Hillfield Strathallan College Agent Access News June 2018

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HSC’s John Hannah achieves ‘green greatness’ with The Dr. Victor Cecilioni Award for the Environmentalist of the Year
Craig Kielburger joins HSC to celebrate student activism
Highlights from the Senior School Japan trip
Montessori’s Caravan focuses on the topic of connections.
Hillfield Strathallan College Teacher Development
Congratulations to our HSC graduates in the Junior, Montessori, Middle and our Senior School!
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HSC’s John Hannah achieves ‘green greatness’ with The Dr. Victor Cecilioni Award for the Environmentalist of the Year

John Hannah, a science teacher at Hillfield Strathallan College and a long-time local volunteer was celebrated for his contributions in the realm of environmental education, volunteerism and activism.

As the co-founder of The Green Tour Planet Company, Hamilton’s first local eco-tourism company which encouraged the recognition of Hamilton’s unique environmental features, he has highlighted the importance of the city’s natural areas and waterfalls.

Mr. Hannah has cultivated a unique program that encourages students to explore the natural world while improving their academic performance and wellness. Through student clubs, faculty committees and his teaching, the advancement of a biodiversity-centred curriculum has become an important aspect of college life.

 


Craig Kielburger joins HSC to celebrate student activism

Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free the Children, Me to We and We Day attended the Middle School Awards Ceremony to celebrate the hard work of our students.  Alex Losani, a Grade 8 student, presented Kielburger with a cheque for $6,500 which he raised through hosting a tennis tournament, bringing his total amount of funds raised to $30,000 in less than a year, and this summer, Alex plans to travel to Africa to build a third school in Rongena, Kenya.

After reading an article on child labour, Kielburger began to put his vision into action through the education of social justice, focusing his energy on educating the leaders of tomorrow ­—children.

Our Senior School’s Me to We committee will be traveling to Kenya next month to take part in a Me to We volunteer trip. The students will be spending two weeks in the Maasai Mara exploring the savanna, participating in a water walk and visiting local schools. The highlight of this year’s trip is visiting the Me to We hospital which as greatly impacted the surrounding communities.

For more than 10 years, Hillfield Strathallan College has worked with the Me to We foundation to raise funds, educate and inspire global thinking. We thank Craig Kielburger for sharing in our celebration of the exceptional activism of our students.


Highlights from the Senior School Japan trip

On Saturday June 23, 12 students accompanied by Mr. Wilson and Ms. Uchida began their 10-day trip around the nation of Japan. The trip offered students unique experiences in such cities as Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo.

The students experienced historical landmarks like the Golden Temple, Gion neighbourhood, the Osaka Castle, as well as technological innovations like the
Shinkansen train.

One of the major highlights of the trip included a visit to the Osaka University. The students were able to tour the campus and attend an information session about the university’s Canadian exchange program.

The trip successfully encompassed the exciting atmosphere of Japanese culture and allowed the students to gain a greater appreciation of global citizenship.


Montessori’s Caravan focuses on the topic of connections.

The 39th Caravan was in full swing on Friday June 15, as student, faculty and parents celebrated the theme of connections. Students presented their personal research projects on diverse topics such as architecture from around the world, the lifecycle of geckos and family heritage. The day began with a performance by the students which showcased music, culture, and the environment. Following the performance, parents were invited to enjoy the research projects.


Hillfield Strathallan College Teacher development

Earlier this month the Senior School Academic Vice Principal, William Peat, presented his PhD thesis at Harvard University on the topic of social mobility through education.  His research on the subject highlighted many aspects of his personal journey through the educational system and the unique intricacies of private schools similar to HSC.

William Peat, an advocate for teacher development, believes that the faculty of Hillfield Strathallan College has ample opportunity to become students once again. Many teachers have enhanced their educational expertise through Master degrees in unique streams of study or personal development seminars like the Project Based Learning through collaboration with the Buck Institute for Education.


Congratulations to our HSC graduates in the Junior, Montessori, Middle and our Senior School!

Each year, we as a college have the unique opportunity to not only celebrate our graduating class and their future endeavors in post-secondary education, but we also get the chance to celebrate the many transitions throughout our students’ educational journey.

On June 20, the Junior and Montessori Grade 4/ M9 celebrated their graduation into Middle School while our Grade 8 grads took their first step into Senior School that evening.

We are very excited for our Senior School graduates who will be attending the top Universities in Canada and the United States. HSC grads will be heading to Queens University, University of Toronto, McMaster University, McGill, University, The University of Western Ontario and the New school of Design in New York City.

Congratulations class of 2018!


 

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