HSC Update – October 2016

College-wide Open House – December 7 
Scholarships at HSC
HSC Welcomes Montessori Educators for CCMA Conference
Monster Mash 2016: A Spook-tacular Success 
HSC Middle School Students Build Trenches with Military Historian
HSC Students Raise House Spirit and Funds for Tim Horton Children’s Foundation
HSC’s Senior School Presents: Legally Blonde The Musical
HSC Trojans Win Big this Fall


College-wide Open House – December 7

Join us for our College-wide Open House Wednesday, December 7

Join us at our College-wide Open House on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. We are opening our campus from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tour the College, meet our dedicated faculty and learn about our programming from Montessori Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12.

For more information, or to RSVP, please e-mail admissions@hsc.on.ca or call 905-389-1367.


Scholarships at HSC

HSC's Annual Scholarship Program

HSC celebrates student success through its annual scholarship program.

Hillfield Strathallan College’s influence on your child could be life-changing. Multiple, merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000 are offered to students entering Grades 7 and 9.

Scholarship applications are due November 25, 2016.

Learn more about our scholarship opportunities by visiting our website, calling Sheila Skinner at 905-389-1367, ext. 160, or e-mailing admissions@hsc.on.ca.


HSC Welcomes Montessori Educators for CCMA Conference

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On October 15 and 16, we welcomed over 200 Montessori educators from across the province to our campus for the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) Conference.

Conference attendees participated in a series of engaging workshops covering a range of topics from Montessori Administration practices to learning differences in students.

In 2017, the Montessori School at HSC will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. We were extremely proud to host this conference and look forward to celebrating our amazing Montessori students, faculty and staff in the upcoming year.

Visit our website to learn more about our Montessori School and if it is the right fit for your family.


Monster Mash 2016 – A Spook-tacular Success

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On Friday, October 27, 2016, our HSC families enjoyed a “scary” night out on our Campus at Monster Mash 2016 (Hosted by our Parents’ Guild). Monster Mash was a family-friendly night filled with Halloween-themed games, fun and food. Costumed students (and parents) enjoyed scare-tastic decorations and activities in our Athletic Complex and Community Centre.

On Monday, October 31, 2016, our students also enjoyed a dress-down day and Halloween costume contest. While our Middle and Senior Schools held a costume contest and Halloween assembly, our Early Education students enjoyed some fun Halloween-themed activities. This included relay races and guessing what was inside the Halloween mystery boxes!


HSC Middle School Students Build Trenches with Military Historian

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On Tuesday, October 25, we welcomed military historian Andy Robertshaw to teach our Grade 7 and 8 students about the First World War. Our students were able to build trenches and participate in drills. They were also able to ask Mr. Robertshaw questions about life in the trenches.

One of the UK’s most exciting military historians, Mr. Robertshaw reveals what life was like on the frontline of history. He is a world-renowned expert on the First World War, and on trench warfare, in particular. He regularly lectures and has authored numerous books on these subjects. To learn more, visit his website.   


HSC Students Raise House Spirit and Funds for Tim Horton Children’s Foundation

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Our annual Cross Country and Turkey Trot runs are always highlights of the fall season for our community. On Thursday, October 6, Junior and Montessori School students chased Tommy the Turkey across campus, while our Middle and Senior School students travelled to Dundas Valley Conservation Area for their joint Cross Country run.

In addition to building school spirit, this event is an opportunity to demonstrate care for the greater community. This year, students in all four schools collected pledges to help send students from Adelaide Hoodless School in Hamilton to one of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation camps. This year, the Foundation provided enriching camp experiences for 19,000 children and youth.

We began with a collective fundraising goal of $10,000. To help us meet and exceed this goal, one of our HSC families generously decided to match dollar for dollar (up to a maximum of $10,000) all funds raised by the College during the event.

As a result of this generous gesture and the support of the entire College community, HSC raised $31,000 to send kids to camp!

Learn more about activities and opportunities that enrich College life for our students by visiting our website.


HSC’s Senior School Presents: Legally Blonde The Musical

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Rehearsals are under way for the Senior School’s fall musical, Legally Blonde.

Elle Woods is a bubbly, peppy sorority girl at UCLA, who has everything going for her. That is, until her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her in search of someone who is more ‘serious’. Elle decides to prove him wrong (and win him back) by getting accepted to Harvard Law school. Despite having to work her way up from the bottom of the class, Elle proves that ‘believing in yourself never goes out of style’! Don’t miss out on your opportunity to see this exciting production!

We would like to offer prospective families complimentary passes to one of the shows. If you are interested in attending one of the performances, please contact Jodi Blore at jodi.blore@hsc.on.ca.

To learn more about our performing arts program at Hillfield Strathallan College, visit our website.


HSC Trojans Win Big this Fall

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What a season it has been for our HSC Trojans! Our teams worked hard in their matches against other independent schools in Ontario to claim a number of Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CISAA) championship and silver medals. Congratulations to all of our teams:

  • U9 Soccer: CISAA Champions
  • U14 Boys’ Soccer: CISAA Champions
  • U15 Girls’ Soccer: CISAA Silver
  • U12 Girls’ Basketball: CISAA Champions
  • 1st Girls’ Field Hockey: CISAA Champions
  • 1st Cross Country JR Girls’ CISAA Champions
  • Overall Co-Ed Cross Country: CISAA Champions
  • U12 Boys’ Volleyball: CISAA Silver
  • U16 Boys’ Volleyball CISAA Silver

To learn more about our athletic programming, visit our website.

HSC Update – September 2016

Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year
College-wide Open House – November 2 
Early Education Open House – October 22
Scholarships at HSC
HSC Welcomes Our 2016-17 College Prefects
HSC Celebrates Our Alumni Award of Distinction Winners and Hall of Excellence Inductees
The 8th Annual Telling Tales Festival
HSC Welcomes Our Youngest Members into the House System


Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year

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It has been an exciting start to the 2016-17 school year!

We launched our new online learning management system, myHSC. The system will connect our community in amazing new ways, helping to better support our strategic goals through to 2020.

HSC also launched a beautiful new website for the start of the 2016 school term. The new hsc.on.ca is designed to make the admissions process easier and more efficient for our users. Please feel free to visit the new improved site!

All of these new tools work together to make our community stronger. In the words of our Head of College, Mr. Marc Ayotte: “As a whole school connected, we are so much better together!”


College-wide Open House – November 2

Join us for our Open House on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Join us at our College-wide Open House on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. We are opening our campus from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tour the College, meet our dedicated faculty and learn about our programming from Montessori Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12.

For more information, or to RSVP, please e-mail admissions@hsc.on.ca or call 905-389-1367.


Early Education Open House – October 22

Join us for our Early Education Open House October 22, 2016

Swing on over to HSC for our Early Education Open House on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. Explore our exciting Montessori and Junior School programs for students from 18 months to 9 years old, tour our facilities and end your visit with active, Monkeynastix fun in our Athletic Complex!

To RSVP or book a private tour, contact Jodi by e-mailing admissions@hsc.on.ca or calling 905-389-1367, ext. 191.


Scholarships at HSC

HSC's Annual Scholarship Program

HSC celebrates student success through its annual scholarship program.

Hillfield Strathallan College’s influence on your child could be life-changing. Multiple, merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000 are offered to students entering Grades 7 and 9.

Scholarship applications are due November 25, 2016.

Learn more about our scholarship opportunities by visiting our website, calling Sheila Skinner at 905-389-1367, ext. 160, or e-mailing admissions@hsc.on.ca.


HSC Welcomes Our 2016-17 College Prefects

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The celebration of leadership and community service is a time-honoured tradition at HSC. Our Grade 12 Prefects, under the leadership of our Head Girl and Head Boy, are role models for the student body and work tirelessly to make connections with all of our constituent groups.

In recognition of the important role these values play in our community, the College officially welcomed our 2016-17 Prefect team on Friday, September 16, 2016 in the College’s annual Prefect Installation Chapel Service.

Prefects are chosen from members of the graduating class. They are selected as those who, in the opinion of their peers, the faculty and the Head of College, have shown responsibility in the areas of academics, activity participation and leadership.

Visit our website to learn more about the student leadership opportunities available in all four of our schools.


HSC Celebrates Our Alumni of Distinction Winners and Hall of Excellence Inductees

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The HSC Alumni Association is pleased to celebrate the recipients of the 2016 HSC Award of Distinction, Prof. Ratna Kapur ’78 and Ms. Naina Kapur ’78. The goal of this award program is to celebrate the success of alumni from Hillfield Strathallan College, while engaging our next generation of leaders.

Both Award of Distinction winners were unable to join us in person for the ceremony, but were still able to pass along their thanks and words of wisdom. Naina connected with us from India. She delivered an inspiring and humbling message to our HSC students while reflecting fondly on her time at HSC. Similarly, Ratna passed along her message for our Head Girl Arundhati to read aloud for our next generation of alumni.

The College is also pleased to announce that Mike Branch ’99, Dylan Dissanayake ’00 and Sarah Garside ’83, were inducted into the Hall of Excellence during this ceremony. By honouring this distinguished group of alumni, we continue a tradition of inspiring others through the legacy of alumni who have come before them.


The 8th Annual Telling Tales Festival

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Thank you to everyone who visited us at the 8th Annual Telling Tales Festival on Sunday, September 18, 2016. Our dedicated HSC bus drivers were ready, coffees in hand, to bring dozens of children to this amazing festival.

We had a lot of fun meeting fellow lovers of literacy, and were proud to continue our support of such an amazing festival.

If you stopped by our table to chat, and have any follow up questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 905-389-1367, or e-mailing admissions@hsc.on.ca.


HSC Welcomes Our Youngest Members into the House System

Our youngest students are entered into our House System

On Thursday, September 8, 2016, our youngest HSC Trojans were inducted into our House System!

Our Junior School sent students on a “top secret” mission to find out their House, while our Montessori School held a “sorting hat” ceremony to reveal each student’s House affiliation. This year every student – including our toddlers – was placed in one of four houses: Cedar/More, Maple/Tay, Pine/Yre or Birch/Earn.

Our students were excited to learn the history of the HSC House System and find out which colour they will wear to rock their house spirit for the rest of their time at the College!

At HSC the House system provides a vertical continuum for the purpose of counselling, special activities and competition. There are several recognitions awarded annually for the Houses contributing the most to the College.

Learn more about activities and opportunities that enrich College life for our students by visiting our website.

 

HSC Update – June 2016

Summer Office and Campus Store Hours 
Join us for HSC Summer Camps! 
Closing Ceremonies and Celebrations
Montessori School Students Celebrate Caravan
End of Year Trips and Playday Fun
The HSC Community Celebrates 20th Annual Golf Classic
HSC Says Farewell to Retiring Faculty and Staff
HSC Awarded Three Prix D’Excellence Awards from CCAE 2016


Summer Office and Campus Store Hours

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After a restful Canada Day long weekend, the College has officially begun summer hours.

The main office hours are:

Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Campus Store hours are:

Monday to Thursday: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

If you are interested in touring our campus this summer, or meeting with someone in our admissions office, please do not hesitate to call us at 905-389-1367, or e-mail hscinquiry@hsc.on.ca.

All the best for a safe and happy summer, HSC!


Join us for HSC Summer Camps!

Registration is open for HSC Summer Camps! Our Recreational and Academic/Enrichment camps are designed to provide full day, full week programming for boys and girls ages 3-15.

Camps run from June 27 – August 26. For more information about our offerings and schedule, and to register, visit our website.

Here are just a few of our upcoming camps:

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Trojan Basketball (Full Day 8-15 year olds)

HSC Summer Camps is pleased to announce that Richard Nurse will run a one-week elite basketball program at HSC. Trojan Basketball will focus on skill in a variety of areas.

Coach Nurse has been coaching for over 19 years at the Club Level with Hamilton Transway. He has coached at all age groups from U10 to U19. For the last 10 years he has run and managed one of the premier girls AAU development and recruiting organizations in Ontario Canada Drive Basketball Development. He has won 14 Ontario Basketball Gold medals and has been instrumental in the development of CIS, NCAA and Provincial basketball players such as Taylor Smith, Marie Warner, Christina Buttenham, Kia Nurse and many more.

Jeremy Williams’ Pro Hockey Camp (Full Day 8-15 year olds)

HSC Summer Camps is pleased to welcome professional hockey player, Jeremy Williams and his Pro Hockey program. In this one-week hockey development camp, current and former NHL players teach students many aspects of the sport, both on and off the ice. The Jeremy Williams Pro Hockey Camp helps children enhance their individual and teamwork skills, to not only make them better players, but perhaps tomorrow’s hockey stars!

Trojan Soccer (Full Day 8-15 year olds)

HSC Summer Camps presents MBP Soccer Camps from Barcelona. This is a one week elite soccer experience with a program for soccer focused athletes. Improve your skills and soccer knowledge working with exceptional soccer coaches from Spain. Featured coaches include: Eduard Batlle “Xuxu” (former FC Barcelona former coach, Manchester United former coach, UEFA A licence) and Eduard Fortet (Official player of R.C.D. Espanyol “B”, FC Barcelona former coach, UEFA B licence).

Ashley Leggat’s Triple Threat Workshop (Full Day 9-15 year olds)

This exciting two-week camp, introduces students to the three major components of the entertainment industry: acting, dancing and singing. The camp includes special guest speakers from the entertainment business, learning dance combinations, song study from today’s greatest hits, and scene study. At the end of the camp, students stage a short performance at HSC for family and friends. This is the perfect workshop for kids interested in learning the basics of the ‘biz!


Closing Ceremonies and Celebrations

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The week of June 20, 2016 was busy for our HSC students as they prepared for graduation and Spring Awards. On Wednesday, June 22, Junior, Montessori and Middle School students celebrated the end of the year with their closing ceremonies. Graduating students said farewell to a closing chapter in their lives while looking forward to the next.

On Friday, June 24, 2016 Senior School students and HSC graduates gathered in the Athletic Complex and Community Centre for their closing ceremonies. Students from each grade were honoured with end of year awards, medals and prizes. A lot of hugging, laughing and tears of joy were shared amongst graduates as they crossed the stage to receive their diplomas.

Good luck to our HSC graduates in this next chapter of their lives. The HSC community will always welcome them back with open arms as alumni.

Visit our official YouTube channel to see some of our graduates share what they will miss most about their time at HSC.


Montessori Students Celebrate Caravan 

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On Friday, June 17, 2016 our Montessori School students participated in their annual Caravan celebration. Friends and family enjoyed a special performance in the Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts. Afterwards, guests were invited back to the Montessori school for yummy treats and fascinating research from around the world.

Click here for more information on why Montessori might be a good fit for your family.


End of Year Trips and Playday Fun 

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Our Junior School students had a lot of fun on their annual end of year trips. This year, our PK3, JK, SK and Grade 4 Students headed to Christie Conservation Area. Students enjoyed active outdoor activities and a delicious BBQ lunch. Additionally, our Grade 1, 2 and 3 students visited the Dundas Driving Park and had a great time!

On Tuesday, June 21, 2016 our Junior and Montessori School students enjoyed a playday at the College. The wide range of activities included obstacle courses, soccer, ultimate frisbee, sack races and more.

After a busy semester, these events were the perfect way for our HSC students to get ready for an amazing summer!


The HSC Community Celebrates 20th Annual Golf Classic 

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On Tuesday, June 28, 2016 HSC held its 20th anniversary HSC Golf Classic. The HSC community was thrilled to play on the green with faculty, staff, alumni, parents and parents of alumni. The foursome teams were full and the tournament’s generous sponsors and donors came out to enjoy the sun and join the fun. We also saw plenty of young alumni having a great day and supporting this amazing event.

While completing the 18 hole course, teams also participated in competitions along the way including Longest Drive, Longest Marshmallow Drive and the Headmaster’s Challenge (awarded to a player achieving a hole-in-one on a difficult hole).


HSC Says Farewell to Retiring Faculty and Staff

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On Tuesday, June 7, 2016 HSC celebrated the careers of two incredible educators and one dedicated staff member who have together given 93 years of their expertise to HSC. Faculty and staff, as well as many retired faculty and staff gathered together to honour their contributions and wish them the best as they begin a new chapter.

Brenda Zwolak and Nancy Rocca retire this year after teaching many of our alumni, and leaving countless students with fond memories of their time at the College. We wish them all the best in their retirement.

After 14 years of service at HSC, Patricia Addis is also retiring from her position as bus driver at the College.  Patty drove many students to and from school delivering them safely, and building relationships with students that will not be forgotten. We wish you nothing but the best, Patty, in your retirement.


HSC Awarded Three Prix D’Excellence Awards from CCAE 2016

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Each year, the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) holds the Prix D’Excellence Awards during its national conference proceedings. These awards recognize outstanding achievements in institutional advancement (including alumni relations, stewardship, marketing, communications and more).

We are pleased to share that HSC is the recipient of three 2016 CCAE Prix D’Excellence awards!

  • Best Fundraising Materials: The David Tutty Joy and Innovation Fund (Gold)
  • Best Annual Report (Bronze)
  • Best Photograph: The David Tutty Joy and Innovation Fund (Bronze)

HSC Update – May 2016

Join us for HSC Summer Camp! 
We are Accepting Applications for September 2016
Students Treat Moms to Mother’s Day Tea
Montessori Speaker Laura Flores Shaw Comes to HSC
A Dream Come True: Vex Robotics Team Worlds Report
Student Leaders Participate in CAIS Leadership Retreat
HSC Trojans: Great Results in Soccer, Slow Pitch and Track & Field
Senior School Jazz Ensemble Visits Metalworks Studios
Capstone Year Guest Lecturer Speaks to HSC Graduates
HSC Hosts First Annual Tennis Tournament
Artsfest and Homecoming 2016: A Great Success!
Community of Fashion: A Night to Celebrate


Join us for HSC Summer Camps!

Registration is open for HSC Summer Camps! Our Recreational and Academic/Enrichment camps are designed to provide full day, full week programming for boys and girls ages 3-15.

Camps run from June 27 – August 26. For more information about our offerings and schedule, and to register, visit our website.

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Jeremy Williams’ Pro Hockey Camp (Full Day 8-15 year olds)

HSC Summer Camps is pleased to welcome professional hockey player, Jeremy Williams and his Pro Hockey program. In this one-week hockey development camp, current and former NHL players teach students many aspects of the sport, both on and off the ice. The Jeremy Williams Pro Hockey Camp helps children enhance their individual and teamwork skills, to not only make them better players, but perhaps tomorrow’s hockey stars!


We are Accepting Applications for September 2016

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We are currently accepting applications for September 2016.

If you are interested in enrolling for September, please call us at 905-389-1367, e-mail hscinquiry@hsc.on.ca, or visit our website.


Students Treat Moms to Mother’s Day Tea

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It has been a busy Spring in the Junior School!

Our Senior and Junior Kindergarten students surprised their moms with a very special Mother’s Day treat. Our Alumni Lounge was transformed with delicious baked goods, colourful tulips and vintage tea cups for Mother’s Day Tea. Faculty members served tea and coffee while our students read poems to their moms.

Our students enjoyed dressing up in colourful spring outfits and showing off their classrooms!

Click here to learn more about our Junior School curriculum.


Montessori Speaker Laura Flores Shaw Comes to HSC

Montessori School students and parents enjoyed a special presentation with guest speaker Laura Flores Shaw, internationally known educator, researcher and
author.

At their annual cactus night for Montessori 9 parents, Ms. Shaw delivered a presentation entitled “Montessori: The Educational Framework for the 21st century.” Here is a brief overview of what was covered in the presentation:

“Our public education system successfully trains millions of children for the industrial society and economy. But our changing society presents new challenges that require us to fundamentally rethink our concept of school. Due to the proliferation of digital technologies towards the end of the last century, we socially reorganized into a society of distributed networks whose economy runs on knowledge. Thus, the competencies required for success in the 21st century are very different than those required in the last century.

Ironically, over 100 years ago, just as industrialists were reforming education to prepare American children to work in their factories, Maria Montessori began developing a method that seemed to foreshadow the needs of the 21st century. Furthermore, Montessori is the educational framework for the 21st century.”

Click here for more information on why Montessori might be a good fit for your family.


A Dream Come True: Vex Robotics Team Worlds Report

Our Middle School robotics team attended the world’s largest robotics competition this May and had a great time presenting their robots, meeting engineers and programmers, and winning awards. Grade 8 student Rishi recounts the experience:

“This year I had the honour to represent Canada in the world’s largest robotics competition ever (officially recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records)! The atmosphere was electric as a record-breaking 1,075 teams from 33 countries readied their robots for competitions filled with excitement, thrills and frustration. There were three elements to the game: Autonomous, Driver Skills and Teamwork matches. From participating in the teamwork matches I met teams from all around the world. At the competition I was able to meet many engineers and programmers. My most memorable experience was meeting Yoshihto Isogawa, a Lego and VEX product designer. My team had put in countless hours in building, programming and driving our robot and all our hard work led up to these three days. After the first day we were in the top five in all three elements of the competition. On the last day we went home with two awards, the Create Award and the 1st place programming award. Next year, I hope to take HSC to the worlds again.”

Click here to for a list of our current co-curricular offerings in the Middle School.


Student Leaders Participate in CAIS Leadership Retreat

Each year, select student leaders from our Senior School participate in retreats to develop their skills and learn more about effective self and team leadership strategies. Below, three of our students reflect on the experience.

“The five days at the CAIS Leadership Conference were some of the most thought-provoking, inspiring, and fun days I have had up to this point in my school career. Our day was packed with amazing guest speakers (two time gold medalist Catriona Lemay Doan, the 1st Canadian man to scale Mount Everest without oxygen Laval St. Germain, and award-winning writer and kidnapping survivor Amanda Lindhout just to name a few), and leadership activities based on developing self-leadership, as well as leadership in a group scenario. I have had the chance to collaborate and develop relationships with leaders from other independent schools around Canada, and I look forward to bringing back to HSC some of the ideas we shared and discussed as a group. This trip has taught me more than just how to be an effective leader in a group, it has taught me how to stay more personally aware and motivated no matter what challenges or adversities are thrown in front of me. This was truly a one-of-a-kind experience, which I know I will enjoy looking back on for years to come!”

Lucas, Grade 11

“When I first submitted my application, I really didn’t know what to expect. Prior to the conference, I had never been to any provinces other than Ontario. This would be my first time in Calgary. To be honest, I was a little nervous. However, in the weeks leading up to the leadership conference, the leaders made sure that no one would be worried. up. In the days before the trip, I was eager and excited to go. 

The most significant aspect of the conference was the people I met and was able to speak to. I learned a lot on this trip and made a lot of lasting memories. I am grateful for HSC, West Island College, and the city of Calgary for such an amazing opportunity.”

Patrick, Grade 11

“This year’s CAIS leadership conference was held in the beautiful Calgary with the theme of the event being “Seek Your Summit”, which perfectly echoed the Banff Rockies being in such close proximity. I, along with three other delegates from the school, had the honour of attending the conference, hear the numerous yet interesting speeches of distinguished guests, including the likes of Catriona LeMay Doan, Amanda Lindhout and Naheed Nenshi, and spend a day in Banff National Park doing leadership activities. All in all, I can truthfully say that this was an experience I will never forget. In just five short days we were able to meet new friends, strengthen our own bonds and learn not only about leadership, but also about ourselves. This theme of seeking your summit stuck with me even after the trip and continues to push me to step out of my comfort zone and be open to trying new things. I would strongly recommend for those who have the opportunity to attend the following CAIS conferences to seize it and appreciate all that you will learn while there.”

Arundhati, Grade 11

We encourage our students to pursue leadership opportunities through their academic, athletic, artistic and co-curricular pursuits. Terrific leadership opportunities exist in our Middle School programming, Senior School programming and beyond.


HSC Trojans: Great Results in Soccer, Slow Pitch and Track & Field

The U14 Girls’ Soccer team experienced a brilliant end to a fast-paced season as CISAA champions! The team, made up of students from Grades 6, 7, and 8, worked hard to develop and hone their basic skills and advance new strategies and positional plays. This led to an undefeated regular season characterized by strong goal tending. Memorable moments include playing in the freezing rain and our victory at the HSC Homecoming 2016. Most notable was the positive team spirit and leadership demonstrated consistently by our players. Well done, girls!

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After our Boys’ Slow Pitch team completed their undefeated regular season with a 13-12 nail-biter win over Villanova College, they achieved 1st place in our division, and hosted a quarter-final game on May 18. Our students, parents and faculty supported the team by “filling the hill”: supporting as spectators on a large hill overlooking our diamond. After easily defeating opponents in the quarter and semi-final games, our HSC Trojans completed the season with a silver medal. Way to go, Trojans!

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HSC captured 2nd place out of 17 Co-ed schools at the CISAA Senior Track & Field Championships held at the Oshawa Civic Sports Complex this May.

Bravo to all of our student athletes! They trained hard and improved immensely since March break. A total of 22 team members qualified for the Metro Regional Championships, a pre-OFSAA qualifier meet. Many of our athletes finished in the top four of their respective events.

Click here to learn more about our competitive athletics teams.


Senior School Jazz Ensemble Visits Metalworks Studios 

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On Friday, May 3, the Senior Jazz Band travelled to Metalworks Studios in Mississauga to record this year’s ensemble. For many of our students, this day was the culmination of many years’ work and commitment to the band. In the words of one student, it was an opportunity to “immortalize” this outstanding group of musicians. Going through the entire process starting with mic placement and sound checks all the way to recording and listening to the initial rough takes, gave our students an idea of just how exhausting and rigorous the process of recording music can be. Working in a professional studio, where artists such as Justin Timberlake and Drake have recorded, our students also learned how high the demand is for performance excellence once the music becomes permanent.

Our music programming extends to all four schools of our College, and gives students the opportunity to pursue a variety of instruments and musical styles. We regularly celebrate the skills and passions of our HSC musicians with recitals, trips and showcases. To view photographs from our most recent Music Showcase, please visit our galleries.


Capstone Year Guest Lecturer Speaks to HSC Graduates

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On May 3, our Grade 12 English students were fortunate to have Mr. Bryan Wylie address them as lecturer for the inaugural Capstone Year Guest Lecture: Arts, Music and Literature. The purpose of the Capstone Year Guest Lecture is to provide our students with an inspiring talk on the arts and to foster greater cultural literacy. Mr. Wylie, a retired HSC English and drama teacher, is an HSC Builder, who has also served as Dean of Men, Senior Master and Head of Senior School during his tenure at the College.

In honour of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, he presented a lecture to our graduating students that aimed to answer the question why Shakespeare is still important for us today.

This lecture was for all Grade 12 Capstone Year and AP English students. Mr. Wylie was deeply impressed by the engagement of our students, and they were very impressed with his mesmerizing talk on the great Bard.

Our graduates go on to attend top post-secondary institutions in Ontario, Canada and beyond. Visit our website to see the top post-secondary choices of our students. 


HSC Hosts First Annual Tennis Tournament

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HSC tennis enthusiasts braved scorching temperatures on May 28 for the first HSC Community Tennis Tournament. The day marked the official opening of the new courts, made possible thanks to the generosity of the Losani and Lawrie Families. The College officially revealed the names of four courts in their honour–Court Brooke, Court Brett, Court Lauren and Court Noah Alexander.

In their opening remarks, Head of College Marc Ayotte, Bob Lawrie and Fred Losani all spoke to the opportunities made possible through the new facilities, and about the bright future ahead for the HSC Tennis program.

Following ceremonial serves by members of both families, doubles teams comprised of alumni, parents, current students and staff faced off in pursuit of the Losani Lawrie Cup.

As the day progressed and temperatures rose, it was clear there were some serious teams in play. The final match saw a pair of HSC alumni, Daniel Coutts ’01 and Ernest Wong ’00, winning the tournament. As former HSC tennis team members, Daniel and Ernest demonstrated just how well the HSC program taught them!


Artsfest and Homecoming 2016: A Great Success!

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On Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, hundreds of participants braved foul weather to help celebrate the HSC community during Homecoming and ArtsFest. Arts events, family activities, student games, Hektor’s Home Run and more combined to make HSC Homecoming 2016 one of the most memorable to date!

Homecoming Collage

To keep the kids dry, Hektor’s Family Fun Zone took over the new Athletic Complex and Community Centre, while hungry hordes of HSC guests filled Lawson Hall at our free Homecoming pancake breakfast. In athletics, our HSC Trojans were undefeated as the U14 Girls’ Soccer team defeated De la Salle School, and the U14 Boys’ Rugby team also won their game against UCC.

View the ArtsFest and Homecoming galleries to experience HSC school spirit.


Community of Fashion: A Night to Celebrate

Our HSC: Community of Fashion event was a huge success. On Thursday, May 5, over 500 members of the HSC community came together to enjoy fashion, food and friendship. 

A portion of the proceeds were donated in support of our partner school, Adelaide Hoodless. We were thrilled that a few faculty and students from Adelaide Hoodless could join us at the show.

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At our Chapel Service the next day, Jolcyn, an Adelaide Hoodless student and Nanci Simpson, Principal of Adelaide Hoodless moved us with their speech about what their partnership with HSC means to them. Thanks to ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s matching gift, together we presented a cheque for $5,000 to Adelaide Hoodless.

Our Parents’ Guild had a large role in organizing this amazing event. The Parent’s Guild hosts a variety of events and initiatives throughout the school year that positively impact school life.

 

HSC Update – April 2016

Join us at our Early Education Open House – April 30
College-wide Open House – May 4
Destination ImagiNation Champions
Students Perform at Roy Thompson Hall
HSC Student Projects Win Big at Science Fair
Tartan Terrors Return to HSC for Crescendo Performance
HSC Trojans Enjoy Skiing and Track & Field Successes 
The HSC Senior School Presents: Laughing Stock
Riders raise $51,000 with The Inside Ride
Country Music Superstar Garth Brooks Visits HSC
HSC Honoured with Century Award


Join us at Our Early Education Open House – April 30 

Win a Free Week of HSC Summer Camp at our Early Education Open House

HSC students love their school! Come see why on April 30.

Explore our exciting Montessori and Junior School programs for students from 18 months to 9 years old, tour our facilities, meet our wonderful teachers and enter for your chance to win a free week at an HSC Summer Camp!

After the tours, everyone is invited to a private concert with the Turkey Rhubarb band.

Saturday April 30, 2016 – Early Education Open House

9:00  – 10:15 a.m.
Student led tours of our Junior and Montessori Schools

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Turkey Rhubarb live concert at HSC

11:35 a.m.
Free-time on HSC’s playground (weather permitting)

Contact Sheriann by e-mailing admissions@hsc.on.ca or calling 905-389-1367, ext. 106 to have your questions answered, reserve your spot and enter our summer camp draw!

Download a copy of the digital invitation here to share with your friends and family.


College-wide Open House – May 4

Join us for our Open House on May 4.

Join us for our College-wide Open House on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. We will open up our campus from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to offer tours and answer any questions you may have about our community and educational offerings.

For more information, or to RSVP, please call 905-389-1367 or e-mail hscinquiry@hsc.on.ca.


 Destination ImagiNation Champions 

Destination Imagination Teams

This spring, HSC student teams took part in regional and provincial Destination ImagiNation competitions.These teams are comprised of Junior Grade 3 and 4 students and Montessori 8 and 9 students.

Destination ImagiNation (DI) is a cause-driven, volunteer-led non-profit organization dedicated to teaching students the creative process through STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the arts and service learning challenges. For over three decades, DI has helped more than 1.5 million kids tap into their creativity and learn the skills they need to build successful careers in the 21st century.

All four HSC teams placed in the top two places of their categories, which qualified them for the Global Destination Competition to be held in Knoxville, Tennessee at the end of May. They will join more than 8,000 of the world’s most innovative minds, celebrate their creativity and have fun.


Students Perform at Roy Thompson Hall

Students Perform at Roy Thompson Hall

On Sunday, April 17, over 100 students from across the College performed in the Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival (CISMF) at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. CISMF provides select students with the opportunity to perform challenging repertoire alongside talented peers from other CIS schools at a world-class concert venue.

HSC has always been well-represented at CISMF, and this year was no different with students performing in the Junior Choir, Intermediate Choir, Senior Choir, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and String Orchestra.

Click here to learn more about our music program at HSC.


HSC Student Projects Win Big at Science Fair 

From March 24 to March 26, 30 projects from Middle and Senior School students represented HSC at the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF) at Mohawk College. For over 50 years, BASEF has provided a forum for students in the Hamilton/Halton area to develop their scientific skills and prepare for national and international competition. In 2016, BASEF awarded over $200,000 in cash prizes, trips and scholarships. Combined, the Middle and Senior School projects received four Gold Merit Awards, five Silver Merit Awards, ten Bronze Merit Awards, and 20 Special Awards.

Highlights from the Awards Ceremony:

Ruihan Wei, current Grade 11 student, received four awards including the Gold Award and the Special Award as the top Biology project.

Paul Drakos, Grade 8 student, received six awards, including the Gold Award. He was also selected to participate in the Canada Wide Science Fair, to be held in Montreal in May. His project was one of 16 top projects chosen from a pool of more than 350 outstanding entries.


Tartan Terrors Return to HSC for Crescendo Performance

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Friday May 13, 2016
7:30 p.m.
The Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre For the Arts

The Tartan Terrors are a Celtic Invasion, mixing rock’s energy with traditional folklore, dance and humor. With an arsenal featuring classic pipes and fiddle, driving drum tones and signature guitar styles, standing-room only audiences understand why Dig This Magazine declares “(The Terrors) one act to keep an eye on!” The Terrors use their Sonic blitz to score award winning Step and Highland Dancers and internationally recognized comedic performers alike.

Members of the Tartan Terrors have performed on four different continents; in some of the most prestigious Festivals, Highland Games and Theatres of North America including; Lone Tree Center for the Arts, CO, Strand Capitol, PA, Oshkosh Opera House, WI, Dublin Irish Festival Dublin, OH, Newport Irish Festival, Newport, RI, and Good Morning America.

Adults – $35.00
Seniors – $30.00
Adults 30 and under – $25.00
Students 18 and Under – Admission Free

Tickets can purchased in the Campus Store or by calling 905-389-1367. Tickets will also available at the door; the box office will open at 6:45 p.m.

The Crescendo Concert Series, which supports the College’s Arts Scholarship program, is our gift to the community, and a demonstration of HSC’s ongoing commitment to the importance of the arts in our daily lives.


HSC Trojans Enjoy Skiing and Track & Field Successes

Our skiers enjoyed a terrific season on the CISAA circuit, with Carson Foxcroft (CISAA individual gold) and Avery Webber (CISAA individual silver) enjoying tremendous championship races a few weeks ago. As a team, the L2 girls were a powerhouse when they skied cleanly, winning races by massive margins during the season, but they stumbled in the CISAA championship race. This allowed St. Clement’s to overtake the Trojan girls in the standings for the championship plaque, but our girls were able to hang on to 2nd place overall.

A combination of enthusiasm and talent vaulted our HSC senior track and field team into first place overall at the CISAA Indoor Meet on Wednesday, April 6 at the York University National Track Centre. Approximately 40 of our athletes competed, many entering three or four events. They dug deep to amass enough points to defeat a field of 20 CISAA schools.

Click here to learn more about HSC Trojans athletics.


The HSC Senior School Presents: Laughing Stock

Laughing-Stock

The latest HSC Senior School production, Laughing Stock, hits the stage at The Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts THIS WEEK!

The play follows an over-matched, under-budgeted theatre company as they attempt to mount three plays in a converted barn more suited for square dances then high art. Fun and farce ensues when this enthusiastic, but often hapless, group of thespians tries to run a season of ‘Charley’s Aunt’, ‘Dracula’, and ‘Hamlet‘. Through overblown auditions, haphazard rehearsals, and disastrous opening nights, this colourful cast of characters might not always hit their cues, but they learn the eternal truth of theatre: that an honest, well-told story has a magic all its own.

Dates: April 28-29 – 7:00 p.m.

The Admissions Department would like to welcome interested prospective families to contact Jodi Blore in the Admissions Department to inquire about complimentary tickets.

For more information about how the dramatic arts play an important role in the HSC curriculum, please visit our website.


Riders Raise $51,000 with The Inside Ride

On Tuesday, April 12, parents, faculty, staff and students from all four schools joined together to support the HSC Inside Ride. It was an incredible day of school spirit, fun and healthy activity—and all for an amazing cause!

Collectively, we raised more than $51,000 for Canadian children living with cancer or its long term effects. The event was created by the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation, and 100% of donations collected go to support children’s cancer charities.


Country Music Superstar Garth Brooks Visits HSC

Hamilton country-music fans know Garth Brooks was on stage Sunday, March 25 for his final, sold-out show at the First Ontario Centre. What they may not also know, is that he spent the previous day at Hillfield Strathallan College to support his charity – Teammates for Kids Foundation.

Teammates for Kids sports camps are held in every city and town on Brooks’ current tour, and give children the chance to attend skills camps hosted by big names in professional sports. During the March 25 event at HSC, 100 children from Tim Horton’s Foundation, Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington and Adelaide Hoodless Elementary School, spent their morning learning basketball skills with Brooks, as well as retired NHL players Brian Willsie, Greg de Vries, and Scott Walker.

Brooks told the Hamilton Spectator: “It’s a chance to make some new friends. They’re making relations and getting to see these guys and realizing it can happen to any of us through hard work.”


HSC Honoured with Century Award

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We are excited to share that Hillfield Strathallan College was presented with a Century Award by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. Senior School Principal and Deputy Head of College, Mr. Bob Neibert was joined by Service Prefect Bianca Beraldo to accept the award on behalf of our community.

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce recognized HSC with this prestigious award for contributions to the community for over 100 years. HSC is proud to be included in a group of winners and finalists, who consistently demonstrate leadership, volunteerism, community engagement and citizenship.

Please click here to learn more about HSC’s history.

HSC Update – February 2016

Join us for March Break! Camps run March 14-18
College-wide Open House – April 6
March Break Office Hours
Dinomania! SK Students Talk Dinos with Royal Tyrrell Museum
Montessori Lifelong Learning: Movement
HSC’s 12th Annual Science Fair
Never Forget: Senior School Students Attend Special Presentation
Beauty and the Beast Jr. – A Middle School Musical
HSC Soccer Superstar Signs with FAU
U13 Boys’ Basketball CAIS Champions
HSC Congratulates 2015 YWCA Women of Distinction Nominees
HSC Announces 2016 Patrons and Builders
In Conversation with Lawrence Hill and Clara Hughes


Join us for March Break! Camps run March 14-18

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HSC March Break Programs are designed to provide a full-day, full-week program for girls and boys ages 3-10. Click here to download the registration form.

Full-day Program / Full-Week Session:
Fee: $225.00 – Includes one morning and one afternoon program per day.

Half-day Program / Full-Week Session:
Fee: $115.00 – Includes one morning OR one afternoon program per day.

March Break Creative Adventure Camp

Join the fun and experience new adventures! We’ll stimulate our minds and bodies through creative crafts, music, games, cooking and more.  Make a new friend or come with old ones and enjoy learning new things in a fun-filled environment of work and play!

Age Group: 3-4 years and 5-6 years (full-day or half-day option available)

March Break Outdoor Adventure Camp

Experience the outdoors with us in this exciting new outdoor camp. Enjoy the wonderful world around us through investigation, activities, crafts and games. Campers will participate in several activities, including scavenger hunts and games. Put on your best pair of boots and snow pants, and let’s explore!

Age Group: 7-9 years (full-day or half-day option available)

To register, call us at 905-389-1367 or contact Erica Otaguro, Director of Summer Programs, at erica.otaguro@hsc.on.ca. Please visit our website for more information.


College-wide Open House – April 6

Join us for our College-wide Open House on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. We will open up our campus from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to offer tours and answer any questions you may have about our community and educational offerings.

For more information, or to RSVP, please call 905-389-1367 or e-mail hscinquiry@hsc.on.ca.


March Break Office Hours

The College will be closed for March Break from Friday, March 11 to Monday, March 28.

The office will remain open over the break, with these modified hours in place:
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Our offices will be closed for Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Classes and regular office hours resume Tuesday, March 29, 2016.


Dinomania! SK Students Talk Dinos with Royal Tyrrell Museum

Students chat with Royal Tyrrell Museum

Students chat with Royal Tyrrell Museum

Our Senior Kindergarten students have been busy studying dinosaurs. The students thoroughly enjoyed travelling back in time to explore the Mesozoic Era. They delighted in opportunities to explore fossils, build dinosaurs and investigate teeth, claw and footprint size. Students discovered similarities and differences between carnivores and herbivores.

One highlight during the dinosaur unit was a special video conference held with the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta. The museum is the only one in Canada dedicated exclusively to the science of paleontology and houses one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs. Our budding paleontologists chatted with Megan from the museum and learned more about how fossils are created and how to identify different types of fossils.

Another highlight during the unit was the video our students created with the help of Ms. Rogers. Each student posed a question, used tools to answer their question and put it all together in an amazing video! Our Senior Kindergarten students were thrilled when they were given the opportunity to travel to the Senior School to film using the green screen. The students did a fantastic job sharing their research, and were excited to share their finished product.

To view the video, please click here. The password to watch is “livingroom”.


Montessori Lifelong Learning: Movement

Montessori lifelong learning through movement

Movement is an inherent part of the Montessori curriculum. Young children are drawn to the sensorial exploration of their environment. Movement allows them to engage in this discovery and interact with new learning opportunities. Movement in a Montessori class assists the child’s development of balance, coordination and repetition of actions. Children naturally respond to their need for movement as they establish both fine and gross motor coordination. Control of movement helps to centre a child and regulate their actions.

It is this mind and body connection that is a learning opportunity for the child as a conduit to build perceptions and impressions of their world. Fine motor movement is refined through a variety of exercises. Specific tasks develop the muscle coordination in the hand that later prepares a child to grip and use a pencil. Children learn through their hands, tracing a long red rod allows the child to understand the concept of length by touch while observing by sight. This process helps a child embrace a skill on a multi-sensory level.

Some exercises that include instructions, matching, or categorizing at a distance help to build a child’s working memory. The movement involved in selecting work, finishing a task, and returning the materials to a shelf is purposeful. It builds executive functioning skills, which are a child’s ability to find order and set priorities to build a task. Older children use movement as a way to socially collaborate with peers, engage in cooperative tasks, and seek order in their work.  Even the physical break of walking around a class can refocus a child’s energy when they return to concentrated work.

When visitors attend our classes, after they comment on the focused concentration of the students, they marvel at the manner in which the children move around the class and the confidence they exude in their selection and interactions with materials. This mindful movement is truly their pathway to knowledge and understanding.

To learn more about the benefits of a Montessori education please click here.


HSC’s 12th Annual Science Fair

On Saturday, January 30, our Grade 8 students, (and a few Grade 7 students) presented their Science Fair projects to approximately 45 teacher, parent and community judges.

With so many creative and original projects completed this year, it will be difficult to choose the top 16 projects to compete at BASEF from March 30 to April 2. The top three projects from our Science Fair are):

  • Paul Drakos, who created an innovation that harnessed energy from the temperature gradient created by water pipes in a home
  • Grace Kemper, who performed an experiment that looked at the factors affecting levels of radio frequency radiation from cell phones
  • Rishi Popuri, who built an innovation, and performed an experiment, that created a food storage container to prolong the shelf-life of produce

Never Forget: Senior School Students Attend Special Presentation

Special Holocaust presentation for HSC senior school

From L to R: Mr. Dennis Nash, Holocaust Educator; Mr. Jeremy Johnston, English Department Subject Coordinator; and Danna Horwood, HSC parent and film producer.

Our Grade 9 English and history students had the opportunity to watch a documentary and hear a presentation on the Holocaust. Danna Horwood (HSC parent) has produced a video documentary about her family’s experiences during The Holocaust that took place in Europe during the Second World War. The film was an excellent production, providing an overview of the major events of The Holocaust as well as specific and personal experiences of two people and their families during this dark time in human history; although the film addresses the horrors of The Holocaust from one family’s perspective, it does present a message of hope for all.

The film presentation was followed by a dynamic and engaging talk by Dennis Nash, a Holocaust educator, who presented a lesson about prejudice, discrimination and anti-semitism that occurred in Nazi-occupied and -influenced Europe. Both Danna and Dennis delivered their presentation five times over the two days they visited the school. Many of the students were deeply impacted by the presentations. We appreciate the time and energy our guests invested in our students’ education of one of the greatest crimes against humanity perpetrated during the 20th century.

Here are a few student remarks on the impactful presentations: 

“I thoroughly enjoyed the documentary presentation and the short lecture on the Holocaust. The documentary didn’t just tell me statistics and facts; it took me deeper into the story, talking about real life experiences of a couple, who were taken by the Nazis. It showed me the real-life horrors of two young adults, in their fight for survival. I felt connected to both of them, and I felt their pain and sadness when they had to think back and explain their memories. Of course, I could not know the actual pain that they went through, and how awfully they were treated, because I did not go through what they went through. I got to see how strong they were and I was impressed on how a person could have so much strength and courage to keep on going, with all the pain they suffered.”
– Bianca, Grade 9 Student

“There were many things that stood out to me when I was watching the presentations. I liked how the film focused on one family and how it affected them personally; since this was an HSC family as well, it also made me think that those students that were in that family could have not been here if their grandparents had not survived—that was one of the things that left me thinking. What I also liked about the second part of the presentation was how Mr. Nash used things like the classroom and other students to give us a bit of a feeling about what the holocaust was like. Lastly, I appreciated how he showed us pictures that were taken during and after the Holocaust, to help us see what was really happening.”
– Ben, Grade 9 Student

“I found the presentation very thought-provoking and I really enjoyed the video documentary. The video was very interesting; I enjoyed how descendants from the surviving family spoke during parts of the documentary, and I also liked the narration of the video with the pictures. It really gave me a good sense of what was happening without getting too graphic. When Mr. Nash also spoke during the second half of the presentation, I really liked how he related prejudice and discrimination to the present day and he gave us moments to really think about what he said. Also, I appreciated how he would describe what was happening and some stories when there were pictures, instead of just showing them.”
– Maja, Grade 9 Student


Beauty and the Beast Jr. – A Middle School Musical

Beauty and the Beast Jr.

“Love doesn’t have to be perfect… it just has to be true.”

The Middle School is proud to present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. from March 3 to 5 in the Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts. Tickets can be purchased in the Campus Store, or by calling 905-389-1367.

Dates: March 3-4 – 7:30 p.m.  |  March 5 – 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: Adult = $10, Students/Seniors = $8

All shows are expected to sell out, so get your tickets today! Please contact Jodi Blore in the Admissions Department to inquire about complimentary tickets.

For more information about how the dramatic arts play an important role in the HSC curriculum, please visit our website.


HSC Soccer Superstar Signs with FAU

Alyssa signs with FAU

As part of National Signing Day, Alyssa DeSantis ’16 signed her acceptance papers with Florida Atlantic University (FAU) on Wednesday, February 3. Alyssa accepted a full scholarship to the university, where she will study Urban Planning and play mid-field on FAU’s NCAA Division 1 Florida Atlantic Owls‘ women’s soccer team.

An accomplished athlete, Alyssa has won a national championship, two league titles and two Ontario Cups over the last five years. She was named the MVP of her team in 2012 and 2013 and took first place at the 2013 CASL Tournament. She is the only international recruit for FAU’s women’s soccer in 2016.

Alyssa was joined by family and friends at her official signing event, hosted by HSC in the Alumni Lounge. Congratulations, Alyssa, on this hard-earned and well-deserved accomplishment!

Learn more about our dynamic athletics programs here.


U13 Boys’ Basketball Team CAIS Champions

CAIS U13 national basketball champions

On January 28-30, 2016, our U13 boys’ basketball team travelled to Collingwood School in Vancouver, BC to compete among the top 16 teams in Canada for the CAIS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools) national championship title. HSC won the tournament on three previous occasions – 2002, 2006 and 2009 – and hoped to reclaim the national title.

On Thursday, we won all first round games: 53-4 v Ashbury (Ottawa), 52-22 v St. George’s B (Vancouver) and 41-10 v Holy Trinity (Richmond Hill). The team’s strong play continued on Friday as teams were realigned between championship and consolation pools: 49-30 v Selwyn (Montreal), and 43-10 v Southridge (Surrey).

In the final game of round-robin play, we lost to St. George’s School (Vancouver) with a triple overtime score of 34-33. Our results in pool play set-up a semi-final clash against Crescent School (Toronto), the defending national champion, on Saturday morning. Our boys were hungry for victory and beat Crescent 44-40 to set up a rematch against St. George’s School for the national championships.

An estimated 400 spectators watched the final game. St. George’s took an early lead and we were forced to play catch-up for much of the first quarter. Our coaching staff made tactical adjustments during the break to help the players close the gap and secure a two-point lead into half-time. In the second half St. George’s pressed hard for the lead, but we held strong under intense pressure. With a combination of swarming defensive and team-based offensive plays, we were able to avenge the earlier loss and take home the national title with a final score of 37-30.

This outstanding result is even more remarkable considering many team members also took home the U13 boys’ soccer national championship title a few months earlier. These exceptional student athletes achieved the rare feat of two national titles, in two different sports, in the same academic year. Congratulations to our Trojans and coaches!

Watch highlights from the tournament on our official YouTube channel.


HSC Congratulates 2015 YWCA Women of Distinction Nominees

Laurel Trainor

Laurel Trainor

Whitney Reinhart

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Joanne McCallum

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Sylvia Kajiura

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Alba Guarne

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On Thursday, March 10, 2016, the YWCA of Hamilton will celebrate its 40th year of recognizing the achievements of women in the Hamilton community.

The Women of Distinction Awards serve to acknowledge women who have made a commitment and significant difference in their communities through vision, creativity and initiative.

Amongst this year’s nominees are several women associated with HSC:

  • Dr. Allison Sekuler (Board of Governors, Current Parent) in the Business, Education and Mentorship category
  • Ms. Joanne McCallum (Parent of Alumni) in the Community Leadership and Lifetime Achievement categories
  • Dr. Alba Guarne (Current Parent) in the Science, Technology or Trades category
  • Dr. Laurel Trainor (Parent of Alumni) in the Science, Technology or Trades category
  • Mrs. Sylvia Kajiura (Parent of Alumni) in the Community Leadership and Lifetime Achievement categories
  • Ms. Whitney Reinhart ’12 (Alumna) in the Young Women of Distinction category

Please click here to learn about all of the nominees.


HSC Announces 2016 Patrons and Builders

Patrons-Builders

We are delighted to announce the names of the HSC community members selected for induction as Patrons and Builders of HSC at the upcoming Builders’ Dinner on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in Lawson Hall.

Awarded by the Board of Governors, Patron is the highest honour that HSC can bestow upon members of our community. Patrons are persons honoured for their extraordinary support of HSC, who act as trusted guardians of the College’s history, traditions and future directions. Patrons are nominated at the sole discretion of the Head of College and are appointed by the Board of Governors.

Recognition as a Builder honours loyal and hard-working constituents, who have made a sustained contribution to the College over time, and who have played major roles in the development of the College and its predecessors. All are individuals who have contributed in an outstanding manner to our success, by way of personal effort and/or financial support.

The following outstanding individuals will be recognized as Patrons of the College and new Builders of 2016:

PATRONS

  • Mr. Gary W. DeGroote ’74 (Alumnus, Former Parent and Former Governor, Former Chair of the Finance Committee, Corporation Life Member, Former Honorary Co-Chair of the Transformation HSC Campaign, inducted as HSC Builder 2006)
  • Mrs. Judith King-Siganski ’62 (Alumnus, Former Governor, Corporation Member, Former Alumni Association President, Former Trustee, Former Board Advisor, inducted as a Builder of HSC in 2010, Athletic Hall of Fame inductee 2011)

BUILDERS

  • Mr. Mark B. Hudson (Retired Faculty, Former Head of Senior School, Former Parent, Honorary non-voting member of the Corporation, inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame 2015)
  • Mrs. Eeva Kastikainen-Jones (Former Parent, Former member of the Parents’ Guild, longtime volunteer with Parents of Alumni, and volunteer with the Alumni, Staff, Parent Musical)
  • The Late Elizabeth Mills McKinney ’29 (Alumnus, Former Parent, Founding Member and first President of the Strathallan Old Girls’ Association, HSC’s oldest living alumnus at the time of her death in August 2015, Former Honorary non-voting Member of the HSC Corporation)

To reserve individual seats or a table, please click here or call 905-389-1367, ext. 153.


In Conversation with Lawrence Hill and Clara Hughes

Lawrence Hill and Clara Hughes

On Monday, March 7, join CBC Canada Reads team Lawrence Hill, author of The Illegal and Olympian Clara Hughes (author of Open Heart, Open Mind) in contributing to refugee resettlement in Hamilton.

At 7:30 p.m., Lawrence and Clara will engage in conversation in The Virtue-Fitzgerald Center for the Arts. As part of the evening’s events, Lawrence will read from The Illegal and Clara Hughes from her memoir Open Heart, Open Mind. Readings will be followed by an interview.

All proceeds from this special fundraiser will go to Longer Table Refugee Sponsorship and The Anglican Diocese of Niagara.

Clara—a six-time Olympic medalist and spokesperson for the Bell Let’s Talk initiative—is a Canada Reads 2016 panelist, and will defend Lawrence’s novel The Illegal in Canada’s most famous book battle at the end of March. Lawrence Hill is the internationally bestselling author of The Book of Negroes, which won CBC’s Canada Reads in 2009 and was adapted into a six-part miniseries for CBC-TV.

Hill and Hughes will be available to sign copies of their books, which will be on sale at the event. Both guests have waived their appreciable speaking fees in support of this fundraiser.

This event is supported by the CBC’s “Canada Reads” and is the only scheduled pre-“Canada Reads” author event.

Date: Monday, March 7

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Hillfield Strathallan College’s Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts

Cost: Tickets for the event are $35 for adults and $20 for students and seniors.
They are available (cash only) at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, My Dog Joe cafe, Hillfield Strathallan College, and Bryan Prince Bookseller.

Proceeds: All proceeds to “Longer Table Refugee Support” and the refugee resettlement work of the Anglican Diocese of Niagara. Hill and Hughes are waiving their typical speaking fee. Hillfield Strathallan is donating the use of its auditorium. HarperCollins and Canada Reads also pitched in to cover some design and printing costs.

Another way to donate: The event will feature a silent auction.

Book sale: Attendees will have an opportunity to purchase any of the Canada Reads finalist books, as well as Hughes’ memoir, Open Heart, Open Mind.

More information: info@longertable.org 

HSC Update – January 2016

College-wide Open House – February 3
Jellyfish by Layla & Sonia
Middle School: Literacy Committee Book Drive
Senior School Community Service with Good Shepherd
Montessori Values in Action
HSC 12th Annual Science Fair
The Addams Family: Student, Alumni and Parents’ Guild Musical
Our 1st Girls’ Basketball Team: Division 2 CAIS Champions!
HSC Alumni Mentorship Program


College-wide Open House – February 3

Open House February 3 2016

Join us for our College-wide Open House on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. We will be opening up our campus from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to offer tours and answer any questions you may have about our community and educational offerings. For more information, or to RSVP, please call 905-389-1367 or e-mail hscinquiry@hsc.on.ca.


Jellyfish by Layla & Sonia

Jellyfish Video

Two of our Junior School students have been studying jellyfish this month. Layla and Sonia (Grade 2) the HSC “mermaids” do a terrific job teaching us all about this unique sea creature in their amazing short video. Please click on the link below to learn about different types of jellyfish, where they live and how they move.

Watch the video at https://vimeo.com/150898213 and enter the password “livingroom” to access the page.

To learn more about our Junior School academics and facilities, please click here.


Middle School: Literacy Committee Book Drive 

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Many children in the Hamilton area do not have access to reading materials in their homes, and more than half of the individuals in inner city Hamilton face obstacles to literacy. We at HSC want to be part of the solution. For two weeks in January, our Middle School students organized and ran a book drive. We asked the HSC community to send in any new or gently used children’s books in a variety of genres: picture books, graphic novels and chapter books were all received with great enthusiasm and appreciation.

Our Literacy Committee will be taking these books to Adelaide Hoodless School and a collection of books will be given to each student to take home. Additionally, some of our Middle School students will be mentoring the Grade 2 classes at Adelaide Hoodless to encourage a love of reading and writing.

To learn more about how community service and leadership are intrinsic to our Middle School student experience, please click here.


Senior School Community Service with Good Shepherd

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Before the break, our Senior School students spent their morning in service at the Good Shepherd Venture Centre in Hamilton. Our Service Prefect Bianca organized the morning of service in our House colours. Below she gives us the scoop on this great initiative!

“One of my goals as Service Prefect is to offer students at HSC the opportunity to volunteer, rather than simply raise funds for a cause. At HSC, we are lucky to be able to fundraise often, but unfortunately not many students are able to actively experience the difference you can make in someone else’s life.

In order to help share this feeling with my peers, I organized the first ever ‘House Service’ initiative where students could volunteer in exchange for house points. Twenty-eight students volunteered their time for three hours at the Good Shepherd Venture Centre in downtown Hamilton. The event was extremely successful with overwhelmingly positive feedback from The Good Shepherd and the student volunteers.”

To learn more about how service and leadership shape our Senior School student experience, please click here.


Montessori Values in Action

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As we begin a new year, we reflect with our students on a year past and the hopes for the days to come. We discuss the tradition of making a new year’s resolution and the process of setting goals for the new academic term. Self-reflection and goal setting are important aspects of our Montessori curriculum and resonates with our program at this time of year.

To add to our conversation with the students, we added the presentation of our Montessori Promise Pin. The introduction of the pin is the culminating symbol of our reflective discussions on who we want to be as Montessori students at Hillfield Strathallan College. The students generated the promises and we have created a poem which best encapsulates their words. The beautiful tree pin is a symbol, which we hope to place on the students’ chapel sweaters as a reminder of their commitment to be a good person at home and school.

We hope these pins will travel with the students as they grow through the years and travel from the Montessori School, to the Middle School then to the Senior School. They will be able to wear them with pride on their blazers over the years as a consistent reminder of their special time and experiences with us in the Montessori School.

To learn more about the benefits of a Montessori education please click here.


HSC 12th Annual Science Fair

We are hosting our 12th Annual Science Fair on Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. in Lawson Hall. Grade 8 and 9 students have been working hard on their research projects and are looking forward to sharing their discoveries. All are welcome at the public viewing of the projects, taking place during the last half hour of the fair (11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.).

Whether as a spectator or a judge, this is an excellent opportunity to get a glimpse at our Middle and Senior School science programs.

Click to watch the 10th and 11th HSC Science Fair videos.

Learn more about our Senior School academics and Advanced Placement opportunities by visiting our website.


The Addams Family: Student, Alumni and Parents Guild Musical 

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They’re creepy and they’re kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They’re all together ooky,
The Addams Family!

Get ready for a screaming good time at this year’s Staff, Alumni and Parent production of The Addams Family. Tickets are on sale now and we hope you can join us for a wonderful and wacky evening of musical theatre!

Performances are Thursday, January 28 and Friday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, January 30 at 2:00 p.m.

For your pair of complimentary tickets, please contact our Admissions Assistant Jodi Blore by calling 905-389-1367, or e-mailing jodi.blore@hsc.on.ca.


Our 1st Girls’ Basketball Team: Division 2 CAIS Champions! 

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Our 1st Girls’ Basketball team travelled to St Catharines before the December break to take on teams from across Canada in the CAIS Invitational basketball tournament.  After settling in at the hotel, they woke ready to face The York School in pool play. Unfortunately, the team couldn’t get many shots to fall and lost the opener by two points.

Later that night they faced the home school and best team in our league, Ridley College. The Trojans played hard and made them work for the win, but ended the day with two losses. After a rejuvenating dinner at the Mandarin and a heartfelt team meeting with awards presented to each player by our captain Holly, the girls were ready for games on Saturday.

The team finished pool play Saturday morning, holding LCC to 0 points in the second half to win 51-17. This moved HSC on to play West Island College in the quarter-finals of Division 2 on Saturday afternoon. In another defensive battle, the team in purple and green defeated WIC 48-29, moving on to the semifinals. The team faced Appleby College in the semis on Sunday morning and won 47-27 to make it to the championship game.

The HSC Trojans faced LCC again in the championship match and was named Division 2 CAIS basketball champions!  The entire team played hard in all six games with everyone making great plays or defensive stops. Willow was selected by the conveners and coaches as part of the ALL-Star team of the tournament – only five girls from 15 teams were selected. The team chose Temi as our most improved player of the weekend. It a weekend we will never forget!

To learn more about our athletics opportunities and facilities, please click here.


HSC Alumni Mentorship Program 

A small group of our HSC alumni are working hard as the Mentorship Committee to establish and grow the HSC Alumni Mentorship Program. This program aims to increase the number of alumni coming back to the school to share their experience and knowledge with current students. Mentoring is a great way to give back to the College! Jeff Paikin ’80 describes this mutually beneficial experience: “The experience was enlightening for us as much as it was for the students. Seeing how their minds accepted and took on the creative challenges we presented to them was very fulfilling. We look forward to participating again in the future.”

Another opportunity now available is the Small Business Management course for our Grade 11 students. In this case Nick Timms, Senior School faculty member, is looking for mentors to take part in a number of ways, including being a “dragon” in his end of year HSC style “den”. For more information on the Small Business Course or Leadership Institute, please click here.

 

HSC Update – November & December 2015

College-wide Open House – December 2
Happy Holidays from our Family to Yours!
Senior School Presents Jesus Christ Superstar – December 3-5
Junior School Art & Soul Club
Montessori Values in Action
Diwali Celebrations in the Junior and Montessori Schools
Middle School Featured Artist: Laurel Catalano
The TOP Has Been Reached!
HSC Trojans Success


College-wide Open House – December 2

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Join us for our College-wide Open House on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. We will be opening up our campus from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to offer tours and answer any questions you may have about our community and educational offerings. For more information, or to RSVP, please call 905-389-1367 or e-mail hscinquiry@hsc.on.ca.


Happy Holidays from our Family to Yours!

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All of us at HSC would like to wish you, and your family, the very best of the season. Our students and faculty members will begin their December Break on Friday, December 18, 2015, but our Admissions Office will be open on Friday, December 18; Monday, December 21 and Tuesday, December 22, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Our normal business hours will resume on Monday, January 4, 2015.


Senior School Presents Jesus Christ Superstar – December 3-5

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The cast of Jesus Christ Superstar is hard at work preparing to bring this exciting production to the HSC community on December 3, 4 at 7:30 p.m. and December 5 at 2:00 p.m. This will be a version unlike any you’ve seen before, featuring protesters clashing with police and power-hungry executives suppressing freedom of speech.

We would like to offer prospective families complementary passes to one of the shows. If you are interested in attending one of the performances, please contact Jodi Blore at jodi.blore@hsc.on.ca.

To learn more about our performing arts program at Hillfield Strathallan College, please call 905-389-1367, ext. 160 or click here to visit our website.


Junior School Art & Soul Club

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The Junior School’s Art and Soul Club took advantage of the glorious spring-like weather in early November to take their art materials outside. They framed a glimpse of the garden area behind the Grade 2 classes and examined each and every blade of grass, leaf vein and pebble. Using just their powerful observation skills and a piece of vine charcoal, they created beautiful still life drawings while enjoying the peacefulness of being outside. The sound of the breeze and the occasional bird call were the only sounds they heard.


Montessori Values in Action

On November 11, the Ravens hosted a gathering with the M5 to M8 students to discuss Remembrance Day and the value of peace.  A small group of interested M9s initiated research and creative works about this theme. They researched the poppy and its symbolism, the history of In Flanders Fields and John McCrae who penned the poem.

They spoke to the story of Sadako and the importance of the paper cranes, which now hang gracefully as a reminder in our Montessori piazza. The students presented the audience with a variety of universal symbols of peace as well, explaining why they are important images for us to recognize.

A couple of M9s created an effective poem entitled, Remember the Day of The Fallen and read it for the group.

Remember the Day of the Fallen

Remember the day of the fallen
Warriors from the world were called
They were brave
And now they lay in their grave
The poppies help us remember the day of the fallen
All those people sacrificed their lives
Holding their knives
Guns fired
People tired
Doves fly
In the sky
Dr. McCrae is still known today
For writing a poem about this day
The trenches were deep
And that’s where they sleep
The larks fly
While people die
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month
Is the time where we remember the fallen
Peace on earth
Make a friend
The tanks roll
We burn some coal
To make a light
That guides the way to peace on earth
Remember the day of the fallen

The End
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Three of the younger students spoke to the children about our Montessori ‘Peace Table’ and how it works to empower the students to mediate their social conflicts independently and respectfully.

All of the Montessori elementary students participated in two beautiful musical performances. The M6 and M7 students sang a song entitled, Make a Difference, and the M8 and M9 students sang, In Flanders Field. The children performed with a tone of great seriousness and sincerity which moved their audience. It was a powerful and inspiring presentation for all.


Diwali Celebrations in the Junior and Montessori Schools

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As has become Junior School tradition, students and faculty gathered in the Alumni Family Lounge on November 10, 2015 to hear Mr. Puri retell the story of Diwali for the students. Everyone was invited to decorate a clay diya with glitter glue and acrylic paint in their classrooms. Mrs. Puri (Mr. Puri’s mom) came in to paint SK and Grade 4 hands with “Mendhi” (henna) as part of the celebrations. She also brought some delicious homemade snacks to share with all the students.

In the Montessori School, Ms. Hourigan spoke to the students about the Festival of Lights.

It was a day filled with light and goodness that will not be soon forgotten! May we all live our lives like the festival of Diwali: happy, healthy and wealthy. A very Happy Diwali!


Middle School Featured Artist: Laurel Catalano

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Laurel is a Grade 6 student in the Middle School and an avid artist both inside and outside of school. She has been working very hard this year on improving her painting skills. She creates art because it makes her happy and she finds she is easily inspired by the world around her to recreate beauty in her work. She practices her skills a few times a week and is always ready to start the next project. Her favourite type of art is sketching. Her favourite piece so far is entitled Turquoise Cat and she considers it her first true masterpiece. It was done using acrylic paints.

The artist described her process:

“When I start a new painting I think about what I have seen so far and then build on that to create my own painting inspired by that.”

She also feels that she has worked hard to create as many different pieces of her own as possible. It is certainly clear that Laurel is a gifted painter and a very dedicated artist who will continue to impress the world with her wonderful work.


The TOP Has Been Reached!

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On November 2, 2015 HSC hosted the first Senior School Reach for the Top tournament of the season. We competed against teams from Westmount, McKinnon Park, Orchard Park, Saltfleet, St. Jean de Brebeuf, and Westdale. Our two HSC teams won first and second place with a considerable point margin. Below are the top four standings from this first tournament:

  1. HSC Team A (6-0 and 2,190 points)
  2. HSC Team B (5-1 and 1,850 points)
  3. Westmount (4-2 and 1,770 points)
  4. Westdale (4-2 and 1,270 points)

HSC Trojans Success

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U15 Girls’ Soccer

In only our second year of playing in the U15 girls’ soccer league, we have taken home the GOLD and are the 2015 CISAA Champions!

Our true character came out in the final championship game when we were down 2-0 – a position we had not been in before. Our team came out in the second half with a new-found confidence and won the game 4-2 through teamwork and communication.

Senior Boys’ Volleyball

Our senior boys’ volleyball team was undefeated this season and won the CISAA Championship in three sets on November 6, 2015 against The York School.

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Want to learn more about athletics at HSC? Visit our website, or follow us on Twitter.

HSC Update – October 2015

College-wide Open House – November 4
Apply for HSC Scholarships Before November 20
Innovations at HSC – Supporting the Daily Experience of Students and Parents
Thanksgiving Food Drive Success
Scanning for Success
U13 Boys’ Soccer Team Named CAIS National Soccer Champions
Grade 1 Trip to Frootogo Orchard
How Montessori Education Builds Lifelong Learning


College-wide Open House – November 4

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Join us for our College-wide Open House on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. We will be opening up our campus from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to offer tours and answer any questions you may have about our community and educational offerings. For more information, or to RSVP, please call 905-389-1367 or e-mail hscinquiry@hsc.on.ca.


Apply for HSC Scholarships Before November 20

November Newsletter Scholarship Ad

We offer a number of academic, arts, athletics and leadership based scholarships to students entering our Senior School. The purpose of the scholarship program is to celebrate student excellence as students embark on their educational journey in our Senior School.

Senior School Scholarships

  • Students entering Grade 9
  • One-time award valued from $1,000 – $10,000

Alumni Association Leadership Awards

  • Awarded to two students (one male, one female) entering Grade 9
  • Recognize leadership achievements
  • One-time award valued at $10,000

Alumni Association Legacy Honoraria

  • Student entering Grade 9
  • Child or grandchild of alumnus to celebrate the family’s legacy at the College
  • One-time award valued at $500

Grade 9 students who have an application on file, or who are planning on submitting an application, and have submitted a complete Scholarship Application by Friday, November 20, 2015 are invited to write our scholarship tests on Saturday, November 28, 2015. Learn more about our opportunities by clicking here, calling Sheila Skinner at 905-389-1367, ext. 160, or e-mailing hscinquiry@hsc.on.ca.


Innovations at HSC – Supporting the Daily Experience of Students and Parents

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could connect with your child’s daily experience at HSC from anywhere, any time? We know there are certain communications that should happen face-to-face and we value those as part of our focus on nurturing relationships and providing a culture of care. We know as well, that there are other communications that can be completed more effectively online; simple inquiries, such as, what class does my son/daughter have at 11:00 a.m., when is the geography assignment due or what is the course outline?

HSC has invested in a new learning management system ( LMS) called WhippleHill to enhance communications among teachers, parents and students. When the system is fully implemented in 2016-17, it will allow current families to connect with the school in a myriad of ways within a secure portal.

We have learned from other projects incorporating new technologies (e.g. BYOD, Pic-a-Time for interviews, online report cards, etc.) that it is best to phase the implementation over a couple of years to ensure user knowledge and comfort and to have confidence in the reliability of the system. The phased approach supports training needs, content development and system testing prior to full scale launch.

We will operate a pilot study for phase one implementation of the new LMS in 2015-16 with a defined faculty committee, specific grades and classes of students and specific parents. We will start small to test out the system and gather ideas to make important decisions for improving the user experience. In year two, we will expand to full scale use for all students, parents and teachers based on the results of the pilot project.

We will provide on-going communications about this initiative for the general College community, as well as for the specific parents who will use the system directly within phase one. While the learning in this pilot will present some challenges and may not always seem joyful, it will definitely be purposeful. We are excited about the prospects for improving connections with you.


Thanksgiving Food Drive Success

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During our annual Thanksgiving food drive we collected 2,770 pounds of food for Neighbour 2 Neighbour Centre. We topped last year’s collection by more than 400lbs! Our donations were able to feed over 1,200 families this Thanksgiving.


Scanning for Success: HSC Student Develops New Barcode System for the Senior School

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HSC student Kevin Boenisch has worked with Mrs. Faggion, Vice Principal Student Life, to develop a new system to simplify the experience at events such as alternate dress days, dances, coffee houses, and more. Kevin has developed a barcoded system to quickly and efficiently identify students who have purchased tickets, donated food or paid for grub. This will make it faster and easier for students, replacing the need to keep paper tickets on them.

Every student received their barcoded IDs a couple of weeks ago; the barcode will also appear on their student ID cards.

Students received:

  • A barcoded keychain tag that students can attach to their keychain, backpack, etc.
  • Barcoded stickers to stick to their phone case, wallet, or anything they conveniently carry with them (Note: the stickers are removable so students don’t need to worry about damaging the item).

This new innovative system will allow students to have their names quickly registered at events like dances and alternative dress days.

Thanks to Kevin and Mrs. Faggion for creating this new system!


U13 Boys’ Soccer Team Named CAIS National Soccer Champions

2015 CAIS U13 Soccer Champs

It’s official! Undefeated in eight games, HSC has won the 2015 CAIS National U-13 Boys’ Soccer Championship!

It has been an incredible week at HSC as we played host to this prestigious national tournament. More than 200 athletes from 16 independent school teams took over our campus for an exciting event that promotes leadership, teamwork, comradery, and friendly competition.

HSC defeated Upper Canada College (UCC) 3-1 to win the coveted title of CAIS National champions during the championship final on Saturday, October 17.

Visit hsc.on.ca/caisu13soccer for tournament details.

You can also view coverage of the tournament on CHCH News at by clicking HERE.

Learn more about our athletic program by clicking HERE.


Grade 1 Trip to Frootogo Orchard

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Our Grade 1 classes visited Frootogo Farm as part of the Earth to Table unit of study. Students participated in a variety of fun activities on a beautiful and sunny afternoon. We were very lucky to have many parents join us for the trip. Students learned about the proper technique for picking apples, and about the different varieties of apples grown in our local region.


How Montessori Education Builds Lifelong Learning

In traditional education the emphasis has always been on group learning in the early years with a shift to individual academic pursuits as the student ages. That approach however is counterintuitive to the way children learn and develop their social skills. Their early years are actually the times children need to build their sense of self and individuality before they share that personality with others. Dr. Montessori designed her curriculum to follow those natural tendencies of a child with preparation for independence first and prospects to share and collaborate as they grow. A key to that collaboration is the multi-age grouping that begins in our 3-6 year old CASA classes. Opportunities to peer mentor, work in productive partnerships and setting and benefitting from role modelling are an essential part of the Montessori community. All work is respected as is the contribution a classmate may make to the work dynamic.

Once the child is in the Elementary years, the role of social learning takes on even more significance. Lessons are designed for small group and partnership settings and the students learn not only about the subject at hand, but also how to brainstorm collectively, contribute ideas and learn to respect the views of others. These cooperative learning experiences build a child’s confidence in asserting their opinions, listening skills and negotiation abilities. This cyclical process actually makes them stronger individuals and therefore more valuable additions to any group dynamic. These qualities serve our students well as they engage in collaborative experiences on the sports field or theatrical stage, in higher education or, eventually, in the workplace.

Learn more about our Montessori program by clicking here.

HSC Update – September 2015

College-wide Open House – October 7
Kindermusik Class & Early Education Open House – October 23
Scholarships at HSC
HSC Welcome 2015-16 College Prefects
2015 Alumni of Distinction and Hall of Excellence Induction
Proud Supporters of the 7th Annual Telling Tales Festival
Special Performance by the Kenyan Boys Choir
Montessori Values in Action
Junior School Character Education
HSC on Social Media


College-wide Open House – October 7

October Open House

We will be hosting our first College-wide Open House of the 2015-16 academic year on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. We are opening up our campus from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to offer tours and answer any questions you may have about our community and educational offerings. For more information, or to RSVP, please call 905-389-1367 or e-mail hscinquiry@hsc.on.ca.


Kindermusik Class & Early Education Open House – October 23

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Bring your little ones and join us on Friday, October 23 for a complimentary Kindermusik class from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Kindermusik is an established community of educators who are passionate about bringing the power of music to children and their families around the world. Since 1978, the research-based music and movement curricula have enhanced the lives of millions through the universal language of music. Click here to learn more!

Our admissions team will also be on hand to provide tours of our Early Education Junior and Montessori Schools after the class. To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Sheriann Heath-Johnston at 905-389-1367, ext. 106, or heathsh@hsc.on.ca.


Scholarships at HSC

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We offer a number of academic, arts, athletics and leadership based scholarships to students entering our Senior School. The purpose of the scholarship program is to celebrate student excellence as students embark on their educational journey in our Senior School.

Senior School Scholarships

  • Students entering Grade 9
  • One-time award valued from $1,000 – $10,000

Alumni Association Leadership Awards

  • Awarded to two students (one male, one female) entering Grade 9
  • Recognize leadership achievements
  • One-time award valued at $10,000

Alumni Association Legacy Honoraria

  • Student entering Grade 9
  • Child or grandchild of alumnus to celebrate the family’s legacy at the College
  • One-time award valued at $500

Grade 9 students who have an application on file, or who are planning on submitting an application, and have submitted a complete Scholarship Application by Friday, November 21, 2015 are invited to write our scholarship tests on Saturday, November 28, 2015. Learn more about our opportunities by clicking here, calling Sheila Skinner at 905-389-1367, ext. 160, or e-mailing hscinquiry@hsc.on.ca.


HSC Welcome 2015-16 College Prefects

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Celebrating leadership and community service is a time-honoured tradition at HSC. In recognition of the important role these values play in our community, we officially welcomed our 2015-16 Prefect team on Friday, September 18, 2015.

HSC students gathered in the Page Gym for the College’s annual Prefect Installation Chapel Service and watched as 12 Senior Students received their Prefect pins and ties. HSC Prefects spend the academic year connecting with and supporting their peers. They work to build community and to uphold College traditions. This year’s team is organized to allow for individual Prefects to pursue duties specific to their passions, talents and skills.

Congratulations to our College Prefects for the 2015-16 school year: 

• Joshua Rudolph – (Head Boy) Academic Prefect
• Jennifer Armstrong – (Head Girl) Montessori School Prefect
• Bianca Beraldo – Service Prefect
• Daniela D’Ambrosi – Junior School Prefect
• Holly Hamilton – Female Athletic Prefect
• Laura Kain – Wellness Prefect
• Gabrielle Lamy – Media and Public Relations Prefect
• Zoe McMillan – Arts Prefect
• Tate Ruse – Male Athletic Prefect
• Matthew Tutty – Middle School Prefect
• Rachel Webber – Spirit Prefect
• Mitchell White – Chapel Prefect


2015 Alumni of Distinction and Hall of Excellence Induction

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Hillfield Strathallan College and the HSC Alumni Association are pleased to celebrate the recipient of the 2015 HSC Award of Distinction winner, Mr. Robb Webb ’74. The goal of this award program is to celebrate the success of Alumni from Hillfield Strathallan College, while engaging our next generation of leaders. Robb was an honoured guest at the annual Prefect Installation Chapel Service, and received his award at a special ceremony in The Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts.

The College is also pleased to announce that Patrick Bermingham ’78, Elise Montano ’04 and Jillian Morison ’81 were inducted into the Hall of Excellence during this ceremony. By honouring this distinguished group of alumni, we continue a tradition of inspiring others through the legacy of alumni who have come before them.


Proud Supporters of the 7th Annual Telling Tales Festival

Top Left: HSC Students Myles and Kerrington; Top Right: Myles with his Gran Mary Nelson, both Telling Tales volunteers; Bottom: Transportation Manager Sheila Land directing the HSC bus fleet.

Top Left: HSC Students Myles and Kerrington; Top Right: Myles with his Gran Mary Nelson, both Telling Tales volunteers; Bottom: Transportation Manager Sheila Land directing the HSC bus fleet.

Thank you to everyone who visited our tent at the 7th Annual Telling Tales Festival on September 20, 2015. Over 7,000 children and their families attended the festival that brought together over 25 of the best children’s authors, illustrators, storytellers and musicians.

Were are proud supporters of this free celebration of storytelling that promotes literacy and inspires a love of reading.

If you have any follow up questions after our initial conversation at the festival, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 905-389-1367, or e-mailing hscinquiry@hsc.on.ca.


Special Performance by the Kenyan Boys Choir


On Monday, September 14, Middle School students were treated to a very special performance by the Kenyan Boys Choir. The group has toured the world and performed to sold out stadiums in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Over the years, they have  shared the stage with a long list of international artists such as; Nelly Furtado, Joe Jonas, Kardinal Offishal, JRDN, Karl Wolf, Demi Lovato, Ellie Goulding, The Tenors and Tony Bennet.

Their Hamilton stop was part of a three month tour of North America that is sponsored by their long time partner Free The Children. The choir is comprised of talented young men from different Kenyan high schools, colleges and universities. It was the only choir to perform during President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. Watch a short video from their performance at HSC above!


Montessori Values in Action

On Wednesday, September 16 the lower elementary Montessori classes gathered as a community to discuss our new values tree.  This beautiful addition to our elementary piazza expresses the fundamental values we embrace as a College. Throughout the academic year, we take time to discuss and present a selection of values to each other using a variety of methods including plays, songs, and visual presentations. Currently the children are thinking about the values they believe are important to follow at school and at home.  As we share our journey with you through the “Values in Action” area of our newsletter, we encourage our families to discuss these qualities and how you see them in action at home.  We will gather together in a couple of weeks and create a collection of “promises” that we will make to each other and the school.  We look forward to sharing our results with you soon.


Junior School Character Education

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The goal of the Junior School’s new character education program is to develop students who can set and achieve meaningful goals, connect with others, and enjoy success in school and beyond. Through consensus, we have identified our core values: respect, effort (perseverance and growth mindset), attitude (passion, positivity, and gratitude), self-control, and honesty. These values will become part of the Junior School philosophy, goals, and discourse and will be reinforced through regular assemblies, a hallway character board, and a poster campaign. Teachers will model traits and teach them explicitly using an integrated, challenging curriculum. We will increase our focus on experiential learning as a means to develop character by incorporating new models of service learning and by adding depth to our current peer mediation program. Resources including picture books, lesson plans, and reasoning games will be available to teachers so that character lessons can be integrated in ways that are age and stage appropriate.


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