Google Classroom: Columbia International College as a Digital School

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Beginning in January 2019, Columbia teachers and students will take part in a pilot program using Google Classroom as a learning management system and digital classroom platform. Through the Classroom page and app, students have 24-7 access to all of their learning materials in addition to the applications offered through GSuite; Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Calendar, Sites, Chats, Forms, and Photos. Each of these enables teachers to create a dynamic classroom where students collaborate, explore, and extend their knowledge. Flipped classrooms, student feedback systems, and media integration put the discovery of new knowledge in the student’s hands.

Google Classroom allows teachers to move beyond the traditional classroom setting and develop a digital educational community. Students have the opportunity to create content and enhance their learning, leading to greater achievement and success. The digital classroom takes into account the technology of the world today that students will soon find themselves immersed and working in as they move onto post-secondary education and to future careers.

CIC is dedicated to providing a safe, caring, and inclusive learning environment, which extends to the technology we integrate into the classroom. We strive to teach students responsible and efficient online practices in the digital classroom. Students can reflect upon their contributions and develop strong critical thinking and communication skills while taking initiative for their own learning and success.

Schools across the globe have adopted Google Classroom as their learning management system, providing students and teachers with the opportunity to grow, learn, and succeed. CIC looks forward to continuing to enrich the learning community and further prepare students for their academic future with this new educational platform.

JMS Students Put On Alice In Wonderland Jr

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After four months of preparations and rehearsals, the Junior Middle School at Columbia International College held a performance called Alice In Wonderland Jr on June 8th.

Head of Junior Middle School Denice Garell-Teti could barely contain her excitement when she introduced the play to the audience including parents flying from overseas to attend the JMS graduation ceremony on June 21st.

Alice in Wonderland Jr. has been adapted for young performers and is a fast paced version of the original story.

JMS teacher Mark Jackson is the director of the play. He said “The JMS department edited the script to accommodate the number of students we have and to allow them to reach their full potential. We explored 6 musical numbers that have been transposed into keys appropriate for young voices.”

The school play included 100% participation from all students in the JMS department.

The play includes such wonderfully wacky characters that there is plenty of opportunity to showcase students of all different skill levels, including musical talent. In addition to dramatic arts as a subject, students also take Visual Arts and Music.

Not only do students learn about stage direction and blocking, but theater provides the opportunity for students to be creative, work collaboratively, problem solve and gain confidence in their English speaking abilities.”

Maria Zheng is the leading actress playing Alice. She’s also a talented Ballet dancer and owns her Youtube channel on children’s book reviews.

At CIC,JMS students are fostered under the unique YAA (Young Academic Achievers) Program which provides them with great opportunities to thrive not just academically, but also socially, emotionally and physically. Student talents are showcased in an annual JMS art gallery and school-wide talent shows.

Columbia International College hosts ICEF Agents in Hamilton

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On Monday (May 1, 2018), Columbia International College (CIC) had the pleasure of hosting over 35 ICEF agents from 18 different countries.

In collaboration with Mohawk College and with the support of the City of Hamilton, the agents were gladly welcomed to Hamilton (“The Education City”), discovering the best our city has to offer international students.

During their FAMiliarization Tour, the agents visited Hamilton landmarks and were greeted by the Mayor of Hamilton, Fred Eisenberger. Over the course of their visit, they also had a chance to explore CIC and Mohawk campuses and residence facilities.

It’s always great when our agents get to meet our staff to get first-hand information on our programs and unique Total Care Education System®. It’s also important for them to see and talk to current students and experience life at Columbia International College!

We look forward to continuing working with our partner agents and welcoming students from all over the world to CIC!

Check out some of our favourite photos from their visit below!

CIC Students Shine at New York Model UN

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During Mar 16-18, Columbia International College delegates tried their hands at the Change the World Model United Nations (CWMUN) for the third consecutive year and displayed remarkable debating, presentation and conflict resolution skills throughout the simulations.

The three-day annual event held at the UN Headquarters in New York City attracted over 2,500 students from all around the world. Five CIC students were recognized for outstanding contributions in the committees and countries they represented:

  • Best Position Paper: Chi Weng Mou (Kimmy)
  • Honorable Mention: Zimu Zhao, Lecheng Zeng (Charlie), Karen-Olivia Kouame, Nandi Traore

“Upon entering the General Assembly Hall for opening ceremonies, the students expressed much excitement and willingness to resolve global issues, ” said Anthony Mattiacci, CIC’s Senior Activities Advisor overseeing the training program.

Since 2016, CIC students have participated in the CWMUN, stepping into shoes of UN ambassadors and debating major issues challenging the world.

The preparation seminars are also a great way to help students develop skills in leadership, research, public presentation and consensus building through negotiation.

CIC has received lots of positive feedback on our delegates’ accomplishments.  If you see the members of the Model U.N. Team, please congratulate them on their hard work and achievements at the conference.

Photos by Anthony Mattiacci

Spirit Week Unites CIC Community

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Spirit week is back! This biannual tradition features four unique dress-up theme days: pajama, jersey, cultural and wacky. The fun starts every morning before class. You can play hilarious games that will add some excitement to your day.

Students and teachers as well are getting dressed in probably the most outlandish outfits or dazzling costumes you’ve ever seen. Most importantly, be creative and show off your unique identity!

CIC is a community of 1800 students from over 70 countries. Spirit Week provides a great opportunity to foster cultural confidence and advocate inclusiveness on the campus. For more information, please contact the Student Development Office.

Spirit Week Photo Galleries:

Columbia Acknowledged for Ensuring Student Safety and Wellness

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On January 13th, 2018, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto held a forum on Chinese students’ safety and wellness in Canada. Columbia International College, The University of Toronto, and a select educational associations were acknowledged for their tremendous contributions to ensure students’ overall health and safety.

Zhuang Yaodong, the acting Chinese Consul General in Toronto, said there are 80,000 Chinese students in Ontario and Manitoba and some have encountered safety and mental health issues.

He cautioned that 2017 saw a rise in scams targeting Chinese students and many victims have suffered economic losses and psychological impact.

Mr. Clement Chan (right) , Executive Director of Columbia Intentional College, received a Letter of Acknowledgement from Mr. Zhuang and delivered an address on how Columbia has been helping numerous young students grow up in a safe and healthy environment since 1979.

Mr. Chan said: “Different from domestic students, international students do not have a home to return to after school. Therefore, schools which offer only academic programs are not providing sufficient services to care for them.”

“Remember, the young students are not coming to Canada just to study, they are here to grow up with us. ”

Mr. Chan stressed that young students need support and guidance in a holistic way — caring services to support their Academic, Social, Emotional and Physical (ASEP) needs.

Columbia has been looking after students with its unique ASEP Total Care Education System® for almost 40 years. It has grown to become North America’s largest boarding high school.

University Visits at CIC

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University Visits

CIC was honored to have an array of Universities visit the campus this past month.  The Universities had the opportunity to meet potential students, and share important information about their campuses and student life.

On behalf of Columbia International College, we would like to share our deepest thanks and gratitude to the Universities below: Click on the name of your preferred University for additional information!

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Students Took The Stage At Cedar Talent Show

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Columbia’s Cedar Campus held its annual Talent Show on Nov 29th. ESL and Junior Middle School performers took the stage and showcased great singing, dancing and instrumental performance skills.

The event drew a full house to the auditorium which was decorated with Christmas ornaments and gift boxes.  Even “Santa Claus” was invited to watch the show and hand out treats to the audience!

We’re impressed with the abundance of talents that we have at CIC. Thumbs up!  Keep up the great job.

Here’s the Talent Show program list and photo album:

  • Piano by Adina
  • Singing (Chinese) by Barry
  • Guitar by Tomas
  • Sing (Russian) by Aidana
  • Dance Solo by Maria
  • Singing (English) by Jasmine
  • Singing (Cantonese) by Arron
  • Dance by JMS boys
  • Singing (French) by Noe
  • Singing & Guitar by Arron (JMS)
  • Singing (English) by Aidana & Noe
  • Group Dance by Latin group


Our team building outing at Bark Lake

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On November 2nd, The Bark Lake Programs Team created a full day schedule suited to our objective and the group size of the operations team at CIC . The team was encouraged to work outside of our comfort zone when collaborating in smaller groups. We had the opportunity to have some friendly competition when we took part in the Bark Lake Scavenger Hunt. Teams needed to strategize in order to earn the most points before time was up.

It was a great way to use each other’s strengths and reconnect with colleagues whom we don’t normally have the chance to work so closely with. As a Manager, it was an eye opening experience to see so many paths we can take, which all bring us to reach the common target. The team building event helped to create an awareness that all members in all roles are important and required to accomplish our goals. Having visited Bark Lake numerous times in the past, this was a great way to come together and see Bark Lake’s site in a different light.

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Mount Allison University Visits CIC

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Special Welcome to Mount Allison University!

CIC would like to share a warm welcome to Mount Allison University, who visited our campus this afternoon (November 10).  The visit was a great opportunity for students to ask the University about their programs, classrooms experience, student life, etc.

Mount Allison has been ranked #1 in the primarily undergraduate category in the 2018 Maclean’s magazine University Rankings.  This is the 19th time they have earned such recognition since the rankings were established in 1991.  The University is known for its personalized small classes, a student faculty ratio of 17:1, student engagement, flexible degree programs, and interdisciplinary education.

Kim Meade, Vice-President of International and Student Affairs represented Mount Allison University, expressed her opinions of CIC by complimenting the top-notch facilities, the staff providing total care to all students, and the diverse and engaged students who always share a kind smile.

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