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CONNECTS September 2012

WELCOME BACK BBQ WELCOMING NEW FACULTY HELLO HOUSES AT MORVEN

COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL


2012 Grads at the Welcome Back BBQ


IN THIS ISSUE SEPTEMBER 2012

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WRIGHT ON

Houses arrive at Morven

WELCOME BACK BBQ

Jungled-themed grads, face-painted Collingwood students, new and old, celebrate a new year.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Faculty attend summer school and Khan Academy visits Collingwood.

NEW FACULTY

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ASSOCIATE FACULTY

SCHOOL LIFE

Head boy and Head girl, Nicholas Lewis wins tournament and William Li goes to Yale

CAMPUS & COMMUNITY

HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT


WRIGHT ON... HOUSES ARRIVE AT MORVEN

Collingwood’s Opening Assembly is always a highly anticipated event, marking the start of new beginnings and a new school year, and recognizing our Grade 12 class as they embark on their final year of high school. This year, we welcomed not only the Class of 2013, but we also formally ushered in a new House System and welcomed back many of Collingwood’s original founders.

It is wonderful that we can wrap this new Federation of Collingwood Houses around the very people who have been principally responsible for us having a Collingwood in 2012 – our key Founders and Builders. It marks a new era in our evolution as a School and importantly connects the present day school back to our roots.

Six co-ed Houses, Groos House, Geer House, Mackenzie House, Houssian House, Senft House and Byrd House, made up of students from Grades 8 to 12 opens up a plethora of new opportunities in student friendships, leadership, mentoring and intramurals. The House System also creates tailor-made opportunities for interhouse sports competitions, House Debates, one-act-play festivals, House service projects, social events and outings. Importantly, it will give every student another smaller, more intimate space on the large tapestry of a bustling school community. A chance to be better known, a chance to contribute, a chance to feel part of a group that cares about each other and wants to win the House Cup. From an organizational and school health point of view, the Head of Morven, Ms. Evans now has 6 trusted Lieutenants - the Housemasters – who will not only help her divide and conquer various administrative tasks, but with the Housemasters’ mandate, “to monitor the wellness of each student in their House”, it will provide another level of care and encouragement for our students.

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Collingwood’s founding parents

We were, therefore, honoured and delighted to welcome back these key individuals for whom each of our six Houses are named: Laura Groos (our first founder) and her husband Gerry Prins, Rod Senft (representing Jeannie Senft, the first Chair of our Foundation Board), Joe and Joanne Houssian (the School’s “First Couple”) and their children Jessie and Jamie , Jamie’s wife Lauren, and their grandchildren Rosie and Beatrice, Nick Geer (first President


of the Founding Board of Governors) and his wife Penny, and Liz Byrd (first Chair of Parents’ Council), her husband Ed and their daughter Sarah. Unfortunately David Mackenzie’s (our first Headmaster) widow, Mai and other members of his family were unable to attend, but we will be inviting them to future House events. As each House was named, the Housemaster and House Captains came forward to present their respective Founder with a House t-shirt, House tie and House scarf. A sense of house pride and rivalry was automatically created as the Founders proudly wore their House scarves and ties and started friendly/competitive banter with each other! It was a wonderful kick off to celebrate our House System, best summed up by Rod Senft: “We are so appreciative of the role Collingwood School has played in the evolution of our family. For that reason being at this Assembly was for me one of the highlights of my life. Seeing Collingwood grow from an embryo to adolescence has been not only exciting and rewarding but also simply a great deal of fun. Every member of our family is proud of our association with the school. The recognition you have given us is deeply appreciated by each of us.” Have a great 2012-2013 school year! Rodger Wright, Headmaster

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WELCOME BACK BBQ Under a bluebird sky and a warm September sun, parents, students, faculty and staff celebrated the first week back at school with the annual Welcome Back BBQ at Klahanie Park. The Grads made a fabulous entrance in their jungle-themed costumes, kids lined up excitedly for face-painting and tattoos, the barbeques were red hot, there were shrieks of delight from the bouncy castles, and ice-cream was scooped fast and furiously!

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Here are the numbers: 700 hamburgers 450 hot dogs (all beef ) 50 veggie burgers 50 veggie dogs 1000 individual bags of assorted chips 35 gallons of ice cream 600 ice cream cones 1600 assorted drinks 600 lbs of cubed ice Many thanks to the parent volunteers and staff who helped to make this year’s BBQ another resounding success!


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FACULTY: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Khan Academy visits Collingwood On August 28th, Collingwood welcomed Maureen Suhendra from Khan Academy to our full faculty Professional Development day. The Khan Academy was created in 2006 by Salman Khan. It grew out of a series of videos Sal originally created to help tutor his nieces and nephews. Khan Academy’s mission is “to provide a high quality education to anyone, anywhere” and its website supplies a free online collection of videos in a variety of subject areas. Maureen discussed how the use of Khan Academy resources can support changing the lesson paradigm from teacher centred to learner centered. In the Khan model, students learn new material via the videos at home and then use class time to practice and review concepts with the teacher there to help. The faculty then discussed how this tool could be used to support and individualize student learning across various grade levels and subject areas. Teachers, particularly in math and science, are looking at how best to integrate the ideas into their daily lessons in ways that work best for our students. One example of this is some senior students who are using the Khan website as further preparation for university in topics like multivariable calculus. For additional information on Khan Academy, visit: http://www.khanacademy.org/

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Collingwood Leading the way in Canadian Independent School Education at the 2011 Conference During the first week of July 2012, Lisa Evans presented to peers and Dr. Barry Wright (Advisor to the Provost and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business, Brock University) her final paper, entitled Collingwood School: “From Vision to Reality” - New House System at the Morven Campus. For the past year, Lisa has been working with Mr. Rodger Wright and the House Steering Committee, comprised of students and teachers, to research, brainstorm and plan the Morven Campus’s first House System. Commencing in September 2012-it will greatly change school life. Students are organized into six Houses and led by their Housemasters and Grade 12 House Captains. New inter-House activities will take place throughout the year, culminating in the presentation of the House Cup in the spring. Lisa was selected to be part of the CAIS Next Steps Program, whereby 13 educators from across Canada met during 2 consecutive summers, and were mentored by current and former Heads of CAIS schools, and had to prepare a working document on their particular change initiative. The goal of the Program is “to develop leaders who are well positioned to assume future leadership roles in our schools across the country.” Lisa says that this was a challenging and very thought-provoking experience, and one of the best professional learning experiences that she has ever had.


NEW FACULTY MORVEN CAMPUS

L-R: Sara Thompson, Ashley Carlbeck, Angela Stevens, Stephen Garland, DJ Bhate, Matthew Tolan, Jason Lee

DJ Bhate , B.A., B.Ed Senior Physics Teacher DJ studied at the University of British Columbia completing a Bachelor in Arts and Bachelor of Education. He has a passion for competitive sports, specifically team sports. He coached basketball for the Real Basketball League and worked with their grade 6/7 provincial teams for a number of years. He also coached the grade 8 boys at his old high school, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary in Vancouver. After two successful seasons at this school, DJ is excited to help Collingwood achieve new heights in Athletics. Cam Black, B.P.E., B.Ed Teacher Intern While at the University of Alberta, Cam played soccer for the Golden Bears and was captain his final year. He recently moved to Vancouver from Red Deer, Alberta, where he had been teaching Special Education. He has coached school and club soccer, as well as school badminton. He is excited about working with the great staff and students at Collingwood.

Stephen Garland , B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed Humanities & Planning Teacher Stephen began his teaching career in North Vancouver in 1989 at Windsor Secondary teaching Social Studies 8-11, English 8-11, and Geography 12. In 2000 he was hired as a Vice-Principal at Centennial Secondary in Coquitlam. He returned to the North Shore in 2002, where he has held a number of administrative postings with the North Vancouver School District. His most recent assignment was as the principal of Carson Graham Secondary. Stephen was instrumental in both the design of and the programs at the new Carson Graham, opening this Fall. Even with his many administrative accomplishments he yearned to be back in the classroom, where he feels he does his best work.

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NEW FACULTY Ashley Carlbeck , B.Sc., B.Ed Math Teacher Ashley graduated from SFU in 2007 and, after volunteering at a high school in London, England she returned to SFU and completed the Professional Development Program. Since graduating in December she has had the opportunity to teach Mathematics, Planning and Accounting for the North Vancouver School District. Ashley’s interests include skiing, diving, fishing, running and yoga. Angela Stevens, B.F.A., B.Ed Middle/Senior Visual Arts Teacher In addition to her B.F.A. and B.Ed, Angela holds a Diploma in Creative Arts as well as a Certificate in Professional Artistic Makeup. Her teaching experience spans from K-12, as a Visual Arts Teacher-on-Call for the Richmond School District, the North Vancouver School District and Crofton House School, the Senior Visual Arts Instructor at Renaissance Kids Academy, and teaching Art at St. John’s International School. She is currently completing her pre-requisites in Counselling Psychology so that she may pursue the Masters program in the future and one day practice Art Therapy. Jason Lee, B.Sc., B.Ed Teacher Intern After graduating from UBC, Jason returned to complete a Bachelors of Education with a specialization in Math, Science, and Technology. Throughout his career he has enjoyed encouraging youth through coaching various sports teams. Some of Jason’s interests include camping, hiking, and biking. He also plays volleyball and is an avid snowboarder.

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Matthew Tolan, B.A Teacher Intern Matthew was born and raised in North Vancouver and graduated from Collingwood School in 2006. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Economics at SFU and received the Jack Knetsch Award for his work. He is currently a Masters of Arts candidate in Economics at Queen’s University. Although he is not a new face at Collingwood, having been the head teaching assistant and an active tutor for the past 5 years, Matt is excited to further his work with students because, as he has learned during his education in Economics, the most valuable currency is knowledge. Sarah Thompson, B.A., B.Ed Visual Arts Teacher Sarah joined the faculty during the Spring of 2012 and is looking forward to returning as a Middle School Visual Arts teacher. She completed her Bachelor of Business Administration, with a minor in Biology, at the University of Toledo, financed by a full tennis scholarship. Sarah has a strong background in Visual Arts, having attended the top arts high school in Canada, Canterbury High School in Ottawa, Ontario, and has her Visual Arts teaching qualifications. Sarah has been a tennis coach for over 10 years and brought her expertise to the Senior Tennis team during the spring of 2012. Derek Wong, B.Sc University Guidance Counsellor Derek was born and raised in Victoria and is a graduate of the University of Victoria. After graduation, Derek started his career as one of UVic’s recruitment officers, acting as a liaison between the university and prospective students, parents, and counsellors across Canada. In his spare time, Derek enjoys seeing different places and cultures around the world, and capturing his experiences through the eye of a lens.


WENTWORTH CAMPUS

L-R: Rhonda Beaupre, Michelle Perry, Emma Cromack, Justine Cheung, Rheanne Stevens

Rhonda Beaupré, B.A., B.Ed. Grade 2, 3 and 6 French Rhonda is an enthusiastic teacher who spent time in Québec as well as live with her family in France. She has worked in Edmonton as a Grade 5 French Immersion teacher and has spent time volunteering with teen mothers while her family lived in Toronto. Rhonda enjoys hiking and can often be found in Lighthouse Park. Justine Cheung , B.A., B.Ed Grade 6 and 7 Art After completing her degrees at the University of British Columbia, Justine began her career at St. George’s School, teaching Gr. 6/7 Art at their Junior School campus. Justine is a practicing artist and is part of a contemporary artist collective called Yactac. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, snowboarding, traveling, and learning new languages. Emma Cromack, B.Ed Gr. 6/7 Math Teacher Emma is passionate about teaching mathematics and looks forward to sharing her love of numeracy, Science and Athletics with her students. She has ten years of teaching experience in the North Vancouver School District and is a proud mother of three. In her spare time, she can be found running North Shore trails or cheering at local soccer fields.

Michelle Perry, B.A., M.Ed Grade 3 Teacher Michelle Perry joined the Collingwood community in March 2012, covering Senior English at Morven. After completing her B.A. at Carleton University in Ottawa, Michelle received her M. Ed in New York State. She has completed additional certification in the Primary/Junior/Intermediate divisions and a Reading Specialist with OISE, University of Toronto. Michelle has had the opportunity to teach across all three divisions and brings a wealth of experience to Collingwood. She loves the outdoors and can be found sailing, paddle boarding and hiking with her dog Bailey. Rheanne Stevens, B.A.,B.Ed.,M.Ed Director of Intermediate and Middle Years Program Rheanne arrived in North Vancouver in early August with her husband, Jim, and her two boys Morgan and Quinn. Prior to coming to Collingwood School, Rheanne taught at Weston School in Montreal, was a member of the leadership team at Kingsway College school in Ontario as the Junior Division Lead Teacher, and worked at OISE’s Institute of Child Studies in Toronto where she taught grade 5/6, mentored new teachers, was part of many research projects and led teaching and learning sessions.

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MEET OUR NEW ASSOCIATE FACULTY

New Associate Faculty L-R: Lauren Dey, Elise Van Draanen, Laura Wilson , Jessica Hanna, Seema Ahad

Seema Ahad, B.Sc., B.Ed., Seema has been involved with children and youth since she was a teenager. Her family helped to raise two children with special needs and she has many years of experience working with children with developmental disabilities and autism. She believes all children have the power to do great things. In her spare time, Seema enjoys reading, camping, travelling, and cooking. Her interest in European History and ancient times has led her to a new passion in antiquing and collecting unique pieces from the past. She has two years of experience teaching in independent schools and is eager to work with her new colleagues. Christine Bernier, B.Sc., B.Ed. Collingwood Alumna ‘02 Christine graduated from Collingwood in 2002, and is excited to be back at her alma mater and begin her new career as a teacher. Christine has just returned from Dalian in China where she taught Science and Chemistry at a BC offshore school.

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She is thrilled to be working with the faculty and staff at Collingwood. Lauren Dey, B.A A graduate of SFU, Lauren has recently earned her teaching certificate and is nearing completion of a B.Ed., focusing on learning and developmental disabilities. She is also completing a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Sustainable Community Development. Lauren grew up in Abbotsford competing as a dancer and as a member of an all-star cheerleading team. She brings to Collingwood experience and enthusiasm as a dance educator and a diverse volunteer background tackling social justice issues and advocating for sustainability education. Lauren is thrilled to join the Collingwood team this year.


NEW ASSOCIATE FACULTY

Katie Greene, B.A., B.Ed. A West Vancouver native, Katie is looking forward to teaching where she received an exceptional education. A graduate of UBC, she has continued to do additional coursework there in Educational Technology and ESL. She has had experience teaching at both West Bay and Irwin Park elementary schools in the past few years. In her free time, Katie enjoys being active, whether it’s playing soccer, doing the Grouse Grind, and running, including the Vancouver Marathon and the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. Katie is looking forward to getting to know the students, parents and staff this year at Collingwood. summer tradition. Jessica Hanna, B.A., B.Ed. Jessica Hanna is excited to start working at Collingwood this Fall. Her passion for travel and learning has taken her to Europe and the South Pacific. With the SFU International Program Jessica had the opportunity to travel to and teach in India. Jessica enjoys staying active through rugby and kickboxing. Teaching martial arts for the past six years helped inspire her to become an educator. Meaghan Rocca , B.A., Dip. Ed After being with us last year as an Associate Faculty, Meaghan is excited to return to Collingwood. Following her Honours Degree in Outdoor Recreation and Leisure Studies from Brock University in Southern Ontario, Meaghan continued her education on the East coast of Australia, where she received her Diploma in Education in 2008 from the University of Wollongong.

She remained in Australia for an additional year to teach, and to pursue her love for travel and beach-life before moving to Vancouver. She is passionate about hockey, reading, outdoor activities and in her free time loves to go hiking with her dog. Elise van Draanen , B.A., B.Ed. Elise grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and completed both her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. After visiting Vancouver during a school holiday, she fell in love with the city and decided to move here after graduating from university. Elise loves to spend time exploring the outdoors, and is a running enthusiast. She is thrilled to be joining the Collingwood team and is looking forward to the upcoming school year. Laura Wilson (Haug), B.A., B.Ed. Following her Bachelor of General Studies, with a focus in Early Childhood Education and Psychology, Laura completed the Professional Development Program at Simon Fraser University. Having worked with children for years in various capacities such as coach, camp counsellor, swimming instructor, and primary teacher, Laura is looking forward to sharing in the classroom discoveries of Collingwood students this year.

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WELCOME NEW STUDENTS & STAFF

Members of Student Exec (left) prepared lunch for new students and their buddies on New Student Day 2012

A Very Special Welcome‌ ‌to Collingwood School to all of our new students and their families for the 2012-2013 school year. This year we have enrolled more than 240 new students, including 87 siblings, across both campuses. We have three large entry points at our Wentworth campus: in our JK program where we have enrolled our 32 youngest students; in our Kindergarten class where we welcomed another 34 boys and girls who entered Collingwood for the first time; and in our Grade 7 class where the addition of 22 new students enabled us to expand the traditional number of Grade 7 classes from four to five. . Many of our new students have come to us from local schools; however, a large number of our new students and their families have joined us from further afield including Australia, Bermuda, China, Croatia, Dubai, England, France, Iran, Japan, Korea, Panama, Singapore, Spain, Russia and the United States. We wish all of our new Collingwood families a year full of wonderful opportunities, rewarding experiences, and memorable moments. Welcome to the Collingwood family! New Parent Receptions: The School is hosting three New Parent Receptions during the month of September. Invitations have been emailed to all new parents, and we look forward to introducing new parents to some of our key volunteers, members of our Senior Leadership Team and student leaders. We encourage all new parents to come and learn more about the School.

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NEW STAFF New Collingwood Staff L- R : Sharifa Samuels, Catherine Hsu, Shawn Ayers and Jeanine Gilmour

Sharifa Samuels, BComm Communications and Marketing Assistant After completing her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Guelph in 2008, Sharifa set off on a two and a half year adventure to South Korea where she taught English. After living and traveling through Asia, visiting such countries as: Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand, she returned to Canada where she completed a Senior Graduate Certificate in New Media and Web Development from BCIT in Vancouver, BC in 2012. As the Communications and Marketing Assistant, she is the newest member of the Advancement team and will be making Collingwood look amazing in the monthly Connects e-magazine amongst other projects. Catherine Hsu, MBA Accounts Payable Accountant Catherine has joined the Finance Department as our Accounts Payable accountant. She previously worked for an international mining company as an accountant and she has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Portland. As a Pace level (Level 5) student, she is currently working toward a Certificate General Accountant designation. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and outdoor activities such as playing basketball and walking along the beach.

Sean Ayers, MBA Accounts Payable Accountant Sean joins Collingwood on a contract basis through Compton Fundraising Consultants as our Capital Campaign Manager. He is originally from the Fraser Valley and has lived on the West Coast his whole life. He graduated from the University of Victoria with a B.A. in Philosophy. While at UVic he was introduced to Development and fundraising, and began working with UVic’s annual giving office. Since then he has worked with several not-for-profit organizations including post-secondary schools, arts and culture, and service organizations. Jeanine Gilmour Pediatric Nurse Jeanine Gilmour is joining the Collingwood Wentworth Health Center during this “transition” year. She comes to us with a strong background in pediatric nursing having spent the past two years working at BC Children’s Hospital’s Sunny Hill program for children with disabilities and special needs. Jeanine loves working with children of all ages and has already developed some great relationships with the students of Wentworth. In her spare time Jeanine enjoys spending time outdoors and is settling in to her new home in Vancouver’s West End.

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SCHOOL LIFE HEAD BOY & HEAD GIRL

LEWIS WINS JUNIOR CHAMPION Late in the summer, Nicholas Lewis (Gr. 9) played in the Capilano Golf Club Junior Championships. After a very exciting and suspenseful final 18 holes, Nicholas emerged as the Junior Champion! Congratulations to Nicholas and special mention to his father, Bob who caddied for him over the weekend!

2012/2013 Head Boy Adam Wray and Head Girl Hailey Reeves

SUMMER SCHOOL AT YALE William Li spent his summer at the Ivy Scholars Program at Yale University. In the intensive two week program, he navigated the fields of law, philosophy, political science, international relations, and economics. He met some amazingly accomplished Yale professors and alumni, such as John Negroponte, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and Director of National Intelligence, and gained a deeper understanding of the internal clockworks of the internationalism and the driving forces behind human society, all part of the big question: ‘”Why do people and nations act the way they do?” After surviving this intense experience, William knew that something had changed within himself. He has taken from this experience erudition, a talented network of individuals, and most importantly, a prominent inner self that he knows will last a lifetime.

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Nicholas Lewis, Capilano Golf Club Junior Champion 2012

UPCOMING EVENTS Gr. 4 Outdoor School at Camp Sasamat• 9/17- 9/19 Gr. 8- 12 Student Photo Day• 9/17 Gr. 12 Parents’ Info Night• 9/17 Legacy Drop-off (Wentworth) • 9/18 & 9/19 Unishop Collection • 9/19 Unishop Sale • 9/20 Parents’ Council Greens & Jeans Golf, BBQ and Party • 9/21


IN PERFECT HARMONY It was a perfect summer day on August 11th, with the sun shining brightly and a delightful breeze blowing in from the water. So began Creative Kids Day, a special event that’s part of the Harmony Arts Festival. Collingwood School proudly sponsored the event this year, which featured entertainment for the pint-sized and their parents, all in lovely John Lawson Park in West Vancouver.

painting. Expertly manning the paintbrush was Melanie Dawn, a professional makeup artist, whose fanciful face creations were a big hit with young and old alike. Melanie painted over 80 customers, letting them choose designs such as princesses, butterflies and dragons, to name a few. There were even a few who emerged with their faces completely transformed into Spiderman!

Many visited the Collingwood tent adjacent to the stage, not only to get information about our School, but also to get their complimentary face

We were happy to be an event sponsor at this well-attended, family-friendly event in our community!

CHINESE PARENTS’ CLUB COFFEE MORNING On Friday September 7th, the Collingwood Chinese Parents’ Club kicked off a new year with a very successful Coffee Morning at Hollyburn Country Club. Close to 90 parents attended (of which 50 were new parents), and heard from the Chair, Justina Hui about the many events the club has planned over the course of the year. Jimmy Yee, volunteer coordinator for the Wentworth Lunch Program spoke to the group about the program and encouraged parent volunteers. Special guests, Headmaster Rodger Wright, Executive Director of Advancement Susan Hazell and Parents’ Council Chair Monica Clemiss also spoke to the group about the school’s exciting year ahead. The purpose of the Collingwood Chinese Parents’ Club is to provide social opportunities for parents to come together and learn more about the school. We are very grateful to Justina Hui and the following individuals who help with the committee and with organizing the many events: Christine Ding, Sumei Zhang, Catherine Zhao, Grace Wang, Iris Tang, Jenny Lin, Li Yang, Min Ding, Tina Tian, and Vivian Chen.

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CAMPUS & COMMUNITY

SUMMER WORK AT COLLINGWOOD While most of us were enjoying the summer holidays, our maintenance crews were hard at work with renovations, cleaning and painting that can only happen once the buildings are empty. Here is a quick list of some of the renovations and enhancements made at both campuses this summer! Morven Campus • New roof over the entire “300” level of the Parents Wing (everything from the English Domain up to the House Masters office area) • New Art rooms created in rooms 3/4/5 (new flooring, construction of office areas/storage rooms, repainting + moving all of the contents from the portables to storage and then to the new areas). • Repainting of all corridors/washrooms/common areas • Re orientation of the rear parking lot to allow for additional stalls. • Regular summer cleaning (strip/wax all tile and lino floors as well as shampooing all carpeted areas). • Renovation in Room 2 (wall removal) to allow for Grad Lounge. Wentworth Campus • Major renovation to classrooms 234/233 (creating 2 administrative offices, 4 Learning Support Spaces and one swing room out of 2 classrooms) • New furnishings for all of the above 234/233 spaces with the exception of the swing room

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• New classroom furnishings for all 3 Kindergarten rooms • New classroom furniture for all new grade 7 areas • New double Fridge for Wentworth Lunch Program installed. • Repainting of all corridors/washrooms/common areas • Regular summer cleaning (strip/wax all tile and lino floors as well as shampooing all carpeted areas).

MORVEN CONSTRUCTION UPDATE The first phase of the Morven redevelopment, the excavation of the site, was completed during the summer taking advantage of the weather and school holidays. The excavation company (Matcon) did an excellent job and the site is now prepared for the construction to begin. Currently we are working with the architects to complete the working drawings so that we can tender the project. We anticipated the project tender to be awarded towards the end of October, with construction starting in mid-November. Our redevelopment is a large, complex project that will require a lot of coordination by the contractors, the architects, and the school. We are taking the extra time to ensure that everything to do with the project is carefully planned and coordinated. We look forward to keeping you updated as aditional news and progress unfolds.


PARKING, SHUTTLE AND TRAFFIC CHANGES AT MORVEN Due to construction there will be some changes to the drop off and pick up procedures at the Morven Campus. We count on your cooperation in order to ensure a safe, smooth and efficient drop off and pick up process. Wentworth Shuttle The Wentworth Shuttle will be operating from the front of the school. Wentworth students should wait at the front by the main doors. There will be supervision for Wentworth students at all times. The afternoon shuttle will drop at the same location. Parking The rear parking lots are closed to parents and students. This area is for construction access only and there is strictly no parking in the rear of the school at any time. The school will be implementing a strict tow away policy for any unauthorized vehicles parked in the rear of the school. There will be no student parking in or around the school during the 2012/13 school year. Registered grade 12 students will be able to use an area of the Park Royal mall parking lot and use a shuttle bus service to the school. However the school asks parents to consider other options such as the school bus service for senior students to get to school. Drop Off and Pick Up Traffic Pattern Changes Beginning this September (and continuing throughout the construction process), the Morven one way system currently used for the afternoon pick up will also be implemented for morning drop off. Access to the school will be via Bonnymuir onto Glengarry and Morven Drive. To leave the school, you must use Morven Drive onto Glenmore Drive, Deep Dene Road and out onto Stevens Drive. The bottom (east) end of Morven Drive will be closed off during the am drop off and pm pick up, so do not try to access the school from this direction. Vehicles approaching from this direction will be turned around causing additional congestion for everybody. Drop Off and Pick Up Changes Due to the closing of the rear parking lots, the school bus service will be operating from the front of the school. The front drive through will be exclusively for school bus use. Parents are asked to drop off and pick up on Morven Drive and are not to enter the front drive through during these times. To ensure smooth operation of the school bus service unattended vehicles left in the front drive through will be towed at the owner’s expense.

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SAFETY FIRST! Visitor Parking There will be a limited number of visitor parking spaces in the front of the school. When using these spaces a parking pass must be obtained from the front desk and placed in the vehicle. Please note that there will be no access to these parking lots between 8:00am to 8:45am and 2:45pm to 3.45pm due to school bus operation. Please remember when driving in the neighborhood to be courteous to our neighbors who have been generous with the school on a daily basis during construction disruption. Do not block driveways or access to neighbors’ properties. Keep to the 50 km speed limits on the approach roads and the 30 km limit in the school block for the safety of all our students and neighbors. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding during the Morven Redevelopment Project. Your cooperation and patience are greatly appreciated.

WENTWORTH SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM Wentworth is pleased to offer 3 separate lunch programs which allow us to cater to your child’s needs at each age level. The lunch program is offered for Grades K-7, three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) and for Junior Kindergarten, five days a week. Term 1 begins September 24th Please order online September 7th**-19th (**September 10th for JK) Visit www.collingwood.org/page.cfm?p=2334 for more information about the program and how to order.

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Please contact the Advancement Office (advancement@collingwood.org) with any questions of comments.


HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT

ATTENTION ALL COLLINGWOOD FAMILIES TIME TO UPDATE YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH INFORMATION As a new school year begins and teams, camps and co-curricular activities get started it is vital that the nursing staff, teachers and coaches have the most up-to-date health information on your child. This will enable us to provide the best care and supply emergency services with correct information (allergies, health history, etc.) in the unlikely event of an injury. Students will not be allowed to participate on teams or attend camps and trips unless they have a current BC Care Card or other health insurance number on record. You can update your child’s health information at http://health.collingwood.org Please contact the Health Center staff on either campus with any questions or concerns. Thank you for helping us take care of your child!

Grade 4 Wentworth students practising for the Terry Fox Run

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