September 14 / 2018


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Dear York School Community,  

Curriculum Night is an annual event that offers parents an opportunity to meet your son or daughter’s teachers, and learn about the curriculum. The York School has the expertise and the faculty in delivering a global curriculum, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes from kindergarten through to grade 12.

What makes the IB world class is that it is informed by research and practice. The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. (IBO, 2013 ). The delivery of such a lofty aim is achieved in a myriad of ways, including putting the student at the centre of their learning, contextualizing learning, and teaching how to learn.

The York School faculty is well trained in the IB programme and many are even trainers of the programme. York School faculty are deeply committed to teaching both the York School’s mission and IB philosophy, ‘To develop knowledgeable, inquiring, caring and engaged citizens of the world’. The rapid growth of technology, diminishing natural resources, and implications of climate change has required us, and future generations, to be innovative problem solvers, effective communicators and caring people.

While the IB curriculum strives to challenge students to excel in their studies and personal growth, The York School touch is to deliver the curriculum through a set of experiences that evoke action and reflection. Yesterday, we enjoyed meeting all the parents at the Junior School for curriculum night. Next week, September 20 from 7- 9 pm we invite you to join us at 1320 Yonge for Middle and Senior School curriculum nights to learn highlights of The York School curriculum delivered by a world class faculty.

Helen Gin
Middle School Principal
IB Educator since 1997


As you may be aware the Ministry of Education announced this summer the partial roll back of the 2015 sex education curriculum. While the exact changes are still unclear to both independent and public schools in Ontario, we wanted to address our community regarding the school’s position.

The York School strives to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are engaged citizens of the world. We do this by being principled, balanced, open minded and courageous. As both a co-ed independent school and an IB World School, we will stay true to our values by continuing to promote and celebrate a caring, inclusive community. This means teaching sex education that is both respectful and age-appropriate while also addressing the many challenges that our children will face in the world in which they are living, including topics such as gender identity, consent and cyber-safety. We will continue to teach, as we have been doing so for the past number of years, the 2015 curriculum.

Thank you for your support in ensuring the school continues to fulfill its mission. Please don’t hesitate to reach out should you have any questions.

Conor Jones
Head of School


Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Terry Fox was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed bone cancer and forced to have his right leg amputated in 1977.

While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients, many of them young children, that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.

Called the Marathon of Hope, Terry started his run in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980 with little fanfare. On September 1st, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres, Terry was forced to stop running outside of Thunder Bay. Cancer had spread to his lungs. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age 22. To date, over $750 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name.

The York School honours Terry with a school-wide run that joins both schools in a run up to, and along, the Beltline. To ensure an orderly flow and to avoid bottlenecks along the course, we are planning for a staggered start on this year’s run. All runs start at the Junior School Playground.

  • Grades 6 & 7 will join their JK/SK buddies at 1:30 in the Junior School Playground. After a warm up, they will head out together through the cemetery to the Beltline.

  • Grades 8 & 9 will join grades 1 & 3 at 2:00.

  • Grade 10 & 12 will join with grades 4 & 5 at 2:30.

Students and staff are invited to wear York athletic casual, house shirts or past or current Terry Fox shirts.

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Parents! Come join in on the fun! Meet us in the Junior School Playground at your child’s allotted run time. Parents with pets, please meet us at the gates of the Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Yonge.

The Terry Fox activities are expected wrap up at the Junior School at 3:30, so there will be lot’s of excitement at the pick-up area. Please drive with care when entering the kiss-and-ride to pick up your child.

The run for Terry will be rain or shine. Fill up your water bottle, and let’s carry on with Terry’s legacy!


Created and run by expats, the main role of YIP is to provide our community with a network of international families who, just like you, have moved to Toronto either on a short-term contract or to make Canada their new home. The YIP community welcomes all globally minded parents (new, existing and past) of the York School. If you are interested in getting involved in our many activities, we encourage you to attend some of our events. We are looking for new committee members to support our wonderful community.

To hear more about our events, join our YIP email list through and our Facebook group (York International Parents); or look at the Parent Events in The Flash.

Click here to read more about out events from September to December.

The 2018/2019 YIP Committee

Laurel Ann Baker Corneli
Jacque Bruno
Debbie Bryane
Elisa Cardilli
Willemijn van der Donk
Kerstin Lueck
Vicki McGurgan
Nancy Nash
Jackie Sklenka
Jo White

Facility Rentals Update

Please note that we will not be taking on any new parent or external rentals until further notice. We are currently in the process of re-evaluating and updating our rental program to better suit our community. We thank you for your patience and understanding.