Hillfield Strathallan College – Agent Access February 2016

International Admissions

International Admissions Update from Sheriann Heath-Johnston, HSC Global Recruitment and Admissions Manager


Hello everyone, I hope you enjoy the latest addition of the HSC Agent Access Newsletter.

With thanks to our many wonderful education partners, we have seen unprecedented interest in HSC this year. In fact, our 2016-2017 Global Program is just about to close!

Recruitment for the 2017-2018 school year will open again on June 1, 2016.  We have produced a short summary of our planned travel and key enrolment dates below, and encourage you to visit our new International Admissions Pages at www.hsc.on.ca.

Please drop me a line at heathsh@hsc.on.ca with any advertising or marketing opportunities with your organization for the 2017-2018 school year, or to request any additional brochures.

2016 International Travel Schedule

February 3-8, 2016: Mexico City
November 9-14, 2016: Hong Kong
November 15-18, 2016: Beijing
November 19-22, 2016: Shanghai

Important Application and Enrolment Decision Dates:

June 1, 2016: Fees for 2017-2018 are announced and applications will open
December 15, 2016: First round offers are sent
January 25, 2017: Second round offers are sent
February 25, 2017: Any re-enrolment openings are filled from wait lists


They did it! Successful Applicants to David Tutty Joy and Innovation Fund Announced

Well, they did it! Our students and staff put forward amazing proposals full of joyful and innovative ideas to enhance the educational environment at HSC. We’re thrilled to announce the first nine projects to be brought to life through The David Tutty Joy and Innovation Fund!

Read the Impact Report here.

The next round of submissions will be accepted until April 22, 2016. Visit our website to learn more. These projects would not be possible without the generous support from the community of this special fund. Thank you to all those who contributed – you made all this possible!

If you would like to support The David Tutty Joy and Innovation Fund to help bring these ideas and more to life, please click here. 

World Issues Conference (WIC) 2016


On January 15, HSC hosted our annual World Issues Conference. This conference brings together schools from all across the GTA to educate students about the issues affecting their world. In total over 230 Grade 8 students participated and investigated the world’s problems and opportunities. This was a chance for the HSC Grade 8s to be leaders, meet new people and learn about issues outside of Canada through original documentaries, simulations, debates and hands-on activities. We had a live performance from slam artist and musician Wali Shah, who moved us all with his powerful poems. We also got to enjoy a display of conceptual art in the Alumni Lounge and a Slam Poetry Contest with students bringing to light issues they are passionate about and wanted to share.

Thanks to the hard work of the WIC committee, the teachers and Grade 11s, the day was an incredible success.

If you want see photos or learn more about WIC, click here.

HSC Congratulates 2016 YWCA Women of Distinction Nominees

Laurel Trainor
Laurel Trainor
Whitney Reinhart
Whitney Reinhart
Joanne McCallum
Joanne McCallum
Sylvia Kajiura
Sylvia Kajiura
Alba Guarne
Alba Guarne
Allison Sekuler
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Congratulations to the 2016 YWCA Women of Distinction Nominees 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 Alum, Current Parent Displays work at the Louvre


HSC congratulates HSC alum and current parent Sarah Garside ’83 on this incredible accomplishment.

McMaster psychiatry professor Sarah Garside ’83 was one of 10 Canadian artists chosen to display their work at the Louvre as part of an international exhibition organized by the French National Society of Fine Arts. It was her first-ever oil painting.

To read Sarah’s interview in the January 4 edition of the Hamilton Spectator article, click here.

Senior School Houses serve at the Good Shepherd

HOUSE Service2

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.

The TOP has been REACHED!


On November 2, HSC hosted the first Senior 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 came out strong, taking first and second place out of ten teams within the league. Below are the top four standings from this first tournament:

  1. First Place: HSC Team A with six victories and zero losses (2,190 pts)
  2. Second Place: HSC Team B with five wins and one loss (1,850 pts)
  3. Third Place: Westmount Team with four wins and two losses (1,770 pts)
  4. Fourth Place: Westdale Team with four wins and two losses (1,270 pts)

Our teachers and coaches were not only proud of their teams’ performances in the tournament, but also of their gracious behaviour. Congratulations to our brilliant competitors; we wish them good luck for the rest of the season!

HSC Alumni Mentorship Program 

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.