Volunteer opportunity at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation

Attention Students: This March Break, do you want to: have fun and make a meaningful contribution to the lives of kids with disabilities? Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital has March Break programs that offer students the opportunity to gain Community Service Hours by volunteering in programs for kids with disabilities. Working alongside Holland Bloorview staff, you will have an unforgettable March Break experience. Visit for more information, or email Kim Tucker at Year-round student volunteer opportunities are also available!

University of Toronto Munk One program open house

   Munk One, the University of Toronto’s Foundation Program is dedicated to providing first-year students with interdisciplinary training focused on innovation and global problem-solving. Our program caters to students who want to tackle complex global problems in education, health, poverty, security, digital governance or the environment. A Munk One student is someone who wants to have impact – through research and action – in the global community.

Program highlights: small class sizes, close connections with professors and distinguished experts from your first year of university, labs tackling real world problems, courses dedicated to building research skills and interdisciplinary knowledge, case competitions and the chance to study abroad.

The Munk One Open House is on Wednesday February 13 from 6-8pm. Come to find out more at the Boardroom and Library of the Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor Street West. Space is limited, so RSVP as soon as possible by clicking here . Looking forward to meeting you!

Enrich Yourself - Take in a Free Lecture

Darwin Day Free Public Lecture – University of Toronto

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The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at The University of Toronto invites you to celebrate International Darwin Day with this thought-provoking lecture. International Darwin Day inspires people around the world to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, scientific thinking, and hunger for truth as embodied in Charles Darwin. Genetics, genealogy, and our vast family tree

February 12, 2019 | 7:30pm
Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2102
100 St. George Street

What can our DNA really tell us about our distant relatives, ancestors, and the history of human migration?

With the increasing popularity of human genome sequences databases such as AncestryDNA & 23andMe, questions are rising about the use, misuse and application of the data gathered. Professor Graham Coop, a leading scientist in this field, will discuss how DNA databases are used in the context of understanding family history, ancestry, and solving crimes.

Summer 2019…

Thinking of….

  • Volunteering  or taking a course overseas?

  • Participating in a unique learning opportunity?

  • Learning another language?

  • How about taking a GAP year?

Check out  the Travel, Experiential Education and GAP Year Fair At Royal St. George’s College
120 Howland Avenue (In Ketchum Hall)
Saturday, February 9th from 11am to 2pm
Open to students, parents and teachers.
Free to attend.

Please note - there is very little parking onsite.
If you have any questions, please email Emma Totten at


Rotman Commerce Women in Business (RCWIB) is hosting its 10th annual Women's Leadership Symposium (WLS) at the Shangri-La Hotel on March 2nd 2019. WLS is the largest student run conference in Toronto. This dynamic conference will unite and empower some of the brightest students from across the country and connect them with top industry reps from across the province. Students will have the chance to listen to and interact with experienced professionals from areas such as marketing, accounting, finance and more!

This year, RCWIB is allowing five high school students to attend their Women's Leadership Symposium They are looking for students who demonstrate a passion for women empowerment and a strong interest in business.

Applications are DUE by February 3rd 2019 at 11:59pm. Successful applicants will be contacted no later than February 8th 2019. The application is HERE:


Some universities in Canada have adopted the practice of making conditional offers to a small number of students based on their grade 11 final marks. Some of you, therefore, have received offers already and more will hear good news over the next month. Do not panic if you do not receive an offer this early. Many of the more competitive programs will wait for additional academic information before making any offers.

As soon as Ontario universities receive the February grades, many admission offices will begin to make conditional offers to applicants they perceive to be the most highly qualified. These offers are usually extended between late February and early April.

Where a supplemental application is required for admission, you will not be considered until that information has been submitted, so the earlier the supplement goes in the better.

In some instances, however, Ontario universities will wait until they see the April grades before they make a decision about your admissibility, either because your standing wasn’t quite high enough in Feb.  or because you have applied for a highly selective program such as Queen’s Commerce, U of T or Waterloo Engineering, or the Arts and Science program at McMaster. These conditional offers will typically be made in April or May.

Universities in other provinces take a similar approach, although there are significant differences in timing. All students will have heard from Canadian universities (one way or another) by late May.

The winter term grades are used by some universities to determine the level of scholarship they offer to a student, while other universities will wait to decide on scholarship offers until they see the final grades in July. Either way, April grades can have a significant impact on your financial future!

April grades also come into play if you are placed on a wait-list for a US university. An increase in marks in the winter term can strengthen your case for a late offer of admission.

All university offers in Canada, the US, and the UK are conditional on final grades and offers of admission can be withdrawn if the final grades in July are not satisfactory.

Out-of-Province Universities

All students are reminded that in order for The University Counselling Office to send transcripts to out-of-province universities, they must add these schools to their Naviance account.

In many cases, out-of-province applications have a spot for your OUAC reference number. McGill University and the University of British Columbia also require IB students to include their IB personal code on their application. Your IB information can be found in your Managebac account.

Deadlines for out-of-province universities vary:

·        Tuesday, January 15—Scholarship deadline for King’s College (Halifax)

·        Tuesday, January 15—University of British Columbia

·        Tuesday, January 15—Major scholarship deadline for Simon Fraser University

·        Friday, February 1—McGill University

·        Thursday, February 7—Major scholarship deadline for McGill University

·        Thursday, February 28—University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University

·        Friday, March 1—King’s College (Halifax), Concordia University, Bishop’s University

·        Friday, March 15—Dalhousie University

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Students who have applied to UBC may note that their application account mentions the need for an “interim official IB Anticipated Grades Form.” Please be reassured that the IB Schools of Ontario interim transcript that The York School sends to UBC for all our students is considered acceptable for this form. There is no need for concern.


It is important for students and parents to remember that the vast majority of scholarships at Canadian universities are based on grades and do not require a separate application. The competition for those few scholarships that consider both grades and extracurricular activities is extremely intense, requiring top marks and outstanding leadership in non-academic commitments. Such applications require a considerable investment of time, as they must be completed carefully if they are to impress a scholarship committee. Rushed applications are never successful!

Remember that if the scholarship requires a letter of reference, you must first speak with the teacher, adviser, or coach. Please try to give referees at least a month’s notice whenever possible. A good letter of reference takes time to write! It is courteous to write your referee a note of thanks.

Your university counsellor is pleased to assist you in brainstorming ideas for application essays and in editing the final version. Don’t hesitate to ask!


Carleton University Prestige Scholarships

Carleton University offers 24 Prestige Scholarships ranging up to $30,000 in value. Students submitting an application must have an admission average of 90% or better and must have demonstrated leadership roles in their extracurricular activities throughout high school. Applications can be found on the website or here. Completed applications must be received by the university awards office by March 1.

Dalhousie University scholarships

At Dalhousie University, a scholarship application can be completed on line if you already have an offer of admission. There is a paper application for those students who have applied to Dalhousie, but not yet received an offer. Most scholarships are based solely on academic merit and leadership qualities; however, a few consider financial need as well. In order to be eligible for consideration, students must have at least 26 IB points or a minimum average of 80% in their Ontario diploma. The application deadline is March 1; more details can be found here.

Major scholarships at Mount Allison University
The premier entrance scholarship at the university is the Bell Scholarship (worth $12,000 per year), celebrating students who have demonstrated strong academic ability, leadership potential, and achievement in volunteer work and extracurricular activities. Three letters of reference are required. The application also requires a summary of your extracurricular, volunteer, and work activities as well as a 500-word essay. More information about all scholarships at Mount Allison can be found here. Students must have received an offer of admission before that date in order to gain access to the online application and submit before the deadline of March 1


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