By Anthony Chuter - Upper School teacher, Technological Ed.
Who will YOU think about on this Remembrance Day?
I owe my life to a coal ship. On June 2nd 1940 and on the beaches of Dunkirk, France, my grandfather, Private and Royal Engineer Alan Chuter, found himself and his unit vastly outgunned and outmanned by the relentless Nazi panzer tanks on the ground and Luftwaffe planes from above. Retreat was the only option as a surrender of around 400,000 British troops may have cost the Allies the war in their fight for freedom against fascism and imperialism. Eventually, the retreat led them to the English Channel and with little other option they jumped into the sea with the hope of being picked up and returned to the relative safety of Britain. Under Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s orders, almost every seaworthy vessel was deployed, successfully evacuating about 360,000 soldiers in an event called now known as the “Miracle at Dunkirk” and thankfully, a coal ship picked up my grandfather and brought him back home to his young bride. My father was born after the war in 1948 and so I literally owe my existence to that ship.
I learned this story and a few others when connecting with my family last year as I prepared for our World War Two unit in our Grade Ten Canadian History course. Thanks to the help of my English relatives and some research at the Imperial War Museum in London, I discovered that my grandfather also produced a war diary which provides a fascinating and authentic record of his” tour of duty” liberating towns with his unit in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany after the successful D-Day landings in June 1944. It is an amazing individual document that mirrors exactly the final days of resistance before the ultimate surrender of Nazis. I re-created a digital version of his journey using this site.
On Remembrance Day this November 11, I will be wearing my poppy and thinking about him, my family and all families when I consider the sacrifices, dedication and hard work of our brave men and women in uniform in Canada and around the world who keep us safe. From the First World War, to the Second World War, to the Korean War to those who serve bravely today, I invite everyone to find and share their own personal connection to these conflicts and appreciate the sacrifice of the men and women of our Canadian armed services who are ordinary people who serve and protect us in extra-ordinary circumstances.
Who will you think about?
On Saturday, October 29th, current and former members of Team Ctrl-Z promoted Bayview Glen and FIRST Robotics by presenting their 2015/2016 innovative solution, the Smart Sort Trash Bin, as part of the Young Innovators Showcase at the TAVES Consumer Electronics Show in Richmond Hill. TAVES, which attracted approximately 6,500 attendees, showcased cutting-edge technology and innovation in the areas of virtual reality, drones, gaming, audio, 3D printing and much more.
The team’s Smart Sort Trash Bin is made up of a number of trash compartments. The lids of each compartment are attached to servo motors, which are connected to a computer. All the consumer has to do is say what he/she would like to throw out, and the bin uses voice recognition to open the correct bin. When the waste is thrown into the bin, a fact about waste and recycling is displayed on the screen to educate the consumer. The members of Ctrl-Z were excited to share their Trash Trek innovative solution one last time before immersing itself into the current robotics season, Animal Allies.
I'm Roya Aboosaidi, a Grade 9 student at Bayview Glen, and I wanted to share with you my experience at WE Day.
WE Day is about the celebration of kids making a difference in their local and worldwide communities. The Kielburger brothers founded WE Day with a passion for change. I was lucky enough to get to participate in the inspiring festival on October 19th at the Air Canada Centre. We are fortunate to have everything we do. WE day helps us realize that. It also helps us stand up for what we believe in. It could be truth and reconciliation, feeding the poor, donating and so much more.
Performers such as Hedley, Zendaya, Chris Hadfield, Lily Singh and Gord Downie discussed how we can help, because there is always someone who needs it. Gord Downie wrote a book called the Secret Path, hoping it leads to more reparation for residential schools.
The Secret Path is about a 12-year-old Ojibway boy who died from exposure and hunger after trying to find his way back home from a residential school. "The next hundred years are going to be painful as we come to know Chanie Wenjack and the thousands like him as we find out about ourselves, about all of us — but only when we do, can we truly call ourselves true Canadians" said Downie. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission reported 3,200 reported deaths, just like Chanie's. It's time to make a change. As a WE school we need to find out what we're interested in and get involved. You can also do WE trips, where you have the opportunity to make a difference. My grandmother went to Kenya and helped build schools. Visit the WE Day website where you can learn how you can help schools in foreign countries.
On October 7, Bayview Glen welcomed back 65 Alumni and Staff to celebrate Homecoming 2016, an annual tradition that gives alumni the opportunity to reconnect with friends, peers, teachers and staff.
This year the theme was Thanksgiving. Decorated in festive fall ornaments and games, the Daunt Dining Hall buzzed with excitement as recent grads shared their experiences and successes since graduation.
New to homecoming this year, was BVG’s first annual food-drive, as well as the very popular Photo Booth, hosted by Monocle Booth Click here(link is external) to see photo booth pictures from the event.
Many thanks to the Alumni and Staff who attended Homecoming 2016! More photos can be viewed in our Photo Gallery.
TAVES, a consumer electronics show taking place this weekend, is known as the place to be seen by tech-savvy consumers and industry types looking for the next “big thing”. Ctrl-Z is one of nine teams invited to take part in the TAVES’ Young Innovators showcase. The goal is to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship in teens and pre-teens and to inspire others to explore their entrepreneurial spirit. Participants are required to make a 5 - 7 minute presentation about their product. Ctrl-Z will be talking about their Smart Sort Trash bin.
It uses voice recognition to help the user sort waste, diverting valuable waste materials away from landfills. Other schools invited to the event are making presentations on everything from a mobile app that connects babysitters with parents to an indicator slip that detects blood alcohol content by testing saliva. The show takes place this Saturday at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North & Best Western Hotels in Richmond Hill.
As the kettle boiled for afternoon tea and visitors sampled sandwiches, students lined up to have their picture taken wearing helmets and soldier’s jackets from the Great War. Grade 10 History teacher Anthony Chuter partnered with the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa to arrange the shipment of 24 artifacts to be shared with Bayview Glen students. The study of World War One is part of the Grade 10 curriculum. Some of the pieces were reproductions but many were authentic collectables including barbed wire and shell casings.
Mr. Chuter and his students set up a mini-museum in an Upper School classroom and invited guests to view their exhibit. Visitors were greeted with war time music, hands on exhibits and display boards loaded with information including details about the crucial role Canadian nurses (or Blue Birds as they were best known) played during the war.
Many of the visitors had their picture taken wearing donated items as Mr. Chuter used green screen technology that magically placed students in the centre of war time scenarios including battle scenes and fox holes. The artifacts and learning material are part of the War Museum’s educational programme called Supply Line. “There is a major benefit for students to touch and feel actual pieces from the past.” said Mr. Chuter. “I believe it allows us to have a greater connection to the stories from our history.”
Upper School Phys. Ed faculty member Bruce Gill joined his fellow Canadians in a grueling physical challenge that will not soon be forgotten. Here is a first hand account of a remarkable journey with our very own Mr. Gill emerging victorious.
ITU WORLD TRIATHLON GRAND FINAL COZUMEL 2016
LIVING THE DREAM
As a young boy I dreamt of playing hockey for Les Canadiens and Team Canada. The reality of that dream was shattered at an early age. It wasn’t until the summer of 2015 (50 years later) that I qualified to represent my country in my Age Group (60-64) in my sport of choice, triathlons, at the 2016 Grand Final in Cozumel, Mexico, Standard (Olympic) Distance. This dream of being able to represent Canada was realized recently on Sunday, September 18, 2016.
The race itself was very tough under trying conditions of heat (32C), humidity (95%), and a water temperature of 29C while having to swim against a current from which many had to be “rescued”. The percentage of racers staggering to and collapsing at the finish line was unique.
The beauty of the race was actually in all of the people I got to meet before the actual event, not only from Team Canada but from around the world, many of whom I hope will continue to be a part of my life. Don’t give up on your dream no matter what it may be; make it happen!
Thank you Mrs. Daunt and Mr. Auld for allowing me to have been the proudest member of Team Canada and to all of the students, staff, and parents for your wonderful support. Thank you Corina! Be loud, be proud!
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