Senior School - February 23 / 2018

Device- Free Day


Last Thursday, the Middle and Senior Schools participated in a device-free day during which all phones and laptops were put away, breaks were extended to allow students to talk with one another, and teachers committed to delivering good old-fashioned low tech lessons. Although it was difficult for some, comments received from the students indicated a general happiness with having a break from their screens.

Here are a few comments we received from the students at the end of the day:

“No social media stress”

“I enjoyed time with my friends. I also found that learning in classes was very different and refreshing.”

“It is definitely helpful because it allows me to have a conversation with friends without distractions.”

“There was more interaction between the students, we connected a lot more and were very focused in class.”

“Do it once a month.”

“Do it once a week.”


Hollywood Trip
On Thursday, February 15th twelve Film and Art students went to Hollywood, California to broaden their understanding of art, film and design. We spent four glorious days experiencing art in its many forms. We saw exciting modern art at The Broad, famous pre-20th Century art at the beautiful Getty museum and stunning architecture at the Disney Concert Hall. We toured the studios of Warner Brothers, Paramount and Universal and saw how our favourite tv shows and movies come together. At the famous Chinese Theater, we saw Black Panther and couldn’t believe our luck when the Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman, and Kevin Feige the president of Marvel and the writer/director Ryan Coogler introduced the movie.

We also participated in the filming of America’s Funniest Home Videos so be sure to play ‘Spot the York School Student’ when it airs on April 15th on ABC. One of our students was runner-up to winning $100 for best-dressed audience member! Ms. Bauld and Ms. Balomenos felt honoured to travel with such a fine group of students and quite honestly… we had a blast!

Please click to see photos on our Facebook page.

Debate & Public Speaking - York Goes International!

Ryan Cho

Ryan Cho

From February 9th to 12th, York School students Ryan Cho and Ben Singer competed at the Senior National Public Speaking Championships at St. John's Ravenscourt. The students had to participate in four events - impromptu speaking, impromptu debating, persuasive speaking and interpretive reading. After a gruelling eight-round competition, both Ben and Ryan made it to the finals of persuasive speaking.

When all the results were tabulated, Ryan Cho placed 8th overall in the country. As a result of his overall placement, Ryan will represent Canada at the World Individual Debate and Public Speaking Championships held at the Bishop's Diocesan School in Cape Town, South Africa!

Ryan is the fifth York School student since 2010 to qualify for the World Championships!

Congratulations, Ryan! We are so incredibly proud of you!

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