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Warrior Within is a project that centres around the creation of a short fictional short film (shot in July, 2016) that uses metaphor and imagery to help engage students in their understanding of stress, anxiety and how to individually develop their own resilience. This creative project also involved the student exploration of the film's themes through painting, photography, music composition, documentary film, creative writing, dance, blog writing, directing and cinematography - alongside the shoot and under the guidance of mentors in the field. This short film went on to inspire a student-driven curriculum (since the new year, a student group has been creating the lesson plans, student exercises, discussion points, etc.) aimed at filling the dearth of creative pedagogy regarding positive mental health for youth. This curriculum will be an open source resource (film, plus connected lesson plans) for all educators to use freely in their tool box.


Toronto Star: Teens draw on experience to create mental health program for high schools

uToronto Blog: Warrior Within - Innovating Mental Health Curriculum Warrior Within - Innovating Mental Health Curriculum

Global News: How youth can awaken the 'Warrior Within'


York University in partnership with CIS Ontario is excited to announce the offering of its Principal's Qualification Program (PQP) with an Independent School Focus. This is the first Independent School focused PQP that has been accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers and is designed to prepare and support leadership candidates for the complexity of the most senior administrative roles in Independent and Private schools.


For further information, including session dates and contact information, please click here.

We are excited to announce that CIS Ontario and Future Design School are partnering to create a one-day design thinking workshop for students and teachers. The Future Design Prize will introduce middle school students to design thinking and innovative problem-solving methods that foster critical thinking and compassion.It will be an action-packed day of designing solutions to a real-world challenge and an exciting 'pitch' of these solutions to a panel of expert judges.

When: Monday April 24, 2017
Where: MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street, Toronto
Who: Middle School Students and Teachers

There is limited space for this day, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

For more details about the day and the registration information, please click HERE.


Friday, January 20, 2017 | Cohort 21: 3rd Face-to-Face Session, MaRS, Toronto

Monday, January 23, 2017 | Music Teachers' Professional Development Day

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | Parents' Interguild Network Meeting, Hillfield-Strathallan College, Hamilton

Thursday February 2/3, 2017 I Executive Assistants' Conference, Location TBD

Thursday, February 9. 2017 | CITE - English Department Heads' Meeting, Greenwood College, Toronto

Monday February 13, 2017 I CISMF Rehearsals

Tuesday March 7, 2017 I CIS Ontario Dance Fest I Front and Centre Academy, Toronto

Trafalgar Castle School is excited to present the first CIS Ontario Student Visual Arts Festival. We recognize the need for Visual Arts students in CIS Ontario schools to connect with one another and showcase their work. At the festival students will have the opportunity to be inspired by the work of contemporary Canadian artists specializing in the areas of drawing, painting, photography, bookwork and soundscape installation. We are thrilled to offer a day of workshops for students, artist talks, and a collaborative art making experience for all that attend the festival. For those educators attending, you will have the opportunity to participate in workshops alongside your students in the hopes of bringing new perspectives and art making techniques into your classroom.


When: Friday April 21st, 2017

Where: Trafalgar Castle School and the the Station Gallery

Time: 8:00 - 3:30

Who: Grade 10- 12 Visual Arts Students

Cost: $50 per student


Register early to reserve your spot. Space is limited. Lunch, refreshments, and shuttle bus included.




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