If you donated a new seat to the auditorium, time is ticking to dedicate your seat. Please go to the following page and complete your inscription (or indicate you don’t wish an inscription) by Thursday of this week. Thanks!
Renovations start soon on the auditorium with the new seating being installed this summer. If you donated a chair, you should have received an email with directions on how to create your dedication plaque message. If you did not receive it, please email [email protected] to get instructions.
We would like to have all of the inscriptions completed by Monday, June 13th. We look forward to your submissions!
There are close to 60 students enrolled in senior law courses at ESA and, each year, the students’ final term activity is a series of in-class mock trials.
In total, the school will run 7 criminal mock trials.
MONDAY JUNE 6:
Trial 1 – 11:45 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. – grade 12s – R. v. Surette
TUESDAY JUNE 7:
Trial 2 — 8:30 until 10:05 a.m. – grade 11s – R. v. Von Chovi
Trial 3 – part one – 12 noon until 1:45 p.m. – grade 12s – R. v. Surette (to be continued on Thursday June 9)
Trial 4 — 3:20 until 4:50 p.m. – grade 11s – R. v. Thompson
WEDNESDAY JUNE 8:
Trial 5 – 11:45 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. – grade 12s – R. v. O’Neill
THURSDAY JUNE 9:
Trial 6 – 8:30 until 10:05 a.m. – grade 11s – R. v. Throxalon
Trial 3 – part two – 12 noon until 1:45 – R. v. Surette (conclusion of grade 12 trial started on June 7)
Trial 7 – 3:20 until 4:50 p.m. – grade 11s – R. v. Kimball
Students have a basic background in criminal law, have observed real trials in process and have received preparation materials for their own trials.
Getting support from legal professionals both in the preparation for and the execution of the trials would be appreciated.
Whether you are a practicing lawyer (in any type of law, not necessarily criminal) or not currently practicing but have trained in law, here’s how you could help:
1. as a “coach” — you could advise one of the 14 teams. During the period from May 27 to the time of a particular team’s trial (any time from Monday June 6 to Thursday June 9), a”coach” may make him/herself available to the students (via email or in person) to answer questions or assist in shaping the team’s approach to the case.
2. as a “judge” — if you are available during one of the scheduled trials, you could act as a “judge.” The teacher takes care of the assessment of students’ learning skills, but a legal professional is a terrific addition to the trial because s/he can guide student role-players with his/her rulings (admission of evidence, objections, etc.) and, based on his/her training, can better advise students about the presentation of their case. The “judge” will make a final ruling of ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty,’ but students’ assessments are not based on whether the team wins or loses the case.
If you are interested and available to help out, either as a “coach” or a “judge,” please contact Linda Wolsley (teacher of CLU3M & CLU4U) at [email protected] She will assign you to work with a particular team, and will give those team members your email contact information. Also, if you act as a coach, she will provide you with a PDF of the team’s case file (from OBA archives of previous years’ mock trial competitions). If you are able to act as a judge, and depending on which trial you are available for, she will provide you with a PDF of that trial’s case file.
Past years’ legal volunteers have expressed how much fun they had and, based on studentfeedbabck, the value added to the overall learning experience was tremendous. Think about it and, if you have the time to volunteer, let the law teacher know.
Deadlines for contacting Linda Wolsley ([email protected])
a) for interested ‘coaches’ — no later than Tuesday May 24th
b) for interested ‘judges’ — no later than Monday May 30th
Twenty four students from the Music Theatre Department helped launch the new Canadian production of the smash hit musical Matilda, produced by David Mirvish, at a press event on Tuesday. They joined the newly announced Canadian leads (including three 9 year olds sharing the title role), a Matilda from the Broadway touring company and composer Tim Minchin to perform one of the songs from the award winning musical in front of over 1,000 guests and press at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. This was a followup to their performance at the season launch at the Royal Alex theatre last fall. Well done, “revolting children”!
A reminder to all students that are thinking of dropping a course that it must be done by May 6th in order for it not to appear on your transcript. See your guidance counsellor for more information.
ESA’s Music Theatre Department presents its annual showcase THIS Wednesday and Thursday (April 13 and 14)! The show will feature our fantastic Grade 9 and 10 classes, as well as our department-wide vocal ensembles (WoCo, Chamber Choir, and Jamme) and our award-winning show choirs, GLO and Splash! Splash has been named Canada’s top high school show choir since 2012, and this year’s set proves no exception. Based off the new musical Bombshell, featured in NBC’s Smash, follow along as we share the story of a true Hollywood legend, Marilyn Monroe. Buy your tickets today!
On Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14, the Music Theatre Department presents its annual showcase! The show will feature our Grade 9 and 10 classes as well as our award-winning ensembles. Our all-female show choir, GLO, just returned from the FAME Show Choir Regional Competition in Chicago, where they came in first place in the unisex division! As well, Grade 12 member Hanna Nes was awarded Best Female Vocalist in the entire competition! You do not want to miss this incredible 1960s high-energy set. Tickets to Showcase are selling fast, make sure to buy yours today! Click here to purchase!
Breakaway Addiction Services is offering two upcoming workshops/series at their location near Queen and Dufferin. See the attached posters for more details!
Adult Information Night – Wednesday March 23rd from 6:30-8:30 pm
For parents, concerned adults, and professionals who want to know more about substance use or abuse
Drug Education Generation Gap
Communication Skills Problem Solving
How To Manage Your Parents – Thursdays starting March 24th from 4:30-6:00 pm
Feeling alone in your struggles with your parents? Don’t feel you have a voice at home?
A group supporting all youth 15-18.
Join the Music Theatre Department on April 13 and 14 for its annual showcase of curricular and extra-curricular groups. The 7 pm evening performances feature the Grade 9 and 10 classes as well as all of the award winning ensembles and the winners of this year’s vocal competitions. Glo and Splash will have just returned from the Chicago FAME Show Choir Competition, while Chamber Choir and WoCo gear up for the Musicfest National competition and JAMME prepares to head across the pond this summer. Come out and support the department and be wowed by the talent! Tickets on sale here.
On Friday, February 19th at 7 pm, the ESA stage will be filled with music, poetry, drama and dance as we raise funds and awareness about issues facing young women around the world. The event features solo acts, student ensembles and staff in a variety show based on the themes of hope and inspiration. Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for students, available on our ticket page through this website. Come out for a fulfilling evening of awareness raising and fantastic performances!
Next week, the Music Theatre Department joins forces with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra once again for the Holiday Pops concerts on December 8th and 9th. Under the direction of Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, the choir will sing a number of holiday favourites and are also joined by a group of circus aerial and acrobat performers to bring the music to physical life as well! ESA family and friends can receive a 30% discount to the 8:00 evening performances on Dec. 8 and 9 by using the promo code “ESA” when ordering online or by phone. There is also a 2:00 matinee on Dec. 9th.
The choir will also be performing as part of a local fundraiser for The Stop Community Food Kitchen on Sunday Dec. 6th at Runnymede United Church (432 Runnymede Road). The event is a reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, featuring numerous celebrity readers such as CBC personalities Susan Ormiston and Gill Deacon, along with stars from Soulpepper and Shaw theatre companies. Tickets are available at www.runnymedeunited.org.
For parents of choir members, students are required at Runnymede on Sunday from 6:00 to approximately 9:15 for rehearsal and performance. For the TSO, the students will be in rehearsals all day long at Roy Thomson Hall on Dec. 8, followed by the evening performance. They will attend classes in the morning of the 9th and then travel to Roy Thomson Hall at lunch for the afternoon and evening performances. Details for all of these events can be found in the attached letter and permission form, which was sent home last week.
Hope you can join us for one or both of these events!