October 13 / 2017

Message from David Hanna, Director of University Counselling

David Hanna and Jennifer Elliott VISTING Julien Gosset ('16) at Harvard

David Hanna and Jennifer Elliott VISTING Julien Gosset ('16) at Harvard

Leaves are falling and daylight hours are getting shorter. Homework is piling up and soon enough, so too will the snow. This can mean only one thing to a university counsellor – peak university application season is upon us.
Since early September, our school has hosted 31 university visits. Admissions officers from institutions across Canada, the US, Europe and the UK have come to our school specifically to entice, inform, persuade and encourage our students to consider their institution as a post-secondary choice. The parade of visits continues. In fact, we have 35 more universities visiting The York School before the end of November. Post-secondary institutions around the world are vying to attract the best candidates for their openings – and it is not surprising to know they are interested in our students.
It is also no coincidence that this is the time of year you are seeing many universities advertising their success stories in papers like The Globe and Mail, subway adverts, magazine ads and the like. Their mandate is to showcase the talent they have produced and to recruit the best possible students to their schools and programs – and we know this. We also know that the stories our students develop during their time at The York School are critical.
Students naturally assume that marks matter, and they do. They assume that co-curricular commitments matter, and they do. But the narrative that expresses how each student is unique among his or her peers, and indeed, among his or her fellow applicants, is the principal narrative in which top-flight, world class institutions or programs will fundamentally be interested in admitting through their gates.
The York School gives every student the opportunity to discover what inspires them. We are committed to encouraging our students to take this inspiration and do something with it that goes beyond what others might think to do. We recognize that when students do this – when they pursue a passion that takes them on a course that others haven’t dared to chart – that they create the kind of story that postsecondary institutions want to learn about, foster and become a part of. 

I have great expectations that one day, a story that started at The York School will blossom at university and be featured in the Globe and Mail and beyond. 
I look forward to seeing you and your child to discuss the possibilities. Until then, have a great weekend.

David J. Hanna
Director of University Counselling
I invite you to follow me on Twitter: @dhanna62


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The York School AGM will take place on October 25th, 2017 at 6:00 PM at 1320 Yonge Street. 

Due to popular demand, The York Parents’ Association (YPA) will be now be accepting donations twice a year.

Please drop off your donations between Friday, October 13th and Friday, October 20th. Simply leave any items in one of the donation bins in the lobby of the school. All donations should be in clean and good condition, bagged and ready for resale.

Thursday, October 26 - 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Junior School (basement level just outside the York Shop).
Please have your paperwork that was sent with the uniform completed with your uniform return or exchange items.

On Thursday, October 19th our Senior School mentors are running a positive ticketing campaign at the Junior and Middle/Senior School, to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. The students will be distributing pamphlets with important information and facts to our parents at morning drop off. 

Please note that this event may be filmed and photographed by external media. Please contact communications@yorkschool.com if you have any concerns.

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