HSC Update, September 2014



College-wide Open House – November 5
A New School Year is Upon Us!
Our Team
Marc Ayotte on CHML
“Are You Ready?” Video
Prefect Installation
Hall of Excellence Award
Junior School Student Poetry Success
HSC E-Week
How My Idea for a Science Fair Project Ended up in a Harvard Publication
Crescendo Concert – Jane Bunnett – Friday, October 24, 2014
Connect with HSC!

College-wide Open House – November 5

November Open House - Tate

We will be hosting a College-wide Open House on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. 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.

A New School Year is Upon Us!


A new school year is here! Our hallways and classrooms are full and our campus feels complete once again!  We hope that September, and the start of fall, has been just as fulfilling for you and your family.

We have recently launched our new online inquiry and online application sections of our website. To learn more about our educational offerings or to book a tour, please click here to fill our our online inquiry form, and a representative from our Admissions team will be in touch with you.  To apply to our College, please click here to start our online application process.  For more general information about our College, please click here.

We also have a number of College-wide Open Houses scheduled throughout the year. We invite you, your family, and your friends to tour our campus and learn about our programs on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, October 1, 2014
  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014
  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014
  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015
  • Wednesday, May 6, 2015

All open house times are from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Our Team

Our Admissions Team looks forward to answering any questions you may have about our programs or our College.  For general inquiries about HSC, we welcome your call at 905-389-1367, or your e-mails via hscinquiries@hsc.on.ca.

Specific team members can be reached via their information below.


Scott Barton, Director of Admissions and Marketing
Ext. 137  |  scott.barton@hsc.on.ca


Sheriann Heath-Johnston, Admissions and International Recruitment Manager
Ext. 106  |  sheriann.heath-johnston@hsc.on.ca


Martin Birthelmer, Interim Admissions and International Recruitment Manager
Ext. 106  |  martin.birthelmer@hsc.on.ca


Sheila Skinner, Admissions Officer
Ext. 160  |  sheila.skinner@hsc.on.ca


Kristina Marchese, Receptionist & Admissions Assistant
Ext. 100  |  kristina.marchese@hsc.on.ca

Jodi Blore, Admissions Assistant
Ext. 191  |  jodi.blore@hsc.on.ca

Marc Ayotte on CHML

On Tuesday, September 16 Head of College Marc Ayotte, was Bill Kelly’s latest guest in his “Putting Hamilton to Work” feature for CHML.

“One of the big strategies in our new strategic plan is creating the entrepreneurial spirit in our students,” Marc Ayotte told Bill Kelly. “That doesn’t mean just creating business people. It just means the resiliency, the risk-taking, the overcoming adversity, the creativity, the passion, and really fostering that in all of our kids.”

You can listen to his great interview with Bill Kelly here:

“Are You Ready?” Video

The reviews are in, and our first day back at school was a blockbuster affair! Audiences agree that Mr. Ayotte gave a captivating performance in “HSC 2014 Welcome Back.” With five star ratings across the board, our Head of College’s acting skills were a closely guarded secret!  If you haven’t had an opportunity to view the video, here’s your chance!

Prefect Installation


Friday, September 12 was a day to honour leadership and community service at HSC, as the College not only officially welcomed our 2014 Prefect team, but also inducted three incredible individuals into our Alumni Hall of Excellence.

HSC students first 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. In his address to the Prefects, Head of College Marc Ayotte spoke to the more elusive qualities of successful leaders – the ability to be vulnerable and ask others for help, and a willingness to step out of one’s comfort zone and embrace challenges and fears.

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 2014-15 Head Boy, Head Girl and Prefects:
Benjamin Kornya: Head Boy, Middle School Prefect
Olivia Arski: Head Girl, Academic Prefect
Joshua Altmann: Junior School Prefect
Naman Arora: Service Prefect
Nicole Arski: Chapel Prefect
Diandra Cocco: Spirit Prefect
Laura Falco: Arts Prefect
Jessica Kain: Wellness Prefect
Keiko Marshall: Montessori Prefect
Michael Neibert: Male Athletic Prefect
Benjamin Rudolph: Media and Public Relations Prefect
Anastasia Tolfa: Female Athletic Prefect

Please click here to view the photo gallery.

Hall of Excellence Award


The Grade 11 and 12 students joined alumni, faculty and staff guests in the Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts to welcome the newest inductees into the HSC Alumni Hall of Excellence: John F. Evans ’55, Shirley Thomas-Weir ’83 and Christopher Thornborrow ’02.

Hall of Excellence inductees are all exceptional individuals who embody and promote the ideals of Hillfield Strathallan College. All inductees are proven community leaders who embrace diversity and demonstrate compassion. They are global citizens who strive for excellence in everything they do and they honour tradition while celebrating innovation. Each individual’s story of personal excellence is a story that captivates and inspires those who walk the Hallway of Excellence.

Please click on the video below to watch a video message from Christopher Thornborrow ’02 to HSC’s current Grade 11 and 12 students.


Junior School Student Poetry Success

We are proud to announce that one of our Grade 3 students, Priya Popuri, will be featured in the book My Escape: A New Collection of Short Stories and Poems by Young Canadians. Please enjoy Priya’s poem below.

Summer Time

The sky is sunny
I like my eggs runny

The sky is blue
My homework is not due

I am always outside
My mom needs more Tide

In the park I ride my scooter
My brother comes along because he has no tutor

In the day I hang from the monkey bars
And at night I try to see Mars

Summer time is my favourite season
No hats or coats is one reason

E-Week at HSC


We pride ourselves on offering diverse programs to our students. Such programs enable our students to make educated choices, become self-confident and self-assured, embrace goal setting and develop values which will improve their lives and the lives of those in their communities. Outdoor Education and Experiential Education have been well recognized as one of the key tools in the development of a student’s holistic formation. Our students participate in an excursion week (E-Week) every September to make new friends, develop leadership skills, and engage with their curriculum in a meaningful and exciting manner. Please click here to read more about Outdoor Education at our College, and please continue reading to learn about the Middle School’s experience at E-Week 2014.

“The past week was a tremendous opportunity for fun and learning. From the Grade 5s standing in the awe of beautiful waterfalls and challenging themselves by roughing it overnight at Valens Conservation, they truly embraced the atmosphere and formed from individuals into a solid group of friends. The Grade 6s dove deep into Ontario’s diverse ecology, studying the flora and fauna at the RBG, and taking their knowledge to Camp Ki-Wa-Y; applying it to the Earthkeepers program improving their overall appreciation for sustainable earth friendly activities.

Our Grade 7s had the unique experience of visiting Camp Timberlane for the first time. The students enjoyed a myriad of activities with Alive Outdoors, with new friendships created and old ones solidified. I am sure the students would agree that the delicious meals and the incredible water front were two of the greatest surprises.

Camp Wenonah again hosted the Grade 8 students and as has always been the case, provided the perfect venue for the group to challenge and grow as individuals. Taking on the high ropes tower, canoeing across the lake and creating art projects where among the flurry of activities, but time for quiet reflection in nature through journaling was also greatly appreciated.” – Jeff Burrows, Director of Outdoor Education

How My Idea for a Science Fair Project Ended up in a Harvard Publication

My name is Ruihan Wei and I am a Grade 10 student. This is my second year at HSC and I am glad to share my experience of publishing my first scientific article: “On the Relationship Between Viscosity and Surface Tension”. It was featured in the Journal of Emerging Investigators, published by Harvard University. I began my project as a preparation for the Grade 9 HSC Science Fair under the supervision of my teacher, Dr. De Lazzari. Before the science fair, I read about the nature of fluids in a scientific book. Both features appeared in the text, and through coincidental association I realized that they have something in common. They both “stick”. When I was given the task to come up with a scientific project, they emerged into my mind again. At first it seemed obvious that there was a positive correlation between the two phenomena. However, after some simple research, I found little information on their relationship. The question then became interesting and worthy of investigation.

To my surprise, my first set of results did not show an evident relationship between the two features of water. Instead, they seemed not to be interfering with each other at all. To confirm the results, I did the same experiment with different materials and the data proved the same. I eventually accepted the results and attended the science fair. Most of the judges were surprised by my data too. Just like me, they took their understanding of the two phenomena for granted. I was selected by the science teachers to represent HSC at the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF) where the judges were also interested in my results. Most agreed with my explanation of the matter, while others suggested improvements. In general, they believed that the experiment was worth doing and the results had some significance.

I received three awards at BASEF: Excellence in Science and Technology Award, Mohawk College and Sheridan College Tuition Award, and a Silver Merit Award, helping HSC receive the Herb Gildea Award, presented to the secondary school with best performance at the Fair.

After the science fair experience, I realized that if my project was published, it might be able to save others some time dealing with fluids since almost no articles were written purely on the relationship between viscosity and surface tension. It could also emphasize the fact that what is taken for granted might not always be the case. I enjoyed this experience and the opportunity, and encourage other students interested in science to keep working on their projects.

– Ruihan Wei, Grade 10 Student

Crescendo Concert – Jane Bunnett – Friday, October 24, 2014


We are excited to welcome Jane Bunnett as our first Crescendo Concert Series artist of the 2014-15 season.  The multiple Juno Award winner will grace the Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts stage on Friday October 24, 2014.

Jane Bunnett has turned her bands into showcases for the finest talent from Canada, the U.S.and Cuba. She has been nominated for Grammy Awards, numerous Juno Awards, and most recently, was honoured with an appointment to the Order of Canada. An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous jazz festivals, displaying her versatility as a flutist, saxophone player and pianist. As an educator, spokesperson and social activist, she remains unafraid to explore uncharted territory in her quest for excellence!

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 905-389-1367, ext. 112 or from the box office on the night of the show.

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