KEEPING P.A.C.E. | FEBRUARY 2020
THE PACE OF THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE
February held a number of amazing learning experiences for our students, including the highly anticipated University of Toronto Model United Nations Conference (UTMUN). This four-day conference was a unique and exciting opportunity for our high school students to draft resolutions, engage in heated debates, and master the art of diplomacy and negotiations. UTMUN committees integrated dynamic and real-world crises that carried far-reaching international implications. Each crisis update built on preceding events, compounded conflicts, and challenged delegates to adapt to escalating security threats and paradigm shifts. Our very own grade 12 student, Timothy Ma, won an award for his participation in the Tiananmen Committee where he portrayed the ‘role’ of Wan Li. Congratulations Timothy!
THE PACE OF HIGHER LEVEL THINKING AND PERSONAL GROWTH
Our grades 6 and 7 students visited the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts to see Things My Foresisters Saw – a play in celebration of Black History Month. This play shares the rarely-told stories of women who helped shape this country. In this one-woman act, students met four women of African descent who effected change in Canada. Students witnessed the impact these women had not only during their time, but also in ours.
As a complement to our Health for Life course, grade 9 students participated in an in-house, immersive training experience in CPR and First Aid. Under the direction of a certified instructor, students were able to learn basic lifesaving skills. Students received training in Emergency First Aid, CPR Level C and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) – skills that could save a life! Congratulations grade 9s on passing this certification!
THE PACE OF THE ARTS
P.A.C.E. participated in the Canadian Improv Games, an annual event that takes place across Canada. Already in its 43rd season, this organization has grown a lot! It is a place that provides not only a space for improv teams to compete, but also free workshops, coaching and consultation – plenty of support needed for high school improv students to thrive in this craft. Every year, P.A.C.E. invites high school students to join our Monday after-school improv practices run by Mr. Short and Mr. Obradovic. An unlimited number of students can join the practices, but only eight people can participate in the competition. This year we had six grade 10 and 11 students who represented us on February 18th at Iona High School in Mississauga.
THE PACE OF ATHLETICS
February was a very athletic month. Our students faced off with many teams:
- Our U20 Boys Basketball team competed against Royal Crown Academic School
- Our Elementary Basketball team competed against Lynn-Rose Heights and Tall Pines School
- Our U20 Girls Volleyball Game competed against Town Centre Private School, North Toronto Christian School, Peoples Christian Academy, Newton’s Grove School, Toronto Waldorf School and Royal Crown Academic School
SETTING THE PACE FOR MARCH 2020
Following a productive and exciting February, we are ready to dive into more fantastic opportunities for our students and of course our spring break. Mark your calendars!
- March 3: Our grade 11 biology and physics students visit the Ontario Science Centre
- March 6: Report cards are distributed
- March 6 – 22: Spring break! School closed on March 6 at noon
- March 26 – 27: Parent-teacher interviews
- March 31: Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test