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October’s top ESL achievers

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Yesterday, four top-achieving ESL students were recognized for receiving the highest mark in their respective classes. Each student was presented with a medal of distinction and certificate of achievement for their accomplishment in a small ceremony held in the Living Wall Lounge. Mr. Galea, ESL Department Head, Mr. Rambarran, Principal, and Mr. Putt, Head of Senior School were all in attendance to…

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Varsity team defeat staff 70-38

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Columbia’s students are used to learning important lessons from their teachers and staff but yesterday, the boys’ varsity basketball team taught them a thing or two about athleticism and humility. In a friendly, yet highly competitive, basketball game, Columbia’s staff and students faced off in the Ainsliewood gym. With excitement and school spirit at an all-time high, thanks largely to…

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Be winter ready

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Winter has come early this year in Ontario and although the first official day of winter is in exactly one month, Dec. 21, cities around the province are already experiencing winter-like weather. Adjusting to the change in temperature may take some time but the best way to cope with this change is to dress in proper winter attire. To ensure…

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Art in Unison – a celebration of the Arts

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Last week, Columbia held its first ever co-production of the English, Arts and Business Departments. This celebration of the Arts, entitled Art in Unison, was composed of two one act plays and several digital shorts. Each department equally contributed to the production; Writer’s Craft class wrote the two plays, Drama classes performed the roles, the school band and choir were responsible…

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Movember 2014

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Columbia International College is participating in Movember! Once again, Columbia’s staff and students are encouraged to show their support for the campaign, not only by growing a moustache, but by raising awareness and money for men’s health issues. Last year, Columbia raised a total of $1107.37 from various fundraising initiatives including bake sales, casual days and button and mug sales, as well as…

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Lest We Forget

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Today, we celebrate Remembrance Day; a national day of remembrance observed in Canada and many countries across the world. It is a day dedicated to honouring “the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace” (Veterans Affairs Canada).

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Upcoming Literacy Day

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On Thursday, November 13, Columbia International College will be hosting Literacy Day. The day, intended to promote and celebrate literacy, will encourage students to read and will highlight the importance of reading and writing as they begin to prepare for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) scheduled for March 26, 2015. Throughout the day, students can participate in a number of literacy related activities:

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JMS compete in Spelling Bee

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Columbia’s Junior Middle School students practiced their English vocabulary skills yesterday afternoon as they participated in a mini Spelling Bee competition. One by one, students were asked to spell out a number of challenging words in front of their peers and three judges; Mrs. Wilkinson, Mrs. Willison, and Mrs. Olthof-Youn.

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Take Our Kids to Work Day

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Columbia International College is welcoming Grade 9 students to its campus today as it participates in Canada’s Take Our Kids to Work™ program. The national program allows students in Grade 9 to visit the workplaces of their parents, relatives and friends to gain a better understanding of the working world and encourages them to thing about their future. It further supports career…

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