April 6 / 2018

Message from David Hamilton, Senior School Principal

As you sit silently reading these words, Grade 10 student Ryan Cho is sitting on a plane, rehearsing words that he will give voice to 13,000 kilometers away, in Cape Town, South Africa. For Ryan, accompanied by his venerable coach, Grace Nolan, is heading to the World Individual Debate and Public Speaking Championships, an honour he qualified for in February. It is fitting that the World Championships be held in South Africa, where Nelson Mandela raised his voice to bring about an end to apartheid.

While we don’t expect Ryan’s words to have quite that impact, we are very proud of what Ryan, and so many other York School students have accomplished by raising their voice in the context of public speaking and debating events. This year has been a banner year for The York School debating team and its three coaches, Ms. Nolan, Mr. Burkett and Ms. Barber, with both Middle School and Senior School students placing well in almost every event we have entered.

And now it is our turn to host some of the best of Ontario’s debaters in the final Fulford League debating competition here at The York School on April 21st.  I strongly recommend that you take this opportunity to attend the debating tournament and act as a judge. As Mandela once said,

A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other must be closer, and thus emerge stronger.
— Nelson Mandela

To volunteer on April 21, 2018 as a Fulford judge, please fill out this form.


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The York School Now Accepts Credit Cards!

We are excited to announce that we now accept credit card payments through Plastiq. Using Plastiq, a third-party service provider, you can pay with MasterCard, Visa or American Express:

Go to https://TheYorkSchool.plastiq.com and register with Plastiq to create an account.

Complete the Student Payment Form indicating your student’s account number and the amount for payment. 

Please note that payments may take 3-5 business days to process and that a Plastiq service fee will be applied (2.5% for credit cards). Plastiq is also available as an app on iOS devices - just snap a picture or screenshot of ANY bill, and Plastiq will take care of the rest.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is Plastiq?

Plastiq is an online payment service that gives people the freedom to pay ANY bill or invoice with their favorite credit card, even if the business doesn't accept cards. By taking your card payment and sending it to the business as a check or bank transfer, Plastiq makes it easier for you to pay the way you want.

2. Is Plastiq secure?

Absolutely – Plastiq implements top of the line security measures to ensure the protection of both our application and your financial information. Plastiq is certified compliant to the highest level of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS).

3. What card brands does Plastiq accept?

MasterCard, Visa, and American Express credit, pre-paid or gift cards are accepted for nearly all Plastiq payments.

4. What is the Plastiq service fee?

Plastiq charges a small service fee so that you can enjoy the convenience of using your credit card and paying online. The fee is 2.5% for credit cards and 1% for debit cards.

5. Does Plastiq have a mobile app?

Plastiq is also available as an app on iOS devices - just snap a picture or screenshot of ANY bill, and Plastiq will take care of the rest.



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