Passages Canada visit


Rachel’s World Cultures: The Global Potluck class hosted a visit from Assiatou Diallo on behalf of Passages Canada. Assiatou shared the inspiring story of her journey from Guinea, in West Africa, to Germany, to Montreal, and eventually here to Toronto, where she runs a successful cleaning business employing many newcomers to Canada. We discussed the history of African Heritage Month and the importance of diversity, multiculturalism, and tolerance.

To read more about Assiatou, click here.

assiatou with students

Photo retake day

kittens taking pictures of each other

Are you new to SOLE or missed getting your photo taken for your TTC ID and your student card? Come by room 111 at lunch on Tuesday, March 6th to get your school photo taken!

Another great week at SOLE

It’s been a busy week at SOLE! Karin’s Drama class created tableaux…

students standing on playground

While Rachel’s Photography class took advantage of the gorgeous weather to take some photos…

In Dan’s Law class, students role played crime suspects and detectives. They examined 5 pieces of evidence (shoe impression, fingerprint, hair fiber, clothing fiber, and signature on a cryptic note) left at the crime scene to deduce who the murderer was.

From playing games to creating them, Rachel’s Game Design class compared the game mechanics of strategy board games like Risk to addictive online games. Then students began work on their own creations!


Making bannock in World Cultures: The Global Potluck

Rachel’s World Cultures: The Global Potluck class made bannock, a popular First Nations frybread. Bannock, muqpauraq,  skaan (or scone), or Indian bread, is found throughout North American Native cuisine, including that of the Inuit of Canada and Alaska, other Alaska Natives, the First Nations of the rest of Canada, the Native Americans in the United States, and the Métis, and was probably traditionally made with maize, roots, and tree sap.


Special Schedule-Thursday, Feb. 16

There will be a special schedule on Thursday, with an early dismissal.

Period 1 9:15 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.
Period 2 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Break 10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Period 3 11:15 – 12:00 p.m.
Period 4 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

First week roundup!

Welcome back, SOLE students! We hope you had a great first week. Here are some highlights from a few of our classes.

Michael’s Math classes saw a 50% increase in the number of students!

Dan’s Politics class had students playing Risk to learn about alliances, treaties, strategy, leadership, and luck in history.

students playing risk students and kim playing risk

And in Law, students conducted mock trials. Here’s one of the closing addresses to the jury!

student in a judge's gown

Rachel’s Media Arts: Game Design course is a class students would kill to take! Students are playing a game of Assassin, where they stealthily track down their classmates until only one is left standing. Watch out for those pink plastic spoons!

students spoon-fighting

Lieutenant Governor’s Climate Change Essay Challenge

lg essay contest poster

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, in partnership with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), launched an essay competition for all grade 12 school students across the Province of Ontario. Essays from students in 5th year are also accepted.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Climate Change Essay Challenge, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, is an opportunity for Grade 12 students in Ontario to articulate their vision for how Canada will help to end climate change by 2067.

Winners will receive cash scholarships, with a value of $3,000 for first place. The top three essays will be featured on, an award-winning digital publication focused on Canadian foreign policy.

“As we look to address climate change, the insights, creativity and energy of young people are more important than ever,” says the Lieutenant Governor. “I am delighted to partner with CIGI in providing this exciting opportunity for Grade 12 students in Ontario to submit their bold visions for how Canada can lead in addressing this most difficult challenge of learning to live in a carbon-constrained world over the next 50 years.”

Essays in English or French will be accepted until Friday March 3, 2017. To coincide with Earth Day, the winners will be invited to the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite in Toronto for a reception on Friday, April 21. Further information on eligibility and submission guidelines can be found on the at

LG Essay Contest 2016

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