Hillfield Strathallan College – Agent Access April 2016

International Admissions

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


Spring has finally arrived in Ontario. Our students are enjoying our courtyards, and our activities have migrated outside.

The admissions office continues to be busy as we prepare for our summer camp guests, and tweak processes for our 2017-2018 recruitment season.

The online application portal for 2017-2018 school year will open on June 1, 2016.  If you have not already, please visit our new International Admissions Pages at www.hsc.on.ca for more information.

For those agencies updating organizational brochures, or should you require in house marketing materials from us, please contact me at heathsh@hsc.on.ca.

Please enjoy this month’s newsletter sharing highlights from around our College…and… don’t forget to make note of our travel and important application and enrolment decision dates all found below!
Until next month,

2016 International Travel Schedule

  • November 9-14, 2016: Hong Kong
    November 15-18, 2016: Beijing
    November 19-22, 2016: Shanghai
    February 2017 TBD: Mexico

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 for international visa students are sent
    January 25, 2017: Second round offers for international visa are sent
    February 25, 2017: Any re-enrolment openings are filled from wait pools

Garth Brooks and Teammates for Kids at 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 – the Teammates for Kids Foundation.

Teammates for Kids sports camp are held at 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 Saturday’s 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.”

Click here for more information on Teammates for Kids.

Inaugural Capstone Year Guest Lecture: Arts, Music and Literature 

HSC is pleased to announce that Mr. Bryan Wylie is our lecturer for the inaugural Capstone Year Guest Lecture: Arts, Music and Literature. Mr. Bryan Wylie is a retired HSC English teacher and 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 will present a lecture to our graduating students, which aims to answer why Shakespeare is still important for us today. The title of his talk is “What a piece of work is man!?”

This lecture is for all Grade 12 Capstone Year English students and will take place in the HSC the Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts, on Tuesday, May 3, at 11:30 a.m. All interested guests are welcome to attend.

HSC Students Share their Knowledge at BASEF 

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

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 many awards: four Gold Merit Awards, five Silver Merit Awards, 10 Bronze Merit Awards, and 20 Special Awards.

Senior School Student Awarded Hellmuth Scholarship to Pursue Post-Secondary Education at Western University 

Hellmuth Scholarship Recipient

The recent recipient of a Hellmuth Scholarship, Mitchell White is excited to pursue a new chapter of his education at Huron College at Western University. He spoke with us about how his HSC experience was integral in helping him earn this scholarship and pursuing his passions:

“When exploring post-secondary options for next year, my primary goal was to find a university that exemplifies the sense of community I have come to know and love at Hillfield Strathallan College. My extensive involvement in college life and community leadership at HSC have taught me effective teamwork strategies, improved my communication and interpersonal skills, and have helped me to become a more resilient maverick; all attributes that the business world values and university life demands.

I am pleased to say that with the exceptional guidance of HSC faculty and community members, I have found a university that exceeds my wishes for a post-secondary institution. In September 2016, I will embark on a new educational journey as a Hellmuth Scholar at Huron University College, within the University of Western Ontario. Studying at Huron will allow me to pursue my passion for global studies with a specialization in globalization, and hopefully continue onto The Richard Ivey School of Business in third year.”

Senior School Students get Top Marks at Mathematics Competitions 

(L to R): Quincy Chen, Dishen Wang, Michael Zhou, Galaxy Li and Mrs. Suzanne Wilson
(L to R): Quincy Chen, Dishen Wang, Michael Zhou, Galaxy Li and Mrs. Suzanne Wilson

The results of the Canadian Intermediate and Senior Math Challenge  (CIMC) arrived last week. Hillfield Strathallan College  placed 3rd in the region for the Canadian Intermediate Mathematics Contest.  We congratulate Quincy Cheng, Dishen Wang, Michael Zhou and Galaxy Li for receiving Certificate of Distinction.  These certificates were awarded to students who scored in the top 25%.  The medal for the top score was awarded to Quincy Chen.

(L to R): Mr. Michael Moore, Ryan Bennett, Nicholas Richardson, Posi Akinsooto, George Zhou, Kevin Chen, Eric Wang
(L to R): Mr. Michael Moore, Ryan Bennett, Nicholas Richardson, Posi Akinsooto, George Zhou, Kevin Chen, Eric Wang

Hillfield Strathallan College also placed 2nd in the region in the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest (CSMC) . We congratulate  Kevin Chen, Ryan Bennett, Posi Akinsooto, George Zhou, Eric Wang, Colby Parsons and Nicholas Richardson for receiving Certificates of Distinction. These certificates were awarded to students who scored in the top 25%.  The medal for the top score was awarded to Kevin Chen.

The results of the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge also arrived last week. Hillfield Strathallan College is proud of our students’ achievement. Thirty–four students wrote and 15 were awarded Certificates of Distinction or Certificate of Honours.

81 senior school students also attempted the first Caribou math contest of the year.

In the Grade 9/10 contest:

Quincy Cheng scored 20/21 correct to achieve 80/84 and place 3rd in the world
Wangting Shu scored 16/21 and was 18th in the world
Nicholas Mertin scored 16/21 and was 23rd in the world
Danny Kuhn scored 11/21 and was 85th in the world
Jace Ellis scored 11/21 and was 88th in the world and our best grade 9 finisher

In the Grade 11/12 contest:

Kanyi Chen scored 16/21 and was 6th in the world
Ruihan Wei scored 15/21 and was 14th in the world
Duanyang Wang scored 14/21 and was 27th in the world
Yingzhuo Zhou scored 14/21 and was 33rd in the world
Nicholas Richardson scored 12/21 and was 51st in the world.

Student Leadership Opportunities Abound at HSC: The 20/20 Challenge


Since January, the Grade 3, Grade 4, M8 ,and M9 students, along with their teachers, have been dedicated participants in the 20/20 Challenge. Each morning, students meet in the Spallacci gym and enjoy comradery, fitness, and an ever-growing knowledge base of exercises to build strength and confidence in their physical abilities. We have also enjoyed guest appearances of students from Ms. Mancini’s Grade 12 Fitness class. Just recently, international students Lydia Xu and Ariel Yuan shared a traditional game and dance from their Chinese heritage with the students.

HSC welcomes Lawrence Hill and Clara Hughes to campus for a fundraiser for Syrian refugees


On Monday, March 7, The HSC community joined 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.

As part of the evening’s events, Lawrence read from The Illegal and Clara Hughes from her memoir Open Heart, Open Mind. Following the readings, both authors gave an interview.

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

Hill and Hughes were on hand after the event to sign copies of their books. Both guests waived their appreciable speaking fees in support of this fundraiser.

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