In October, Pickering College sent six participants from the Polikon Society to participate in the Fulford League's Fall Debate at Royal St. George's College in Toronto.
After three rounds of impromptu parliamentary style debate concerning motions about the role of the monarchy in Canada, the legal voting age, and the validity of identifying Halloween monsters as monsters, two of our members were brought to the limelight.
Congratulations to Shyam in Grade 12, who placed first of 24 competitors at the senior level, and Sandra in Grade 10, who finished sixth of 24 at the junior level. Many thanks to Sunny and Dylan (Grade 8), Zack (Grade 10), and Georgia (Grade 12) for their teamwork and enthusiasm.
Pickering College’s teams had an exciting fall season of competitive play resulting in a silver medal and two bronze medal finishes. Congratulations to all of the players and coaches who represented the school so well both on and off the courts and fields. Thank you to PC’s amazing fans and supporters who came out to cheer on our athletes! Here are a few highlights from the season:
After winning their semi-final game against Hawthorn, the Senior Girls’ Basketball team faced Albert College in the championship game. After a slow start the Pumas came from behind to take the lead with an enthusiastic crowd cheering them on in Egan House. The fourth quarter was a nail-biter with the teams tied at 28 with one minute left. Albert College managed to score two additional points to take the win. PC placed second in the Division earning a silver medal.
In U14 Boys’ Soccer, the team played their championship tournament at Trinity College School. Although they lost to St. Andrew’s College in the semi-final, the team rallied to beat Kempenfelt Bay School earning third place (bronze) in the Division.
The Senior Boys’ Soccer team played their championship tournament on November 5. The team lost to Albert College in the semi-final match, placing third and earning the bronze in the Division.
Each year on October 24 the Pickering College community celebrates United Nations Day by coming together as a school to highlight the many connections our diverse student body has with the member countries of the United Nations. Pickering College is a Member School in the UNESCO Associated Schools Network and is the first independent school in Ontario to attain full membership in this network that links educational institutions across the world around a common goal: to build the defences of peace in the minds of children and young people.
Through the school's Global Leadership Program, students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 learn from and work collaboratively with each other to be open-minded, develop mutual respect and a deeper understanding of other nations and cultures.
“This year I had the honour of being selected from a large group of applicants across Canada to be a member of the UNESCO Schools Network National Youth Advisory Council. UNESCO was created in 1953 as a means of connecting schools across the world to promote international understanding, peace, human rights, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development, and quality education. The UNESCO Schools Network additionally contributes to the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goal ‘to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.’ The Canadian Commission for UNESCO helps Canadians share knowledge locally and globally to create better societies and build peace in the minds of all people.” – Sarah, Grade 11