Local students at Blyth Academy Mississauga Cawthra Estate came in first and second at a HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) conference on Friday March 4th, 2016. Students participated in two events: a PSA competition where they came in second and a medical reading competition, where Jenna Nensi came in first out of one hundred students. Students were awarded their first and second place medals on Friday evening at the HOSA awards ceremony.

Students at Blyth Academy Mississauga Cawthra Estate have been working rigorously at preparing for the Health Occupations Students of America conference that occurred this past Friday. Since January, students have been reading medical books to prepare for HOSA’s medical reading exam and have planned for their Public Service Announcement competitions. With the help of Robert Kovanchak (staff sponsor) and Tania Freire (Head of Lower School, Cawthra Estate), students were prepare for their events. This led to the success of Jenna Nensi, first place winner in Medical Reading and second place for Sebastian Smith, Anne Petersen, Austin Miller and Connor Ryan in the PSA competition.

  • “It was a great experience. I enjoyed learning about science and appreciated the experience that HOSA provided me,” said Connor Ryan.
  • “Being around people that are interested in the same field as I am is inspiring. I am thankful for the opportunity HOSA provided me,” said Jenna Nensi.
  • “I truly benefitted from my experience at HOSA and enjoyed learning about future career opportunities in medical science,” said Austin Miller.
  • “HOSA was a great experience and I was proud of the medal that our team won,” said Anne Petersen.

The staff and students were all pleasantly surprised at the HOSA team’s winnings. They were happy that their peers were able to achieve such amazing results and represent Blyth Academy Cawthra Estate in such a positive way.

  • “I felt that HOSA was a great learning experience for the grade ten students and that it provided them with insight into post-secondary options. I am also pleased that the student’s efforts were rewarded and that they were successful in their events,” said Robert Kovanchak, staff advisor.
  • “I was amazed at all of the hard work that our students put in and that they were able to achieve such amazing results. I am very proud of the HOSA team,” said Tania Freire.

The principal of Blyth Academy Mississauga, Michael Booth, was also extremely proud of the student’s initiatives. He said, “This was a great initiative and the students truly rose to the occasion.”

The five students who participated in HOSA will not be moving onto the Nashville competition from June 23rd – June 25th, 2016.

About Blyth Academy

Blyth Academy started off as an exciting and academically rigorous educational travel program for high school students. It was created in 1977 by founder Sam Blyth. Over its 37-year history, Blyth International Summers has provided thousands of students with the opportunity to study abroad and is Canada’s leading provider for international education.

The creation of Blyth Academy, a full-time private school that also offers part-time and private course offerings as well as elite sports academies, was a natural evolution of the demand for the same level of highly personalized education delivered through extremely small class sizes and a nurturing faculty. Today, Blyth Academy has nine schools, with three in the Toronto area. Blyth Academy provides unique opportunities for all types of learners, which has helped the campuses to grow and thrive.

About Blyth Academy Mississauga

Blyth Academy Mississauga is a ministry inspected private school that provides students with unique learning opportunities. With the average class size of eight students and a maximum of twelve students in each course, our educational structure provides students with one-on-one support from teachers and access to administration and guidance. At Blyth Academy Cawthra Estate, there is a great emphasis on experiential education in the classroom as well as through our grade seven to ten foundations program. It is our belief that students learn best when they are taught concepts through real-world applications. It is this theory that teachers develop learning experiences for their students and help to engage them with the curriculum.

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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