The Latest HTS News

List of 20 news stories.

  • Hazel P., Nikhil T. and Deborah O.

    Digital Agents of Change: Celebrating our 2021 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award Winners

    Tiffany Wong, Communications Specialist
    We are incredibly proud of graduating students Deborah O. ‘22, Hazel P. ‘22 and Nikhil T. ‘22 for winning the 2021 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement for the creation of their website, Global Resources

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  • Class of 2022 Graduate Breakfast: What the Road Said

    Anthony Tomizza, Director of Community Relations and Development
    On March 31, we were thrilled to host our first in-person event of the year in honour of Class of 2022. True to the HTS Graduate Breakfast tradition, the 107 soon-to-graduate Grade 12 students gathered in the HTS Dining Hall for a delicious breakfast and inspirational conversations, allowing us all to pause, reflect and celebrate how far we have come. Parents had the opportunity to join in the celebration virtually through a live stream. This year, the students were in for a special treat as one of Canada’s go-to media personalities, Jesse Jones, joined us for a fireside chat! Here’s how the morning unfolded.
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  • Supporting our Community Partners

    Brian Csinos, Director of Experiential Learning
    Service is a cornerstone of the HTS experience. Students grow awareness of personal and social responsibility, and energetically embrace opportunities to give service. These experiences help develop our students as global citizens who are competent, aware and willing to make an impact.
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  • Grade 10 Student Receives a High Commendation for John Locke Institute’s Global Essay Competition

    With a rise of COVID-19 cases, Ontario school campuses closed to students and staff on April 19, 2021, and remote learning commenced for the remainder of the school year. Under a strict Stay-At-Home Order from the Government of Ontario, Esha D., Grade 10 student, used her time effectively to research opportunities she could participate in from the comfort of her home. Esha’s passion for writing led her to find the John Locke Institute’s Global Essay Competition.
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  • A Message from the 2021-2022 Head Prefect

    Max H., Head Prefect
    My name is Max H. and I have the privilege of introducing myself as your incoming Head Prefect. I am honoured to serve our diverse and uplifting community for the 2021-2022 school year. 

    I hope everyone enjoyed their summer and got a chance to spend some time with friends and family. This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Banff National Park where I visited crystal clear lakes and snow-covered mountains. I also did a lot of hiking, the longest being a 16km hike up a mountain beside Lake Louise called The Big Beehive. With close to a kilometre of elevation gain and absurdly rocky terrain, I knew this was not going to be easy.
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  • Equitable Access to Hygiene Products at HTS

    Nicole A., Nikhil T., and Ianna Y., Grade 12 Students
    HTS has always been a beacon of change, innovation and collaboration. From its early beginnings in a church basement, the school strived to create a community that welcomes, appreciates and advances students of all backgrounds. In doing so, it has proven necessary to recognize the shortcomings and room for improvement that lie within the school.
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  • The HTS Believes Legacy Project — A reflection on character in a moment of transition

    James Darling, Director of Character and Leadership Development
    In February, a new initiative was established with our oldest Lower School students — the HTS Believes Legacy Project.
     
    The HTS Believes Legacy Project was designed for all Grade 5 and 6 students to  participate in during their final term in Lower School as they began to think about transitioning to the Middle School in September. Students worked with world-class Canadian athlete, Sarah Wells, who guided them through a series of lessons and activities designed to activate a deeper understanding of who they are and the values they stand for as a result of the life they have led in Lower School. 
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  • Exploring the Dynamics of Life for American Women in the 19th Century

    Erica Brocco, Global Studies Teacher
    This past quadmester, the Grade 11 American history class explored the dynamics of life for American women in the 19th century, including all of the surrounding social, cultural and domestic expectations. It was quite interesting for all of us to consider the different pressures that women faced in this historical period. Using Godey’s Lady’s Book as our inspiration (this original publication framed 1830-1898), we created a historical reproduction in the format of a class magazine. Each page is its own creation, including a variety of topics, perspectives, graphics and weathered backgrounds, as students strived to illustrate their learnings in authentic and original ways.
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  • Preserving and Protecting Human Sustainability

    Stephanie Stephens, Executive Director of Learning Innovation and Technology
    Most people connect the concept of a “hackathon” with coding and technology use. Although technology generally plays a part as a tool or a resource, the actual focus of these events is much more about recruiting gifted problem solvers and critical thinkers to preserve and protect human sustainability. The young people in our community are being enlisted to work through these challenges, because they are incredibly innovative and because they provide the perspective needed to make a difference in a way that not many others can.
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  • Cybersecurity and Coding in CanHack 2021

    Stephanie Stephens, Executive Director of Learning Innovation and Technology
    In today’s digital world, skills in cybersecurity are in high demand. Thanks to the leadership and tenacity of Grade 12 student Daniel K., Innovation and Technology Prefect, a number of our students have been challenged to move well beyond a basic introduction of cybersecurity and have pushed themselves to earn certifications in critical learning pillars such as web security, cryptography, computer forensics and binary exploitation.
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  • Experiential Education in the Grade 11 Marketing Class

    Experiential education at HTS creates opportunities for students to engage locally and globally.  At every grade level, there are daily opportunities for experiential education inside our classrooms, innovation labs, gymnasiums and beyond. These opportunities develop confidence and a sense of self in students and prepare them for challenges that lie beyond graduation.
     
    Recently, our Grade 11 marketing students had the opportunity to engage in experiential education as they took on the role of marketing consultants to develop campaign ideas for their respective community partner clients; St. John Ambulance, Richmond Hill Food Bank and Alzheimer Society of York Region — three of our Connections partners.
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  • Wetland Centres of Excellence Case Study Competition 2021

    Cheryl Savage, Science Teacher
    HTS became a Ducks Unlimited Wetland Centre of Excellence in 2012 and ever since, our students have become more and more familiar with the wetland on our campus forming part of the headwaters of the Rouge River. Ducks Unlimited Wetland Centre of Excellence is a national network of schools and community centres that engage students in conservation projects to protect and educate the community about the importance of wetlands.
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  • Supporting L’Arche Daybreak

    Julian B., Service Prefect
    Throughout the school year, our students and staff partner with local community groups and organizations as part of our Connections Program. In this program, we make connections by learning, sharing and serving with these organizations. One of the organizations we are partnering with this school year is L’Arche Daybreak.
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  • HTS’s Feminism for Change Club

    Nicole A., Nikhil T. and Ianna Y., Grade 11 Students
    HTS’s Feminism for Change Club was formed by Grade 11 students, Ianna Y., Nikhil T., and Nicole A., with the goal of creating a space for students to discuss and advocate for women’s rights by exploring the role that traditional and evolving gender roles can play in safeguarding those rights. The club is working towards making HTS a more inclusive space, empowering the students within it, and offering them opportunities to speak openly and safely about their individual identities and gender roles. Through the guidance of Mr. James Darling, Ms Vanessa Poehlmann and Ms Katie Young, as well as the tremendous support from Dr. Tony Antoniades, Ms Erica Brocco, Ms Jody Butler and many other teachers who showed an immense passion for their cause, the club has had a great start.
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  • A New Initiative in the Lower School — The HTS Believes Legacy Project

    James Darling, Director of Character and Leadership Development
    As our oldest Lower School students begin to think about the exciting future that lies ahead in Middle School just a few short months away, we have created a unique new program designed to explore and celebrate the amazing people they are today.
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  • Supporting Inn From the Cold

    Julian B., Service Prefect
    Throughout the school year, our students and staff partner with local community groups and organizations as part of our Connections Program. In this program, we make connections by learning, sharing and serving with these organizations. The third organization we are partnering with this school year is Inn From The Cold (IFTC).
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  • Students Develop a new way to Create Ideas Worth Spreading

    Melanie van de Water, Dean of Students
    The co-curricular program at HTS is a combination of student-run clubs, and competitive and non-competitive teams. At the end of each school year, Senior School students are invited to propose new clubs that they would like to be offered the following school year, taking their initiative and innovation to the next level. This year, a group of students led by Grade 11 students, Max H. and Jeslyn L., and Grade 12 student, Summer X., came forward with an idea for the HTS TED-Ed Club.
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  • Supporting the Richmond Hill Food Bank

    Julian B., Service Prefect
    Photos displayed taken before COVID-19 pandemic.

    HTS has partnered with eight local organizations as part of our Connections Program. The program is centred around making connections by learning, sharing and serving with these organizations. The second organization we are supporting this school year is the Richmond Hill Food Bank (RHFB).
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  • Creating the HTS Peer Mentorship Program

    Elizabeth Megraw, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
    When she was in Grade 9, Christina joined the varsity volleyball team. What she gained from being a member of the team was much more than competition and camaraderie, Christina gained a network of mentors. “While these ‘mentoring’ relationships were informal, I realized the importance of them to my growth,” Christina says, now in Grade 12. Grateful for the guidance and support she received from older students, Christina was inspired to develop a program to provide a similar opportunity for students to develop their confidence and follow their passions while receiving support from like-minded students around them. Alongside Lambert Liu '20, Christina began brainstorming what a program like this could look like. 
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  • The I-Think Initiative in the Middle School at HTS

    Gillian Martin, Middle School English Teacher
    “The smartest person in the room is the room.”
    - David Weinberger

    These days, there’s a lot of talk about preparing students for the future, creating agile thinkers who are ready to face the unknown with confidence and creativity. The tricky part comes when we realize that — especially in this day and age — we can’t predict what that future may look like! It’s hard to develop a game plan when the playbook is changing every day.
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