Marvellous May

Marvelous May

Happy May!

Whether you’re graduating or beginning your first semester at Columbia, May is an exciting month for all. Here are a few events happening this month:

1: Avengers movie trip
2: Hamilton Victory Gardens community service event
2-3: Stress buster activities
6-12: Final Exams
9: Pine Hall patio party, Ripley’s Aquarium
9-10: Stress buster activities
11-13: Residence check-in for new students

March ESL award winners

March ESL award winners

Earlier this week, four ESL students were rewarded for their hard work and perseverance as they were presented with Class Honours certificates in their respective ESL courses.

In a special ceremony, Mr. Galea, ESL Department Head, and Mr. Putt, Head of Senior School, congratulated each top achieving student on their accomplishments and wished them the best of luck as they pursue their English studies.

The March ESL top achievers were:
Zhou, Shikai– ESLAO
Li, Haowei- ESLBO

2015 Spring Show

2015 Spring Show

On Friday, April 24, Columbia held one of the most popular events of the year, the Spring Show!

Showcasing the diverse talent of the student population, the Spring Show featured many outstanding vocal and dance performances. Students chose to perform both modern and traditional songs and stood out by adding their unique personal touches. The creativity of their performances was evident by the deafening cheers and applauses that followed each act.

Supporting local food banks

Food Drive challenge

Columbia’s Leadership classes are asking their peers to give back to the local community by participating in a Home Room Food Drive Challenge in support of Sodexo’s Stop Hunger campaign. Throughout the month of April, students have been asked to donate non-perishable food items to their home room classes, all of which will be distributed amongst the city’s various food banks. The home room class that donates the most items, measured in weight, will receive a special prize.

Walking in support of McMaster Children’s Hospital

Walking in support of McMaster Children’s Hospital

Tomorrow a group of Columbia students will be raising funds and awareness for one of Canada’s most notable pediatric health sciences centres, the McMaster Children’s Hospital (MCH).

Homeroom Food Drive challenge

Homeroom Food Drive challenge

Students at Columbia International College are on a mission to restock the shelves of local food banks. Students are being challenged to donate as many non-perishable food items as they can to help the local community by participating in the school’s Homeroom Food Drive.

JMS students challenge staff to “Kiss a Goat”

Kiss the Goat campaign

This month, Columbia’s Junior Middle School (JMS) students are running a Kiss the Goat fundraiser! This unique initiative will raise money for families in Sierra Leone to buy goats and assist them in becoming self-sustainable communities.

Tobacco awareness week

Tobacco Awareness Week

Almost 40,000 people in Canada will die this year from smoking. Columbia’s Health Action Team is on a mission to reduce this number by educating their peers on the dangers of smoking and effects of tobacco.

This week, Columbia’s Health Action Team will be in the Living Wall Lounge promoting a smoke-free environment. Along with raising awareness about the health risks associated with smoking, the team will highlight the secrets of the tobacco industry and discourage their peers from using cigarettes.

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Diversity Week 2015

Diversity Week 2015

This past week, Columbia International College celebrated the diversity of our unique student body by hosting Diversity Week!

Throughout the week, students had the opportunity to explore different cultures and learn about the diverse background of their peers and friends. Exploring cultures and traditions that make each individual unique were highlighted as means to give students a deeper understanding of the principles of diversity.

Taking a stand against bullying

Pink Shirt Day 2015

Columbia’s students and staff showed their support towards anti-bullying as they participated in Pink Shirt Day.

The international campaign is celebrated across the world and is designed to put an end to all forms of bullying, as well as raise awareness for those who are victimized by bullying. By wearing pink, Columbia’s school community pledged their commitment to stopping bullying and to standing up for those they see being mistreated.

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