News

2020

  • July

    THAT’S A WRAP!

    In true Traf style, the Class of 2020 graduates donned their togas, and gathered in the gym on Friday,  June 19th, for their induction into TOGA (the Trafalgar Old Girls’ Association).
     
    TOGA President Elizabeth Pecoraro ‘13 warmly welcomed the newest members of Trafalgar’s worldwide alumnae community, made up of more than 2,000 graduates.
     
    Afterwards, the rest of Traf’s student community, parents, teachers, and staff joined the Grade 11s for the last virtual assembly of the year, which featured video tributes, virtual music performances, speeches, presentations, and, of course, button-passing.
     
    Filled with creativity, imagination, laughter, and a few tears, this was a yearend celebration that Traf’s newest alumnae are sure to be reminiscing about at reunions for years to come!
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  • TRAF STUDENTS AMONG TOP 5% IN MATH COMPETITIONS

    The virtual drums rolled during this Wednesday’s assembly when Trafalgar’s Math Department teachers announced the results from various internationally recognized out-of-school math competitions. Congratulations to the following:
     
    Fermat Competition (Sec 5)
    1st: Xinyue (Peggy) Gao (placed amongst top 4% in Quebec)
    2nd: Marianna Cardin
    3rd: Yangyi Li
     
    Cayley Competition (Sec 4)
    1st: Yunqi (Amy) Hu (placed amongst top 2% in Quebec)
    2nd: Kuanning Li (placed amongst top 5% in Quebec)
    3rd: Fanghua Yang
     
    Pascal Competition (Sec 3)
    1st: Hongyan (Daisy) Li
    2nd: Olivia Wood
    3rd: Dara Bordeau

    CNML (Sec 2)
    1st: Biying (Betsy) Xie
    2nd: Azure Alderson
    3rd: Reilly Blackstock
     
    CNML (Sec 1)
    1st: Madeline Brouillette
    2nd: Gabriella Ramacieri
    3rd: Cate Alcorn
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  • June

    HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR KEEPS MEMORIES ALIVE

    Thanks to the dedication of the Montreal Holocaust Museum, a large group of Trafalgar students and staff heard live testimony from one of the last of the generation of Holocaust survivors. Angela Orosz was born in the Auschwitz concentration camp in December 1944, and--thanks in large part to the fact that in the first weeks of her life she was too tiny and weak to cry—both she and her mother Vera Bein (shown with her daughter in the photo) were still alive when the Red Army liberated the camp in January 1945.
     
    As Angela explained to the participants in this week’s virtual gathering, for many years her mother seldom spoke of her horrific experiences in the camp, or of the years of anti-Semitic rule leading up to deportation. But when her granddaughter started asking her questions about it, Vera shared her story with her. Today, Angela is committed to making sure her voice will continue to be heard, and speaking for those children who did not survive.
     
    While so painful to deliver and so difficult to hear, her message of the power of the human spirit to endure will continue to resonate.

    Note: For anyone interested, CTV News has many powerful online interviews with Angela Ororsz.
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  • ISSUES-DRIVEN DISCUSSIONS IN AP SEMINAR CLASS

    As the students in Trafalgar’s AP Seminar course continue to engage in conversations that explore the complexities of real-world topics and issues, they welcomed Trafalgar grad Kristin Orlando (shown in photo delivering the 2019 valedictorian speech) to one of their June classes.
     
    Kristin expressed her outrage at the violence committed against people of colour, and her growing commitment to raising awareness about systemic racism. She was one of a group of students that helped to form the Black Rose Alliance, mobilizing youth to raise their voices in protest. With no prior experience in organizing a movement, she stressed the importance of being receptive to feedback, adapting and learning more every day.
     
    In response to questions from the class, she discussed how to be an ally and how to be mindful of white privilege, when to lead and when to defer to others to lead. She underscored the importance of educating oneself on issues, and offered to pass on resources and petitions to the group. Ms. McCabe says her students, “enjoyed the opportunity to speak candidly with Kristin,” about a topic very much on their minds these days.
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  • May

    The Honourable Bardish Chagger poses questions to Traf's Head Girl, Maya Hillcoat

    POWERFUL MEETUP WITH CANADIAN YOUTH

    On Monday May 10th, Head Girl Maya Hillcoat joined a group of students from schools across the country in an online forum organized by the Centre for Global Education called: Power of Youth: Fostering Health, Well-Being, and Unity in Canadian Communities.
     
    This is the third time that Traf students have participated in a Taking it Global forum, but the first where the entire school joined in watching it unfold. Our students and staff were so proud to see Maya speaking about her experiences in building community at Traf, and in extending that community through opportunities such as World School. They also heard from other young people who had spearheaded incredible initiatives, including three members of the Gender & Sexuality Alliance group at Collège Jeanne-Sauvé in Winnipeg who helped to develop a handbook (called the Pride Guide)  that tackles gender-based violence and looks at ways of developing safe and welcoming environments in schools.
     
    Throughout the forum, The Honourable Bardish Chagger--Canada’s Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth--remarked on the participants’ energy and commitment, and offered suggestions for building on their achievements.
     
    Watch the live-stream recording to be inspired for our future!
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  • February

    Katherine Nikidis, Robert Martellacci, Jessica Mosher '85, Jinpa Langri, Claudia Mitchell, Pascale Fournier, William St-Hilaire, André-Yanne Parent, Lucy Riddell, Caro Loutfi, Claudia Eppert, Patricia Saputo '83 [missing from photo: Sam Chaltain, Annabel Soutar]

    THOUGHT LEADERS CONVERGE AT TRAF SYMPOSIUM

    From Buddhist scholar Jinpa Langri’s keynote address, to 180 Studio partner Sam Chaltain’s wrap-up questions, Trafalgar’s Symposium on Well-Being: The Future of Education, The Future of Humanity provided a forum for lively discourse on the morning of February 13th.
     
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    TWICE THE FUN AT HOUSE PLAYS 2020

    Thanks to the hard work and flexibility of everyone involved, House Plays 2020 moved smoothly from the originally scheduled date of last Friday (a snow day) to Monday morning this week.

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  • January

    GOING GLOBAL AT MODEL UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE

    In late November a group of 11 Trafalgar students joined 500+ participants at a model (aka simulated) United Nations Conference, hosted by Dawson College.
     
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  • NUTRITIOUS AND DELICIOUS LEARNING

    The families of our Sec. III girls enjoyed a truly nutritious and delicious dinner in the Trafalgar cafeteria on November 27th. With guidance from Ms. Loupelle and Ms. Quilty, the students themselves planned, budgeted, cooked, and served the multi-course meal. 

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