Blyth Academy Newsletter Term Three 2020
The beginning of this Term started out like any other; students were engaged in the classroom, the hallways were bustling, and experiential learning was happening in and around the campus. Today, we find ourselves in a much different situation — students are continuing their same classes and activities, but they now come together and connect with teachers and classmates through our virtual classrooms. While teaching and learning continues to be disrupted across the province, we are fortunate that our staff and teachers have worked hard to make Blyth Academy Yorkville’s virtual classroom model a success. With the extended closure, we are committed to continuing the same small class sizes and personalized education that our students and families expect. Live virtual classes, office hours, guidance support and even extracurricular activities have continued through our virtual tools. In these uncertain times, we believe that our students benefit greatly from the structure, social interaction and support their school provides them.
Here are a few highlights from Term Three at Blyth Academy Yorkville.
In and Around the Campus
Junior Achievement, World of Choices, Empowering Young Women provides high school girls with an opportunity to hear from women who have achieved success in a variety of sectors. In early March, they brought together five inspirational speakers from top companies to share their stories and inspire students. Attendees also had the chance to meet nine fantastic employers and explore the limitless opportunities available to them as they make their career choices.
Earlier this term, students at Blyth Academy Yorkville were lucky enough to attend StemCellTalks 2020, a program organized by ‘Let’s Talk Science’ and run out of the University of Toronto.
Students participated in a program that exposed them to current developments in Stem Cells and Organoids, and along with student mentors from the University of Toronto, they explored some of the ethical considerations that underpin the groundbreaking research in these areas.
There were lively debates throughout the auditorium, informed by experts in the field, about the use of organoids vs animal models for scientific research, the use of brain organoids for research purposes, and a hotly contested trivia round to end the day.
A big congratulations goes out to Sol Shlesinger who won the opportunity to attend a holiday program at the University of Toronto for her question about the ethics of scientific research to the panel of experts during the audience Q&A.
With Term Three exams fast approaching, I want to take a brief moment to applaud the students and faculty for their remarkable efforts these past weeks. As I’ve said through this period, I have been overwhelmed by the resilience, empathy, intelligence and engagement of our entire community. We are, all of our – students, families and staff – uniquely privileged to be able to function as seamlessly as we have through these challenges. Seeing the daily email exchanges, classroom discussions, Edsby posts and student work, with their insight and nuance and humour, has added a new dimension to my appreciation for this school. I am both proud and grateful for all of your contributions and achievements.
We know this has now been easy, but we are carrying on, as the saying goes. Evidence abound in pictures, videos and text. Please know that the school will continue to support as always. Wishing all the best of luck in exam preparation. You will do brilliantly. And we look forward to more virtual progress in Term four, hoping to rejoin at the campus as soon as possible.
All the best,