Senior School Update

March 25, 2021

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 26: Pedagogical Day, no classes

Saturday, March 27 - Sunday, April 4: Passover begins at sundown March 27. Happy Passover!

Monday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 31: Grade 9 & 11s in school

Tuesday, March 30 and Thursday, April 1: Grade 10s in school

Wednesday, March 31: Sortie Murales, 11ème Régulier, Mme. Guillet, 11:50 AM - 2:45 PM

Thursday, April 1: Grade 11 OBA Induction, 7:00 PM: Email invitation sent to Grade 11s.

Friday, April 2: Good Friday - School Closed

Monday, April 5: Easter Monday - School Closed

Tuesday, April 6: All senior students return to in-person classes. See below for details.

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 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

An important message from Mr. Banerjee

I'm writing to follow up on Premier Legault's announcement regarding the return of Secondary III, IV and IV students to full-time in-person classes as of Monday, March 29. Please note to ensure a smooth transition back to in-person classes, the boys will continue with their hybrid schedule from March 29 until April 1 as we prepare our building and adjust our curriculum planning in order to welcome back our boys full-time. As of Tuesday, April 6, all senior boys 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 boys back together!

Message from the Headmaster: If you haven't already done so, CLICK HERE to access the survey that was emailed to parents last week. Please provide your input by Monday, March 29 and help us shape the future of Selwyn House.

Senior School February Veritas Students of the Month

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 February Veritas students! We thank them for their outstanding contributions.

National day of Remembrance for victims of COVID‑19: On March 11, Selwyn House Grade 11 student Dylan Lee read an original poem on video as a part of the City of Westmount’s tribute to the victims of COVID-19. March 11 was declared a national day of remembrance for victims of the pandemic. At 1 p.m., the entire population of Québec was asked to observe a minute of silence, with flags flying at half-mast. Read more. Click below for the video.

Westmount, March 11, 2021 - National day of remembrance for victims of COVID-19

James Sabbagh and Vito Guzzo approved for Harvard program

Grade 10 students Vito Guzzo (photo included in last week's update) and James Sabbagh have both been accepted into this summer’s Pre-College Program at Harvard College Summer School. Read more.

Gr. 11 math students see their Calculus come to ‘fruition’ What is a solid of revolution? Where do we see these in real life?

On March 24, Senior Math Teacher Samara Sayegh decided to show her students how the complexity of integral calculus can be demonstrated using the fruit and vegetables we love. Read more.

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Parents please sign up for the Pub & Trivia night with this Google link: Sign-Up Pub & Trivia Night for Parents
Space Club hosts Minister Garneau: On April 1, the Space Club is hosting Minister Marc Garneau, Canada's first astronaut! Minister Garneau will be attending the meeting from 1:00 - 2:00 PM. He will be talking about his time in space and how he became an astronaut. Then, there will be a period where students and faculty can ask him questions. Click here for the Zoom link Please RSVP to if you would like to attend.
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OBA Induction: Grade 11s, Class of 2021 is being held via Zoom on Thursday, April 1. Old Boys who are part of the graduate's family are welcome. 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).

1000 Acts of Kindness Challenge is underway! Thanks to so many of you, we’ll meet our goal for Week 1's challenge and it’s not too late for students, parents and staff to participate! The sandwich challenge for Week 2 has a firm deadline of April 1 and sandwiches will be delivered to Montrealers in need on Saturday April 3. Please visit this slide presentation for all the details and continue to check our social media accounts and weekly mailbags for updates during this 10 week challenge!

2021-2022 Parent Academic Information Evening on Thursday, April 8 @ 7:00 pm. This presentation is for parents of students currently in Grade 9 & 10. Parents will hear about Grade 9 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

Student Leadership & Experiential Education

Our House Theme for April 2021: Jewish History and Culture

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.

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

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