Senior School Update

April 1, 2021

Happy Passover and Happy Easter!

Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 27 - Sunday, April 4: Happy Passover!

Thursday, April 1: Grade 11 OBA Induction via Zoom tonight 7:00 PM. See below.

Friday, April 2: Good Friday - School Closed. Happy Easter!

Monday, April 5: Easter Monday - School Closed

Tuesday, April 6: All senior students return to in-person classes.

Wednesday, April 7: Introduction to the SHS Indigenization Process - Town Hall event for all members of the SHS community - For more information and to register, click here.

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

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 during Earth Week. Details to follow.

Friday, April 30: Wellness Day - School Closed

Need To Know

OBA Induction: Grade 11s, Class of 2021 is being held via Zoom tonight, Thursday, April 1. All Grade 11 students are expected to attend. Grade 11 parents and current staff are also welcome. Any Old Boys who are part of the graduate's family, or may have played a significant role in the life of the student, are also welcome to join us. The event begins at 7:00 pm sharp with a YouTube Premiere followed by an informal Zoom chat. All attendees must register individually in order to receive both links (YouTube Premiere and Zoom).

An important message from Mr. Banerjee

As of Tuesday, April 6, all senior students will return to in-person classes. It is more important than ever that we are vigilant with health and safety protocols. I would ask for everyone's cooperation in adhering to Selwyn's health and safety guidelines issued in September, specifically the appropriate use of mask wearing. To ensure the safety for all, students who do not adhere to our health and safety guidelines will be removed from classes and/or school activities. We look forward to seeing all the Selwyn senior students back together!

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

Mask Supply: For your peace of mind, we have confirmed that the Senior School has not received the masks that have been recalled. A new box of 50 procedural masks will be given out to each senior school student on Tuesday, April 6. Please note that senior school students should be wearing a fresh procedural mask every morning in school. The current supply includes 2 masks per day to last until mid-May. These masks are for in-school use only, and not for use on weekends.

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: We've collected close to 90 loaves of sandwiches - thank you all! If you can help us reach our goal of 100 loaves by preparing loaves next week, contact Mr. Grier.
  • Week 3 Challenge: Engage in 100 30-minute conversations with someone outside of your household who is a person who may be lonely, whose health may be vulnerable or who may be in need or craving some companionship. Be a good listener. Once completed go to the Week 3 Form and enter your name.

2020-21 Grade 10 Retreat

From March 22-25, the Grade 10 students enjoyed perfect spring weather at their offsite retreat this week! Each class pod participated in a day of activities, workshops and outdoor programming. Focusing on team-building, leadership and preparing for the future, the students explored their personal values and how they want to build community as they transition to their final year of senior school. Read more.

2020-21 Grade 10 Retreat
Senior Photography Class: Students in Ms. Ignjatović’s Grade 11 Photography Option Class have been learning the basics of photography, how to compose a good photo and how to use a digital camera. Now they are learning how to use manual mode. Read more.

Student Leadership & Experiential Education

Hockey camp with First Nations: Grade 11 student, Conor Waldron, had the opportunity to help at a hockey camp with First Nations students last weekend. In the photo, Conor is proudly wearing his Selwyn colours. The photo includes two instructors from the camp: Ric Nattress, former Hab and 1998 Stanley Cup winner, Rick Vaive, a former captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chief Bruce Archibald of the Taykwa Tagamou Nation (in the centre), Councillor Derek Archibald, also from TTN and Councillor Steve Tooshkenig of the Bkejwanong First Nation.

SHS Indigenization Process: Selwyn House is excited to announce its commitment to indigenization. To learn more about what this means, click here and join us at our Town Hall event on April 7 at 7:00 PM. See details in the attached flyer.

Canadian Student Leadership Conference (CSLC) 2021: Current Grade 9 or 10 students interested in applying for this conference can click here for more information. All questions can be directed to Ms. Cazabon at before April 2.
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 about the meeting dates/times.
Big picture

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.

Volunteers wanted! We are looking for 6 students who would be interested in working with Contactivity seniors as teaching assistants in an online Digital Literacy course. Classes are held either on Mondays from April 12 - May 31, or Wednesdays from April 7 - May 26. All classes begin at 4:00 pm, and last for one hour. Interested students can contact Mrs. Powers at by April 6.

Social Media:

We are constantly posting different content from all aspects of School Life on our Facebook and Instagram pages. You can click Like or Follow or submit content by sending it to

Selwyn House School

An independent English boys' school, Selwyn House provides students with an education of exceptional depth and scope.

Support Selwyn House