Academy student awarded a Shine Music bursary

The YMCA Academy’s very own Tristan Andrews was the recent recipient of a bursary award through Toronto’s Shine Music program.

He, along with nine other youth from the city, were celebrated at Lula Lounge in early March to a sold-out and very enthusiastic crowd of supporters. There were a number of impressive local musicians performing and a wonderful speech of tribute to Jim Fay in whose memory the bursaries are awarded.

We are so proud of Tristan and look forward to seeing what he gets up to with his new ukulele, harmonicas and other instruments. Congratulations!!

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Cooking up a storm!

Do you like cooking? Every Wednesday there is a cooking club after school which starts at 3:45pm until about 5:00pm. It is happening in the orange room and sometimes in the childcare kitchen. It is open to all the students from the Academy and it is organized by Chef Katie C. In cooking club we learn how to shop, chop, grate, bake, and clean up the kitchen. It is a lot of fun to cook and eat with your friends. Just make sure that you wash your hands first before touching food!

By Andrea B. (Academy student)

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Meet the Academy’s Student Advisory Council

YMCA Academy Student Advisory Council 2015-2016Today, during our monthly Taking a Pause (TAPs) assembly, the students of The YMCA Academy elected seven representatives to serve on the school’s Student Advisory Council.

Congratulations to Ronnie, Benny, Josh, Archie, Heather, Dakota, and Mahadir; these students will represent their peers and help organize and deliver extracurricular activities like spirit days, special events, and clubs.

Each student representative was elected from one of our seven Advisor Groups — small student communities within the school that meet regularly with a teacher facilitator to discuss life skills, personal management strategies, and the day-to-day goings-on here at the Academy. The Student Advisory Council is both a leadership opportunity and a great chance for these seven representatives to demonstrate their commitment to the YMCA core values as they work hard to help create more fun and engaging activities at the school.

Tissue Paper Stained Glass

The Grade 9 Native Studies class created stunning tissue paper “stained glass” compositions inspired by the artworks of the Ojibway, Algonquin and Mi’kmaq First Nations. Using thick black lines, a broad colour pallet and abstract designs, students applied elements often found in Eastern Woodland art to their own multi-media projects. Rather than on the wall, these transparent pieces will go on the windows!

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