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Now is the time to sign up for the upcoming Independent School Jack.Org Summit! This student-led Mental Health Symposium will run on Tuesday, April 24 from 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. at Havergal College. There is no cost to schools, but we have only 10 spots per school, and the expectation is that a Staff Chaperone from each school will attend as well (part of the 10, as chaperones participate, as well).

Ideally, this summit is for students currently involved in a Jack.Org Chapter, or a Wellness/Mental Health Council or Group at your school. We are also open, however, to students who are passionate about being mental health advocates, and learning more about nurturing their own mental health.

The Symposium will feature:
  • keynote talk by a dynamic Jack.Org speaker
  • breakout Table Talks led by trained student facilitators
  • fit breaks and great snacks
  • Jack.Org "swag" for participants
  • chance for students and teachers to network and learn from each other

Please send me a list of students (first name, last name and grade), along with the name of your Staff Chaperone, as soon as you can to ensure your spots.

We look forward to hosting you and your students at Havergal on April 24th!



As a result of our experience with a recent school tragedy, Ridley College recognizes the importance of bringing together security personnel from all Ontario independent schools, in order to share best practices and ensure the safety of our collective students, faculty and staff. Therefore, we propose a forum to discuss and explore enhancements to the role of security on our campuses.

Ridley College invites you to attend a Campus Safety and Security Workshop on Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. (lunch will be provided)

Please RSVP before May 17, 2018 to Scott McLean, Manager of Campus Safety and Security, at or 905-684-1889, ext. 2283.

We hope to cover a variety of subjects and perspectives, so we can encourage attendees to submit topics for considerations, to the attention of Scott McLean, prior to the workshop.

CITE, the Conference of Independent Teachers of English, supports the teaching and learning of English, Media Studies and drama at its member CIS Ontario schools. We do so through two ambitious complementary projects: an annual professional conference for teachers of English and the publication of an anthology of student writing. CITE also facilitates meetings of member schools' English curriculum leaders, and provides a social and professional network for literacy teachers.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Conference Chair and Co-Chair: Sally Mastromonaco and Christine Doyle
hosted by Villanova College
Keynote Speaker: Jan Wong


On May 17th starting at 7pm, Warrior Within will be celebrated at a gala at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto.

The Gala is going to be a really interesting night..and would be incredibly insightful for those moving in the education field!
  • Student art exhibit in the lobby - come check out the students' amazing paintings/photographs from our creative retreat last July
  • Screening of short film, Warrior Within and of the behind the scenes documentary
  • Discussion of the student-developed curriculum that goes alongside the film to be used in classrooms
  • Hear from some fascinating expert speakers (Oise, Distinguised Professor, Dr. Kathleen Gallagher, as well as a leading expert in youth mental health) and students sharing their Warrior Within experience

Tickets are only $20 each and can be purchased easily on our website or at the door (please let us know if you plan to do this!)

If you would like to earn more or get involved, please contact Catherine at

More Information about Warrior Within:

Warrior Within is a project that centres around the creation of a short fictional short film 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 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.

Are you a JK to Grade 6 teacher interested in inquiry-based learning environments? Would you like to incorporate Reggio-inspired principles into your classroom and develop meaningful projects with your students?

Discover the Bishop Strachan School's Investigations & Expression Summer Symposium, this summer from July 3 - 6! BSS, a leader in teacher research and Reggio-inspired learning, is pleased to offer 2 hands-on sessions that dive into the process of creating collaborative and vibrant learning environments.

Session 1 offers an encompassing introduction to theory and practice of Reggio-inspired and inquiry-based pedagogy and Session 2 dives deeper into combining Reggio-inspired theory with classroom practices.

Choose one or both!

Price for each session: $300
Discount for all 4 days: $550

Head to for more information on how to register!

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