Senior School Update

April 8, 2021

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 8: Academic Option Selections Presentation via zoom for Senior School 2021-2022 -tonight, 7:00 PM parents and students are welcome. Click here for the Zoom link.

Monday, April 12, Wednesday, April. 14, Friday, April. 16: Grade 9 & 11 students in school

Tuesday, April. 13 and Thursday, April 15: Grade 10 students in school

Wednesday, April 13 - Wednesday, May 12: Ramadan

Wednesday, April 21: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM School of Life event for all SS students - students join workshops from home via Zoom: no classes in the afternoon for SS students only

Thursday, April 22: Climate March for Grade 9 and Grade 11

Friday, April 23: Climate March for Grade 10

Thursday, April 29: Français 9ème Régulier (Mme. Guillet) - randonnée au parc national du Mont-Saint-Bruno, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Friday, April 30: Wellness Day - School Closed

Need To Know

2021-2022 Parent Academic Information Evening on Thursday, April 8 @ 7:00 pm. This presentation is for parents of students currently in Grades 8, 9 & 10. Parents will hear about course option selections for 2021-2022. Students are welcome but not required to attend; presentations will be made to students at school. For more information contact Ms. Brenda Montgomery. Click here for the Zoom link. The presentation will be recorded

Message from Mr. Banerjee

As per Premier Legault's announcement, we will continue with our hybrid schedule. Please check the school calendar for In-Person days. I'd also like to inform all parents that we had a senior school assembly to review the importance of wearing masks (in class and outdoors while at school), grade level entry and exits, staying seated while eating lunch and remaining in respective pod classrooms. We emphasized the significance of following these protocols to keep everyone safe and remain open.

Veritas Students of the Month for March 2021:

We are proud to honour two students from each grade level in Senior School every month in recognition of going above and beyond Veritas culture. Congratulations to the March Veritas students! We thank them for their outstanding contributions!

First Canadian in space visits Selwyn House: For teachers as well as students, having been the first Canadian in space gives one greater credibility than having served in the Canadian Parliament, or in Cabinet as Minister of Transport and Foreign Affairs, or being named a Member of the Order of Canada. Marc Garneau, MP for NDG-Westmount and Canada’s first astronaut, visited Selwyn House via Zoom on April 1 to speak to members of the school’s Space Club. About 20 students and teachers attending the meeting wanted to know about Garneau’s space exploits more than his political career. Read more.

June Exam Schedule 2021: Please click here.

Morning exams begin at 8:30 AM and afternoon exams begin at 1:00 PM.

FREE VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS OF TEENAGERS: CIUSSS West Central Montreal is offering workshops to parents of teens on topics such as effective communication, conflict resolution, and setting limits. See the flyers in English and in French for dates and registration information. Please note you must register in advance.

1000 Acts of Kindness: For detailed information about this 10-week initiative, visit this slide presentation and learn how parents, students and staff are participating in the “1000 Acts of Kindness” challenge.

  • Week 2 Update: On Saturday, Beck Majdell and Phil Bergeron (Ms. Prieur's husband) and Mr. Grier delivered over 3,000 sandwiches and loads of comfort food to the less fortunate and less comfortable people among us. About 1000 sandwiches were prepared by the SHS community and another 2000 sandwiches were prepared by Lisa Witt, her "Roadies" and a very large community of people supporting the Montrealers for Montrealers facebook page and movement. The food was delivered to the following locations: La Maison Benoit, Accueil Bonneau, Parc Emilie Gamelin, La Maison du Père and Cabot Square. It was all part of the school’s “1,000 Acts of Kindness” Campaign, Week 2: Montrealers for Montrealers sandwich challenge. Read more.
  • Week 4 “Walk Miles in my Shoes” Challenge April 8 - 14: Over the course of two consecutive days in the week, walk or run a total of 18,000 steps or 15 kilometres. Once completed, go to the Week 4 Form and enter both your name and number of steps.

Beck Majdell, Phil Bergeron and Mr. Grier delivering sandwiches to the less fortunate.
Delivering sandwiches!

A Reminder for Grade 11 Families - The Class of 2021 Grad Gift

Please be reminded that this year's Grade 11 Grad initiative (a limited edition art sale to create a class bursary) is being offered to Grade 11 families until April 9th, after which date it will be offered to our broader SHS community, including families of our students in other grades, our faculty members and members of the wider Old Boys' Association. In honour of our boys and their commitment to establish a meaningful legacy for SHS, please support this incredible Grad initiative; this year’s graduates and their families can lead the way. Together, we can reach our goal to establish an enduring Class of 2021 Bursary! Please read the email that was sent last week regarding this great initiative or read more about it on this link: Please purchase your print today! For more information, contact Mary Ann Cloherty, Mikey Feldman or Lloyd Feldman.

Stronger Together Annual Giving Campaign From the Advancement Office
Parent Giving Update: As we embark on these last three months of our Annual Giving Campaign, we encourage all Selwyn House parents to participate if you have not already done so. Our numbers are on the rise! 23.9% of current parents have made a contribution thus far. Thanks to the SHS community, we have raised $247,260 towards our $500,000 goal for Covid-Relief efforts, exceptional programs, professional development and bursary support. Gifts don’t have to be large to make a difference – every single gift is important. In this time of uncertainty, as Covid concerns continue, we are incredibly grateful for all contributions. When we join forces, we are Stronger Together. To participate: Donate online or send a cheque payable to the Veritas Fund. For more information, please contact Mary Ann Cloherty (514) 931-9481 x 2294

Induction proves OBA growing online: A record number of graduates signed on to be class representatives on April 1, when all 66 members of the Graduating Class of 2021 were inducted into the Old Boys’ Association in a Zoom ceremony. Members of the school’s 112th graduating class were joined by 18 staff members, including past teachers of the current Grade 11s and members of the Old Boys’ Association Board, plus a number of parents for an enthusiastic chat about what it means to be a Selwyn House Old Boy. “This is a powerful network you’re about to join,” said OBA president Josh Wisenthal in his greeting to the class.

Student Leadership & Experiential Education

Student-led Fundraiser on April 14: Hugo Culver (Grade 11) and his classmates are holding a fundraising event for the Douglas Foundation, a non-profit organization that has the goal of improving the mental health of all. To do so, they rely on community donations which go to the prevention and treatment of mental illness, the broadening of public access to mental health services, as well as helping break the stigma surrounding mental illness. The foundation is based right here in Montreal. To contribute to this great cause, students can bring their donation next Wednesday April 14, at 11:30 AM -1:30 PM. Our event will take place in the Guzzo Family Playground, where phys ed coach Derek Widgington will be bench pressing. The challenge is, every 2$ donated will be an extra pound that Derek has to press. The goal is to see how far he can go, and hopefully get to the point where his strength will be no match for the weight. 100% of the proceeds go to the Douglas Foundation.
Earth Week (April 19-23): Matthew Homa (Grade 11) has brought together a committee of students and staff to create a fantastic week of events for the students of Selwyn House to recognize Earth Week. Along with guest speakers and an adapted Climate March, there will be a series of environmental challenges (and prizes) throughout the week. If you are a staff member, or student in Grade 5-11, and would like to join the committee - please contact Matthew Homa directly ( for info.
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Wednesday, April 21: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. School of Life event for all SS students - students join workshops from home - no classes in the afternoon for SS students only.

Global Student Leadership Days (May 18 and 19): Please click here for more information on this conference, open to students in Grades 9-11.

The YMCA's DAFA Program (diploma of aptitude for the functions of animator) is a national training program in animation which meets the high requirements of the field of leisure and sport. For more information, please click here.

Duke of Edinburgh International Award: If you are close to completing your award and would like to be recognized for your efforts at the May 25 assembly, please have all your hours logged in by April 30. Contact Mrs. Powers at with any questions.

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