St. George's Student Life
Liam Armstrong loved to dance and he loved cupcakes. In these ways, he was like any other kindergarten student at St. George's School of Montreal. What makes Liam stand out today is his legacy. After leaving us all-too-soon in March 2014, Liam is now remembered in the school's annual Dance for Liam/Toonie Challenge fundraiser to benefit the Liam Armstrong Pediatric Oncology Fund and Montreal Children's Hospital. In Liam's name, his former classmates and their families raised $944.70 to help support those who care for children who need medical care just as Liam did.
On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, students in grades K through 6 joined to dance together in the St. George's gym and brought toonies to donate to this great cause. As a result, half of the funds will be donated to the Liam Armstrong Pediatric Oncology Fund and half will be donated to the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation's Toonie Challenge, an annual event that teaches students about the medical needs of its patients and raises funds for the hospital's greatest needs. The total amount raised at St. George's this year is approximately $300 more than we raised last year. This is the third year St. George's has hosted this event.
Our dance was animated thanks to the generous support of Allyson Kassie Goldberg, a Grade 3 and 4 parent and owner of JUSTE Danse Studio. We are also very grateful to Tony Bongiorno of Saporito's food service for providing cupcakes for each of our dancers. Saporitos provides daily meal service for St. George's Elementary School students.
Charlotte Goldberg is a lifer at St. George's. As a student since Kindergarten, this Grade 8 student is just the right person to act as Head of School for a Day. She knows the school inside-out and she used this opportunity to celebrate with her friends and to bring people together.
Charlotte started her day by joining Chantal Martin, Assistant Head of the Elementary School, while greeting families as they arrived for the day. "It was weird because I used to be one of those kids walking into school," Charlotte said with a laugh. Then, she met with Head of School, Sharon Klein, to discuss the day's events. Charlotte's day also included serving frozen yogurt to high school classmates during the daily advisor period during which high school students meet to consider their academic assignments and go over the day's school events.
Also during advisor period, Charlotte added a high school-wide scrabble competition. Each advisor group spelt out words using the same letters and then brought its oversize playing board to the cafeteria to compare results. Charlotte explains that she added this activity because "every day we go to advisors and spend time with some people in your grade that you're not in a class with. So I wanted everyone to spend time together in a fun way by playing some games."
Charlotte's favourite part of the day was declaring 3rd period as a free period for her Grade 8 classmates. They gathered in the gym for sports activities, free
time, and popcorn, thanks to this special declaration by the Head of School for a Day. This day also gave Charlotte the opportunity to think about how St. George's has changed her during nine years as a student. "The teachers have helped me change my learning styles. It used to be if I wasn't feeling well, I didn't want to go in (to school). Now, I enjoy learning and going to classes and I really like my teachers. So now, if I'm not feeling my best, I power through it."
Charlotte earned this opportunity at a live auction held at St. George's Tribute Dinner, November 5th, 2016, in support of St. George's bursary and scholarship programs.
All of Montreal learned of St. George's students' passion for reading!
Three elementary students were invited to read a passage from their favourite book live on the radio as part of CBC Radio One's celebration of World Read Aloud Day, Friday, February 17, 2017.
Hannelore Coppens, Grade 4, and Max Rossiter & Exilia Yamazaki, both of Grade 5, were selected by their teachers to read aloud at the request of CBC Radio Noon, hosted by Shawn Apel. Though a bit nervous at first, these students read clearly, answered a few questions, and demonstrated their clear passion for reading. Congratulations to our three new radio stars!
A link to the audio from the radio program will be available soon.
Inquiry, discovery and creativity in science were celebrated today at St. George's School of Montreal as we distributed awards to the students who earned top honours at our 28th Annual Science Fair on February 6th, 2017.
Jennifer Hunter, Science Department Head at St. George's, acknowledged the quality and spirit demonstrated in all who participated in the science fair. Along with her colleagues in the science department, she awarded the following students, in no particular order, for their achievement in receiving the highest scores on their presentations.
Grade 8 Top Scores
Jaime Kfouri, Mirko Jankovic and Issei Yamazaki - "Of Ice & Fire"
Jacob Hoppenheim and Dylan Telio - "I've Got the Power!"
Adam Antel, Carl MacDonald and Erik Oldland - "The Snack Shack"
Emilie Hirsch, Gaspar Lassignardie and Shinnosuke Uesaka - "Gearing it up a Level"
Jack Goldin, Nathan Pearman and Jérémie Nathaniel - "Take Cover"
Grade 9 Top Scores
Matthew Byrne and Max Garson - "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!"
Onyx Christopher - "Free Food*"
Sophia Gnehm and Christopher Moellenhoff - "A Helping Hand"
Ellie Son - "Plant vs. Plant"
Haley Jones and Claudia Lighter - "Wanna Place your Birth Order?"
Grade 11 Top Scores
Ryan Mendel - "Monkey See, Monkey Do"
Justin Cree-Tisseur - "Good Vibrations"
Cassandra Forzani - "Worms to the Rescue?"
Leah Benabou - "Generation "Scroll"
Jonathan Steinberg - "Heads Up!"
St. George's is proud to announce that Justin Cree-Tissuer and Ellie Son will be representing St. George's at the Montreal Regional Science and Technology Fair.
Our Grade 6 artwork is on display in a big way! The class undertook the "real world" challenge of designing a Valentine's window display for a Montreal women's clothing store, Poème, on Boulevard St. Laurent in the Mile End.
The design was then rendered over the course of two weeks with the help of more than 100 hardworking students ranging from Grades 2 through 6. Hundreds of paper flowers were carefully, cut, folded, fanned and glued. Tints and shades of pink were mixed. Shelves and nesting dolls were painted. Textures were mounted. Lights were positioned. And then the final installation took place on site on Tuesday, February 1st.
The installation will remain on display for the month of February, 2017. Please feel free to stop by and check it out. The store is called Poème and is situated at 5687 Boulevard St. Laurent, H2T 1S9.
Bravo to all the students for their efforts and achievement!
Click here to view the photo gallery of the installation. (Photos courtesy of Hélène Spiegel)
This is the list of all the students who participated:Concept Design by Grade 6 students of St. George's School of Montreal:
Isabel – Dress; Sean – Shelving; Emma B. & Kaiya – Headdress; Emma L. – Pompom Curtain; Matt – Bubble Hearts
Sean, Noée, Varvara, Matt, Emma B, Amélie, Lorelai & Christiane Lemieux
Abdulraman, Abigail, Adriana, Aiden, Alexa, Amélie, Amélie, Anahita, Andrej, Andrew, Anouk, Arielle, Ayman, Beatrice, Ben, Bianc, Bruno, Carter, Charlotte, Chelsea, Chiara, Chiarra, Chloe, Chloé, Daniel, David, Devyn, Dov, Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, Ella, Ella, Elle, Elliot, Emma, Emma, Evan, Fatima, Felicia, Felicia, Fernando, Flynn, Francesca, Gal, Georgie, Grace, Hannelore, Harris, Helen, Hudson, Isaac, Isabel, Isabella, Jack, Jacob, Jad, Jamie, Jennifer, Jordana, Julien, Kaiya, Kalina, Kamryn, Kate, Katie, Lara, Lara, Layla, Leo, Leora, Liam, Liv, Lolo, Lorelai, Lucie, Luka, Lyna, Maggie, Mahaut, Marina, Marius, Marta, Matt, Matthew, Matthew, Matty, Maa, Meilina, Meret, Michi, Nadia, Natalia, Nikki, Noée, Nolan, Norah, Oliver, Oliver, Olivia, Orlando, Peter, Philippe-Antoine, Rio, Robert, Ryan, Ryan, Sarah, Sean, Shaya, Siena, Sofia, Sofia, Stella, Taryn, Theo, Thomas, Tristan, Tristan, Varvara, Vicky, Zoê
Math Contest Results
Early last November 11, the following St. George's students participated in the Sun Life Financial 2016 Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge with The Canadian Mathematical Society in partnership with The University of Toronto:
Shawn Zhou, Austin Huang, Sky Shi, Lillian Simons, Lily Bai, Shinnosuke, Uesaka, Ellie Son, Christopher Moellenhoff , Tyler Zhao, Sophia Gnehm, Louis Xie, Kevin Liu.
The Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) is Canada's premier national mathematics competition that is open to any student with an interest in and grasp of high school math. The purpose of the COMC is to encourage students to explore, discover, and learn more about mathematics and problem solving. The competition serves to provide teachers with a unique student enrichment activity during the fall term.
Please join me in congratulating all the students who participated, and below, the following students who performed above average:
91st percentile – Honour Roll for Quebec/ Gold award for Quebec Grade 8 or under
76th percentile – Gold award - Quebec Grade 9
65th percentile – Silver award - Québec Grade 9
58th percentile – Honour Roll - Québec Grade 10
54th percentile – Performance with honours
Well Done Mathletes!
And now let's get ready for our own Canadian Team Mathematics Contest to be held at St.George's, on April 5th!!
Go Math Go!
St. George's is so proud of our amazing students' achievements in the 2017 World Scholar's Cup Montreal Regional Round.
Of the more than 130 students from seven schools participating, the following St. George's students performed so well that they qualified for the Global Round if they choose. Rounds will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam; Cape Town, South Africa; and Athens, Greece.Congratulations! See the featured article in the Westmount Independent newspaper.
Team Champion Scholars
1st Place Overall Senior Team (age 15+, Team #255): Emily MacDonald, Jessica Marshall, and Lillian Simons (photo, right)
9th Place Overall Junior Team (age 10-14, Team 220): Carter Goldberg, Luc Turcescu (with Taya Ismail of The Study)
11th Place Overall Junior Team (Team 221): Matthew Stolow, Meilina Lynch (with Niklas Meyer of LCC)
12th Place Overall Junior Team (Team 218): Sean Sun, Matthew Gameroff, Dylan Clack
13th Place Overall Junior Team (Team 214): Shirley Barnea, Emma Boucher, Varvara Malyguine
Individual Champion Scholars
2nd Lillian Simons
3rd Jessica Marshall
6th Emily MacDonald
14th Matthew Hart (photo right)
5th Matthew Stolow
10th Shirley Barnea
16th Matthew Gameroff
24th Carl MacDonald
27th Emma Boucher
28th Lorelai Dusaniwsky-Eon
(Photo, right clockwise from top L: Matthew Stolow, Shirley Barnea, Matthew Gameroff, and Carl MacDonald)
Photos of both days are available for you to download through this slideshow -
Below is a listing, in order of team number, of St. George's School of Montreal Global Round qualifying teams.
Team 213 – Carl MacDonald, Amelie-Catherine Boucher, Zoey Adourian
Team 214 – Shirley Barnea, Emma Boucher, Varvara Malyguine
Team 215 – Lorelai Dusaniwsky-Eon, Valeria Villalpando, Rachel Korenbilt
Team 216 – Alexa Adourian, Cecelia Goldberg, Eve Parfrement
Team 217 – Ava Green, Sakurako Aoyama, Chiarra Sylvere-Tamburri
Team 218 – Sean Sun, Matthew Gameroff, Dylan Clack
Team 219 – Christopher Byrne, Liam Nathaniel, Max Rossiter
Team 220 - Carter Goldberg, Luc Turcescu (with Taya Ismail of The Study)
Team 221 - Matthew Stolow, Meilina Lynch (with Niklas Meyer of LCC)
Team 254 – Matthew Hart, Camilla Djamalov, Stephen Frangulescu
Team 255 – Emily MacDonald, Lillian Simons, Jessica Marshall
Team 256 – Olivia Layman, Alexandra Elharrar, Hiro Chen
Congratulations one and all!!
The gym at St. George's School of Montreal's High School Campus will be transformed on January 20 and 21 for what is arguably the most exciting academic competition of the year, The World Scholar's Cup. Six Montreal-area schools will send more than 100 students to St. George's for this event, which looks and sounds more like a basketball game reaching its nail-biting conclusion. Cheering and chanting are all part of the World Scholar's Cup, an academic competition that is truly a celebration of learning.The World Scholar's Cup is an international program that requires students to apply their knowledge and skills in debate, writing, academics and collaborative problem-solving. Regional Rounds, like this one in Montreal, will be held across 50 countries this year for students ages 10-18. Interested students register in teams of three for the regional event, where the top performing teams earn the right to move on to the Global Rounds. At the Global Rounds, a select few earn the right to compete in the Tournament of Champions, the annual finale, hosted at Yale University"We are excited to host an academic event that highlights not only critical thinking and creativity but teamwork as well. This kind of event inspires a love of learning and a global community," says Sharon Klein, Head of School at St. George's. "In addition to the energy and excitement at these events, there is a sharing that takes place among students from different schools," says Chantal Martin, Assistant Head of St. George's. "I accompanied our students to Prague and Yale University this past year, and it was wonderful to experience the camaraderie that exists between students at both the regional and global levels."
Students from Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School, Lower Canada College, Selwyn House, The Study and West Island College will join St. George's students in events that will follow the theme of "An Unlikely World", involving topics which range from the history of conspiracies to the technological study of moonshots and the science of predicting the future. This year's attendance more than doubles the 45 students who participated in last year's inaugural Montreal Round at St. George's.
In 2016, three Grade 10 students from St. George's traveled to Yale November 18 – 21 to compete in the World Scholar's Cup Tournament of Champions. The team of Lillian Simons, Matthew Hart and Rachel Hadef competed on behalf of St. George's after qualifying during a Global Round in Prague, the Czech Republic in July.
The travel and competition in Prague made a significant impact on our students. "By interacting with so many individuals from places all over the world, I have gained insight into many peoples," says Lillian Simons, Grade 10. "From both an objective and subjective standpoint, there is no more enriching activity that St. George's could provide than the Cup", she concludes. "During the week (in Prague) I became more culturally educated and I met people that I'm never going to forget," Rachel Hadef, Grade 10.
Note: First two photos are of the first Montreal Regional Round of the World Scholar's Cup, January 2016. Third photo is of Rachel Hadef, Mattthew Hart and Lillian Simons in Prague.
On Tuesday, November 29th, Tiffany Hendryx, from Firebrand for Education, joined us by video conference to share her team's top observations about what makes St. George's so special and uniquely effective. As our marketing and branding partner, Tiffany and her team spent the past year getting to know our school through dozens of individual interviews, focus groups and classroom observations. In the invitation, Tuesday's event was framed as Firebrand "holding up a mirror" to show us things we may not have recognized about our school and about ourselves as a community.
You can watch the 20-minute video of her remarks here. Or, skim through this summary of her comments, followed by highlights of the parent and alumni conversations that followed:
1. Relationship: Other schools may claim to offer some form of differentiated learning, adapting teaching methods to the needs of the individual child. Few actually do it. Even fewer create the required foundation. According to multiple research studies, the #1 determinant of learning success is the quality of the relationship between teacher and student. To adapt teaching methods to the needs of a child, a teacher must first know and value that child. And this is an area where St. George's excels. As one anecdotal point of evidence, Tiffany described a focus group in which St. George's teachers brought up - and discussed with considerable passion - the fundamental role of love in learning.
2. Growth Mindset: Firebrand's team observed that St. George's teachers routinely meet student accomplishments not with praise, but with enthusiastic questions: "OK, so now what? Now, where could you go from here?" According to Firebrand, this attitude is the precursor to lifelong learning. Not only that, this is the attitude teachers take with each other and with themselves, creating a broad culture of eager, curious learners.
3. The Centre for Learning Enrichment (CLE): Tiffany described St. George's own CLE as "the engine of the school." Under the direction of Nathalie Bossé, it supports and enriches student learning. But it also guides faculty professional development with a level of intention and investment that is "incredibly rare."."St. George's has a curriculum for its faculty," Tiffany noted. This is "why they're such great teachers. And it's why you can be the model - not just for Canada but for the world - in how to teach teachers." She also commented on the rarity of a culture in which teachers are so devoted to each other and their growth. Finally, the CLE coordinates curriculum design, in a continuous process of design, prototyping, testing and course correction that Firebrand found immensely powerful and effective.
4. The Secret Recipe: In every learning moment, St. George's focuses on fostering deep knowledge and skill, not just facts and figures. The school also offers students wide experience and exposure. Steve Jobs said: "Creativity is just connecting things." The more experiences our students have, the more connections they can make.
Beyond an ethos of ethics, St. George's also develops civic character as well as intellectual character, which is made up of things like curiosity, open-mindedness, intellectual stamina, skepticism, self-awareness, and other-awareness. This delivers a complete character development. All of these play into academic success.
Finally, because of the unique relationship teachers create, students are able to ask questions, fail safely, try lots of things and figure out who they are. "These kids own who they are. They're cool with that, and with each other. And they have a point of view and a voice to express it. If you can turn out kids that can write and speak, everything else is gravy," Tiffany stated.
Rooted in the (future-focused) past: The six founding principles were astounding in 1930, and the school is still living by those principles "like no school I've ever seen." Even better, we're still working to "mess with" how we live them, always trying to improve. "You should be proud that St. George's has been such a leader in education for 86 years," Tiffany advised. And we can be confident that this isn't going to go away.
In the conversations that followed this presentation, one alumnus voiced his concern that the "magic" of St. George's could never be reduced to a logo or a slogan. A current parent agreed, but also found value in those forms of accessible, shorthand invitation to get to know the school. Both of these observations align well with the school's strategy to weave together marketing designs and language with genuine conversation and experience.
November 11, 2016 –
Today, with reverence and respect for the service and sacrifice of our armed forces, St. George's students on both campuses held moving Remembrance Day ceremonies attended by parents, faculty, staff and special guests.
The High School ceremony featured Leading Seaman Nikolas Dolmat who spoke of the history and contributions of Canada's armed forces as well as the realities and sacrifices of those who serve and their families. Grade 11 student, Charles Cross, spoke of the importance of not just knowing the historical facts but also understanding their significance in our lives today.
A moving video produced by Brittany Itzcovitch, Grade 11, shared historical and current images of Canada's armed forces serving in combat and peacekeeping missions around the world, as well as delivering support and resources to those in need at home and abroad. The video showed the faces of many of the men and women who have served, and are serving today. The ceremony concluded with Nicola Woloz, Grade 8, singing Amazing Grace, and Julia Rawas, Grade 10, leading the student body in the singing of our National Anthem.
Our Elementary School ceremony was both heartwarming and moving. Students in Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2 performed Gentil Coquelicot, followed by the Grade 3, 4 and 5 performance of The Call. Grade 6 students touched those in attendance with their rendition of Amazing Grace, and E Minor, our elementary glee club, presented a musical version of John McCrae's poem, In Flanders Fields.
"Each year, St. George's is proud to commit a great deal of time, talent and resources to allow our students, faculty, staff and families to join together in a meaningful observation of Remembrance Day," says Assistant Head of St. George's High School, Michael O'Connor. "Our goal is to help our students truly understand the contributions of our armed forces and the importance of taking this time to honour them," adds Chantal Martin, Assistant Head of St. George's Elementary School. "Preparing for, and performing at, this event is a beautiful experience for our students every year," Martin concludes
In a poignant conclusion to the day, Mr. O'Connor asked high school students to place their poppies in a commemorative wreath which he later placed at the foot of the World War I Memorial in Lachine.
Our Bantam Girls Soccer Team won the Montreal Independent School's Soccer League Championship Our girls defeated LCC 1-0 in the championship game at King George Park in Westmount, on Thursday, Oct. 27.
This has been an amazing year for our team as they finished with an undefeated record of 8-0. Congratulations one and all!!
Player names from left to right in the photo:
Back Row -
Mariana Restrepo Echeverria
Rohan Pirali - Coach
Front Row - Standing
Our Kindergarten students, teachers and parents teamed up to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for those in need, with a focus on giving back to our community on this special holiday. A large team of Kindergarten parents came to class early Friday to help wash, sort, peel, chop and mix all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal. The foods were then cooked by our Elementary School food service provider, Traiteur Saporito.
Friday afternoon, the Kindergarten class presented the prepared meals to the Welcome Hall Mission, Mission Bon Accueil, which has been serving Montreal's homeless and most vulnerable since 1892. This gave our students the opportunity to learn more about those served my Welcome Hall Mission, and it showed the students how their hard work helped others.
Elementary School parents joined their children in celebrating our Annual Corn Roast on September 9th, 2016. It's always a great success at getting Elementary families together so early in the school year.
Student Ambassadors started the school year a day early to welcome this year's new students. Our New Student Welcome program brings together all students who are new to St. George's along with select student leaders in a day of activities and games. It allows our new students to walk in the next day (the first day of school) and see familiar faces, and perhaps a new friend.
After picking up their diplomas at our recent graduation ceremony, two members of the St. George's Class of 2016 are shifting their focus from the platform to the podium, preparing to represent Canada at the top echelons of international sport.
Downhill racer Marina Vilanova, who made her mark as a rookie member of the Quebec Ski Team during the 2015/2016 season, has been named to Alpine Canada's Development Team and is heading to Calgary to train with the national squad. Classmate Erin Reim, who captured the Gold Medal in the Under 21 category at the Canadian National Judo Championships this past May, will be representing Canada at the World Judo Kata Championships in Malta this October.
While Marina modestly asserts that she "barely made" the Quebec ski team last season, she quickly gained confidence and steadily improved her performance, capping off the season with a surprise first-place finish in a Giant Slalom race at Stoneham Quebec, where she edged out two senior members of the U.S. and Canadian alpine teams who finished second and third. After spending a few weeks at Alpine Canada's Calgary base, she will travel with the team to Argentina in August to train for the upcoming season. Although she is the youngest member of Canada's Development Team, Marina –– who began skiing at age three in the Alps, where her family had a house –– is determined to continue her ascent to the elite level of international ski racing.
Erin, who has attended St. George's since kindergarten, took up martial arts at age five, encouraged by family members. Her chosen discipline is Judo Kata, which involves practicing and perfecting classic movements and throwing techniques in unison with a co-operating partner. It's an exacting sport that requires an enormous amount of patience, practice and determination –– attributes that Erin has demonstrated in spades, earning her black belt in June of 2015 and then winning the U21 Canadian championship. Going forward, her goal is simple: "to be the best I can be in the world."
Although both young women are involved in sports where success is primarily dependent on the individual's passion and discipline, they are quick to credit the St. George's team for playing a crucial supporting role, accommodating their grueling training and travel schedules by tailoring learning plans for each student to take with them on the road, along with adjusted timetables and deadlines. St. George's teachers and administrators were "super supportive" says Marina. "Amazing" echoes Erin, "they were always willing to go the extra mile for us."
Both grads intend to continue pursuing their education along with athletics. Marina has enrolled in a Grade 12 program that preps students for university, while Erin will begin CEGEP at Marianopolis College.