Senior School Update

November 10, 2022

Upcoming Events

Friday, November 11: Middle and Senior Remembrance Day Assembly, 10:20 - 11:05 AM. Students, please bring in $2 for a poppy to be worn to assembly.

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 17: 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,. See below for details.

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.

Sunday, November 27 - Monday, November 28: Environmental Art Trip - Wood Sculpture Class.

Monday, December 5: Pre-University (Grade 12) Information Evening at 7:00 PM in Coristine Hall. RSVP link and details below.

Need to Know

$2 Poppy Donation for the Remembrance Day, Friday, November 11. The Remembrance Day Assembly will take place in Coristine Hall, 10:20 - 11:05 AM. Students are expected to be in full uniform: school shirt, tie, blazer, dress pants, belt, and dress shoes. We will have two guest speakers: Major-General (Retired) Denis Thompson and Ryan Carey (who will be honoured with a Sacrifice Medal). Poppies will be distributed during first period class, and a suggested donation of $2 per student 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. The online booking system is now OPEN. The instructions for booking appointments are attached.

  • Thursday, November 17 (1:30 to 8:00 pm)

  • Friday, November 18 (8:00 AM to 12:00 PM)

Students are expected to attend the Zoom interviews with their parents on Nov. 17 and 18.
Come cheer on the Gryphons Juvenile Football team as they play their semi-final game against Loyola at McGill's Molson Percival Memorial Stadium on Friday, November 11. Kickoff is at 3:00 PM, or watch the livestream at This is a big game at a big stadium. Go Gryphons!

Subject-specific tutorials available in Senior School:

With teachers having now observed, worked closely with and evaluated their students over the course of the last few weeks, departments have organized structured, subject-specific tutorials to meet students' needs and help them progress. Any student needing help or wanting a conducive area to work on a specific subject is welcome to and encouraged to attend the following tutorials:

Study Hall: each Monday and Wednesday (MAC 3, 15:00-16:00) - for students wanting a teacher-supervised place to work, sent by their teacher(s) to complete work or evaluations or mandated to attend by Mr. Banerjee.

Aide en français: disponible chaque lundi au Study Hall (MAC 3, 15:00-16:00)

Aide en histoire (9e + 10e): disponible chaque lundi au Study Hall (MAC 3, 15:00-16:00)

Midi histoire 9e: chaque mardi (MAC 4, 13:00-13:40)

Midi histoire 10e: chaque lundi (MAC 3, 12:50-13:40)

Selwyn House School hosts Design Challenge: On November 4, 5, & 6, Selwyn House School, in collaboration with the Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada and Play4Tomorrow, hosted the Design Challenge. This event is a hybrid on-line and/or in-person experience where students learn the design thinking process and are challenged to redesign the future of sport, while considering the dangers of concussion injuries. Students worked in a secure, video-game-like online portal. Read more.

Brain Dissection: Ms. Dalton’s Grade 11 Biology students wrapped up their unit on the nervous system with a dissection of sheep brains. Read more.

Au bord du fleuve Saint-Laurent: Lire la suite

School immunizations (non-covid): Please take note that vaccination clinics are open from December 19 - January 6. If your son's vaccinations are not up-to-date or your son was absent or sick on the day of the vaccination clinic at school. Missed vaccine(s) should be received as soon as possible. The vaccines will be offered at the CLSCs. Please consult Clic Santé on this link: to see availabilities. Choose School Immunization – Updates. Please take note: Use the CLSC postal codes below to have an appointment

CLSC Benny Farm, 6484 Av de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4B 1H3

CLSC Côte-des Neiges, 5700 Chemin Côte-des-Neiges 3rd Floor, H3T 2A8

Calling all New Selwyn Parents: The PVA would like to welcome any parents that have a son newly enrolled at Selwyn, whether he is in Grade 1 to Grade 11, to a coffee morning Wednesday, November 16. This is an opportunity to meet each other and ask questions about Selwyn and the greater Montreal community. We will be meeting at Café Gentile located at 4126 Rue Sainte-Catherine, Westmount at 8:30 AM. Please rsvp to so we know how many seats to reserve. We look forward to meeting you.

Pre-University (Grade 12) Information Evening: On Monday, December 5, we are hosting an in-person Pre-University (Grade 12) Information Evening from 7:00- 8:00 PM. There will be presentations about the program and updates on our implementation progress. Registration for this event is required. Please register here. More information about our Pre-University year can be found at or by emailing

PVA hosts Parent Trivia Night! Attention all Middle and Senior School Parents. Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 8 for a Parent Trivia Night at Selwyn House. It will be a fun evening filled with trivia, food, and festive holiday attire. Pick a team captain and form a team of six. Not to worry if you don’t have a team, individuals will be placed on teams. Each adult needs to sign up via the google form by December 1. Questions? Please reach out to Krista or Amanda at or

Covid Protocol Updates: On November 3, Quebec public health officials announced the removal of isolation periods from their Covid-19 protocols. The latest recommendations to limit the spread of respiratory infectious diseases can be found here.

  • If you have a fever or don't feel well, stay at home.

  • If you have any symptoms of respiratory infectious diseases, wear a mask until symptoms are gone. For your reference, Covid symptoms and tiers remain unchanged and can be found here.

  • At Selwyn House, we will continue to encourage good hand hygiene and supply masks for staff and students upon request.

  • The government will be providing rapid test kits in the month of November, which will be promptly distributed to students.

  • We ask our families to continue to communicate positive Covid test results with the school and to support mask-wearing when any symptoms are present in order to help us to best take care of our community.

  • We will continue to post all reported positive cases weekly on our Covid Corner website.

Post-Secondary Corner

New Upcoming Events:

Interested in Studying in the UK?

November 21: 1:00-1:45 PM, Lucas Seminar Room

Are you interested in learning more about educational opportunities in the UK after Selwyn House? Nico Vit, former Head Prefect of the 2012 graduating class, will be present to talk about his experience overseas. Please come and join us in the Lucas Seminar Room to learn more about his experience! This session is open to students from Grades 9 - 11.

Questions about Cégep and/or Grade 12?

Any Grade 11 students who have questions about Cégep programs, applications etc., are encouraged to email Mr. Laframboise to set up an appointment.

Upcoming @ Selwyn House:

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

Post-secondary questions?
Please email Mr. Laframboise

Student Leadership & Experiential Education

Grade 9 Workshop Day - November 23: All Grade 9 students will be involved in an off-campus workshop day on Wednesday, November 23. The event will include team-building, conflict resolution, and mentorship activities. More details will be sent to parents next week, and students are expected to be in attendance.


Movember update: This week, students heard from a panel of community members, including teachers, alumni, and our school counselors, to better understand mental health challenges for men and have their questions answered. As we continue to explore the topic of mental health this month, please remember that Ms. Springer and Ms. Brianna are available to speak with students and parents and answer any questions you may have. They also have a number of resources that they can recommend!

Shad Applications: Shad Canada summer program applications close on December 5th. Grade 10 and 11 students are invited to apply to this program and can see Ms. Torry for more details.

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. 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.


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

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).
December Exam Schedule: December Exam Schedule

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