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The Matthews Family bids
Hillfield Strathallan College
a fond farewell
For the Love of Learning
Impressive initiatives to enhance
teaching and learning at HSC
Sharing the Montessori
Classroom in Tanzania
Transformation HSC –
Family Campaign Update
Reinvesting in our future
Our Living History
A Legacy of Tradition
HSC Bids a Fond Farewell
to the Matthews Family
Dr. Matthews sits down with HSC Review to reflect on his time at HSC: Page 16
Calum, Tom, Liam, Sheena, Ceilidh and Mac, the family golden retriever.
HSC Summer Camps: Explore, Enrich, Enhance!
Each year school ends and parents everywhere ask the same question:
What will the kids do over the summer holidays?
Hillfield Strathallan College provides the answer: an enriching summer camp experience Trojan Sports Skills Camp
open to students from the College, as well as children from the wider community. Teaches the fundamental skills needed for
Camps at HSC provide a safe and exciting environment for children and offer programs each sport offered and individual instruction
that fit every interest and age level. that meets the specific needs of each camper.
At the Trojan Sports Skills Camp kids develop
Many members of the HSC community participate in all aspects of our camps.
their abilities, have fun and build self-esteem!
Our terrific HSC faculty guide your children through their chosen week-long adventures,
ably assisted by HSC
students and alumni as
camp counsellors. It is A great place for kids who want to have tons
“The kids respond so well to our counsellors. The HSC a chance for the whole of fun and learn along the way. Children have
counsellors are responsible. They are great role models a chance to learn using a hands-on approach
team to pass on its
about history, art, theatre, nature... and that’s
and they have their own set of skills they love to pass on.” enthusiasm and guidance, only the tip of the iceberg!
and the children always
have an unforgettable time.
Danielle Hourigan ’82, Head of HSC Camps, spoke of the faculty who help at the These camps will develop that love of learning
Summer Camps, “We have a wonderful team; people who are passionate, and HSC necessary for future success and show how
Summer Camps give them an opportunity to share this with children. Our campers much fun education can be. Math, science,
enjoy the opportunity to come in the summer and do something different!” photography and numerous other subjects
are always exciting and engaging at the
Also, our Senior School students add a special element as Camp Counsellors. HSC Academic/Enrichment Camps.
When your children want a summer they’ll never forget, send them to HSC Summer Camps!
For more information about our exciting programs, please visit www.hsc.on.ca/on-campus
4 From the Desk of the Headmaster
5 Walking the Halls
News from the College and the Community.
13 CAIS U-13 Basketball Tournament
In February HSC played host to this national tournament. The competition was fierce – learn who triumphed on page 13.
14 Alumni Homecoming
Alumni, family and friends came home to HSC to celebrate and reminisce. This year’s event was another resounding success.
16 Headmaster’s Farewell
The Matthews Family bids Hillfield Strathallan College a fond farewell.
21 For the Love of Learning
Read about the impressive initiatives underway at the College to enhance its student-centred approach to teaching and learning.
26 Global Citizenship: Sharing the Montessori Classroom in Tanzania
Be inspired by Laure Kominar’s journey to Tanzania to initiate Tanzanian educational pioneers into the world of Montessori.
29 Transformation HSC – Family Campaign Update
Reinvesting in our future.
Our Living History – A Legacy of Tradition
32 During his time as Headmaster, one of Dr. Matthews’ projects has been to ensure that portraits are completed of all the
College’s former Headmasters and Headmistresses.
34 The Visual Arts at HSC
Our students explore their creativity. You can see some fine examples beginning on page 34.
The most up-to-date news on your former classmates, faculty and staff!
Publishing Details: The HSC Review is published twice per year by Hillfield Strathallan College and the Office of College Advancement. We welcome
your comments and suggestions. Please contact Marianne Matthews at 905-389-1367, ext. 192 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit our website at www.hsc.on.ca
Editorial Direction: Marianne Matthews, Communications Manager, Adrienne Davidson, Director of College Advancement, Hillfield Strathallan College;
Katherine Kleeb, Creative Director, Jigsaw Advertising Inc.
Creative Design: Reuben Vanderkwaak, Designer, Matt Haine, Head of Design, Jigsaw Advertising Inc.
Photography: e bo photo (Eric Bosch), Anthony Hughes
Contributors: Tom Matthews, Headmaster, Adrienne Davidson, Director of College Advancement, Marianne Matthews,
Communications Manager, Kim Shippey, Advancement Manager, Sheriann Heath-Johnston, Alumni Manager,
Anna Johnston, Chair, Crescendo Concerts Committee. Faculty: Jeff Burrows, Denise Cober, Jeremy Johnston,
Laure Kominar, Mike Steel ’69, and Brenda Zwolak.
Cover Photo: e bo photo (Eric Bosch)
Profiles for every student in the College. When combined
From the Desk of
with our Strategic Plan and the construction of The Michael
G. DeGroote Senior School, there is no doubt that HSC is a
school where exciting and innovative things are happening.
As I conclude my final “From the Desk of the
Headmaster” greeting, I would like to express my
appreciation to the entire HSC community for the support
and encouragement that I have received during my time
Reflections as Headmaster. It has been an honour to have served for
the past seven years, and along with my wife, Sheena,
When I first arrived at Hillfield Strathallan College seven and our three children, Calum, Liam and Ceilidh, I would
years ago, my greatest fear was that I wouldn’t love my new like to acknowledge the many people who have embraced
school as much as I loved my former schools. Much to my us through their hospitality and many acts of kindness.
relief this concern quickly vanished, and I soon developed As we return to the West Coast in order to begin our
a deep appreciation of HSC and its unique strengths. new adventure, the Matthews family will take with it
There are two things about this school that I love many fond HSC memories.
most. The first is the warmth and openness of the HSC I truly believe that Hillfield Strathallan College’s
community. For faculty and staff, students, parents, success in recent years has been a direct consequence
volunteers and alumni, HSC is much more than a job of our ability to work together for a common purpose.
or a school; it’s a community and a way of life. Equally I am proud to have been part of that
compelling, the College is characterized by a genuine process. Nevertheless, I know that
commitment to the well-being of its students. Students the College’s brightest days are
come first here. Their teachers truly know them and have yet to come, and I look forward
confidence in their ability to be successful. Our students to following its ongoing
secure outstanding academic results, but they do so within progress in the months
a learning environment that is extraordinarily engaging, and years ahead.
nurturing and supportive. Excelsior
Reflecting on our student-centered approach to teaching, Velle Est Posse
our theme for the year is “For the Love of Learning.” In the
pages that follow you will read about a variety of initiatives
that are changing the face of education here at HSC, and
beyond. These include our Brain Learning & Applications
Institute for educators, the Marine Institute through which
our students will be able to pursue credit courses on Little
Cayman Island, our participation in the CIS e-Learning
Consortium, and the implementation of Individual Learning
Walking The halls News from around the HSC community
The HSC Annual Carol Service
On December 17, 2009 the HSC community gathered for its
annual Carol Service in the Page Gym. This beloved tradition
has always been a joyous way to launch the holiday season!
As is the tradition, guests performed seasonal carols
including the ever-popular finale, a sentimental rendition
of Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful). Readings were
given by Dr. Jennifer Everson, Chair, Board of Governors,
Mr. David Simpson ’73, Chair, Board of Trustees, Mr. John
Beaver, Former Faculty Member, Mrs. Rives Dalley Hewitt ’68,
Old Girl, Mr. Wally Jacques ’49, Old Boy, Mr. Hayden Lutz,
Head Boy, Miss Mina Kazemi, Head Girl and Mr. Graham Following the service, guests attended the very popular
Falco, 2009 Graduating Class. gathering in Lawson Hall, hosted by the Alumni Association,
HSC is pleased to announce that $705.34 was collected to share memories and reconnect with friends, faculty and
as a donation to The United Way at the Carol Service. former classmates.
HSC community answers the call for Haiti Earthquake Relief
On Thursday, January 21 the students, faculty and staff medical support, clean water, food and shelter. It will
of Hillfield Strathallan College joined together in a College- also be used to address the longer-term needs of affected
wide dress-down day in support of disaster relief in Haiti. communities as we begin to help them rebuild and recover.
The HSC community was encouraged to wear red and blue, Thank you so much for responding to the call for action.”
the colours of Haiti, to show support and solidarity. “There have been many occasions over the course of the
Dr. Matthews spoke to the student body, as well as faculty past seven years when I have felt enormously proud to be
and staff in chapel about the unfolding catastrophe in part of the Hillfield Strathallan College community; this was
Haiti, and issued a challenge to raise $3,000 in support one of those occasions,” said Headmaster, Dr. Matthews.
of the relief efforts there. “The generosity we witnessed throughout the day was
In a single day the HSC community raised over $32,000, very touching. Whether it was the six-year-old literally
exceeding expectations by more than ten times! All of the emptying his/her piggy bank, or the older child grasping
money raised has been donated to the Canadian Red Cross the significance of how much an individual can do to help
Haiti Earthquake Fund. Elaine Wilson, Manager, Home others, the most poignant part of the process was listening
Support Services for the Canadian Red Cross, commented, to the students explaining their concerns as they engaged
“The response from the students, parents and faculty of in helping others,” added the Student Life Coordinators
Hillfield Strathallan College is overwhelming, and reflects working with the students on this important initiative.
their concern for the people of Haiti. The funds will be Thank you to everyone in the HSC community for your
used to support emergency relief efforts, such as providing overwhelming support for those suffering in Haiti.
Walking The halls News from around the HSC community
CAIS and CESI
Merge to Create SEAL
The merger of two venerable Canadian educational HSC Partnership Program
associations has created a new national voice in
The HSC Partnership Program not only provides a wide
variety of valuable services and resources, but also helps to
At the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association
better connect our HSC community of parents, alumni,
of Independent Schools (CAIS), a watershed decision was
staff and faculty.
made that will have a positive impact on independent
Our partners offer discounted services to the extended
schools in Canada for many decades to come. CAIS
HSC community, as well as donations back to the College,
member schools voted overwhelmingly to disband CAIS and
which directly support our students across all four schools
to amalgamate with CESI in order to create a new national
of the College.
organization dedicated to the promotion and improvement
We wish to thank all those who are currently participating
of independent schools nationwide. One of the Co-Chairs
in the HSC Partnership Program.
of the new organization’s Board is former HSC Board Chair
and current parent, Mr. Jeff Paikin ’80. Advanced Orthodynamics Naturopathic Perspectives
A new name was unanimously approved by the board Audcomp Computer Systems Presents with Design
recently, and adopted by the membership. The new name Bensen Professional Accounting Quirky Specs
& Advisory Services Snowlight Holiday Decorating
will be Standards in Excellence and Learning (SEAL), with
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a logo that will speak to excellence in education. Custom Business Solutions Sutton Realty
In addition, the board has enthusiastically endorsed the Direct Access Marketing Inc. Teachers Credit Union
leadership of Anne-Marie Kee as the Executive Director of Eden Quality Management Inc. Trackem
Hamilton Tiger-Cats Tren d Spa
this new organization, and already her impact is being felt
Heritage Food Group Virtual Image Corporate
around the country. “The mandate of the new organization Image Honda Website Solutions
is to significantly enhance the opportunities for member Mayce Magic West Hamilton Oxford Learning
schools to pursue their own ambitious agendas of renewal, Mortgage Architects Williams Distinctive Gems
5Star Fitness & Nutrition Centre
innovation and constant improvement,” says Kee. “National
accreditation based on international standards will
Please visit www.hsc.on.ca and click on the link to the
differentiate these schools and give families the confidence
HSC Partnership Program to learn more about the
of knowing that the school they choose is a cut above the
wonderful offers from these supporters, and how your
rest. We will also enhance our professional development,
business may also join the Partnership Program at HSC.
research and think-tank opportunities for boards,
administrators, faculty and students right across Canada.”
Leaving Gala Dresses and
By all accounts Canadian Winterfest was a huge success! Tuxes at Home was a successful
The day was filled with lots of fun, including kids’ crafts, fundraising strategy!
pictures with Santa and a visit from the Bulldogs’ Mascot,
Bruiser. Our talented HSC student performers and The HSC Parents’ Association is pleased to announce that
musicians provided spirited entertainment in the Artsplex. their second online auction was a tremendous success
Over 300 people enjoyed our pancake breakfast with live and raised $31,282.41! The online auction opened on
entertainment from Dan McVeigh. Crepe makers Tom Matthews, Friday, February 5 with great anticipation, and with almost
Mark Stirling, Dean Mosca and Jeff Paikin ’80 provided 200 items ready for bids. The auction closed on Sunday,
delicious treats and entertainment throughout the day. February 21 with enormous excitement as bidders raced to
There were many early holiday shopping opportunities at the finish line right up to the last few seconds!
Winterfest, with over 25 vendors displaying their wares, and Hats off to our Parents’ Association for organizing
holiday greenery being offered for the first time. Over 150 another incredible event! Many people appreciated the
items were offered at the Penny Sale. Thank you to all who fact that they could participate from the comfort of their
donated items and to those who participated in this fun event. homes, while still raising funds for our students at Hillfield
The Winter’s Best Raffle Winners were
The funds raised from HSC-bay will be used towards
Ray Hammond: Wii game system with 2 games. Value $510.00
many new and continuing needs, such as the purchase
Steve Dryden: Bean bag chair, DVD player, DVD selection,
of IT & Science equipment, musical instruments for the
Kernels popcorn basket. Value $850.00
Arts Program, and additional equipment for the Athletic
Chris Kwiecien: Express Vu Satellite Dish with hi-def,
Program. Many thanks to all the donors who generously
duo-tuner, PVR. Value $600.00
provided items for the auction, to the HSC-bay parent
Gregory Burton: Danby 30 Bottle Wine Fridge fully stocked
committee for their support, and especially to everyone who
with 30 bottles of wine. Value $1,000.00
enthusiastically bid on items and helped raise much-needed
Special thanks to all the volunteers and donors who funds for HSC.
made the day possible. Approximately $10,000 was raised
by HSC families at Winterfest in support of our children’s
Walking The halls News from around the HSC community
‘Pure, polished perfection...’
certainly describes the Crescendo
Concerts 22nd season.
The 2009-2010 season brought to the Artsplex stage the
dazzling Quartetto Gelato, Canadian music icons Murray
McLauchlan, Ian Thomas, Cindy Church and Marc Jordan
with Lunch at Allen’s and the beautiful jazzy sounds of
Laila Biali Trio with Guido Basso.
This season was generously supported by:
Front Row (left to right): Mary Connor, Montessori School, Carson Foxcroft Jr.,
Evening Partners: La Cantina Ristorante Italiano; Vincero Capital Junior School. Back Row (left to right): Mina Kazemi, Senior School, Justine Zurini
(Fedak) ’89, Tom Lowden, Danielle Hourigan ’82 and Elyse Creamer, Middle School
Management; the 2010 Graduating Families’
Arts Scholarship Gift
Radio Partner: Pongetti Musical Instruments Students were asked to keep track of the “minutes read,”
Print Partner: Long & McQuade and Yamaha Music and seek sponsorship from friends and family members
Poster Partner: Bryan Prince Booksellers for their efforts. This project was an excellent example of
Support Scroll Members and many local business advertisers. student leadership at work, and what can be accomplished
A Crescendo of bravos to this season’s sponsors, partners and
On Friday, January 29, 2010 the College presented a
advertisers – we couldn’t do it without your incredible support!
cheque to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in the amount of
$21,231.41 in support of future research, including the
MS Read-a-Thon Paediatric MS Clinic at the Hospital for Sick Children.
This Fall the College participated in the MS Read-a-Thon. During Chapel Dr. Matthews noted that the MS Society
While this event encouraged our students’ love of reading, was pleasantly surprised with the donation, as the average
it also raised funds for awareness of this disease of the donation from a school is approximately $2,000. HSC is
central nervous system. currently the leading fundraising school in Canada for the
Montessori parent and alumnus Justine Zurini MS Read-a-Thon Program!
(Fedak) ’89 spoke at a College-wide chapel to kick off On Thursday, November 12, 2009 the College
the fundraising effort, providing the students with valuable participated in a “comfy pyjamas” alternate dress day to
insight and a point of reference to begin their fundraising celebrate the successful completion of this fundraising
efforts. She also challenged the students to try to raise endeavour. Congratulations to everyone who participated.
$20,000, and personally jump-started the campaign with
a $1,000 donation.
learned while working on this show will be with them for the
Little Women Wows Audiences rest of their lives. The feedback we received from our audience
This past December the Senior School mounted a musical indicates that we did pull it off. Who are the ‘we’ who pulled
production of Little Women. The musical was based on it off? Let me give you an answer in three letters: HSC.”
the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. Set in 1860s Even though the musical was cast with Senior School
Massachusetts, the story centres on a family of coming-of- students and supervised by Senior School faculty members,
age girls trying to make their way in a world ravaged by Civil this was truly a College-wide event. Many of the student
War. Themes of family and friendship, love and growing up, performers made their theatrical debut in Montessori,
dominated the dialogue and the lyrics of this astonishing show. Junior or Middle School productions; they have been
“I count it a great privilege to work on dramatic coached, prodded and directed by many teachers and staff
productions like this one; it enables me to work with my here at HSC. When these students finally walk onto the
students in a totally different venue than the classroom,” set of a Senior School production, they are well-prepared
said Director, Jeremy Johnston. “So much of classroom veterans of the stage!
life is focused on students challenging and bettering Productions of this magnitude also require support from
themselves - a good thing, to be sure; but when it comes to many, many people. The success of these productions relies
theatre, it is all about the audience! Theatre is a very public heavily upon the assistance of the whole College - from
event; we perform for an audience who expects to see a the Maintenance Department to the Campus Store, from
great show. Can we engage them, can we entertain them? parent volunteers to friends of the College. The fact that
These are tough questions, but the lessons our students many faculty, staff, parents and alumni from all areas of the
HSC family came to see the show further testifies that this
was a community event.
“On behalf of the cast and crew of Little Women,
I sincerely thank you all for your faithful support,”
added Director Jeremy Johnston.
ABOVE: Front Row (left to right): Grace Latimer, Elise Naccarato, Elizabeth
Loughrey, Alexandra Bain, Megan Anderson, Hannah Wood, Alison Castle,
Sharaya Jones and Mathew Lendrum (seated). Back Row (left to right):
Efe Rerri, Jerred Bapty, Caitlin Comeau-Jarvis and Francis Laferriere
RIGHT: Left to right: Megan Anderson as Jo March, Alison Castle as Beth March,
Alexandra Bain (seated on bench) as Marmee March, Hannah Wood as Amy
March and Elizabeth Loughrey (standing) as Meg March
Walking The halls News from around the HSC community
SELF-DISCIPLINE | ENTERPRISE | PERSEVERANCE | SKILLS DEVELOPMENT | FUN
The Duke of Thus far students have participated in expeditions such
as canoeing in Algonquin Park, hiking the Forgotten Trails
Edinburgh’s Award in South River, Ontario, Winter Camping in Algonquin
Founded in 1956, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Park and Dog Sledding. These challenging endeavours
Award Program is designed to instill a sense have provided the students with both a greater sense of
of responsibility in young people, both towards confidence in their own skills, as well as a connection to
themselves and their communities. HSC is proud and respect for the natural environment.
to offer this internationally recognized personal achievement Community Service has been overwhelmingly successful.
program. Anyone between the ages of 14 and 25 with a HSC students participate in food drives, St. Matthew’s
desire to experience new adventures can enroll in the Duke House Christmas fundraiser and the most recent Haitian
of Edinburgh’s Award Program. Relief fundraiser, as well as many other initiatives both in
In keeping with the College’s commitment to the school and in the community. Overall, the Grade 9 students
environment and its desire to provide students with the have been very keen to participate, and although it is an
opportunity for a full and well-rounded education, at the additional requirement for them, the feedback has been
beginning of the 2009-2010 academic year 106 Grade 9 very positive from both the students and their parents.
students were automatically enrolled in the Bronze Level
of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program. These students,
along with the students currently participating, form a
Award Recipients 2009-2010
strong group of over 200 current HSC participants. It is the
goal of the College to have at least 80% participation in the Bronze: Silver:
Gold Award Level by 2013. Francis Laferriere Samuel Wain-Lowe
Giulia Santin Sherif Ramadan
The program consists of three levels: Bronze, Silver and
Gold. Students pursuing these awards must complete the Mark Semelhago
four pillars of the program: Skills Development, Physical Evan Groen
Recreation, Community Service and Adventurous Journey, We look forward to the Winter Awards where we
with each level requiring a greater time commitment in order expect to see another two Silver Awards, as well as
to meet the final requirements. another six Bronze Awards presented.
ABOVE: Left to Right: Amable du Fond River, Algonquin Park,
Dog Sledding, Algonquin Park and Nature Hike, Algonquin Park
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Fall Outdoor Education Update
This past Fall witnessed our greatest number of students involved
in Outdoor Education experiences. These trips help to fulfill HSC’s The Fall Trips from September 2009
strategic goal of facilitating experiences in the outdoors, providing (to be continued in Fall 2010)
“real world” experiences for students to draw upon, and giving
HSC students opportunities for social bonding, especially in those
Grade 5 Valens Conservation Overnight trip
grades where we find the greatest levels of new student enrolment.
Through these experiences the students develop a greater
Grade 6 Sunship Earth Program at Camp Wanakita
level of self-confidence and self-esteem derived from overcoming Grade 7 Ontario Pioneer Camp
adversity, taking risks, and problem-solving for the benefit of Grade 8 Camp Wenonah
the individual and the team. Research has long reported a Grade 9 Onondaga Camp (formerly Canterbury)
direct correlation between outdoor education experiences and a
student’s positive self-image and long-term leadership abilities.
While each trip is unique in its makeup, the focus of the Additional Fall Trips for 2010
continuum remains the same: to provide students with the
opportunity of better understanding themselves, others and the Grade 10 Hiking/Canoe Trips
environment, at an age and stage appropriate level. Through skills Grade 11 In-school curricular and
and challenges such as High Ropes, Canoeing, Rock Climbing, extracurricular programming
Trust Falls and Campfire Circles, students learn to be better Grade 12 Leadership Weekend and
citizens and good environmental stewards. Fall trip support leaders
HSC Hosts CAIS U-13 Boys’ Basketball Tournament
HSC had the great honour of hosting the 18th Annual CAIS “I hope that we can put on a tournament half as good as
U-13 Boys’ National Basketball tournament from February 4 to you have done when we host in the future. Our boys have
6, 2010. Participating in this year’s tournament were 16 teams not stopped talking about the experience or your school.
and more than 200 athletes from across Canada. “Although the
Thank you for the amazing memories.”
participating teams represent a wide cross section of schools, we
Allan Moore, Junior School Athletics, St. John’s School
share a common philosophy and a set of values that distinguish
us as members of the CAIS family of independent schools. The organizing committee would like to thank everyone who
Our commitment to athletics is not casual or superficial. We has contributed to the success of this tournament, with a very
strongly believe that the lessons learned in the gym or on the special thanks to the billeting coordinators, Mrs. Marie Foxcroft
playing field can be just as valuable as the lessons learned in the and Mrs. Cindy Dimitroff, and all our billeting families. Thanks
classroom,” said Headmaster Tom Matthews in his Welcome at also to Mr. Anthony Hughes for his creative program design, the
the tournament’s Opening Ceremonies. kitchen staff, transportation staff, maintenance staff, IT staff,
The Opening Ceremonies, filled with pageantry, touched off advancement team, as well as Mohawk College and our many
three days of exciting, spirited competition, totalling 59 games. sponsors and supporters. Without this tremendous level of
Judging from the number of very close games, the level of play support the tournament would not have been successful.
from all the schools was very competitive - a testament to the
outstanding commitment by all the players and their coaches.
After losing its first two games the HSC team proceeded to win Thank you to our tournament and team sponsors
six straight games to eventually become the consolation division
champion. Collingwood School from Vancouver claimed their Mr. & Mrs. Ron Foxcroft Jarrett, Sheriann and
and FOX 40 International Kerrington Johnston
first U-13 Boys’ Basketball National Championship, defeating
The Mattatall Family Raymond Siganski and
perennial favourite, St. George’s. and Tim Hortons Judith King-Siganski ’62
A great many people are involved in organizing an event Frank Reynolds (Northern Athletics) (Bartlett Provincial Brake Inc.)
of this nature. The organizing committee, chaired by Middle Lancaster Heating and Cooling Sam deTuba ’96
School Athletics Director Mike Steel ’69, included: Rob Reiner, Liane Ormond ’78 and Family Geoff ’96 and Chris ’94 Conant
Chris Kwiecien, Sylvia Griffin, Kris Zelinsky, Mena Sebastiano, Lazier Hickey LLP Jamie Alexander ’94, CMA
Tom Stanton and Jeff Bera. “As the Chair, it was my pleasure Sigma Promotions John ’75 and Toni Simpson
to coordinate this year’s U-13 Boys’ National Basketball Rob Alexander ’89 Mike Branch ’99 (Inovex)
(Rob Alexander Insurance) Larry Paletta ’89
tournament. Quoting one of the athletes involved in this year’s (Re/Max Del Mar Realty Inc.)
tournament ‘This is the best time I have ever had,’ which makes Mondia Alliance Wines & Spirits
Blair Hubber ’94
all of the effort worthwhile,” said Mike Steel ’69. (Ancaster Sheet Metal) (Steve Rusynyk)
Eugene Ng, NCI The Pepsi Bottling Group
Alumni Homecoming 2009
This year’s event was by far the most polished Homecoming Celebration around!
A beautiful marquee tent filled with House colours greeted the guests as they drove
through our main gates. Under the marquee as many as 1,000 guests enjoyed a
selection of continental snacks and a premium lunch, and feedback indicated that
they were highly impressed with HSC’s hospitality!
The Houses did an exceptional job this year with their The girls had a record of 1-1 in Basketball, and won in
fundraising initiatives, including a car wash, bake sale, critter Field Hockey. The boys had their only loss in Volleyball.
corner, bouncy castle and an HSC favourite: the dunk tank. Congratulations once again to all our athletes!
The athletic games were fantastic, overseen by The Alumni Welcome Back Dinner was hosted in Lawson
Co-Directors of Athletics, Sylvia Griffin and Mike Steel ’69. Hall in the evening and brought home over 160 alumni, faculty
It was a beautiful day for outdoor sport. Mother Nature was and retired faculty who delighted in connecting with friends.
kind and did not unleash a torrent of rain until after The evening entertainment was magic... literally!
the games were completed. Mayson Galoni, (www.maycemagic.com) our Grade 10
The HSC Senior School teams were very successful. resident magician and stand-up comedian, inspired belly
Winners against Appleby included Senior and Junior Girls’ laughs from the audience while astounding them with his
Basketball, Junior Boys’ Volleyball, and Junior Boys’ Soccer. prestidigitation! Dr. Gregory Burton and The Strathallan
The DII Girls’ Field Hockey team had a 1 -1 draw with Appleby. Singers, Caitlin Comeau-Jarvis, Natalie Sagar and Alexandra
The Alumni Soccer team defeated the present Senior Bain followed, engaging everyone with their majestic sound
Boys’ team to take the first ever Alumni Soccer Trophy. The and clever song selections, which spanned the generations.
Alumni Basketball game with alumni and current student Homecoming 2009 was truly a success, and one that would
players on mixed teams provided an exciting game, with not have been possible without the support of the sponsors,
the White squad winning the gold medal. The coaches donors, volunteers, committee members, coaches and staff
were exceptional, and we would like to thank them for their that collectively created an outstanding day for everyone.
commitment to their teams and for helping to make HSC’s Special thanks to Nick and Dawn Eveley ’79 of Eveley
Homecoming a resounding success. International for sponsoring the Homecoming Day,
The Middle School and Early Education results were including our Marquee tent; Mr. Jim Faulkner of Heritage
equally outstanding, with the boys winning all but one tied Foods for his lunch donation; and Mr. Gary Valeri for his
game in Soccer, and the girls winning their Soccer game. donation of Tim Hortons snacks and refreshments.
We look forward to seeing everyone at Homecoming 2010! Saturday, October 2, 2010
ABOVE: Left to Right: 1. Tom Matthews, Dawn Eveley ’79, Adrienne Davidson, Sheriann Heath-Johnston 2. Kyla Sohar ’09, Bianca Wurster ’09, Lora Capobianco ’09
3. Mark Hudson and Mike Branch ’99 4. Maryann Simpson, George Simpson ’44, Frances Agro ’84, Margaret Jacques, Wally Jaccques ’48
And the winner was... Many HSC alumni play together on a regular basis, but this event
was special. It was a time to revisit the past and bring everyone together
TEAM 2 (White Team). With a buzzer beater!
in an annual game, showing that the HSC spirit never really dies!
marked the annual Alumni Soccer
reunion of HSC’s
past and present
hosted a very
This year, the game
versus Senior Boys’
was well attended
soccer game. For the
by a crowd of noisy
past three years the
Alumni had won this
players made the trip from as far away as Los Angeles
fixture, and this year
(Chris Conant ’94) to be part of the big game.
the Senior boys were
The first half was dominated by the green team. As the clock ticked looking to change that result.
down to zero, the White team’s Scott Innes ’96 sunk a bouncing
The Alumni squad dominated the play in the first half, leading 3 - 0
fade away jump shot to win the game. The winning team was
at the half time break. In the second half the Senior team pressured
awarded medals donated by the HSC Alumni Association.
the Alumni team by scoring their first goal with 20 minutes left in
This year’s alumni included: Green Team - Geoff Conant ’96, the game. The Alumni team countered with one more goal and won
Ryan Mattatall ’97, Reiner Kravis ’09, Miles Baldassi ’95, the match 4 - 1. We look forward to seeing all the Alumni back again
Chris Harnett ’95, Chris Conant ’94 and Jamie Alexander ’94. next year to see if they can extend the winning streak to five games!
White Team - Sam DeTuba ’96, Steve Atkinson ’97, Max Smith ’96,
If you are interested in taking part next year, feel free to contact
Luke McKee ’09, Andrew Branch ’01 and Scott Innes ’96.
Daniel Capobianco ’04 or Will Mitchell ’04.
The Matthews Family Bids Hillfield
Strathallan College a Fond Farewell
I In July 2010 the Matthews Family will bid Hillfield Strathallan College
a fond farewell after seven remarkable years. The HSC Review had an
opportunity to sit down with Dr. Matthews to reflect on his time here,
and to discuss the College’s promising future.
organizations such as the Colin B.
Tell us about some of your most memorable Glassco Foundation, Heart and
moments at Hillfield Strathallan College. Stroke, the Nature Conservancy
and the World Wildlife Fund.
For me, the most memorable moments have been when the There have been many times
HSC community demonstrated a strong sense of shared purpose. over the course of the past
Whether they were happy or sad, these were the occasions when seven years that I have been
we lived most fully the ideals articulated in our Mission and Vision. overwhelmed by the generosity of
I have also derived great satisfaction in witnessing our our community. The most recent
students actively engaged in community outreach and leadership effort to assist in Haiti after a Left to Right: Ceilidh Mathews, Old Girl
Betty McKinney ’29 and Tom Matthews.
initiatives - volunteering at SISO, organizing the CAIS Student devastating earthquake was very
Leadership Conference, service missions to the Dominican inspiring, as was the College-wide read-a-thon in support of the
Republic and Tanzania, Multiple Sclerosis Society.
the City Kidz Rise I have appreciated the many memorable opportunities to meet
& Shine Leadership with alumni and to strengthen the connections between current
Breakfast, the fashion students and alumni. Our Remembrance Day service brings
show in support of the back many of our older alumni, who recognize as friends and
United Way and the family members the names of the Fallen as they are read aloud
Cathy Wever Hub in by Mr. Geoff Steel. Similarly, a large number of recent graduates
Hamilton, as well as return every year for our annual Carol Service, and I have greatly
a wide range of other enjoyed being part of our alumni reunions in Hamilton, Toronto,
Left to Right: Steve Walters, Tom Matthews and Eamon Cummins.
projects supporting Vancouver and Halifax.
“His first year was spent getting to know HSC, both its strengths and weaknesses. Before long it became apparent that his quiet and thoughtful
demeanor was one of trust, and action would follow only when he felt he had solicited sufficient input from the various stakeholder groups.
He was always respectful and interested in learning about and preserving the history and traditions of the College – he was never afraid to
ask for your opinion. He quickly identified and worked to embrace stakeholder groups who had not been considered in the past.”
John Simpson ’75, Past President Alumni Association, 2004-2006
I believe the College’s commitment to restoring and preserving activities, and
its rich traditions and history has been an important endeavour teachers employing an
in these past seven years. I felt a real sense of satisfaction the impressive repertoire
day the College was granted its Coat of Arms. What a wonderful of instructional
recognition for HSC, acknowledging its 100-year-plus history! strategies. We have also
The project also successfully blended the symbols, colours and made great progress
mottos of our founding schools into a cohesive new symbol that in the integration of
we can all be proud of. educational technology.
I am also proud of several institutional accomplishments, We now have dozens Left to Right: Calum Matthews, Sheena Matthews,
such as the Outstanding Business Achievement Award of SMARTBoards Michael G. DeGroote and Tom Matthews, June 2009.
for Communications and Technology, and the EatSmart and more than ten
designation, as well as individual accomplishments, including mobile computer
the recognition of Dr. David Moffatt as a recipient of the labs in operation
Prime Minister’s Teaching Award. throughout the College.
Naturally, the historic gift by Michael G. DeGroote in support Other manifestations
of the Transformation HSC campaign to build a new Senior of this spirit of
School and College-wide athletic complex is a highlight of my innovation are the HSC
time here at HSC. Marine Institute, our
Brain, Learning and
Applications Institute, as Left to Right: Janie Spears ’39, Tom Matthews,
Mr. MacLennan and Margaret MacLennan ’36.
What accomplishments are you most proud of? well as the many exciting
initiatives contained within our most recent Strategic Plan.
In addition to these accomplishments HSC has truly become
I am gratified by the fact that I was able to develop a strong an integral part of the greater Hamilton community. We have
understanding and appreciation of the school and its traditions. raised our profile through our continued community outreach,
I think that this is the real challenge of institutional leadership. as well as through partnerships with organizations such as the
My ability to grasp the essence of HSC has helped me to foster Hamilton Art Gallery, the Hamilton Botanical Gardens and
a sense of pride in the institution. Stakeholders have always the Hamilton Ti-Cats. Similarly, we have become increasingly
loved the school, but when I arrived in 2003 they seemed to involved in independent school organization such as CIS, CAIS,
lack confidence. Now they know that HSC is a great school, CESI and CCMA, benefiting those organizations as well as the
an institution to be proud of. College. I certainly have enjoyed my time on the CAIS Board,
I am also proud of the progress we have made in building and I am proud of the fact that one of the Co-Chairs of the
on the accomplishments of the past, and in making HSC a recently amalgamated CAIS/CESI Board is our own Jeff Paikin ’80,
truly student-centered school. When I visit classrooms in all Alumnus, former HSC Board Chair and father of three current
four schools I see students engaged in a wide range of learning HSC students.
“My favorite memory is the very first time I met him.
What do you think your
I was struck by his dignity, passion, compassion and
legacy to HSC is or will be?
genuine personality. As I got to know him I saw a man
that cared about his school, possessed a tremendous work
ethic and led the staff and faculty in a decisive fashion. I think I leave the College with a greater sense of purpose and
He was loyal to his students, never too busy for the parents an appreciation for its traditions. We have a renewed and
while remaining steadfast and loyal to his family and reinvigorated Alumni Association, a vital and active Parents’
closest friends.” Association, and students attending from a growing number of
Dr. Ron Foxcroft, Current Parent, multi-generational families.
Current Board Member, Chair - Transformation HSC
I also would like to think that I am leaving a more confident,
cohesive and purposeful organization. The College is financially
stable and enjoys strong admissions and re-enrollment numbers.
“Tom came to Hillfield Strathallan College at a time when In addition, it has developed a culture of philanthropy. The many
we needed him most. He brought a calmness and a successful fundraising initiatives have afforded the College the
sensitivity that enabled us to get back on track and believe opportunity to enhance student learning and to make HSC the very
in ourselves, while regaining the trust and respect of our best school that it can be for all of its students, present and future.
community of parents and educators. His understanding The current Strategic Plan commits us to the renewal of our
and articulation of how students learn best will serve us approach to teaching and learning through a
well in the years to come.” student-centered model that will ensure that
our students are well prepared for the
Dianne de Freitas, Head of Montessori School
challenges and opportunities of the 21st
century. We also are embracing a more
inclusive approach to student leadership
“Tom has introduced rigorous and current academic practices and service, together with a
and standards to the College that ensure our graduates commitment to environmental
succeed at 21st-Century post-secondary institutions. sustainability and
Tom can’t help but inspire both his staff and his students stewardship. Through
to aspire to excellence in education – an excellence this plan we are
that includes tolerance, empathy, academic risk-taking, transforming
creativity, and kindness.” the ideals
Ryan Baker, Chair of History & Humanities Department, Senior School
into a reality,
so that we truly
“Each individual in the organization, regardless of rank or are inspiring
position, is held in esteem by Dr. Matthews. To all he our students
asks, ‘Call me Tom’. He inspires confidence, always the to realize their
gentleman, with his easy manner and good will. He has full potential
laid a foundation of respect upon which the College has while bettering
been furthered during his tenure. This is a leader!” the world
Cameron Playfair, Facilities Supervisor around them.
“Tom Matthews is the best thing that has ever happened to HSC. It was a while before we realized what was going on at the school under his
leadership, but when we did we realized that it was dramatic! The deficit had been eliminated; the Alumni Association reactivated; and new
methods of teaching had been adopted to accommodate students who required specialized methods of learning. On top of this, Tom has been
an impressive fundraiser because everyone loves him. We are grateful for the tremendous effort Tom has made on behalf of the school, and our
very best wishes will go with him.”
Bill Young ’35 & Joyce Young ’43, Honourary Co-Chairs, Transformation HSC Campaign
What are the challenges HSC faces?
“Dr. Matthews was the leader HSC needed. It was
What are its opportunities?
a privilege to have been a student at HSC while
Dr. Matthews was Headmaster. He valued student input
The challenge for HSC is the realization of the full promise of its and always wanted to know the areas where the College
current Strategic Plan with its emphasis on student-centred learning. was excelling and the areas where the College could
I am very optimistic. The College has a committed Board of improve. He has led the College to the forefront of Canadian
Governors, faculty and staff that understand the need to align independent schools and will be dearly missed. He is simply
pedagogy with recent advances in brain research and the realities one of a kind – St. George’s is lucky to have him.”
of living in a world that is increasingly ‘flat, fast and fluid.’
Scott Metherell ’04, Former Head Boy
The realization of the Transformation HSC project is an equally
important challenge if the College is to continue to be a leader in
innovative teaching and learning. The new facilities will provide the
necessary learning spaces to support changes in how students learn,
collaborate and communicate in the future. “From the first moment Dr. Matthews walked into the
The College also has a philanthropic challenge, which is its greatest interview with the Head’s Search Committee it was
opportunity. Once the Transformation HSC campaign is completed obvious that we had found the right person. His extreme
there is a real opportunity for the College to build an endowment level of professionalism, his knowledge and experience in
fund to support the creation of a significant financial aid program. education, his decisive yet collaborative manner for making
In so doing, the College can make its enriched programming accessible decisions, and his professional and careful approach to his
to the best and brightest students in the greater Hamilton area. craft solidified the instinctive reaction we all shared. His
That would be my dream. time of service will go down in the rich history of the school
as an era of stability, growth and an ever-growing love of
the school’s community by all constituencies associated
What will you and your family with the HSC family.”
miss most about HSC? Jeff Paikin ’80, Current Parent, Former Chair, Board of Governors
W We will miss the people and the very positive relationships we have
established. This community has such a welcoming nature, and from
the very beginning we have been embraced.
“Dr. Matthews was a leader not just of the College, but
On a professional level, I will miss being part of a school that is
a community. A community which he inspired over the
so child-friendly. This is a unique quality at HSC.
years through insight and empathy.”
I will also miss working with such a great Board of Governors.
This group of dedicated volunteers has provided real support and Geoffrey Line ’08, Former Head Boy
is committed to doing what is best for HSC.
Tell us a little bit about the “From the time I started at HSC, I have come to understand
new opportunity at St. George’s. what ‘a true gentleman’ is. Dr. Matthews embodies this
title perfectly. His door has always been open to me for
I am sad to be leaving HSC, but decided to move on for a
combination of personal and professional reasons. I have always
felt it is important to be a lifelong learner, to keep growing and
guidance or a quick laugh, which gave me the utmost
respect for the man. A heartfelt goodbye and God bless,
Phil Brucculeri, Intermediate Maintenance
developing as a professional, and I realized that it was time
for me to move on to another set of challenges. For HSC my
departure provides an opportunity for institutional renewal,
taking a great school and making it better.
As a family, we are excited to be returning to British Columbia.
What have you learned at HSC that you
We love the natural environment, and Sheena and I look forward
will take with you for your next challenge?
to being closer to our two sons, Calum who is attending Quest
University in Squamish, and Liam who plans to attend the The ultimate test of good leadership is the ability to keep your
University of British Columbia. Our daughter, Ceilidh, was “eyes on the prize.” Having a clear objective and then making
born in Victoria and has fond memories of the West Coast. sure you get there - tenacity, persistence and resilience are
As you may know, I started my independent school career at important qualities you want on that journey. Furthermore,
Upper Canada College in Toronto. I, therefore, am very excited we all have to grow professionally, while striving for ongoing
at the prospect of returning to a boys’ school at this point in improvement; complacency is often our greatest enemy. I think
my career. Over the past two decades we have I will take both of the College’s mottos with me as well: Excelsior
learned so much about how people learn, – Ever Higher and Velle Est Posse – Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way.
and now understand more fully how Humility and an appreciation of others also play a key role.
boys and girls learn differently. I hope We must always understand and appreciate the importance of
to apply this knowledge in fostering leadership and nurturing the potential in others,
my role as Headmaster whether they are students, faculty or staff.
of St. George’s.
During the research for this article it has become evident
that there is a mutual affection between HSC and its
Headmaster. There is also a feeling of optimism and
pride as the College begins the next decade, stronger
and forever altered by the contribution of its beloved
Headmaster, Dr. Tom Matthews.
For the Love
Student-Centred Learning at HSC
Adopted in 2008, the College’s Strategic Plan is dedicated to the overriding
goal of realizing the potential of our students “so that they go on to serve
as effective leaders able and willing to make their world a better place.”
To realize this goal the College is pursuing three interrelated priorities:
A student-centred approach
to teaching and learning
Enhanced student leadership and
community service opportunities
To view the Strategic Plan’s full text, visit
Individual Learning Profiles (ILP)
The College is currently conducting a pilot project to inform
Student-Centred Learning: its practices for the adoption and implementation of Individual
Learning Profiles for each student. Presently, students from two
What Do We Mean? Grade 4 classes, all M9 students, one Grade 5 class, one Grade 8
The Strategic Plan’s main focus is the promotion class and one Grade 9 tutorial are utilizing “Career Cruising”,
of a student-centred approach to teaching and a software application, to track personal student involvement
learning. Flowing from the College’s Mission, in all aspects of College life.
Vision and Values, as well as its guiding Educational Each student in the pilot project uses an online profile
Principles, a student-centred approach emphasizes to record academic goals, skills, talents, learning styles,
the needs of the learner, both collectively and extracurricular activities, leadership and community service.
individually, while recognizing that everyone The profile becomes a portfolio of self-assessments and
learns differently and that active engagement is supports students in learning how to learn. The information is
the key to powerful learning. Essential elements used in student/teacher conferences to help students identify
include the provision of relevant challenges, and focus on their individual priorities, strengths and weaknesses.
choices and risks, student ownership of learning, The online profile follows the student every year and provides a
authentic assessment, inquiry, respect for diversity digital reference to help students reach their potential and inform
and a wide range of effective instructional next steps in their development.
practices supporting these principles. A student-
centered approach to teaching and learning also Conference of Independent Schools (CIS)
emphasizes creativity and recognizes the unique Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
potential of every learner. Differentiated Assessment Institute
The institute is designed to provide a multi-year program
to teams of teachers from participating schools from the
Conference of Independent Schools (CIS). Professional
development sessions run from February 2009 to May 2010 and
build teachers’ understanding of assessment practices through
What Are We Doing? collaborative action research projects and self-directed inquiry.
A wide range of projects and initiatives is Four HSC teachers, one from each of our four schools, are
underway as we continue the process of participating in the research project: Ryan Baker, Chair of History
implementing a student-centred approach and Humanities Department in Senior School; John Hannah,
to teaching and learning. Although the outline Science Teacher and Co-operative Learning Expert in Middle
that follows is not definitive, it includes some School; Shailau Spivak, Junior School and Joanna Blackwell in
of our key initiatives which highlight the the Montessori School.
progress we are making in transforming the The team made its first presentation to their colleagues this
ideals articulated in the Strategic Plan into reality. past August during the annual professional development session,
“Links to Learning”. Currently, assessment and evaluation practices
are under review in the Senior School with a goal to shift
practices to be more student-centred by including differentiated
assessment and providing students with evaluation options.
CIS e-Learning Consortium The Institute received commendation for the high calibre of
expertise provided by Dr. David Eagleman, Geoffrey Caine, Mary
The CIS e-Learning Consortium is a unique cooperative
Fowler, and Steve Feifer. Canadian content included Dr. Ron
mandated to deliver quality online curriculum for the benefit
Clavier, Garfield Gini-Newman and Dr. Laurel Trainor of the
of students in Conference of Independent Schools (CIS)
Music and the Mind Institute at McMaster University.
member schools. HSC is a founding member of the CIS
e-Learning Consortium. The CIS collaboration in Ontario Details of the 2009 Institute may be found at www.hsc.on.ca/BLAI
is a ground-breaking achievement for independent schools The BLAI 2010 is scheduled for August 24 and 25. We are excited
to host world renowned early childhood authority, Dr. Fraser Mustard,
in North America. among other experts. Visit www.hsc.on.ca/BLAI2010
The 16 member schools currently offer 12 courses and
plan to add 10 new courses in 2010-11. HSC currently offers
its Grade 12 Data Management course, and next year will
offer Grade 11 Communications Technology and Economics.
In the first year of delivery, over 130 students have enrolled in
the e-LC courses.
At HSC, we recognize the need to embrace e-Learning in
order to ensure that we maintain our innovative edge in
teaching and learning. It is our vision to have all our Senior
School students complete one e-Learning course over their
four-year high school experience as a basic requirement for
post-secondary preparation and beyond.
For more information visit www.ciselc.com
The Brain, Learning,
and Applications Institute (BLAI)
All synapses were firing well at the Brain, Learning, and
Applications Institute held at HSC in June 2009. The College Top left: BLAI 2009 Dr. David Eageleman Top right: Marine Institute
partnered with Dr. Bob Greenleaf (www.greenleaflearning.com) to Bottom left (left to right): Ryan Baker, Shailau Spivak, Joanna Blackwell
and John Hannah Bottom right: Student engagement
provide professional development focussed on the connection
between recent neuroscience research in teaching and learning.
Key aspects of the conference addressed the uniqueness of the
HSC Marine Institute
individual learner, the importance of active engagement in the The College is now offering a unique credit course in Leadership
learning process, the plasticity of the brain, and strategies for in Environmental Sustainability for students in Grades 8 and 9.
effective classroom practice. Using a problem-based learning model, the program will provide
Over 100 participants, including 40 HSC faculty, represented an opportunity for students to participate in an authentic
a variety of educational fields including school psychologists, aquatic research project on Little Cayman Island from June
the Ontario teachers’ federation, CIS member schools and local 20 to July 4. Students will develop skills in communication,
public and Catholic school boards. We were pleased to welcome interpersonal relations, coaching, leadership, teamwork, and
teachers from BC and the USA, as well. conflict management, and apply them in roles such as tutoring,
Being part of this Institute has widened my appreciation mentoring, and project design. Faculty accompanying the class
of the importance of assessment. I have a greater awareness of in a leadership training capacity are Sue Tilley, Middle School
the benefits of assessment as a learning tool within a student- teacher, who will provide leadership training for the students
centred learning environment. I’ve had the opportunity to guide my prior to their field excursion, and chaperones Mark Mitchell
students through peer- and self-evaluations which bring the integral (Middle School teacher) and Marc Edgar (Senior School teacher).
metacognitive and reflective pieces into their development. All students will acquire SCUBA certification as part of the
course requirement before they travel to Little Cayman, and while
Joanna Blackwell, Montessori School
there will focus on the complexity of social diversity, participate
in community service and address issues of carbon footprint and
ecological impact. Before the students leave for their field study, they
will be asked to calculate their carbon footprint and then design
The Assessment Institute has examined best practice in solutions to offset it. Once on Little Cayman Island the students
assessment as learning, and has afforded me the opportunity will turn their theoretical knowledge into practical solutions.
to work with my colleagues throughout the College as well as
Independent Schools across Ontario. As a result, I have introduced Summer Research in the Peruvian Amazon
goal-setting at the beginning and end of each math unit so that The College will also offer a two-week biological research
students are able to self-assess based on the goals. Parents are expedition to one of the most remote and pristine parts of the
also aware of the assessment and utilize it as a means of helping Amazon basin, led by Dr. David Moffat and fully organized and
their children study. operated by Operation Wallacea staff. (www.opwall.com)
Shailau Spivak, Junior School Students will travel on upper tributaries of the Amazon, where
they will live and eat on board a small research vessel for the
duration of the trip. En route they will have the opportunity to
interact with and attend lectures by university researchers who
will provide background on the biology, geology and hydrology
Learning about differentiated assessment has provided
of the area, and the socio-political impacts of tropical ecology
me with a new and very powerful technique to help students learn
science vocabulary. My students are more empowered to select the
They will then spend 10 days participating in a wide range of
most important words to learn and to demonstrate their learning in
biological surveys in one of the most diverse habitats on earth
the most personally effective way.
before traveling back downstream. The students will assist
John Hannah, Middle School
university researchers in studies which will involve the monitoring
The CIS/OISE Institute has broadened my professional
practice with regard to my data collection and my use of
metacognitive exercises. In terms of the former, I collect a
wider variety, which helps me make the data more meaningful
in developing student learning skills. In terms of the latter,
I’m noticing an improvement in student academic performance
based on the level of ownership the students take for their
Ryan Baker, Senior School
of indicator species including macaws, freshwater dolphins, in a world that is increasingly ‘flat, fast, and fluid.’ “In order to
primates, turtles, fish, and semi-aquatic mammals. These prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century, we
monitoring activities are vital to the Peruvian authorities who are have an obligation and an opportunity to transform teaching
trying to manage this ecological reserve, and to the academic and learning at HSC,” says Brenda Zwolak, Director of Academics.
researchers who use the general data as context for their more As we move into what many are calling the “creative” or
specific studies. “conceptual” age, success in only a few narrow core subjects will
no long prepare students for the world. Students will graduate into
a technologically sophisticated, media-rich, globalized world.
Aligning Pedagogy with the To meet these challenges, a team in the Senior School is
Transformation HSC Project currently engaged in a high-level IT visioning project in preparation
Transformation HSC is a bold vision to create a dynamic and for the exciting new learning spaces in the Michael G. DeGroote
powerful new learning environment for our children, and involves Senior School. The team is meeting with various experts in the
the construction of the Michael G. DeGroote Senior School and IT integration field to help inform the College’s practices.
College-wide Community and Athletic Complex. If students are
to be fully prepared for leadership in the world they are poised
Artist concept, subject to change.
to inherit, learning and schooling must be transformed.
We must have a clear understanding of the knowledge, skills,
and attitudes that will be required if our graduates are to succeed
The Learning Commons
We are all familiar with the term “library” as the central resource
area for supporting learning. The term “Learning Commons” is now
commonly used by many universities and colleges that are undergoing
changes to their library spaces.
The Learning Commons at HSC will be 4,300 sq. ft of dynamic, “We are making solid progress in implementing the first priority
student-centred, collaborative space at the core of the Senior set out in our Strategic Plan, and I have no doubt that we will be
School academic experience. The librarians, as media specialists, successful in establishing HSC as a model of student- centred teaching
and teachers will engage students through personalized instruction, and learning.”
global collaboration, and creative assignments. There is extensive
flexibility in the types of work spaces to accommodate all learning
needs: online course work, individual research, small group study,
As technology grows ever more ubiquitous, the massive
formal presentations, seminars, video conferencing and publishing.
shift from paper as the dominant media to digital content will only
The Learning Commons will enable students to become self-directed
learners in the digital world, and will support learning that is relevant continue. Beyond going to the library to do research – simply accessing
and meaningful in the 21st century context. existing published work – students need to be engaged in producing
The transformation in teaching and learning at HSC is an ongoing content of their own. The growing trends toward online learning,
process that builds upon the College’s multi-decade tradition of more personalized instruction, and collaboration on a global scale also
innovation. “When I visit classrooms in all four schools, I see teachers challenge librarians and media specialists, who are positioned to lead
employing a wide range of instructional strategies and students the way as technology adaptors in their schools.
actively engaged in the process,” states Headmaster Dr. Tom Matthews. Alan November
Sharing the Montessori Classroom in Tanzania
Can you imagine commuting over 7,000 miles, flying for 21 hours and then spending
15 hours on a bus, all while lugging nine cases filled with donated classroom
equipment and materials in order to share your expertise and knowledge?
That takes passion, commitment and a firm belief that you are embarking
on an important mission. This was the journey that Laure Kominar, Elementary
Directress, HSC Montessori School, and Janice Mayhew recently took to initiate
Tanzanian educational pioneers into the world of Montessori.
While on leave from HSC in 2008 Laure had the opportunity Many months of planning were required to come up with
to fulfill a dream to enrich the lives of others in Africa. Laure innovative ideas to help break down the language barrier with
teamed up with long-time friend Janice Mayhew, retired principal the African teachers, as well as to provide them with the tools
of Lakeview Montessori School, to host workshop courses for and materials they would eventually use to better educate their
more than 25 Tanzanians in Mbeya, Tanzania. children. Laure hoped to engage the adults in creating the tools
After learning about Deborah McCracken, founder and they would need in their respective villages. This task proved
African head of The Olive Branch for Children (TOBFC), the challenging. “When we started to use those tools, we had not
pair submitted a proposal to the American Montessori Society anticipated that some had never before seen scissors,” said
for an international Peace Laure. “We took that for granted,
Initiative Award. They and it became necessary to make
eventually received the adjustments to the time frame for
Ursula Thrush Peace Seed material preparation.”
Grant, which allowed the When Kominar and Mayhew
Montessori teacher trainers first arrived in Mbeya, they
to spend 30 days at the discovered that the resident
not-for-profit charity that Montessori teacher had
assists children orphaned contracted malaria, which
by HIV/AIDS who live in or provided an unexpected
near the Mbeya region. opportunity for the educators
to spend two days in the
materials and exercises they
had brought with them to
25 Swahili-speaking children. The established Montessori
classroom was the children’s haven from their otherwise
impoverished lives. “A light shone in these children’s eyes that What is a Montessori Education?
was innocent, soulful, and unforgettable,” said Kominar.
The following week, Laure and Janice would welcome The basic tenet of Montessori education is that a child learns best in
27 Tanzanian adults who had been chosen by their village an enriched, supportive environment through exploration, discovery
officials to attend a 10-day intensive workshop coordinated and creativity with the guidance and encouragement of a trained
by Deborah McCracken, the president of TOBFC. As part and caring staff. Children are encouraged to pursue their interests,
of their preparation Deborah took the educators to a local make responsible choices for themselves and direct themselves to
village so that they could become familiar with the people, constructive activities.
the communities and the limited resources available to The goals of Montessori education are to cultivate each child’s
these new teachers. The experience has had an impact on
natural desire to learn, acquire and master skills, learn responsibility
Laure’s classroom teaching in general. “I am able to share
and cooperation and foster strong, positive feelings about oneself
first-hand knowledge with my students about living in a
and others. The method addresses the total child developing social
world with needs, the struggles of others - a “reality-check”
skills, emotional intelligence, physical coordination, and cognitive
about the rest of the world. I hope to enhance my students’
appreciation for the many resources available to them, our preparation, within a thoughtfully designed environment.
collective responsibility to use and share our resources and to Some of the characteristics that distinguish a Montessori program
inspire them to do what they can to make a difference, locally, are mixed age groupings, individualized instruction, child-directed
nationally or globally,” said Kominar. program, designed environment/materials, specialized staff, hands-on
For the next ten days, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on approach to learning, integrated curriculum, and whole language
wooden benches, the educators worked with their students approach to reading.
demonstrating and preparing Montessori materials. Peace
education was a theme carried through all the activities Source: www.msmresources.org/about_montessori_method.htm
presented. In Tanzania,
corporal punishment is used
both at home and at school.
The educators discussed ways
to develop self-discipline,
alternative discipline methods,
and peace education.
During the graduation
celebration the teachers were
given individual certificates of
participation, a photo with
their instructors, and a peace
rose for their classrooms. In
his farewell speech one of the
Tanzanian teachers named Vosta
said, “Although we have nothing to give
you, we promise to work hard and continue improving
as teachers, as well as making materials. Thank you for
the wonderful materials you have brought for us and
taught us how to make. We hope that this is not your
last trip to Tanzania and we hope that the next time
you come you will be able to visit the Montessori
schools you created.”
Since her stay in Africa, Laure has learned that the
students’ respective villages have committed to providing
classrooms for their region’s newly-trained Montessori
teachers. Laure notes, “Things are beginning to change
in Tanzania. The national government understands
that change will come through educating the children.
The children are their hope.”
Laure intends to return to Tanzania in the summer
Sources: Montessori Life, 2009, Volume 21, Number 2
The Flamborough Review, Catherine O’Hara
Left to Right: Janice Mayhew and Laure Kominar
REInVESTIng in Our FUTURE
Transformation HSC is a $34 million capital development
program, which includes both a new Senior School and “Without the Transformation HSC project, our ability to deliver
a College-wide Community Centre & Athletic Complex to on our Mission, Vision and Values will be seriously compromised.
serve the entire student body. The campaign to support This is not an acceptable option for Hillfield Strathallan College.”
Transformation HSC is about far more than just buildings: it is
Dr. Tom Matthews, Headmaster
about fundamentally advancing children, their education, their
potential and their powerful ambitions. Learning in the 21st
century will be about how we receive and transform information, raised $15,000,000 for this most ambitious capital campaign
and these new facilities are key to delivering on that promise. ever undertaken at Hillfield Strathallan College. The new Senior
In June 2009 we were privileged to announce that School will be known as the Michael G. DeGroote Senior School;
Mr. Michael G. DeGroote had donated the largest gift ever the Community Centre & Athletic Facility is, as yet, unnamed.
made to an independent school in Canada. His $10.5 million Other donor expressions of support, grant applications and calls in
gift combined with a number of other leadership gifts has now progress amount to an additional $5,000,000 (to be completed).
1. New Athletic Complex 5. Montessori School 9. Young 11. Lawson Hall & Page Gymnasium
2. Student Commons 6. Junior School 10. Elementary Library 12. College Commons
3. Learning Commons 7. Artsplex Theatre 13. Holton
4. Michael G. DeGroote Senior School 8. Collinson 14. Strathallan
Family Campaign Underway
“My family has been blessed with significant resources, which
Under the leadership of two current
is why we have made such a significant gift to this great school.
parents and alumni we have recently
Nonetheless, I truly believe that every HSC family, within its
begun campaign presentations to HSC
means, has a comparable responsibility to support this campaign.
families to offer early opportunities of
The Family Campaign is an opportunity for you to play a
participating in this fundraising project.
leadership role, and to provide the financial support required
Dr. Agnes Kuskowski ’82, past Chair
to begin construction… I hope you will join me and my family
of the Board of Trustees, co-chairs the
in transforming HSC.”
Family Campaign with Mr. Jeff Paikin ’80, past Chair of our
Extract from the personal letter to prospective Family Campaign
Board of Governors. “Our hope in the Family Campaign is to donors by Michael G. DeGroote, (Hon ’09), Patron of HSC
seek out leadership gifts of $25,000 - $50,000 or more, pledged
over a period suitable to our prospective donors,” explains
Dr. Kuskowski. “We are very open to discussing how best to
classrooms and other spaces are available for major gift naming
facilitate donations to the Family Campaign.” Co-Chair Jeff
recognition for those individuals or families who make leadership
Paikin adds, “A new donor recognition icon is currently in the
gifts to the campaign. The detailed list of naming opportunities
design stage, and will allow us to very publicly acknowledge in
for your consideration is available on our website at
the new facilities those parent and alumni families who have
contributed in a significant way to making this project a success.
Donors to the Family Campaign will additionally be part
We want to celebrate all the families who, together, will allow us
of an architecturally designed recognition element near the
to make this vision become a reality.”
main drop-off area, where their contributions to the success of
The Family Campaign has ambitious goals, aiming to bring
Transformation HSC will be celebrated. We anticipate that the
our closest supporters together to raise $7-10,000,000 for HSC
majority of Family Campaign donors will be current families and
over the next 5 years.
Donor Recognition and Tax Benefits of Giving to HSC
As a registered charity (charitable registration # BN11895 7810
All donors to the Transformation RR0001) HSC will issue tax receipts for all eligible donations
HSC capital campaign will be to the College. In addition, gifts to the Family Campaign can
recognized in multiple ways in be pledged over a period of years, allowing donors to spread
the new and existing facilities. An their payments.
elegant lounge area in the lobby of Sample net cost to the donor of a $25,000 gift: $16,575
the new Senior School will be the ($3,315 per annum x 5 years, or $276 per month)
home of a stunning digital montage Sample net cost to the donor of a $50,000 gift: $33,150
celebrating donors, buildings, ($6,630 per annum x 5 years, or $553 per month)
students, grand openings and other
Individual tax circumstances vary from one family to another, and
donors should check with their own financial advisors if in doubt.
In addition, many buildings,
“The extraordinary generosity of the HSC community in supporting
this exciting project is truly inspiring. With the launch of the
Family Campaign, we are engaging a growing number of current
and former HSC parents, as well as alumni, and we have been
encouraged by the positive response we have received thus far.
My hope is that the generous response of the HSC community
will put us in a situation which will allow us to begin construction
of the entire project in the near future.”
Dr. Jennifer Everson, Board Chair
Our ability to commence construction of the Transformation HSC
project depends on a number of variables, not least of which is
the successful conclusion of our capital fundraising campaign.
In June 2009 the Board of Governors approved the drafting of
construction documents leading towards tendering of the project,
and will soon be deciding the scope and timing of construction.
If the Family Campaign to complete the remainder of the
fundraising required is successful in its goals, we could be in
a position to commence construction in the coming months.
This in turn would allow us to project the new facilities being
ready for occupancy sometime in 2011. Above: The Learning Commons is a dynamic, student-centred, collaborative
environment at the core of the HSC academic experience. The Learning Commons
will enable students to become self-directed learners in the digital world and
will support learning that is relevant and meaningful in the 21st century context.
Below: The Student Commons is at both a social gathering space and an
If you would like more information about the additional learning space, serving the Senior students primarily during breaks.
‘Transformation HSC’ fundraising campaign, It will also be used as a study area and for group/club meetings.
or the project itself, please contact
Adrienne Davidson, Director of College
Advancement at email@example.com
or 905-389-1367, ext. 162
All images are artist’s concepts and may be subject to change.
A LEgACy of TRADITIOn
During his time as Headmaster, one of Dr. Matthews’ projects has been to ensure that portraits
are completed of all the College’s former Headmasters and Headmistresses. The tradition of
honouring School Heads in this manner is an important one in the world of independent schools,
and it reflects our shared commitment to the College’s history and traditions.
“Since 2003, we have completed portraits of two former Headmasters, Mr. Boyer and Mr. Hodgetts, and of three former
Headmistresses, Mrs. Bruce, Miss Pearce and Mrs. Southam. The portraits of two additional Headmistresses have yet to be
completed but Miss Bartlett and Miss Mills are in the works and should be completed within the next year,” said Dr. Matthews.
Headmaster, Mr. John H. Collinson Headmaster, The Reverend Cecil A. Heaven Headmaster, Mr. Arthur F. Killip
Highfield: 1901 – 1919 Hillcrest: 1920 – 1929 Hillfield: 1929 – 1950
Headmaster, Lieutenant Colonel John P. Page Headmaster, Mr. M. Barrett Wansbrough Headmaster, Mr. William S. Boyer
Hillfield: 1950 – 1969 Hillfield-Strathallan College: 1969 – 1995 Hillfield-Strathallan College: 1995 – 2002
Headmaster, Mr. David Hodgetts Headmaster, Dr. William Thomas Matthews Headmistress, Miss Janet Virtue
Hillfield-Strathallan College: 2002 – 2003 Hillfield Strathallan College: 2003 – 2010 Strathallan: 1923 – 1948
Headmistress, Miss Eileen Fitzgerald Headmistress, Miss Evelyn M. Mills, OBE Headmistress, Miss Elsie M. Bartlett
Strathallan: 1923 – 1948 Strathallan: 1948 – 1950 Strathallan: 1950 – 1957
Headmistress, Miss Hilda M. Pearce Headmistress, Mrs. Kathleen Bruce Headmistress, Mrs. Audrey G. Southam
Strathallan: 1957 – 1962 Strathallan: 1962 – 1968 Strathallan: 1968 – 1970
The Visual Arts Program at HSC plays
an integral part in the development
and exploration of creativity that
helps foster innovative thinking, a key
factor in 21st century learning skills.
The program is designed to provide
enriched opportunities for students
and to help maximize their potential as
innovators, leaders and creative artists.
1. Harrison Darcel, Gr. 6, Abstract Animal 3. Caitlin Pibus, Gr.12, Value Study, Ink
2. Akhila Rachakonda, Gr. 8, Self-Portrait, Period Costume 4. Vanessa Cercone, Gr. 6, Abstract Animal
7 8 10
5. Keiko Marshall, Gr. 7, Graffiti Tag 7. Mitchell Contant, Gr. 9, Softoleum Reduction Print 9. Emily Wright, Gr. 12, Self-Portrait, Acrylic
6. Alex MacLeod, Gr. 8, Abstract Fresh Water Cell 8. Nicole Amato, Gr. 11, Abstract Sculpture 10. Hayley Sykes, Gr. 10, Plaster Mask
Hillfield Strathallan College is an incredibly tight-knit community of students,
their supporters and our alumni. As such, we are please to have heard from so
many of you since our magazine was last published and congratulate you on
Kim Webster ’76 Dan Miller ’91 Now, while sitting here in my home, watching
an entirely new generation of students
Kim recently shared the website for her Those of you who fondly remember ‘The formally take their seats where I used to take
current film, Sniff (www.sniffthemovie.com) – Hamilton Thistle Club’ in its heyday will be mine over 20 years ago (and was presented
be sure to check it out! This family film is a particularly interested in an initiative that with Best Primary All-Round Boy in 83-84!),
comedy about two British actors who dress Dan Miller ’91 is involved with. Along with charmed with the buzz of a Holiday break
up as concierges of a high-end San Francisco a group of fellow local businessmen, led by only moments away, this live stream is
dog hotel. They decide to take the opportunity Paul Lloyd of The Password Group, plans are bringing back far more intense memories
to make a documentary about dogs. Kim’s in place to develop a premiere executive and happiness than I would have ever
film, which features a guide dog being athletic club to be called The Augusta Athletic thought a small, grainy image on my
trained, is available for blind movie-goers Club (www.theaugustaclub.com). The project computer screen could provide.”
thanks to an optional audio description of is being championed and seeded by Thistle
the scenes. Club alumni. Dan welcomes any community
members interested in learning more about Ben Gulak ’07
Jane Gowing ’81 the facilities, amenities and memberships to Ben, a current mechanical engineering
please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. student at MIT in Boston, has once again
For the second time been capturing media attention for one of his
HSC Alumnus Jane
Gowing ’81, President
Dave Lapsley ’93 mechanical inventions. This one aptly named
“The DTV Shredder” is a cross between a
of Gowing Enterprises This past December, the HSC Carol Service skateboard, snowmobile and an ATV. Ben,
was selected by The was live-streamed to the HSC community. along with his fellow inventor Ryan Fairhead,
Women’s Executive This live event was warmly received by was recently highlighted on The Discovery
Network as one of hundreds of alumni unable to attend at Channel introducing “the machine that could
Canada’s Top 100 the College, including Dave Lapsley ’93 change the face of extreme sports” to the
Most Powerful Women. These awards have who shared his thoughts. world. To see a clip on this invention visit:
become one of Canada’s most recognizable http://18.104.22.168/ideacity/gulak
“It has been a very long time since I was
honours for Canadian women and are
privileged enough to attend HSC, and have
co-presented by Scotiabank Group and
KPMG. The awards honour the country’s highest
always looked back at my time there as the Andrew Weaver ’98
most influential and beneficial years of my
achieving women leaders in the private, After successfully
life. Even yesterday, while enraptured in a
public and not-for-profit sectors. Selected graduating from Lakehead
conversation with a long-time friend, amazed
for recognition by an independent advisory University, and then the
at how fast our childhoods are fading and
board, the awards span eight categories: Pre-Service Firefighter
our 30s are passing, it was not long before
Corporate Executives, Entrepreneurs, Public Program at Humber
my thoughts went back to HSC, and the times
Sector Leaders, Trailblazers & Trendsetters, College, Andrew has
I spent there. (Sadly, events dictated that
Champions, Professionals, Future Leaders and been recruited by the
Grade 6 was to be my final year there.) Life
Arts & Communications. For more information Calgary Fire Department.
has taken some interesting turns since those
please visit: www.canadanewswire.ca/en/releases/ Andrew enjoys calling Cochrane home, and
days and my association with HSC is still an
archive/November2009/30/c5537.html welcomes alumni in the area to drop a line
honour I hold above almost anything else.
Joshua Pinto ’02 BSc (Business), Vincent’s true passion lies on the links, so 1972. He was married for 48 years to best
BSc (Biochemistry), PhD/MBA (In-progress) after receiving his certification as a Golf friend Jill Lynne Margaret Marshall. Jill, his
Teaching Professional, he now continues to five children and their spouses, Jill ’81 and
After leaving HSC in Grade 12 to train at build his client list as he enjoys the beautiful Fred Morison ’79, Julie Marshall ’83 and
the all Canadian Tennis Academy, Joshua courses Hong Kong has to offer. Looking Brian Lutz, Albert ’84 and Tyna Marshall ’84
attended one of the top universities in the ahead a couple of years, Vincent sees this and, Tom Marshall ’85 and Effie Dracos,
United States on a full scholarship, where he wealth of life experience preparing him for David Jr. ’97 and Janey Marshall ’86 loved
played professional tennis. After completing his next academic challenge at UBC. him beyond measure. Also warmly loved by
his degree he helped start a new graduate ten grandchildren; Ora ’06, Brian ’08,
school discipline at McMaster University and Brittany, Haydon, Rankin, Alexandra,
is the first student at Mac to be enrolled in Matthew (all current HSC students), Justin,
the joint PhD (neuroscience)/MBA program.
Joshua shares that “The goal of this [letter]
Passings Jocasta and Calista. Another grandchild,
Thomas David Jr., was welcomed in March.
is to thank the school for shaping me into
who I am today”, and to share with students George Sydney Drynan ’48 Always a believer in hard work and
that “with the network that HSC provides, achievement, David and Jill raised a
George passed away on January 13, 2010. wonderfully close-knit family. All five children
they should be able to attain whatever they
Beloved husband of Katherine, loved father became doctors, lawyers or writers like their
want in life.”
of Julie (John) Aquin and grandfather of Erin. Dad. David loved reading, writing, painting,
He was predeceased by his caring parents riding horses, flying, boating and farming.
Lindsay Marshall ’05 Mary and Bill Drynan and his brother Bill. He was much-loved, deeply admired and
Lindsay has successfully started a new He was the dear brother of Alice (John) Lundon, widely-respected by many – he will be missed.
business with fellow HSC graduate, Jennifer and is remembered fondly as an uncle by
Kevin, Trish and Andrea (Drynan) and John,
Mainse ’05, called Elite Events Management.
Katie and Timothy (Lundon). His musical
Ruth Rasmussen ’37
The company specializes in corporate events
and public relations services. To find out ability and talent will be remembered by all. Peacefully at St. Peter’s at Chedoke on
more about the wonderful events currently January 30, 2010. Predeceased by her
being presented by Elite Events visit their Joy Chilton Hamilton ’37 husband Harry. Loving mother of Bob,
website at www.eliteevents.ca. Anita (George), and David (Marilyn).
Passed away on Tuesday, November 17, Cherished grandmother of Diana and James.
2009. Predeceased by her loving husband
Vincent Chan ’05 Gordon B. Hamilton ’39 and her cherished
daughter Mary E. Worsell ’71. She is survived
Nigel David Randall Russell ’66
After graduating from
McMaster in Economics, by her sons David (Lynn ’67) Hamber ’60, Nigel died suddenly at home in Austin, Texas
Vincent traveled Sydney (Janie) Hamber ’62 (former parent on August 14, 2009 leaving us with memories
extensively. He visited and Governor), and son-in-law John Worsell, of his music, and his great love of life.
Alaska, Austria, grandchildren David Jr., Tanya (Scott), Survived by his twin sons Duncan and Garrett,
Barbados, Cayman Andrew (Laura), Will and Becky Hamber and in whom he found tremendous joy. Nigel
Islands, China, Colombia, great- grandchildren Marlowe and Quinlan attended HSC in Grade 9 and his sister Sheila
Costa Rica, Czech Hamber, and Doug and Kate MacGregor. Russell ’60 is a former Strathallan Head Girl.
Republic, England, Germany, Hong Kong, He was passionate about music, building
Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Quebec, Switzer- Justice Thomas David Colbeck and people. In the early 1980s he moved
land, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, to Austin, Texas, where he found a musical
Haydon Marshall M.D., LLB. culture and a warm, loving community that
and finally Hong Kong. After landing in Hong
Kong for a week, he cancelled his return After 71 years of happy and successful family inspired and nurtured him. Nigel designed
ticket and has been full-steam ahead there and professional life, David Marshall died and built houses, and a sailboat which was
pursuing his dreams. Vincent has had success November 20, 2009. David was a Judge of a true labour of love. Like his houses, his
working with large corporations, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, boat was rich with hand-crafted details and
Parallel Media Group, who run events such administrative judge for Haldimand County, his unique sense of design.
as the Hong Kong Golf Open Championship. a physician since 1962 and a lawyer since
Mary Isabel Simpson (Rutherford), RN
Peacefully in January 2010 at Dundas, Expecting / Births Engagements
Ontario. Wife of Frederick J.H. Simpson ’41,
sister of Jack Rutherford and the late Jean David Marks ’94
Brown. Beloved mother of Mary Elizabeth
(Hope Gibson), Barbara Ann (Rick) David and his wife Jordan Guest ’89
Coomber ’74, Marianne (Peter) Hood Jennifer (Jr. School
Faculty) are pleased to Jordan Guest ’89 and
(current parent) and the late Ann Rutledge
announce the birth of Shari Raphael met last
Simpson. Loving Nana to Christopher and
their son Griffin, born February and were
Michael Coomber, (Peter) Jamie (current
at 8 lbs 4 oz. Mommy engaged on November
HSC student) and Alexandra Hood.
and baby are doing well. 28, 2009, their 8th
Sandra Steel (Sandy Jean) They are both big
It is with deep sorrow that we announce Jessica Setzkorn Middle School Staff fitness enthusiasts
the passing of Sandy Steel on November and enjoy spending time with friends. The
Jessica and her wedding is scheduled for August 29, 2010.
25, 2009 after a short battle with cancer husband Jeremy
in Bloomington, IL. Although it may have Setzkorn welcomed
defeated her body, it will never tarnish our the arrival of their baby Colin L. Lazier ’97
memories of her energy, kindness and love of girl on December 8, Colin L. Lazier ’97 is
life, family and friends. A loving wife, mother, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. engaged to Natalie
daughter, sister, aunt and friend, Sandy will Leah Allison Setzkorn, Searson. They were
be greatly missed by her husband of 25 years, is 7lbs, 0.5oz. married in Cape Town,
Peter Steel ’75, her children John and Katie,
South Africa on March
her mother Jean Strong, her brother John
(Jamelyn) Strong, her in-laws Mr. Geoffrey Thomas D. Marshall ’97 20, 2010. The Lazier
and Janey Marshall ’96 family celebrated their
and Mrs. Gaye Steel, brother-in-law,
nuptials followed by a
Mike Steel ’69 (current HSC faculty), Thomas D. Marshall ’97 and Janey family adventure touring the wilds of Africa
and many other relatives and friends. Marshall ’96 just wanted to update everyone while on safari.
She was predeceased by her father, Lionel – they are expecting a baby! The due date
Strong of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. was March 17, 2010. Watch for the official William Lazier ’00
announcement in the next issue.
Claire Augusta Stewart (Slater) ’37 Surrounded by family
and friends, William
Born May 6, 1920 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Lazier ’00 married
Departed peacefully January 4, 2010 in
Amanda Simpson at
Ottawa, Ontario. Married to “Jock” Stewart,
Graydon Hall, Toronto
mother of Toby, Ron and Jim.
on August 28, 2009. We
wish them all the best.
We hope to hear from more of you! Stay connected by completing the online form located on
the “Alumni” page of our website, www.hsc.on.ca, by contacting us at 905-389-1367, ext. 102
or by mail at 299 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton, On L9C 1g3.
Learning to Lead
The Excelsior Annual Giving Campaign is one of our
most important fundraising efforts and is vitally
important to the life of the College. Your support of
Excelsior makes it possible for HSC to continue to deliver
the calibre of education that we have all come to expect.
From athletic equipment to technology upgrades, to
library resources and classroom supplies, your support
of the annual campaign helps to provide the funding
the College needs to make the HSC experience complete.
Every gift Matters
Each and every gift, no matter its size, makes a difference.
Please make your tax-deductible gift today by picking
up a donation card at the College or visiting us online
Thank you for your continued support of
Excellence at Hillfield Strathallan College.
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Junior & Montessori
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Middle School Graduation
& Closing Ceremonies
HSC Builders’ Dinner Friday, June 18, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 Senior School Graduation &
PA Fair Day
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
The HSC Annual
PA Past Presidents’
Golf Classic & AGM
Fashion Show & Luncheon
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The Brain, Learning &
Strathallan Old Girls’ Applications Institute
Fashion Show Reunion Tuesday, August 24, 2010 and
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 Wednesday, August 25, 2010