Bayview Glen Official Opening of Moatfield Campus – a day of great pride for the Bayview Glen community
His Royal Highness The Duke of York officially opened the Bayview Glen Moatfield Campus at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 5, 2014. Many guests and long-time supporters of the school were also in attendance. These included the Local Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, current and former school board chairs Nneka McGregor, Robert Kane, Poonam Kumar, alumni board chairs John Huang ’03, Moez Kassam ’99, former Head of School Terry Guest, and the graduating class of 2014. Also in attendance were Brian Dawson, Executive Director of Round Square, Jan Campbell, Executive Director of the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario, and Anne-Marie Kee, Executive Director of Canadian Accredited Independent Schools.
The focus of this ceremony was on Bayview Glen’s membership in Round Square. Bayview Glen has been a Round Square school since 2001, and is one of only a few Global Members. Round Square is a worldwide association of schools that links our school’s local community to the world at large. The Round Square IDEALS – Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service – are woven into the fabric of the school. Besides striving for academic excellence, the shared purpose as members is to challenge students to discover the world they live in, and in the process discover the best in themselves. This adds the international dimension so necessary in educating today’s global citizens and future leaders. When students move on to university or enter the world of work, this global perspective becomes an important legacy from their time at Bayview Glen.
Round Square also asks students to make a commitment to personal development and responsibility. These principles are based on the theories of educational innovator Kurt Hahn, who felt that schools should have a greater goal: ‘To prepare young people for life by providing opportunities for them to experience it directly, in ways that would demand courage, generosity, imagination, principle and resolution.’ Students therefore develop a greater appreciation for others, for themselves, and a sense of their roles as contributing members of their community and their world.
The emcees for the ceremony were Head Boy Bardia Monavari and Head Girl Joy Ling. They welcomed the many guests attending and introduce the speakers, Head of School Eileen Daunt, Board Chair Nneka MacGregor, the Executive Director of Round Square Brian Dawson, and His Royal Highness The Duke of York.
This event was streamed live to all the homes in the Bayview Glen community so that everyone could participate. Following the ceremony, all the guests in attendance celebrated the event at a reception in the Daunt Dining Hall.
Please visit the Bayview Glen school website at www.bayviewglen.ca to view the photos and video of the ceremony.
About Bayview Glen
Bayview Glen offers a co-educational, multicultural and multi-denominational education that reflects the real world and enables students to develop a broad and informed outlook. Bayview Glen’s philosophy of ‘Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.’ is at the centre of a Bayview Glen education. It focusses on the educational continuum from Preschool (age 2) to Grade 12 fostering values, abilities and friendships that last a lifetime. Educating the ‘whole child’ requires that as educators we provide a wide range of opportunities for students to explore - from Arts to Athletics, Spanish to Mandarin, Robotics to Model United Nations, Round Square and Advanced Placement. Since 1962, our goal has been to foster self-esteem, independence, leadership skills and academic excellence within a secure and supportive learning environment. The values instilled in our students include appreciating what they have and who they are, a heightened sense of responsibility to themselves and others, and the value of making a difference. As they move on to university or enter the world of work, these values become an important legacy from their time at Bayview Glen. To learn more about Bayview Glen, please contact our school at 416.443.1030, or visit our website at www.bayviewglen.ca.