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Senior School Newsfile

September 18, 2018

Dear Parents,

The students have settled into their classes and our 2018- 2019 school year is underway with great momentum.

On Thursday, September 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Reading Room, the Guidance Department will host a refresher workshop on the Canadian Post-Secondary Application process. This workshop will provide an informal opportunity for parents and/or custodians of students in Grade 12, to gather information and ask any questions.

This Friday, September 21 all students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 who are new to Pickering College, will attend the new student Global Leadership Program workshops. They will begin the day with an exploration around campus and a session in the Meeting Room giving them an overview of the opportunities and requirements of the program. Next, they will engage in a seminar exploring Quakerism, particularly in the context of social justice. Students will visit the Quaker Meeting House on Yonge Street - this location falls under the area of the local learning permission form. When they return to Pickering College, they will reflect on their learning and connect their own values to the experience.

Photo Day is on Monday, September 24. This is a First Dress Day for all students, including their blazer. Each student will have an individual photo taken and at lunch, all students and faculty will pose for our annual Panoramic Photo. To order your child's Panoramic Photo at no cost, send your 2018-2019 Panoramic Order Form to Justine Verkuyl at jverkuyl@pickeringcollege.on.ca or to Reception no later than Friday, October 5, 2018.

If your child drives a vehicle to school, ensure that they have filled out the necessary paper work and have obtained a parking permit. Only Grade 11 and 12 students are allowed to leave campus during the lunch hour on Wednesdays and Fridays provided they have parental permission. Anytime students leave campus they must sign in and out at Reception.

PC offers a Breakfast Meal Plan for all Day students. Day students can now enjoy variety of hot/cold breakfast options on a daily basis for $75/month. Students can also choose to have breakfast sporadically at a daily rate of $7/day. In both cases, students MUST sign-in at the Dining Hall. See the attached Breakfast Meal Plan sign-up sheet for complete details.

On Friday, September 28, students in Grades 9 to 12 will participate in their first GLP day of the year. All Senior School students will be off timetable and engaged in various activities connected to their grade's theme. Grade 9s will be at the Newmarket Community Centre, kicking off their Puma's Den project, Change Makes Cents. Grade 10s will be exploring various not-for-profit organizations in Newmarket and learning more about a range of local social justice issues. Grade 11s will consider different sectors that they may want to investigate in more detail for their Capstone projects and will participate in two different technology and innovation workshops with STEM Minds. Finally, Grade 12s will develop their Capstone action plan through design thinking workshops at the Newmarket Community Centre. All of these activities take place within the local learning area.

Sincerely,

Janet Downer
Director of Senior School