Third Annual Blyth Academy Triathlon Most Successful Yet!

On Monday April 3, Blyth Lawrence Park hosted its third annual Blyth Academy Triathlon at Glendon College. With over 50 participants from more than a dozen schools this year’s triathlon was by far the largest yet. 

A huge thank you to all who participated and supported the event to ensure that it was still a success even in the rain! 

A few highlights:

Daniel Cheung from St. Andrew’s College sets a new course record: 41 minutes and 47 seconds.  That’s a VERY fast 400m swim, 15km bike and 3km run!

Silver to Hayden Bainbridge from Royal St. George’s College.

Believe it or not, a single second separated 3rd from 4th and 4th from 5th! Bronze to Eric Asgari from SAC, 4th to Karim Garilullin from Blyth Academy @ CIHA, and 5th to Wilson Brawn from Blyth Academy Lawrence Park.

Last year’s champion Kylie Holman (St. Clement’s School) being back to not only compete, but also present the championship plaque.

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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