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Student-to-Student Uniform Sales: August 30 & September 7

Every year, the HSC Parents’ Guild (PG) runs two Student-to-Student Uniform sales for the start of school.

The sales are a great opportunity to stock up on clothes for the 2016-17 school year and donate uniform items that your children have outgrown. A large selection of gently worn HSC uniforms—including blazers, kilts, dress pants, and gym wear—is available in a variety of sizes and at great prices.

Join us on Tuesday, August 30 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge. You are also invited to have a coffee on us (starting at 10:00 a.m. on August 30 and at 8:45 a.m. on September 7) for the duration of the sale. We look forward to seeing you there!

About HSC Student-to-Student Clothing Sales
Parents wishing to donate clean and gently-used HSC clothing may drop off items at the Main Office. All proceeds from the sale are directed back to the school to enhance and support the learning environment for our students. Volunteers are vital to the success of all HSC community events, including the Student-to-Student clothing sales.

Whether you have one hour to share, or would like to take on a leadership role the PG would love to hear from you.Connect with the PG at or visit for information!

"Helping Hands" Soap Collection Continues this Fall

Helping Hands Logo

During the 2015-16 school year, two big-hearted HSC students collected hygiene products to donate to Wesley Urban Ministries. Neyk and Oliver personally delivered a collection of soaps and shampoo for distribution to individuals in need. The boys hope to continue collecting soaps and shampoo in the fall.

If you are planning a trip this summer, attending a conference or are a member of a traveling sports team, please consider saving the toiletries from your hotel room. It is just one of many ways HSC families can help support our community.

All donations can be dropped off at the Elementary or Senior Learning Commons. Please direct any questions to Linda Watson at

HSC Review Spring 2016 Issue Now Online!

Spring 2016 HSC REview CoverWe are pleased to share that the most recent issue of the HSC Review is now available online in flipbook format by clicking HERE.

Inside you will find stories about our amazing alumni, updates on College life and details about new initiatives including the new Alumni Mentorship Program.

The HSC Review is published twice per year - in the spring and fall - and is a great way to stay connected with all of our incredible events and news.

Back issues of the magazine are available HERE.

Duke of Edinburg Program Imbued with Principles of Determination and Perseverance

Over the past 15 years, HSC has proudly supported the internationally-recognized Duke of Edinburgh program. Students enrolled in this program seek to create a blueprint of achievement at three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold. These levels comprise of varying degrees of commitment to four pillars; Skill, Physical Recreation, Service and Adventurous Journey. Achieving an award level is an incredible plateau and celebrates not only the successful completion of the criteria, but also that the student has taken responsibility for pursuing passions, discovering new capabilities, testing perseverance, becoming more
responsible and of course adding to their portfolio for post-secondary applications and interviews.

To spotlight this award, we would like to introduce 2016 HSC graduate Ali Haider Nadeem, one of a cohort of HSC students recently awarded the Gold level. Ali entered the award program in Grade 9, and used his volunteer hours at the YMCA in conjunction with his passion for basketball and the E-Week trip to meet and exceed the requirements of the Bronze level. Ali quickly moved on in pursuit of his Silver level, putting in many hours with the PC Party assisting in their campaign, while engaging in an E-week canoe trip in Georgian Bay, learning Arabic and continuing with his basketball career.

In his pursuit of his Gold level, Ali used his organizational talents to assist with the Oakville Jazz Festival, participating in an Algonquin Park canoe trip, continuing to master Arabic and enjoy his love of basketball. Throughout this experience, Ali grew as a student, developed life-long skills, and proved he can accomplish greatness through hard work and dedication to his passions.

Ali will be recognized in a formal ceremony, along with the other 2016 Gold level achievers, in an upcoming event in which a representative of the British Royal Family will meet and distribute the Gold Award Pin and Certificate of Achievement to the recipients.

Congratulations to Ali Haider Nadeem and all the 2016 Gold Award recipients. We at HSC are very proud of their accomplishment.

Account payment during possible Canada Post disruption

As you are likely aware, Canada Post may experience a labour disruption this summer. In response to this possibility, monthly statements will not be mailed at this time and will instead be available electronically through your “MyHSC” portal. HSC families are still responsible for payment of their balance by the due date.

On Monday, July 11, the College e-mailed families with instructions on how to access statements online and with details about the various payment options currently available. Any families who did not receive the e-mail, or who are having trouble viewing their statements, should contact Kristina Marchese at or 905-389-1367, extension 100.

Statement copies are also available for pickup in our Business Office.

Our summer office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

We recognize the inconvenience that can be caused by a postal disruption, and thank you for your assistance through this time.

The Campus Store: Summer Hours and Inventory


The Campus Store will be closed for inventory on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. To prepare for inventory, the store will be closing at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016.

On Monday, July 4, 2016, the store will reopen with summer hours in place. 

During the summer, the store is open Monday - Thursday from 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Fridays 8:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

The Campus Store wishes the HSC community a safe and happy summer! 

2016 Middle School Graduation

2016 Middle School Graduation

Wednesday, June 22, was a busy day for our Middle school students who had their Spring Awards, Closing Ceremonies, and Grade 8 Graduation. Congratulations to our students for another amazing year!

Montessori Caravan 2016 Celebrations

Montessori Caravan 2016

On Friday, June 17, our Montessori School students participated in their annual Caravan celebration. Friends and family enjoyed a special performance in the Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts. Afterwards, guests were invited back to the Montessori school for yummy treats and fascinating research from around the world.

To view photos from the event, visit

HSC Rowing Team Crowned City Champions!

HSC Rowing City Champions

The HSC Rowing Team had a very successful day at the Hamilton High School Rowing Championships on Saturday, May 28.

The Junior Women Four with Chloe Castell, Lexy Reinhardt, Hanna Agro, Avery Webber and Coxswain Nava Brimble beat out the competition with a convincing victory. They were in first place from start to finish. HSC crews were the rowers to beat—an impressive accomplishment as they were in competition with schools with triple HSC’s population.

Other results:

Junior Men Quad | 2nd Place: Nikhil Natarajan, Hannah Boucher, Dhruv Khanna and Andrew Graham
Senior Women 2x | 4th Place: Holly Hamilton, Rachel Webber
Senior Men 72kg Single | 3rd Place: Colby Parsons
Senior Women Single | 3rd Place: Nathalia Wellenreiter

Thank you to all the parents who were there to support, and provide food and refreshments. HSC wishes all crews luck as they compete in the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association Regatta on June 3-5, 2016.

New Tennis Courts Heat Up in first HSC Community Tennis Tournament

HSC Community Tennis Tournament

HSC tennis enthusiasts braved scorching temperatures on Saturday, May 28 for the first HSC Community Tennis Tournament. The day marked the official opening of the new courts, made possible thanks to the generosity of the Losani and Lawrie Families. The College officially revealed the names of four courts in their honour–Court Brooke, Court Brett, Court Lauren and Court Noah Alexander.

In their opening remarks, Head of College Marc Ayotte, Bob Lawrie and Fred Losani all spoke to the opportunities made possible through the new facilities, and about the bright future ahead for the HSC Tennis program. At the same time, the presence of retired faculty member, HSC Builder and former HSC tennis coach Blanka Guyatt was a reminder of the strength of the program in previous years.

Following ceremonial serves by members of both families, doubles teams comprised of alumni, parents, current students and staff faced off in pursuit of the Losani Lawrie Cup.

As the day progressed and temperatures rose, it was clear there were some serious teams in play. The final match was between current HSC parent, Debbie Yamamura and her match partner, current parent and former Board Chair Mitch Bauer, and HSC alums Daniel Coutts ’01 and Ernest Wong ’00. As former HSC tennis team members, Daniel and Ernest demonstrated just how well the HSC program taught them, eventually winning the tournament and the coveted Losani Lawrie Cup.

The College thanks all of the spectators who came out to cheer the teams on, the organizers, volunteers who helped run the tournament, the Losani and Lawrie families for making it all possible, and the players who came out despite the heat. Thanks also to Pita Pit for sponsoring our players’ lunch.

U14 Girls’ Soccer Champions

 The U14 Girls Soccer team experienced a brilliant end to a fast-paced season as CISAA champions on Wednesday, May 25. The team, comprised of students from Grades 6, 7, and 8, worked hard to develop and hone their basic skills and advance new strategies and positional plays. This led to an undefeated regular season characterized by strong goaltending.

Memorable moments include playing in the freezing rain and a victory during HSC Homecoming Weekend. Most notable was the positive team spirit and leadership demonstrated consistently by players. These factors combined to allow HSC the chance to host the CISAA finals and then to win in a well fought final championship match.

HSC Homecoming 2016 Wrap-Up

Homecoming 2016 Collage

On Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, hundreds of participants braved foul weather to help celebrate the HSC community during Homecoming and ArtsFest.

Arts events, family activities, student games, Hektor’s Home Run and more combined to make HSC Homecoming 2016 one of the most memorable to date! To keep the kids dry, Hektor’s Family Fun Zone took over the new Athletic Complex and Community Centre, while hungry hordes of HSC guests filled Lawson Hall at our free Homecoming pancake breakfast.

Homecoming and ArtsFest would not happen without the collective efforts of the HSC Athletic Department, the Parents’ Guild, Advancement Team, Alumni Office and the HSC Maintenance Staff.

Dinner Homecoming 2016

Homecoming Reunion Dinner and Athletic Hall of Fame
At the 4th Annual Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner, HSC honoured classes ending in years ’1 and ’6 and inducted a new group of HSC Athletes into our Hall of Fame. Celebrity and HSC alum Steve Paikin ’78 emceed the event and helped HSC honour the following inductees:

Male Athlete Inductee: Jim Zwolak ’99
Female Athlete Inductee: Salimah Mussani ’97
Heritage Inductee: Gordon Ambrose Sweeney ’35
Coach Inductee: Rick Stockdale
Male Team Inductees: 1977 U13 Boys’ Soccer Team
Female Team Inductees: 2005-2006 Senior Girls’ Rugby Team
Builder Inductee: Jeff Paikin ’80

A Night to Remember - HSC: Community of Fashion

Fashion Show Collage

Thank you to everyone who helped make our HSC: Community of Fashion event a huge success. What a night! On Thursday, May 5, over 500 HSC parents, students, grandparents, alumni , parents of alumni and friends came together to enjoy fashion, food and friendship. Click here to view the photo gallery.

Events like this aren’t possible without a small army of caring individuals. A big thank you to our generous donors, sponsors, volunteers and everyone who made this event possible. A very special thank you to our event Co-Chairs, Sonia Filice and Kristy Faggion. Your incredible vision and countless hours of thoughtful planning are deeply appreciated. We can’t thank you enough. Thank you to our amazing event committee – we couldn’t have done it without you.

Fashion Show Adelaide Hoodless

As you know, a portion of the proceeds were donated in support of our partner school, Adelaide Hoodless. We were thrilled that a few faculty and students from Adelaide Hoodless could join us at the show.

At Chapel the next day, Jolcyn, an Adelaide Hoodless student and Nanci Simpson, Principal of Adelaide Hoodless moved us with their speech about what their partnership with HSC means to them. Thanks to ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s matching gift, together we presented a cheque for $5,000 to Adelaide Hoodless.

Thanks again to everyone who attended the show and who helped make it all possible! If you have any feedback, we would love to hear from you. Please send your thoughts to

2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Congratulations to our 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees!

Individual Female Athlete: Salimah Mussani '97
Individual Male Athlete: Jim Zwolak '99
Male Team: 1977-78 U13 Boys Soccer
Female Team: 2005-2006 Senior girls rugby
Coach: Rick Stockdale
Builder: Jeff Paikin '80
Heritage: Gordon Sweeney '35

Join us on Saturday, May 14, to honour the accomplishments of some of our finest alumni athletes, coaches, and other HSC community members, who make our athletic program such an incredible success.

This year the Hall of Fame will be hosted by our very own Steve Paikin '78—HSC Alum, renowned Canadian journalist, author, and documentary producer.

Following the awards, join us for the Reunion Dinner and a chance to catch up and reminisce with former students from HSC.

5:00 p.m.: Welcome Reception in the Alumni Lounge
5:30p.m.: Awards ceremony in The Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts - all welcome
6:15 p.m.: Dinner Reception
7:00 p.m.: Dinner in Lawson Hall

Don't miss out! Register today at

HSC Community of Fashion Show

Community of Fashion 2016

Tonight is the Night!

HSC: Community of Fashion Show takes place tonight - Thursday, May 5.  

* Fabulous food stations from Pane Fresco, La Cantina, Radius, Cascata, Cascade, Michelangelo Events and Conference Centre, Roseto Catering
* Specialty drinks from Nickel Brook and Tagged Vodka
* Live Music and DJ
* Silent Auction and Raffle
* Celebrity MC Shawn Hewson ’91 (Click Here for a clip of Shawn’s from Celebrity Style Story)

Stayed tuned for photos from this incredible community event! Follow us on Twitter (@hillstrath) and Instagram (hillstrath) for live updates or use the hashtag #HSCfashionshow to find us online!

HSC Inducts 2016 Patrons and Builders

2016 Builders and Patrons

At the 2016 Builders’ Dinner on Tuesday, April 26, in Lawson Hall, HSC welcomed five distinguished community members to the prestigious group of Patrons and Builders of the College. Click HERE to view a gallery of photos from this important community event.


Awarded by the Board of Governors, Patron is the highest honour that HSC can bestow upon members of our community. Patrons are persons recognized for their extraordinary support of HSC, who act as trusted guardians of the College’s history, traditions and future directions. Patrons are nominated at the sole discretion of the Head of College and are appointed by the Board of Governors. In 2016, HSC was pleased to be able to recognize two dedicated individuals as Patrons for all they have given to our community. The following two outstanding individuals were recognized as Patrons of the College:

Mr. Gary W. DeGroote ’74
(Alumnus, Former Parent and Former Governor, Former Chair of the Finance Committee, Corporation Life Member, Former Honorary Co-Chair of the Transformation HSC Campaign, inducted as HSC Builder 2006)

Mrs. Judith King-Siganski ’62
(Alumnus, Former Governor, Corporation Member, Former Alumni Association President, Former Trustee, Former Board Advisor, inducted as a Builder of HSC in 2010, Athletic Hall of Fame inductee 2011)

Recognition as a Builder honours loyal and hard-working constituents who have made a sustained contribution to the College over time, and who have played major roles in the development of the College and its predecessors. All are individuals who have contributed in an outstanding manner to our success, by way of personal effort and/or financial support. Builders are chosen by a selection committee consisting of current Builders, plus the Head of College as a non-voting member, and reflecting all of the College’s major stakeholder groups. New Builders are honoured at a celebratory dinner, which takes place every two years. The following individuals were recognized as Builders of the College:

Mr. Mark B. Hudson
(Retired Faculty, Former Head of Senior School, Former Parent of Alumni, Honorary non-voting member of the Corporation, inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame 2015)

Mrs. Eeva Kastikainen-Jones
(Former Parent of Alumni, Former member of the Parents’ Guild, longtime volunteer with Parents of Alumni, and volunteer with the Alumni, Staff, Parent Musical)

The Late Elizabeth Mills McKinney ’29
(Alumnus, Former Parent of Alumni, Founding Member and first President of the Strathallan Old Girls’ Association, HSC’s oldest living alumnus at the time of her death in August 2015, Former Honorary non-voting Member of the HSC Corporation)

We congratulate the individuals named above and, on behalf of the entire HSC community, express our heartfelt appreciation for their unfailing commitment and selfless dedication to the College.

Students Debate Global Issues at Model United Nations (ACMUN).

This past Saturday, April 23, a group of globally-minded HSC Senior School students travelled to Appleby College to participate in the 11th annual Appleby College Model United Nations (ACMUN).

Our students worked hard to prepare for their debates about a variety of pressing global issues. More importantly, they had fun while considering how they could change the world through community and global responsibility.

Starting as a small weekly debate group, ACMUN has grown into one of Canada’s premier single day high school conferences. It is run entirely by student volunteers and attended by hundreds of students interested in high quality debate. In a simulation of the United Nations, delegates from different schools are assigned to represent countries in smaller committees. Students must solve international problems in cooperation with other countries while keeping the interests of their own country in mind. The preparation, collaboration and expression involved in Model United Nations conferences all help students to improve their public speaking, debating, writing and research skills.

Our HSC students had a busy day at this year’s ACMUN, serving on a variety of committees. Some themed committees mirrored those of the United Nations, such as NATO or the G20. Others took cues from popular culture, such as the Justice League (a committee of superheroes) and a Game of Thrones committee.

Many of our students achieved outstanding results at the end of the conference, making us proud of their quick thinking and debate skills. Here are a few highlights of what our students accomplished:

• HSC students made up about 15% of the students at ACMUN, but won 53% of the gavels (first place honour)

• We earned 8 gavels (first place honours) on a variety of committees

• We earned 6 Outstanding Delegate honours on a variety of committees

• Overall, 19 HSC students were recognized with awards

Congratulations to our students for all their hard work! Well done!

2016-2017 Prefects in Training Announced

It is with great pride that Hillfield Strathallan College announces that the following students will serve as Prefects in Training in preparation for the 2016-2017 academic year:

  • Laura Watson - Montessori School Prefect
  • Mourad El Mofty - Service Prefect
  • Jenna Eyram - Junior School Prefect
  • Willow Barton - Female Athletic Prefect
  • Kassie Hill - Wellness Prefect
  • Dinesh Moro - Media and Public Relations Prefect
  • Sasha Paikin - Arts Prefect
  • Kenji Marshall - Academic Prefect
  • Haydn Wain-Lowe - Male Athletic Prefect
  • Lukas Bauer - Middle School Prefect
  • Arundhati Nair - Spirit Prefect
  • Sahana Kapur - Chapel Prefect

Prefects, under the leadership of our Head Girl and Head Boy (to be announced), serve as role models for the student body and work tirelessly in the College and in the greater community to make connections with all of our constituent groups. Prefects are chosen from members of the graduating class who have indicated a desire to be considered for such a position. The primary function of the Prefects is to help guide the younger students, to foster school spirit and to help in the administration and discipline of the College.

In addition to congratulating the above students, HSC also expresses deep appreciation to all of the students who stood for election, and trust that they will continue to play a leadership role in the College over the course of the coming year.

HSC presents Charles Morey's Comedy "Laughing Stock"

Laughing Stock

The HSC Senior School is proud to present "Laughing Stock", a delightful comedy by Charles Morey.

The play follows an over-matched, under-budgeted theatre company as they attempt to mount three plays in a converted barn more suited for square dances then high art. Fun and farce ensues when this enthusiastic, but often hapless, group of thespians tries to run a season of 'Charley's Aunt', 'Dracula', and 'Hamlet'.

Through overblown auditions, haphazard rehearsals, and disastrous opening nights, this colourful cast of characters might not always hit their cues, but they learn the eternal truth of theatre: that an honest, well-told story has a magic all its own.

Performances will be held Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts.

Tickets are on sale now in the campus store!

HSC Welcomes CIS Educators to the COHORT 21 Showcase

Cohort 21 Banner

On Friday, April 22, HSC is delighted to be hosting over 50 participants from 46 CIS Ontario schools who, like HSC, have committed this past year to learning how technology can transform their teaching practice.

Cohort21 is the quintessential professional development experience, which combines face to face learning with digital technology. It exemplifies the growth mindset philosophy and allows educators to experience firsthand those 21stcentury skills they hope to embody in their students.

Today's fourth and final face to face meeting of the year is about the transformation of ideas into reality and the journey of “leveling up”. It will offer CIS Ontario educators the opportunity to showcase their action projects, and newly acquired tech skills, and how these have impacted their students and teaching.

We welcome and congratulate all facilitators, and participants to what promises to be an inspiring day.

Destination Imagination Teams Headed to Global Competition

Destination Imagination 2016

This spring, HSC’s Destination Imagination Teams, made up of Grade 3 and 4 and Montessori 8 and 9 students, took part in the Regional and Provincial “Destination Imagination” competitions. 

Destination Imagination (DI) is a cause-driven, volunteer-led non-profit organization dedicated to  teaching students the creative process through STEM (science, technology, engineering and  mathematics), the arts and service learning challenges. For over three decades, DI has helped more than 1.5 million kids tap into their creativity and learn the skills they need to build successful careers in our 21st century economy.

All HSC four teams placed in the top two places of their categories, which qualified them for the Global Destination Competition to be held in Knoxville, Tennessee at the end of May. They will join more than 8,000 of the world’s most innovative minds compete in teams to showcase their Challenge solutions, celebrate their creativity and have fun.

We are very proud of our teams and all of the hard work, dedication and innovation that they have shown.  We wish all of our teams the best of luck competing in the global competition!

Senior Track and Field Team Wins CISAA Indoors!

A combination of enthusiasm and talent vaulted our HSC Senior track and field team into first place overall at the CISAA Indoor Meet Wednesday, April 6, at the York University National Track Centre. Congratulations TROJANS!!

About 40 of HSC athletes competed, many entering three or four events events. They dug deep to amass enough points to defeat a field of 20 CISAA schools including pre-meet favorite De La Salle (which showed up with two fully loaded buses). We are extremely proud of our student athletes.

Full results are available by Clicking HERE. (click on our school to reveal detailed individual results). Our next meet is the Rowland Games Invitational, Saturday, April 23 at Centennial Stadium, Etobicoke.


Fashion Show Raffle Tickets Now Online

Fashion Show Evite

Don’t miss your chance to win a Hermes watch valued at $3,275. Can’t attend the show? A raffle ticket purchase is a great way to show your support!

Click HERE to purchase your raffle ticket now.

Thursday, May 5, 2016   |  Doors Open: 6:15 p.m.


Hillfield Strathallan College  |  Athletic Complex and Community Centre
299 Fennell Avenue West
Hamilton, ON L9C 1G3

Click HERE to purchase your tickets today.

Click HERE to purchase raffle tickets.

Click HERE for sponsorship details.

Click HERE for details on our partner school Adelaide Hoodless.

Inside Ride at HSC Raises Over $50,000 for Children’s Cancer Charities

Inside Ride News Story

On Tuesday, April 12, parents, faculty, staff and students from all four schools (Grades 3/M8 to Grade 12) joined together to support the HSC Inside Ride. It was an incredible day of school spirit, fun and healthy activity—and all for an amazing cause!

Collectively, we raised more than $51,000 for Canadian children living with cancer or its long term effects. The event was created by the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation, and 100% of donations collected go to support children’s cancer charities. Donations are still coming in, and we will update the community with the final numbers in an upcoming edition of the Parent E-News.

HSC thanks every single rider, volunteer and friend who came out to cheer on our teams. We demonstrated how, working together, our community can produce amazing results. Special thanks go to Kristy Faggion, Hilary Munn, Erica Otaguro ‘07 and Nancy Rocca for their hard work and enthusiasm in putting this incredible event together.

Thanks also to the Parents’ Guild for rallying to support both this cause and our community.

2016 BASEF Awards Prove Science is Thriving at HSC!

BASEF Award Winner 2016

Grade 11 student Ruihan Wei received four awards including the Gold Award and the Special Award as the top Biology project

From March 24 to March 26, 30 projects from Middle and Senior School students represented HSC at the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF) at Mohawk College. For over 50 years, BASEF has provided a forum for students in the Hamilton/Halton area to develop their scientific skills and prepare for national and international competition. In 2016, BASEF awarded over $200,000 in cash prizes, trips, and scholarships.

Combined, the Middle and Senior School projects received: four Gold Merit Awards, five Silver Merit Awards, 10 Bronze Merit Awards, and 20 Special Awards.

Highlights from the Awards Ceremony:

Ruihan Wei, current Grade 11 student, received four awards including the Gold Award and the Special Award as the top Biology project.

Paul Drakos, Grade 8 student, received six awards, including the Gold Award. He was also selected to participate in the Canada Wide Science Fair, to be held in Montreal in May, 2016. His project was one of 16 top projects chosen from a pool of more than 350 outstanding entries.

Our young scientists should be proud of their accomplishments. Photos from the event can be found on the HSC Galleries by Clicking Here, and a summary of the awards is listed below:


Maja Barrett and Anna Spencer: “The Most Effective Method of Leaf Disposal with Minimal Carbon Dioxide Emission”
-Bronze Merit Award

Cole Hynes: “A Design for a Biodegradable Quick Release Fishing Hook”
-The BASEF 500 Award
-Special Award on Physical Sciences from Hillfield Strathallan College
-Silver Merit Award

Hassaan Inayatali: “The effect time and temperature variations have on different insulation materials”
-Building Sciences Mohawk College Special Award
-Procor Engineering Award -Bronze Merit Award

Alexandra Kolios: “The Handy Effect of Video Games”
-Bronze Merit Award

Mateo Larrazabal: “A Flood Alarm: Using an Electric Circuit as a Warning System”
-American Meteorological Society Special Award
-Conservation Halton Special Award

Ali Miller-Boothe and Pari Arora: “A Gut Feeling”
-Silver Merit Award

Vincent Milantoni: “Facing the Freshwater Crisis: An Innovative Way to Desalinate Salt Water”
-Bronze Merit Award

Ashvin Moro: “Mind Full or Mindful?”
-Bronze Merit Award

Lexy Reinhardt: “Extinct Rugose Coral, Did They Have Zooxanthella?”
-Bronze Merit Award

Mehar Soni: “IQ: Is It a Personality Trait?”
-Bronze Merit Award

Alyssa Spaan: “What's Under The Vine? A Study of Nematodes in Niagara's Wine Region”
-Association for Women Geoscientists Special Award
-The BASEF 500 Award -Gold Merit Award

Ruihan Wei: “Properties of the Intestinal Pacemaker Network Revealed by Mathematical Modelling”
-Dr. M. Doyle Award for the Best Biology Project
-MU Alpha Theta Special Award
-Mohawk College Mathematics Award
-Gold Merit Award

Additional Middle School BASEF qualifiers:

Jace Ellis: “Is it possible to increase the growth rate and lifespan of a C3 plant in drought conditions?”

Maya Oster and Erin Demopolis: “Pocket Shield”

Liam Sammut: “How does drought, water, and water based solutions affect germination and growth rate”

Bianca Simone and Madeline Wighardt: “The Effect of Electric Currents on Bacterial Growth”

Michael Timmer and Omar Dabash: “The Effect of Aspirin Water on Plant Growth and Seed Germination”


Paul Drakos: “Harnessing the Temperature Difference in Our Water Lines: A Prototype 'Water Coil' For Generating Electricity”
-ArcelorMittal Dofasco Chemical Testing Award
-Canadian Nuclear Society (Golden Horseshoe) Award
-Primary Fluid Systems Award
-Professional Engineers of Ontario (Hamilton / Burlington) Award
-Gold Medal Merit Award
-Canada Wide Science Fair Trip Award

Rishi Popuri: “Pump 'N Preserve”
-BASEF 500 Award
-Gold Medal Merit Award

Grace Kemper: “What's Your Frequency - Testing Radiofrequency Radiation From Cellular Phones”
-BASEF 500 Award
-Silver Medal Merit Award

Patty Mezza: “Homemade Raspberry Pi”
-Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (Hamilton Section) Award

Mathew Maradin: “Bottles of Watered Down Lies”
-Bronze Medal Merit Award

Ben Boudreau: “Facebook Detox”
-Silver Medal Merit Award

Gaia Carboni and Tehya Alexander: “The Milky Way”
-Bronze Medal Merit Award ($60)

Maddie Welch and Arianna Lupo: “Rethink Your Drink”
-Bronze Medal Merit Award

Chiara Simone and Wande Atkinsooto: “From Dull To Dazzling”
-Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (Hamilton Branch) Award

Jack Ceroni: “Sanitization Methods in Aquatic Environments”
-Silver Medal Merit Award

Additional Middle School BASEF qualifiers:

Sarah Campbell and Lexus Lucier: “Dealing With Diabetes”

Denzel Payyapilly and Luke D'Ambrosi: “How Clean Is Chlorine?”

Jessica Lim: “Disinfectants: Harmful or Helpful”

Note: Special Awards are given by organizations and groups to recognize deserving projects that deal with topics of interest to the donor. Merit Awards are based on the evaluation of 150 judges from educational institutions, government organizations, business and industry. Detailed results can be found at

HSC Students Love Their School! Come See Why on April 30, 2016!


Early Education Open House April 30 2016

Explore our exciting Montessori and Junior School programs for students from 18 months to 9 years old, tour our facilities, meet our wonderful teachers and enter for your chance to win a free week at an HSC Summer Camp!

After the tours, everyone is invited to a private concert with the Turkey Rhubarb band.

Saturday April 30, 2016 - Early Education Open House

9:00-10:15 a.m.
Student led tours of our Junior and Montessori Schools

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Turkey Rhubarb live concert at HSC

11:35 a.m.
Free-time on HSC's playground (weather permitting)

Contact Sheriann by e-mailing or calling 905-389-1367, ext. 106 to have your questions answered, reserve your spot and enter our Summer Camp draw!

We are excited to welcome Turkey Rhubarb to HSC!
Visit their website to learn more about the band and hear samples of their music.

Ticket Sales OPEN for HSC Community Fashion Show!

Community of Fashion 2016

The day we have been waiting for is here! 

Tickets are now on sale for our first College-wide fashion show— HSC: Community of Fashion! 

Click here to purchase your tickets today. Don’t delay, as premium seating will sell out fast! Tickets may be purchased by credit card or on your HSC account.

On Thursday, May 5, the entire HSC community will gather together to build on our incredible HSC spirit. This is an all-ages evening event featuring a fashion show, food stations and refreshments provided by local restaurants. MC Shawn Hewson ’91 will host a spectacular show featuring the designs of current and past students, as well as several local community boutiques and shops.  

The event will raise funds to enhance the learning environments at both HSC and our partner school, Adelaide Hoodless. Our two schools support one another throughout the year through initiatives like our winter clothing and book drives, reading buddy opportunities, holiday ‘wish tree’ events, and hallway and class redesign projects.

This show is an exciting collaboration between the HSC Parents’ Guild, alumni, staff, faculty, and students, and we would love you to be a part of it!

Parents' Guild Nominations Now Open

Parents and guardians of HSC students are members of the HSC Parents’ Guild (PG). Each spring, the PG invites parents to nominate themselves or a fellow parent or guardian for a volunteer leadership position for the upcoming school year. Nominations are now open from April 5 – 20, 2016. 

There are several volunteer opportunities available including Montessori, Junior, Middle and Senior School Representatives, Interguild Representative, Student-to-Student Uniform Sales Representative, PG Communications Representative, New Parent Representative, Vice Chair, and event volunteers. The PG is grateful to all volunteers for their generous and thoughtful contributions to the HSC school community. 

The HSC Parents’ Guild nurtures and fosters a spirit of friendship and community. Through their efforts, time, dedication, creativity and commitment, they play an important role in bringing the whole community together. The Parents’ Guild assists the College in raising funds to enhance the HSC learning environment, and work closely with the entire school to organize community events, which may include Winterfest, Homecoming, Monster Mash, and Fashion Show.

The PG is now accepting nominations for the 2016-17 school year. Please CLICK HERE to complete and submit the online nomination form by April 20, 2016.

For more information please e-mail the Parents' Guild at



Garth Brooks and Teammates for Kids at HSC

Teammates for Kids Garth Brooks

Hamilton country-music fans know Garth Brooks was on stage Sunday, March 25 for his final, sold-out show at the First Ontario Centre. What they may not also know, is that he spent the previous day at Hillfield Strathallan College to support his charity – the Teammates for Kids Foundation.

Teammates for Kids sports camp are held at every city and town on Brooks’ current tour, and give children the chance to attend skills camps hosted by big names in professional sports. During Saturday’s event at HSC, 100 children from Tim Horton’s Foundation, Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington, and Adelaide Hoodless Elementary School, spent their morning learning basketball skills with Brooks, as well as retired NHL players Brian Willsie, Greg de Vries, and Scott Walker.

Brooks told the Hamilton Spectator: “It’s a chance to make some new friends. They’re making relations and getting to see these guys and realizing it can happen to any of us through hard work.”

For more information on Teammates for Kids, visit

Grade 8 Science Fair Projects Headed to BASEF!

For over 50 years, the Bay Area Science & Engineering Fair (BASEF) has provided a forum for students in the Hamilton/Halton area to develop their scientific skills and prepare for national and international competition.

This event draws students in Grades 7 – 12 from the City of Hamilton, the Regional Municipality of Halton, and from Haldimand, Norfolk, and Brant.  Each school is invited to send up to 12 projects in each division to compete in the fair, and the following students will be participating in events, activities, interviews, and presentations at Mohawk College starting on March 30 and ending with an awards ceremony on the evening of April 5.

BASEF is open for public viewing on Saturday, April 2 at the David Braley Athletic Centre at Mohawk College between 9:00 a.m. and noon.

Congratulations and good luck to all of the students representing HSC at this event!

Gaia and Tehya: The Milky Way
Maddie and Arianna: Rethink Your Drink
Jessica: Disinfectants: Harmful or Helpful
Ben: Facebook Detox
Denzel and Luke: How Clean Is Chlorine?
Matthew: Bottles Of Watered Down Lies
Patty: Homemade Raspberry Pi
Sarah and Lexus: Dealing With Diabetes
Rishi: Pump 'N Preserve
Grace:What's Your Frequency - Testing Radiofrequency Radiation From Cellular Phones
Paul: Harnessing the Temperature Difference in Our Water Lines: A Prototype 'Water Coil' For Generating Electricity
Chiara and Wande: From Dull To Dazzling

HSC “Reach for the Top” Teams Headed to Provincials

2016 Reach for the Top

Congratulations to our Senior School Reach for the Top teams who placed first and second in the league on March 10, and will be heading to Provincials!

The Reach for the Top competition began as a TV quiz game for high school students in 1961, and over four decades, thousands of students have played "Reach for the Top." Today, hundreds of schools compete in non-televised trivia contests at the league, provincial and national levels.

HSC Honoured with Century Award from Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

OBAA 2015 Award

We are excited to share that Hillfield Strathallan College was presented with a Century Award by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. Senior School Principal and Deputy Head of College, Mr. Bob Neibert was joined by Service Prefect Bianca Beraldo in accepting the award on behalf of our community during the 2015 Outstanding Business Achievement Awards on Tuesday, March 8 at Carmen's Banquet Centre in Hamilton.

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce College recognized HSC with this prestigious award for contributions to the community for over 100 years. HSC is proud to be included in a group of winners and finalists who consistently demonstrate leadership, volunteerism, community engagement and citizenship.

Clara Hughes and Lawrence Hill Unite Hamiltonians in Support of Syrian Refugees

Lawrence Hill and Clara Hughes on Stage

On Monday, March 7, an enthusiastic audience filled The Virtue-Fitzgerald Theatre to capacity for an inspiring literary event featuring two iconic Canadians—celebrated author Lawrence Hill and nine-time Olympic champion Clara Hughes.

Featuring readings and a moderated discussion, this special fundraiser supported The Longer Table Refugee Sponsorship, a local organization working to bring a refugee family from Syria to safety and a new life in Hamilton. “Clara Hughes and Lawrence Hill in Conversation” came to fruition when Hughes was selected to defend Hill’s latest novel, The Illegal, in this year’s CBC Battle of the Books, Canada Reads. Hill is a proud Hamilton resident, and Hughes’ called Hamilton home when she trained in the city in the 1990s.

There was palpable excitement in the theatre as Clara Hughes gave her first ever public reading from her memoir, Open Heart, Open Mind and Lawrence Hill read from the riveting opening chapter of The Illegal. CBC Radio One producer/host Jeff Goodes then moderated a lively conversation, weaving together the athletic and literary worlds of our guest speakers. A silent auction, coffee and treats donated from Detour Café, and continued conversations rounded out the night, as Hill and Hughes signed copies of their books for guests.

Lawrence Hill and Clara Hughes

There are many people to thank for the event, including Marc Ayotte, Head of College and the HSC leadership team, who readily agreed to host the event. Chris Kwiecien, Director of Operations, and his team were instrumental in the planning and organization of the event. Melissa Poremba and Jeremy Johnston were avid champions, and Mrs. Poremba worked diligently with our student ambassadors for the evening. HSC students Holly Hamilton, Tate Ruse, Mehar Soni and Joseph Johnston directed our guests, sold tickets and represented the school admirably. Thank you to our perennial literary partner, Bryan Prince Books. Coordinating things from HSC's side was our champion of all things literary, Adrian Hoad-Reddick.

The true heart of this project was author Miranda Hill. We thank Miranda for the offer to host the event, and for her creative ideas, bringing the evening to life.

As one audience member noted: “The event was a magical evening of humanity and eloquence. It will live on in the hearts and minds of those who were there.” Lawrence Hill will return to HSC in April to sit down with a group of our students for a class. He’s also looking forward to being interviewed by HSC students Colby Parsons and Mehar Soni for the next issue of the College’s student newspaper, @theHelm.

Montessori International Week


Montessori Internatioanl Week 2016

During the week of February 29 - March 4, the HSC Montessori community celebrated Montessori International Week. Montessori has been a global educational philosophy for over a century and almost 50 years at HSC. There are Montessori schools on all of the world’s continents with the exception of Antarctica (we are still working on that one!). Although the locales, languages, and cultures vary, Montessori schools share a common pedagogy based on respect of the individual child and the importance of the individual’s contribution to the community. Montessori students are self-motivated students empowered by choice and are encouraged to follow their interests.

To celebrate the week, the HSC Montessori students participated in a community gathering on Montessori history, identified their personal wish for the world and participated in a presentation on animal rights. A display in the Alumni lounge highlighted how Montessori philosophy is supported by the College’s strategic initiative at HSC.

At the end of the week, HSC’s 200 HSC Montessori students—aged 18 months to 9 years—shared cake that had been decorated with the globe and went home with a personal globe as a memento. The opportunity to acknowledge our Montessori connections worldwide was appreciated by staff and students alike.

Summer Camps registration is now OPEN!

Come and share fun experiences and new adventures through our exciting summer camps! Please click here to learn more.

HSC Robotics Teams Qualify for Provincials Championships

After an incredible effort at the York Region Qualifying Event on February 20, 2016, both HSC VEX robotics teams will compete at the 2016 Ontario Provincial VEX Robotics Championships on March 5, 2016 in St. Catharines, ON.

It was a nail-biter of a tournament, with 48 teams competing for a spot in the Provincial Championships. HSC’s Team 472A had a new robot, and won four of their six qualification matches. They finished in 15th place and were selected to form the 1st place alliance. In finals, they competed against the team ranked 1st in driver skills worldwide, with the team ranked 1st in programming skills worldwide. Ultimately the team placed 2nd in eliminations—a strong finish that secured them a spot at the Provincials.

HSC’s Team 472B also performed well, winning the last four of their six qualification matches and finishing in 16th place. They won their first elimination match due to the superiority of their long range control, but lost their second match after one of their teams rotated out. In the final round of the best of three, their alliance partner broke down, and it looked as if the Provincials were out of reach.

However, in a stroke of good luck, the league’s Ontario manager decided to invite an additional seven teams that had yet to qualify, to complete in the Provincial Championships. Team 472B was selected, and will compete alongside Team 472A on March 5.

HSC congratulates all members of the HSC Vex Robotics group team on this fantastic achievement.


The Middle School Presents: Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

"Love doesn't have to be perfect... it just has to be true."

The Middle School is proud to present Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Tickets can be purchased in the Campus Store, or by calling 905-389-1367.

Dates: March 3-4 - 7:30 p.m.  |  March 5 - 2:00 p.m.
Ticket Prices: Adult = $10, Students/Seniors = $8
All shows are expected to sell out, so get your tickets today!

* Please Note: Due to high demand for HSC productions, tickets for plays and musicals will no longer be held without payment. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.


Gold and Silver for HSC at Golden Horseshoe Music Festival

Many of HSC's talented musicians performed at the annual Golden Horseshoe Music Festival, held at Redeemer College on February 16-19, 2016. The festival provides students with the opportunity to perform and work with some of the country's top musicians and music educators. Over the course of the week, hundreds of ensembles representing surrounding schools and community groups performed.

The HSC Wind Symphony performed Tuesday afternoon at the challenging B400 level under the direction of Mr. Gaumond, HSC Director of Arts. The ensemble impressed the adjudicators with its full sound and strong rhythmic playing and received a Gold Standard for its performance.

The Grade 9 Band, under the direction of Mr. Gaumond and Mrs. Hammond, performed at the B200 level. The adjudicators thought the ensemble played very expressively for such a young group of musicians and received a Gold Standard for its performance.

Wednesday morning began with the HSC Senior Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Gaumond, as the first performance of the day. The students' performance was polished and professional in the eyes of the adjudicators, and they were rewarded with a Gold Standard for their performance. The Middle School Jazz Band, under the direction of Mrs. Hammond, closed out HSC's GHMF performances and received a Silver Standard for its performance.

HSC musicians were also prominently featured in community groups at the festival. The Rising Stars Jazz Band, a group which Mr. Gaumond also directs, received a Gold Standard for its performance. The Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra also received a Gold Standard for its performance.

Congratulations to all our students who have worked so hard over the past month in preparation for this performance!

HSC Swim Team Rules the Pool

On Wednesday, February 17, our Senior Swim team headed to University of Toronto for the CISAA Championships. With only 15 swimmers, our team is small in comparison to teams like Appleby College and De La Salle College (who have over 50 swimmers each). However, our Trojans were confident and ready for their races!

Almost every swimmer on the team had a great race and received the best times. Laura Willis swam so fast that her cap came off and sank to the bottom of the pool! Our soon-to-be graduates Kim Kerr and Emma Flageole-Bray finishes their four years of swimming with strong performances.

Christian Kwiecien-Delaney qualified for OFSAA in 100 free and team captain Haydn Wain-Lowe qualified in the 50 free and 100 free. This will mark the third year both swimmers have qualified for OFSAA.

The last event, the 4x100m free, proved to be the most enthralling of the day. The OFSAA qualifying time for the event is 4:11.6. Our four competing swimmers needed to collectively beat this time. Christian started the race and managed a time of 1:01.22—a good start. Then Darius Mahdavi hit the pool. His stretch took 1:12.51, leaving the team in a great position. Noah Losani was next, racing to the wall and achieving 1:03.19. These combined times brought the team to 3:16.92 with one swimmer left. Haydn, team captain, would need to complete his stretch in under a minute!

Haydn flew off the block and did the first 25m in less than 12 seconds. The whole team was cheering him home. When he reached the final wall, the clock showed 4:11.41. We did it! Haydn swam a 54.5 second 100m free to make the time—an amazing achievement!

Please join us in congratulating the whole team and wishing them luck when they head to OFSAA on March 7-9!


HSC welcomes Lawrence Hill and Clara Hughes to campus for a fundraiser for Syrian refugees

Clara Hughes and Lawrence Hill

Notable Hamiltonians Clara Hughes and Lawrence Hill will speak without taking their typical fees to raise money for Syrian refugee resettlement efforts on March 7. (CBC Books)

On Monday, March 7, join CBC Canada Reads team Lawrence Hill, author of The Illegal and Olympian Clara Hughes (author of Open Heart, Open Mind) in contributing to refugee resettlement in Hamilton.

At 7:30 p.m., Lawrence and Clara will engage in conversation in The Virtue-Fitzgerald Center for the Arts. As part of the evening’s events, Lawrence will read from The Illegal and Clara Hughes from her memoir Open Heart, Open Mind. Readings will be followed by an interview.

All proceeds from this special fundraiser will go to Longer Table Refugee Sponsorship and The Anglican Diocese of Niagara.

Clara—a six-time Olympic medallist and spokesperson for the Bell Let's Talk initiative—is a Canada Reads 2016 panelist, and will defend Lawrence’s novel The Illegal in Canada’s most famous book battle at the end of March. Lawrence Hill is the internationally bestselling author of The Book of Negroes, which won CBC's Canada Reads in 2009 and was adapted into a six-part miniseries for CBC-TV.

Hill and Hughes will be available to sign copies of their books, which will be on sale at the event. Both guests have waived their appreciable speaking fees in support of this fundraiser.

This event is supported by the CBC’s “Canada Reads” and is the only scheduled pre-“Canada Reads” author event.

Clara Hughes and Lawrence Hill in Conversation

Date: Monday, March 7

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Hillfield Strathallan College
How much: Tickets for the event are $35, with a student and senior rate of $20.
Available (cash only) at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, My Dog Joe cafe, Hillfield Strathallan College, and Bryan Prince Bookseller.

Proceeds: All proceeds to “Longer Table Refugee Support” and the refugee resettlement work of the Anglican Diocese of Niagara. Hill and Hughes are waiving their typical speaking fee. Hillfield Strathallan is donating the use of its auditorium. HarperCollins and Canada Reads also pitched in to cover some design and printing costs.

Another way to donate: The event will feature a silent auction.

Book sale: Attendees will have an opportunity to purchase any of the Canada Reads finalist books, as well as Hughes' memoir, Open Heart, Open Mind.

More information: 


Change in December 2016 Holiday Dates

This winter a number of public school boards in the HSC catchment area petitioned the Ontario Ministry of Education for approval to modify their school calendar dates. Specifically, these changes affect the dates of the 2016-17 Christmas break with a proposed shift from December 19-30, 2016 (inclusive) to December 23, 2016 – January 6, 2017 (inclusive).  We anticipate the Ministry to approve the petition, with the proposed calendar changes formalized in the spring. 

Every year, to accommodate the needs of families with children in the public system, we align the HSC academic calendar with our local public schools. This is a best practice widely adopted by member schools in the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS Ontario).   As such, we have proactively made changes to our own calendar to reflect the upcoming amendments to the public system Christmas break.

The new HSC Christmas break dates are as follows: Friday, December 23, 2016 to Friday, January 6, 2017. These dates are inclusive.

Carol Service and last day of class will be on Thursday, December 22, 2016 and classes will resume on Monday, January 9, 2017. Both the College website and online calendar are updated to reflect this change.  

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact your child(ren)’s school Principal or Mr. Marc Ayotte, Head of College by calling 905-389-1367. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding, and thank you for your continued support of the College.   

Online Re-enrolment

The re-enrolment deadline of Friday, February 5, 2016 is fast approaching. If you have not yet completed the online re-enrolment offer for your child (or children), please visit to begin the process. You will be prompted to enter your MyHSC user name and password.  

It is important that you complete the online re-enrolment offer that was e-mailed to you on Friday, January 15, 2016 and advise us of your re-enrolment decision.  

Please note that after the re-enrolment deadline, preference for course selection as class placement for September 2016 is given to those students who are fully re-enrolled. 

If you have questions about any aspects of the re-enrolment process, please contact Ms. Kristina Marchese, Admissions Assistant at 905-389-1367 or via e-mail at 

HSC Announces 2016 Patrons and Builders

HSC is delighted to announce the names of the HSC community members selected for induction as Patrons and Builders of Hillfield Strathallan College at the upcoming Builders’ Dinner on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in Lawson Hall.

Awarded by the Board of Governors, Patron is the highest honour that HSC can bestow upon members of our community. Patrons are persons honoured for their extraordinary support of HSC, who act as trusted guardians of the College’s history, traditions and future directions.

Patrons are nominated at the sole discretion of the Head of College and are appointed by the Board of Governors.

Recognition as a Builder honours loyal and hard-working constituents who have made a sustained contribution to the College over time, and who have played major roles in the development of the College and its predecessors. All are individuals who have contributed in an outstanding manner to our success, by way of personal effort and/or financial support.

Builders are chosen by a selection committee consisting of current Builders, plus the Head of College as a non-voting member, and reflecting all of the College’s major stakeholder groups. New Builders are honoured at a celebratory dinner, which takes place every two years.

The following outstanding individuals will be recognized as Patrons of the College and new Builders of 2016:


Mr. Gary W. DeGroote ’74 (Alumnus, Former Parent and Former Governor, Former Chair of the Finance Committee, Corporation Life Member, Former Honorary Co-Chair of the Transformation HSC Campaign, inducted as HSC Builder 2006)

Mrs. Judith King-Siganski ’62 (Alumnus, Former Governor, Corporation Member, Former Alumni Association President, Former Trustee, Former Board Advisor, inducted as a Builder of HSC in 2010, Athletic Hall of Fame inductee 2011) 


Mr. Mark B. Hudson (Retired Faculty, Former Head of Senior School, Former Parent, Honorary non-voting member of the Corporation, inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame 2015) 

Mrs. Eeva Kastikainen-Jones (Former Parent, Former member of the Parents’ Guild, longtime volunteer with Parents of Alumni, and volunteer with the Alumni, Staff, Parent Musical) 

The Late Elizabeth Mills McKinney ’29 (Alumnus, Former Parent, Founding Member and first President of the Strathallan Old Girls’ Association, HSC’s oldest living alumnus at the time of her death in August 2015, Former Honorary non-voting Member of the HSC Corporation)

To reserve individual seats or a table, please click here or call 905-389-1367, ext. 153.  

We congratulate the individuals named above and, on behalf of the entire HSC community, express our heartfelt appreciation for their unfailing commitment and selfless dedication to the College. 

HSC U13 Boys’ Basketball Team Captures National Title

U13 BBall Champs

On January 28-30, 2016, the Hillfield Strathallan College U13 boys’ basketball team travelled to Collingwood School in Vancouver, BC to compete among the top 16 teams in Canada for the CAIS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools) national championship title. HSC won the tournament on three previous occasions – 2002, 2006 and 2009 – and hoped to reclaim the national title.

On Thursday HSC won all first round games: 53-4 v Ashbury (Ottawa), 52-22 v St. George's B (Vancouver) and 41-10 v Holy Trinity (Richmond Hill). The team’s strong play continued on Friday as teams were realigned between championship and consolation pools: 49-30 v Selwyn (Montreal), and 43-10 v Southridge (Surrey).

In the final game of round-robin play, HSC lost to St. George's School (Vancouver) with a triple overtime score of 34-33. HSC’s results in pool play set-up a semi-final clash against Crescent School (Toronto), the defending national champion, on Saturday morning. HSC was hungry for victory and beat Crescent 44-40 to set up a rematch against St. George's School for the national championships.

An estimated 400 spectators cheered on the two teams in the final. St. George's took an early lead and HSC was forced to play catch-up for much of the first quarter. HSC coaching staff made tactical adjustments during the break to help the players close the gap and secure a two-point lead into half-time. In the second half St. George's pressed hard for the lead, but HSC held strong under intense pressure. With a combination of swarming defensive and team-based offensive plays, HSC was able to avenge the earlier loss and take home the national title with a final score of 37-30.

This outstanding result is even more remarkable considering many team members also took home the U13 boys’ soccer national championship title a few months earlier. These exceptional student athletes achieved the rare feat of two national titles, in two different sports, in the same academic year.

(Photo provided by Collingwood School) Front row (l to r): Jacob Rudolph, Dino Bontis, Quinn Levinson, Myles McArthur, Charlie Bontis, Ethan Mendes, Troy Line Back row (l to r): Coach Tom Stanton, Kishore Jaiswal, Robert Doman, Daniel Anjani, Ethan Sohal, Joel Asindi, Coach Jeff Bera, Coach Bryan Simmons

Special Wellness Week Presentation: Chef Nancy Henley, Tree House

From February 8 to 11, HSC celebrates health and wellness during our 2nd Annual Wellness Week. On offer are engaging and informative events designed to promote the overall health and well-being of the entire HSC community. Parents are welcome to attend the Wellness Fair on Tuesday, February 9 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Senior School Student Commons and Alumni Family Lounge.

Family Cooking - Efficient tips for getting in the EXPLORE VS CHORE mindset with Chef Nancy Henley, Tree House Kitchen
Date: Tuesday, February 9
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Parents are invited to join us as we welcome Chef Nancy Henley of Tree House Kitchen to campus. Don’t miss this fun and interactive session as Nancy speaks to parents, faculty and staff about family-centric cooking ideas highlighting creativity, cooking systems and sensory exploration.


Chef Nancy Henley

Nancy believes in teaching adult cooking concepts to children, and loves family-centric recipes that enable everyone to benefit from organizing, prepping, cooking and eating a meal created together – with an emphasis on creation. During this session, participants will review with Nancy chef knife skills that will help save on food preparation time and promote important cooking life skills.

“My teaching sweet spot is always from this "explore instead of chore" mindset leaving a lot of the creativity up to the cook young or old,” says Nancy. “This puts the fun back into the planning and preparation! It also places the ownership with you instead of what you have been told.”

A few family recipes will be discussed. Two recipes will be shared – building blocks to dozens of recipes all following Nancy’s “Systems for Sensory Exploration". A take-home package of recipe systems for exploration will be included.

Based in beautiful, rural Dundas, Ontario (where she enjoys the great benefits of farm-to-table living), Nancy teaches, writes, travels, experiments, and creates globally-inspired original recipes from health-sensitive to decadent. Nancy brings to the table her chef sensibilities, mom skills, and great interest in sustainable and healthful living, offering fresh ways of teaching by nourishing the mind, body, and senses. Her dining experiences in pursuit of knowledge in her craft have ranged from backpacking in Europe for several months to traveling with her chef knife, a folding propane stove, and maps to vibrant open-air farmers’ markets to investing in one-of-a-kind meals in some of the world’s best restaurants.

For more information on Nancy, visit her website at:

Congratulations to the 2016 YWCA Women of Distinction Nominees

YWCA Distinction Awards

On Thursday, March 10, 2016, the YWCA of Hamilton will celebrate its 40th year of recognizing the achievements of women in the Hamilton community.

The Women of Distinction Awards serve to acknowledge women who have made a commitment and significant difference in their communities through vision, creativity and initiative.

Amongst this year’s nominees are several women associated with HSC:

  • Dr. Allison Sekuler (Board of Governors, Current Parent) in the Business, Education and Mentorship category
  • Ms. Joanne McCallum (Parent of Alumni) in the Community Leadership and Lifetime Achievement categories
  • Dr. Alba Guarne (Current Parent) in the Science, Technology or Trades category
  • Dr. Laurel Trainor (Parent of Alumni) in the Science, Technology or Trades category
  • Mrs. Sylvia Kajiura (Parent of Alumni) in the Community Leadership and Lifetime Achievement categories
  • Ms. Whitney Reinhart ’12 (Alumna) in the Young Women of Distinction category

Please CLICK HERE to learn about all of the nominees.

The stories of the winners, and nominees, will be celebrated at this year’s event on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Hamilton Convention Center by Carmen’s. Please CLICK HERE to learn more.

World Issues Conference

Banner for WIC

Every year, schools from across the GTA come together for the World Issues Conference at HSC. Held annually, the conference educates students on current world issues affecting their global environment. Participants will enjoy the Annual Display of Conceptual Art, Slam Poetry competitions, guest speaker, Wali Shah and other exciting activities. HSC extends a warm welcome to everyone visiting our campus today!

CLICK HERE to follow along on the student-run WIC website!

It’s Creepy and it’s Kooky – it’s The Addams Family!

They're creepy and they're kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They're all together ooky,
The Addams Family!

Get ready for a screaming good time at this year’s Staff, Alumni and Parent production of The Addams Family.

The Addams Family

Members of the HSC community bring our favourite ghoulish family to life in this delightful musical comedy. Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a young man from a respectable family. Everything changes for the family on the night the Addams’ host a dinner to meet Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Tickets are on sale now! Get yours today in person in the Campus Store or by calling 905-389-1367.

Thursday, January 28 | 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 29 | 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 30 | 2:00 p.m. matinee 

Ticket Prices
$20.00 Adult
$15.00 Student

We hope you can join us for a wonderful and wacky evening of musical theatre!

Welcome to 2016 at HSC!

We hope you enjoyed a restful holiday break and are primed for the busy term ahead. Below is a list
of community and College-wide activities taking place between now and March Break. Make sure to always refer back to the online calendar at for further details and event updates.

Wednesday, January 13
Parents’ Guild (PG) monthly general meeting from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Michael G. DeGroote Senior School Boardroom. 

Thursday, January 28 - Saturday, January 30
Staff, Alumni and Parents Musical – The Addams Family.
Tickets go on sale now in the campus store (

Wednesday, February 4
College-wide Open House from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and again at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Parents’ Guild (PG) monthly general meeting from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Michael G. DeGroote Senior School Boardroom. 

Monday, February 8
20th Annual HSC Golf Classic Early Bird Deadline (

Monday, February 8 - Thursday, February 11
HSC Wellness Week. The Staff Appreciation Breakfast on Monday morning kicks off a week of health and wellness related activities across campus.

Friday, February 12 - Monday, February 15
Winter Mid-Term Break,
College Closed. Classes resume on Tuesday, February 16. 

Wednesday, March 2
College-wide Open House from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and again at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Parents’ Guild (PG) monthly general meeting from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Michael G. DeGroote Senior School Boardroom. 

Thursday, March 3 - Saturday, March 5
Middle School Musical – Beauty and the Beast. Mark your calendar and stayed tuned for ticket details.

Guelph Area Alumni Reunion – includes Guelph, Waterloo and Laurier regions.
Current parents who are also parents of alumni living, working or studying in these areas are encouraged to share this date with their children. Alumni interested in attending should e-mail for details.

Tuesday, March 8
HSC Music Showcase

Friday, March 11 - Monday, March 28
March Break, College Closed. Classes resume on Tuesday, March 29.

Happy Holidays from HSC

This year we brought together all four schools to tell the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge - HSC style! Will our young Scrooge change his ways? Click on the link below to watch the video and see how his story unfolds.

On behalf of the entire HSC community, we wish you all the best for a joyful and happy holiday season.

Please note that the College will be closed from Friday, December 18 to Friday, January 1. The office will remain open from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.:

Friday, December 18
Monday, December 21
Tuesday, December 22

The College re-opens on Monday, January 4, 2016.

College Closed

Montessori Students Sing Songs of the Season for Local Seniors

Williamsburg Christmas

On Wednesday, December 16, our Montessori M8 and M9 students visited the Williamsburg Retirement Residence in Burlington. They brought with them enthusiasm and joy as they shared carols and songs of the seasons. The Montessori School hopes to make the trip an annual event!

HSC Toy Drive Aims To Bring Cheer to the Neighbour to Neighbour Christmas Centre

N2N Food Drive

Early this morning, HSC Grade 4 students loaded up a bus with bags of brand-new donated toys, and set off to deliver them to the Neighbour to Neighbour Christmas Centre.

In the month of December, all four schools at HSC ran toy drives to help support local non-profits during the holidays. In 2015, Neighbour to Neighbour will provide support for around 1,600 families, who cannot afford food and children’s gifts for the holidays. They transform their Food Bank Free Grocery Store into a Christmas Food Bank and host a pop-up Christmas Toy Store at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church for families and individuals to shop for the holidays.

HSC is proud of all our students and their families for the part they play in helping to make Christmas in our community joyful for everyone.

For more information CLICK HERE

Harvard University Recruitment Day

Harvard LogoOn Sunday, January 17, 2016 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., the HSC Senior School will host a Harvard University recruitment day in the Student Learning Commons.

Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. It is home to approximately 2,400 faculty members and more than 10,400 academic appointments in affiliated teaching hospitals.

For further information, please contact William G. Peat, Vice Principal - Academic in the Senior School at 905-389-1367, ext. 121.

Holiday House Service

Senior School House Service Group

On Monday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., students from the Senior School visited Good Shepherd to help with their Christmas Hamper Program in the busy donation centre. The trip was organized by the school’s Service Prefect, and students wore their house colours (along with some seasonal accessories) in a mash-up of school and holiday spirit.

A non-denominational, multi-service agency, Good Shepherd provides emergency and supportive housing, food and clothing to people in need.

CLICK HERE or on the image below to view a short video that captures the students' experience.


House Service Video Screen Capture




2015 Annual HSC Carol Service


We warmly invite all HSC families to attend our annual Carol Service at 4:00 p.m. on December 17.

As always, the service will be filled with cheer and holiday spirit. Enjoy performances by HSC Choirs directed by Ms. Melanie Tellez, well as readings shared by community members including current students and alumni.

During the service we encourage you to join in the caroling, accompanied by Mr. Bart Nameth, and the HSC Brass Choir, directed by Mr. Allan Gaumond.

There will ample seating to accommodate the entire community, and we invite you to stay for a family-friendly reception in the Senior School Student Commons. Students will collect donations for the United Way at the end of the service.

Jesus Christ Superstar at HSC

The Senior School production of Jesus Christ Superstar is opening tomorrow and we can’t think of a better way to kick off the season than with a legendary all-singing rock opera!

Tickets are on sale NOW in the Campus Store!

• Opening night: Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday Matinee, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. (Tip: take in the show after Winterfest!)

Tickets are available in the Campus Store or by calling 905-389-1367. Faculty and students were treated to an incredible sneak peek during our November 27 Chapel Service. Michael Lewis, one of the show’s talented stars (playing the role of Judas) rocked it with “Heaven on Their Minds”. View the video clip on the HSC YouTube Channel by CLICKING HERE!

This will be a one-of-a-kind production, bringing a modern edge to this 1970s classic. Mark your calendars for December 3, 4 and 5, 2015 and get your tickets today!

HSC Creates a Buzz at Hamilton Spelling Bee!

Congratulations to all HSC students who participated in the Hamilton Spelling Bee at Mohawk College on Saturday, November 28, 2015.

Gillian Ayotte made it to round 21 and placed second overall. She received a cheque for $200, and the College was presented with a $500 cheque to apply towards Literacy initiatives at the College.

The College is equally proud of Ruhan Soni who advanced to round five, Ciara MacDonald who qualified for round seven, and Arjun Gupta who made it to round 10 with only six students left in the running.

Open to all children in Grades 4 – 8 in the Hamilton Wentworth School District, the Hamilton Spelling Bee is a fun, one-day competition organized by the Rotary Club of Ancaster AM. Participation encourages literacy and friendly competition among schools and school age children. Students build their vocabulary, confidence and self-esteem, and competitions help improve study habits, written work, memory and focus.

Have Your Winterfest Tickets Yet? Don’t Be Disappointed!

There is just one week left to get Winterfest 2015 tickets and this popular event is expected to sell out. To avoid disappointment,  CLICK HERE to order your Winterfest tickets online today!

Today, Monday, November 23, is the last day to be entered in the Early Bird prize draw with a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Campus Store.

December 1 is the FINAL online ticket purchase deadline.

Your Top Three Winterfest Fast Facts!

1. Bring Cash!
While some vendors in the Artisan Village may provide other payment options, the vast majority of extra activities (those not included in the ticket price) will be cash only. These include the Parents of Alumni Café and the Penny Sales.

2. We Need Your Help!
Winterfest is 100% powered by volunteers. We need parents to sign up for a one hour or two hour shift during the event. Middle and Senior School students are encouraged to sign up as volunteering at Winterfest counts toward volunteer hours. Click HERE to sign-up to volunteer or e-mail the Parents Guild at

3. Come Hungry!
Brunch is included in your ticket purchase. Click HERE to preview the mouth-watering menu.

Visit for more event details.

Want to plan your holiday shopping list for Winterfest? Check out the listing of confirmed Artisan Village Vendors by clicking HERE.

Senior School Cross Country Gets set for OFSAA


On Wednesday, October 28 the HSC Senior School Cross Country team competed against 25 CISAA schools in monsoon-like rain, mud, treacherous hills, and gusty winds at the CISAA XC Championships at Trinity College School, Port Hope.

Coaches Dr. Ryall, Mrs. Jones, and Ms. Fairgreave (who assisted for the day) were extremely proud of the efforts of all 33 HSC runners. More may have taken part, but the extreme weather and driving conditions made that impossible. More than ever before, the
team truly fulfilled our Cross Country motto: "Training takes discipline, racing takes courage".

Highlights of the day included:

Midget Girls placed 2nd
They missed 1st by one point, but
qualified for OFSAA Championships. It is the first time in recent HSC history the Cross Country team has qualified for the championships – an incredible accomplishment for our students! 

Senior Boys placed 6th
Most of the boys are in Grade 11, so watch out for next year!

Senior Girls placed 7th
They demonstrated grit with the team overcoming more than a few wipeouts.

Midget Boys placed 5th
They gave a solid performance with Jace Ellis placing 19th overall and
as an individual.

Junior Boys
Simon Grande gave a superb performance, finishing 12th and
qualifying for OFSAA as an

Full meet results are available by CLICKING HERE.

Top Photo (L-R): Alyssa Spaan, Maya Oster, Hannah Boucher, Maya Gaind, Madeline Wighardt, Erin Demopolis, Mehar Soni

2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Shortlist Readings at HSC

Rogers Writers

Hillfield Strathallan College, in partnership with IFOA Ontario and Lit on Tour presents the 2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Shortlist Readings. This special event spotlights the latest novels / short story collections by Andre Alexis, Elizabeth Hay, Pamela Mordecai, Russel Smith and John Vaillant.

Thursday, October 29 at 7 p.m. in The Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts
Tickets $15 at the door
Under 25: Tickets are FREE
HSC Parents, Faculty Staff receive half-price tickets - bring a friend!

Senior School parents are invited to drop your sons and daughters at the Halloween Dance and stay on for the readings!

The winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize will be announced November 3, 2015 at the Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West, Toronto, but you can meet the finalists at HSC first!

CLICK HERE for a list of previous nominees and winners, many of which are available in the HSC Senior School Learning Commons. Thanks to Mr. Adrian Hoad-Reddick for making this arrangement possible through Bryan Prince Booksellers.

Lest We Forget: HSC 2015 Remembrance Day Service

Remembrance Day 2015

Marc Ayotte, Head of College, respectfully invites the HSC community to attend the Hillfield Stathallan College Remembrance Day Service.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
King Gymnasium in the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Excellence
10:30 a.m. promptly

Arrival and seating for the service begins at 10:15 a.m. A light luncheon will follow in the Spallacci Gymnasium in the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Excellence at 11:30 a.m.
Kindly RSVP to or 905-389-1367, ext. 232 by Monday, November 2, 2015.

HSC Named CAIS National U-13 Boys’ Soccer Champions

It's official! Undefeated in eight games, HSC has won the 2015 CAIS National U-13 Boys’ Soccer Championship!

It has been an incredible week at HSC as we played host to this prestigious national tournament. More than 200 athletes from 16 independent school teams took over our campus for an exciting event that promotes leadership, teamwork, comradery, and friendly competition.

HSC defeated Upper Canada College (UCC) 3-1 to win the coveted title of CAIS National champions during the championship final on Saturday, October 17. 

Visit for tournament details.


CAIS U13 Soccer Champions

You can also view coverage of the tournament on CHCH News at by clicking HERE.

Worn with Pride: HSC Varsity Jackets Now on Sale!

2015 Varsity Jackets

Announce your accomplishments and show your school spirit with the purchase of an official HSC Varsity Jacket!

Custom elements let you tailor your jackets to reflect your passions and successes in the athletic, academic and service activities you’ve pursued at HSC.

Order forms can be downloaded HERE, or picked up from the Campus Store. Orders for pre-Christmas delivery must be submitted by Tuesday, October 13, 2015. Please return completed forms to Marianne Mullen in the HSC Campus Store for billing on account or credit.

To order your varsity jacket by phone, please call 905-389-1367, ext 112. Please have your jacket order and payment information ready to complete your purchase.

2015 Alumni of Distinction and Hall of Excellence Induction

2015 AOD and Hall of Excellence Group with Prefects

Hillfield Strathallan College and the HSC Alumni Association are pleased to celebrate the recipient of the 2015 HSC Award of Distinction winner, Mr. Robb Webb ’74. The goal of this award program is to celebrate the success of Alumni from Hillfield Strathallan College, while engaging our next generation of leaders. Robb was an honoured guest at the annual Prefect Installation Chapel Service, and received his award at a special ceremony in The Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts.

The College is also pleased to announce that Patrick Bermingham ’78, Elise Montano ’04 and Jillian Morison ’81 were inducted into the Hall of Excellence during this ceremony. By honouring this distinguished group of alumni, we continue a tradition of inspiring others through the legacy of alumni who have come before them.

HSC Welcomes 2015-16 College Prefects

2015 College Prefects

Celebrating leadership and community service is a time-honoured tradition at HSC. In recognition of the important role these values play in our community, the College officially welcomed our 2015-16 Prefect team on Friday, September 18 2015.

 HSC students gathered in the Page Gym for the College’s annual Prefect Installation Chapel Service and watched as 12 Senior Students received their Prefect pins and ties. HSC Prefects spend the academic year connecting with and supporting their peers. They work to build community and to uphold College traditions. This year’s team is organized to allow for individual Prefects to pursue duties specific to their passions, talents and skills.

Congratulations to our College Prefects for the 2015-16 school year: 

• Joshua Rudolph - (Head Boy) Academic Prefect
• Jennifer Armstrong - (Head Girl) Montessori School Prefect
• Bianca Beraldo - Service Prefect
• Daniela D'Ambrosi - Junior School Prefect
• Holly Hamilton - Female Athletic Prefect
• Laura Kain - Wellness Prefect
• Gabrielle Lamy - Media and Public Relations Prefect
• Zoe McMillan - Arts Prefect
• Tate Ruse - Male Athletic Prefect
• Matthew Tutty - Middle School Prefect
• Rachel Webber - Spirit Prefect
• Mitchell White - Chapel Prefect

HSC Proudly Supports 7th Annual Telling Tales Festival

On Sunday, September 20 the 7th Annual Telling Tales Festival brings together 30 of Canada’s top authors, illustrators, storytellers and musicians together to share their stories and talents with children of all ages.

A celebration of storytelling, the festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton, Ontario. HSC is a proud supporter of this free, one-day, outdoor festival in recognition of its commitment to promoting literacy and inspiring a love of reading.

There is free parking at the Rockton Fairgrounds and a free shuttle service (sponsored by HSC!) will bring attendees right to the Festival. Visitors are welcome to bring their children in strollers and are reminded to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and umbrellas to join in the fun – rain or shine! 

• Nine stages invite you to roam around the Village, enjoying music, games, and historic characters.

• Pose for pictures and chat with Anne of Green Gables, Alice in Wonderland, Tinkerbell and other characters from your favourite stories.

• Buy a book from the Bryan Prince Bookseller’s tent and have the author sign it

• Giant Book Swap & Shop kids can take home a new-to-them book.

• Children’s Activity Centre

• Exhibitors

• Library Bookmobile

• Vintage fire engine

• Lots of contests and prizes! 

Keep an eye out for HSC’s Admissions team and some of our dedicated Student Ambassadors at this fun-filled community event. For complete event details, visit

First Day of School... Are You Ready for a Surprise?

Anticipation and excitement has been building for weeks, and the moment we have all been waiting for is finally here—the first day of school!

Over the summer months, Head of College Mr. Marc Ayotte receives many suggestions related to new programs and initiatives. Some ideas are amazing, and some ideas are a bit outrageous.

Click HERE to watch our welcome back video to find out what the suggestions were!

One idea was a particular ace, and we are thrilled to be able to serve up a fabulous surprise for the first day of school. We know you are going to love it!


Get Ready for Back to School at HSC!

With the first full day of classes just days away on Thursday, September 10, we hope you are as excited as we are to start another year at HSC.

To our new families, we are thrilled to welcome you to the HSC community. To those returning for another year, welcome back! The start of the school year is a time to meet new people, reconnect with friends and reflect on goals for the coming year.

THE HSC HANDBOOK: Your Most Important Back-to-School Reference Tool
Many questions about HSC life are answered in the HSC Handbook, found online at and via the quick links menu on the website.
It is the definitive guide to HSC, including important rules, policies and regulations.

Below is a list of orientation activities and College events taking place in the days leading up to September 10, and in the first weeks of the academic year.


Senior School New Student Orientation & BBQ
Wednesday, September 9 from 8:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Senior School Curriculum Night
Thursday,September 17 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Middle School Grade 5 & Grades 6, 7 & 8 NewStudent Orientation
Wednesday, September 9 at 9:00 a.m.
Meet the Teacher & Outdoor Education Information Evening 
Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Junior School Curriculum Night
Wednesday, September 16 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Montessori Parents' Night
Wednesday, September 23 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


The HSC Athletics team is prepped for a new season in the Conference for Independent Schools Athletics Association (CISAA).  Athletics team tryouts begin on the first day of school for Middle and Senior School and we ask that students bring their gym kit and appropriate footwear. Late Buses will be available after the Friday,September 11 tryouts. For a list of CISSA league teams and for available dates
and times of tryouts, visit the Athletics website at

A special welcome back edition of the HSC Parent E-News will be sent to families on Monday, September 14. We remind parents that during the school year the Online Parent E-News is our most important source of College news. Current and past issues are available at

We hope you received your printed copy of the HSC Calendar – if not, expect it in the mail soon. The year ahead is full of many amazing community events! Please remember to always check the
online College calendar at for the most current dates and times.
*Correction in print calendar: ArtsFest takes place on Friday, May 13 2015. The April 13, 2015 listing is incorrect. *

Still need to stock up on back-to-school items? The Campus Store has many quality items for sale, including such necessities as school books, uniforms, school supplies and more! During school days the store is open from 8:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Gently used uniform items will be available for sale in the store in mid-September, following the Parents’ Guild Student-to-Student Uniform Sale on
September 9 (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.).
*Grade 9 students are reminded they will need to pick-up their course materials from the Campus Store*

Students are encouraged to submit their applications to the David Tutty Joy and Innovation Fund. To facilitate student learning, the Fund will support innovative and creative initiatives that advance the mission and strategic priorities of the College, and underpins the values embraced by David and our community. For details on how to apply, visit

See you soon!

HSC Community Members Help Bring TO2015 to Hamilton

With Uruguay’s 1-0 defeat of Mexico in the men’s gold medal match on July 26, 2015, the City of Hamilton wrapped up its two weeks as the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games soccer tournament host. Two HSC community members played large roles in helping bring TO2015 to Hamilton. Nick Bontis, a Current Parent and Board of Governors member, is on the Board of Directors at the Canadian Soccer Association and has been involved in the city’s negotiations to obtain the tournament for six years. Ron Foxcroft, HSC Builder and Parent of Alumni, refereed two Pan Am Games basketball matches and helped bring together political and business players to secure Pan Am soccer in Hamilton. To read more, please click here.

HSC Students Share Message of Health and Wellness

Fit for Heart

On Thursday February 12, 2015, the HSC community participated in a special Fit for Heart event for the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation during HSC Wellness Week. The event was spearheaded by the Middle School Wellness Committee. The entire College got up on their feet to participate in a range of age and grade appropriate activities.

In the spirit of supporting the College’s Strategic Initiative of developing local connections and giving back to our community, all Heart and Stroke incentive prizes earned by our students, with the exception of the bike certificates, were sent to Nunavut schools in need of equipment to promote healthy active living.

In total, HSC raised $24,646.00 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Two early education students, Alex and Kaiet, together raised over $500 and earned a certificate for a bike. The boys chose to donate their bike prize to City Kidz. HSC congratulates all the students who participated in Fit for Heart on the tremendous success of this health and wellness initiative.

Sun Shines on 19th Annual HSC Golf Classic

The sun was shining and the wind kept us cool during the19th Annual Golf Classic at Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club, hosted by the HSC Alumni Association on Tuesday, June 23, 2016.

19th Annual Golf Classic

A total of 128 HSC community golfers enjoyed a variety of tournament experiences and raised funds for HSC’s student awards and scholarships. We are especially grateful to our Gold Sponsor, Attridge Transportation, for their generous support.

Popular stops on the course included refreshing lemonade from Middle School student Braden Marshall, a chance to win a Mercedes (courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Burlington) and an a still unclaimed $10,000 hole in one prize in the Head of College challenge.

To view photos from the event, CLICK HERE to visit the gallery of images provided courtesy of Eric Bosch of e bo photo.

The HSC Alumni Executive Golf Committee extends a huge thank you to all the participants, volunteers, and dedicated sponsors who made the tournament such an incredible success.

We are also excited to announce that the 20th Annual HSC Golf Classic is confirmed for Tuesday June 28, 2016. This milestone event will once again take place at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club. Early bird registration opens July 15, 2015.

We are keen to speak to golf enthusiasts who may wish to join our committee, and of course welcome early sponsor and player interest. For more information, please contact Sheriann Heath-Johnston, HSC Golf Classic Registration Committee Member, at,

Hamilton Writer John Terpstra Announced as HSC 2015-16 Senior School Writer-in-Residence

HSC is delighted to announce that renowned Hamilton poet and writer John Terpstra is the Senior School Writer-in-Residence for the 2015-2016 academic year.

John is the author of many books of poetry, most recently Brilliant Falls (2013). He is also the author of three prose projects: Falling Into Place; The Boys, or, Waiting for the Electrician’s Daughter (shortlisted for the Charles Taylor Prize); and Skin Boat.

John will work with aspiring student writers through workshops and will feedback on their work. He will also mentor our students in our Senior School writing courses. In our English classrooms, students will have the opportunity to study some of John's poetry and nonfiction works. John will also read some of his work for students, faculty, and the broader HSC community during the school year.

2015 Graduation Ceremony to Be Streamed Live Online

Family members and friends who are unable to attend HSC’s 2015 Senior School Graduation Ceremony may view the ceremony online via a live stream on the College’s official YouTube Channel.

The stream will go live at 2:50 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2015—10 minutes prior to the start of formal graduation proceedings. To access the live stream, click on the following link

Please note that the live stream is available only during graduation ceremonies.

Congratulations to all our Graduates!

congratulations graduates

Another school year is on the books! Thank you to all of our students, families, faculty and staff for a wonderful year. During today's early education graduation ceremonies, we welcomed the Grade 4s and M9s into the Middle School, and our Grades 8s into Senior School. 

Congratulations to the Class of 2015 
To our Grades 12 Class of 2015 graduating on Friday: Thank you and good luck! We will miss you all and can't wait to hear about your life beyond our gates when you're all back on campus for Carol Service!

Applications for The David Tutty Joy and Innovation Fund NOW OPEN

We are thrilled to announce that applications for The David Tutty Joy and Innovation Fund are now open!

David Tutty Joy and Innovation
This fund brings great ideas to life and is available for all current students, faculty and staff to apply. If you have a great idea on how to enhance the learning environment at HSC, we want to hear it!

Learn more:

The Taste of Turkey at HSC: Tasty End of Year Lunches!

Thanks to a special partnership, HSC Food Services is delighted to offer something special for our students, faculty and staff to help kick off the summer on a healthy note.

In keeping with our many wellness initiatives, a continued healthy approach to eating, and efforts to support locally grown and produced foods, HSC has partnered with the Turkey Farmers of Ontario and Gordon Food Services to provide two delicious student lunches on June 16-17, and a staff turkey lunch on June 22. This Tuesday during school lunch, students will enjoy tasty and lean turkey sausages. On Wednesday, they will end their year with a twist on an all-time school lunch favourite – turkey breast fajitas! The following Monday, staff and faculty will be served a delicious high-protein turkey chili, made from a recipe specially prepared by the Turkey Farmers of Ontario for taste and nutrition.

Keep an eye out in the Spring Issue of the HSC Review – arriving on doorsteps this week – for an informative article on changes and successes in HSC Food Services. The online version of the magazine will include a video featuring all the work that goes into producing and serving thousands of nutritious meals every week at HSC.

For more turkey recipes visit the Turkey Farmers of Ontario website at

Ontario Turkey Farmers

HSC Middle School Student Publishes Book, Available on Amazon Today!

Grade 6 student Kishore Sharma Jaiswal wrote a poem which was adapted into a book entitled Dearest Mother. It is available as an eBook through Amazon by clicking HERE, and Indigo also recently agreed to carry the title.

An adaptation of many classic Nursery Rhymes, Dearest Mother is a story about a little boy who has lost his homework. The boy and his list of excuses to his mother will bring out laughter in both kids and adults alike! Kishore was a runner up in the 2014 TD Canada’s Children’s Book Week Writing Competition.

Kishore is travelling to Saskatoon, SK this summer both to visit family, and will do a book signing at Indigo. HSC congratulates Kishore on this amazing accomplishment -- a remarkable achivement for a 12 year old, and a indication of his tremendous talent and imagination.

Dearest Mother Book Cover

Grade 9 Science Fair Star Reports Back on Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) Trip

"This year I was given the opportunity to attend the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF). I had qualified in the BASEF fair as the top 16 out of 120,000 people who competed to be in Canada-Wide Science Fair, and I am so grateful that I was given a chance to compete in such a prestigious competition held in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Although my project was selected, I had to make countless adjustments to my work, including recreating my entire board and having to print it onto a poster. Also writing a five-page report on my project for my judges. I had stayed at the University of New Brunswick in one of the residences and was greeted with open arms from every one of the locals I had met there! Everyday came with a surprise whether it was shopping at the local market, teaching virtual lab rats how to turn on and off a light switch; geocaching at a park in Saint John, every experience was amazing.

BASEF Group Photo

 The judging process was tremendously challenging. Each judge was selected specifically in relation to each project, some of my judges were beekeepers, or students specialising in heavy metal contamination in products at the university. I had gone through many hours of preparation in order to be able to have a conversation with my judges.

While speaking on one of the public viewing days, I had met the premier of New Brunswick and had the chance to explain my project to him and many other politicians. Over the week, I was able to create friendships that will last a lifetime, not only did I meet some wonderful people from across Canada, I had bonded with the other students from Australia, who got to judge the competitors in the junior category as well. Not only did I have the opportunity the to meet some wonderful people, I was also given the chance to be apart of the science women’s campaign for L’Oreal Canada and speak about women’s empowerment and send a message across Canada along side another one of the girls that was not only my teammate for BASEF, but is one of my very close friends and neighbour.

I believe that science fair has opened up numerous doors for me and will also help with my future careers. To me it never mattered about the awards given, but what mattered was the awareness I could bring to people and positively impact their lives. I enjoyed science fair so much that I have decided to continue with science fair again next year and hopefully be able to join team BASEF again for another year at Canada-Wide Science Fair.

I would like to thank BASEF and Hillfield Strathallan College for giving me this incredible opportunity and I am excited to see the younger students be given the same experience that I had, science truly changes lives."

- Julia Dobrovolskis, Grade 9 Student

HSC Robotics Receives Honourable Mention at Innovation Nation Robotics Competition

Team Photo Innovation Nation HSC

HSC Robotics had the distinction of competing in the Innovation Nation Robotics Competition on May 31, 2015 in Hamilton. The competition showcased innovations from universities, colleges and high schools from across Canada, and provided students with the opportunity to network with industry experts, scientists, engineers and academics.

The competition was judged in two categories; High School and University/College, and was open to any team that displayed innovation in their robotic development. HSC competed against eight other teams that varied greatly from our own and each other.

At the end of the competition HSC earned an Honorary Mention in Robotic Innovation award. Congratulations to the team as this wraps up the 2014-15 HSC Robotics season. They dedicated many hours and have earned all of the accolades they have garnered this year.

Peer Helpers Present "Stress Less" Week

On June 1 to 5, the Senior School Peer Helpers are pleased to present a "stress less" week including tips and take aways. Students are invited to join them outside of the Senior School Commons each day on first break where there will be tea, flavoured waters and unique ideas which will help students to prepare for exams while reducting stress. Stop by and enjoy!

Metro Regional Track and Field Championships Off to a Great HSC Start!

On the first day of the Metro Regional Track and Field Championships on Wednesday, May 27, several HSC athletes competed for the chance to qualify for the OFSAA Championships. A place in the top four is required to qualify.

Congratulations to Tom Campbell, who earned a trip to OFSAA by setting a personal best of just over 41M in Junior Discus!

In Junior Triple Jump, Kenji Marshall narrowly missed OFSAA, battling through a hip injury to finish 5th.

Other Top10 performances included Avery Webber (6th in Midget High Jump), Megan Herring (9th in Junior 100M , 10th in Junior 100M) and Kostas Renieris (10th in Senior 400M).

We also saw Top 15 performances from Sara Kemper (Midget Long Jump) and  Connor St. Louis (Senior Triple Jump).

Rafay Nadeem in (Midget Shot Put), Veronics Bolis (Midget Shot Put), and Michael Grace also competed well in their first-ever Metros experiences!

Check back for more results as the Championships progress!

Student Video Highlights Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands Trip

During March Break, a group of Senior School HSC Students travelled to Quito, Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. In Quito, the 40 students and five teachers ventured into the Amazonian basin to work with an indigenous school to integrate the kids into a cultural exchange. They then journeyed to the Galapagos for another five days to help restore the national park and explore the different islands.

Click HERE to view the video created by Grade 11 student Madison Bradshaw.

Senior School Students Awarded Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards

HSC congratulates Grade 12 student Colin Cameron on the receipt of both his Bronze and his Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and Grade 11 student Scott Gingrich on the receipt of his Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. The two students received their awards on Saturday, May 23 at the Toronto Police College in Etobicoke.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a non-­competitive program where participants meet personal goals in four areas—community service, skills, fitness, and adventure. The award is open to all Canadians ages 14 to ­24 and Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II and current Duke of Edinburgh, is the patron of the awards program.

Colin is recognized in the following areas:

  • Community service: Aquatic volunteer and fundraising.
  • Adventurous Journey: Three-­day canoe trip in Algonquin Provincial Park
  • Skill: Leadership
  • Physical Recreation: Ski racing and training, rowing, sailing, skateboarding

Scott is recognized in the following areas:

  • Community Service:  English Conversation Circle, HSC Events
  • Adventurous Journey:  Four day canoe trip in Algonquin Park
  • Skill: Piano
  • Physical Recreation:  Biking, Hiking, Basketball
HSC Dominates at CISAA U13/U14 Track and Field Finals

HSC students walked away with a number of amazing record-setting wins at the CISAA U13/U14 Track and Field Finals on Tuesday, May 19 at Country Day School. Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding performances:

  • Liam Harper McCabe: 1st in 60M Hurdles, setting a record
  • Elise Sawyer: 1st in 400M, 800M and High Jump setting a CIASS record in 800M and High Jump
  • Dino Bontis: 1st in Long Jump, setting a record
  • Jace Ellis: 1st in 400M, and Long Jump, 2nd overall
  • Daniel Fenton: 1st in Long Jump
  • Judy Hynes:1st in in High Jump
  • Grace Kemper: 1st in Triple Jump
  • Kate Masliwec: 1st in 400M, 200M, SP, 1st overall U13 Girl
  • Liam Harper McCabe: 1st in Hurdles
  • Elise Sawyer: 1st in 400M, 800M, High Jump, 1st overall U10 Girl
  • Gillian Sawyer: 1st in Hurdles
  • Claire Stipsits: 1st in High Jump
  • Kaitlyn Treleaven: 1st in1500M
  • Madeline Wighardt: 1st in Discus

HSC finished as the 1st Place Co-ed School and our U13 Girls were named 1st overall.

Congratulations to everyone on a great season!

Congratulations to our Athletes of the Week!

Congratulation to Grade 12 students Brett Lawrie, Danny Davies, and Andrew Albini!

Brett, Danny and Andrew have been the core of our Senior Boys' Slow-Pitch team over the past three years. During that time, HSC has won three straight CISAA championships, only losing one game in three years! They saved their best play for their graduating year. Their defence this year was second to none and, on finals day, they went a combined 20 for 30 at the plate, scoring 14 runs.

Calling all Thespians! The Alumni, Staff, Parent Musical - Information Meeting is TONIGHT!

The Alumni, Staff, Parent Musical will be presenting The Addams Family  

We are happy to announce the next Alumni, Staff, Parent Musical.  Director, Graham Clements and most of our Production Team from 2012-13 are back at it.  "The Addams Family", will bring a combination of singing, dancing and comedy to the HSC stage.  We hope you will consider being a part of this community endeavour.   

REMINDER: Information Meeting:  Thursday, May 21 @ 7:00 p.m. in the Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts

This meeting will be for everyone who is interested in participating in any aspect of the show, including acting, set building, costumes, props, tickets and any other jobs that might arise! For those who would like to try for one of the 10 leading roles, you will sign up for an audition time at this meeting. If you would like to be one of the dancing chorus members, there will be auditions for you. 
Singing chorus members do not have to audition, but you must commit to all rehearsal nights and weekends. No exceptions.  

Tuesday, June 2 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, June 3 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Thursday, June 4 will be call backs and time is TBT 

Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. for all cast members 
Thursdays 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. for leads and dancers  

Rehearsals will begin the week of September 14, 2015.  There will be NO scheduled rehearsals during the Christmas Break.  

Mandatory Weekend Rehearsals: 
anuary 16, 17 and 23 and 24
Saturdays: 9:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sundays:  12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Technical Rehearsal:
Tuesday, January 26 from 7:00 p.m.– 10:00 p.m. 

Dress Rehearsal:
Wednesday, January 27 from 7:00 p.m.– 10:00 p.m.   

January 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and January 30 at 2:00 p.m. 

If you are interested in being a part of "The Addams Family" in any way, please contact Nancy Wands @  Please include your name, email address, cell number and what role you would like to play in this musical. (principal, chorus, dancer, set building, costumes, props, tickets, etc)  

It’s Show Time! 

Boys’ Slow Pitch Team Crowned CISAA Champions

2015 Slo Pitch Champions

For third consecutive year, the HSC Senior Boys’ Slow-Pitch team is the CISAA Division 1 Champion.

The team beat Villanova 12-11 in extra innings and defeated Lakefield in the finals, 21-3 on May 20.

Congratulations to this hard-working team!

Dr. Steven Hughes Hosted at Montessori Parents' Night

Dr. Stephen Hughes

On Wednesday, May 13 the HSC Montessori School hosted Dr. Steven Hughes for their Parents' Night. Dr. Hughes is a certified pediatric neuropsychologist based out of St. Paul, Minneapolis who speaks on brain development, education and parenting. Dr. Hughes presented our parents with his lecture "School 2.0: The Neurological Case for Montessori Education."

During his speech, Dr. Hughes cited a Harvard Business Review study that talked about prominent business innovators many of whom had benefitted from Montessori education. Dr. Hughes also discussed brain development and executive functioning skills, and how the enriched Montessori environment contributes to these skills in early childhood. Purposeful movement, choice, the language program and self-regulation skills that freedom helps develop are the foundations on which a developing brain is built.

If you would like to view Dr. Hughes' lecture in full, please CLICK HERE.
To view other work by Dr. Hughes, please visit his website at

CISAA Success for HSC Senior Track and Field Team

Thirty-five Senior Track and Field team members competed in the CISAA Championships in Oshawa May 12-13. HSC is proud to announce that our team finished 4th overall among Co-ed CISAA schools.

Thirteen of our athletes qualified for the Metro Regional Track and Field Championships in a total of 19 events. That's a huge accomplishment, and brings those athletes one step away from qualifying the OFSAA Championships in early June.

We would like to congratulate ALL of our athletes for giving their best at this meet! 

Metro Qualifiers were:

  • Sara Kemper: 1st Midget Triple Jump + 1st Midget Long Jump
  • Harrison Thomas: 2nd Junior High Jump
  • Kristian Canaris: 3rd Junior High Jump
  • Connor St. Louis: 3rd Senior Triple Jump + 4th Senior Long Jump
  • Kenji Marshall :1st Junior Triple Jump + 4th Junior Long Jump
  • Rafay Nadeem: 2nd Midget Shot Put
  • Avery Webber: 2nd Midget Javelin + 3rd Midget High Jump
  • Tom Campbell:2nd Junior Discus
  • Kostas Renieris: 1st Senior 200m + 2nd Senior 400m
  • Megan Herring: 2nd Junior 100m + 4th Junior Long Jump
  • Willow Barton: 4th Open Steeplechase
  • Michael Grace: 4th Midget Javelin

Full results are available at:

Senior Jazz Ensemble Earns Gold!

The HSC Senior Jazz Ensemble completed an incredibly successful performance season with a Gold Level performance at Musicfest Canada on May 12, 2015. The band played wonderfully.  Adjudicator Gordon Foote, a professor at the University of Toronto, commented on the high level of execution demonstrated by the dedicated HSC musicians. A special note of congratulations to Lauren Vrbanic who received the Yamaha Honour Award for leadership. 

Congratulations to all our HSC musicians on an excellent year!


HSC Student Remains Undefeated, Wins His Weight Class at National Wrestling Championship

Gavin Priest Wrestling ChampionGrade 6 student Gavin Priest has won the 44kg Boys' Weight Class in the Kids Division at the Canada East Wrestling National Championships held in St. Catharines on May 8-9. This important win is hot on the heels of his Gold medal performance in the 44kg Boys’ Weight Class, Kids Division at the Ontario Wrestling Championships on Saturday, April 25.

This is a huge accomplishment for a wrestler his age, and HSC is extremely proud of Gavin’s dedication to the sport of wrestling. After competing during the regular wrestling season (November 1 to March 1) where he won all of his matches, Gavin opted to continue wrestling into the spring term in order to be able to compete at the Provincial and National levels in his age group.

Homecoming Weekend is Here!

Saturday, May 9 – HOMECOMING

Whether you are a new or current family, or a beloved alumni looking to stay connected, join us for a full-day of Spectacular Homecoming events on Saturday, May 9.

Visit for details and the full schedule of events! Some highlights of the day include:

  • Free Pancake Breakfast
  • 1 KM and 5 KM Hektor’s Home Run, presented by the HSC Girl Power Club
  • HSC team sports including Futbolito, Rugby and Slo-pitch
  • Coffee House performances
  • Mini-Sticks & Mini-Soccer
  • Student & Alumni Vendor Village
  • Parents of Alumni Cafe
  • Model UN Sessions with students, faculty, current parents and alumni
  • Zumba
  • Bouncy Castles, Face painting & Craft Zone
  • Free BBQ lunch
    This is a complimentary event; however some activities have a charge.

This is RAIN or SHINE event! 


An Outstanding Track Performance by Grade 12 Student at Mark Graham Memorial Track Meet

Mark Anthony Graham InvitationalCongratulations to HSC Grade 12 student Kostas Renieris for his second-place finish in the Invitational 400 metre race of the Mark Graham Memorial Track Meet. The meet took place on May 7, 2015 at the Mohawk Sports Complex, Hamilton.

Kostas had an outstanding race and set a personal best record of 50.02 seconds, finishing just 0.74 seconds behind Canadian Junior 800m Champion and OFSAA 800m gold medalist Robert Heppenstall.

Kostas was mentioned in the Flamborough Review, which features an incredible photo of him pushing for the finish line. Click Here to read the article.

Hektor the Trojan and HSC’s “Game Changer” Campaign Recognized with 2015 Pinnacle Award

Pinnacle Award 2015 HSCHillfield Strathallan College is proud to announce that Greening Marketing recently received a 2015 Pinnacle Award for HSC’s innovative “Game Changer” fundraising campaign.

The award was presented to Glenn Marshall, Greening Marketing President and current HSC parent, at the 24th Annual Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) Pinnacle Awards on April 29, 2015. The Pinnacle Awards recognize and reward the best public relations programs and projects from the Hamilton, Halton, Niagara and Southwestern Ontario regions.

The “Game Changer” campaign received the Award for best “Creative”, a new category for the CPRS for 2015. To win the award, a project must demonstrate tactics, plans, projects and strategies that are truly unique.

At the heart of the campaign was HSC’s faithful mascot, Hektor the Trojan. HSC rejuvenated and reintroduced Hektor to the community in 2013-14. He was brought to life in the “Game Changer” campaign through short animations and in various marketing materials and activities intended to build school spirit and raise funds for HSC’s new Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Excellence.

Congratulations to Glenn Marshall and Greening Marketing on their receipt of this prestigious award, and to the entire HSC community for embracing the campaign and making it such a success!

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne presents HSC student with Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

HRH Princess Anne Presents Gold Award to HSC Student

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a non-competitive, international program that inspires youth to take initiative to attain set standards and, in-turn, receive recognition for their dedication and personal growth. Developed by His Royal Highness, Prince Philip in 1956, The Duke of Edinburgh Award has allowed award winners to distinguish themselves from other youth across the globe. Since it’s introduction at the College in 2003, hundreds of HSC students have received The Duke of Edinburgh Award.

This past winter HSC Grade 12 student and Junior School Prefect Joshua Altmann, was presented his award by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne of Edinburgh at a special ceremony in Montreal, QC. Below is his reflection on attaining his award:

“This February in Montreal, I had the privilege of being presented with the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, who travelled that day from London, England, following a major snowstorm, to present the award to the Gold Award recipients. Her Royal Highness made sure to take the time to speak with us and was actually quite engaging. The event was truly memorable and I was proud to be representing Hillfield Strathallan College.

I achieved the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award after also completing the Silver and Bronze levels of the award program. Over a period of three years, I fulfilled 243 hours of community service, 131 hours of physical recreation, a weekly development of a practical skill, three adventurous journeys in Algonquin Park and a six-night residential project. This accomplishment was significant for me, as I was able to experience a breadth of different physical and mental challenges and activities while pursuing a specific goal. During these adventurous journeys, I developed a stronger appreciation for how fortunate we are, here in civilization, and how hard work pays off.

My most recent adventurous journey was a 51.5 kilometre canoe trip that required us to carry (and portage) our week’s-worth of clothes and food. My residential project was also very memorable. I attended the Me-to-We Take Action Camp in the summer. This camp experience lasted for one week, and helped me to strengthen my global awareness and attitude toward issues of local and global concern. Overall, achieving the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award gave me a deeper sense and appreciation for dedication, perseverance and achievement.”

HSC congratulates Joshua, and all our other Duke of Edinburgh Award recipients on their dedication to this remarkable program.

Artsfest and Homecoming: May 8-9

You already know that Artsfest and Homecoming are just around the corner. We want to make sure, however, that parents are informed not only about the details of this amazing two-day community event, but also about some of the changes for 2015.

First, the Artsfest portion of Homecoming Weekend kicks off on Friday, May 8 and replaces our annual Arts Nights in the Middle and Senior Schools. Combining the two events into one, and promoting arts at HSC in partnership with Homecoming, broadens the community appeal for both events, and lets us add a number of features that will make the day SPECTACULAR!

Friday, May 8 – ARTSFEST

  • College-wide Pep Rally at 1:15 p.m.
  • Over 400 HSC artists, musicians, dancers, actors, poets, and speakers in an arts crawl atmosphere. All four schools are participating!
  • Food Trucks (cash only), many performance venues and displays.
  • LATE BUS on Friday, May 8 to ensure our students are able to enjoy and participate in our Artsfest activities.

Saturday, May 9 – HOMECOMING

  • Free Pancake Breakfast
  • 1 KM and 5 KM Hektor’s Home Run, presented by the HSC Girl Power Club
  • HSC team sports including Futbolito, Rugby and Slo-pitch
  • Coffee House performances
  • Mini-Sticks & Mini-Soccer
  • Student & Alumni Vendor Village
  • Parents of Alumni Cafe
  • Model UN Sessions with students, faculty, current parents and alumni
  • Zumba
  • Bouncy Castles, Face painting & Craft Zone
  • Free BBQ lunch
    This is a complimentary event; however some activities have a charge.

Whether you are a new or current family, or a beloved alumni looking to stay connected, join us for TWO-DAYS of Homecoming events. Visit for details or e-mail


HSC at McKinsey's Youth Leadership Forum

HSC McKinsey Leadership Forum Team

On Friday May 1, three HSC Senior School students ventured to Toronto for McKinsey & Company’s 7th Annual Youth Leadership Forum held at the Victoria campus of the University of Toronto.

The two-day forum, hosted by Toronto McKinsey consultants, brings together 60 high-performing Grade 11 and 12 students from across the GTHA, and provides them the opportunity to enhance their leadership and problem solving skills by helping a non-profit organization solve a tangible problem. This year, the forum partnered with Free the Children to address problems surrounding the organization’s app WE365, which administers daily challenges for users to make a difference in the world. Participants were faced with generating solutions to a daunting task: to double the amount of app users from 60,000 to 120,000 by the end of the calendar year, and to increase user participation rate from 9% to 15%, without additional funding. The participants were split into four teams and had to generate practical solutions, refine and prioritize them before pitching a 10-minute presentation and skit to the group and a handful of Free the Children associates.

Many solutions were presented including expanding the app’s social media platform and presence, the application of analytics to target specific social causes to individual users, partnerships with schools, celebrities and corporations to connect with a wider demographic, making the app more competitive by offering incentives such as prizes and rankings to top users and establishing challenges between schools and companies and using the app as a vehicle to inspire others by sharing personal stories in the style of Humans of New York. We hope to see some of our ideas for improvement implemented in the coming months!

The forum was jam-packed and highly energizing. Students participated in a range of activities from team building to the development of a ‘perfect utensil’. Many business and leadership skills and processes were addressed, such as brainstorming, prioritization, and influencing others. Lastly, through reflections and group discussions, we carved our own individual leadership journeys and set goals for the future. Most of all, we were able to meet many other talented peers and mentors with whom we hope to maintain bonds into the future. It was a truly rewarding experience.

Speaking for Michael, Matthew and myself, we would like to thank Mrs. Morrison and HSC alumnus Megan Anderson (‘11) for encouraging us to apply for the opportunity to engage in this empowering endeavour.

- Josh Rudolph, Grade 11

HSC Students Excel at Nora McRae Public Speaking Tournament

On Saturday, April 25, two Middle School students from HSC participated in the Nora McRae Public Speaking Tournament at Branksome Hall in Toronto.

Grade 8 students Zahra Panju and Mehar Soni, each delivered three speeches over the course of the day: A prepared reading, a persuasive speech, and an "impromptu" speech. Mehar presented a poem by Maya Angelou and gave a speech on the Psychology of Littering. Zahra delivered a speech by Nelson Mandela and gave a speech on Fear. For their impromptu speeches, both students received a copy of the Toronto Star and had 30 minutes to prepare a 4-minute radio broadcast. Their performances were impressive!

Grade 9 student Serena Kirschen volunteered at the tournament as a judge. She jumped into the judging process with maturity and a positive, teachable attitude.

Fifteen independent schools participated in the tournament, and both Zahra and Mehar did a terrific job and represented HSC well. HSC offer special congratulations to Mehar, who won a third place award for her Radio Newscast speech.

We are proud of our students' hard work and commitment, including the hours of preparation that went into their speeches, and we can't wait to see them - and others - participate again next April.

Track and Field Team Shines at Nike/Rowland Games

The HSC Senior Track and Field Team put in an excellent effort Saturday at the 42nd Annual Nike/Rowland Games track and field meet at Centennial Stadium, Toronto.

Thirty HSC athletes earned points across many events and divisions and, when the dust settled, HSC ranked 12th out of 106 schools.

Our Midgets Girls and Junior Boys deserve special mention for ranking 4th and 3rd overall, respectively at this huge event.

For detailed results, go to:

Individual highlights (earning points for our team by placing top 8 in their events):

  • Avery Webber:  1st Midget Girls Javelin; 7th Midget Girls High Jump
  • Sara Kemper: 1st Midget Girls Long Jump
  • Rafay Nadeem: 7th Midget Boys Shot Put
  • Ethan Riggs: 8th Midget Boys High Jump
  • Megan Herring: 6th Junior Girls Long Jump
  • Peter Wang: 1st Junior Boys High Jump
  • Kristian Canaris: 2nd Junior Boys Long Jump
  • Lukas Bauer: 3rd Junior Boys Discus
  • Connor St. Louis: 6th Senior Boys Long Jump
  • Kostas Renieris: 2nd Senior Boys 400m

Congratulations to ALL of our student-athletes for their practice, dedication, and effort:


  • Aleks Sormaz
  • Michael Grace
  • Kostas Renieris
  • Connor St. Louis
  • Peter Wang
  • Joseph Johnston
  • Ting Shu
  • Vlad Berbecel
  • Ethan Riggs
  • Daniel Ghali
  • Kristian Canaris
  • Rafay Nadeem
  • Nikita Shcherbatykh
  • Lukas Bauer
  • Niall Currah


  • Alex Gleave
  • Alex Nemy
  • Hanna Agro
  • Sara Kemper
  • Emily Xu
  • Alex Todd
  • Anastasia Drakos
  • Megan Herring
  • Avery Sabo
  • Keiko Marshall
  • Avery Webber
  • Jadey Campbell
  • Allison Mitchell
  • Veronica Bolis
  • Olivia Arski
Reach for the Top Team Named Regional Champions!

HSC is pleased to share the news that our Intermediate Reach for the Top team has won the regional championship for the second year in a row!

It was a close finish alongside our longstanding rivals, Westmount. While the two teams tied the year's total for number of points, HSC succeeded in winning the final game, and ultimately, the tournament.

As always, the students represented the College with grace and sportsmanship. Please congratulate the following students on a very successful year!

  • Allin Demopolis
  • Arundhati Nair
  • Dinesh Moro
  • Emmet Blanchett Neheli
  • Kalen Alexander
  • Kenji Marshall
  • Kenneth Payyapilly
  • Luke DeJonge
  • Sam Gales
  • Sasha Paikin
  • Temi Akintan
  • Thomas Lim
  • Willow Barton
Model UN Team Shows Preparation and Skill

On Saturday, April 18, 45 Senior School students travelled to the 10th annual Appleby College Model United Nations Conference.  In committees of approximately 15 students, our delegates used the rules of procedure from the real United Nations to debate various (real and fictitious) geopolitical issues and wrote resolutions to resolve them. At the end of the day, the Appleby College students chairing the committees recognized our students for their preparation and skill.

The following students received Honourable Mentions (3rd place):
Matthew Tutty, representing Iran on the Human Rights Committee
Jayden Sohal, representing the Muggle Prime Minister on the Ministry of Magic
Nicole Bodnariuc, representing Iran on the Security Council
Sahana Kapur, representing a councilman in Under the Dome
Holly Dunne, representing Germany on the United Nations Environment Program

The following students received the Oustanding Delegate award (2nd place):
Mayah Moosajee, represending Chad on the African Union
Daniela D'Ambrosi, representing the United Kingdom on the Human Rights Committee
Catherine Steblaj, representing a police officer in Under the Dome

The following students received the Best Delegate awared (1st place) and get to keep the gavel used to moderate their committee:
Nicholas Jackson - representing China on the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Committee
Kyle Gosrani - representing Spain on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Olivia Arski - representing a US Air Force Command Chief on the Outer Dome Agency
Ben Rudolph - representing Canada on the United Nations Environment Program
Colette Galan - representing China on the United Nations Development Program
Michael Curtis - representing Span on the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime

Time is Running Out! Get your Arsenic and Old Lace Tickets Now!


It's not too late, but time IS running out to pick up your tickets for the latest HSC Senior School production, Arsenic and Old Lace, opening April 23 and 24 in the Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts!

Evening performances take place on April 23 and 24 will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now in the Campus Store, $8 for students/seniors and $10 for adults. For ticket information, contact the Campus Store at 905-389-1367, ext 112.

This hilarious comedy classic tells the story of two sweet, old ladies, Abby and Martha Brewster, whose pastimes include cooking meals for the less fortunate, donating to charities … and burying dead bodies in the basement!


Girl Power Purple Ribbon Campaign

This week the HSC Girl Power group kicked off a Purple Ribbon Campaign with a presentation to the Junior and Montessori Schools that included a video created to share information about the club and their activities. The Girl Power Group is encouraging students to wear their ribbons daily as a symbol of gratitude, joy, and positive thinking.

Girl Power is a self-esteem and empowerment group for girls in Grade 3 and 4, M8 and 9, focused on happy and healthy thinking, lifestyle choices and actions. The group runs all year with various speakers, social action activities and events filling their calendar.

This year, Girl Power has organized and managed the 1 km and 5 km Hector's Home Run, which takes place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 9 as the kick-off for Homecoming Weekend. For more information on the run and other Homecoming activities, visit

To view the Girl Power video, click HERE.

2015-2016 Prefects in Training Announced

HSC is delighted to announce that the following students will serve as Prefects in Training in preparation for the 2015-2016 academic year:

  • Jennifer Armstrong - Montessori School Prefect
  • Bianca Beraldo - Service Prefect
  • Daniela D'Ambrosi - Junior School Prefect
  • Holly Hamilton - Female Athletic Prefect
  • Laura Kain - Wellness Prefect
  • Gabrielle Lamy - Media and Public Relations Prefect
  • Zoe McMillan - Arts Prefect
  • Joshua Rudolph - Academic Prefect
  • Tate Ruse - Male Athletic Prefect
  • Matthew Tutty - Middle School Prefect
  • Rachel Webber - Spirit Prefect
  • Mitchell White - Chapel Prefect Grade 12

Prefects, under the leadership of our Head Girl and Head Boy (to be announced), serve as role models for the student body and work tirelessly in the College and in the greater community to make connections with all of our constituent groups. Prefects are chosen from members of the graduating class who have indicated a desire to be considered for such a position.

The primary function of the Prefects is to help guide the younger students, to foster school spirit and to help in the administration and discipline of the College.

Stream of Dreams Comes to HSC

Stream of Dreams

We may be landlocked, but that doesn’t mean HSC students don’t have a way to show their appreciation for our watershed, streams, rivers and the ocean!

To promote environmental education through community art, HSC recently partnered with the Stream of Dreams Watershed Education and Community Art Program. Students from the Junior and Montessori Schools designed and painted wooden fish, which are now part of a mural mounted on the fence of the Early Education parking lot.

Stream of Dreams is an eco-education program that introduces students to the Hamilton Harbour watershed and the streams that flow or once flowed into it. Students explored how we can all help take care of water, and the project’s legacy is the Stream of Dreams fish mural on our school fence. For more information on Stream of Dreams, please visit their website at

Thank you to all the volunteers—parents, faculty and staff—who made this project possible.

Vex Robotics Team Set to Take on the World!

Vex Robotics Team 2015

The HSC Robotics team is currently in Louisville, Kentucky for the VEX Robotics World Championship! Join us in wishing them luck as they take on over 400 teams from across the world on April 15-18.

The VEX Robotics World Championship brings together talented Middle and Senior student robotics teams to celebrate their accomplishments and to compete at an international level. Presented by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, the VEX Robotics Competition, is the fastest-growing global robotics competition.

For a detailed schedule, or to watch the webcast, please visit

HSC Students Know Their Numbers!

HSC had excellent results on math contests this year and we just received the news that we won our zone on both the Grade 9 Pascal and the Grade 11 Fermat contests.

This year's top 3 students in each contest are: 

Grade 9: Nicholas Mertin, Jason Heddle, Quincy Cheng
Grade 11:Kevin Chen, Arthur Liao and Colby Parsons

HSC also had 31 Senior School Students score in the top 25% across Canada . 
Congratulations to all our competitors!

Announcing Important New Appointments to the HSC Leadership Team

This spring HSC undertook competitive, national searches to fill important leadership positions at the College. We are delighted to announce that two of the positions were filled internally by dedicated and deserving candidates. Ms. Danielle Hourigan ’82 has accepted the position of Montessori Principal, and Mr. Martin Ward-Doran assumed the role of Middle School Principal. We are also pleased to welcome Ms. Zahra Valani to the role of Director of College Advancement.

Montessori Principal: Ms. Danielle Hourigan ’82
Ms. Danielle Hourigan ’82 has been the Vice Principal of the Montessori School for the past 10 years, and we are confident that she will transition into her new role seamlessly.

Danielle has over 25 years of experience in education, and has taught in both the U.S. and Canada. She joined the Montessori School at HSC in 1994, and in 2010 received the Hamilton Excellence in Teaching Award from the Industry Education Council.

After graduating from Hillfield Strathallan College in 1982, Danielle earned a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University. She also holds both Montessori CASA and Elementary teaching certifications. In 2011, Danielle received her Masters of Education from Brock University in Administration and Academic Leadership, where she researched the application of Montessori philosophy to the staff dynamic.

In addition to teaching, Danielle acts as a school consultant for the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators and has served on accreditation teams for the Canadian Association of Independent Schools. She has been a teacher trainer in mathematics for the AMS Course at Sheridan College and teaches at the Toronto Montessori Institute in the summers at their Mississauga campus.

Middle School Principal: Mr. Martin Ward-Doran
Mr. Martin Ward-Doran has taught at the College for the past 21 years. Over the last decade he has held leadership roles—as the previous Director of Arts and most recently as Vice Principal of the Middle School.

Martin holds an Honours Bachelor of Music degree from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western and completed a Masters of Education from Brock University in 2013. Martin is also currently completing the CAIS Leadership Institute modules.

Outside of the classroom, Martin is involved with numerous dramatic arts and athletic initiatives. He has his Provincial B Licence and NCCP Level 2 coaching certificate and has coached and led many teams, choirs and bands during his tenure at HSC.

Director of College Advancement: Zahra Valani
Ms. Zahra Valani joins HSC from Branksome Hall where, as Executive Director of Advancement, she led to completion a highly successful $15 million capital campaign. A member of the Branksome team since 2008, Zahra managed an advancement program that included major gifts, communications, alumnae relations, annual giving and donor relations.

A graduate of Queen's University Concurrent Education program, Zahra is passionate about education. Her current volunteer efforts include Executive Vice-President, Operations, Queen’s University Alumni Association, Panel Chair for the Toronto United Way Allocations Committee and Education Committee Member, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Zahra will work closely with the Head of College, the Board of Governors, the Board of Trustees and the Campaign Cabinet. HSC will benefit from from Zahra’s proven ability to cultivate meaningful relationships and advance a true culture of philanthropy.

The Knowledge Translation Project: Senior and Middle School Science Students Working Together

Science Banner April 2015

Last fall, HSC Biology students attended a Demystifying Medicine Dissemination Event at McMaster University. Under supervision of Dr. Kjetil Ask, undergraduate students enrolled in a 4th year Bachelor of Health Science course presented their educational material aimed to efficiently inform patients and general public about major diseases and current research.

This experience inspired us to implement the Knowledge Translation project at HSC, involving science students from both Senior and Middle Schools. As part of the “Animal systems” unit, Grade 11 Biology students chose different topics related to the curricular content discussed in class, then prepared presentations and activities for our Middle School students. Mrs. Dundas and Mr. Hannah brought their Grade 5, 7, and 8 students to the Biology lab, where they attended presentations on fad diets vs. healthy eating, strokes, the common cold, asthma and more.

Senior Biology students had the experience of teaching and learning by translating scientific knowledge to a younger audience. Middle school students were thrilled with the experience of learning from their older peers.

On Monday, March 30, HSC hosted the most recent Demystifying Medicine Dissemination Event. This time, Dr. Ask and his university students had the chance to watch one of the presentations prepared by HSC’s Biology students. Participants engaged in an enriched conversation with great feedback from both sides after the presentations.

It was exciting to witness the enthusiasm of our students, and to provide a forum for them to connect with middle school and post-secondary students.

- Mr. Dawn and Dr. De Lazzari, Senior Biology Teachers

Get Social Media Savvy: Social Media Fitness Masterclass, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.

 Social Media

Looking for the knowledge and tools needed to bolster your social media parenting skills?

Join us this coming Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Senior School Learning Commons for a Social Media Fitness Masterclass with digital expert Chris Vollum. This is the second part of a two-part series held at the College in January, and will address both the opportunities and challenges presented to our students by social media.

Together, we will explore how our students share and consume data online and empower parents to engage with an increasingly digital generation. Bring your mobile device or tablet, and go hands-on to learn, step-by-step, best practices and the online skills needed to successfully navigate and support our kids’ 24/7 connected world.

About Chris Vollum
Chris Vollum is an Oakville-based parent and recognized expert on numerous social platforms including Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Vine, Tumblr and SnapChat. Chris advocates for a positive, hands-on experience. Through relatable and realistic exercises, participants develop critical thinking skills to minimize the risk of bullying, cyber-bullying, as well as identifying opportunities and social platforms with which to build their reputation.

Click HERE for the event flyer.

We also encourage parents to visit the Social Media Resources Glog, maintained by the HSC Learning Commons by clicking HERE. It provides information about smart social media use in a variety of formats—web links, videos, social media tips and more. Should you have a resource that you would like to share with the HSC community, don’t hesitate to send it to us for inclusion. We would love to hear from you.

If you have any questions regarding the Social Media Master Class on Monday, April 13, please contact: William Peat, ext. 121 or

HSC Track and Field named “Best School Overall” at Senior Indoor Meet

On Wednesday, April 8, the HSC Track and Field team amassed 270 points to win “Best School Overall” at the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) Senior Indoor Meet at York University in Toronto. Full results are available by  clicking HERE.      

Top performances were

  • Aleks Sormaz: 3rd Midget Shot Put 8.90m
  • Kenji Marshall: 1st Junior Triple Jump 11.31m, 1st Junior Long Jump 5.37m
  • Michael Grace: 1st Midget Shot Put 10.40m
  • Kostas Renieris: 1st Senior 400m 52.56sec
  • Connor St. Louis: 2nd Senior Triple Jump 11.72m, 3rd Senior Long Jump 5.44m
  • Nicholas Lovrics: 1st Junior 400m 60.14sec
  • Ting Shu: 3rd Junior 800m 2:26, 3rd Junior 1500m 4:55
  • Vlad Berbecel: 2nd Midget 400m 61.82sec
  • Daniel Ghali: 4th Midget 400m 64.22sec
  • Pierre Roy: 3rd Midget 800m 3:06
  • Patrick Timmer: 1st Midget Triple Jump 10.39, 2nd Midget Long Jump 4.58m, 2nd Midget Shot Put 9.20m
  • Kristian Canaris:  2nd Junior Long Jump 5.15,  2nd Junior High Jump 1.60m
  • Harrison Thomas: 1st Junior High Jump 1.65m
  • Sarah Strasler: 3rd Midget 60m Hurdles 12.32sec
  • Alex Gleave:  2nd Junior 1500m 5:56
  • Sara Kemper: 1st Midget Triple Jump 9.20m, 2nd Midget Long Jump 4.17m
  • Megan Herring:  2nd Junior 60m 8.50sec,  2nd Junior Long Jump 4.05m

Junior Boys: 4x200m Relay 1st (Ting, Kristian, Kenji, Patrick)
Midget Boys: 4x200m Relay 2nd (Aleks, Michael, Vlad, Ethan) 
Congratulations to all of our team members for giving their very best:

Aleks Sormaz, Kenji Marshall, Harrison Thomas, Michael Grace, Kostas Renieris, Connor St. Louis, Joseph Johnston, Nicholas Lovrics, Tom Campbell, Ting Shu, Vlad Berbecel, Ethan Riggs    Daniel Ghali, Pierre Roy, Patrick Timmer, Kristian Canaris 
Sarah Strasler, Alex Gleave, Alex Nemy, Hanna Agro, Sara Kemper   Emily Xu, Alex Todd, Anastasia Drakos, Megan Herring, Avery Sabo

Girls' Rugby Team Preps for CAIS National Tournament

Thirty members of the HSC Varsity Girls’ Rugby are getting ready for the 2015 CAIS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools) Rugby Tournament. On April 24-26, the girls travel to Trinity College School (TCS) in Port Hope Ontario to compete against 9 other top teams from Quebec and Ontario.

The tournament marks the official launch of the CAIS rugby season and we know our HSC Senior Girls will make us proud!

Inside Ride at HSC Raises Over $40,000 for Children’s Cancer Charities

Team Grexa

The HSC Inside Ride on Thursday, April 2, was an inspiring reminder of the power of community. Participating in the College’s first ever Inside Ride event, over 300 parents, staff, students, teachers and alumni raised more than $40,000 for Canadian children living with cancer or its long term effects. The event was created by the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation, and 100% of donations collected go to support children’s cancer charities.

Click HERE to view an HSC Inside Ride highlight reel, created by HSC student Jake Kam.

Click HERE to view the photo gallery from the event.

A number of awards were presented at the conclusion of the “race”.

  • Highest Mileage: Team Awesome
  • Best Team Costume: Holton Hustle
  • Best Team Spirit: Grexa
  • Top Team Fundraiser: Middle School Moms
  • Top Male Fundraiser: Carson Foxcroft
  • Top Female Fundraiser: Madeline Brimble

Every single rider, and those who came out to cheer them on, should be proud. We demonstrated how our collective participation can produce incredible results. Special thanks to Mrs. Faggion, Mrs. Cicchetti, and all the House Captains for their incredible leadership, planning, and hard work.

Students Brave the Stage at Sterling Hall Public Speaking Competition

Public Speaking Students 2015

Congratulations to Grade 8 students Mehar Soni and Zahra Panju, and to Grade 7 student Rishi Popuri for taking on one of the most feared activities on earth - public speaking! These three brave students presented their engaging speeches on Wednesday, April 1, at the Sterling Hall Public Speaking Competition. They prepared extensively and their speeches were excellent.

With an audience of students, parents, and teachers from independent schools around Southern Ontario, they spoke with passion and clarity, educating as well as entertaining the audience about their topics. Mehar spoke about "Protecting the Environment", Zahra spoke about "Fear", and Rishi spoke about "Smoking in Public". They did a great job representing HSC, and we are proud of them!

HSC Shines at 2015 Bay Area Science & Engineering Fair (BASEF)

 Julia Dobrovolskis’ (above, right) was selected as a participant in the Canada Wide Science Fair, to be held in Fredericton, New Brunswick in May.

From March 25 to March 31, 2015, thirty projects from Grade 8 and Grade 9 students represented the HSC Middle and Senior Schools at the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF). Combined, the Middle and Senior School projects received: 1 Gold Merit Award, 8 Silver Merit Awards, 9 Bronze Merit Awards, and 14 Special Awards.

A highlight of the Awards Ceremony was Julia Dobrovolskis’ selection as a participant in the Canada Wide Science Fair, to be held in Fredericton, New Brunswick in May. Her project: “Sticky situation - A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis Of Heavy Metal Contamination of Honey” was one of 16 top projects chosen from a pool of more than 300 outstanding entries.

Our young scientists should be proud of their accomplishments. Please see below the summary of awards: 


  • Nico Corrado and Harrison Lee: "Say Cheese!" Special Award from the Hamilton Academy of Dentistry.
  • Julia Dobrovolskis: “Sticky situation - A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis Of Heavy Metal Contamination of Honey” Two special awards: The Association for Women Geoscientists Award and The Research Institute at St. Joes Hamilton, Heath Research Award; Gold Merit Award. 
  • Anastasia Drakos and Sara Kemper: “Photoprotection: The Effectiveness of Automotive Glass Options In Reducing Ultraviolet Radiation” Special Award from McMaster University; The BASEF 500 Award; Silver Merit Award.
  • Lukas Faulkner: “It is All in Your Hands” Bronze Merit Award. 
  • Darius Mahdavi: “A Carbon Footprint Application” Bronze Merit Award. 
  • Nicholas Mertin: “Ensuring Communications Security and Integrity through Data Splitting, Multiple Layers of Encryption, and Cryptographic Signatures”
    Two Special Awards: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Innovation Award and The Professional Engineers Ontario Oakville Chapter Award; Bronze Merit Award.
  • Christopher Neibert: “Unbrickable” Two Special Awards: John W. Howard Materials Research Award and Mohawk College Building & Constructing Sciences Award; Bronze Merit Award. 
  • Alexandra Todd: “Germ Busters: The Effect of Psychology on Microbiological Outcomes” Special Award on Biological Sciences from Hillfield Strathallan College; Bronze Merit Award. 
  • Laura Willis: “The effect of music on horses” Special Award in Cognition Studies. 
  • Ruihan Wei: “Mathematical Modeling of Biological Oscillators” Silver Merit Award.


  • Anna Spencer: “Park Green” Bronze Merit Award
  • Samuel Guilbeault and Mateo Larrazabal: “Air, Asthma, and Athletics” Bronze Merit Award
  • Zahra Panju: “Tackling Obesity One Coffee at a Time” Bronze Merit Award
  • Alexandra Kolios and Faith Heidary: “What’s the Scoop on your Stroop? Bronze Merit Award
  • Erin Demopolis and Maya Oster: “Behind the Peel” Silver Merit Award
  • Owen Treleaven: “Insulating Thermal Curtain” Silver Merit Award The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Innovation Award 3rd Prize ArcelorMittal Dofasco Ironmaking Award
  • Meghan Mitchell (31196) and Sophia Richardson: “Pineapple perfection” Silver Merit Award
  • Cole Hynes: “The Water Challenge” Silver Merit Award
  • Ashvin Moro: “Don’t Be Fuelish” Primary Fluid Systems Earth and Environment Awards Silver Merit Award
  • Bianca Simone and Madeline Wighardt: “Feel the Vibrations” Silver Merit Award

Note: Special Awards are given by organizations and groups to recognize deserving projects that deal with topics of interest to the donor. Merit Awards are based on evaluation of 150 judges from educational institutions, government organizations, business and industry. Detailed results can be found at

HSC Board Nominations 2015-16

The HSC Board of Governors is pleased to open the nominations process for the 2015-16 school year. We are looking for candidates with a strong passion for HSC and commitment to steering HSC into the next phase of our development as one of Canada's top independent schools.

The roles of Governor and Trustee are very dynamic and rewarding, and in working closely with the Head of College and Leadership team, the roles provide an excellent venue to contribute to the success of HSC and hence our children.  The principal role of the Board of Governors is the oversight of the College's
strategic plan, policies, financial affairs and other significant matters for the College, whereas the Board of Trustees is responsible for monitoring the investment of the HSC Endowment and, along with the Board of Governors, assists the Advancement Office with fundraising. 

We hope you take some time to consider these opportunities, either for yourself or other members of our community that may be interested.

Click here for criteria for the Board of Governors
Click here for the criteria for Board of Trustees
Click here for a Nomination form

If you have any questions, please contact Allison Sekuler, Development  Committee Chair, at

The deadline for submissions is April 17, 2015.  For more information about Governance at HSC, please visit

Towards 20/20: March 2015 Strategic Planning Update

March 2015 Strat Plan Update

We are pleased to share with you an update of Strategic Planning at HSC. We are midway through year one of our new plan Towards 20/20 and are excited about our progress to date. The link below will take you to an online publication of our first progress report. It includes an overview of the process, directions, strategies and activities underway within eight committees. An interactive document, it also provides links to various videos and slideshows which complement the key elements of each direction.

Click HERE to view the document. We will continue to provide regular and comprehensive updates on our progress as we move towards 2020.

As always, we welcome your feedback and comments at

Arsenic and Old Lace: A Senior School Presentation April 23-24

Arsenic and Old Lace

“Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops!”

Tickets are now on sale in the campus store for the Senior School's production of Joseph Kesselring’s Arsenic and Old Lace, opening April 23 and 24 in the Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts! This hilarious comedy classic tells the story of two sweet, old ladies, Abby and Martha Brewster, whose pastimes include cooking meals for the less fortunate, donating to charities … and burying dead bodies in the basement!

Evening performances on April 23 and 24 will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students/seniors and $10 for adults. Get your tickets soon so you don’t miss out on this exciting event!

It's a Pant Party! Spring Parents' Guild Used Uniform Sale

Spring is here, and it is the perfect time for a Pant Party! The Parents' Guild (PG) is having an incredible sale on pants, shorts, spirit wear and other gently used uniform items on Wednesday, April 1. Pants are only $10 AND buy one get one free, and shorts are $5. Other uniform items will also be available including HSC Spirit Wear, which is great for upcoming events like Homecoming Weekend.

Drop by the Alumni Lounge from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The PG is also still accepting used items to include in the upcoming sale. You can drop off your donations of gently used uniform items at the main office during regular business hours.

We hope to see you there!

HSC Qualifies for 2015 Destination ImagiNation Ontario Provincial Tournament

DImagination 2015

The “Idea Makers”, “Sound Wave Tsunamis” and the “Feary Fusions” are heading to the Destination ImagiNation Ontario Provincial Tournament! After representing HSC at Destination Imagination's regional tournament last month, all three teams from HSC have moved on to the next round of competition. They will compete alongside schools from around Ontario on Saturday, March 28 in Pickering, Ontario.

In an atmosphere of fun and camaraderie, Destination ImagiNation emphasizes creativity, brainstorming, divergent thinking, presentation skills, teamwork, budgeting, research skills, project management and knowledge application.

Each year, Destination ImagiNation publishes mind-boggling challenges specifically designed to appeal to a variety of children’s interests. The challenges may be technical, historical, theatrical or comedic in nature, but all inspire students to work together creatively to develop a unique solution.

The highlight of the program is a series of performance-oriented tournaments, where the teams present their solutions and vie for the chance to go to an annual worldwide championship tournament called the Global Finals.

This year’s HSC teams are the Idea Makers and the Sound Wave Tsunamis, competing in the B Category “Making Waves, Elementary Level”, and the Feary Fusions, competing in the “Feary Tales, Elementary Level”.

We are so proud of their hard work and accomplishments so far!

The HSC Spring 2015 Line-Up!

Spring break is over, and we are primed for the busy term ahead. Below is a list of activities taking place between now and the end of May. HSC families should make note of the dates below to ensure they don’t miss out on any events.

*Always refer back to the online calendar at for further details and event updates.*

Wednesday, March 25
Senior School Winter Awards Ceremony, 8:45 a.m. in The Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts.

Thursday, March 26
Senior Music Trip to Chicago.

Friday, March 27
Join HSC at Zoom Zoom’s in Ancaster! Our Admissions team is hosting a complimentary Play and Learn information session from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn more about HSC’s Junior and Montessori School programs. Everyone is welcome! Contact Sheriann Heath-Johnston, Admissions Manager at for details.

Wednesday, April 1
HSC welcomes prospective families from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and again at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., during our College-wide Open House.

The Parents’ Guild (PG) gathers that same morning for the monthly PG meeting from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Michael G. DeGroote Senior School Boardroom.

It’s also the perfect day for a Pant Party! The PG is having an incredible sale on pants, shorts, spirit wear and other gently used uniform items. Pants are only $10 and buy one get one free, and shorts are $5. Other uniform items are available including HSC Spirit Wear—great for events like Homecoming Weekend. Drop by the Alumni Lounge from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 2
Middle School Winter Awards Ceremony, 8:45 a.m. in The Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts.

At 12:30 p.m., students, faculty and staff will compete for a good cause as part of our “The Inside Ride” event to raise money for Canadian children living with cancer or its long term effects. Visit

Friday, April 3 – Monday, April 6
Easter Break, College Closed. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 7.

Tuesday, April 7
Post-Secondary Fair, Senior School Student Commons. Parents are invited to attend the fair from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Monday, April 13
Parents’ evening and Social Media Fitness Masterclass with Chris Vollum. Bring your mobile device or tablet, and learn best practices and online skills to support our kids’ 24/7 connected world. Click HERE for the event flyer.

Tuesday, April 14
After School Activities begin for Junior & Montessori Students in Grades 1 - 4/M6 - M9.

Thursday, April 23 – Friday, April 24
HSC Senior School production of Arsenic and Old Lace, in The Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts.

Friday, May 1
Crescendo Concert with Martin Beaver ’86, in The Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts.

Friday, May 8 – Saturday, May 9
HSC Artsfest, College-wide Pep Rally, Homecoming Weekend and Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony.

Wednesday, May 13
Junior School Family Night: Families are invited to join us for dinner and a showcase of their children's work throughout the year.

Thursday May 14
Middle School Mile Run.

Friday, May 15 – Monday, May 18
Victoria Day Break, College Closed. Classes resume Tuesday, May 19.

Thursday, May 21
Grade 12 Alumni Welcome Lunch.

Friday, May 22
Junior School Grandparents’ Day: Grandparents are invited to join us for a special afternoon in their honour.

Thursday, May 28 – Friday, May 29
Junior School Spring Concert: Please join us for a special presentation as the Junior School puts their own spin on the classic fairytale Cinderella.


Friday, May 8, 2015

College-wide Pep Rally
1:15 p.m.
Start Homecoming Weekend off right with HSC in the Michael G. DeGroote Athletic Complex and Community Centre.

HSC Artsfest
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Come experience our student’s artistic endeavours throughout HSC.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
HSC Homecoming
All day!
Join alumni, students, families and friends of all ages for a celebration of the HSC Community.

There is something for everyone! Start your day off at 9:00 a.m. with a run or enjoy a pancake breakfast. Other activities include cheering on current HSC teams or participating in team sports including futbolito, rugby and slo-pitch; bouncy castles; face painting; craft zone; BBQ lunch.

Make sure to leave time to visit the archives area! This is a complimentary event; however some activities have a charge. Check back for more details at and look for the hashtag #HSCHomecoming2015 on our social media.

Senior School Prepped for BASEF 2015

For over 50 years, the Bay Area Science & Engineering Fair (BASEF) has provided a forum for students in the Hamilton/Halton area to develop their scientific skills and prepare for national and international competition. BASEF draws students in Grades 7 through 12 from the City of Hamilton, the Regional Municipality of Halton in Southern Ontario as well as students from Haldimand, Norfolk and Brant Counties.

BASEF 2015 takes place this weekend - March 25 to March 31 - at Mohawk College. Merit awards will be awarded to students for outstanding achievements in research and for innovative design as it related to their scientific study.

HSC Senior School is represented this year by 15 outstanding projects. Students have been working hard since October, and have participated actively in the BASEF club. Below is a list of competitors and their projects:

  • Veronica Bolis and Alexandra Nemy: “Caffeine Beans: The Effects of Recycled Coffee Grounds on The Propagation Growth Rates of Nutrient Based Vegetation”
  • Nico Corrado and Harrison Lee: "Say Cheese!"
  • Julia Dobrovolskis: “STICK SITUATION - A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis Of Heavy Metal Contamination of Honey”
  • Anastasia Drakos and Sara Kemper: “Photoprotection: The Effectiveness of Automotive Glass Options In Reducing Ultraviolet Radiation”
  • Lukas Faulkner: “It is All in Your Hands”
  • Brooke Sampson: “Digital Distraction”
  • Daniel Kuhn: “Cleaning Green”
  • Darius Mahdavi: “A Carbon Footprint Application”
  • Nicholas Mertin: “Ensuring Communications Security and Integrity through Data Splitting, Multiple Layers of Encryption, and Cryptographic Signatures”
  • Allison Mitchell and Emily Xu: “The Effect That Vinegar Has On Plants” Christopher Neibert: “Unbrickable” Pierre Roy: “Bacteria on your Clothes”
  • Alexandra Todd: “Germ Busters: The Effect of Psychology on Microbiological Outcomes”
  • Laura Willis: “The effect of music on horses”
  • Ruihan Wei: “Mathematical Modeling of Biological Oscillators”

Good luck, young scientists!

Boys’ Rugby Team Hops Across the Pond for March Break UK Tour

The HSC Trojans Boys’ Rugby Team is travelling across England and Wales this month as part of a March Break co-curricular adventure. The team will play friendly games against other schools, enjoy many sightseeing activities, and watch matches in the land where the sport has its roots. Highlights of the trip so far include attending a Cardiff Blues game and meet-ups with former New Zealand All Blacks Mils Muliaina and Rhys Jones, former front row for Wales.

In advance of their trip, the team also had the opportunity to train with the McMaster Mauraders Men’s Rugby Team.

You can follow our Trojan Boys' Rugby team on their England Tour during March Break through Coach Birthelmer’s fantastic blog at

2015 Rugby UK Tour

March Break is Here!

Although classes are out, our administrative offices are open Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Have a safe and happy break everyone! Classes resume on Monday, March 23.

It's Show Time! 2016 Alumni, Staff, Parent Musical: The Addams Family

We are happy to announce the next Alumni, Staff, Parent Musical.  Director Graham Clements and most of our Production Team from 2012-13 are reuniting for the 2016 production of “The Addams Family”. On
January 28-30 audiences will enjoy a combination of singing, dancing and comedy played out on the HSC stage.   

Information Meeting:  Thursday, May 21 @ 7:00 p.m. in the Virtue Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts 

This meeting is for any alumni, current parent or staff member interested in participating in any aspect of the show--including acting, set building, costumes, props, tickets (or any other jobs that might arise).  Auditions will take place the first week of June and rehearsals will begin in September. 

If you are interested in being a part of “The Addams Family” in any way, please contact Nancy Wands at  Please include your name, e-mail address, cell number and what role you would like to play in this musical (principal, chorus, dancer, set building, costumes, props, tickets, etc.).  

Leading with Words: HSC Plays Host to 2015 InCITE Conference

Leading with Words InCITE 2015

On Saturday, April 11, 100 English teachers from 45 Ontario independent schools will gather at HSC for the 2015 CIS Conference for Independent Teachers of English (CITE). Jointly hosted by the HSC Middle and Senior School English Departments, the conference is an opportunity for teachers to explore—through workshops, panel discussions, a keynote lecture, and other professional development opportunities—the conference theme of “Leading with Words.”

Dr. Patrick Deane will deliver this year’s keynote address. President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University, Dr. Deane is also a Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies and the author of two books and many articles and other publications. Dr. Deane joins the many award-winning guest authors, including Terry Fallis, Gary Barwin, Joanne Levy, Aga Maksimowska, Patricia Westerhof and Glen Downey, who will participate in teacher and student workshops.

HSC English Teacher Jeremy Johnston is the 2015 Conference Chair and CITE Media Coordinator. He believes the conference is a prestigious opportunity for the College. “HSC English teachers will be able to participate in incredible professional development opportunities right on our own doorstep. We have over 20 different workshops run by superb educators and authors.”

HSC faculty members are among the experts presenting at the conference. Katherine Webber will discuss cross-curricular initiatives at HSC; Sharon Neibert will explore student-centred approaches to class activities and enrichment opportunities at the Middle School level; Adrian Hoad-Reddick will examine authentic learning opportunities beyond the classroom; and Melissa Poremba will present ways to “bridge the great divide” between numeracy and language arts through formal and informal cross-curricular connections.

CITE is not just for teachers. Students are also involved with the conference through the InCITE Student Writing Contest. Early in the academic year, HSC invited CIS Ontario schools to submit their three best student pieces across age-bands and writing forms. InCITE judge Terry Fallis will help celebrate the winners during the conference.

“Teaching is all about students,” says Johnston. “During the morning of the conference we will host student contest winners, who will then participate in writing workshops with award-winning authors Terry Fallis and Gary Barwin.” Student work submitted to the content will then be published in InCITE, an anthology of student writing and visual art published annually by CITE. The following HSC students were selected by the College for entry into the contest:

• Grades 11/12: Christopher Kolios, Lunch in Lawson Hall: The Running of the Bells
• Grades 9/10: Sarah Williams-Habibi, My Marvelous Maturity
• Grades 7/8: Aidan Bennett, The Sprite

Click HERE to visit the conference webpage. For more information, contact Jeremy Johnston at

The Inside Ride Comes to HSC

The Inside Ride 2015

How far will you ride in the fight against cancer? 

On Thursday, April 2, “The Inside Ride” comes to HSC. Help us raise money for the over 10,000 Canadian children living with cancer or its long term effects, and participate in Canada’s first indoor cycling celebration and fundraising event.  

The concept is simple.
Six People + One Bike + One Hour = HSC Fighting Cancer. 

Each cyclist rides a stationary racing bike for 10 minutes to uplifting music, cheered on by teammates, friends, colleagues and spectators. Volunteers record mileage, organizers score costumes and team spirit, and everybody celebrates! 

Click HERE  to view HSC’s “The Inside Ride” spirit video.  Anyone in the HSC community can participate—even parents, alumni, faculty and staff! Register now as a cyclist, volunteer, or team captain, and celebrate your efforts to raise funds and awareness. Awards include outstanding team fundraising, team spirit, team costumes, team mileage and male and female fundraising achievements.

100% of donations go to support children’s cancer charities. Cruise over to and register today! 

For more information, contact Senior School Life Coordinators Mrs. Faggion and Ms. Cicchetti at or

Search #HSCInsideRide on social media for additional updates on the day of, and leading up to, the event!

HSC Robotics Team Qualifies for World Finals in Kentucky

Vex Robotics Team 2015

Congratulations to the HSC Robotics team, for their spectacular 2015 Ontario Provincial VEX Robotics Championship performance on February 28, 2015 at Governor Simcoe SS in St. Catharines. Their stellar programming score and receipt of the prestigious Robot Design award qualified the team for the World Championship on April 15-18, 2015, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

The VEX Robotics World Championship brings together talented Middle and Senior student robotics teams to celebrate their accomplishments and to compete at an international level. Presented by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, the VEX Robotics Competition, is the fastest-growing global robotics competition. The 2015 World Championship will include top teams from over 400 VEX Robotics Competition tournaments happening in cities around the world.

Good luck, HSC Robotics, at the World Championship this spring! Click HERE to view a video announcement from the 2015 host city, Louisville.

Snowboarders Make HSC OFSAA History!

The arrival of the boys of the HSC Snowboard Team on the OFSAA podium is a feel-good, underdog story. Reflecting on a challenging season, it was through sheer grit and determination that they took the CISAA gold to qualify for OFSSA. On Thursday, February 26 they faced not only the competitors they defeated by the slimmest of margins in the CISAA division, but 160 of the very best snowboarders in the province.

Despite seemingly insurmountable odds, Coach Webber knew the team had five solid racers, each with the skills and talent needed to place the team in the top three. After the first run of the day, Michael Russell and Luke Friedl set the pace for the team, placing 14th and 18th, with Steve DeJonge placing 34th. Nick DeKort was forced to slog through a chewed up, rut-filled course and placed 54th. Iain McRae ran into difficulties when the racer ahead of him obstructed his line. He placed 92nd, far outside his usual performance. Still, their combined results placed the boys in 4th, just 11 points behind the 3rd place team, and with only two points separating them from 5th and 6th teams. 

The team’s determination was evident in the second run of the day. Russell finished 12th and DeJonge, in his final race as an HSC boarder delivered a great time, finishing 31st. What a fantastic end to an excellent HSC boarding career.

Friedl went for broke, and as a result of his speed, bobbled through a few gates, finishing 34th. That 34th place was strategically important, however, as it lifted valuable places from their opponents. Dekort leapt from 54th to 37th and McRae improved by 18 places. Their team performance earned the boys' team OFSAA bronze—the first OFSAA snowboarding team medal in HSC history.

We also congratulate Holly Hamilton on her outstanding performance as an individual competitor. She faced incredibly stiff competition in the lightning fast L2 division and should be very proud of placing 5th overall in the province.

What a spectacular end to a fantastic season on the slopes for our HSC boarders!

Disney Star Ashley Leggat Visits Campus to Promote Her Triple Threat Summer Camp at HSC

A Leggat and Group

Ashley Leggat, Disney star visited HSC on Thursday, February 26 to promote her upcoming Triple Threat HSC summer camp! Ashley spoke to our Grade 8 Drama class, giving insight on her acting career and techniques – just in time for the opening night performance of Annie Jr.

Ashley is excited to be working with HSC again this summer. “I’m looking forward to expanding the camp and seeing my old campers and meeting new ones,” She says. This year, we will be focusing on the triple threat aspects - singing, dancing and acting. We will be putting on a show at the end for family and friends and we will also be having some special guests from other current TV shows, that I’m sure the kids will be very excited about!”

Ashley is a Hamilton born two-time Gemini nominated actress. She starred as ‘Casey’ in Disney & Family Channel’s hit comedy series Life with Derek, and the movie Vacation with Derek. She appeared as ‘Marcia’ in the Disney film Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen with Lindsay Lohan. Recently Ashley starred as ‘Baby’ in the critically acclaimed production of Dirty Dancing at Toronto’s Royal Alex Theatre. Ashley had starring roles in the Lifetime movies The Perfect Roommate and The Perfect Boss, followed by the feature film My Dog’s Christmas Miracle/Cinnamon. This was followed by the guest starring role of ‘Ivy’ on Murdoch Mysteries, and a co-starring role on Criminal Minds. She just wrapped filming on her third Hallmark movie The Good Witch’s Wonder, and wrapped up production on a pilot with Shaftesbury Films called Rise.

The Triple Threat camp is a two week camp, offered from July 20 – 31 for campers ages 9-15. For more information on this and other HSC summer camps, please click HERE to visit our Summer Camps webpage.

OFSAA Champions - HSC L2 Boys Ski Team Brings Home the Gold!

OFSAA Alpine Champs Group

The Level 2 (L2) Boys' Ski team travelled to Blue Mountain in Collingwood on Sunday, February 22 in advance of the 2015 OFSAA Alpine Skiing Championships (February 22-24). After winning the CISAA finals, Will Kornya, JD Foxcroft, Ben Kornya, Carson Foxcroft, and Ethan James looked to prove themselves against Ontario’s best. With 70 schools attending and over 300 athletes on the mountain, they faced a deep field of competitors in their division of 86 racers and 15 regional championship teams.

It would take more than a chilling polar vortex on Monday morning to slow their momentum. The team posted solid times after the first run, securing places within the top 30. Despite some spills and setbacks, everyone skied cleanly and moved up in the rankings. On day one of the championship, the team shared the podium to accept the bronze medal in the slalom event.

In individual results, Will Kornya took home the OFSAA silver in the L2 Boys Slalom Individual event with a combined two-run winning time of 91.89. Will had the fastest time in the afternoon lap, and was within a few tenths of the winner's combined time.

OFSAA Alpine

More cold weather on Tuesday morning posed a challenge for the team on day two, but it was not enough to rattle their Trojan spirits in the Giant Slalom race. Will Kornya took the lead by a narrow margin, while JD Foxcroft snagged 6th, Carson Foxcroft secured 21st, and Ben Kornya placed 26th. With four of our five skiers in the top 30, and two of them in the top 10, the team was poised to steal the race.

Ben posted a clean second run to move into 24th with his combined time. Unfortunately, Carson fell mid-pitch for a DNF, leaving the race up to JD and Will for a team win. JD came through in the clutch and moved into 3rd, and Will won his race, securing the gold medal and the OFSAA Championship win in the Giant Slalom.

HSC extends a special thank-you to the Foxcroft family for their unwavering support and enthusiasm for the HSC ski program. The team looked slick in their sponsored speed suits this season! HSC also congratulates and thanks Coach John Bulger for his relentless dedication to, and belief in, the team.

Full results from the event can be found on the OFSAA website by clicking HERE.

HSC Musicians Dominant at the Golden Horseshoe MusicFest

HSC Senior musicians had a strong week at the Golden Horseshoe Music Festival at Redeemer University College on February 17 – 19, 2015. Over 4000 musicians and more than 100 ensembles performed for a team of 10 adjudicators. The HSC Grade 9 Concert Band, HSC Senior Jazz Ensemble and HSC Wind Symphony all performed repertoire at a high level of difficulty for their ages, and all ensembles were awarded a Gold standard for their performances. Adjudicators praised the sophistication of their musicality and the confidence with which they performed.

Many HSC students also shone in two community groups; the Hamilton All-Star Jazz Rising Stars, and the Halton Mississauga Youth Orchestra. Both of these ensembles received a Gold award.

All of these ensembles are led by HSC music faculty Mr. Gaumond and Dr. Burton, and all received invitations to perform at National Musicfest in 2015 and 2016.

The Golden Horseshoe Music Festival is an annual, non-competitive event run by a team of dedicated music educators and supporters. It is an official regional affiliate for MusicFest Canada.  The Festival places a major emphasis on providing a high-quality educational experience for all participating groups.

Congratulations to all of our HSC musicians!

Middle School Student Awarded Royal Conservatory of Music Gold

HSC Middle School Student Spring Fu received a gold medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music for scoring the top mark in Ontario and Quebec on her Grade 2 Voice exams.

The Royal Conservatory of Music is one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world, providing the definitive standard of  excellence in curriculum design, assessment, performance training, teacher certification, and arts-based social programs.

Gold Medals are awarded annually in each province or designated region to the candidates in Grades 1 to 10 who have obtained the highest marks in each grade and discipline. To qualify for Gold Medals, candidates must have obtained at least 80 percent in the practical examination and have completed the co-requisite theory examinations for their respective grade.

Congratulations to Spring on her incredible achievement!

CISAA Snowboarding Championship Gold and Silver for HSC

 CISAA Snowboarding 2015

It was a thrilling day for the HSC snowboarding team at the CISAA Championships, held at the Alpine Ski Club on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Both the Girls’ and Boys’ Snowboarding teams displayed grit and determination, ending the season with spectacular results.

Every year the competition at the CISAA Championships is fierce. We are proud to announce that with a Trojan team effort the Boys’ Snowboarding team won Gold and will represent HSC as a team at OFSAA. The team was poised for a win with Michael Russell placing 3rd, Iain McRae taking 8th place and Nick Dekort’s amazing 9th place finish (a personal best). It took Steve DeJonge in 12th place, Harrison Thomas in 16th, Matt Robertson in 19th and Luke Friedl in 20th place to secure the championship gold.

HSC is equally proud of our HSC Girls' Snowboarding team, who earned CISAA Silver for the season. With just three boarders on the team, this achievement is particularly impressive. Every race required that all three girls deliver their best performances.

In addition to the team wins, there were a number of personal bests and achievements for individuals in each division.


  • Talia Loreti had a strong finish to her first season, and was a major contributing factor to our overall girls’ results.


  • Noa Perez ended her season and her HSC snowboarding career with a CISAA Bronze.
  • Holly Hamilton walked away with CISAA Gold for the U20 division and will represent HSC as an individual boarder at OFSAA.

U16 Boys

  • Ting Shu finished his season in the top 20.
  • Harrison Thomas has improved with each and every race, placing 8th.
  • Nick Dekort had his best race yet and took 4th place for the season.
  • Michael Russell earned 2nd place overall and finished the season with the CISAA U16 Bronze.

U20 Boys

  • Luke Friedl ended the season in 6th place overall in the U20 division
  • Iain McRae placed 5th at the championships and as a result ended up in 7th place overall.
  • Steven DeJonge and took the 7th place spot for the season.
  • Matt Robinson had a fantastic race, just missing the top 10, earning 11th overall, a personal best!
  • Graham Dubreuil should be proud of taking 14th.
  • Tate Ruse ended the season with a top 20 finish.
  • Jack Dickenson showed tremendous spirit, and should be proud of his accomplishments in the park.


  • Congratulations to Harrison Thomas for securing CISAA U16 Slopestyle Gold in his first season with HSC!
  • Nick Dekort finished his slopestyle season with a first place finish and earned the U16 Slopestyle Bronze.
  • Luke Friedl took 2nd place at the competition, earning a 4th place in the U20 division.
11th Annual HSC Grade8/9 Science Fair

On January 31, 2015, Grade 8 and 9 students displayed 135 projects on a wide variety of topics during the 11th Annual HSC Science Fair. You can view a video of the science fair on the HSC YouTube channel by clicking HERE.

Science Fair

Science fairs provide a unique learning opportunity for students, teachers, and members of the community to explore science and to increase public awareness of science and the world we live in. Though science fairs are generally competitive, they also provide an opportunity for students to display their creative scientific activity beyond the classroom. HSC is thankful for the participation of our community members, who stepped up to volunteer their time to help as judges, contributing to the success of our fair and giving our students such a wonderful experience. Click HERE to view the 11th HSC Science Fair photo gallery.

Grade 9

Our Grade 9 students displayed 79 projects with a wide variety of topics, including: new apps, honey quality, concrete strength, hand washing guidelines, and efficiency of automotive windows. Based on the feedback from the Science Fair judges, the following is a list of the Grade 9 winners. They will all be recognized at the Senior School Winter Award Ceremony on Wednesday March 25, 2015.

3rd Place
Anastasia Drakos & Sara Kemper
Julia Dobrovolskis

2nd Place
Alexandra Todd

1st Place and Recipient of the Paul Levy Science Fair Award
Christopher Neibert

Grade 8

The Grade 8s presented 56 projects and this year’s Science Fair—the judges had a difficult time making their final decisions! This year's Grade 8 Science Fair winners are:

4-way tie for 3rd Place
Meghan Mitchell & Sophia Richardson
Matthew Grace & Justin Semelhago
Kirsten Henderson & Ali Miller-Booth
Cole Hynes

2nd Place
Madeline Wighardt & Bianca Simone

1st Place
Jace Ellis

Congratulations to all our participants on their accomplishments!

HSC Ski Team Races to a CISAA Championship Win!

In the wake of a thrilling OFSAA qualifier at Devil's Glen, the HSC Trojan Ski team travelled to Craigleith on Wednesday, February 11 for the 2015 CISAA championships. The combined format of the race included a giant slalom run in the morning followed by a slalom lap in the afternoon—two very different disciplines to determine the championship.

HSC is proud of our Level 2 (L2) boys Will Kornya (1), JD Foxcroft (2), Ben Kornya (6), Carson Foxcroft (11), and Ethan James (37) who won CISAA gold and are now primed for OFSAA on February 22-24, 2015.

The entire team brought their best game to the competition. Brogan Cairns ended her CISAA season with a solid performance, placing 6th in the combined race and securing the same placing for her overall ranking. Her coaches are excited about her prospective seasons with the HSC alpine team as the College looks to build the girls’ ski program.

Jen Armstrong is congratulated for reaching her goal to finish the season in the top 10. After an incredible performance on Wednesday, she secured a 9th place ranking overall. Nathalia Wellenreiter should also be extremely proud for finishing the season in 15th place overall.

In their first season with the team, two new HSC skiers demonstrated the resiliency the HSC Ski Team is known for—Luke DeJonge placed14th overall for the season, while Luke Settle placed 17th.

Best of luck to the L2 boys luck as they look to bring home an OFSAA banner!

Be Healthy, Be Well! Wellness Week Underway at HSC

Wellness Week Collage

HSC Wellness Week is in full swing and the results have been phenomenal!

The week began on Monday, February 9 with a delicious Staff and Faculty Appreciation Breakfast organized by the HSC Parents' Guild. The HSC Wellness Committee sincerely thanks all those families who supported this special initiative through donations and gifts of their time in organizing and hosting the event.

In a truly meaningful gesture, the entire Alumni Family Lounge was decorated with thank you notes and letters written by students to individuals, teachers and departments at the school who have made a difference in their lives.

On Tuesday, February 10, the community enjoyed a bustling Wellness Fair in the Senior School Student Commons and Alumni Family Lounge. Students, faculty, staff and parents enjoyed a variety of health and wellness speakers and seminars on everything from dental health and financial planning to mental health, nutrition and fitness. Author, model and trainer Karim Ramos gave an inspiring keynote presentation on resiliency, discussing self-esteem and motivation.

Wellness Week events continue tonight (Wednesday, February 11, 2015) with a special parents' evening with YouTube celebrity, medical expert and HSC Alum Dr. Mike Evans ’82. From 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Dr. Evans will share his approach to healthcare education and his invaluable knowledge, offering suggestions on how to best take care of ourselves to avoid disease.

CLICK HERE for complete event details

Celebrating the Sport of Reading

2015 Book Scouts

On Friday, February 6, four HSC students bested top teams representing schools from across the region during the provincial heat of the Kids Lit Quiz Competition. 

Middle School students Erica Pusch, Aidan Bennett, Hunter Korman and Ethan Karmiol—all members of the HSC “Book Scouts”—won first place with an outstanding score of 84.5. The team now advances to the National Competition, which takes place at Crescent School in Toronto on Monday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. Click HERE to view a gallery of photos from the event on February 6.

Kids Lit Quiz is an annual literary tournament aimed at promoting reading among students aged 10 to 13. At each event, the teams are asked 100 questions from 10 different categories, all of them relating to children’s literature. Wayne Mills, a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland in the Faculty of Education, launched the event in New Zealand in 1991. His goal was to ensure that children are recognized for their accomplishments in reading. The quiz was expanded to North America in 2012, and HSC has been competing ever since!

The HSC team meets regularly during the school year, and works with a student coach to discuss book topics and run practice quizzes to broaden their knowledge base. Grade 9 HSC student Brandon Darcel coached the team to a win this year, and has been involved with the quiz at the College since 2012.

HSC was proud to host the 2015 provincial heat and congratulates all the participants—representing Buchanan Park, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Rousseau Elementary, St. Alexander, St. John’s Kilmarnock, and  Sts. Peter and Paul—on their incredible displays of literary knowledge.

HSC also thanks Bryan Prince Bookseller for supplying book prizes for the event, and Beyond the Batter and Tim Horton’s (Ottawa and Fennell) for donating refreshments.

For more information on the Kids Lit Quiz, visit

Trojans Dominate Mats at First Annual HSC Wrestling Tournament

Wrestlers from across Hamilton, Guelph, St. Catharines and Beamsville and the surrounding areas ventured to campus on Thursday, February 5, 2015 for the first annual HSC Wrestling Tournament. Outside of the 12 bronze, four silver and five gold medals earned by HSC wrestlers, the athletes and coaches enjoyed educating others about their sport and sharing the new Athletic Complex with the community.

“This tournament was a great opportunity for our wrestlers to educate our community on the athleticism of wrestling and how fit, strong and technically sound our wrestlers need to be to be successful,” said HSC Wrestling Coach and Tournament Facilitator Melissa Mancini. “It was also a great opportunity to showcase our beautiful new facility to our community.”

HSC wrestlers took on their opponents with a superb support network of fellow HSC students, faculty, parent volunteers, and spectators there to support and cheer them on.

Coaches Mancini and Bob Neibert were extremely proud of the teamwork and sportsmanship demonstrated by their HSC wrestlers. Veteran wrestlers helped coach younger athletes throughout the day, and the entire program cheered for their teammates.

Coach Mancini recounts Cassie Rufanach’s (Grade 12) final match as one of her favourite moments from the tournament: “There were mere seconds left in Cassie’s final match and things were tied at eight. The Junior School students were chanting “HSC!” as Cassie scored a 4-point leg pick up to win the match. It was great to see her teammates so involved and to have her high school peers there to celebrate in her victory.”

The win makes Cassie the first HSC Trojan female to qualify for the OFSAA Championship. Joining Cassie at the provincial championship will be first-time OFSAA competitors Chris Neibert (Grade 9), Ethan Riggs (Grade 10) and Quinn Purdy (Grade 12), and four-time OFSAA competitor Michael Neibert (Grade 12).

“Michael Neibert has been the heart and soul of our wrestling program since he started in Grade 7,” said Coach Mancini. Michael won his gold medal match with a 10-point superiority and over 200 supporters from Junior School through to Grade 12.

The 2015 OFSAA Wrestling Championship takes place March 3-4, 2015 in Windsor, Ontario. For more information, please click here.

Grade 8 Student Revels in her role as “Head of College for the Day”

Head of College for a Day LauraAt the HSC Reach for the Stars Gala on November 22, 2014, the Rosic family won the much coveted “Head of College for the Day” experience in the silent auction, and bestowed the responsibility on their daughter, Grade 8 student Laura Rosic. Laura kicked off the experience by running today’s Chapel Service and will continue to follow in Mr. Ayotte's footsteps. Her day will include meetings with Mr. Reiner, Mr. Neibert, Ms. de Freitas and Mrs. Spivak, and hosting tours of campus.

In her new role, Laura won the favour of her fellow Middle School students during lunch in Lawson Hall, when she announced that there would be an extra recess today, and that there would be no homework for the weekend. First stop HSC, next stop Parliament Hill?

U10 Basketball Takes Over HSC Courts

The sounds of basketballs echoed through the College on Friday, January 30 as our U10 basketball teams hosted seven schools from across Southern Ontario in simultaneous tournaments. In the Early Education and the Paige Gyms, the U9 Boys finished third in their tournament, coached by Ms. Otaguro. Please click HERE to view the photo gallery.

The girls kicked off their day in the new Athletic Complex with an exciting skills development session with McMaster University varsity basketball players Isabel Ormond, Allyson Schweitzer, Adrienne Peters and Clare Kenney, as well as Marauders’ Assistant Coach Nate McGibbon. The girls worked in mixed groups with their competitors to practice basics in defensive moves, shooting and ball handling.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for future basketball stars to learn from some of the best university athletes in the country,” said Assistant Athletic Director Martin Birthelmer.

The remainder of the afternoon was spent playing 20 minutes matches against other schools. Coach Harrison’s team finished the fun-focused tournament with an impressive 3-1 record, while Coach Sawyer’s team went undefeated. Please click HERE to view the photo gallery.

Graduates Honoured at 64th B’Nai Brith Sports Celebrity Dinner

Over 950 Hamiltonians braved the snow on Monday, January 26, 2015 to support Hamilton’s athletic scene at the 64th Annual B’Nai Brith Sports Celebrity Dinner at the Hamilton Convention Centre.

HSC alums Mackenzie Hamilton ’14 and Alex MacLeod ’14 were two of 50+ athletes recognized as theHamilton Spectators’ 2013-14 Athletes of the Year.

Sport luminaries in attendance included former Blue Jays outfielder and World Series Champion Devon White, former major league pitcher Jim Morris, former NHL star Dave Andreychuk, former Raptor General Manager Glen Grunwald, Toronto Maple Leafs announcer Joe Bowen and Calgary Flames radio announcer Derek Wills.

The event hit another high note with the induction of 94 year old Phil Rosenshein into the B’Nai Brith Hall of Fame. Rosenshein worked on the first dinner committee in 1951.

“This is the best way to do something good for the community,” event co-chair Jeff Paikin ’80 told the Hamilton Spectator. “People want to be here, they want to come back, they love seeing their sports heroes.”

VEX Robotics Faces Fierce Competition at Local Qualifying Tournament

On Saturday, January 31, HSC Robotics teams 472A and 472B travelled to St Catharines to compete against 37 school teams in a local qualifying VEX Robotics tournament.

Both teams entered substantially rebuilt and upgraded robots, and demonstrated immense resilience. They overcame some early disappointments, making subtle changes to the programming and alignment of their robots for their remaining matches.

472A played a fierce autonomous (fully programmed, no driver control) game and finished ranked 21st. They were chosen as the 3rd alliance member of the top ranking alliance.

472B persevered and showed tremendous promise. They ranked 23rd and were selected as the 3rd alliance member of the 3rd place ranking alliance.

The two alliances participated in three elimination playoffs. Each played at least one match—472A helped their alliance advance to the semi-finals. 472B and their alliance were sadly outmatched and defeated. However, 472B did not leave empty handed; their robot design and app-based scouting system earned them the honor of the Judges award. 472A bested their semifinal competition, and earned a spot in the finals match. In the process they also qualified for the Provincial Vex Robotics competition. After a series of close matches, 472A finished as the tournament’s runner up.

 Vex Robotics 2015

HSC commends both teams for their perseverance and congratulates them for their successes. These hardworking students represented the College with pride and dignity.

HSC Student Captures Essence of Joy in Incredible Timelapse Video

Grade 10 student Daniela was so moved by a photo that she decided to create a time lapse video of herself drawing the image and share it with the student body at our January 16, 2015 Chapel.  She “loved the joyful essence of this image” and channeled that energy into an incredible video that truly conveys her passion and talent. We invite you to watch Daniela's hauntingly beautiful video on our YouTube channel by clicking HERE.

2015 Forest of Reading Program Comes to HSC

Forest of Reading

The College's 2015 Forest of Reading nominated titles are flying off the shelves in the HSC Learning Commons, as our students once again participate in Canada's largest recreational reading program. Over the next two months we expect to find our students tucked into quiet corners across campus, their noses buried in books!

An initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA), Forest of Reading encourages a love of reading in people of all ages, and celebrates Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. Committees of library practitioners select nominated titles each year in eight programs, and readers vote for the winners in the spring. The best books of 2015 will be announced, and their authors honoured, at the Festival of Trees in Toronto on May 12-13.

HSC students are among the more than 250,000 readers who participate annually through their school and/or public library. All Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually.

Additional information can be found on the Ontario Library Association website at

Dr. Mike Evans '82 to Present During Wellness Week

This winter, join HSC as we celebrate health and wellness during our annual Wellness Week on February 9-12. This important initiative focuses on events, engagement and advocacy initiatives designed to promote the overall health and well-being of the entire HSC community.

On Wednesday, February 11, we are delighted to offer a special evening event for the HSC Parent Community. Dr. Mike Evans '82 will visit HSC for a special presentation from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A renowned Family Doctor, educator, and HSC Alumni, Dr. Evans’ whiteboard drawings have created a sensation in the health community and beyond. Dr. Evans brings focus and humour to the subject of wellness. 


On Tuesday, February 10, Senior School students will enjoy a diverse and exciting Wellness Fair. Grades 7 through 12 will register for workshops and seminars on a broad range of topics from mindfulness to nutrition and much more. The fair will also feature booths, games, samples and wellness inspired takeaways.

Montessori and Junior School students will celebrate Wellness Week with activities focused on health related topics. They will also be involved in the creation of a video in support of HSC’s wellness initiative.

We hope to see you on Wednesday, February 11 for Dr. Evan’s special presentation, and invite you to enjoy a brief video featuring his ground-breaking work in the field of healthy living by clicking HERE.

Congratulations to our U12 Basketball Team!

In an exciting start to the new year, the HSC U12 Boys Basketball Team were named victors at this month's Upper Canada College (UCC)  Prep Under 12 Invitational Tournament. After two days of play on January 9-10, the team defeated UCC 38 to 19 in a tough and fast-paced game. Thanks to our hosts for an excellent event, and congratulations to our U12 team on a successful tournament!

Middle School St. Donat Trip Update

The HSC Middle School trip to St. Donat, is shaping up as one of the highlights of this academic term, as our Grade 5 faculty and students are experiencing the very best that the winter season in Quebec has to offer. Today they enjoyed both cross-country and downhill skiing, and trips to local merchants afforded them the opportunity to both celebrate and practice their French skills. We look forward to their return tomorrow at the scheduled time, and to hearing about their many adventures!

Middle School Students Rally to Support Orphanage in India

Grade 6 HSC student Kishore Jaiswal and his family travelled to India over the holidays and while there, they made a special visit to the Kasturba Seva Stanthan orphanage in Sikar, Rajasthan, a desert region of the country.

Many of the children (ages 6-20) living at the orphanage have physical disabilities due to polio. As his family planned their trip, Kishore learned that temperatures at night in the Rajasthan region drop to 2 Celsius. Many buildings in India do not have central heating, and the children living at the orphanage get very cold at night.

Kishore chose to take action and decided to try and gather warm clothing to bring with him to deliver to the orphanage. With the help of the Human Development Committee (HDC), Kishore encouraged HSC Middle School students to donate used sweaters and toques. The response from the Middle School students and their families was generous—the total weight of items collected was approximately 200 lbs! Kishore and his family brought the donations with them to India, and delivered everything personally to Kasturba Seva Stanthan. Click HERE to see a video Kishore made of his experiences.

Click HERE to visit Kasturba Seva Stanthan's website to learn more about the work that they do.

HSC is incredibly proud of Kishore, the HDC Committee, and our Middle School students for lending a helping hand. What an honour for HSC to be able to share what we have with these young people on the other side of the world.

Welcome Back! What’s Ahead in 2015

Happy New Year from HSC!
The upcoming year is full of promise, and jam-packed with events and activities. In 2015 we ask that the community keep an eye out in the HSC Parent and Alumni E-News publications and on the HSC website for more information about the events listed below. For the complete list of College-wide and School-specific activities and events, visit the HSC online calendar at

January 21: Montessori Parents’ Night
January 22: Junior School One School, One Book
January 27: Grade 4/M9 Transition to Middle School Parent Meeting
January 31: Middle and Senior School Science Fairs

February 6:
Crescendo Concert Series: Cadence, Vocal Quartet
February 11: College-wide Health and Wellness Week Parents Night
February 12: Heart & Stroke Foundation Fundraising Event - Middle, Montessori & Junior School
February 20: Senior School Semi-Formal at Liuna Station
February 24: Athletic Spirit Afternoon, Senior School Teacher vs. Student Volleyball & Hockey Afternoon
February 26-28: Middle School Musical

March 3: Middle & Senior School Music Showcase
March 25: Senior School Winter Awards

April 1: Middle School Winter Awards
April 2: Senior School House Fundraiser – Inside Ride, Childhood Cancer Research (Athletic Complex)
April 7: Montessori Parent-Teacher Interviews Begin
April 24-25: Senior School Drama Production

May 1: Crescendo Concert Series: HSC Alum Martin Beaver ’86 recital
May 8: HSC Community Spirit Day, Art Super Crawl and Homecoming Pep Rally
May 9: Homecoming, Art Super Crawl and Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
May 13: Junior School Family Night &  Montessori Parents’ Night
May 22: Junior School Grandparents’ Day
May 29: Junior School Spring Concert

June 3: Senior School Spring Awards
June 12: Montessori Caravan
June 15: Middle School Spring Awards
June 17: Middle School Closing Ceremonies & Early Ed Graduation
June 19: Senior School Closing Ceremonies
June 23: HSC Golf Classic

"Twas the Holiday Season at HSC..."

Believe it or not, HSC has a direct line to the North Pole. Don’t believe me? Click HERE to watch a video of Mr. Marc Ayotte, Head of College, recounting to his children the time that HSC saved the holidays!

HSC invites all HSC families to attend today's Carol Service - the first to be held in our new triple gym - at 4:00 p.m. today. A celebration of what has been an incredible year, the service will be filled with singing, cheer and holiday spirit. There will ample seating to accommodate the entire community, and we invite you to attend a family-friendly reception in our Alumni Family Lounge following the service.

Vex Robotics Team Tested at First Tournament of the Season

The HSC Vex Robotics teams tested their mettle at their first tournament of the academic year on Saturday, December 13. Early robotics tournaments are traditionally messy, and this one was no different! Robots were tipping over left and right, autonomous programs were hilariously misaligned, and the frustration amongst teams was palpable. The daylong event is one of five regional qualifying rounds where teams earn the opportunity to compete in the 2015 VEX Ontario Provincials in February. The HSC Robotics team was 2014 Ontario Provincial VEX Robotics Champions, and went on to compete at the World Championships in April, 2014.

Vex Robotics Team 2014

HSC’s robotics program entered two robots into this tournament, held at Sir William Mulock Secondary School in Newmarket and presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation. Despite being only 75% complete, Robot 472-A executed its main game during the qualifying match ups and eventually ranked in the top 10.

Robot 472-B was even more unfinished at only 50% complete. The team entered the tournament expecting to gain experience and scout, yet went on to win their fair share of matches and finished in 17th place.

Out of the 36 teams, 24 were chosen for the alliance playoffs system. Robot 472-A captained an alliance, but unfortunately, 472-B is now out of the tournament. With some strong planning, 6th seeded 472-A upset the 3rd ranked alliance and moved on to a semi-finals match up against the 2nd ranked alliance. Unfortunately by this time the robot was malfunctioning and wasn't able to finish the tournament.

Our HSC robotics students represented HSC admirable, and the day culminated with 472-A winning the judges award for the competition. There are two more competitions for the team, before the provincial championships next year, so watch for further updates!

Congratulations to our Athlete of the Week - Josh Shenker

Congratulations to our Athlete of the Week, Josh Shenker!

Josh Shenker travelled to the Canadian Track Cycling Championships held in Burnaby, British Columbia from November 21-23. He was named rider of the championships by his team, winning 2 gold medals and a bronze in the U17 division. Josh partnered with a couple of his teammates to win the Team Sprint and Team Pursuit; he came 3rd in the Individual Pursuit.

Congrats to Josh on his national victories, and we hope to watch you race for Canada at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games!

Master Canoe Builders Lead Students in Birch Bark Canoe Construction

Birch Canoe Building

This week HSC has the pleasure of hosting two historical interpreters and master canoe builders from Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, the National Historical Site in Midland, Ontario. Del Taylor and Peter Vyvyan provide a unique program that offers students the chance to observe and participate in the construction of a 12-foot birch bark canoe.

Many of our students have had the chance to work with Del and Peter directly, and help build and prepare the materials for the canoe, using a combination of period and modern tools. Some of tasks taken on by our students include:

  • Boiling, stripping and splitting spruce roots
  • Making pitch
  • Peeling, cutting and sewing birch bark
  • Forming canoe base
  • Splitting cedar for ribs
  • Making ribs
  • Bending ribs
  • Making and lining canoe with sheathing
  • Making gunnels, gunnel caps and thorps
  • Inserting ribs
  • Pitching canoe

Ontario’s first European Community, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons was the headquarters for the French Jesuit Mission to the Huron Wendat people. This nationally significant historic attraction has been delivering educational programs to schools for over 40 years, offering some of the most outstanding educational opportunities available in the province of Ontario. In addition to relevant content, programs make use of the concepts of disciplinary thinking such as continuity, change, and cause and consequence.

HSC Afloat at the Skills Canada Cardboard Boat Races


On Tuesday, December 2 four talented HSC Senior School students made the trek to London, Ontario to compete in a challenge of brains, brawn, determination and vision at the annual Skills Canada – Ontario Cardboard Boat Races.

For over 20 years, Skills Canada – Ontario has hosted Cardboard Boat Races across Ontario, testing students’ abilities to build a floating structure that outperforms all others in speed and weight challenges.

Teams of four receive all the necessary materials to build a boat in just two hours. Students test their problem-solving, teamwork and design skills as they create a seaworthy structure out of two sheets of 4' by 8' corrugated cardboard and duct tape.

After two long hours of construction the four HSC student representatives— Kevin Boenisch, Thomas Lim, Andrew Strauss and Allin Demopolis—were confident they could take their seasoned competitors by storm.

The competition began with a race across an Olympic-size swimming pool. The HSC craft was designed for speed, and Allin felt his “paddling” background would give him an advantage. The team won their heat, but sadly their boat, the Titanic Rev 2.0, was damaged on landing. They finished 10th out of 26 teams and represented HSC with pride.

Congratulations to the HSC Athlete of the Week-Anthony Tolfa

Congratulations to Anthony Tolfa, the HSC Athlete of the Week for December 8 - 12! Anthony skated in two Boys' Hockey games last week and scored 6 goals, 1 assist and earned a plus 4 rating. He has quickly become a force on the ice and a leader in the dressing room. He is incredibly strong on the puck and few opponents are able to knock him off of it. He scores on breakaways, winning battles out of the corners, and from the front of the net.

Grease Debuts Tonight at HSC!

UPDATE: Tickets are now completely sold out for all performances! 

After months of preparation, the Senior School’s presentation of Grease premieres TONIGHT

Relive the antics of Danny Zucko, Sandra Dee and the gang, as the Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts is transformed into Rydell High. Don’t miss as Senior School students don poodle skirts and leather jackets and perform beloved songs from the musical, including Greased Lightnin’ and Summer Nights

Everyone is invited to share in the fun. Adult tickets cost $15 and senior/student tickets cost $12. Tickets are selling fast and are close to selling out!

Get yours at the Campus Store or by calling 905-389-1367, ext. 112. Tickets will be sold at the door, if available.

Performance dates and times are: 

Thursday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. 
Friday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. (Almost sold out)
Saturday, December 6 at 2:00 p.m. 

Be there or be square!

Giving Tuesday – A Catalyst for Change

Giving Tuesday is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others. We are proud to be part of this exciting movement and encourage the entire Hillfield Strathallan College Community to give back in support of the HSC student experience.

Donating to HSC is now just a click away with our new online giving tool. Visit to donate today through the HSC website. All donations of $25 or more received by December 31 are eligible for a 2014 tax receipt.

Whether you donate to HSC or another special cause, help us make the Giving Tuesday movement stay viral. This year, those donating as part of Giving Tuesday are sharing their #unselfie “selfies” on social media to show which causes they support. Simply take a picture with a caption explaining why you are giving, tag your photo with #GivingTuesdayCA and #unselfie and share on social media. Include @hillstrath and we will share your message!

Thank you for your participation in Giving Tuesday, and for your support of our students!

Join us for Carol Service on December 18!

On Thursday, December 18, 2014, the HSC community will gather for the College’s annual Carol Service. This year’s service is special, as the entire community is invited to celebrate this beloved tradition in the new Athletic Complex in the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Excellence. The Carol Service is a festive way to launch the holiday season, and formally recognizes the end of the fall term. Readings will be given by members of the HSC community and, following tradition, guests will sing seasonal carols including the ever-popular finale, a rousing rendition of Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful).

The service starts at 4:00 p.m. and is followed by a reception from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Excellence. Be sure to join us afterwards! The reception is open to everyone and is an all ages affair.

During the month of December the students, faculty and staff work together to support a number of deserving causes for the holiday season. As part of this College-wide ‘giving initiative’ the traditional collection from the Carol Service will be donated to a special trust for Corporal Nathan Cirillo’s son – the Marcus Cirillo Trust – administered by the Argyll Regimental Foundation on behalf of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada.

We invite the entire HSC community to join us for this very special event.

HSC Students Honoured with YMCA Peace Week Medal

Congratulations to our students who were recently awarded a YMCA Peace Week medal for their inspiring work with Hamilton immigrants and refugees.

The YMCA Peace Week is a global initiative that celebrates the presence of peace in our communities. PEACE stands for Participation, Empathy, Advocacy, Community and Empowerment.

Individuals or groups who demonstrate a commitment to the values of PEACE through special contributions made within their local, national or global communities are being recognized this week with YMCA Peace Medallions.

An Evening to Remember: The HSC Reach for Stars Gala

On November 22, 2014 HSC celebrated the Reach for the Stars Gala in the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Excellence. The triple gym was transformed into a stunning event space, and guests enjoyed a magical evening of cocktails, auctions, entertainment and incredible food. It was a chance to share in the community spirit that makes HSC so special, and raise money to support our children’s educational experience.

Whether or not you were able to join us on Saturday night at the 2014 Reach for the Stars Gala - we think you'll enjoy a peek at the pictures from the event, now hosted HERE on the HSC galleries page. We want to send our sincere thanks to the Gala Committee and co-chairs for the tremendous effort involved in putting together a sensational evening.  

The evening was a huge success, raising $200,000 for athletics, arts and academic programs, including $55,500 dollars towards the $153,000 needed to renovate the Page and DeGroote gyms. THANK YOU to everyone who donated for your incredible generosity. We also invite you to view the charming “Fund-A-Need video, which features several amazing HSC students and alumnus Jeff Paikin '80.

Linda Leja, the Auctionista, was fantastic, but she moved fast. If you did not have a chance to donate on Saturday night, and would like to do so, please use our new online giving tool on the HSC website. Click HERE to donate online now.

For those not able to join us, we also want to share with you the evening's touching thank you video that features many wonderful HSC students! Click HERE to watch the video. 


Senior School Students Present the Musical, Grease!

Relive your favourite Rydell High moments with HSC on December 4-6 as the Senior School presents Grease

Tickets for this highly anticipated musical are now on sale in our Campus Store. Performances are December 4 at 7:30 p.m., December 5 at 7:30 p.m., and December 6 at 2:00 p.m. in the Virtue Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts. 

Adult tickets cost $15 and senior/student tickets cost $12. Tickets are reserved seating, so be sure to get yours early to avoid disappointment by visiting the Campus Store or by calling 905-389-1367, ext. 112. 


Congratulations to the HSC Athlete of the Week-Alyssa DeSantis

Congratulations to our Athlete of the Week, Alyssa DeSantis!

At the senior girls CAIS tournament, she led the team in scoring and steals and was the quarterback of the team on offence. She was selected as the MVP of the team for the tournament. In 4 games, Alyssa scored more than 60 points. She helped the team have an amazing finish to their season.

Way to go Alyssa!


CAIS Tournament Excitement Wraps Up at HSC

It was a phenomenal weekend at HSC as the College hosted the third annual CAIS Girls’ Basketball Invitational Tournament. Thirteen teams from CAIS schools across Eastern Canada vied for the title, which went to Appleby College for their 39-32 victory over Villanova College on Sunday, November 16. Congratulations to the players selected for the All Star Team (see below) and to Michelle Rhodes from Ashbury College for her selection as Tournament Most Valuable Player! To view the photo gallery, click here.

All Star team

Elmwood College - Lily Newberry #4

Bayview Glen - Yazmeen Jamieson #24

Lower Canada College - Emmar Margles-Forgione #8

Ashbury College - Michelle Rhodes #15

Bishop Strachan School - Katie Sheldon #14

West Island College - Stephanie Hindle #4

Ridley College - Laurissa Maddocks - #14

Rothesay Netherwood School - Emma Murphy #9

Bishop's College School - Taylor Merrithew #20

Hillfield Strathallan College - Alyssa DeSantis #10

Tournament MVP

Ashbury College - Michelle Rhodes #15 (shown below)

Last Day to Purchase Gala Tickets

Tickets for the HSC Reach for the Stars Gala will no longer be available after midnight tonight! Visit to ensure you're a part of this year's star event. 

CAIS Girls’ Basketball Invitational Tournament at HSC this Weekend!

The third annual CAIS Girls’ Basketball Invitational Tournament has begun, with 13 teams from CAIS schools across Eastern Canada vying for the title.

HSC is proud to host the tournament this year, which starts today and runs through the weekend with the championship games on Sunday.

Want to support our Trojans? Come cheer them on! View the schedule and more information HERE. For live updates from the games, follow HSCTrojans on Twitter!



HSC Honours the Fallen with Remembrance Day Dedication of New Monument and Memorial Garden

On November 11, 2014, the Hillfield Strathallan College community and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders regiment gathered for the College’s annual Remembrance Day ceremony and to witness the dedication of the school’s new Memorial Garden and Monument to the Fallen.

The monument, which stands over five feet tall, commemorates and honours the 47 HSC alumni killed in the two World Wars. Their names and ranks are deeply etched into the elegant aluminum and stainless steel structure, which rests beneath the College’s flag array. The garden also features benches for contemplation.

“The Remembrance of our Fallen, and all those who served and who continue to serve in the protection of our country’s ideals, is a sacred tradition at HSC,” said HSC Head of College Mr. Marc Ayotte.

The new garden and monument are the direct result of the passionate inspiration and support of Mr. Bill Young ’35 and Mrs. Joyce Young ’43, who worked with the College to bring the project to fruition.

Bill’s own service and passion for the remembrance of the sacrifice of all our soldiers was inspired by the service of his father, the late Major General James V. Young and the sacrifice of his brother, Major John Douglas (Doug) Young ’32 who was killed in action on D-Day.

Mr. and Mrs. Young, and, from The Argyll and Sutherland Regiment, Honourary Colonel, Ron Foxcroft, and Honourary Lieutenant Colonel, Rick Kennedy laid wreaths at the Monument. Students, alumni, faculty, staff, board members, trustees and friends of the College joined them in observing a moment of silence in honour of the Fallen as well as Corporal Nathan Cirillo of The Argyll and Sutherland Regiment, who died tragically in Ottawa on October 22, 2014.

Following the dedication, the College’s official Remembrance Day ceremony commenced in the Athletic Complex in the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Excellence.

HSC Student Receives Environmental Leadership Award

HSC is proud to announce that Middle School student Braden Marshall is the recent recipient of the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders' Association Award for Environmental Leadership for his work with Braden's Hot Chocolate Festival. The Grade 7 student launched the Hot Chocolate Festival in 2012 as a creative winter alternative to a lemonade stand, to bring families together on the Family Day weekend, and as a way to promote, protect and preserve the conservation area he loves. Learn more about Braden's Hot Chocolate Festival and the organizations it supports, including the Hamilton Conservation Foundation, by visiting

Training Takes Discipline. Racing Takes Courage.

HSC and Cross Country coaches Dr. Ryall and Mrs. Jones are proud to announce that Senior School athletes Lukas Faulkner and Tom Campbell represented the College admirably representing at the OFSAA Cross Country Championships in Waterloo Saturday, November 1. 

Lukas recovered from an early-race wipeout to finish the 5km Midget Boy course in an all-out sprint, passing several runners over the last 400m to finish 135th. Tom battled over a mucky and windy, 6km Junior Boys course to finish 216th. Both fields had close to 300 top-rated runners from across Ontario.
It was the first OFSAA Cross Country experience for both athletes, and they displayed courage to the very finish. It is a huge accomplishment for these two boys to qualify to run in this event. 

The Big Love Ball Project

On Wednesday November 5, 2014, the M8s attended a full day IT workshop in the Senior School to participate in the Big Love Ball project.  The Big Love Ball is an interactive art piece that invites students to create and design their own works of art around the importance of love in their own lives. Students had the opportunity to produce their own song using Garage Band, film an interview in the College’s broadcast studio, as well as organize and model in their own photo-shoot. It was a fantastic experience and the students thoroughly enjoyed their time.  

The M8s brought the Big Love Ball back to Montessori to share the meaning behind it and to invite the rest of the student body to take part in the art project by writing what loves means to them on the ball.  

The Love Ball is currently on display in the Upper Piazza so when you visit, we invite you to take a look.  

Congratulations to the HSC Athlete of the Week-Stephanie Gerend

Stephanie Gerend is a member of the new HSC U15 Girls' Soccer Team. She is a senior leader on the team and helps with team warm-ups and communication on the field. The creation of the U15 team is intended to provide HSC female athletes with more equal CAIS tournament opportunities, through a fall soccer program for girls. Our team this year is made up of Grade 7, 8 and 9 students. 

The team has come far in a short amount of time. From losing their first game 9-0, to eventually beating Holy Trinity 4-3 and scoring two goals against Country Day school the 3rd place team. These wins were the result of determination and dedicated training as a team.

Stephanie played a key role in the team's success through her incredible work as sweeper/centre defender. She led the defense in communication, and frequently pressured the opposing team's offensive attack by forcing them offside time and time again.

Congratulations Stephanie on your leadership and perseverance.

Bring a Friend to School Day

Do you have a friend or family member interested in what it's like to be an HSC student?

Invite your school-aged friends (SK/M5 to Grade 8) to join us on Friday, November 21 for HSC's Bring a Friend to School Day. Guests will take part in classes and fun activities alongside our students, and learn what makes the HSC experience so special. 

Register here to take part in this wonderful opportunity!

HSC Community Members Recognized with 2014 AFP National Philanthropy Day Awards

HSC Congratulates Mr. Ron Foxcroft on his receipt of the 2014 Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Golden Horseshoe Outstanding Volunteer Award, and the Chetcuti family on First Canadian Title (FCT)’s receipt of the Outstanding Corporation Award. 

Award recipients will be honoured at the AFP’s 7th annual awards luncheon on Friday, November 14, 2014—National Philanthropy Day. The awards recognize individuals and organizations who dedicate their time, talent, and treasure to improve communities throughout the Golden Horseshoe. 

Parent of Alumni, past Governor and past Chair of the Transformation HSC campaign, Ron is affectionately known as “Mr. Hamilton” because of his extensive support of our community.  He is a passionate advocate for many causes, primarily those involving youth and children, and is genuinely committed to helping develop a strong, healthy community.  

Foxcroft credits his parents for raising him to value philanthropic giving. “My parents always said to me ‘You need to, and it’s your responsibility, to give to the community in which you work and live.’” 

FCT is the largest supplier of title insurance in Canada. One of the company’s core values is a passion to serve within the community. Their charitable foundation is focused on anti-poverty, anti-homelessness and scholarship, and currently supports seven charities within the Golden Horseshoe. FCT is owned and operated by the Chetcuti’s, a current HSC Family.“What inspires us at FCT is our employees,” says FCT VP Corporate Affairs Wendy Rinella. “Our employees have driven our participation in charities through the employee governed and operated charitable foundation, as well as involvement in charitable wellness initiatives.”

For more information and to view interviews with this year’s award recipients, click HERE

Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week, Mason White and Anatasia Tolfa!

Mason White (Junior Boys' Volleyball) - stepped up to be our setter late in the season as the original setter is injured and cannot play. He is doing quite well in this new role, which is one of the hardest positions in volleyball!
As team captain, Anatasia is the heart and soul of Senior Girls' Basketball at HSC. She always works hard and motivates the girls around her to do their best.  In a game where we had to have four juniors play with us because of injuries, Ana stepped up and helped those girls gain confidence and be proud of their contribution to the team. The team wouldn't be the same without her!

Senior School Gears Up for Fall University Dialogue Evening


Annually, our fall University Dialogue evening brings recruiters from post-secondary institutions to campus and generates excitement as students begin to plan for their transition out of the College.

On Tuesday, October 21 from 6:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., class of 2015 graduates and their families are invited to meet with the over 16 university recruiters from across Canada who will be on campus to address student queries. The event takes place in the Michael G. DeGroote Senior School and is an important resource for Grade 12 students planning their next steps in the spring.


HSC Athletes of the Week

Congratulations to our Athletes of the week, Tom Campbell and Allie Stephen! Tom Campbell had two top-20 finishes in the first two cross country races of the season, leading the Junior Boys' team! Allie Stephen stepped up and played in four Senior Girls' basketball games in her first year playing the sport.  he showed determination and heart, stepping in for injured senior players and working hard to help the senior team in their first home game, as well as in tournament play.
Congratulations Tom and Allie

Canadian Literary Icon Roch Carrier Visits HSC this Fall

HSC is proud to partner with the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) and Bryan Prince Bookseller to present IFOA Hamilton special guest, Roch Carrier on Thursday, October 23, 2014.

One of Canada's most beloved storytellers and a Quebec literary icon, Roch Carrier is a novelist, playwright and children’s author, most notably of the Canadian children’s classic The Hockey Sweater. Formerly the director of the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Librarian of Canada, Carrier is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Canada, and has won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. 

Carrier is in Hamilton to discuss his new book about the Plains of Abraham, Montcalm and Wolf: Two Men Who Forever Changed the Course of Canadian History.

This special presentation will take place in the Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at Bryan Prince Bookseller (

HSC Faculty Receive 2014 "Paying it Back" Teacher’s Award

On Friday, September 27, two HSC faculty members were presented with the 2014 “Paying it Back Teacher’s Award” during the College's weekly Chapel Service. Our recipients represent two schools--Mrs. Rocca from the Middle school, and Mrs. Miller from the Senior school. Mr. Frank Nelson, founder of the “Paying It Back” Facebook group, presented the Award which recognizes extraordinary commitment to educational excellence. Mr. Nelson launched the group to give back to the community, noting his personal battle with cancer as his inspiration to create this wonderful campaign. HSC congratulates both Mrs. Rocca and Mrs. Miller on this well-deserved recognition.

Early Education Students Set Their Sights on “Destination Imagination”

We are excited to announce that a select group of students from both the Junior and Montessori Schools will participate in “Destination Imagination” competitions for the 2014-15 school year.

Destination Imagination (DI) is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization that inspires and equips students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. DI runs programs in which teams of students from around the world take on challenges related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, arts and service learning. During the challenges, there is an emphasis on creativity and innovation, risk taking, flexibility and collaborative problem solving.

For the 2014-15 academic year, HSC has 18 Junior and Montessori students competing in three streams:  Making Waves, Feary Tale and Brand Aid.

In Making Waves, students will design and construct an incredible sound machine that integrates visible displays of sound waves (science); In Feary Tales, students will create a fairy tale about phobias that integrates art and illusion (arts); and in Brand Aid, students will identity, design and carry out a community project that integrates graphic arts and presentation skills to create an effective brand (service learning).

Students will meet once a week after school, culminating in a local tournament in February 2015. The top-scoring teams from this tournament will advance to regional and then global tournaments.

We wish our Junior and Montessori students the best of luck in the coming months!

For more information on Destination Imagination, please visit their website at

Middle School Announces Writers-in-Residence for 2014-15

HSC is thrilled to announce the two authors selected to work with our Middle School Students in the 2014-15 Writers-in-Residence program—Joanne Levy and Kevin Sylvester. 

Throughout the first term, all Middle School students have four opportunities to engage in writing activities in different environments. Students then select one piece to polish and submit for class. Ten students from each grade (as chosen by our writers in residence themselves from a short list submitted by HSC teachers) then have an opportunity to work with the writers directly in the winter term. 

Joanne Levy is the author of Small Medium at Large, which was nominated for the 2014 Red Maple Award. Her work has received many other nominations and awards.  Read more about Joanne on her website Joanne will work with our Grade 5 and 6 students.

Kevin Sylvester is the author of the Neil Flambé Mysteries.  His latest book in the series, Neil Flambé and the Crusader Curse was nominated for the 2013 Silver Birch award for Fiction. Kevin’s picture book Splinters was nominated for the 2013 Blue Spruce award. He has been a broadcaster on national radio in Canada for years, and has covered eight Olympic Games. To learn more about Kevin, visit his website Kevin will work with our Grade 7 and 8 students.



Prefect Installation and Hall of Excellence Induction Ceremonies

Friday, September 12 was a day to honour leadership and community service at HSC, as the College not only officially welcomed our 2014 Prefect team, but also inducted three incredible individuals into our Alumni Hall of Excellence. 

HSC students first gathered in the Page Gym for the College’s annual Prefect Installation Chapel Service and watched as 12 Senior Students received their Prefect pins and ties. In his address to the Prefects, Head of College Marc Ayotte spoke to the more elusive qualities of successful leaders – the ability to be vulnerable and ask others for help, and a willingness to step out of one’s comfort zone and embrace challenges and fears.

HSC Prefects spend the academic year connecting with and supporting their peers. They work to build community and to uphold College traditions. This year’s team is organized to allow for individual Prefects to pursue duties specific to their passions, talents and skills.

Congratulations to our 2014-15 Head Boy, Head Girl and Prefects:
Benjamin Kornya: Head Boy, Middle School Prefect
Olivia Arski: Head Girl, Academic Prefect
Joshua Altmann: Junior School Prefect
Naman Arora: Service Prefect
Nicole Arski: Chapel Prefect
Diandra Cocco: Spirit Prefect
Laura Falco: Arts Prefect
Jessica Kain: Wellness Prefect
Keiko Marshall: Montessori Prefect
Michael Neibert: Male Athletic Prefect
Benjamin Rudolph: Media and Public Relations Prefect
Anastasia Tolfa: Female Athletic Prefect

Following the ceremony, the Grade 11 and 12 students joined alumni, faculty and staff guests in the Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts to welcome the newest inductees into the HSC Alumni Hall of Excellence: John F. Evans ’55, Shirley Thomas-Weir ’83 and Christopher Thornborrow ’02.

Hall of Excellence inductees are all exceptional individuals who embody and promote the ideals of Hillfield Strathallan College. All inductees are proven community leaders who embrace diversity and demonstrate compassion. They are global citizens who strive for excellence in everything they do and they honour tradition while celebrating innovation. Each individual’s story of personal excellence is a story that captivates and inspires those who walk the Hallway of Excellence.



We are so ready! Are you?

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

The 2014-15 academic year holds immense promise for our community. Over the break, staff and faculty worked hard to prepare the College for a fabulous September 4 start date. 
Yet even with all of the activity on campus over the summer, it gets a little lonely here at HSC without our students. 

In fact, I have grown quite impatient over the past few days. To help the time pass, I made a few last minute adjustments to ensure the school is in top shape for the first day back. 

The best part? I captured it all on video to share with you! Click HERE to see what I have been up to.  

All the best for the coming school year,

Back to School Activities and Events

Great things are in store at HSC for the 2014-2015 school year. We are so ready to get started! Are you?

In the days leading up to September 4, and in the first weeks of the academic year, HSC hosts a number of orientation activities and College events to ensure a smooth transition back to school, or to familiarize new students with HSC. These include Welcome BBQs, team tryouts and curriculum nights.

As a back-to-school refresher, we have highlighted below some of the events and activities taking place in the first two week of school.

*Always check our online College calendar at for the most current dates and times.


Tuesday, September 2
International Student Orientation
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 3
New Student Orientation and BBQ
8:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

International Student Orientation
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 11
Senior School Curriculum Night
6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Friday, September 12
Prefect Installation, Page Gym
8:40 a.m.


Wednesday, September 3
Grade 5 and New Student Orientation, and Welcome BBQ
9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 9
Curriculum Night, Grades 6, 7 and 8
7:00 p.m.

Grade 5 Valens Trip, St. Donat Trip and Curriculum Parent Meeting
7:00 p.m.


Wednesday, September 10
Junior School Curriculum Night
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, September 3
Student-to-Student Uniform Sale
12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 10
First Parents’ Guild Meeting of the Year
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

2014-15 College Handbook Now Online

Are you curious about the co-curricular programs for the coming year? Or have you ever wondered if an HSC tunic can be worn with a green HSC golf shirt? Perhaps you want to know about some of the clubs available in the Senior School?

You’re in luck!

The 2014-15 HSC Handbook holds the answers to these questions and more, and is now available online here.

The handbook is intended as a guide to parents and students, and includes a wide range of general information and College policies. As always, if you have questions don’t hesitate to contact the Main Office at 905-389-1367.

Don’t Miss the First Student-to-Student Uniform Sale of the Year!

Parents and students looking for quality, gently used uniforms are encouraged to attend the first Student-to-Student uniform sale.

Tuesday, August 26
12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Page Gym

All proceeds from the sale are directed back to the school to support our children’s learning environment.

Volunteers are essential to the success of the Student-to-Student Uniform Sales at HSC. Parents interested in volunteering are invited to contact Sonia Filice, Parents’ Guild Chair at

Parents wishing to donate quality used uniforms may drop items off at the Main Office in advance of the sale.

Campus Store Ramps Up for Back-to-School!

It’s incredible to think that the first day of school is just a few weeks away! As we all start our back-to-school shopping and families begin to stock up on new uniform items and class supplies, we want to remind the community of the Campus Store’s summer hours:

Monday – Thursday
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

On Monday, August 25, regular fall term hours will resume and the store will be open for business Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

HSC Students Achieve AP Scholar Recognition in 2014

Advanced Placement (AP) program results are in for the 2013-2014 academic year, and HSC students continue to raise the bar for academic excellence. This year, our students wrote 130 AP exams and we are delighted to share with the HSC community that 73% of participating students scored 3 or higher on their AP exams this May.

Congratulations to all those students who worked so hard in this exceptional program, and to the dedicated faculty members who help their students realize success.

Trent Abraham, Qitong Deng, and Kevin Kecskemeti qualified for the AP Scholar Award, completing three or more AP exams with scores of 3 or higher.

Rishi Goel and Alex Smith qualified for the AP Scholar with Honours Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

Sydney Bradshaw and Clarissa Skorupski qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award. Both students received an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Sama Anvari and Alim Ladha are HSC’s newest National AP Scholars , each earning an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Since 2005, HSC has produced: 53 AP Scholars, 19 AP Scholars with Honours, 9 AP Scholars with Distinction, and 20 AP National Scholars—two of whom are also AP International Diploma recipients.

For more information on the AP program at HSC, click HERE.

Disney and Family Channel Star Hosts 'Triple Threat' Workshop at HSC

Disney and Family Channel star Ashley Leggat has returned home to Hamilton to host a Triple Threat Workshop until July 25, 2014 as part of Hillfield Strathallan College’s Summer Camp programming. Students, aged 7-12, will be introduced to the three major components of the entertainment industry: acting, dancing, and singing.

“I was born and raised in Hamilton, and I have always dreamed of coming back to my hometown to nourish the young artists in our city,” Leggat said. “I believe whole-heartedly that the best way to learn is through experience, and Hillfield Strathallan College shares this belief.

Leggat is a two-time Gemini nominated actress who has starred as ‘Casey’ in the Disney and Family Channel’s hit comedy series Life with Derek and movie Vacation with Derek. She appeared as ‘Marcia’ in the Disney feature film Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen with Lindsay Lohan and guest-starred in Murdoch Mysteries and Criminal Minds. More recently, Leggat starred as ‘Baby’ in the critically acclaimed production of Dirty Dancing at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto and just wrapped filming on her third Hallmark movie The Good Witch’s Wonder.

The 'Triple Threat' Workshop will include special guest speakers from the entertainment industry, learning dance combinations, song study from today’s greatest hits, and scene study. 

Workshop students will also create a short performance and present it on stage at HSC’s Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts on Friday, July 25 at 3:15 p.m. The community is welcome and admission is free.  

To learn more about HSC's summer camp opportunities, please click here.

HSC Student Receives Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

Congratulations to John Robertson '14, who was recently awarded the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award at a ceremony in Toronto.

John graduated from Grade 12 in June and has been working toward this honour since Grade 9. The award, which is divided up into three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold – is open to all youth aged 14 to 24 in Canada. Each level presents youth with challenges to get more involved in their community through four key areas: service, skills, recreation and adventurous journey.

David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented this award to John and only 100 of his peers in Ontario this year.

To read more about John's journey and his accomplishment, please click here.

Where Are Our Grads Going?

With the new Athletic Complex and Community Centre now open, 119 students crossed the stage on Friday, June 13 in our very first Senior School graduation on campus. We wish each and every student the very best in their futures as they begin their next life adventure.

We are pleased to share the choices of the class of 2014:

  • Top post-secondary choices in Ontario include: Western University (London, Ontario), Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), and McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario)
  • Top post-secondary choices in Canada include: Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), McGill University (Montréal, Quebec), and University of British Columbia (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Additional international post-secondary choices include: Duke University (Durham, North Carolina, USA), Parsons The New School for Design (New York, New York, USA), Cat Tales Zoological Park (Spokane, Washington, USA), Newcastle University (Newcastle, United Kingdom), and University of Leeds (Leeds, United Kingdom)
  • The top choices of study: commerce and management, arts and humanities, and science
701 Random Acts of Kindness

At the start of the year, home form 701 set the lofty goal of completing 701 random acts of kindness before school finished in June. It seemed like a lot at first, but once they got going, things really took off. They have done a wide variety of things such as shovelling people’s driveways, cutting lawns, emptying people’s recycling bins, clearing plates of other students at lunch, babysitting for free, returning grocery carts for people in parking lots, baking cookies to distribute to staff and faculty around the College, and the list goes on.

In the final week of classes, 701 still had about 80 acts to go, so they bought a few cases of water and put labels on them to explain what they were doing. The labels also said, “Please pay it forward. Do something nice for someone else today.” Four students from the class joined Mrs. Neibert on Thursday after school and drove around Hamilton handing out the water to construction workers, people at bus stops, taxi drivers, and anyone else who looked thirsty. The reaction was awesome, and who knows what rippling effect there may be in the city of Hamilton as those people pay it forward to others.

Senior Jazz Ensemble Wins Award

In addition to their Gold level performance at the 2014 Golden Horseshoe MusicFest, the HSC Senior Jazz Ensemble recently received word that they are also the recipients of the inaugural Professional Achievement Award for Jazz Ensemble, sponsored by the Hamilton Musician’s Guild (Local 293 CFM). The award recognizes a level of instrumental performance by a school group that is on par with a professional ensemble. The HSC ensemble was unanimously selected by the award adjudicators in consultation with the Golden Horseshoe MusicFest Board of Directors.

“You and your students should be proud that they are performing at a professional level in both presentation and execution,” said Ron Palangio, Regional Coordinator, Golden Horseshoe MusicFest. “Congratulations!”

Graduation Week at HSC

Graduation week at HSC is a time for students and families to celebrate and reflect on their HSC journey. Whether they have been with us for a year or for their entire educational experience, every HSC student is known and cared for.

For our Junior School and Middle School students, this week represents change and growth. On Wednesday, June 11, our Early Education and Montessori graduates begin their transition into the HSC Middle School. That same day, we celebrate our Grade 8 graduates – the first incoming Grade 9 class to enjoy the completed Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Excellence for their entire Senior School career.

To the 118 Senior School graduates crossing the stage on Friday, June 13—the HSC community wishes you all the best for the future as you begin your next life adventure.

Hard Work Adds Up to Success for HSC Math Stars

In April, HSC invited 10 students from each grade level to write the Fryer, Galois and Hypatia Contests, based on the students’ results throughout the year. The results of are in, and HSC is proud to announce some spectacular results in this year’s competitions.

The Fryer, Galois and Hypatia Contests are an opportunity for students to write a full-solution contest, and are a fun way to develop mathematical problem solving skills through a written mathematical activity. Questions test logical thinking and mathematical problem solving.

In the Hypatia (Grade 11) contest, Alec Moayyeddi received a Certificate of Distinction for placing in the top 25% of all competitors. The Grade 11 group— comprised of the top five scorers, Alec Moayyeddi, Chris Spennato, Sydney Bruckmann, Alexander Simonits and Whitney Way— placed 108th in Canada, 68th in Ontario and won their zone.

In the Galois (Grade 10) contest, four students received a Certificate of Distinction: Colby Parsons, Ryan Bennett, Kevin Chen and Nicholas Richardson. The group, which also included Nicky Spencer, placed 45th in Canada, 28th in the province and won their zone.

In the Fryer (Grade 9) contest, seven students won a Certificate of Distinction: Kevin Boenisch, George Zhou, Jaryd Tong, Haydn Wain-Lowe, Ruihan Wei, Kenji Marshall and Eric Wang. The top five scores were combined to make a team score, and the HSC Grade 9 group placed 23rd in Canada, 15th in the province and also won their zone.

This was HSC’s most successful year to date in mathematics competitions. Congratulations to all the students and teachers who participated!

Two HSC Students Qualify for OFSAA Final in Track and Field

Two HSC athletes are off to the OFSAA track and field final in Mississauga on June 5-7.

Megan Herring and Harrison Thomas will compete in the final, following their phenomenal performances at the metro qualifying meet, which brought together athletes from CISAA schools and across the GTA. There were 24 competitors in each event, and to qualify for the OFSAA finals, students had to place in the top four. Entering her race ranked 8th, Megan secured her OFSAA spot in the 100m with a 4th place finish.

Harrison faced stiff competition in the high jump, and knew he had to make his best jump in order to qualify. After some early tough attempts, he was one of only three jumpers to clear 1.65m and was guaranteed a trip to OFSAA.

The OFSAA track and field final brings together the top four athletes from eight different regions around Ontario who come together to compete to be the best in the province.

HSC students named winners in national student design contest

Congratulations to all HSC Students who participated in the 19th Annual Design Exchange (DX) Canadian High School Design Competition. For 2014, HSC submitted 20 pieces to the competition, and two of our talented students won awards in their categories. In addition to prize money, these students are invited to attend an industry workshop and awards gala.

Patrick Timmer placed 1st in the Textbook Graphic Design Challenge for his design Creating Canada.

In the Uniform/Fashion Design Challenge Max Shea placed 2nd for his Soccer/Rugby Jersey.

The aim of the competition is to promote the study and awareness of various design disciplines in schools across Canada. The competition is open to all high school students studying in Canada. Prizes are awarded in following categories – Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Costume Design, Architecture/Landscape Design, Interior Design, and Graphic Design.

More information on the Design Exchange and the full list of winners can be found by clicking HERE

HSC Alum Mr. Colin Glassco ‘61 to receive Alberta’s highest honour

Mr. Colin Glassco ‘61 is one of eight outstanding Albertans who will become members of the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2014. The Alberta Order of Excellence (AOE) is the highest honour the Province of Alberta can bestow on a citizen. By honouring their remarkable achievements and steadfast citizenship, their stories and legacy are preserved for future generations.

Members of the Alberta Order of Excellence come from all walks of life. Their careers range from medicine, science, engineering, law, and business to politics, education, agriculture and the arts. The one thing all members have in common is that they have made outstanding provincial, national or international contributions.

The Lieutenant Governor will preside over the investiture ceremony in Edmonton on Wednesday, October 15. For more information on the Order of Excellence, visit

Mr. Glassco was awarded the Inaugural HSC Alumni Award of Distinction in 2005. He is the founder of the Colin B. Glassco Charitable Foundation for Children, which assists children infected with trachoma in Zambia, one of the largest preventable causes of a painful blindness. Today the Foundation helps fight trachoma by providing simple but essential tools: education, wells for clean water, medicine and LED lighting. Since 2001 the Foundation has developed a successful drilling program with the local government in Zambia. It has drilled over 180 wells and impacts the lives of over 20,000 people. For more information on the Glassco Foundation, visit

Rugby Gold for both U14 and Senior Boys, Girls capture Silver

It was an exciting day at HSC as the Trojans took on Crescent School in the U14 Boys’ Division 1 Rugby Championship final on Friday, May 23. Scoring first and in the lead after the half, it was clear HSC was on game. Despite a spirited effort from their opponents, the Trojans played an incredible match, and captured the CISAA gold with a score of 38 – 5. The Senior Boys’ Rugby Team followed with a CISAA Division II gold championship victory on Saturday, May 24 against Lakefield College School, winning 33 - 14. That same day, the Senior Girls’ team fought a dogged battle against Appleby College, and took home the silver in Division II.

Top Performances Continue at CISAA for HSC Athletes

On May 21, 2014, 27 students represented HSC at the CISAA Badminton Championships. A total of 15 schools competed, and over 400 badminton matches were played by students from across Ontario.

HSC congratulates Junior Girls Doubles silver medalists, Tate Kamps and Shona Russell, and Junior Mixed Doubles silver medalists Samantha Wong and Shaun Tinguria. Thanks to coaches Jones and Viveros, who are proud of all HSC Badminton players.

Other outstanding performances to make the quarter-finals:

  • Junior Boys Singles 1: Tom Nenninger
  • Junior Boys Singles 2: Matt Robertson
  • Junior Boys Doubles 1: Dinesh Moro and Braedon Joyce
  • Senior Boys Singles 2: Jayson Chen
HSC Athletes Pitch and Putt their way to two More Victories!

It was a huge week for HSC Athletics, with the Senior Boys’ Slo-Pitch and Golf teams both bringing home championship titles!

It was a back and forth game on Wednesday, when the HSC Slo-Pitch team took on Lakefield College for the CISAA Division 1 Championship. Taking the lead by one point going into the final inning, Lakefield put up a good fight, sending out their best hitters in the final inning. Although they managed to take the lead, HSC fought back in the bottom of the inning. The bases were loaded with no outs. Danny Davies got up to bat and hit a sacrifice fly ball, which led to the game-tying run. Isaac Cohen followed with a fly ball to centre field, allowing Brett Lawrie to tag up and advance to third. There were already two outs when Ryan Fiotakis came up to bat. The pressure was on. After three balls and one strike, Ryan’s bat connected with the ball, sending it clear into left field and securing HSC’s second straight CISAA Division 1 Championship!

From home runs to hole in ones, the HSC Senior Boys Golf team fared just as well, showing their dominance in the CISAA’s Woodington Lakes tournament. Coming off a commanding 11-stroke victory at last week’s tournament, the boys did not disappoint. The team received some challenging starting holes, but persevered to claim a nine-point victory against their rivals. Greg Ippolito tied for lowest score of the day with a one-over 73. Both Trent Abraham and Nick Hofland scored 74, and Alex Macleod finished with an impressive 88. With a four-man total of 309, they were the landslide victors, with second place coming in with a combined score of 318.

Congratulations boys!

A Senior School Night for the Arts

The Senior School celebrated the arts on Tuesday, May 20. Diverse performances by HSC bands and choirs took place in the Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts, and the new Athlete's Way was transformed by amazing art for the Senior School Arts, Design & Music Night. Click HERE or visit to view photos from the event.

Celebrating Creativity: Middle School Arts Night

Student art work transformed the new Alumni Family Lounge into an art gallery, showcasing more than 500 pieces of artwork created by artists in the Middle School. The display, part of the Middle School Arts Night held on Tuesday, May 13, was enjoyed by all in attendance (including Hektor the Trojan).

Music is also part of the evening, and Tuesday’s event featured musical performances by the Middle School bands and choir in the Virtue Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts. Congratulations to our promising young artists on their hard work and enthusiasm.

Photos from the event can be viewed online at or by clicking HERE.

Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Excellence Officially Open!

A shared dream is now a reality. On May 9, 2014, Hillfield Strathallan College (HSC) welcomed close to 800 students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends to the official opening ceremony of our new Athletic Complex and Community Centre. The opening marks the completion of the College’s 134,000 sq.ft. Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Excellence and the start of HSC community access to facilities that are the best of their kind amongst independent schools in Canada.

Prior to the official opening ceremony, students dressed in their purple and green spirit wear filled the new triple gym for a College-wide pep rally. The HSC drum line and dance team entertained the crowd and Hektor the Trojan stopped by for photographs with students, alumni and donors. Jennifer Bhalla ’93 and Keegan Johnson ’93— 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees—shared their enthusiastic support of HSC Athletics, reminding students about the empowering role sport can play throughout their lives.

As the pep rally concluded, HSC welcomed a distinguished group of alumni and donors to the stage. The formal program included remarks from the centre’s namesake and HSC Patron, Mr. Michael G. DeGroote Hon. ’09; Head of College, Mr. Marc Ayotte; Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr. Mitch Bauer; Head Boy, Mr. Joseph LaFerriere; Head Girl, Miss Hannah Bauer; and HSC Builder Mr. Ron Bremner ’67.

View pictures from the official opening on the HSC galleries page by clicking HERE or visiting

HSC Homecoming 2014 Wrap-Up

Blue skies, warm temperatures and a refreshing breeze made May 10, 2014 the perfect spring day to celebrate the HSC community. Over 900 participants, family activities, student games, the first annual Hektor’s Home Run and more than 30 events combined to make HSC Homecoming 2014 a day to remember.

Festivities included Hektor’s Family Fun Zone, a make-it-and-take-it craft area, a free pancake breakfast and BBQ lunch, alumni, student and current parent games and a special tree dedication ceremony in the Michael H. DeGroote Senior School Courtyard for the late Mr. Edward (Ted) Douglas Helwig.

The day’s success is due to the efforts of the HSC Athletic Department, the Parents’ Guild, Advancement Team, Alumni Office and the HSC Maintenance Staff. At the 2nd Annual Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner, HSC honoured classes ending in years ’4 and ’9 and inducted a new group of HSC Athletes into our Hall of Fame. Those honoured at the event were:

Male Athlete Inductee: James Green ’86
Female Athlete Inductee: Susan McShane ’88
Heritage Inductee: The Honourable Coulter A. Osborne Q.C. ’50
Coach Inductee: Gregory Higson
Male Team Inductees: 2003 Boys OFSAA Gold Medal Champions
Female Team Inductees: 2000 Girls OFSAA Silver Medalists
Builder Inductee: Geoffrey (Geoff) George Steel

Check out the photo gallery HERE to experience HSC spirit at Homecoming 2014.

Strategic Planning Meeting, Parents’ Guild – May 7, 2014

All current HSC parents and guardians are invited to attend a special Parents’ Guild meeting on Wednesday, May 7 at 9:00 a.m. in the Michael G. DeGroote Senior School Student Commons.

An open forum to discuss the HSC Draft Strategic Plan, this is a critical opportunity to provide feedback on the future of HSC. The meeting will be recorded and shared with the community, so those unable to attend in person can view the event and provide feedback online on the HSC website.

Details about the planning process can be found on the Strategy@HSC website at

2014-2015 Prefects in Training and House Captains Announced

HSC is delighted to announce that the following students will serve as Prefects in Training in preparation for the 2014-2015 academic year:

Joshua Altmann – Junior School Prefect
Naman Arora – Service Prefect
Nicole Arski – Chapel Prefect
Olivia Arski – Academic Prefect
Diandra Cocco – Spirit Prefect
Laura Falco – Arts Prefect
Jessica Kain – Wellness Prefect
Benjamin Kornya – Middle School Prefect
Keiko Marshall – Montessori Prefect
Michael Neibert – Male Athletic Prefect
Benjamin Rudolph – Media and Public Relations Prefect
Anastasia Tolfa – Female Athletic Prefect

Grade 12 Prefects, under the leadership of our Head Girl and Head Boy, serve as role models for the student body and work tirelessly in the College and in the greater community to make connections with all of our constituent groups. Prefects are chosen from members of the graduating class who have indicated a desire to be considered for such a position. The primary function of the Prefects is to help guide the younger students, to foster school spirit and to help in the administration and discipline of the College.

The HSC Senior School is also pleased to introduce the following student leaders as House Captains and Senior House Representatives for the 2014/15 school year:

Birch House
House Captains: Greg Ippolito and Jared Gaffe
Senior House Rep: Mattias Eyram

Earn House
House Captains: Clarisse Connelly and Holly Hamilton
Senior House Reps: Lauren Fiotakis and Zoe McMillan

Cedar House
House Captains: George Hajjar and Kostas Renieris
Senior House Reps: Evan Souter and Justin Roh

More House
House Captains: Hena Guha and Jordana Katz
Senior House Reps: Rachel Webber and Kristen Johnston

Maple House
House Captains: Jeff Joynt and Tate Ruse

Tay House
House Captains:  Lulu Faidi and Jen Armstrong
Senior House Reps: Calista Marshall and Rebecca Kuhn

Pine House
House Captain:  Josh Rudolph

Yre House
House Captains: Taylor McArthur and Whitney Way
Senior House Reps:  Kim Kerr and Carina Schiappa

The House Captains and Senior House Representatives act as Senior School and College-wide leaders, planning events, building community, and running various school life initiatives. As student leaders, they are held to high standards and act as peer role models for both their peers and the younger students across the College. House Captains liaise with the Prefects, House Grade Reps, students, teachers and administration with regards to House events, College-wide events, and community initiatives.

Whistler Cup Triumph for HSC Skiers

After a successful season from racers in both the CISAA and OFSAA circuits, HSC is proud to celebrate a pair of Grade 8 athletes who recently competed the 2014 Whistler Cup on April 3-5 in British Columbia: Avery Webber and Will Kornya.

The Whistler Cup is an annual race series for athletes between the ages of 12 to 15. Many of the world’s elite skiers, including Erik Guay, Lindsay Vonn and Tina Maze, once competed in this event. To qualify, Avery and Will earned spots on Team Ontario for their podium showings at the provincial championships.

Top three in the province is incredible, and a similar performance at the Whistler Cup against 300 of the world’s fastest junior racers would prove to be Olympic. With the help of some blazing results from Avery and Will, Team Ontario earned 2nd place overall among 27 countries, behind only the Japanese team. Avery placed 9th in the panel slalom, 15th in the giant slalom, and 10th in the full gate slalom in a field of over 100 top female racers. Will won his slalom races, and carried the Canadian flag to the podium as the anthem played. He placed 14th in the giant slalom, which was enough to secure him the Dave Murray Award for top Canadian male racer in the U14 division.

Congratulations, Will and Avery!

New York Times Student Editorial Contest names HSC student as a winner

Please join HSC in congratulating Grade 12 Student Noah Spencer for his selection as a winner in the inaugural New York Times Student Editorial Contest.

The contest challenged young writers to choose a topic they care about, gather evidence from both New York Times and non-New York Times sources, and write a concise and convincing editorial. The Contest was judged by Rory O’Connor and Dean Miller from the Center for News Literacy, and Shannon Doyne, Amanda Christy Brown, Annissa Hambouz, Daniel Slotnik, Michael Gonchar and Katherine Schulten from The Learning Network.

The following is an excerpt from the New York Times website:

“The writers we honor today pulled us in with clever openings, personal anecdotes and concise overviews that communicated the urgency of a topic. They had the confidence to inject their own experiences and perspectives into their editorials, when appropriate, without distracting the reader from the larger context of the issue. They stuck to the facts, without getting lost in conjecture or hyperbole. They offered us new insights.”

To read Noah’s winning editorial, one of just 10 selected from thousands of entries—“Why I, a Heterosexual Teenage Boy, Want to See More Men in Speedos”—click HERE.

Builders of HSC Honoured

At a celebratory dinner in Lawson Hall on April 22, 2014, HSC honoured the 2014 Builders of HSC inductees. Many of HSC’s most distinguished alumni, former HSC parents, friends, former governors and former staff were present to recognize the following six outstanding individuals:

  • Mr. Ron S. Bremner '67 (Alumnus, Advisor to the Alumni Association, Alumni Hall of Excellence 2006 and Alumni Award of Distinction 2009)
  • Mr. Ron L. Foxcroft (Former HSC Parent and Former Governor, and Former Chair of the Transformation HSC Campaign)
  • Mrs. Blanka Guyatt (Retired Faculty, Former HSC Parent and Crescendo Committee Member)
  • Mr. Bruce D. Heagle '76 (Alumnus, Former HSC Parent, Former Chair of the Board of Governors, Former Trustee and Current Advisor to the Board of Trustees)
  • Mrs. Bonnie L. Lendrum (Former HSC Parent, Former Volunteer and Former Parents' Guild President)
  • Dr. Tom Matthews Hon. '10 (Former HSC Headmaster, Honourary Alumnus and Former HSC Parent)

Recognition as a Builder is one of the highest honours that HSC bestows upon members of our community. This process pays tribute to loyal and hard-working constituents who have made a sustained contribution to the College over time, and who have played major roles in the development of the College and its predecessors.

Builders are chosen by a Selection Committee consisting of current Builders, plus the Head of College as a non-voting member, and reflecting all of the College’s major stakeholder groups.

HSC congratulates the individuals named above and, on behalf of the entire HSC community, we express our heartfelt appreciation for their unfailing commitment and selfless dedication to the College.

Photos from this prestigious event can be viewed in the HSC Photo Gallery by clicking HERE.

Senior School Student wins Great Canadian Geography Challenge

HSC Grade 10 student Lucas Grande is Canada’s newest geography champion, besting 49 of the country’s top students in the Great Canadian Geography Challenge on Thursday, April 17. In addition to earning the prestigious title of “National Champion” he received a $3,000 cheque for his achievement.

An annual event organized by Canadian Geographic Education, the Challenge promotes geographical education among young Canadians. This year, 50,000 students across Canada participated, but only 50 of them reached the National finals.

To earn his title, Lucas had to first qualify at the class level, then the school level, then the provincial level. As National Champion, he demonstrated top knowledge of Canadian and international geography as well as topography, climate and even cultural facts.

Doing well in the competition involves a combination of geography savvy, general knowledge and luck, says Lucas. “You don't know what they're going to ask you, so you just have to rely on what you do know and press your luck to a certain extent.”

Lucas always had a personal interest in geography and enjoys learning about other cities, countries and cultures. Competing in the challenge over years has taught him it was also a subject in which he excelled.

“I never knew I was [good at geography] until I wrote the competition for the first time in Grade 5,” he says. “It’s true. I had absolutely no idea.”

There were personal lessons learned from the competition as well, says Lucas. “It taught me a good lesson in perseverance. I had to overcome the disappointment of narrowly missing out on a place on the Canadian team last year, in order to win this year.”

Winning nationals is about more than just a title to Lucas. “It means that all my knowledge of geography is worth something,” he says and, with a hint of well-earned confidence, adds: “And I’m not going to lie—it's nice to be the national champion of something.”

Please click here to read more in an article from the Hamilton Specatator.

HSC granted continued status as a member of the CAIS Corporation

We are pleased to report that HSC has been granted continued status as a member of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Corporation following the completion of an in-depth accreditation visit last fall.

From November 3 to 6, 2013, HSC welcomed a committee of volunteer representatives, selected by CAIS, and comprised of members from different independent schools across the country to campus to conduct an accreditation visit. Accreditation of a school by CAIS indicates that it meets or exceeds national standards and effective practices. The CAIS accreditation visit involved a review by the committee of the resulting internal report, as well as interviews with members of every area of the HSC community, including members of the Parents’ Guild and alumni.

In his introduction to the Visiting Committee report, Chair Bill Jones of Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School, featured the following accolades for the whole HSC community:

“It was obvious to the CAIS accreditation Visiting Committee from the outset that Hillfield Strathallan College is a very special community characterized by a deep sense of pride and belonging. One is immediately engaged by its rich history and struck by the caring and supportive environment that welcomes students, employees and visitors each day. The quality and depth of the Internal Review provided the Visiting Committee with early indications that this was a community of dedicated faculty and staff working in concert to provide the best possible learning environment for students. This was reinforced by our observations throughout the visit wherein we witnessed professionalism, competence and commitment in virtually every aspect of the school’s operation. It is clear that the best interests of students serve as the touchstones for all planning, action and decision-making at the College.

In talking with various constituent groups including students, teachers, staff, administration and the Board of Governors, it became apparent that there is a strong commitment to, and great enthusiasm for continuous improvement. It is indeed a defining element of the school’s culture.

The Board and Leadership Team are forward-looking and strategic in their planning for a preferred future. There is considerable evidence that the three key priorities of the current strategic plan have, for the most part, been accomplished and the objectives of Transformation HSC are nearing completion as well. The latter has provided HSC with some exceptional new facilities that will serve as excellent resources in support of both the academic and co-curricular programs. The school is also to be commended on its extensive efforts to embrace a student-centered approach to learning and the emphasis placed on creativity, the uniqueness of individuals and the development of leadership potential. From the Head of College who greets students each morning, to the bus drivers who safely transport students, everyone knows the students well and takes a sincere interest in their success and well-being.”

HSC takes great pride in the 43 commendations throughout the report. We also value the insights that CAIS provided to guide our growth and development in the following areas:

  • Enhancing the culture of philanthropy
  • Cultivating one College of four distinct schools to build consistency and collaboration
  • Revisiting the mission and vision as part of the strategic planning process

Over the next 12 months, HSC will prepare a detailed response to CAIS for the 27 recommendations and 39 suggestions over all 11 CAIS Standards. We will continue to keep the HSC community informed of our progress in these areas as part of the accreditation process.

Should you wish to view the full accreditation report from the CAIS Visiting Committee, please contact Adela Sepe at 905-389-136, ext. 108 or by e-mail at to borrow a copy.

Mathletes Team Competes at 2014 Canadian Team Mathematics Contest

On April 8, 21 HSC Senior School students took part in the Canadian Team Mathematics Contest. We entered four teams in this fun and challenging competition which is open to all students from Grades 9 to 11.

During the Team Event, students had to collectively solve 25 problems. Discussion was encouraged, and teams awarded three points for each correct answer. This was followed by a rigorous Individual Event, where the students had to solve 10 problems on their own. Each correct answer contributed one point to the team score. The final event was the Relay: Students passed their answers on to a teammate to solve the subsequent problem, who then passed their answer to the next team member to use in their solution. If the team could complete the relay in four minutes, they earned 10 points. A correct answer in eight minutes earned five points.

Special recognition goes to Josh Altmann and Kevin Chen for their exceptional critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Team “Doraemon” scored a total of 140 points in the three events—an HSC record! Congratulations to Kevin Chen, Eric Wang, George Zhou, Arthur Liao, Diana Jiang and Ruihan Wei. This team did exceptionally well in the Relay Event.

Team “Team Name” earned a total of 80 points. Team members are Colby Parsons, Charlotte Cui, Jaryd Tong, Thomas Lim, Daniela D’Ambrosi and Jordan Huang.

Team “Rainbow Flame” scored a total of 73 points with team members Ale Meza, Nicholas Richardson and Yash Kini.

Our fourth team was “J squared” earned 70 points in a great effort by Taylor MacArthur, Josh Altmann, Josh Santin, Jen Armstrong, Posi Akinsooto and Anastasia Partsernaik.

HSC places ninth on the “Top 50 Ontario Terry Fox Fundraisers” List

The Terry Fox Foundation has released their provincial school fundraising results from the Terry Fox National School Run Day, which took place last September, 2013. In total, Hillfield Strathallan College raised $21,065.95 to support cancer research, and placed ninth on the “Top 50 Ontario Terry Fox Fundraisers” list (elementary/secondary division).

HSC is proud of our community, particularly of all students, staff and volunteers who contributed to the success of this annual event. The College looks forward to participating in next year’s Terry Fox National School Run Day on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

For more information, please visit

HSC Shines at Bay Area Science & Engineering Fair (BASEF)

From March 26 to April 1, 2014, 25 Grade 8 students and 17 Grade 9 students represented the HSC Middle and Senior Schools at the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF). In addition to individual awards, the impressive quality of the projects overall contributed to the HSC’s receipt of the Herb Gildea Award, presented to the secondary school with best performance in the fair.

Combined the Middle and Senior School projects received:

  • 7 Silver Merit Awards
  • 13 Bronze Merit Awards
  • 19 Special Awards
  • 3 Scholarships from McMaster University
  • 18 scholarships from Mohawk College and Sheridan College
  • 3 Awards for Excellence in Science and Technology

A highlight of the awards ceremony was Senior School student Liam Younger’s selection as a participant in the Canada Wide Science Fair. Liam was one of just 16 students chosen from a pool of 300 outstanding entries.

Our young scientists should be proud of their accomplishments. Please see below the summary of awards. Photos from the event can be found on the HSC Galleries by clicking here.


Lukas Bauer and Kenji Marshall – Heads up: Attentive Driving Device

  • 2 special awards, Mohawk College and Sheridan College Tuition Award, Silver Merit Award.

Kevin Boenisch – Robotic Object Movement System

  • 4 special awards, McMaster University Tuition Award, Mohawk College and Sheridan College Tuition Award, Silver Merit Award.

Santiago Gomez Vargas and Keegan LeBlanc – Benefits of Endurance Exercise on Human Energy Metabolism

  • Mohawk College and Sheridan College Tuition Award, Bronze Merit Award.

Max Horne – Five Materials Tested for Sound Amplification and Absorption

  • Mohawk College and Sheridan College Tuition Award, Bronze Merit Award.

Sahana Kapur – Light Up My World

  • Mohawk College and Sheridan College Tuition Award, Bronze Merit Award.

Elias Larrazabal – Ethanol: the Future of Green Energy

  • 1 special award, Mohawk College and Sheridan College Tuition Award, Bronze Merit Award.

Sasha Paikin – Are Braces Doing More Harm Than Good?

  • 1 special award, “Excellence in Science and Technology” Award, Mohawk College and Sheridan College Tuition Award.

Kenneth Payyapilly and Abhiraj Gogia – K’need a Break?

  • “Excellence in Science and Technology” Award, Mohawk College and Sheridan College Tuition Award, Silver Merit Award.

Haydn Wain-Lowe – Should Trucks wear Skirts?

  • 5 special awards, McMaster University Tuition Award, Mohawk College and Sheridan College Tuition Award, Bronze Merit Award.

Ruihan Wei – Relationship Between Viscosity and Surface Tension

  • 1 special award, “Excellence in Science and Technology” Award, Mohawk College and Sheridan College Tuition Award, Silver Merit Award.

Liam Younger – Can you Hear me Now?

  • 1 special award, McMaster University Tuition Award, Mohawk College and Sheridan College Tuition Award, Silver Merit Award.


Alexandra Nemy and Karishma Mehta – Grow to the Beat

  • BASEF Participants.

Anastasia Drakos and Sara Kemper – Sunware or Funware?

  • BASEF Participant, Bronze Merit Award and $500 Scholarships for Sheridan and Mohawk College.

Andrew Tedesco and Nikhil Natarajan – Making It Rain

  • BASEF Participants.

Avery Webber and Darius Mahdavi – The EYES Have It

  • BASEF Participants.

Brandon Darcel and Hanna Agro – The Science of Willy Wonka

  • BASEF Participants.

Simon Grande and Drake Mosca – Go With The Flow

  • BASEF Participants, Bronze Merit Award and $500 Scholarships for Sheridan and Mohawk College.

Stephanie Gerend and Talia Loreti – Tastebudsters

  • BASEF Participants.

Daniel Kuhn and Chris Goater – Pop Decay

  • BASEF Participants, Bronze Merit Award and $500 Scholarships for Sheridan and Mohawk College.

Nico Corrado and Harrison Lee – Does Taste Affect Memory

  • BASEF Participants.

Karlie Frankel and Victoria Altmann – Are You Being Foodled?

  • BASEF Participants, Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute Award $250 cash prize.

Christopher Neibert – Beeting the Ice

  • BASEF Participant, Bronze Merit Award and $500 Scholarships for Sheridan and Mohawk College.

Julia Dobrovolskis – Lead it Steep

  • BASEF Participant, Silver Merit Award and $500 Scholarships for Sheridan and Mohawk College, Dillon Consulting Biological Sciences Award $250 cash prize, Special Award for Junior Earth & Environmental Sciences $50 cash prize.

Jayden Sohal – Go the Distance

  • BASEF Participant.

Nicholas Mertin – The SXSR Signature Recognition Engine

  • BASEF Participant, Bronze Merit Award and $500 Scholarships for Sheridan and Mohawk College, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Innovation Award 1st Place Prize and $250 cash prize.

David Pearson – Micro Gravity and the Affects of Plants

BASEF Participant, Bronze Merit Award and $500 Scholarships for Sheridan and Mohawk College.

Rachel Struthers and Liane McPhee – Right or Left Brain?

  • BASEF Qualifiers

Note: Special Awards are given by organizations and groups to recognize deserving projects that deal with topics of interest to the donor. Merit Awards are based on evaluation of 150 judges from educational institutions, government organizations, business and industry. Detailed results can be found at

HSC Announcement Regarding Adam Carswell

It is with mixed emotions that I share the news that Adam Carswell has accepted a position effective July 1, 2014 as the Lower School Director of the University School of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After five remarkable years as the leader of our Junior School, Mr. Carswell is excited to head their Lower School of 675 students and nearly 100 faculty. His family is also excited about their return to Florida—both Abigail and Lilly will attend U-School, and Sarah will pursue her Master’s degree with Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Mr. Carswell attained his own Master’s degree in Management and Administration of Educational Programs from NSU ten years ago.

When he joined HSC in 2009, Mr. Carswell implemented a progressive vision at the Junior School, focused on innovative and effective academic, arts and athletics programming, and on growing and developing the school’s culture and community. He fully supports HSC’s mission and vision, and has made tremendous progress toward the College’s Strategic Plan initiatives. Examples include a focus on student-centred teaching and learning, meaningful integration of technology, revised and more relevant report cards, student leadership, and the implementation of benchmarking and targeted language groups that allow for personalized instruction. He ensures the Junior School is a safe and nurturing environment which recognizes each child for their individual strengths and passions. Faculty and students are encouraged to take risks and try something new, and parents are engaged as partners in their children’s education. In short, Mr. Carswell created an environment where teachers and students can reach their full potential and take joy in working and learning together.

In light of Mr. Carswell’s departure, it was important for us to identify a new Principal of the Junior School.  Fortunately, Mr. Carswell has worked closely with Shailau Spivak as his Vice Principal for the past four years, and Mrs. Spivak is excited to take over as Interim Principal for the 2014-15 academic year. We will conduct a full national search befitting the importance of this role in early 2015.

Mrs. Spivak has over 17 years of experience in education. She is a proponent of HSC’s progressive approach that ensures each student’s learning experience is exciting, productive and rewarding. Mrs. Spivak completed her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature at The University of Western Ontario before completing the Teacher Education program at the University of Western Sydney, Australia.  She then moved to California where she taught for 10 years. Upon her return to Canada, Mrs. Spivak joined HSC and is now in her seventh year teaching Grade 2 in the Junior School.  In those seven years, she earned her Master’s degree in Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction at Walden University, and completed nine of 10 modules in the CAIS Leadership Institute, a program designed to develop leadership attributes amongst educators at independent schools across Canada. Mrs. Spivak will complete her final Leadership Institute module this fall.

Please join me in thanking Mr. Carswell for his extensive contributions during his tenure, as well as congratulating Mrs. Spivak on her appointment as the interim Junior School Principal.

As always, if you have questions, please call or e-mail.


Mr. Marc Ayotte
Head of College



HSC Champions at “Reach for the Top” Regional League Championship

On Tuesday, April 1, the HSC Intermediate “Reach for the Top” team travelled to St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic Secondary School in Hamilton to compete in their final official tournament of the year.

The competition began as a TV quiz game for high school students in 1961, and over four decades, thousands of students have played "Reach for the Top." Today, hundreds of schools compete in non-televised trivia contests at the league, provincial and national levels.

Tuesday’s competition was close, with HSC and Westdale vying for the win. Both teams began the tournament with an equal win/loss record, but HSC's point accumulation gave HSC an advantage. The team maintained their momentum, winning all five games and earning a total of 5100 points throughout the year. This moved them into position as the regional league champions!

Competing in “Reach for the Top” demands a wide range of knowledge and skills. It also requires practice, commitment, and a desire to learn.

Each member of the team contributed significantly to this accomplishment. Please be sure to congratulate them on bringing home their first trophy!

Congratulations to:

  • Ryan Bennett (co-captain)
  • Lucas Grande (co-captain)
  • Nicholas Richardson
  • Catherine Campbell
  • Emmet Blanchett Neheli
  • Jared Gaffe
  • Joshua Rudolph
  • Laura Kain
  • Madison Bradshaw
  • Molly Reeves
  • Nicholas DiLoreto
  • Nina Vujovic
  • Sam Gales
Junior School Gizmos and Gadgets Buddy Time

During the month of March, HSC Senior Kindergarten (SK) students were busy taking part in science workshops presented by our Grade 6 students. Both groups enjoyed taking part in hands-on activities, while learning about simple machines, towers and structures, static electricity and magnets.

This cross-school buddy opportunity was mutually beneficial for our Junior and Middle School students. Our resourceful Grade 6 students were responsible for preparing science demonstrations for their buddies under the supervision of Mrs. Brunberg. The students worked together to prepare hands-on experiments and activities for their younger buddies. It was evident that they took their leadership roles seriously, as they demonstrated knowledge, patience and enthusiasm.

The joy and excitement that our SK students exuded, made it apparent they thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to interact with their older peers.  Photos of the workshops are now posted on the HSC Galleries website at



HSC Achieves Excellence at NHSMUN

From March 5-9, the elite segment of the HSC Model United Nations team competed at the National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) conference in New York City, New York. Every March, NHSMUN hosts 3,000 participants from 150 schools and over 20 countries to represent their assigned delegations in simulated committee meetings and plenary sessions. The conference brings together a worldwide student body and offers an opportunity to experience the theory and practice of international relations firsthand.

This is the largest, most esteemed Model United Nations (MUN) conference in North America, and opening and closing ceremonies are held in the UN General Assembly chamber.

We are delighted to report that the HSC team had an amazing conference. This year’s achievements are as follows:

  • Sydney Bradshaw
    Sydney earned an Award of Distinction (1st place) for her role as Belgium on the Historical Trusteeship Council of 1959.  This is HSC’s first time earning this award.
  • Ishaan Kapur (Head Delegate)
    Ishaan earned an Award of Excellence (2nd place) for his role as Special Representative from the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali.

The following 10 students collectively earned the Award of Excellence (2nd place) as the Delegation from Kuwait.  This is HSC’s first ever delegation award.

  • Henry Adlam
    Henry represented Kuwait to the Special, Political and Decolonization Committee.
  • Posi Akinsooto & Akshay Kapoor
    Posi & Akshay represented Kuwait on a double delegation, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization.  Despite having more than 150 students in their committee, Posi and Akshay were selected by their committee chair to speak to the entire conference from the floor of the General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters.
  • Lucas Grande
    Lucas represented Kuwait to the Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee.
  • Angus Lee
    Angus represented Kuwait to the Disarmament and International Security Committee.
  • Nicholas Jackson
    Nick represented Kuwait to the Economic and Financial Committee.
  • Hamzah Khan
    Hamzah represented Kuwait to the World Health Organization.
  • Rebecca Serena
    Becca represented Kuwait to the Legal Committee.
  • Alex Smith
    Alex represented Kuwait to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization which had more than 100 delegates.  Alex was also chosen by his committee chair to speak for the committee from the floor of the General Assembly of the United Nations Headquarters.
  • Rishi Goel (Head Delegate)
    Rishi represented Kuwait to the World Bank.  He is also accepting the Award of Excellence on behalf of the Kuwaiti Delegation.

Simulations such as NHSMUN teach participants about the United Nations and the international community through intensively researched debate with their peers in a setting moderated by students from the most elite universities.

NHSMUN attracts distinguished speakers including Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Ambassador Joseph Melrose, Regional Director of Amnesty International Joshua Rubenstein, Counsellor for the World Bank Yuvan A. Beejadhur, Professor Gregory H. Stanton of Genocide Watch and George Mason University, and professionals from Kiva.

Congratulations to all our HSC delegates, advisors, and staff on a successful conference!

Construction Update

Construction on our new Athletic Complex and Community Centre continued over the March Break.  Review the project's process and preview our developing spaces by clicking here to visit the Construction Blog.

HSC Swimmers at Home in the Water during OFSAA Finals

Primed for fierce competition, 1,450 athletes from 285 Ontario schools descended on Brantford on March 4 and 5 for the 2014 Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) Swimming Championships.

Cheered on by Head of College Marc Ayotte and Athletics Director Paul Masotti, the entire HSC boys’ swim team performed well and qualified for the A Final in the Freestyle Relay and 100 Metre Freestyle, and the B Final in both the 100 Meter Backstroke and 100 Individual Medley (IM).

Allin Demopolis, Santiago Gomez Vargas, Christian Kwiecien-Delaney and Tate Ruse gave it their all in the Freestyle Relay. Ranked 4th overall, the team needed to have the race of their lives in order to medal. They had a great race against some amazing athletes and maintained their 4th place finish. With three Grade 9 HSC students participating in this year’s relay event, the team is well positioned for 2015.

Haydn Wain-Lowe finished with a personal best time in the 100 IM, placing 14th. He had a strong finish in the 100 Metre Backstroke, placing 10th in the province.

Ranked in first place entering his individual event, Christian Kwiecien-Delaney made a big splash in the 100 Metre Freestyle. Never surrendering his lead, Christian won gold with a time of 58:72 seconds.

Although they failed to qualify for finals in other events, the team performed with precision and demonstrated excellent sportsmanship. Haydn Wain-Low, Tristan Ruse, Noah Losani and Jonathan Wong swam well and finished 24th overall in the highly competitive 200 Metre Medley Relay category. Allin Demopolis placed 21st in the 50 Metre Breaststroke, and Tristan placed 26th in the 50 Metre Freestyle and 21st in the100 Metre Breaststroke to end his swimming career at HSC.

Congratulations to all of our HSC OFSAA swimmers!

Double CISAA Gold for HSC

The HSC Snowboard Club came out on top at the CISAA Snowboarding Championships, held at the Alpine Ski Club on Wednesday, February 12.

It was grueling and challenging race. The course was tight and tough, and as icy as a skating rink by the second run – but both the girls’ and boys’ teams fought against the elements to become CISAA Champions!

The HSC girls triumphed against the competition. Mackenzie Hamilton clocked the fastest time in the competition, taking home the U20 Girls’ Gold medal. Holly Giacomodonato came in a close second, with an explosive second run that earned her the U20 Girls’ Silver medal. Rookie, Holly Hamilton was also strong competition, grabbing the U16 Girls’ Gold medal for her stellar race.

Noa Perez, Sydney Hobbes and Rose McParland placed 8th, 9th and 10th respectively, helping freeze out the competition and secure the CISAA Girls’ Championship.  Rose McParland also showed incredible skill during the Slopestyle competition, earning the U20 Silver Slopestyle medal.

As for the boys’ team, they were second in the rankings going in to the championships. Up against strong rivals from GCS and St. Mike’s, they faced an uphill battle. Working together as a team, the boys came from behind and raced to victory, clinching the Boys’ CISAA Championship.

Luke Friedl dominated, coming in 4th place and Michael Russell followed in 7th place to help secure HSC’s victory. Nick Dekort, Iain McRae and Connor St. Louis also held off the competition with their impressive 16th, 19th and 20th place finishes. This week’s game changer was Graham Dubreuil. With his 15th place finish, he made it possible for HSC to stay in the game. This is the second time Graham’s finish has made a difference in the team’s final outcome.

What a ride! Congratulations to both the Boys’ and Girls’ Snowboard Team on their impressive finishes.

On February 27, both teams head Mansfield for the OFSAA snowboarding championship.


A Triumphant Return for HSC Robotics

Congratulations to the HSC Robotics team, recently named 2014 Ontario Provincial VEX Robotics Champions. Brought out of hibernation by a group of dedicated Grade 9 students, the team—Kevin Boenisch, Allin Demopolis, Andrew Strauss, Thomas Lim, Avdon Racki, Theo Oskroba, Alex Rufenach, Mourad El Mofty, Nitai Pandith and Michael Kondra —have qualified for the World Championship in Anaheim, California in April.

The VEX Robotics World Championship brings together talented Middle and Senior student robotics teams to celebrate their accomplishments and to compete at an international level. Presented by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, the VEX Robotics Competition, is the fastest-growing global robotics competition. The 2014 World Championship will include top teams from over 400 VEX Robotics Competition tournaments happening in cities around the world.

Special thanks to:

  • Team 5225A (E-Bots) members and their coach for their invaluable knowledge and expertise with Vex Robotics.
  • Our parents for their support, their cheering and their presence at every competition.
  • HSC for providing the opportunity for this group of committed students
  • Mr. Boenisch for his support and mentorship
  • Michele Sacchetti, CISELC Online Communication Technology Teacher

Good luck, HSC Robotics, at the World Championship this spring!

HSC Music Meets Gold Standards at 2014 Golden Horseshoe MusicFest

HSC flexed its musical muscle at the Golden Horseshoe MusicFest (GHMF) on February 24-26 at Mohawk College. The festival welcomed over 100 ensembles and 5000 students from public and independent schools from the greater Toronto area. Ensembles perform at varying difficulty levels, from B100 (beginning band) through to B 600 (university level), and are adjudicated according to a national standard using Gold, Silver, Bronze and Merit awards.

Under music directors Allan Gaumond and Greg Burton, the HSC Grade 9 Concert Band, the HSC Senior Jazz Ensemble and the HSC Wind Symphony received high praise from adjudicators for their preparation, musicianship and polish.  All ensembles were awarded a Gold standard for their performances and received an invitation to the National Finals in 2014 and 2015. The HSC Wind Symphony was one of only three bands to perform at the B500 difficulty level.

HSC music faculty also participated in the GHMF as directors of two prestigious regional ensembles that include many HSC students. Hamilton All-Star Rising Stars Jazz Band, led by Mr. Gaumond, received a Gold award for their performance. The 80 member Halton-Mississauga Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Greg Burton, also performed to a Gold standard.

HSC continues to uphold its reputation as a leading secondary school in Canada for instrumental music education and performance.


Board Nominations Now Open

The HSC Board of Governors is pleased to open the nominations process for the 2014-2015 school year. We are looking for candidates to help steer HSC into the next phase of our development as one of Canada’s top independent schools.

Click here for criteria for the Board of Governors
Click here for the criteria for Board of Trustees
Click here for a Nomination form. Nomination forms may also be picked up at the HSC Administration Office.

If you have any questions, please contact Allison Sekuler, Development Committee Chair, at The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2014.  For more information about Governance at HSC, please visit

HSC Builder Inductees Announced for 2014

HSC is delighted to announce the names of the community members selected for induction as Builders of Hillfield Strathallan College. The following six outstanding individuals will be honoured at the upcoming Builders’ Dinner on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Lawson Hall:

Mr. Ron S. Bremner '67 (Alumnus, Advisor to the Alumni Association, Alumni Hall of Excellence 2006 and Alumni Award of Distinction 2009)
Mr. Ron L. Foxcroft (Former Parent and Former Governor, and Former Chair of the Transformation HSC Campaign)
Mrs. Blanka Guyatt (Retired Faculty, Former Parent and Crescendo Committee Member)
Mr. Bruce D. Heagle '76 (Alumnus, Former Parent, Former Chair of the Board of Governors, Former Trustee and Current Advisor to the Board of Trustees)
Mrs. Bonnie L. Lendrum (Former Parent, Former Volunteer and Former Parents' Guild President)
Dr. Tom Matthews Hon. '10 (Former HSC Headmaster, Honourary Alumnus and Former Parent)

Recognition as a Builder is one of the highest honours that HSC bestows upon members of our community. This process pays tribute to loyal and hard-working constituents who have made a sustained contribution to the College over time, and who have played major roles in the development of the College and its predecessors.

Builders are chosen by a Selection Committee consisting of current Builders, plus the Head of College as a non-voting member, and reflecting all of the College’s major stakeholder groups.

HSC congratulates the individuals named above and, on behalf of the entire community, express our heartfelt appreciation for their unfailing commitment and selfless dedication to the College.


HSC Summer Camp Brochure Now Online

We are delighted to share the news that our 2014 Summer Camp Brochure is now available for download! This brochure is your guide to all our incredible summer camp programming also includes a registration form. Space is limited, so be sure to register today.

To download the PDF of our 2014 Summer Camp brochure and registration form, click HERE.

HSC Recreational and Academic/Enrichment Camp programs are designed to provide full day, full week programs for girls and boys ages 3-15.

Congratulations to Colby Parsons

Congratulations to HSC trumpet player Colby Parsons who auditioned and was accepted to perform in Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the Honors Performance Series Concert Band.

Colby will rehearse and perform with the top high school musicians from across the United States and Canada from February 6-9.

HSC Student Wins Power of the Pen Award

Congratulations to HSC student Laura Willis, a winner in the 2013 Hamilton Power of the Pen Creative Writing Awards. Sponsored by the Hamilton Public Library and the Hamilton Spectator, this annual contest showcases original short fiction and poetry written by 12 to 18 year-olds.

Laura won first place in the 13-year old short fiction category for her story Big Eddy. The 2013 Power of the Pen Awards Gala was held on January 17, 2014 at the Central Library.

The Passing of Mrs. Pauline Jones

It is with sincere sympathy that we share the news of the passing of Mrs. Pauline Jones.

Mrs. Jones started her days with Hillfield Strathallan College before it actually became a College. She initially worked at Strathallan, where she taught science and introduced the girls to her beloved sport of field hockey.
When Hillfield and Strathallan merged, Pauline had already earned a reputation in the Hamilton athletic community as a solid field hockey coach.  She built the program from scratch, and immediately achieved success as her teams played against Public and Catholic schools in Hamilton.

Pauline not only built a winning program, but she inspired players like Sue McShane ’88 to move on to the provincial and national level of Field Hockey. In 2012, in recognition of her contributions to and impact on the HSC community, Mrs. Jones was inducted into the HSC Athletics Hall of Fame in the Builder Category during Homecoming.

Pauline will be greatly missed. Our condolences go out to her family, including Alison Jones ’75, Peter Jones ’77 and Siobhan (SUSAN) Jones ’78. A memorial service and reception will take place Saturday, February 1, at 2:00 p.m. in the Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts. A reception will follow in the Marnie and Larry Paikin Music Room.

Fittingly, there is a Science Fair taking place for Grade 8 and 9 students that day and will be open to the public from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in Lawson Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to HSC. This can be done a number of ways, including through Canadahelps or calling Laurie Lewis, Advancement Services Coordinator, at 905-389-1367, ext 161. For more information, please visit HSC's Making A Donation webpage here. Messages of condolence may also be sent to the College and they will be redirected to the family.

If you require more information, please contact Gillian Doucet Campbell, Manager of Alumni Relations, at or by calling 905-389-1367, ext. 117.

HSC Alumnus Jeff Paikin ‘80 Named Citizen of the Year

On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce honoured HSC Alumnus Jeff Paikin ’80 as the 2013 Royal Bank of Canada Citizen of the Year for 2013.  Over 200 people attended the gala awards dinner at Liuna Station, where guest speaker Ken Austin, head coach and general manager of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, provided inspirational words about citizenship and the importance of “living a life that matters.”

President and Founder of  New Horizon Homes, Paikin is a past chair of the Hamilton Halton Home Builders' Association and part owner of the Hamilton Bulldogs. His philanthropic work has helped changed the lived of many Hamiltonians, through his support of organizations and events like the B'Nai Brith Sports Celebrity Dinner, Hamilton Children’s Aid Society, City Kidz, Joseph Brant Museum, the Burlington Performing Arts Centre and the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre.

Jeff maintains close ties with the HSC Community. He is co-chair of the Transformation HSC Campaign, served on the HSC Board of Governors for 10 years and was its past Chair. He was also a member of the HSC Foundation Board for 5 years and completed a two-year term as a member of the board of the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation.

The Hamilton Spectator covered the Citizen of the Year awards gala: to view the online article, click HERE.

HSC Student Wins Power of the Pen Award

Congratulations to HSC Grade 8 student Laura Willis, a winner in the 2013 Hamilton Power of the Pen Creative Writing Awards. Sponsored by the Hamilton Public Library and the Hamilton Spectator, this annual contest showcases original short fiction and poetry written by 12 to 18 year-olds.

Laura won first place in the 13-year old short fiction category for her story Big Eddy. The 2013 Power of the Pen Awards Gala was held on January 17, 2014 at the Central Library.

Online Re-Enrolment is now live!

Please visit to get started. You can also login to MyHSC and click on Online Re-Enrolment in the left-hand sidebar to gain access.

Grade 5 Faculty and Students have arrived in St. Donat

The Grade 5 Faculty and Students have arrived safely in St. Donat. They look forward to an exciting trip!

Hamilton Spectator features HSC English Conversation Circle

A feature article in the November 2 edition of the Hamilton Spectator draws attention to the important service work HSC students are doing in our community. The ECC (English Conversation Circle) pairs HSC volunteers with newcomer refugee youth for homework help, friendship and to practice English language skills. Click here to read the story.

HSC Students Earn Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award

On October 19, 2013, six HSC students were recipients of the Silver Medal Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded by His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to encourage personal development and community involvement for young people. The program has three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, and is open to any person between the ages of 14 and 24. Participants complete the award by achieving personally established goals, in the areas of Community Service, Skill Development, Physical Recreation, and Adventurous Journey. In pursuing these activities, young people learn responsibility, acquire new skills and increase their level of physical fitness. In achieving the goals they set for themselves, participants demonstrate their commitment, motivation and personal development.

After being “piped in,” the Honourable David C. Onley and Mrs. Onley presented approximately 160 Silver Award certificates at a ceremony held at the Toronto Police College in Etobicoke. During the closing remarks, the Lieutenant Governor praised the recipients as powerful role models for young people who provide positive contributions to their community and society. After the ceremony, the HSC students had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the His Honour, Mr. Onley. The students were praised for their contributions, and urged to continue their involvement in the program.

Congratulations go out to Joshua Altmann, Clarisse Connelly, Joseph Laferriere, John Robertson, Alexander Simonits and Whitney Way for earning their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards!

Joseph Laferriere, Head Boy


HSC Strategic Plan Community Forum

Does the future of HSC matter to you?  Do you have an opinion about what HSC’s priorities should be over the next five to ten years?  If you answered yes, HSC invites you to a Community Forum to provide input into our Strategic Plan.

A Community Forum on Saturday, November 16, 2013 in Lawson Hall will provide an opportunity for parents, alumni, staff and students to come together, review the research and inputs that have contributed to the plan to date, and contribute ideas towards building HSC’s Strategic Plan.  Scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, this hands-on event will consist of facilitated small group sessions led by Susan Wright, of Susan G. Wright Management Consulting Inc.  

Additional information about HSC’s strategic planning process, as well as a PDF of the 2013 Parent Survey Summary of Findings, is posted on our Strategic Planning website for public review at

This is your opportunity to have a direct impact on the development of the College’s future.  It is critically important that we hear all voices in our community so that we can envision together the future of Hillfield Strathallan College.

For those unable to attend, questions will be posted on the HSC website at, with an opportunity to submit feedback electronically. 

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to by Tuesday, November 12, 2013.  Light refreshments will be served.

We look forward to a lively and interesting discussion about HSC. The College plays a significant role in the lives of so many.  Please join us to help shape our future.

View flyer here.

CAIS Accreditation Visit

From November 3 to 6, 2013, HSC will welcome a Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) committee to campus to conduct an accreditation visit. Accreditation of a school by CAIS indicates that it meets or exceeds national standards and effective practices. We look forward to confirmation of the work done on our existing strategic plan and the opportunity to gain valuable feedback on ways we can improve.

During the 2012-2013 school year, our community engaged in an exhaustive internal evaluation within a framework of 12 standards outlined by CAIS. This framework addresses all areas of College operations – from governance and academics, to health and safety.

The CAIS accreditation visit involves a comprehensive review by the committee of the resulting internal report, as well as informational interviews with members of every area of the HSC community, including members of the Parents’ Guild and alumni. The visiting committee consists of heads of school, assistant heads of school and directors from peer colleges.  In addition to providing an objective assessment of HSC’s operations, they exchange ideas, best practices and recommendations to contribute to the on-going growth of the school.

Benefits to the CAIS Accreditation process (as extracted from the CAIS website)

  • promotes a reflective and collaborative school improvement process
  • provides school leaders with validation of current programs and services and suggested planning for future growth and development
  • provides educators with valuable professional development and information about effective practices in other schools through participation on peer review teams
  • provides a school’s Board of Governors with an independent, non-governmental validation that the school they oversee is effectively delivering a quality educational experience to its students
  • eases the transition students face as they move from one internationally accredited school to another
  • provides education leaders at all levels with deserved recognition for going above and beyond the minimum to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to quality
  • assures parents and the public that the school is focused on providing a safe and enriching learning environment while maintaining an efficient and effective operation

For more information on CAIS, visit their website at

Alyson Schafer Talks the 4 Cs

On September 18, psychotherapist Alyson Schafer, one of Canada’s leading experts on child rearing, addressed an audience of JuniorSchool and Montessori parents during Curriculum Night. The Ask an Expert columnist for Today’s Parent Magazine, Alyson sits on the Health Advisory Board for Chatelaine Magazine.  She is also the best-selling author of three parenting books Breaking the Good Mom Myth, Honey, I Wrecked The Kids, and her latest Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Alyson’s HSC lecture addressed the philosophy that “Children everywhere have the same basic needs that must be fulfilled in order to develop a positive self-esteem and to build relationships that are cooperative, caring, and respectful. Fulfilling these needs creates the foundations for constructive social living and mental well-being.” These basic needs, she says, fall into distinct categories, known as the “4 Cs”:

CONNECT: They need to believe they belong, and that they are connected to those around them.

CAPABLE: They need to believe they can do things independently.

COUNT: They need to believe that they matter.

COURAGE: They need to know they can handle the challenges presented to them.

According to Schafer, when these four needs are met, children engage in positive and rewarding behaviour. When the 4 Cs are neglected, children will adopt what she calls “mistaken” behaviours, in order to get the attention they crave, and need, to feel connected. She likens the interactions we have with our children when they misbehave to a dance. Understanding the real messages and emotions behind mistaken behaviour is the best way to correct it.

Alyson provided her audience with concrete examples of how parents and educators can insure that children are getting their needs met at home and school, along with strategies for implementation. Her real-world tactics included the following:

  1. Drop the Rope: Disengage yourself from power struggles with your children. Give them the opportunity and the power to make good choices and to work with you, instead of against you.
  2. The Freedom to Choose: Allow kids to have a measure of control in their own lives. Empower them. It may be messier and take longer when your child tries things on their own, but the long term benefits are immense.
  3. See the World through Your Child’s Eyes:  What feelings are motivating their “mistaken” behavior?
  4. “Knock-knock”: Kids respond to humour. Use it as a distraction technique, but also as a way to connect.
  5. Keep Falling Down: Let your kids know it is okay to make mistakes. Allow them to see that you aren’t perfect.

For more information on Alyson Schafer, visit

Mr. Ayotte, Natasha Paikin ’13 and Jeff Paikin ’80 help The Globe and Mail investigate how independent schools are preparing graduates for careers.

2013 Alumni of Distinction and Hall of Excellence Induction

HSC is proud to celebrate the recipient of the 2013-2014 Alumni Award of Distinction, The Honourable Coulter A. Osborne, Q.C. ’50. The goal of this award program is to celebrate the success of Alumni from Hillfield Strathallan College, while engaging our next generation of leaders. 

The Honourable Coulter A. Osborne, Q.C. ’50 has spent his distinguished career making a genuine difference in the lives of Canadians. Honoured HSC graduate, lawyer and former associate chief of justice, his legacy includes a reformed Ontario civil justice system that is more accessible and affordable. 

On September 13, 2013, Coulter was presented with the HSC Alumni Association’s Alumni of Distinction Award. He was an honoured guest at the annual Prefect Installation Chapel Service, and received his award at a special ceremony in The Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts. 

After graduation from HSC, Coulter attended the University of Western Ontario from 1952 to 1955, and later graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School. He worked as a litigator, following his call to the Ontario Bar in 1959. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario, High Court of Justice in 1978, to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 1990 and named Associate Chief Justice of Ontario in 1999.  In 2001, he was appointed Integrity Commissioner of Ontario, a position he held until 2007. 

In 2003, Coulter was also appointed by the Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission to chair a committee examining the Ontario Securities Commission’s adjudicative function in 2003. He led also the Civil Justice Reform Project, and presented a report that included recommendations for the reform of the province’s civil justice system. His principal recommendations were accepted by the government and incorporated into Civil Rule, with changes effective January 2010.
Coulter is also an accomplished athlete. At Western he played for the Western Mustangs basketball team. In 1956, he was a member of both the Ontario Senior Championship Team and the Canadian Olympic Basketball Team at the Melbourne Olympics. He returned to Australia for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney as an Olympic Torch Bearer.

In 2008, he received an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the Law Society of Upper Canada for his many contributions to the administration of justice throughout his distinguished career. In January 2011, Coulter was awarded the Order of Ontario and in 2012 he was presented with the Queen’s Jubilee medal.

Hall of Excellence Induction
On Friday, September 13, HSC inducted William Cooper ’57 and Shawn Hewson ’91 into our Hall of Excellence. By honouring this distinguished group of alumni, we continue a tradition of inspiring others through the legacy of alumni who have come before them.

William (Bill) Cooper ’57, President of Cooper Construction, has over 35 years of experience in all aspects of building construction. He has served on the Board of Directors of a number of Canadian public companies, and most recently was appointed to the Board of Cogeco Cable Inc.

Bill is actively involved in the community, both individually and through Cooper Construction –including his role as co-chair of the $60 million fundraising campaign for the Oakville Hospital. Bill’s children are also Hillfield Strathallan College alumni: Jennifer Cooper ’88, Diana Cooper ’89 and Bill Cooper Jr. ’91. 

Shawn Hewson ’91 was born in Montreal and moved to Hamilton where he attended HSC. After completing an undergraduate degree at McMaster, Shawn studied law at the University of Toronto and embarked on a career in corporate law. In 2002, Shawn and his wife, both lawyers, founded Bustle Clothing. Today, Bustle is a leading Canadian sportswear label, catching the attention of the media and celebrity clients like Mike Weir, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Buble and Nicole Richie.

Bustle engages in a variety of design collaborations with brands such as Audi, Vespa, Ritz Carlton, the City of Las Vegas, Tretorn and Great Gulf Homes. Media seek out his expertise and Shawn is featured on numerous Canadian and International television productions, including Celebrity Style Story and as a judge on Project Runway Canada.

2013-2014 Prefect Installation

On Friday, September 13, 2013 HSC students gathered together in the College’s annual Prefect Installation Chapel Service, as sixteen Senior School students received their Prefect pins and ties.

In addition to the formalities of the presentation ceremony, this special service is an opportunity for College leadership to remind students about the importance of community.  Senior School Principal Bob Neibert spoke to students about the bonds of collegiality, and through the allegorical tale "The Mouse and the Trap" reminded them that as a community, we are all connected in our actions and deeds.

In his address to the Prefects Marc Ayotte, Head of College, spoke to the importance of failure in the development of leadership skills. “Maintain the elements of success from your first attempts,” said Ayotte, “while turning failures into lessons that become the backbone for future success.”

It is the role of the Prefects to connect with and support their peers, facilitate the building of community and to uphold college traditions. This year’s team has been organized to allow for each individual to pursue duties in their specific talents and align their passions with the needs of the College. Wellness Prefect, Service Prefect, Arts Prefect, Athletics Prefect – these are just a few of the new titles given to the school’s elected student leadership.

Participating in this year's installation of the College Prefects was The Honourable Coulter A. Osborne Q.C. ’50, the recipient of this year’s Alumni Award of Distinction. Mr. Osborne was joined by Hall of Excellence inductees Mr. Shawn Hewson '91 and Mr. William (Bill) Cooper '57.

Congratulations to our 2013-2014 Head Boy, Head Girl and Prefects.

Senior School Prefects 2013-2014

Joseph Laferriere: Head Boy

Hannah Bauer: Head Girl

Trent Abraham

Lauren Babington

Michael Bain

Sarah Gnocato

Mackenzie Hamilton

John Jarvis

Keaton Kwok

Cameron McMillan

Corrina Mosca

Maggie Nenniger

Emily Parsons

Julia Spicer

Jonathan Wong

17 HSC Students Achieve AP Scholar Recognition

This spring, 75 HSC Senior School students wrote the U.S. College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams. Of those 75, 17 students earned prestigious AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. 

Advance Placement (AP) is a rigorous academic program built on the commitment, passion and hard work of students and educators from secondary schools and higher education. The AP Program offers 38 courses and exams in 19 disciplines, and over 18,000 schools worldwide participate in the program. Approximately 20 percent of the 2.1 millionstudents across the globe who completed AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. AtHSC, students wrote a total of 130 AP exams in 17 different subject areas: 

  • English literature and composition
  • European history
  • Human geography
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Government and politics: United States
  • Psychology
  • Calculus AB & Calculus BC
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics B & Physics C
  • Chinese language and culture
  • German language and culture
  • French language and culture
  • Spanish language and culture 

Through AP courses, talented and dedicated AP teachers at HSC help students develop and apply the skills, abilities and content knowledge they will need in university.AP courses are matched with provincial curriculum courses and students are awarded an Ontario credit upon successful completion of the program. These AP courses are accepted as a first year credit by many international universities and some universities throughout Canada (each university has their own policy regarding the acceptance of AP credits).

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams. This year marked the most recognition yet from the College Board for our students overall success.

Six students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Ahmed Awan, Kate Bauer, Marina Galentovsky, Sarah Kain, Cindy Kang and Sarah Saliba. 

Four students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken,and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Alina Bielak, Mercedes Bomberry, Olivia Lovrics and Lauren Sehdev. 

Andre Cote-Barch and Kevin Krar qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. 

Fivestudents qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, andscores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. These students are Demi Bednar, Daniel Biggs, Brian Krar, Michelle Murdock and Andrew Semelhago. Andrew Semelhago wrote six AP exams over his Grade 11 & 12 years, all of which were 5's. 

Daniel Biggs achieved the honour of Canadian National Scholar and was also awarded the AP International Diploma. Showing incredible dedication, Daniel wrote 10 AP exams over his Grade 11 and 12 years, with seven 5's and three 4's for an average of 4.7.

Since the program’s official launch in 2006, HSC has produced: 53 AP Scholars, 18 AP Scholars with Honours, seven AP Scholars with Distinction, two AP International Diploma Recipients and 17 AP National Scholars.

Combining with the outstanding co-curricular opportunities and a focused approach for developing citizenship, global awareness and critical thinking, Advanced Placement courses are an excellent way for our students to prepare themselves in a meaningful way for life beyond our gates. Congratulations to all of our 2013 HSC AP Scholars.

For more information on AP at HSC, visit



Lucky summer camp students in Trojan Combative Camp get to work with Canadian wrestler Tonya Verbeek.

A three-time Olympian and a three-time freestyle wrestling 55 kg medallist, Tonya Verbeek is officially the most decorated Canadian wrestler of all-time.  Verbeek captured her third medal in London, narrowly missing out on gold.

Alumnus William (Bill) J. Young '72 Receives Order of Canada

Mr. Bill Young '72, was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada on June 28, 2013 by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. One of Canada's highest civilian honours, the Order of Canada honours a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to our nation.

Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada recognizes individuals in all sectors of Canadian society. Their contributions are varied, yet all have enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country.

Bill received the Order of Canada for his countless contributions to Canadian society and for his innovative achievements as a social entrepreneur and philanthropist.

In 2001, Bill founded Social Capital Partners, a non-profit organization that breaks down barriers to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for youth, new Canadians, persons with disabilities, aboriginals and single parents. Today, Bill is nationally recognized as one of Canada's first social entrepreneurs.


HSC Amongst BASEF’s Best

Over 400 of the areas best and brightest young scientists filled the halls at HSC from Wednesday, March 20 to Saturday, March 23, 2013 for the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF).

The annual event awards cash, prizes and scholarships worth more than $150,000.00 to the participants who range in age from Grades 7 to 12.

Grade 8 student Haydn Wain-Lowe was ranked as one of the top 16 students at the fair. He will now represent HSC at the Canada Wide Science Fair that will take place in Lethbridge, Alberta from May 11-18, 2013.

HSC was awarded the trophy for the Top Elementary School and our students were awarded 21 merit awards.

For a full list of award winners, please click here.

Gold Merit Awards:
Haydn Wain-Lowe

Silver Merit Awards:
Lukas Bauer
Kevin Boenisch
Kieran Hussey
Nicholas Klid
Kenji Marshall
Krishnan Shyamkumar

Bronze Merit Awards:
Mark Belostotsky
Michael Curtis
Brooke Dolny
Holly Hamilton
Sydney Hobbes
Daniel Jolic
Christopher Kolios
Gabrielle Lamy
Thomas Lim
Tosin Mohammed
Isabelle Rotsaert
Brooke Rowland
Sarah Williams-Habibi
Liam Younger


HSC Student-Athlete Signs to Join Bryant University Soccer Program

Surrounded by HSC coaches and his parents, Grade 12 student-athlete Curtis Orth signed a Letter of Intent on February 12, 2013 to play soccer at Bryant University (Division I) in Smithfield, Rhode Island this fall.

“HSC wishes Curtis all the best at Bryant University,” said HSC Athletic Director Paul Masotti. “Our mission at HSC is to help our student-athletes accomplish their athletic and academic pursuits and we couldn’t be more excited for him.”

Congratulations Curtis!



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