Newton’s Grove School news: October 2014

Graduation Stories

Our most recent graduates were an especially talented group, characterised by outstanding achievements in academics, athletics and the arts. They also were wonderful models of what Newton’s Grove stands for, and we are grateful for all that they have done for our community. Here are a few examples of this remarkable group that illustrate why we are so proud of them.

Anam Inamder

Anam capped off a stellar academic career with her strongest year, finishing off with the highest graduating average in our school’s long history, 96.3%. By doing so, Anam won the prestigious Governor General’s Award as the top graduating student. A member of the Senior Student Council, she also placed first in the Science Fair.

Anam’s hard work has led to some incredible opportunities.  She received over $65,000 in scholarship offers, and was accepted into every program she applied for. Anam chose to attend Health Sciences at McMaster University. This elite program accepts only 160 students, out of thousands who apply annually, and is regarded as a stepping stone to studying Medicine. Anam has always dreamed of becoming a doctor, and her hard work and first-rate intelligence has brought her one step closer to reaching that goal. Well done, Anam!

Seung-Hyun (William) Song

William joined our school in his grade 10 year, and his exuberant nature and dual passion for music and mathematics soon made an impression on everyone. William became a feature guitar player and percussionist in both our Senior and Jazz bands, and his practicing often filled our halls with his frenetic renderings. William displayed equal zeal to his studies, and he achieved almost perfect in both grade 12 Functions and Calculus, and won the University of Waterloo Chemistry Certificate in the annual competition. He also wrote AP exams in both Calculus and Chemistry. As a result of his efforts, he was one of our top three Outstanding Student Award recipients, graduating with a 94% average.

William was also accepted into every program he applied to. He chose to study Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo, a ground-breaking program at Canada’s leader in hard sciences, mathematics and engineering. William was offered a $2000 scholarship, and we are certain that his study of tiny machines will lead to big things in the future.

Ali Bush

Ali won the trifecta, taking top honours in athletics, arts and academics. Ali was a co-winner of the Athlete of the Year Award, a distinction she had earned a remarkably three times previously. She was outstanding in soccer, track and field, basketball, volleyball and cross-country, earning numerous medals and banners over the years. In music, Ali was a soloist on the tenor saxophone, playing in the Senior and Jazz bands, and in drama she earned roles in every one of our annual productions. For her outstanding contributions to music and drama, she earned the Graydon Foster Performing Arts Award, given annually in memory of a beloved student. In academics, Ali was one of our three Outstanding Student Award winners, graduating with a 93.8% average.

Ali received over $33,000 in scholarship offers and was accepted in all the programs she applied to. Ali chose to study BHK Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor, receiving a $10,000 scholarship. Ali is pursuing Varsity level soccer, and she will couple her study of kinesiology with her own pursuit of athletic excellence.

Caleb Michalski

Caleb is another remarkable Newton’s Grove graduate who has distinguished himself in everything he has put his hand to. In athletics he was the male Athlete of the year, demonstrating exceptional skills in basketball, cross country, flag football and volleyball. In music, he was a solo performer and composer in our annual Arts and Music night, and he received the Exceptional Contribution Scholarship Award for all that he accomplished for our music program. In academics, Caleb graduated with an impressive average of 93.3%.

Caleb’s heart is in his music. He auditioned and was accepted in all the music programs he applied to. Caleb chose the Music Performance program at the University of Toronto, receiving a $6000 scholarship. This program attracts the top musicians in Canada, and Caleb is now attending the Alma Mater of his mentor and music teacher, Mr. Alonso. We are sure that Caleb will be making beautiful music as he follows his dream.   

A Year of Athletics in Review

Newton’s Grove School enjoyed an amazing inaugural athletic season this past year.  A record 130 student/athletes were recognized at our 22nd annual athletic banquet for their achievements and success.

2013/14 will stand as our school’s most successful year ever in athletic competition.  The Knights captured a record 6 individual titles and 10 varsity championships.  The team success was possible thanks to all our student/athletes, as championship banners and plaques were earned by Junior, Intermediate and Senior teams.

Dylan Hastie, Sarah Biosah, Angelina Chen, Olivia Burke, and Jordan Abbas led all Primary students in intramural play and U10 varsity competitions.  Meanwhile, the Juniors were led by Aidan Soth, Lea Meneguzzi, Luke Campeau, Rowan Sullivan Warr, Roanan Brown, Justin Yeung, Levi Panton, Manvir Bhangu, Holden Maron-Cole, and Russell Sprigings.  The Intermediate sport scene was dominated by exemplary performances by Julien Borovnica, Anissa Moisson, Emily Yeung, and Jack Vickers.  The seniors were led by the powerful trio of Ali Bush, Victoria Hady and Caleb Michalski.

Congratulations to all and we look forward to another memorable year in athletics.

The Michele Temple fundraiser

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

On Friday October 10th, we held the annual Michele Temple fundraiser for the Princess Margaret Hospital. The Michele Temple Charity raises money to fight melanoma, and the school has raised more than $30,000 over the years for this very worthy cause. This year, the students participated in a fun afternoon of “Minute to Win It” events and raised $5337.00, the most in the history of this event. Well done! We wish to thank you all for your generous donations in making this event a success.

If you requested a tax receipt, it will be mailed to you shortly from the Princess Margaret Hospital. Again, thank you for your generosity and support. 


WINGS and Athletic Council

Halloween Fun

On October 23 the students in grades 1 through 3 visited Downey’s Farm for some Halloween fun. They gathered pumpkins, had a great tractor drive and saw a spooky skeleton band. A great time was had by all!

Learning about Space

The grade 6 students have been studying space in science.  As part of their unit, they built 3D models of planets in our solar system and presented them to the class.  The students thoroughly enjoyed making their creative models from Styrofoam and paper mache.

Introducing SMASH Athletics!

Trip to Springridge Farm

On Thursday, October 16th the PreK ,JK, and SK classes visited the “Pumpkin Harvest Hoot” at Springridge Farm. The children enjoyed choosing their very own pumpkins and had a great time in the corn maze!

U20 Golf Tournament

Newton's Grove School, represented by Zachary Abbas, Joseph Pietroski, and Liam White, placed 3rd in the SSAF U20 Golf tournament. 

It was a foggy day, which made the conditions challenging.  Regardless, the boys stayed focused and played some great golf.  Individual honours went to Zachary for winning the U20 male "closest to the pin" contest; while Joseph won the U20 male award for the "longest drive".  Mr Cox (who also played modestly good golf) is very proud of how the boys represented the school with class, talent, and sportsmanship.

A Musical Update

Alumni News

Jordan Zero is now in his third year at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. This year he has been moved up to Second Trumpet in the Wind Symphony, after an extensive audition process. Congratulations, Jordan; this is certainly a testament to your talent! The band's first concert will be streamed live on October 14th - more news to follow on the time of the concert.  Jordan also will take part in recording a CD with the band for public release! We are so proud of the successes Jordan has had studying music in Montreal, and look forward to more updates.

Caleb Michalski has begun his studies at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto in Performance. Caleb took AP Music Theory at the school last year, and after completing a grueling exam, achieved a Level 5 (extremely well qualified). You can't get a higher grade than that! Due to his abilities, he has already been exempted from some of his classes at U of T, and after his professors heard him play some of his compositions, he has been recommended to the Composition Department. This is something that is usually strictly reserved for second year students! Caleb is playing euphonium in the Wind Symphony and also has been accepted again this year into the Hannaford Youth Band. Congratulations!

Our Amazing Kids

Allison Lusty is an amazing Grade 6 music student. She is part of the Etobicoke Youth Choir, and was recently promoted to the Senior Choir, although she is significantly younger than the other choir members.  This is an amazing choir that has performed in England, Greece and Carnegie Hall in mass choir productions. We look forward to hearing about upcoming concerts. We are very proud of you, Allison!

Rea Dhillon is an amazing Grade 6 music student. She has been admitted into the Canadian Children's Opera Company. This group was founded specifically to provide a stable source of child singers for productions of the Canadian Opera Company.The CCOC remains the only permanent children's opera company in Canada that commissions and produces operas for children on a regular basis. The company regularly collaborates and performs with other leading arts organizations, such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Soundstreams Canada, and the Luminato Festival. Rea will be performing in Alice in Wonderland from May 4th to May10th, as well as travelling to Switzerland to perform with the group! Rea, we are so proud of you, and wish you so much success with this adventure!

Julian Santos ( Grade 9) , Teah Florio( Grade 8) , Rayhan Srivastav ( Grade 10) , and Anisa Moisson ( Grade 9) have all been accepted into the Etobicoke Youth Band . Founded in 1982, the EYB is a huge band with over 100 members from different schools all over the GTA. Their concert tours have included Ottawa, Boston , Chicago, California, and Carnegie Hall. Congratulations to all of you! You have made us very proud!

Grade 8 student Emily Yeung and grade 10 student , Grace Hwang were both accepted into the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra ( Symphonic Winds) . TYWO is a multi level wind orchestra , and, is one of the finest in  Ontario. Having members from all over the GTA, they are renown for the high calibre of performance and artistry. They recently travelled to Shanghai for a performance tour.

Mackenzie Knowlton ( Grade 10) was accepted into theThe Hannaford Youth Band  (Community Band) , operated under the auspices of the Hannaford Silver Street Band ,  a world renowned, award winning, professional brass band that has been active in the Toronto community since 1983. The Hannaford Youth Program is a fantastic opportunity for brass and percussionplayers. As part of this band, Mackenzie will be participating in rehearsals, concerts, clinics, competitions, and  recordings. We are so proud to announce that Mackenzie has been placed in the solo cornet position! 

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