The Latest HTS News

List of 20 news stories.

  • 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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  • Learning, Sharing and Serving 360ºkids

    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 first organization we are partnering with this school year is 360ºkids.
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  • Developing the HTS Character Creed

    James Darling, Director of Character and Leadership Development
    Character.org, a leading character development organization based out of Washington D.C., promotes the idea that the very best schools of character satisfy 11 principles throughout their programs and philosophy. The first principle states that schools of character “embed their core values into school culture.” Reading a little further, the third principle explains the way that schools of character embed their values into everything — from instructional practices to the way clubs run, expectations on the playground and bus procedures. Embedding character into our school culture is what the HTS Character Creed is all about.
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  • Stewards of our Humanity — Partner Podcast

    One of HTS’s strategic priorities is to provide meaningful learning opportunities that allow our students to be agents and co-creators of their experiences. Continuing to expand our network in order to help facilitate these learning opportunities for our students, HTS became the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) Network’s first international partner in June 2020.
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  • Educators are the Stewards of Humanity — Celebrating World Teachers’ Day

    Helen Pereira-Raso, Head of School
    In my 21 years in this magnificent profession, I have had the opportunity and privilege to work alongside educators and leaders who have modeled professionalism, adaptability, courage, empathy, compassion, risk-taking and the list goes on. These are all traits and attributes that one would associate with exceptional humans, and this is why educators are placed with great privilege and responsibility as role models for their students.
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  • Forty-six HTS Students Soar to New Heights

    Brian Csinos, Director of Experiential Learning
    The Trinitarian Award, which was launched in the spring of 2014, is designed to encourage students to soar to their fullest potential and engage in their own personal growth. This prestigious award has three levels: bronze, silver and gold. Students develop competencies in experiential learning which includes various experiences in physical recreation, arts, service, global education and leadership.
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  • Walking Beside Others, 2020 Sharing Day Challenge

    Sarah Dharamshi, Grade 12 Service Prefect
    The Sharing Day Challenge has become a tradition for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 to share with the HTS community their experience and engagement to serve a charity or organization. 

    To participate, students submitted a 60-second persuasive pitch video explaining their involvement with a charity or organization. The Selection Committee, composed of faculty and students, narrowed down submissions to three finalists.
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  • Staying Active in Creative Ways

    Neil Morgan, Director of Athletics
    Our goal of staying active during these unusual times has certainly been a challenge, but not unrealistic. In order to remain physically and mentally healthy, we must be encouraged to get up and move as frequently as possible. HTS boasts almost 50 athletic teams for good reason. Seventeen of these teams would have been running (pun intended) daily until the end of May. Since this is currently not possible, many of our athletes have been finding creative ways to stay active at home in order to maintain or improve their athletic skills.
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