Alumnus Gareth Rees, teacher Nancy Mollenhauer enter Halls of Fame

Gareth Rees - Dinner Speech 2

Gareth Rees ’85 made Canadian history last week, becoming the first rugby player ever to be inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

The rugby icon is now recognized alongside 547 other athletes as one of the country’s best; a role model whose work on and off the field make him an inspiration to Canadians young and old.

Below is Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame’s biography, summarizing his terrific achievements in the sport.

Gareth Rees is known around the world for his outstanding rugby skills. At 19 years of age, he was the youngest person ever to be named to an All World Rugby XV. Gareth is also the only man to have represented his country, starting in every game, in four Consecutive Rugby World Cups – 1987, 1991, 1995, and 1999. Gareth is also the first man in the world to Captain his country in two Rugby World Cups, 1995 and 1999 and was captain of the Canadian National team 25 times in his 14 years with the team. He won scoring titles in France, Wales and England where he played professionally for a decade and Gareth is still ranked in the top 10 all-time point scorers in the Rugby World Cup. Since his retirement, Gareth has been a passionate advocate, introducing rugby to beginners of all ages across Canada and around the world.

Sportsnet Pacific will televise the induction ceremony on Nov. 2 at 5:30 pm; Nov. 3 at 12:00 pm; and Nov. 7 at 12:30 pm.

Nancy Mollenhauer headshot

And in other Halls of Fame news, the newly established Field Hockey Canada Hall of Fame announced its first inductees, and Middle School teacher Nancy Mollenhauer is one of eight to receive the inaugural honour. Nancy competed in two Olympic Games (1984 and 1988) and won silver and bronze at the 1983 and 1986 World Cups respectively.

“It’s a tremendous honour and one that I am deeply grateful for. It represents a tremendous amount of hard work and commitment, not just on my part, but on the part of my family, my teammates, coaches and supporters. Without all of these people, I wouldn’t be in a position to be celebrated for this honour,” Nancy said. “It feels really great to represent the sport and all of these individuals who helped me. My success is as much theirs as it is mine.”

Nancy’s induction ceremony happens in Vancouver on November 12.

Congratulations to these two outstanding athletes. Vivat!

(photos courtesy of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and Brady Doland)

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Athletics Week in Review: October 29


It was another busy and successful sporting week, starting with SMUS’ performance in the Vancouver Island Cross Country Meet at Beaver Lake.

Indeed, 36 runners took part in the four races, which all featured highly competitive fields of more than 120 competitors and served as provincial qualifiers.

At the Junior boys level, the Blue Jags, led by Lucas Simpson (13th) and Aubry Williams (16th), finished 4th overall to claim a BC berth. The Senior boys did, too, thanks to good balance and strong individual performances from Michael Wong-Harrison (18th) and Santiago Mazoy (24th).

The girls, unfortunately missing a number of key performers due to other school commitments, looked just to have missed out on the BCs, despite Acacia Welsford’s fine 21st-place finish. But in a late turn of events, the provincial association awarded an extra berth to the Island zone, allowing SMUS to gain entry to the season finale!

Pride of place and special congratulations go to Maia Watson, who, after a simply wonderful run, captured the gold medal in the Junior race.

Best of luck to all the SMUS athletes who will take part in the BC Championships November 1 at West Shore Parks and Recreation in Colwood.

It was another successful week for Senior girls field hockey. Fresh off winning the SMUS Invitational tournament, it was back to business in local play with games against Lambrick Park (5-0) and Mount Douglas (2-0). These wins secured first place in the league, and a chance to defend the May Tully Shield against Oak Bay on October 29 at UVic.

The team also took part in the AA Island Championships in Duncan. An Abby Fraser hat trick paved the way to a comfortable semi-final victory over Mark R. Isfeld Secondary of Courtenay, setting the stage for another showdown against Brentwood. As was the case the previous week, SMUS dominated the first half, but had only an Anna Mollenhauer goal to show for its efforts. Once again, Brentwood fought back, equalizing shortly after intermission to set the stage for a pressure-packed final 20 minutes. Finally, after waves of SMUS pressure, Olivia Donald cashed in after some great work by Rylee and Kasey Boyle. The 2-1 victory was fair reward for territorial pressure and multiple scoring chances, and secured for SMUS its third-consecutive Island AA title.

While the May Tully Shield game is immediately on the horizon, the team is also focusing on the upcoming BC AA Provincial Championships, to be held November 6-8 in Oliver.

You can browse and download photos of the Senior girls field hockey team’s victory at the AA Island Championship at the SMUS Photo Gallery.

Meanwhile, the Development team continued to battle hard, despite being matched against the other schools’ first teams. In narrow losses to Reynolds, Lambrick Park and GNS, the players did extremely well. The juniors in the group look forward to the Island finals on November 13 at Shawnigan.

After a comfortable win over Lambrick Park, with Mike Edwards and Manolo Carzo earning their first goals of the season, and Hari Ikonomou and Alec Keech in fine form, the Senior boys soccer team, with first place at stake, took on Oak Bay in its final league game.

On a wet and wind-swept Carnarvon Park, the Blue Jags didn’t manage the best start, conceding two early goals. Undeterred, the team battled back impressively, with Callum Montgomery completing a fine buildup to cut the deficit in half by the break. The next 25 minutes featured some of the best soccer played by SMUS so far this season, as the team, with Montgomery, Brian Im, Ryan Cui and Matty McColl controlling play, scored three more superb goals to lead 4-2. However, a loss of concentration then proved fatal, as fouls led to a number of free kicks. Oak Bay converted on two of these chances, with a highly entertaining game finishing level at 4-4.

Nonetheless, SMUS, by virtue of the draw, finished the league in first place with a 6-0-1 record. Next up is a Colonist Cup semi-final match against Reynolds, set to be played October 29 on the UVic turf. Next week, the team will contest the Island AA tournament at Kwalikum.

The Juniors, having scrambled back to draw Reynolds 1-1, then edged Claremont 2-1 to both remain top of the City table and qualify for Islands. Jim Newman provided the decisive goal, with Jasper Bosley securing the points with a superb diving save at the final whistle.

Next up for the team is the Island Championships in Comox from November 3-4.

In Squash, fourteen SMUS athletes participated in the Evergreen Junior Open. At Boys U15B, Lucas Galloway won all three of his matches to claim the title and serve notice he is ready to move to the main division. Matthew Wong lost by a very narrow margin in the semifinals, while Mark Felea-Motet won the consolation side of the draw.

In the boys U17, Jason Yoo and Nathan Von Hagen both finished in the top five.

On the Girls’ side, Rachel Yuen captured a silver medal at 15 level. En route, she had a fine comeback win against teammate Alex Brown (who eventually finished 5th), coming back from two games down and fighting off a number of match points. In the U17 draw, Madison Liew also claimed second place, a top performance which included a win over the tournament No. 1 seed. Playing up a level at U19, Grace Thomas faced a strong and diverse field, including opponents from Holland and Egypt. Two victories from four matches resulted in a bronze-medal finish.

Also of note were the efforts of Christian Yuen, only in Grade 5, winning at U13 level.​

The SMUS team will be collecting a lot of air miles over the next six weeks as Liew, Euan Hannigan, Robert Fisher and Hedvika Suchankova travel to Yale to watch the College Squash Ivy League scrimmages in New Haven, Conn. SMUS grads Janel Gaube ’14 (Dartmouth), Nicole Bunyan ’11 (Princeton) and Tyler Olson ’11 (Harvard) will all be on display for their respective school.

Immediately afterwards, SMUS will journey to Calgary for the Alberta Jesters Junior Open. Live updates will be available on Twitter @SMUSsquash.

In Volleyball, ​the Senior girls struggled somewhat in the Tier 1 ISA event, despite fine play from Robyn Noel, Silke Kuhn and Sasha Boehm. Nonetheless, the six hard matches against strong and skillful teams were of great value, with lessons learned hopefully transmitting to league encounters this week versus Reynolds and Claremont.

These games precede the November 1 Lower Island AA playoffs at Parkland, in which a top-four finish is required to move on to the Island Tournament, to be held November 14-15 at SMUS.

You can browse and download photos of the Senior girls volleyball team at the ISA Tournament at the SMUS Photo Gallery.

(photos by Brady Doland)

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SMUS in the News: Steve Nash’s drive made him a legend


Steve Nash  ’92
October 24, 2014

Steve Nash’s drive made him a legend

Chek News
Steve Nash leaves a legacy for Canadian basketball

CTV Vancouver Island
Is Steve Nash’s NBA career over?

National Post
Steve Nash’s influence on basketball in Canada spreads far and wide

Toronto Sun
Where does Steve Nash rank among the all-time great Canadian athletes?

NBC Sports
Lebron James on Steve Nash: ‘I wish I could have been a teammate of his’


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SMUS Distinguished Alumnus: Melissa Sawyer


This week, Melissa Sawyer ’94, the recipient of the 2014 SMUS Distinguished Alumnus Award visited the school to speak with students about her life and work experience. She was chosen as this year’s award recipient for demonstrating vision and innovation in education, as well as her dedication, achievement and extensive community involvement.

Melissa is a Founder and the Executive Director of the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) in New Orleans. After graduating from SMUS, she went on to Montreal’s McGill University to study Sociology. In the fall of 1998 she joined Teach for America (TFA), an organization that recruits recent college graduates of all backgrounds to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. She was posted to New Orleans and this ignited a passion for the community that endures to this day.

After completing her work with TFA, Melissa earned a Master of Education degree from Harvard, where she focused her research on urban education and at-risk adolescents. She promptly returned to New Orleans to work as a Youth Advocate for the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, helping to reform the state’s juvenile justice system. It was then that Melissa accelerated her work to address the specific needs of this population by co-founding YEP. Since 2004, YEP has grown into the largest organization addressing the comprehensive needs of court-involved and out-of-school youth in New Orleans.

Melissa has received local, national and international recognition for her leadership in the youth development field during the past 15 years. She sits on several committees and represents YEP in the Opportunity Youth Coalition. She is a member of the NextGen Council, was a fellow in the inaugural Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute class and is involved in the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute. Melissa was recognized as a Young Leadership Council Role Model (2014), a City Business Woman of the Year Honoree (2012), the James G Wright McGill Alumnus Awardee (2009), and one of Gambit’s “40 under 40″ New Orleanians (2007).

Melissa received her award Thursday night at the 23rd annual Victoria Alumni reception at the Senior School.

Congratulations, Melissa, on all your successes and for this well-deserved recognition!

The SMUS Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes alumni who have excelled in their chosen fields and have been actively involved in their communities.

(photos by Darin Steinkey, Kent Leahy-Trill and Kyle Slavin)

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Harvard Instructional Rounds at SMUS

At SMUS we believe in life-long learning, and that extends to our teachers as well. From one-on-one mentoring and coaching to cross-campus collaboration between colleagues, SMUS is on the cutting edge of 21st Century Learning. Initiatives like The Learning Institute and focused Professional Development days offer teachers the opportunity to take a deeper look at their practice and consider different ideas or approaches.

In the summer of 2013, three of our Directors — Heather Clayton, Denise Lamarche and Cheryl Murtland — attended a training conference at Harvard University that introduced the concept of Instructional Rounds. Upon their return they piloted the programme with several teachers to test whether it could be implemented in the school. They are now halfway through the pilot and have discovered that the process is where the real learning occurs.

“The professional growth in the training we did at Harvard, and in the process of building an Instructional Rounds Practice here at SMUS, has been some of the greatest we have ever had,” says Heather. “It is an exciting way for educators to collaborate and visit classes across our K-12 school, with a view to discovering more about student learning and systemic change.”

The conversations throughout the year were rich and the learning was amazing! Heather, Denise and Cheryl wanted to try to capture some of the magic, so below is a trailer and a short documentary to give you a taste of what the teachers experienced. It is an inside look at the Harvard Instructional Rounds pilot programme at SMUS in the 2013-2014 school year. In it, teachers and administrators talk about the philosophy behind the practice, and what a typical Instruction Rounds day looks like.

You can also take a look at some of the practices that are being implemented in our classrooms at SMUS, like Mindfulness in the Middle School, student-led Parent/Teacher conferences at the Junior School and our amazing Experiential Programme in the Senior School.



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Open House: The 10 Good Things about the Junior School


Kathleen Cook, Assistant Director of the Junior School
On Friday, October 24 the Junior School welcomed many visitors to the Open House. As a part of the leadership program in the Junior School, the Grade 5 students serve as ambassadors for Open Houses. In preparation for the event, they thought about what they value about their school in order to be prepared when they give the tours at Open House. Working in pairs, the Grade 5 students gave the tours of the school as they let visitors know what is important to them about their school life.

The Grade 5 students made lists called “The Ten Good Things about the Junior School” and some of the comments are listed here:
• There is lots of choice.
• Teachers are engaging, understanding and fun.
• Pizza Day and Ice Cream Day!
• Classes are not too big.
• We do lots of speaking in front of the school.
• It is easy to make friends.
• There are many different clubs.
• There is a great sports program with squash club and rugby.
• There is a very good music program where you learn to play a string instrument.
• There are lots of fun field trips.

The Junior School hosts an information evening for prospective parents on November 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

(photos by Gordon Chan)

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Athletics Week in Review: October 22


It was a week of high drama, with the CAIS U15 girls soccer honour at stake, Senior girls volleyball visiting Saskatchewan and SMUS hosting its own Invitational Field Hockey tournament.

The CAIS event actually finished more than a week ago, when the U15 girls soccer team traveled across the country to Halifax for the CAIS Championships.

On opening day, SMUS shrugged off any lingering jet lag to defeat The Study from Montreal 5-2, King’s-Edgehill School from Windsor 3-1, and Toronto’s Holy Trinity School 5-0.

Twenty four hours later, SMUS moved into the championship round. The games, versus Halifax Grammar School, The Study (again) and The Country Day School from King, Ont., proved to be considerably more challenging, as was playing on an absolutely enormous field. The players banded together to produce three more victories to move into the tournament final four.

The championship semi-final, a rematch against King’s-Edgehill School, in no way mirrored what had been a straight-forward pool victory. In the end, after regulation time and overtime failed to produce a goal, the teams went to a penalty shootout. Eventually, in the seventh round, Nesha Colgate hammered home a shot to the top corner. When goalkeeper Kaia Gyorfi then made one more save, the Blue Jags qualified for the final!

Funny enough, the final match played on Canada’s East Coast pitted two Victoria schools against each other, with SMUS facing off against GNS. Playing eight games in three days had clearly taken its toll on both sides, with injuries and fatigue being definite factors. Congratulations to GNS, who notched an early marker and then did enough to keep the hungry SMUS team at bay, on their 1-0 win. Similar kudos to all the SMUS players who performed so well, led by the excellent duo of Taylor Noel and Sara Cui. VIVAT!

You can browse and download photos of the U15 girls soccer team’s CAIS Championship win at the SMUS Photo Gallery.

Senior girls field hockey, following the intensity of the Bridgman Cup earlier this month, hosted its own six-team Western Canadian Field Hockey Invitational. The team opened in style, scoring early and often in its opening matches and going on to win all five round robin encounters (versus Brentwood, GNS, Southridge, York House and Ridley College from Ontario).

In the final against Brentwood, in front of a boisterous crowd and being streamed live on the web, SMUS, while dominating first half action, managed a single Olivia Donald tally. When Brentwood equalized late, it all came down to penalty strokes. Fortunately, Aveen Glen, Anna Mollenhauer and Flora Stanau connected from the spot, while Maia Roberts saved three times.

With the win, SMUS extended its hold on the trophy for a fourth consecutive year. Next up are league games versus Mount Douglas and Lambrick Park before Island AA tournament play commences October 24.

The Junior team was not quite as fortunate, still finishing an impressive third in its ISA pool on goal average, after a draw versus Crofton. In winning a cross-over game to finish fifth overall, Abby Fraser paced the attack and was well supported by Alexa Matthews and Meggie Edwards.

You can browse and download more photos of the Senior girls field hockey team’s play at the Invitational Finals at the SMUS Photo Gallery.

And you can watch the complete, live-streamed final game on SMUSTube.

The Senior girls volleyball team competed in the Western Canadian Independent School Volleyball Championships in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. The team finished the event with six wins in nine matches. Unfortunately, a 15-13 loss to Crofton House in the third game of a quarter-final match-up consigned the squad to a fifth place finish. On the plus side, SMUS did defeat host Notre Dame in two straight sets to wrap up the tournament. Congratulations to Thana Fayad, who received the Best Hitter award, while Beta Willeboordse was judged Best Server, and Silke Kuhn was named the team MVP. SMUS looks forward to hosting the WCISVC in 2015!

This week, SMUS hosts league matches against Lambrick Park and Reynolds before moving on to the ISA tournament October 24-25 at Brentwood College.

You can browse and download more photos from the Senior girls volleyball team’s competition at the Western Canadian Independent School Volleyball Championships at the SMUS Photo Gallery.

Senior boys soccer remained on course for an October 23 top-of-the-table showdown versus Oak Bay by winning another two league games. First, not without some difficulty on a wet and slippery track, SMUS downed GNS 4-2. The Blue Jags then journeyed to Reynolds. After an early Roadrunners goal, regular service was restored in a 4-1 SMUS victory. Brian Im, Matty McColl (2) and Alec Keech recorded the goals. With the wins, the team remains unbeaten, running its season record to 10-0.

At the Junior level, the team continued its scoring surge, defeating Stelly’s 7-2 and Spectrum 8-2. These victories kept SMUS at the top of the local league with playoffs on the horizon. Ben Keep, Donovan Sturdy and Aidan Kerr have all shown consistently good form.

The last cross country league meet of the season took place at Juan de Fuca on October 14. A record-breaking 39 SMUS runners took part in the event. On the girls’ side, Maia Watson finished 4th in the junior division, while Acacia Welsford also placed in the top 10 in the senior division. More significantly, both teams finished in second place.

In the boys’ competition, all the SMUS runners performed strong, only to see the results voided after course marshals led many competitors the wrong way.

Beaver Lake is the site of the October 22 Island Championships. Good luck to all seeking qualification to the BCs.

Rowing continued its short fall season, participating in the Greater Victoria Youth Rowing Society’s October Classic Regatta. The event was the first competitive experience for a number of the senior crews.

Once again, the weather co-operated fully, with sunshine, mild wind, and good water for all races. The development of all the SMUS rowers during the past seven weeks was certainly evident.

Congratulations in particular to the Junior A Novice Men’s 8 and Junior A Novice Women’s 8+, which won gold medals; the Junior B Women’s Novice 8+, which finished second; and the Junior B Novice Boy’s 4X, which placed third.

The season culminates at the end of the month with the inaugural interclub Cake Race at the SMUS Rowing Centre.

You can browse and download more photos from the GVYRS October Classic Regatta at the SMUS Photo Gallery.

photos by Stephanie Anter, Sara Cui and Brady Doland

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Junior Geocaching


On October 16th, Grade 5 students took part in a Geocaching event put together by Mr. Pope at the Richmond Road campus. Students used GPS units to find hidden geocaches throughout the campus. This allowed them to use their mapping skills, which they had learned in class, and apply them to a real world scenario. It was the perfect way to end our mapping unit.

Reflections from Students

by Sam
On Thursday we went on a trip to the Senior School to do geocaching. We were divided into groups of 4 or 5 and we got a GPS, a map of the school and a sheet. We started hunting for 12 geocaches and my group found 10 of them. It used a lot of co-operation and determination to do it. If you try to work on your own you work 10 times slower, so you really have to co-operate. For two of them you got to take a prize. That was fun! For me the hardest one was the one near the gym. It was well hidden in a bush. At the end we talked about how it went. There was a woman that travelled most of North America and found 650 geocaches! At the end we thanked Mr. Pope and then we went on the bus back home. I really liked geocaching and having lots of fun at the same time.

by Olivia
I really enjoyed our trip to the Senior School and geocaching. It was a great opportunity to work together and demonstrate our new leadership skills by leading ourselves to the different geocaches using GPS, a GPS location sheet, and a map. This trip relied on our behaviour and flexibility. Without this the trip wouldn’t have been made possible. It was also an activity of trust. You had to trust your teammates to know which way to go or whether it was the right geocache. We showed co-operation with our teammates and were excited when we found the geocaches. The prizes consisted of bouncy balls, mini mazes, plastic dinosaurs and more. Lots of excitement came from the fact that we got to run around the campus, finding geocaches and discovering new areas of the school. I really enjoyed it and I hope there is more geocaching in the Middle and Senior Schools so that we can have more of the fun we had today.

by Katie
In Grade 5 on the 16th of October 2014 we went on a field trip to the Senior School and we did geocaching. It was lots of fun and Mr. Pope taught us about it. When I came to the Senior School I had no idea about geocaching and now I want to do it again outside of school. To geocache you have to have a GPS or a phone (with an app to allow you to geocache). We were put in groups of 4 or 5 and told the rules, boundaries and so on. When we started it was crazy, everyone was running like a mad man to find their geocache!

by John
Today we went on a field trip to the Senior School to try geocaching. Geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunt. There were a few challenges. Some of them were when you got the right coordinates but still had to look hard for the treasure. The biggest challenge is when my friend got distracted during the game but there were more upsides than down. For example: we got prizes, the thrill of a treasure hunt and the amazing skill of using the GPS.

pictures by Gordon Chan
For more images from the Grade 4 and 5 Geocaching day go to the SMUS photo gallery.

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Project Based Learning: How has Immigration Shaped Canada?

by Tanya Lee, Middle School teacher

On October 6th, the Grade 6 classes took part in a panel discussion as part of their Humanities classes. The panel consisted of four parents who were immigrants to Canada. Students asked the members of the panel some excellent questions with regards to the push and pull factors that brought them to Canada and the hardships they have faced since their arrival. Grade 6 students are currently studying Canadian culture. We are about to begin a project-based learning unit that aims to answer the question, “How have immigrants shaped Canadian culture?” The panel discussion was our launch event for the unit. Students will not only be digging deeply into how immigrants have impacted our nation but they will also be writing short stories from the perspective of an immigrant on their way to Canada.

Reflections from Students

by Amalia
I really enjoyed the discussion with the panel of parents. I think that I learned a lot from them and that hearing about immigration from that point of view was really interesting, especially because it showed us how feelings can be mixed about immigration. It also gave me lots of ideas for my immigration narrative.

One thing that I learned from the panel was that immigrating is not always a choice, for different reasons. For example, Ms. Miller was 13 and had to leave South Africa because of war. She had to leave one of her sisters and brother behind, and had no choice in the matter. It made me think of how lucky we are not to live in a war-torn place and it made me think of immigrants as very strong people for stepping outside of what they know.

I think that listening to the panel of immigrants will make it much easier to write my narrative because now I have some general points of view that I can follow in my story, like being nervous about the new life you are entering, and others like Mrs. Herrman’s, to whom the whole thing was an adventure. I think that we were very lucky to have Mrs. Large with us, having just immigrated with her family to Victoria two months ago, because that gave us a really good “first impression” point of view.

If we had had more time for questions, I would have loved to ask: What were the second thoughts, the reasons to be wary of our country and what made you put those aside? I’d ask that because I think that when moving to a new place, there are some drawbacks and cautions to take.

by Scott
Yesterday, we took part in a panel composed of four parents that have immigrated from countries around the world. I found the panel very interesting and even though I have known some of these parents since I was in kindergarten it was nice to learn more about their immigration stories.

Before I heard these stories I thought that immigrating to Canada and adjusting to our cultural norms would be the easiest thing in the world, but evidently it would still be quite hard when you are used to other things. I think that this panel will help me write my narrative because it will help me understand that some people don’t have a push factor, some people didn’t want to leave their country, and (now that I think about it) sometimes it’s not for their own good.

If we had more time I would have asked the panel this question: Do you regret making the immigration journey or are you glad you did?

by Sienna
I really enjoyed the Immigration Panel discussion that my Humanities class participated in yesterday. Four parents from South Africa, Norway and the UK came to talk to us.

I thought that it was really fun to not only get to know them but also to find out what life in their home country was like and how different it was from Canada. It was really interesting for me because my dad is Australian. I never really thought of him as an immigrant but I think that the panel changed my view of an immigrant’s perspective. I think that being able to talk to immigrants will help for our narrative story because now I know some feelings that my character might feel.

I wish there was more time so I could ask what the biggest thing that they had to leave behind was. Overall I thought it was really fun and a great learning experience.

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Robert DiYanni on Critical and Creative Thinking

RobertDiYanni_SMUSLectureRobert DiYanni, prolific author and NYU professor, held a series of workshops for faculty, parents and students on Thursday and Friday. His topics included critical and creative thinking (a subject he has written several books on) and ethics. He asked questions such as “What words would you use to describe higher-order thinking?”, “What kind of thinking do we expect from our students?” and “How can we foster the development of our students’ critical and creative thinking capacities?”.

If you missed any of Mr. DiYanni’s sessions, we have posted an audio recording his parent workshop below. You can download some of Mr. DiYanni’s resources here (tip: they’ll come in handy for the parent lecture!)


Watch the video of Mr. DiYanni’s lecture on ethics here.

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