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Media Arts Class TIFF Debut

Media Arts Class TIFF Debut

Congratulations to Anton P, whose Media Arts documentary, "Sh*t Where's My Phone" was selected to be presented at TIFF's Next Wave Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase. The film was shown last Saturday with great success! Congratulations again, Anton.

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Upper School Drama Class Play

Upper School Drama Class Play

On Tuesday, students of Hudson's Upper School drama class proudly presented their play, "The Nonsense Squad: A Pantocrime," a comedy about escaped convicts who, despite dim-witted guards, attempt failed heists while running from an over-diligent detective. The play was a collaborative creation, written by all members of the drama class. The class also built sets and props to stage this full-length production. Congratulations to all cast and crew members: this play wouldn't have existed without everyone's contributions!

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Hudson's Daffodil Donation

Hudson's Daffodil Donation

We are proud to announce that as a school we raised $1,445 in donations for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) as part of our Daffodil Month campaign. Anika from the CCS visited Hudson today to present us with an Appreciation Certificate to recognize Hudson students’ donations. There to accept the Certificate on behalf of the student body were a number of Grade 8 students and Mr. Bavington.

Thank you to all those who donated. A special thank you to one of our parents, Mrs. Thawer, herself a cancer survivor, for helping to organize our event, including getting the Daffodil pins and cupcakes. Also, a big thank you to our student volunteers in grades 7 and 8 who stationed themselves in the main lobby each day – you did a great job collecting donations!

Way to go, Huskies!

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U16 and U20 Track & Field

U16 and U20 Track & Field

On Friday May 5th, the Hudson College U16 and U20 Track and Field team put their best foot forward at the regional competition. Despite illness and injury, everyone pushed themselves to the limit. The Huskies 4 x 200 relay teams both medalled, with the U16 girls earning a bronze and the U20 boys racing into second place. Special mentions go to Raymond, Kuzey, and Joana who earned medals in every event they competed in. Finally, congratulations go out to our U16 girls who won their age category bringing home a banner from the meet! Go Huskies!

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Hudson Cooking Club with Chef Lynn Crawford

Hudson Cooking Club with Chef Lynn Crawford

The participants of the Hudson Cooking Club reconvened on May 11th to test their cooking mettle in front of a panel including their peers, Hudson administration, and world-renowned, executive Chef Lynn Crawford. 

Student judges Fletcher Malone and Tien Nguyen earned their places at the front table with thoughtful responses to the question: What is your favourite dish to make, and why? (When you next see Fletcher and Tien in the Hudson hallways, be sure to ask them about their responses!)

Chef Lynn Crawford, Mr. Bavington, Mrs. Bastien, and our student judges had a difficult task: they assessed three groups’ versions of the potato salad from Lynn Crawford’s At Home with Lynn Crawford.

The first group to present their dish was The Couch Potatoes. The group’s student ambassador, Grade 5 student Lauren Capern, spoke eloquently about her group’s choices. During judging, Lauren mentioned how much Chef Lynn’s feedback meant to her, a sentiment surely felt by all of the other participants! The Couch Potatoes’ bold choice to add grated apple to their dish was popular amongst the judges; the sweetness and crunch of the fruit was hailed as a success! 

Next, The Carrot-E-Choppers served their dish. The judges commended this team for their plating, the inclusion of dill, and for their perfectly prepared hard-boiled eggs. Ms. McCarthy was the Carrot-E-Chopper’s judge for technical criteria, assessing this team on their team-work, communication, kitchen skills, and time management. Ms. McCarthy was very impressed with the Carrot-E-Chopper’s co-operation and with their pre-event practice – she noted that the team members prepared diligently for the jobs that they assigned themselves. This preparatory work paid off well with their delicious potato salad. 

Finally, The Spicy Spatulas shared their beautifully plated dish. This team’s foresight in requesting a ring mold was keen, and the judges also commended them for the appetizingly colourful ingredients that they chose. Chef Lynn underscored the importance of plating visually appealing dishes, and she praised The Spicy Spatulas for their careful and vibrant presentation including bright roasted tomatoes, cilantro, and cucumbers.

After the judges’ difficult work of “Chopping” two teams, the winning group celebrated their victory. Congratulations to The Carrot-E-Choppers!

Many thanks to Chef Lynn Crawford for sharing her insight and her time, to Hudson parent James Hyslop for facilitating Chef Lynn’s visit, to the judges, and to all of the Hudson Cooking Club participants!

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Hudson’s Innovation Hub explores Virtual Reality

Hudson’s Innovation Hub explores Virtual Reality

HTC Vive is a virtual reality device that can transform whole rooms into a canvas for artistic exploration. Powered by an extremely high-end computer, Hudson’s Innovation Hub allows students to explore this new technology; it opens their eyes to the possibilities of the future.

One student from Hudson’s Upper School Media Arts class, using this technology, had an opportunity to “paint” something he was familiar with, his room. Afterwards, students in his class were able to go into his painting and experience the creation from a first-person perspective. This device, featuring dozens of paintbrushes including the Google-developed app Tilt Brush, allows students to express their creative nature and to take traditional two-dimensional panting techniques to the third dimension. When in Hudson’s Innovation Hub, our Huskies can truly be able to shoot for the stars.

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Everybody cut Footloose!

Everybody cut Footloose!

On Wednesday evening our senior Elementary cast and crew put on a terrific production of ‘Footloose’. From the curtain-raising, self-titled number, ‘Footloose’, followed by Bonnie Tyler’s, ‘Holding out for a Hero’, and the sing-along, chart-topper ‘Let’s Hear it for the Boy’, right through the entire production to an encore performance of the self-titled finale, all of the performers did an absolutely amazing job, bringing to life eighties classics along with big hair, small town costumes, lots of bold makeup and the story of a small town still trying to cope with a great loss and the town’s youth hopeful to revitalize the spirit of the town once again! Our Co-Directors, Mr. Veleno and Ms. Jahaan T, would like to thank all of the cast and crew for their dedication and commitment over the last two months. It truly was a wonderful experience. Well done, students! Everybody cut, Everybody cut Footloose!

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A.I.R. "Artists-in-Residence" 2017

A.I.R. "Artists-in-Residence" 2017

Hudson's annual Artists In Residence (AIR) was a massive hit! Students from the Media Arts classes and Art Club prepared experiences for art viewing and art making for the entire high school to enjoy. Activities included an Escape Room, drawing games, a Free Store, and a group mural.

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Hudson Grade 9 Workshop Series; Yoga!

Hudson Grade 9 Workshop Series; Yoga!

On Friday, April 21st, our grade 9 students visited Mindful Bodyworks to receive professional instruction in a beginner’s yoga class. We learned about the importance of breathing through difficult exercises (both physical and mental), awareness of one’s self and the improvement of one’s physical health. Students were taught various poses that can help to reduce stress, insomnia and improve healthy oxygen and blood flow in the body. We hope that students will learn from this experience and use a variety of breathing/physical exercises to maintain a healthy state of mind, especially when studying for upcoming exams! Namaste.

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Entomologists in Training; Hudson's SK class learns about insects!

Entomologists in Training; Hudson's SK class learns about insects!

The Senior Kindies are Entomologists in Training! They are learning all about insects. The SK’s can tell you that insects have three body parts: head, thorax and abdomen. They have 6 legs and two antennae. The SK’s have compared and contrasted different insects, understanding how insects communicate, what habitat they live in and what their predators and prey are. Through Reggio inquiry, the SK’s understand concepts of camouflage, migration and life cycles. After discussing different facts about an insect, the teacher sits with each student and has a one on one conversation about what they have learned. Through modelled writing, they write their ideas in their booklets. The SK’s have finished their Entomologist Investigation booklets where they are proudly on display in class! The SK’s are making daily observations this month, as we have live caterpillar larvae in the classroom. We can’t wait to see the larvae get bigger and then change into a chrysalis. We’ll transfer the chrysalis to a butterfly enclosure and watch as they hatch into adult butterflies. The SK’s furthered their Entomologist Studies by going with the JK’s to the Kortright Centre. They observed some real insects in their habitats and learned more about them. As the SK’s learn more, they inquire further, driving the class forward with excitement for knowledge!

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Women in Capital Markets' Annual Job Shadow Day

Women in Capital Markets' Annual Job Shadow Day

Two of our 12th grade students, Julia and Rena were nominated to participate in Women in Capital Markets’ Annual Job Shadow Day. The girls had an opportunity to spend a day in Toronto’s Financial District and shadow influential women who work in the field of business and commerce. WCM provided workshops, keynote speakers and one-on-one guidance in an effort to mentor aspiring businesswomen. The girls were able to visit major Canadian banks, such as RBC and visit the trading room at the stock exchange. This invaluable experience shed light on the possibilities young women have to excel in capital markets and we hope that future Hudson students will benefit from such an opportunity.

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University of Toronto Science Fair 2017

University of Toronto Science Fair 2017

We are excited to announce that one of our grade eight students, Mark S., won gold at the annual University of Toronto Science Fair this past weekend! His project, ‘Searching for the Most Polluted Intersection in Toronto’, investigated air pollution and air quality affected by vehicular emissions and various industrial processes that release hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and other oxides into the air, and which has a direct impact on human health. Mark S. has extended Hudson College’s streak to eight consecutive years of medalling at University of Toronto Science Fair. His project placed in the top 15 of the more than 540 projects entered into the Fair, from the Grade 7 to Grade 12 level. We are very proud of your accomplishment, Mark!

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Italian Cultural Trip 2017

Italian Cultural Trip 2017

This year our Italian Cultural Trip took us to 5 amazing cities: Rome, Naples, Venice, Turin and Florence. Our adventure started in Rome on March 10th and as soon as we arrived we got to experience what this great city has to offer: Vatican City, the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain and all the wonderful piazzas where one can get lost in the crowd of tourists that each year visit Rome. Our next stop was Naples and this city did not disappoint. With its breathtaking views of Mt. Vesuvius from its harbour to its thriving shopping district, Naples was very charming. We had the opportunity to go up Mt. Vesuvius where we got as close to the crater as one can get and an awe inspiring view of Naples and its surroundings. We also got to tour Pompeii and Herculenuem, which should be on everyone’s bucket list; both offer so much history. We won’t soon forget our unscheduled day-trip to the island of Capri; which offered us some of the most breathtaking views we’d ever seen. Our third stop was Venice and with its narrow streets and shops for all tastes and budgets, this city was a favourite amongst students. The gondola ride and the tour of Murano, Burano and Torcello were the highlights of this stop. Next, we visited Turin; one of my favourites in this trip. This city is a very modern and clean metropolis. Its Mole Antonelliana should be a definite stop for everyone. We also got to tour Juventus Stadium and Museum, which was a highlight for all the boys on the trip. Our last and final stop was Florence and this city definitely charmed everyone with its outstanding works of art in the Accademia and the Uffizi Galleries. From Florence we went to Pisa to visit its famous Leaning Tower. Our Italian Cultural Trip was an amazing experience for all participants and we can’t forget to mention the wonderful pasta, pizza and gelato we enjoyed throughout these last 16. Thank you Italy for an unforgettable and amazing trip!

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Hudson's iHub in action

Hudson's iHub in action

On Tuesday March 7 and Wednesday March 8, Hudson's Grade 9 students participated in a four hour 3D printing and Virtual Reality workshop. The workshop was presented by Ms. Susan Bsat, a Biomedical and Mechanical Engineer with extensive experience in current industry applications of 3D printing.

In the workshop our students examined samples of 3D prints with advanced materials like metals soft rubber and reflective material. They examined medical, automotive and fashion applications of 3D printing and explored other innovative applications. Our students also learned to design their own shapes and ideas for 3D printing and had a chance to see their own creations printed in our 3D printing lab. Lastly, our students had the opportunity to explore the latest 3D virtual reality design application and concluded their workshop with a fun and engaging game of 3D virtual pictionary.

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U20 Boys Basketball Championship

U20 Boys Basketball Championship

On Monday afternoon our U20 boys basketball team continued their torrent playoff run by winning an overtime thriller against Royal Crown Academy to claim the SSAF Division 2 Championship! Down by a point with seconds to go in the 4th quarter, Jamal Herbert stepped up and sank a critical foul shot to tie the game and send it into overtime. In the extra frame the boys made several key defensive stops and once again Jamal dropped a three pointer to push our Huskies into the lead for good. Special mention to Henry Le, who all game and all season long, controlled the offense with his poise and leadership under pressure. A collective effort and true character testament of this team, congratulations boys, you are SSAF Champions!

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U20 Table Tennis

U20 Table Tennis

Congratulations to the U20 Table Tennis team for capturing the SSAF Table Tennis Banner on Monday afternoon. The team finished with one first place finish, three second place finishes and a third place finish for a total of 16 points. This marks the first time Hudson has won the table tennis championship, in only their second year competing. Well done to all players for their efforts!

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Eva's Walk

Eva's Walk

On Tuesday, March 7th, as part of the Middle School Program, the grade 6, 7 and 8 classes participated in Eva's Walk For Homeless Youth. Eva's offers shelter and programming for youth experiencing homelessness in Toronto to empower them to reach their goals. Together with 10 different schools from across the GTA, Hudson students walked over 7km through the city to support this important cause. The were treated to lunch and speakers at the end of the walk, where they were able to hear, first hand, the circumstances that may lead a young person to be homeless. The school raised over $4,000 for Eva's - our students should be very proud of themselves.

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Science Fair 2017

Science Fair 2017

On March 6th, we held our 11th Annual Science Fair in the Gym. With our Primary grades completing class projects, our Grade 4’s and up completed and presented projects in different categories. A big congratulations to all of our participants – you should be very proud of the wonderful projects that you submitted and displayed! Many thanks to our judges, including highly qualified guest judges from our parent ranks! Some of our individual grade winners will now move onto to represent Hudson in April at U of T’s Science Fair.

Once again, all students are recognized as having done a great job. The result were the closest we’ve ever had and the decisions were not easy!

Here are the individual grade-level winners:

 

Grade 4:

  • 1st place: Mika and Sasha, “Robotic Movement”
  • 2nd place: Mohammed, “Oil and Water”
  • 3rd place: Grace, “Rubber Egg”

 

Grade 5:

  • 1st place: Kate, “Food Rot”
  • 2nd place: Emma, “Bottled Water pH”
  • 3rd place: Lexie, “Paper Airplane Wingspan”

 

Grade 6:

  • 1st place: Aryan, “Great Globs of Gluten”
  • 2nd place: Zainab, “Candle Carousel”
  • 3rd place: Rachel, “Can you really trust your eyes?”

 

Grade 7:

  • 1st place: Alexa and Kayle, “Water Pollution in Toronto”
  • 2nd place: Amaan, “The Science of Time”
  • 3rd place: Bryanna, “How does colour affect eyesight?”

 

Grade 8:

  • 1st place: Mark, “Carbon Monoxide Concentration”
  • 2nd place: Alex and Gabriel, “Conductivity of Graphene”
  • 3rd place: Nico, “Antacid Potency”

 

Grade 10

  • 1st Place: Khalil, “Efficiency of Linux Systems”
  • 2nd place: Sarah and Alzy, “Movement of Water in Plants”
  • 3rd Place: Ethan and Claudia, “Terraforming Models for Mars”

 

Great job EVERYONE!

 

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Hudson Heroes February Tokens4Change event

Hudson Heroes February Tokens4Change event

This year, our Hudson Heroes exercised their creativity by collaborating with Youth Without Shelter in creating a public service announcement. The goal of the project was to raise awareness for February’s Tokens4Change event. This day was dedicated towards collecting donations to cover transportations costs for the shelter. Our students demonstrated empathy by imagining the reality that many homeless youth face on a day to day basis. In hopes of spreading awareness, activism and support for their peers, the Hudson Heroes filmed a heartwarming and informative commercial. We are pleased to share the video with you. Enjoy!

For more information, please visit the Tokens4Change website.

 

“Build a future.”

PSA 2017 by Hudson College Tanya Relitzki. Directed by Paul Davis.

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Upper School Valentine's Day Bake Sale Success!

Upper School Valentine's Day Bake Sale Success!

This Valentine’s Day, The Hudson Heroes were ‘baking a difference’ by selling baked goods in an effort to raise money for Habitat for Humanity’s Indigenous Housing Project. The charity helps to build quality homes for First Nations families across Canada. The high school students couldn’t resist the delicious brownies, cookies and cupcakes and we collected a total of $130. We are thankful for the generous donations and will continue raising money and awareness for this important cause!

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Maritime Olympic Games at Hudson Upper School

Maritime Olympic Games at Hudson Upper School

On Friday of last week, Hudson College students and staff took a well-deserved break from the classroom in order to exercise and reaffirm that culture and spirit are alive and well in our high school division. Our Maritimes house hosted their second annual Maritimes Olympic Games, aptly known around here as “MOGs” and did so with great passion and excitement. Our Rockies, Prairies, Great Lakes and host Maritimes houses competed in a variety of events including a pop-culture scavenger hunt, karaoke, various board games, and dodgeball.

With overflowing enthusiasm, houses collided in some energetic and fair play competitions all in pursuit of the Discovery Award come June. Students hustled in small teams around the school looking for memes, built human pyramids, and frantically tossed water bottles for most flips in a minute while others took a more calm and calculated approach to their next strategic board game manoeuver. From dodgeballs flying amid the chaos in the gymnasium, to singing gleefully upstairs to an eclectic array of 80's oldies, way back playback 90's, and more contemporary hits of today, a brave group of impassioned prospects took the mic and shared their vocal talents to their many adoring fans.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2017 MOG's event. Your collective energies made this day a huge success! A massive thank you to the Maritimes house for incredible opening and closing ceremony presentations, and for their collaborative activities to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul!

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Hudson Heroes and the Tokens4Change

Hudson Heroes and the Tokens4Change

On Friday November 3rd, our Hudson Heroes woke up bright and early to volunteer for a campaign called Tokens4Change, which is a fundraising initiative in support of Youth Without Shelter. Our students’ enthusiasm and passion raised awareness at the Bloor-Yonge station, where many generous commuters stopped to listen and donate to the the important cause. After 4 hours of volunteering, the Hudson Heroes’ energy and dedication never wavered, as they felt it was important to help other students have a safe and secure home and pathway to education.

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Upper School Drama Trip

Upper School Drama Trip

On Thursday, Hudson College Upper School Drama students went to two plays at the Next Stage Theatre Festival. "Songbuster" was an entirely improvised musical based on an audience suggestion from one of our students: "a coffee shop." Immediately, the actors launched into a catchy ensemble piece, followed by moving solos, dramatic duets, and much hilarity. "Two Truths and a Lie" was the second show - an exercise in storytelling where the audience had to judge which actor's story was untrue. Overall it was an excellent night at the Factory Theatre.

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Holiday Door Decorating and Holiday Sweater Day!

Holiday Door Decorating and Holiday Sweater Day!

Another fun annual tradition today as we announce our Door Decoration winners. Congratulations to all our creative door decorating entries; it gets harder every year to decide upon the winners. We decided it was only fair to award two category winners; one from our JK-2 entries as the Junior winner; and, one from our Grade 3-8 entries as the Senior winner. The JK's are the Junior winners with their theme of the "Holiday Sweater Outfit". In the Senior category – we had a virtual tie. Congratulations to our TWO Senior winners, the Grade 8 class, with their door theme of the "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch" and the Grade 6 class, with their door theme, "Happy Holidays Locker". The holiday spirit has certainly arrived at Hudson as evidenced by the wonderful Christmas sweaters many students wore today, too!

We encourage all of our Hudson families to go on a ‘door walk’ around the halls to see each awesome door in person for the balance of this week.

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Hudson Heroes helping out!

Hudson Heroes helping out!

The Hudson Heroes’ annual chocolate sales raised over $1300 this year! As a result, we were able to purchase holiday gifts for the children at SickKids hospital. This would not have been possible without the hard work and generosity of our Hudson students and families!

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Holiday Spirit at Hudson

Holiday Spirit at Hudson

On Friday, Hudson College continued with two holiday traditions at the school, the Secret Sprite Gift Exchange and our Holiday Potluck Lunch. Our ESL students also crafted traditional Mexican pinatas to start the celebrations for the Holiday Potluck. They used paper mache and lots of festive candy to start the holiday celebration off with a BANG! Many high school students participated in this year's Secret Sprite. As the time for our gift exchange approached everyone was excited to know what the Secret Sprite would bring them. Fun was had by all and everyone was happy with their gift. At around 1 p.m. we were all ready to enjoy a succulent holiday buffet that included traditional dishes from many different parts of the world brought by all high school students and of course the main course, three roasted turkeys provided by the school. The lunch was really delicious and a great way to end the regular classes before final exams.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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Hudson Spelling Bee 2016

Hudson Spelling Bee 2016

Congratulations to all of our participants in Hudson's annual Elementary Spelling Bee competition. You should be proud of your efforts! After thirty-eight rounds, and with words any scholar would find difficulty spelling correctly, we had a winner! Special congratulations to our winner Nour A. Our runner-up was Sarah N. Sarah and Nour went back and forth for eighteen rounds like two prize fighters before Nour was able to spell a championship word correctly – it was tremendously exciting! In third place was Emma G. In speaking with Scripps Spelling Bee, we have the opportunity to send two participants onto the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee in February at the University of Toronto! Nour and Sarah will be Hudson’s representatives and represent us proudly! Congratulations to everyone, again!

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Volleyball Champions!

Volleyball Champions!

The U20 Boys' Volleyball team were crowned 2016 SSAF Champions yesterday. After sweeping through their three round robin games, Hudson defeated PACE to advance to the final. Hudson overcame a raucous home crowd and defeated number one seed Toronto Waldorf School, who had not lost a set all season, 2-0 in the final. Despite tired legs and some injuries, the team showed great team spirit and perseverance.

This is Hudson’s first U20 SSAF Volleyball championship- Well Done Boys!

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Canadian Music Class Challenge: Ahead by a Century by the students from Toronto’s Hudson College

Canadian Music Class Challenge: Ahead by a Century by the students from Toronto’s Hudson College

Please enjoy this performance of Ahead by a Century by the students from Toronto’s Hudson College. As a school with smaller class sizes, we like to combine musical groups whenever possible especially when preparing for a choir performance. For Ahead by a Century, we have 3 singing groups: a small choir, a large choir, and 2 harmony singers consisting of grades 2,3,4,5,6, and 8. We also threw in a xylophone, an electric guitar, and we had the high-school music class help out with playing guitar chords.

(Courtesy of CBC Music)

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Hudson Remembers

Hudson Remembers

On Friday November 11, our entire school assembled in the gym to commemorate Remembrance Day. Our Elementary students created original works that honour different themes and thoughts of Remembrance. Hudson's high school students also took part in the Remembrance Day ceremony in the gym. Beginning with the playing of the Last Post and the moment of silence at 11:00 a.m., students and staff reflected together on the importance and meaning of Remembrance Day. We were honoured as a school to have a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, Corporal Frank D’Amico, visit us and speak with our students about his years of service, Canada’s veterans, and the importance of remembrance. Our Grade 10 History students did a 20-minute live performance during today’s Remembrance Day ceremony. The student created script featured the many personal family challenges experienced by Canadians as they participated in the First World War. The morning's ceremony was an important moment of reflection for both students and staff, on the history of Remembrance Day, and on the importance of honouring our veterans and those still serving Canada today.

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An in-depth Our Kids review of Hudson College

An in-depth Our Kids review of Hudson College

There are many reasons parents choose to enroll their children at a private school, from family tradition to elite sports. Parents who choose Hudson College, however, are less interested in the extremes at the edges of the private education market, and more interested in the foundational elements of a strong academic program and a positive learning experience: consistent social support, a sense of community, the flexibility to address student interests, and a consistent approach to curricular development. Jeff Bavington founded the school “to be a place where students with all different interests can come and feel part of a larger community, feel at home, and where students themselves can help create" the school environment. And it is.

Read our in-depth feature article from Our Kids and learn how Hudson helps turn young learners into leaders.

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Spirit Week 2016

Spirit Week 2016

From the week of October 24 - 31, Hudson College hosted its annual Spirit Week. We started the week with Pyjama Day and it was a perfect way to get the week started. It was really comfortable to be wearing our pyjamas throughout the day. On Tuesday we all looked our best as we had Formal Day; the perfect day to be dressed to impress. On Wednesday students and staff showed their crazy side on Crazy Day, a really fun day. Thursday was the day to showcase all the famous people or characters we admire as it was Fandom Day. On Friday we payed homage to our favourite sports and athletes on Sports Day. On Friday evening we also had our annual Halloween Dance and our terrifying Haunted House. We really scared up some students. On Monday, October 31, our Spirit Week culminated with two fun activities: our annual costume and pumpkin carving contests. As always it was very difficult to choose winners among such great costumes and pumpkins. The purpose of Spirit Week was to give the students the opportunity to show their school pride and boost their morale and for sure the Student Council achieved these goals as great fun was had by all. It was agreed by the Student Council that all proceeds from Spirit Week will go to our annual prom and the Italian Cultural Trip. Thank you to everyone who helped organizing a successful week and also to all those who participated.

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Our Lower School had a fun-filled Halloween themed day on Friday filled with treats and a few tricks...

As per tradition, the Lower School had a creative pumpkin-carving competition, costume parade and contest with multiple winners in various categories, plus a scary dance-off as part of our Halloween Dance. Each year, it's gets harder for the judges to decide the winners in all of the competitions and categories due to the creativity, efforts, and enthusiasm of our students. The winner this year of the pumpkin-carving contest is Class 7H, with their creation of The Donald and Hillary.

Halloween at Hudson once again demonstrated Hudson's amazing Husky spirit!

Have a fun, safe Halloween students!

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WE Day 2016

WE Day 2016

On Wednesday October 19th, some of Hudson’s student leaders were lucky to attend WE Day at the Air Canada Centre. We Day is a day-long celebration of youth empowerment and leadership. Many famous faces graced the stage-ranging from gold medal Olympians to astronauts and singers. Our students heard inspirational speeches from Margaret Trudeau, Chris Hadfield, Gord Downie, Penny Oleksiak, Jacob Tremblay and Paula Abdul, to name a few. Each artist and speaker took the opportunity to explain the importance of giving back to your community. Whether your cause is close to home or overseas, it is vital to discover your passion and use your voice. We hope to use this newfound positivity and inspiration to help both local and international causes!

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IMPACT Speaker Andy Thibodeau to Hudson Students: ANSWER, ASK and TRY YOUR BEST

IMPACT Speaker Andy Thibodeau to Hudson Students: ANSWER, ASK and TRY YOUR BEST

On Friday October 14th, Andy Thibodeau visited the upper school students to deliver an inspirational message at the beginning of the school year.  Andy engaged our students with his enthusiasm, humour and most importantly, his wise words. Based out of London, Ontario, Andy has traveled across North America to inspire students to become active participants in their education and to become involved in extracurricular activities.

Some key messages Andy wanted students to understand were to:

  • “GET YOUR HAND UP!”

  • “ANSWER, ASK and TRY YOUR BEST”

  • “VOLUNTEER!”

and to ask two very important questions:

  • “Can I get some help?”

  • “How can I do better?”

He had a great impact on our students and we hope that his message will be a lasting one.

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Camp Muskoka 2016

Camp Muskoka 2016

As part of an annual tradition, all of our Grade 4-6 students attended an exciting 4-day/3-night outdoor education field trip to Camp Muskoka near Bracebridge, Ontario last week. Hudson students participated in a variety of team building and leadership activities and outdoor games / challenges, including the aerial park, low ropes, fire building, zip line, and more! As usual, staff and students can’t wait to go back again!

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Hudson College Pep Rally 2016

Hudson Huskies from grades 8 to 12 gathered on October 4th to participate in the Pep Rally to kick off the House System for the 2016-2017 school year. The rally was an amazing display of school spirit and teamwork by each of the four houses. The rally opened with the unveiling of house flags and slogans designed during the grade 9 leadership seminar series last year. The flags were carried by representatives from our current grade 10 class who contributed to the flag’s design.

The Rockies, reigning champions and current holder of the Discovery Trophy, were the first to show off their cheers, with the usual dramatic flare and strains from “We Will Rock You”. Next up the Prairies House shouted and stomped to show their pride, determination, and enthusiasm for the up coming school year, accompanied by a hip-hop dance crew. The Great Lakes house harnessed the sounds of the great lakes in their cheers, with a routine that had them flowing through the gym from end-to-end. Finally, the Maritimes House brought “the fury of the maritime sea” with echoing shouts, the banging of drums, and waving flags.

Pizza and games rounded off the afternoon in Earlscourt Park, as students made new friends, and shared Hudson College traditions with new comers.

Go Huskies!

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Thanksgiving Potluck 2016

Thanksgiving Potluck 2016

We had a fabulous Pot Luck lunch at Hudson last Friday! There was lots of great food for everyone to enjoy. Many thanks to our parents and students who brought in food to help make our Thanksgiving tradition a wonderful success! On behalf of everyone here at Hudson, we hope that all our students and families had a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hudson College Open House Event 2016 - October 22

We invite you to attend our Open House to see what Hudson has to offer: Saturday, October 22nd from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. To confirm your attendance please contact Jody at 416-631-0082 x 106.

For more information, please visit the Our Kids website.

Hudson College is a non-denominational, co-educational school offering superior academic programs from JK to university entrance. 

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Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards

Today, a representative from the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards visited the grade nines to give a short presentation on the benefits of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Program. This program is designed to give students ownership of their learning, personal development and experience outside of school by encouraging them to volunteer, become physically active and explore the environment. The Duke of Edinburgh is an internationally renowned award and an excellent opportunity for our students.

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Terry Fox Run 2016

On a soggy, overcast Thursday morning, we held our annual Terry Fox run for both the Lower and Upper Schools. The weather couldn’t dampen our Huskies enthusiasm, however, as students, particularly our Primary and Junior ones, asked to keep going, lap after lap!

We knew we had the best bunch of students and families at Hudson and it has been proven emphatically true these last couple of weeks.
We are two-thirds of the way to our aggressive goal of $10,000 to raise for the Terry Fox Foundation.

With a week to go, our total is now over $6,500! Way to go, Huskies!!

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Hudson College Open House Event 2016 - October 6

We invite you to attend our October 6th Open House to see what Hudson has to offer: Thursday, October 6th from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. To confirm your attendance please contact Jody at 416-631-0082 x 106.

For more information, please visit the Our Kids website.

Hudson College is a non-denominational, co-educational school offering superior academic programs from JK to university entrance. 

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Terry Fox Breakfast 2016

On Tuesday morning, our Hudson upper school Student Council whipped up a delicious breakfast to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation. We were able to raise $801.25 this year, which is a new record total! Students in all grades from JK to 12 were able enjoy a scrumptious meal and share some laughs. Thanks to everyone who participated!

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2016 Camp Wenonah Trip

Twenty-two students braved the personal and cooperative challenges of outdoor adventures at Camp Wenonah in Bracebridge last week. Canoeing, kayaking, archery, rock climbing, lake swimming, and overnight camping brought students closer to nature and each other. Thanks to the Camp Wenonah staff for their program focused on leadership development and confidence building.

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Promoting Balanced Leadership

Hudson College: Promoting Balanced Leadership

By Diana Trull, Guidance

The world is filled with intelligent, hard-working young leaders who aspire to find success in their prospective fields. However, there has been a shift in the hiring wish lists of employers. More and more workplaces are looking to hire actively engaged citizens with humanitarian characteristics such as compassion and empathy for others. Participating in charitable activities is a great step toward gaining skills in leadership, perseverance, resilience, and imaginative, collaborative thinking to overcome challenges. Here at Hudson College, we encourage students to participate in a variety of altruistic activities that reach beyond average expectations. Here are some examples:

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How to choose the best High School experience for your child

The next stage in your child’s education – high school – is an important one.

Deciding where to attend high school can be a challenging decision for a family to make. It is essential to have as much information as possible before finalizing your choice. The number one way to research this information is through open house visits and experiencing the school’s culture as a student visitor.

To aid with your decision we have talked to our parents and students and asked them why they chose Hudson College as their High School.

Included in their feedback is that Hudson College provides all the elements of a large high school experience whilst maintaining the connectedness of a small school. Through this we are able to individualize your child’s experience to ensure they receive a balanced education, in a safe and supportive environment, that allows them to pursue their interests and grow as an individual. This is why we believe Hudson College offers the best independent High School experience in Toronto. 

We are consistently ranked the number one co-ed school experience in Toronto by the readers of City Parent newsmagazine and here is why we believe we can offer this experience to your child:

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Europe Trip 2015 - Hudson College High School

Written by Hudson teacher and Europe trip coordinator Mr. Yovanny Munoz

Our 2015 Europe trip started on Wednesday, March 4th, when staff and students set off on an Air Canada flight to Frankfurt, Germany.  We arrived in Frankfurt the next day and, after a short layover took a flight to Lisbon, Portugal. From there we had the opportunity to visit Madrid, Nice, Monaco, Milan and Rome.  

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The impact of valuing a balanced curriculum

by the Hudson Admissions Department

There are many aspects to consider when talking about a “balanced” curriculum.  Today, let’s talk about one area – providing balance within a broad range of subject courses and the impact of doing so. 

We believe that when a school has an academic environment that values a balanced curriculum, students will feel more encouraged to explore their passions and talents in new areas.  Students’ intellectual curiosity can also be explored on a bigger and more rich platform.  

Most high school students are uncertain as to their future career path and they may come to school with more singular interests.  Our academic environment with a balanced approach encourages them to explore possibilities, and challenges them to think more broad-based. 

In order to help achieve this academic environment, a skills-based, cross-curricular program has been implemented throughout a wide range of compulsory and optional courses.   

We are proud to say the impact of doing so is great.  It is reflected in our graduates’ university program destinations. 

According to our records, in the past ten years, 41% of Hudson female students went to university programs in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field, including Physical Science, Life Science, Health Science, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics, and Computer Science and Technology.   59% went to study Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, Business, Finance and Fine Arts.  This ratio is quite balanced, considering that most female students in some schools leave to study Liberal Arts and Social Sciences in university. 

Our male students’ university program choices have also reflected a balance during these same years, with 56% choosing the STEM field, and 44% selecting Arts and Business related fields.

On a school wide basis, 45% of Hudson graduates have chosen to study in the STEM field in the past ten years, and 55% of our grads went on to Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, Business, Finance and Fine Arts fields.  

Learning in a school that values a balanced curriculum will undoubtedly play a key role in helping our students succeed as they move forward.  The future skills they will need will be developed and enhanced through a “melding” of disciplines – from STEM skills and Arts skills leading to creativity and teamwork. These are the types of dynamic skill-sets employers seek.  This is the balance that the future requires.  

How does teamwork factor into all of this?  See our next Hudson blog for a viewpoint. 

 

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Democracy in the Classroom

By Rose Bastien, Grade 6 teacher and Head of Curriculum for Lower School, Hudson College

Most teachers would agree that authoritative classrooms (where teachers exert power over student behaviour and how much students participate) are not very effective at managing student behaviour and engaging students in learning.  

Many teachers are now opting for a democratic approach to teaching. In such classrooms, teachers are finding that student behaviour and student engagement is much easier to accomplish. 

However, I am often asked, “What is it about democratically run classrooms that create such positive learning experiences for both students and teachers?”

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A couple of important questions for grade 8’s transitioning to Hudson grade 9

By Hudson's Admissions Department

1. How do teachers help students stay on top of their progress?

First, we track daily attendance.  If a student misses one class (period) without a parental reason, parents will be notified for mutual follow-up / actions. 

Next, teachers monitor homework completion.  They will notify parents if homework is not being regularly completed. 

Next, student progress relating to assignments and tests is monitored / tracked.  Where this is not being completed satisfactorily, parents will be involved / notified. 

Throughout the year and courses, we (continue) to work with students in class, and individually as needed, to develop time management and study skills. It is important to remember that students have four years of high school.  We want students to be or become independent learners by graduation, in order to prepare them for university study.  Accordingly, we have a plan! It is implemented in a progressive manner beginning in grade 9. 

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Cooking Club starts again at Hudson Lower School

The Hudson Cooking Club has started again with two groups of enthusiastic junior chefs. Hudson’s various cooking clubs are amongst the most popular extra-curricular activities that we offer each year. The cooking clubs provide an excellent opportunity for our young chefs to learn simple-to-prepare yet delicious recipes, to gain valuable nutritional information, and to start to hone their culinary skills so that they can help both themselves and their families around the kitchen! Our current session will see students make harvest-inspired appetizers, soups, an entrée, and dessert. 

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Junior Science Club Starts at Hudson College

Science is a much loved subject at Hudson College. The Junior Science Club (grades 3 and 4) had its first session on Wednesday, September 10th. Students were introduced to polymers when they made slime by combining cornstarch and water. They were fascinated with the idea that a substance could have the properties of both a liquid ("it flows like water") and a solid ("it’s really hard when I squeeze it").

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Annual Year End Trip - Quebec 2014

Annual Year End Trip - Quebec 2014

On May 20, the grade 7 and 8 classes embarked on our annual year end trip. This year we went to Quebec City and Montreal. The trip was four days packed with fun activities and learning opportunities as we toured these two amazing cities.

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Hudson's Elementary School Cooking Club: Salsa Edition

Hudson College started our weekly Cooking Club with a large group of junior chefs from Grades 5 to 8 who came to learn kitchen skills, food preparation techniques, and to have fun making food together. For our cooking session on May 17th, the enthusiastic group made a huge batch of Pico de Gallo, a fresh tomato salsa.

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Alice in Wonderland; The Mad Hatter Tea Party in Kindergarten

"Alice and Wonderland was read to the Kindergartens last week. Students enjoyed the book because of the wonderful characters and intricate story line. In our walks through the playground I hope to catch more than a couple of children searching for rabbit holes!" (said Mrs. Mollard, Hudson's Kindergarten teacher)

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Exploring Geometry in Grade One

The grade ones are currently studying 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional geometry in Mathematics. One of the topics in this unit is to sort geometric figures according to common attributes or characteristics. Hula hoops were used to create a sorting template, (a Venn Diagram). In order to enrich the grade one students, they were asked to work in collaborative groups to create a secret sorting rule. Students then observed the finished sorted objects of other teams and were asked to determine the secret sorting rule used. The team whose work was being observed then revealed their sorting rule using mathematical vocabulary relevant to the unit. Great work!b2ap3_thumbnail_for-blog.jpg

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March 2014 – Hudson High School – Europe Trip

Our adventures began in London, England early Sunday morning. After checking into our hotel we set out to explore the area. Our first stop was Trafalgar Square where we enjoyed performances by the local artists, the many shops and a tour of The National Gallery. The next day, we enjoyed a full English breakfast and went for a stroll along the Thames River. We walked along the famous Tower Bridge and had lunch near London City Hall. In the afternoon we enjoyed a cruise on the Thames and a great view of London from one of the capsules on London Eye. On day two, our tour bus took us to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford University.

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Reggio Emilia Program Comes to Hudson College

A Reggio Emilia Inspired Approach to Teaching

A large section of snowy ice has begun to melt in a sunny corner of Hudson College, creating an island that appears to float on a puddle of water. Our youngest students saw this island of ice as an invitation to jump on top of it, breaking its mass into dozens of pieces. The pieces of ice then became bricks to build walls and dominos to topple…creations of children’s inventive play. Hudson’s Kindergarten students and their teacher decided to take a large piece of ice into their classroom. This piece of ice – a natural element of the children’s physical environment – became an object of wonder and inquiry in the classroom. As the students examined the ice they were inspired to use descriptive words, to ask questions and propose theories about its texture and coldness. As a collaborative group, they decided to find out how long “the big piece of ice” would take to melt. Predictions and theories were made by the students and documented by their teacher. Through out the day many of the students returned to the ice to re-examine it, to alter their original predictions and to revise their theories about it. 

The melting ice will engage students in measurement, they will learn about properties of matter and temperature. They will be inspired to write about the ice, using the descriptive words their teacher documented. 

And so, the kindergarten students became immersed in the Reggio Emilia inspired teaching practices that is formally being introduced into the Hudson College elementary program. Within the next couple of years, we hope to enrich all of our elementary grades with Reggio inspired pedagogy. 

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Hudson College Grades 9 to 12 English Program

By Hudson's Admissions Department

The Hudson College Grades 9 to 12 English program is an enriched, incremental and unique curriculum designed to empower students with superior literacy, critical thinking, writing, reading and study skills essential for achieving academic and personal success in both university and in daily life.

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Hudson College Upper School Curriculum - Part One – Mathematics

By Hudson's Admissions Department

At Hudson College our SMART SKILLS PROGRAM™ helps students develop in five critical areas: Speech Arts, Mathematics, Analytical Writing, Research, and Team Building. The development of Mathematical skills is done through an enriched and superior curriculum combined with academic support programs that include after school support, counselling, workshops, remedial programs and individualized one-on-one help.

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Student Project Touches Hearts of Local Artists and Activists

Akeem has been a student at Hudson College since Grade 6.  Over the years, he has picked up various interests – including guitar, drama, and basketball – but he never thought that social activism might be one of them.  Last month, however, Akeem gave a presentation at Ellington’s Café that moved a room full of poets, activists, and artists to create change.

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The Academic Benefits of Character Education

By Rose Bastien, Grade 6 teacher and Head of Curriculum for Lower School, Hudson College

Trustworthiness, integrity, self-discipline, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship, compassion, honesty and perseverance are characteristics that we want our leaders, our life partners and our friends to posses. More importantly, we want our children to develop these characteristics so that they will be good friends, leaders and partners.

Making “good people” is not the only benefit of character education. Research demonstrates that students who attend schools that practice character education programs have higher academic achievements. There appears to be a strong correlation between the virtues of good character and being a good academic student. Rutgers University, Professor of Clinical Psychology Maurice Elias, has researched the effects of character education extensively. His research concludes that successful academic schools are those that have a focus on the moral character of its students. 

How does an emphasis on character education in the classroom, and the school as whole, help students succeed academically?

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THE HUDSON COLLEGE GRADE 3 KIVA PROJECT

THE HUDSON COLLEGE GRADE 3 KIVA PROJECT

By Rose Bastien, Grade 6 teacher and Head of Curriculum for Lower School, Hudson College

In the first week of September 2012, the Grade 3 students at Hudson College were read One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference (by Katie Milway). This story, inspired by true events, is about a boy named Kojo who bought a hen with a small loan. The hen’s eggs were sold at market and over time Kojo was able to pay his school fees and eventually open a thriving egg business that employed many people in his poor village in Ghana. 

Kojo’s story inspired the Grade 3s to talk about the different experiences children around the world have in how they live. Together, they created a list of the “things” that all children need to be healthy and happy. We agreed that these needs were the basic “rights” of children. The students were pleased to know that they had come up with many of the same rights for children as the United Nations: that children all over the world should have enough food to eat, clean water to drink, a home to live in, doctors and medicine when they are sick, and the opportunity to go to school.

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30- Hour Famine

National Famine Dates:
April 12th & 13th, 2013

Our Famine Date:
April 4/5th, 2013

So what is the 30- Hour Famine? It is an event where thousands of teens across other countries around the world participate to raise money for world hunger by fasting for 30 hours. However, individuals can raise money and fast by themselves.

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Hudson’s Art History Club started this week!

Over the course of 8 weeks, Hudson Elementary students will be taking an art-historical trip through the past two thousand years to draw inspiration for their own original artwork.  The journey starts by learning about and creating Egyptian cartouches inscribed with hieroglyphs; these items were believed to be a pathway to life after death.

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AIR – “Artists in Residence”

 

Hudson’s first ever AIR, “Artists-in-Residence”, was a school-wide event recently held in Hudson’s gym.  The event was organized by the high school Arts Club, including both staff and students.  The idea came from a desire to further enhance arts education at the school in a way that the entire school could be actively involved in celebrating the importance of the arts, not just in school, but in society as a whole.  The intent was to provide a forum where students, those with experience and skills in the arts and those without any background in the arts, could come together and express themselves through a variety of different media. Painting, music, dance, poetry, photography, and film were the focus of this year’s event.

Hudson’s gym was turned into a giant artist’s workshop.  The walls were covered with large pieces of paper and paint stations were set up to encourage students to paint in a variety of different colours and forms.  Mrs. Wendy Kopplin, the high school’s art teacher, gave students tips and strategies on creating different types of art including Pointillism and Pop Art, as students experimented with different forms and ideas.  In the center of the gym a dance performance, led by Ms. Shannon’s student belly dance troupe, performed a variety of tribal belly dance routines, wearing beautiful costumes they had designed themselves, taken from Ms. Shannon’s vast costume collection.  A microphone was also set up to create an “open mic”, where students could sing, read a poem, or tell a story for the entire room to hear.  A variety of poems and literary works were also provided for students to read if they didn’t have work of their own.

Two weeks prior to the event the entire school was encouraged to begin submitting their art work, including poems, photographs, paintings, and sculpture, so it could be put on display or performed in the gym during AIR.  On stage, a group of students performed music they had been practicing for weeks.  A box filled with smaller instruments, including cymbals and drums, was also provided for any other students who wished to sit down and join the band.  Projected on the wall throughout the event was a slide presentation of student-taken photographs and artwork.  It’s important to emphasize that all these activities were going on at the same time.

While this event was taking place, each high school class was brought into the gym, one at a time, in order to witness and actively participate in this happening.  Students were encouraged to pick up a paint brush, a musical instrument, take pictures, join in the dance performance, or read something into the live microphone, so each student could have an opportunity to become part of the creative process and part of the art itself.

A key purpose of this event was to allow for improvisation, and to create an “arts-friendly” space where students would be able to draw inspiration from each other to create and express themselves.  It proved to be a great success, with students dancing and singing while they painted, watching the dance performances, the slide show, reading poems aloud, and taking photographs of each other.  In order to document the creative chaos taking place, a group of students acted as a film crew, filming students and teachers while they participated, and interviewing the participants on why they believe the arts are an important part both of education, and a means of enriching our lives.  Hudson’s staff and students proved that regardless of our cultural or artistic background, everyone can create in some form, and in the words of one philosopher, we all have the opportunity to “live our lives like a work of art”.

 

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Character and Compassion

Character is defined as a) The mental, moral, and ethical qualities distinctive to an individual and, b) The distinctive nature of something.

When we talk about the importance of character education at Hudson, our goal is to instill and reinforce those “metal, moral, and ethical qualities” that we hope all of our students will learn, practice, and demonstrate.

We often say that teaching students to be good academically is only one-half of our job as educators; teaching them to be equally good citizens of good character is the other half to having them become happy and successful young people.

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Lest We Forget

Every year, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians pause for two minutes of silence in remembrance of the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. We remember those who fought for Canada in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945), and the Korean War (1950-1953), as well as those who have served since then. Today, we honour them.

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How to choose a private school . . .

There are many important questions that parents need to consider prior to selecting a school for their children. Firstly, why choose private school at all? Well, most private schools often offer a more specialized approach to education, lower student-to-teacher ratios, and extra resources designed to help all types of students.

In choosing a private school, include your child. Discuss your and your child's expectations and needs thoroughly. For example, after eight years of elementary school, children will know the kind of high school they want. A strong student may feel he or she won't be challenged in a class of 30 plus. Conversely, some students have learning gaps; they can get lost in a large school of 1,500 students.

At Hudson, our average class size is between 12 to 18 students for this school year. These smaller class sizes benefit all types of learners. Combined with smaller classes, our teachers are very dedicated, knowledgeable, caring and nurturing, which allows them to differentiate their teaching techniques to meet our students' diverse learning needs.

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