The Principal’s Honours Tea celebrates SOLE students with outstanding academic achievement, as well as those who have contributed in positive ways to the school. We’re proud to share the joy of this occasion with students and their families! Congratulations to all of our award recipients!
Our Spring Open House invited interested students and parents to see what SOLE has to offer. We opened our doors to allow students and their families to meet the school community, check out course offerings, and tour our classrooms. A huge thanks to our student volunteers who are such fantastic ambassadors for our program!
Rachel’s Game Design class participated in an exciting workshop led by TVO Kids game developer Andrea Luc and Sia Joushaghani, currently pursuing graduate studies in Game Design at York University. Students collaborated to develop games based on randomized themes, mechanics, environment, and genre. Thanks to Andrea and Sia for sharing your experiences and expertise with us!
Yesterday, a delegation of SOLE teachers, students, and alumni traveled to the TDSB headquarters to give deputations to the Governance and Policy Committee, which is currently reviewing its policy on alternative schools. We spoke about the importance of communities like ours to fostering student wellness, equity, and achievement. Thanks to the trustees and TDSB staff for taking the time to listen to us!
Brush paintings by several of our students will be on exhibit as part of the 2019 Asian Heritage Month Art Exhibitions! The pieces will be on display to the public, so check out the amazing work of our artists and other students around the TDSB!
Saturday, April 20 to Thursday, April 25 at the Toronto City Hall Rotunda
Monday, May 13 to Sunday, May 19 at the Toronto Metro Hall Rotunda
As you may know, the recent cutbacks to Ontario’s education budget will have a significant impact on class size and course choices for students. Alternative schools such as ours are particularly vulnerable to these changes. The TDSB is holding consultations on its budget, and is interested in hearing from school communities like ours in order to best support our students. If SOLE has made a difference in your life, now is the time to tell that story!
SOLE students, staff, and parents are invited to speak at the TDSB’s budget consultations on Wednesday, April 24, starting at 4:30 PM. You can choose to attend or present a 5-minute deputation. The consultation is at the TDSB’s headquarters at 5050 Yonge St. (right near North York Centre Station) .
For more information, visit the TDSB’s 2019-20 Budget page. Interested in joining us? Talk to Rachel or Shannon!
Rachel’s Game Design class had a two-day workshop with Daniel Bishop, a designer and writer of roleplaying games. Students learned about the principles of creating a roleplaying adventure, the market for writing, and how to run a game, ending with a deadly and hilarious Dungeons & Dragons funnel tournament. Thanks for sharing your expertise with us, Daniel!
April 10, 2019 marks the International Day of Pink. It is a day where communities across the country, and across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying.
The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school took a stand and began working together to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying.
The message was clear: anyone can bully, any can be victimized by bullying, but together we can stop it.Each year on the second Wednesday of April, millions of people wear pink and take a stand. The Day of Pink is a symbol, a spark, that empowers and inspires youth across Canada to create amazing social change!