Senior School Update

November 17, 2022

Upcoming Events

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: SHS Juv Football RSEQ Final vs Collège de Mtl, 2:00 PM at Percival Molson Stadium. See below.

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

Wednesday, November 23: Grade 9 Workshop 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.

Tuesday, November 29: Parent Information Night for Grade 9 "North of Wild" camping trips, 7:00 PM, Rossy Agora. Details to follow.

Wednesday, November 30: Beach Day for Grades K to 11. Details to follow.

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

Need to Know

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

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

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

Please note pickAtime has emailed you the Zoom links and booking confirmations - be sure to check your junk folder and/or add them to your contact list. Please do not click the Zoom link(s) until a few minutes before the actual meeting date/time. Please note that this year, teachers' Zoom accounts have a 40 minute time limit per "meeting". Teachers will be ending and starting new Zoom sessions periodically between interviews throughout the afternoon/evening of Nov 17 and morning of Nov 18. Upon clicking the ZOOM link, you will be connected to the scheduled meeting. Once connected to the meeting, you will be placed in a “waiting room” until the host (teacher) arrives and admits you. Zoom passwords for all SHS Parent-Student-Teacher meetings: 123456.

If you were unable to book appointments during Parent-Student-Teacher interviews for whatever reason, you are invited to email the teacher directly to arrange an alternative meeting time or phone call.

Students are expected to attend the Zoom interviews with their parents.

On Friday, Nov 18 at 2:00 PM, come out to cheer for the Gryphon Juvenile Football team as they compete against Collège de Montréal for the RSEQ Football Div 3 Banner at Percival Molson Stadium or watch via Livestream #gogryphonsgo #selwynhouseschool

Founder's Day Cocktail Reception: Thursday, November 24, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Coristine Hall

Celebrating Selwyn House School's 114th anniversary and our community! Join us for our annual reception for parents, alumni, alumni parents, former and current staff and friends. This year we honour special guests: Speirs Medalist Carol Manning, Nancy Pitfield Volunteer Award recipient Leila Roiter, and Honorary Old Boys: Geoff Dowd, Matilde Codina and Barry Williams. See who's coming and RSVP by Monday, November 21st!

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

Friday Night Ski Club: Our ski club has once again organized ski/snowboard trips for Selwyn House students. The only requirement is that participants have skied/boarded a minimum of 3 times in the past. While we would like to be able to bring everyone, these trips do fill up quickly. We will accommodate students on a first-come, first-served basis. Names will then be added to a waiting list in the order that we receive them.

We have 4 ski nights scheduled for the 2023 season:

  • Friday, January 13 to Bromont

  • Friday, January 20 to Mont Olympia

  • Friday, January 27 to Bromont

  • Friday, February 10 to Mont Saint Sauveur

Departure from Selwyn @ 3:00 PM and return to Selwyn around 10:30 PM. The cost of each trip will be 70$ which includes the transportation to and from the mountain in a deluxe coach bus (or school bus depending on number of students attending) and their lift ticket; all costs will be charged to your Selwyn House account once all the trips are done. Rental equipment is available for an additional cost per trip.

If you are interested in having your son participate, please fill out the following google form by December 16. For any additional questions, please contact Ms. Segal

First Movember Wellness Panel: Senior School students organized Movember Wellness panels in support of men’s overall health throughout the month of November. At the November 9 assembly, Prefect James Downey moderated the conversation with Senior Science teacher Mr. Grier, Geoff Moore ’83, and School Counselors Ms. Springer and Ms. McGirr. Read more.

Senior and Middle School commemorated Remembrance Day at a touching assembly the morning of November 11. Two Canadian Forces’ veterans came to speak to the students about what Remembrance Day means to them. During the assembly, the students were fortunate to witness Major General (Ret’d) Denis Thompson honour Captain (Ret’d) Ryan Carey with the Medal of Sacrifice for his service in Afghanistan 15 years ago. He spoke to the students about his own sacrifice and the realities of war, reminding them that mental resilience was important on and off the battlefield because we all have our own challenges to face. Read more.

Curling at Oldest Sports Club in North America

Curling is just one of the many sports offered as part of our Winter Athletic season. Read more.

Donations Desperately Needed For Next Gryphon Sale Scheduled for January 11: Thank you to all those who have dropped off gently-used uniform items over the fall. Our sales inventory is at the lowest it has been in years, enough so that we may not be able to have the January sale. If you have any items that you were planning on donating, please drop them off at the school in the next few weeks. The donation bins are located right inside the front doors of the school. Thank you again for your generosity.

Post-Secondary Corner

New Upcoming Events:

Pre-University Information Evening, December 5, 7:00-8:00 PM, Coristine Hall

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

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:

Interested in Studying in the UK? November 21, 1:00-1:45 PM, location has been changed to LIBRARY FRONT: 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.

Upper Canada College Visit November 23, 3:00-4:00 PM, location has been changed to LIBRARY FRONT: Upper Canada College (UCC) will be hosting an information session for interested students and parents on the 23 of November. 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

24 Hours for the Homeless: The 24 hours for the Homeless awareness campaign is back. Wednesday afternoon, November 23 to Thursday, November 24, Mr. Grier, Ms. Segal, and a clan of courageous, caring and empathic students from Selwyn House School will be participating in the seventh 24 Hours for the Homeless event. This is an eye-opening, challenging and life-changing experience. By participating, your son will acquire a small taste of what some people and youth, just about the same age of our students, live on a daily basis. Our hope is that they take this opportunity to be reminded of the hardships of others and that the students will forever be aware and sensitive to some people who are simply not as lucky as us. As Jesse Caruso (Old Boy 2017) says, "Put yourself in their shoes, they are not much different." If your son is interested in participating, please email Ms. Segal by November 21.

Community Engagement: Looking for volunteering opportunities? Click here to see how you can make a difference!

Grade 9 Workshop Day - November 23: Information for the Grade 9 Workshop Day was emailed to all Grade 9 students and parents on November 15 by Ms. Torry. Grade 9 students will not have academic classes on this day, but they will be back in time for ECAs.

Grade 11 Social Event - Salsa Lessons! Grade 11s are invited to attend a social event with ECS and Traf on Tuesday, November 29 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM in Macaulay Gym. The event is free and will include a one-hour salsa lesson as well as social time. Students can sign up HERE.

World Cup Bracket Challenge: Students and staff were invited to participate in a World Cup Bracket Challenge by picking the winners for the upcoming 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup. See the email from Ms. Torry for more details and the link to complete your bracket. Please note: there is a $5 entry fee per bracket that will be used for prizes and remaining proceeds will go to Pour 3 Points.

Support Team Canada in the World Cup! Students are invited to dress in red and/or their best Canada wear on Canada’s game days for the World Cup. Canada plays on Wednesday, November 23 and Thursday, December 1, and more dates will be announced if they advance in the tournament. Students can wear free dress with their red/Canada gear.

Grade 11 Ski Trip - Feb 2-4: Information and a sign-up form for the optional Grade 11 Ski Trip to Mont-Sainte-Anne on February 2-4 was sent out in an email by Ms. Torry to all Grade 11 parents and students. The deadline to register is Friday, December 2.


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

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.

Covid Protocol Updates: 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.

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
December Exam Schedule: December Exam Schedule

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