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Boarding Newsletter

December 5, 2018

Dear Parents, Custodians, and Students,

We are officially in the Holiday Spirit here in the Boarding School! Last week all students participated in the Annual Boarding Holiday Variety Show. It was a fun-filled night with lots of laughter and smiles.   

As many students will be discussing March Break and June Travel plans while they are home over the holidays, please take into consideration the below important travel information.


Friday, December 21, 2018 - 6:00pm Boarding Closed 

Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 9:00am Boarding Opens

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 6:00pm Boarding Closed, Optional Ski/Snowboard Trip to Blue Mountain Resort 

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 3:00pm Boarding Opens

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 6:00pm Boarding Closed 

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 9:00am Boarding Opens

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 6:00pm Boarding Closed, Optional trip to Niagara Falls 

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 3:00pm Boarding Opens

Friday, May 31, 2019 - Senior School Exams Begin. Grade 9, 10, and 11's should prepare to move out of Boarding 24 hours after their last exam, and by Tuesday, June 11th. The exam schedule will be released before March Break in order for you to know when you should move out of boarding.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 6:00pm Boarding Closed for Grade 7

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - Grade 8 Closing Ceremonies and Dance

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:00pm Boarding Closed for Grade 8

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 12:00pm Grade 12 Commencement Ceremony

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 6:00pm Boarding Closed for Grade 12

We recommend waiting to book June flights home until after the student knows their final exam schedule. The June exam schedule is normally made available by March Break. Final exams take place from Friday, May 31, to Tuesday, June 11, 2019, however it is expected that Grade 9, Grade 10, and Grade 11 students move out of Boarding within 24 hours after their last exam in June. Students must be present for their final exams, and travel arrangements should be booked accordingly.

Students are expected to attend all classes leading up to these breaks and closures. Students are responsible for any missed assessments and class work during this time. We encourage you to make travel plans within the scheduled holiday periods, however, we realize that flight limitations may restrict this.



Please click here to review the new Winter/Spring 2019 Weekend Activity Guide. This document outlines all of the upcoming Boarding trips and requires a parent/guardian signature.

Please return this permission form to boarding@pickeringcollege.on.ca by December 20, 2018. 

We recommend submitting this permission form as soon as possible if you want to secure a spot on the Blue Mountain Trip for the February Long Weekend. Spaces are limited.

All Pickering College Students were given the opportunity to submit artwork for the chance to be selected for the 2018/2019 Yearbook Cover Design. School wide voting took place this week and we are proud to announce that the winning design selected was created by Grade 11 Boarding Student Allen Fanzhuo Ai. Congratulations! The 2nd place design was awarded to Sofia Camarena Pomar in Grade 8.

Holiday Decorating is underway in both New House and Firth House. Next week a panel of special guest judges will critique the Duty Office and Associate Faculty door decorating in Boarding. The winner will be announced at the Boarding Christmas Dinner & Dance on Tuesday December 11th.

If you have not yet provided us with your January return flight information please ensure you email the details as soon as they become available to boarding@pickeringcollege.on.ca

If you require return airport transportation we cannot guarantee driver availability until we review your flight plans.

Our next Boarding Newsletter will be sent on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.


The Boarding Team