Blyth Academy has announced the return of its popular International Summers program for July 2023. They have partnered with Georgia Hardy Tours, a respected educational travel provider since 1987 to offer two summer credit programs to Greece/Italy and Costa Rica. The Blyth Academy International Summers program last ran in 2020, before the start of the pandemic. As the world returns to travel, Blyth Academy is reintroducing students to new and exciting opportunities abroad.
This week, our students and teachers are taking learning outdoors. November 3 is World Outdoor Classroom Day, celebrated across Globeducate schools as part of the Globeducate Outdoor Learning Community. This day connects students to nature, promotes community and culture, supports mindfulness, and facilitates relationships between students and the environment. At Blyth Academy, we have always embraced learning outdoors because we have seen first-hand how it can significantly improve the student experience.
Families often come to us and ask if we offer tutoring and it’s time to set the record straight. The short answer is no, we’re a high school that offers classes for credit. The long answer is a bit more complicated. Like traditional tutoring companies, we offer students the opportunity to work one-on-one with teachers in a subject that they need extra support or flexibility in. But this is where the similarities end because unlike traditional tutoring services, we offer this support through private courses, which allow students to earn a credit at the end.
Blyth Academy's Head of Guidance, Jessica Lewis, appeared on Toronto's Breakfast Television as a subject matter expert to discuss how students are struggling with mental health after being isolated during COVID, how to address the issue and what can be done to help.
The senior years of high school are tough. There is no way to sugar coat that. Throw in a global pandemic, economic meltdown and political turmoil and you have the makings for a chaotic academic and social year. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. We’ve compiled a list of some ways that you can create calm in those final, chaotic years of high school.
Our campuses are filled with energy and excitement for the start of a new school year. Classes are underway, student clubs are filling up, and friendships are being forged. Students, familiar and new, are already coming together to create the sense of community our campuses are known for. With the pandemic (almost) behind us, we’re reminded of how electric we can be when we are all together. We look forward to an enriched and positive school year.
Thirteen-year-old, Haneen Yousef, recently finished Grades 9 to 12 in less than a year, at her own pace, as a Blyth Academy Online student. This fall, she is heading to Concordia University to complete a bachelor’s degree in English as the youngest student on campus. In a recent article for CBC, Haneen and her mother, Doaa Abou Sharbin, talked about her accelerated path as a gifted child and how Blyth Academy Online offered her the flexibility to complete her high school diploma early.
Over the past decade, the role of a Guidance Counsellor has changed tremendously, even more so in the past few years, as our youth face new challenges throughout their educational journeys. For example, I started my role as a Guidance Counsellor, not realizing the impact I would have on my students and how my relationships with my students could be life changing.
Our Blyth Academy schools are fulfilling a group-wide commitment made by Globeducate in 2019 that all schools in the group would become Eco-Schools. Despite challenges raised by the pandemic, almost half of Globeducate schools are now Certified Eco Schools including all Blyth Academy campuses.
Ty Nelson, former student from Blyth Academy Downsview Park for Elite Athletics, was drafted by the Seattle Kraken 68th overall in the 2022 NHL Draft. As part of the Advanced Hockey Program at Blyth Academy Downsview Park from 2016-2020, Ty was able to focus on hockey training and academics, allowing him to exceed in both areas.
This year, Blyth Academy The Glebe was recognized by Globeducate as Canada’s Top School of the Year. This achievement is a testament to the dedication, talent and support of the amazing staff in Ottawa and the families who trust them to take care of their children every year.
Congratulations to our 2022 graduates! Over the past two weeks, graduation ceremonies have taken place at our eight Ontario campuses (Burlington, Downsview Park, Etobicoke, Lawrence Park, London, Mississauga, Waterloo, Whitby). Parents and families were in attendance as were guest speakers and principals and staff.
Once a year, Globeducate Debates gives students aged 10 to 18 in Globeducate schools the opportunity to pitch their ideas against an opposing team in another Globeducate school in another country. Between June 13th and 17th 2022, a team of Blyth Academy Burlington students took part in the annual student debate competition.
I was grateful and excited to work with Blyth Academy to maintain the integrity of my coursework at the highest levels, have teachers with deep subject knowledge, seamless in-person and online classes, as well as benefit from more in-person labs, engaging well-resourced student clubs, and a timetable to balance all extracurriculars.
The Blyth Academy annual prom was back in-person this year. With a guest-list of almost 200, staff and students gathered from ten different campuses across Ontario at the beautiful Palais Royale; a famous waterfront venue in Toronto. Dinner was set against a backdrop of the city skyline, the dance floor was filled with smiles and energy, and students were beyond excited to dance and mingle with their friends ‘like old times’.