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2015 Hoops for Heart tournament

2015 Hoops for Heart tournament

Columbia’s students and staff came together last week to raise awareness and funds for Canada’s Heart and Stroke Foundation.

On March 12, teams of 3, made up of male, female and coed players, participated in the school’s annual Hoops for Heart basketball tournament fundraiser. Held in the Ainsliewood gym, the daylong tournament not only gave students the opportunity to be active and have fun, but also educated them on two important health issues; heart disease and stroke.

Peruvian Chef delights Columbia

Global Chef Program

Last week, Columbia International College had the pleasure of welcoming Chef Claudia Alvarado as part of Sodexo’s Global Chef Program!

ChefAlvarado brought the flavours of her native country Peru to Columbia where she recreated authentic Peruvian cuisine in the school’s two main cafeterias. Students and staff not only dined on traditional dishes but also spoke with Chef Alvarado and learned about Peruvian culture.

The Menu

 

Math contest top achievers

Math contest top achievers

A number of Columbia International College’s top academic achievers were recognized this week for their exceptional performance in two elite Canadian math contests last semester.

Students who wrote the Canadian Senior Math Contest from the University of Waterloo, and the Canadian Open Math Challenge from Sun Life Financial in partnership with University of Toronto, and who scored in the top 25% of all participants were presented with a certificate of distinction.

Varsity soccer team wins gold

Varsity soccer team wins gold

Earlier this week, the Varsity Boys Indoor Soccer team was presented with a championship plaque for their 1-0 win over Saltfleet Secondary School in the Hamilton-Wentworth Interscholastic Athletic Council (HWIAC) soccer final on March 3.

Dr. Vincent Lam at Columbia

Dr. Vincent Lam at Columbia

Yesterday, Columbia International College was honoured to welcome Canadian author and medical doctor, Dr. Vincent Lam.

Dr. Lam spent the day speaking with Columbia students currently enrolled in Writer’s Craft and ENG4U courses. He spoke of his childhood growing up in the Chinese expatriate community in Vietnam, his early writing career, his artistic inspirations, and balancing his life as a doctor and author.

Last chance literacy workshops

Last chance literacy workshops

Columbia’s English department will be holding additional literacy workshops this week to ensure that students are well-prepared for the upcoming OSSLT on March 26.

Starting today, students wishing to practice their skills can attend one of the many added workshops. Seats will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who have not yet attended a literacy workshop are encouraged to participate.

Last Chance Literacy Test Workshops

Literacy week

Literacy Week 2015

As Columbia students prepare to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), their teachers are continuing to aid their preparation by holding additional literacy workshops and hosting fun literacy activities.

All week, students will have the opportunity to participate in Literacy Week’s themed days designed to promote and encourage literacy among students;

Date Event  Details
Monday, March 9

Sodexo brings Global Chef Program to Columbia

Sodexo brings Global Chef Program to Columbia

Columbia International College is excited to play host to Sodexo’s Global Chef Program!

As a leader in the food service industry, Sodexo provides food and hospitality services to over 75 million consumers in about 80 countries, including Columbia. Their Global Chef Program gives its top chefs from around the world the opportunity to travel to different countries and share authentic international cuisine.

Dr. Vincent Lam coming to Columbia

Dr. Vincent Lam

Next week, Columbia International College will welcome celebrated Canadian author and medical doctor, Dr. Vincent Lam.

As part of the English Department’s Guest Author Series, Dr. Lam will speak to students currently enrolled in Writer’s Craft and ENG4U courses. He also set aside time to be interviewed by the Columbia Chronicle, the student monthly newsletter, and to meet and take pictures with students.

Literary Works
Dr. Lam’s literary works include:
The Flu Pandemic and You (A medical guide)

Students attend health advocacy workshops

Students attend health advocacy workshops

Recently, members from the Ontario Lung Association’s Youth Advocacy Training Institute were invited to Columbia to educate students on the tobacco industry.

Organized by the Student Development department, the workshops discussed two very important issues: the Tobacco Industry and Health Advocacy in the community.

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