important artifacts and significant objects. "I soon realized I wasn't just gathering stuff, I was gathering stories," said Taylor. He spoke of being frustrated with the cliché stereotypes of our country that include donuts and hockey. "We are so much more than that," said Taylor. "We have to get better at telling our own stories so we have a deeper understanding of what it means to be Canadian."
Several of our students played the guitar, nick-named Voyageur, at each of the assemblies.
Mr Taylor said his project has been a transformative experience and its impact has been far-reaching. With the celebration of Canada's 150th birthday this year, Six String Nation is much in demand.
On the way out of the presentation, students chatted with each other about their favourite part of the guitar while others crowded around the stage hoping to have a chance to hold Voyageur. As everyone trickled back to class, Mr Taylor packed up the guitar as he prepared for his next school visit where more students will celebrate Canadian heritage six strings at a time.
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Read Jowi Taylor's blog about his visit to Bayview Glen.
Bayview Glen's history is traditionally presented at our annual Founder's Day assembly, and beautifully encapsulated in the display case outside the JTM Guest Theatre. This year, an Upper School mentor group led by Andrew Moore, wanted to find a way to share the many personal stories that members of the BVG family have accumulated over the years.
The group spoke with students, staff, faculty, and alumni to find out the specific places in the school that hold special memories for them.
Their stories are on display, scattered throughout the school, during the week of Founder's Day. By scanning the displays with the free Layar app, visitors can watch the posters come alive, and listen as members of our community tell the stories that make this such a special place.
A unique hashtag #BVGmemories is being used to continue the conversation on social media.
The group received a wide variety of submissions, including one from a student who told interviewers one of the stairwells provided creative inspiration during her first year at the Upper School: "It seemed like a good place for two grade nines to attempt to write a best-selling novel series!" A member of the faculty reminisced about how the front parking lot (once a sports field) always reminds him of the first-ever BVG Field Hockey Team. Another student remembers the smell of fresh paint when the new Prep School was completed: "It was a moving experience knowing that I would be part of the first generation that graduated from the new Prep School."
It is often said that a place is only as good as its people; our mentor group believes that a place's history is only as rich as the memories it provides. In undertaking this project, we certainly discovered that Bayview Glen, in its
55 years and counting, has created more memories than we could ever count.
Mr. Moore's mentor group consists of: Lilly, David, Nealie, Krisco, Afra, Zachary, ,Vahid. Aaron, Mehdi, Caitlyn, Katherine.
Busting stereotypes is only one of the goals of a new programme researchers have started to unite the Arts and Science worlds. Do people who love Science have to hate Drama? Are there really two categories of people? These are the fundamental questions behind this one-of-a-kind workshop run by a team from the University of Toronto and Tarragon Theatre. U of T professor Carol Ann Burke and her teaching assistant Alison McAvella are conducting research into the growing number of students who are identifying and embracing both subjects. Their partner at the Tarragon, Anne Wessels, is also an educator and jumped at the chance to take part in such a unique programme.
Grade 11 Biology students participated in a two hour workshop featuring several hands-on activities that required them to question their own opinions and bias surrounding the Arts and Sciences. Next week, the students will travel to the Tarragon Theatre to see the play Sequence by Canadian scientist and playwright Arun Lakra. Carol Ann and her team will then return to Bayview Glen for a follow-up session with the students. Check back for updates as the project unfolds.
Update #2: Field Trip! 40 Grade 11 Students Attend Matinee Performance of Sequence
After last week's thought-provoking workshop at Bayview Glen, students were invited to the Tarragon Theatre in downtown Toronto to watch a unique play that explores themes around Science, Art, Faith and luck. The riveting 90 minute performance was exceptionally well received with a lively Q and A following the performance. There were so many questions, the gracious actors stayed longer to field the many inquiries.
The four person play featured two story lines that centred around Math and Science while the characters debated life concepts such as religion and fate. With phase two of the project complete, the researchers will return to the school to conclude their work with the group. Students are scheduled to participate in more interactive exercises and discuss how Art and Science intersect.
Update #3: Workshop concludes at Bayview Glen as students get theatrical
After a week to digest the performance and themes from the play, Carol Ann and her team returned to the Moatfield campus to debate and discuss the student's thoughts on the performance. As each student walked in for the afternoon workshop, they were assigned a number as a name tag. This maintained the integrity of the research project assuring each participant their opinions and thoughts would not be recorded under their name. Carol Ann said it was crucial students speak freely about their associations with Art and Science. After a lively exchange of ideas, the students broke off into groups to write and plan a playlet or mini play. They were asked to focus their own performances on two themes: Ethics and Science and The loss of Wonder. There was a buzz of activity as the students worked through the creative elements of the project. As the session came to a close, both groups expressed their gratitude for a successful partnership and a promise to keep in touch.
Bayview Glen's BioBuilders club is featured in this month's MIT newsletter on science research projects. Researchers at the world renown institution founded the BioBuilders initiative with the hopes of encouraging more young people to explore the wonders of science. Teams choose a research topic with the goal of creating an innovative solution to a problem. Students spend months collaborating and problem solving with each other and with teams from around the world. Final presentations are made in March at MIT in Boston.
Check out the newsletter article here:
Bayview Glen began its partnership with Adventure Place- Better Beginnings as it was just launching its Holiday Hamper Programme in 2001. The charitable organization works with young, vulnerable families to ensure healthy development of children up to six years of age. These families may be new to the country and having difficulty learning a new language, finding work, coping with a restricted budget, or finding it challenging accessing community services. Each class and mentor group at Bayview Glen fill a hamper for a selected family. The students are given a few details about their designated family including the ages of the children and their interests. Donations are sorted, packed and labeled for distribution. Volunteers from the school and Adventure Place hand deliver the gifts in early December.
15 The number of years Bayview Glen has partnered with Adventure Place – Better Beginnings
1450 To date the number of hampers packed for families
75 Families supported each year
$67, 500 Approximate amount of gift cards donated over 15 years
Carley Allison '13 was a remarkable young person who touched countless lives with her talent, compassion and positive attitude. As a student at Bayview Glen, she was often spotted helping others in the hallway, playing the piano in the theatre or pitching in to organize an event for the community. In her final year at the school, she was diagnosed with a rare 1 in 3.5 billion form of sarcoma. Through her illness, Carley thought of others and constantly reassured those around her.
She went on to inspire thousands more after she posted YouTube video of herself singing One Direction’s “More Than This,” while breathing through a tube from an emergency tracheotomy.
Amidst three rounds of chemotherapy, she continued to sing, play piano and skate competitively.
Carley passed away in the spring of 2015 at the age of 19.
A movie about her life called Kiss and Cry, staring her real life best friend and BVG alum Sarah Fisher, was partly filmed at Bayview Glen.