Senior School Update

November 3, 2022

Upcoming Events

November 4 - 6: SHS & Concussion Legacy Foundation Design Challenge. More info here.

Monday, November 7: Midterm Break, the school is closed.

Tuesday, November 8: First day of Winter PE.

Wednesday, November 9: Sortie dans le Faubourg à M'lasse 10ème Enrichi - Mme. Guillet, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM.

Wednesday, November 9: Boarding School Fair, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Coristine Hall

Friday, November 11: Middle and Senior Remembrance Day Assembly, 10:20 - 11:05 AM. We will be collecting $2 for a poppy per student. Donations go to the Royal Canadian Legion.

Friday, November 11: Sortie dans le Faubourg à M'lasse - 10ème Enrichi - M. Sureau dit Blondin, 11:15 AM - 2:45 PM.

Wednesday, November 16: Canadian Intermediate Mathematics Contest (Gr. 10 Acc. Math )

Thursday, November 17: Early Dismissal for Senior School at 11:45 AM.

Thursday, November 18: Parent-Teacher Interviews via Zoom from 1:30-8:00 PM

Friday, November 18: No classes for Senior School.

Friday, November 18: Parent-Teacher Interviews via Zoom from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Friday, November 18 - Sunday, November 20: Canadian National British Parliamentary Debating Championships (MS & SS), Lucas and Speirs Buildings.

Wednesday, November 23: Grade 9 Activity Day, 8:15 AM to 2:30 PM

Thursday, November 24: Founder's Day Assembly - K to 11, 10:10 AM, Macaulay Gym.

Thursday, November 24: Founder's Day Cocktail Reception, 6:00 PM Coristine Hall

Friday, November 25: Founder's Day Holiday - School Closed.

Need to Know

$2 Poppy Donation for the Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 11 in Coristine Hall. Please note that all students are required to be in full uniform (including blazers). Poppies, which will be distributed during first period class that day, to be worn to the assembly, and a suggested donation of $2 is requested for the Royal Canadian Legion in support of Canadian veterans and to promote Remembrance.

Parent-Student-Teacher Virtual Interviews November 17 and 18 via Zoom

Students are expected to attend the Zoom interviews with their parents on Nov. 17 and 18.

School Photos: Please order photos online at with the portrait ID and access code indicated on the proof.

December Exam Schedule: December Exam Schedule
While studying forces and work, Ms. Lynam's and Mr. Downey’s Senior Science classes teamed up and headed outside on October 19 to put learning into action. The goal was to determine the amount of work done in pushing a car across the Guzzo Yard. Bathroom scales were used to measure the force needed to push the car while distance and time were recorded. We ended with the ultimate challenge, "Who could move the car the fastest!"

Senior Students explore gravity in real time: Grade 11 Physics classes climbed to the roof to investigate the effects of gravity, air resistance and air currents in the Guzzo Yard on October 19. A variety of objects were dropped from the roof (tennis balls, several sizes of steel balls, and finally a watermelon). Students measured the height of the building and fall times to calculate the acceleration of gravity. The variety of objects helped the students compare the effects of shape, surface area and mass on the object’s overall acceleration. Read more.

Great Halloween Fun: Bananas, aliens, dinosaurs and creatures of all kinds appeared at school for the Halloween celebration. Senior students led the always popular Haunted House for elementary students in Mr. Downey's basement. Middle and Senior School students dressed to impress for their costume competitions and gobbled up a ghoulish toxic lunch. Carved pumpkins, decorated classrooms and doors put everyone in the spirit. Read more.

Founder's Day 2022: The Selwyn House community is invited to attend the celebration of the 114th anniversary of the founding of the school on Thursday, November 24. Reception starting at 6:00 PM, presentations at 6:45 PM. Click here for more information about the evening and to RSVP. This year, we will celebrate this year's Speirs Medal recipient, Former Head of Middle School and Alumni Parent Carol Manning, as well as honouring this year's recipient of the Nancy Pitfield Parent Volunteer Award, Leila Roiter, as well as Honorary Old Boys (names to be announced).
Save the date MS and SS Parent Trivia Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 PM at Selwyn House. Parents, mark your calendars for an evening filled with Trivia, Food and Fun. Be on the lookout for an email from the PVA with details and sign-up information.

Post-Secondary Corner

New Upcoming Events:

Upper Canada College Visit, November 23, 3:00-4:00 PM, Lucas Seminar Room

Upper Canada College (UCC) will be hosting an information session for interested students and parents on November 23. If you would like to learn more about UCC, please follow these links. PLEASE register for this information session by following this link.

UCC Viewbook

Applying to Boarding

Tuition and Financial Assistance

Upcoming @ Selwyn House:

Boarding School Fair November 9, 6:00-8:00 PM, Coristine Hall

The boarding school fair will be returning to Selwyn in November! If you are interested in meeting with representatives from the schools below, be sure to join us to find out more.

Bishop's College; Emma Willard School; Gould Academy; Holderness School; Kimball Union Academy; Milton Academy; Northfield Mount Hermon; Pomfret School; Proctor Academy; Salisbury School; Tabor Academy; The Governor’s Academy; Westminister School; Williston Northampton

Canadian Student Virtual Education Fair, Thursday, November 10, 3:00-9:00 PM

Online Event: Meet with representatives from schools from across Canada and around the world. Attend informative presentations on finding and applying for scholarships, finding the right school and career. Who is it for? Canadian Students interested in undergrad or grad studies and their parents. To register for this event, please follow this link.

Upcoming in the Community:

Cégep Open Houses

Post-secondary questions?
Please email Mr. Laframboise

Student Leadership & Experiential Education

Movember During the month of November, students will be engaging in activities and assemblies that help them gain an understanding of mental health and give them an opportunity to get their questions answered. The Prefects will be providing weekly assembly content to support this initiative and will share more information about activities as the month progresses.

Community Engagement Update for Senior School

In an effort to align our community engagement initiatives with our Veritas focus per grade level, we have organized our programming with an emphasis on education and awareness, along with purposeful fundraising. Please see below for specific details on the learning and projects per grade level.

  • Grade 9: Holiday baskets: Each advisory group (TAG) will support two families assigned to them by Saint Gabriel’s Parish. Similar to previous years, towards the end of November, students will be asked to sign up to bring in specific food items based on their assigned family’s needs, as well as $20 to contribute towards gifts for each family member. Please encourage your son to go to the grocery store and purchase the items himself, and to get involved by wrapping gifts, making homemade goodies, or delivering during the week of December 12-16. We are always looking for parent volunteers to drive/deliver so if you have a car and some free time after school the week before exams, please contact Michelle Segal. A special thanks to our student leaders who are helping to ensure each advisory group is organized and on task!

  • Grade 10: Winter clothing: In addition to the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) program that the Grade 10 students are participating in during their ERC course, we have also arranged for all grade 10 advisory groups to be part of a winter clothing collection in partnership with The Nazareth Community, an organization that provides temporary housing for those struggling with mental health compounded with addiction, trauma and/or homelessnes. This program will take place in February.

  • Grade 11 service days: Grade 11 students will experience two community service days where they will have the opportunity to venture out into our Montreal community, choose a social issue that is near and dear to their hearts and volunteer for an organization that is working towards solving that social issue. The service days take place on January 11 and April 20.

Duke of Edinburgh: A reminder to all students pursuing their Duke of Edinburgh (DOE) award that your deadline for submission to receive an award in January is December 10, 2022. If you need help logging your hours or have any questions, Ms.Segal is available for one-on-one meetings and support. Here are her drop-in hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 1:00 - 1:45 pm in the Mac Mezzanine.


Presentation for Parents: Are the Kids Alright? Join Dr. Michael G. Thompson at Lower Canada College (LCC) on Monday, November 21 at 7:00 PM for this free presentation open to QAIS parents and teachers. Dr. Thompson will share his insights on providing the consistency, predictability, support and connection our children need in uncertain times. Click here to RSVP.

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