2019

  • October

    Enjoying Our Outdoor Classroom

    By LeeAnn Newman, Lower School Faculty
    Exploring the outdoors and spending time in nature has been a passion of mine my entire life. With two parents who are avid birders and nature enthusiasts, I learned at an early age the joy and adventure of being immersed in the woods. When I first started teaching at Crescent, I was thrilled to discover that our school property includes a section of the Toronto ravine system – a beautiful, healthy and diverse ecosystem. It fueled my passion to impart my love and knowledge of the natural world with my students.
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  • September

    Find Your Calling

    By Ted Ferris, Head Boy 2019-2020
    [This speech was given at Crescent's Opening Assembly on September 5, 2019.]

    It was seven years ago – almost to the day – that I first sat in this very gym, listening to the first of what would be many speeches from a variety of Head Boys. I struggled to make sense of the words that the man in the blue blazer was saying. Besides, Grade 5 me had much more pressing issues, like what lunch was going to be like at this strange new place, or whether or not I packed my soccer cleats that morning. (I didn’t.)
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  • Message from the Chair of the Board of Governors

    by Jamie Coulter '87, P'21
    Every September, I am re-energized with the same sense of excitement and anticipation I felt as a student returning to school after summer break. September represents a clean slate and an opportunity to start fresh.
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  • What I Learned From Working At Crescent Camps

    by Patrick Blais '19
    Over the past two summers, I had the opportunity to work at Crescent Camps. As an instructor in the Robotics Camp program, I worked alongside Crescent teachers and other instructors to teach girls and boys ages X-Y a robotics curriculum very similar to the one we learn at Crescent.
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  • Helping Victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas

    by Grade 12 student Nicholas Robinson
    On September 15, my Dad and I returned from our week-long trip to New Providence Island in the Bahamas to help with hurricane relief efforts. This was a life-changing and very powerful personal experience for me. With the incredible generosity of so many friends, family and even strangers, we collectively raised over $51,000 to assist the victims of Hurricane Dorian.
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  • June

    Celebrations and Reflections On Prize Day

    Jamie Coulter '87, P'21
    As Incoming Chair of the Board of Governors, Jamie Coulter gave this speech at the Prize Day ceremonies on June 13, 2019.
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  • Growing and Learning in Middle School

    by Zachary Lechem, Grade 8 Valedictorian
    Zachary gave this speech at the Middle School Prize Day ceremony on June 13, 2019.
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  • Message from the Chair of the Board of Governors

    by Barry Gordon '87, P'21
    Another year is now in the books and I have the opportunity to give you the Board Chair’s assessment of how Crescent is doing. As you know, the Board of Governors at Crescent School does not focus on day-to-day operations of the school. Rather, we focus on strategy, the financial well-being of the school, reputation, risk management and Headmaster oversight. My perspective is in many respects highly personal, for as many of you know I have a deep attachment to Crescent and what I like to think of as the broader Crescent family.
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  • The Choices That Led Us To Graduation

    by Cory Gill, Class of 2019 Valedictorian
    Cory gave this speech at the Grade 12 Graduation ceremony on June 14, 2019.
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  • The Importance of Relationships

    by Kyle Chang, Head Boy 2018/2019
    Head Boy Kyle Chang gave this speech at the Upper School Prize Day ceremony on June 13, 2019.
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  • What Makes Crescent So Special?

    by Charlie McLean, Grade 6 Valedictorian
    Charlie shared this speech at the Lower School Prize Day ceremony on June 13, 2019.
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  • Year-End Thoughts From The Middle School

    By Rob Cranston, Assistant Head of Middle School
    June is my least favourite time of the year, because it is time to say goodbye to our boys. Summer brings an eerie silence in Crescent's Middle School that doesn’t seem to belong. The energy of our boys, the hustle and bustle in the halls and classrooms, are missing. (Yes, September is my favourite time of year for the exact opposite reasons.)
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  • May

    Student Creativity Brings American History To Life

    By Alicia Hawryluk, Upper School Faculty
    I was blown away by my Grade 11 American History class projects this year. The students researched the life and times of different American presidents, and then presented what they discovered to the class. That doesn’t sound very revolutionary, but the project included an interactive class activity and a 21st century learning product, and that’s where the magic happened.
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  • April

    Bon Courage to Our Language-Learners

    By Isabelle Moore, Middle School Faculty
    As a Middle School French teacher, one of my favourite parts of spring is seeing students in Grades 8 to 12 prepare for the DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française). When I run into them in the hallway, we talk about verb tenses and the “bon mot” for a specific context. We discuss being polite in French as well as how to use different expressions to share your opinion. It reminds me that language learning is very much alive and well at Crescent School!
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  • February

    Preparing Grade 12s For A Big Decision

    By Susanna Bellisario, Guidance and University Counsellor at Crescent School
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  • January

    Working Toward Truth & Reconciliation At Crescent School

    By Grade 12 student Cole Wiggan
    This speech was shared by Cole Wiggan at Crescent's full-school assembly on January 15, 2019.
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