St. George's Student Life
St. George's School of Montreal's annual campaign through which elementary students raise funds to assist schoolchildren in Tanzania has once again become a learning experience about the culture of those we're helping. Our children learned that walking and running is an integral part of growing up in Tanzania, so we raised money in a walk-skip-run drive. On June 12th, St. George's announced it had raised $1,825, which goes to the Kibenna Women's Association in Njombe.
"We have a reciprocal relationship with these students in Tanzania," says Hannah Hershman, Coordinator of Student Support at St. George's Elementary School and supervisor of the fundraising campaign. "They give to us as much as we give to them," she continues. Sometimes that comes in videos sent by the children in Tanzania, sometimes it comes from the learning that takes place in our own students when creating materials to help their students learn English, and in this case, it came as Tanzanian children shared their culture of walking and running as a way of life in Njombe.
"We showed our students photos and movies of how people in Tanzania walk and run everywhere: to school, to the market, to the clinic, it's a very healthy part of their culture directly related to their way of life," Hershman says. In response, St. George's students decided to raise money for every lap they ran around a local park. After running as many laps as they could, students then shared their experience with their families to decide how much money each lap is worth. By deciding that each lap is worth $1, for example, a family would donate $12 if their child completed 12 laps. Similar donation values were assigned to walking and skipping rope as well.
St. George's has teamed up with the McGill School of Nursing in this Tanzanian relationship for 15 years. As McGill sends nursing students to the Kibenna Women's Association, it has also become a valuable relationship through which St. George's can donate directly to schools in Njombe. The direct donation allows the school leaders to decide what needs they wish to address by using these funds.
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(Westmount, QC) Four St. George's Elementary School Students earned awards in the 2017 annual McEntyre Writing Competition. Gal Barnea, Grade 4, Noée Spiegel and Emma Boucher, both Grade 6, as well as Sophia Gnehm, Grade 9, were given their awards at a special city ceremony held Wednesday, June 7th at Victoria Hall.
The competition, which encourages young people to think about the idea of community and to learn about their own communities is supported by a trust fund created by Peter McEntyre, Mayor of Westmount from 1969 to 1971. This year's theme was Secret Places, Hidden Treasures. Twelve elementary students participated in the contest and gathered during lunchtime in Concours d'Écriture workshops to prepare their stories, which would be written in French.
Emma Boucher earned 2nd Place with the story of a Syrian girl who went to Canada and found the treasures of security and happiness. "It's a subject that touches me," Emma told us, "and it also fits in well with the theme. Emma also earned 2nd place in the competition last year.
Noée Spiegel earned 3rd Place with her short story about five treasures in the world. "Some of my five things, like sadness for example, can seem a little weird for people to read, but it can also help you in life," Noée explained. "That's why I chose to write about it."
Gal Barnea earned an Honourable Mention with her story about a girl who finds a space in a park among trees and bushes where she discovers that it feels very positive and peaceful to be there. Then she shares this special place with her friends. "When I was thinking about secret places, I always dreamed of having a place where it's really calm and surrounded by nature," Gal told us. "So I wrote about it."
Alexandra Dernis, our Grade 5 teacher who organized the workshops said, "Je suis extrêmement fière de tous les élèves qui ont participé au concours d'écriture. Ils sont très enthousiastes à l'idée d'écrire en français. C'est un vrai plaisir à voir!" ("I am extremely proud of all the students who participated in the writing contest. They are very enthusiastic about writing in French. It's a real pleasure to see!")
Sophia Gnehm earned 3rd Place with her short story, "Native", about a world in crisis where people are not allowed to grow food or own animals. In this deteriorating world, a girl and her father break the rules and grow a secret indoor garden to counter their loss of community and individuality. "A lot of times if you're a good reader, you can become a good writer, too," Sophia noted. "You can emulate a style of writing you love, or you can create your own. Writing really makes me happy because I can create this whole world that can have anything I can dream up."
St. George's English teacher, Maria Szuber, has all her Grade 9 students participate in the McEntyre Competition each year because the contest focuses on community, and because every student receives written feedback about their work. "Sophia's piece was particularly poignant," Maria commented. "Her story is beautifully structured and it makes you think and feel, qualities that I appreciate in literature".
L to R: Chantal Martin (Assistant Head of Elementary School), Sophia Gnehm (Gr. 9), Noée Spiegel (Gr. 6), Emma Boucher (Gr. 6), Alexandra Dernis (Gr. 5 teacher), Gal Barnea (Gr. 4)
Quatre élèves gagnent le Prix d'écriture McEntyre
(Westmount, QC) Quatre élèves au niveau primaire de l'école St. George de Montréal ont gagné des prix au concours d'écriture annuel McEntyre. Gal Barnea, en 4e année, Noée Spiegel et Emma Boucher, en 6e année, ainsi que Sophia Gnehm, en 9e année, ont reçu leur prix lors d'une cérémonie spéciale qui a eu lieu mercredi, 7 juin dernier au Victoria Hall.
Ce concours, destiné à encourager les jeunes à réfléchir à la notion de communauté et à apprendre au sujet de leurs propres communautés, est pris en charge par un fonds d'affectation spéciale créé par Peter McEntyre, maire de Westmount de 1969 à 1971. Le thème de cette année était Des endroits secrets, des trésors cachés. Douze élèves de l'école primaire ont participé au concours. Ils se sont rassemblés pendant l'heure du diner pour préparer leurs histoires qui allaient être écrites en français.
Emma Boucher a gagné la 2e place avec l' histoire d'une jeune fille syrienne qui est allée au Canada et qui a trouvé les trésors de la sécurité et du bonheur. «C'est un sujet qui me touche,» nous a dit Emma «et il correspond bien avec le thème.» Emma avait obtenu la 2e place à cette compétition l'année dernière.
Noée Spiegel a gagné la 3e place en écrivant une courte histoire sur cinq trésors dans le monde. «Certaines de ces cinq trésors, la tristesse par exemple, peuvent sembler un peu étranges, mais elles peuvent aussi vous aider dans la vie» a expliqué Noée. «Voilà pourquoi j'ai choisi d'écrire sur ce sujet.»
Gal Barnea a reçu une mention honorable pour l'histoire au sujet d'une fille qui trouve un endroit dans un parc parmi les arbres et les arbustes où l'atmosphère y est positive et paisible. Elle partage alors cet endroit spécial avec ses amis. «Quand je pensais à des lieux secrets, j'ai toujours rêvé d'avoir un endroit qui est vraiment calme et entouré par la nature,» nous a expliqué Gal. «Alors, j'ai écrit sur ce sujet.»
Alexandra Dernis, l'enseignante de 5e année qui a organisé l'atelier a commenté : «Je suis extrêmement fière de tous les élèves qui ont participé au concours d'écriture. Ils sont très enthousiastes à l'idée d'écrire en français. C'est un vrai plaisir à voir!»
Sophia Gnehm s'est mérité la 3e place pour sa petite histoire, « Native », qui décrit un monde en crise où les gens ne peuvent cultiver leurs propres aliments ni posséder d'animaux. Dans ce monde en détérioration, une fille et son père enfreignent les règles et cultivent secrètement un jardin intérieur pour contrer leur perte de communauté et d'individualité.
« Souvent, si vous êtes un bon lecteur, vous pouvez aussi devenir un bon écrivain », a souligné Sophia. « Vous pouvez imiter un style d'écriture qui vous attire, ou vous pouvez créer le vôtre. L'écriture me rend vraiment heureuse parce que je peux créer un monde qui peut avoir tout ce dont je peux rêver. »
Maria Szuber, enseignante en anglais, exige de tous ses élèves en secondaire IV de participer au concours McEntyre chaque année. Ce concours se concentre sur la communauté et chaque élève reçoit des commentaires écrits sur son travail. « La pièce de Sophia était particulièrement touchante », a commenté Maria. « Son histoire est bien structurée, elle vous fait penser et vivre des émotions - des qualités que j'apprécie dans la littérature ».
Cassandra Forzani, Grade 11, has earned the Lieutenant Governor's Youth Medal for 2017, honouring her remarkable community involvement and passionate engagement in school life at St. George's School of Montreal. Cassandra has developed into a remarkable student leader at St. George's as co-chair of the Student Leadership Team, as a student ambassador and in the many roles she played in major school events. The Lieutenant Governor's Youth Medal is awarded to youths who demonstrate a sustained voluntary action at the community and social levels, have shown an inspiring attitude and a positive influence within a group or community, and have achieved the objectives of her curriculum.
Upon joining St. George's in Grade 10, Cassandra was greeted by a student ambassador who welcomed her to the school and helped her with the typical adjustment that comes with joining a new school. One year later, Cassandra was in the role of ambassador, helping new students feel welcome and develop a genuine sense of belonging. This year, Cassandra acted as co-chair of the Student Leadership Team, overseeing the team alongside another Grade 11 classmate. In this role, she delivered a heartwarming speech for a class of 2016 alumnus, Ryan Antel, and presented him the Outstanding Student Award at the school's annual Tribute Dinner. Cassandra also spoke to both the student body and alumni in separate unveiling ceremonies celebrating the grand opening of the school's new Fitness Centre.
"I guess I'm just someone who wants to help out, and not just to do things for themselves, but to benefit others," Cassandra says. "You know it's the right thing to do, for the community, and for others." In addition to her academics and leadership roles, Cassandra is a dancer, and wants to teach dance to younger students. "I'm learning about working with kids and I look forward to taking on that role of responsibility. That's a new environment for me," she notes.
"Cassandra has more than stepped into the leadership role," says Michael O'Connor, Assistant Head of St. George's High School. "Not only is Cassandra an everyday leader whose consistent positivity, enthusiasm and empathy motivate those around her, but Ms. Forzani has worked strategically on fostering the culture of leadership and mutual respect our school is renowned for. For that, I am grateful and proud."
Cassandra and Mr. O'Connor were present at the ceremony on April 30th where Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, the Honourable J. Michel Doyon, Q.C.,Ad. E., Ph. D. presented this award.
We invite you to experience the award-winning G Major, St. George's School of Montreal's Glee Club, which will be performing May 10, 11, 12 and 13 at the D.B Clarke Theatre on the Concordia University downtown campus. Tickets are now available at www.stgeorges.com/tickets. E Minor, our Elementary School glee club, will also be performing at these shows and always delights the crowd!
G Major won Best Show Design for the fourth year in a row and placed second overall, as well as second in their category of Non-Arts Large Ensembles, in the Show Choir Canada Championships April 8, 2017, in Toronto. The club also celebrated a major individual win as Ryan Mendel, Grade 11, won Best Male Triple Threat of the championships, awarding his singing, dancing, and performance abilities.
G Major has won its category the past three years, and last year they were named Grand Champion of the competition. Earlier this year, G Major also made a special appearance performing with Jordan Smith, champion of The Voice, at WE Day Montreal. Watch G Major's powerful performance of Somebody to Love.
Our High School glee club, G Major, has placed first in their category at the Show Choir Canada Championships the past three years, so you might be surprised to hear why it's a great achievement for the group to earn 2nd place at this year's contest.G Major, won Best Show Design this year (for the fourth year in a row) and placed second overall as well as second in their category of Non-Arts Large Ensembles in the competition held April 8, 2017, in Toronto. The club also celebrated a major individual win as Ryan Mendel, Grade 11, won Best Male Triple Threat of the championships, awarding his singing, dancing, and performance abilities.
This year, Candace Grynol, Performing Arts Department Head, challenged her students to try something very different. "Every year they just get better, and this year I wanted to challenge them to a kind of movement they've never done before. This show is based around dolls, so the movements felt a little unnatural when they first learned them," she said. "We had a lot of discussion about how dolls would actually move if they were alive, and I am so happy that the students were able to bring my vision to life. They worked so hard and they truly nailed it at the competition. I wouldn't have changed one thing about their performance. I'm so proud of how they helped each other and worked as a team."
Just days after their competition, we learned that our students can not only sing and dance, they can give a great interview as well! Leah Benabou and Zoe McCormack, both Grade 11, joined Ms. Grynol on CBC Radio's Homerun with Sue Smith and were strong representatives speaking about G Major, and about St. George's.
G Major and Sophie Koren, Grade 11, were also featured in an article about the Show Choir Canada Championships in The Whole Note, an entertainment publication.
Earlier this year, G Major also made a special appearance performing with Jordan Smith, champion of The Voice, at WE Day Montreal. Watch G Major's powerful performance of Somebody to Love.
The public is invited to see G Major on May 10 through 13 when they will be performing for four nights at the D.B Clarke Theatre on the Concordia University downtown campus. Tickets will be available at www.stgeorges.com/tickets beginning April 24th.
Chopsticks and an electric guitar. These everyday objects became the award-winning focal points of inquiry, discovery and creativity in science and earned top honours at St. George's 28th Annual Science Fair, held on February 6th, 2017, as well as recognition at the Montreal Regional Science and Technology Fair at Concordia University on March 26 -28, 2017.
St. George's is proud to announce that Justin Cree-Tissuer, Grade 11, and Ellie Son, Grade 9, earned recognition with "Great Distinction" at the Montreal Regional Fair.
Ellie earned the McGill University/Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry $100 prize. Her project studied the effects of certain chemicals in disposable wooden chopsticks in her project titled, "Plant vs. Plant". These chopsticks contain added chemicals to prevent mould, for example, and Ellie's project determined that these chemicals can also prevent the growth of foods. After boiling groups of five chopsticks in one pot of water and 20 chopsticks in another, she then allowed an onion to grow in each water sample. The results showed that the onion grew best in clean water, and they grew less in water in which more chopsticks were boiled.
Justin earned the McGill University/Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering $250 prize. He built an electric guitar from scratch in a design specifically chosen to create natural chorus and sustain in his project titled, "Good Vibrations". In doing so, he studied and applied the knowledge and understanding in design and building that is required to ensure the proper measure and function of the body, neck, frets and strings. His study of this machine allowed him to research a traditional guitar's design and develop new ways a guitar design can be improved upon.
Jennifer Hunter, Science Department Head at St. George's, acknowledged the quality, spirit and creativity demonstrated in all who participated in the science fair. Both projects also earned a mention in the April 4 edition of the Westmount Independent newspaper.
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!
Hear Hannelore, Max and Exilia read on CBC's Radio Noon - go 21 min. 30 sec. into the recording.
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.