Archives for January 2013


The first block of Semi-formal tickets have sold out!

Over the exam period we will be calculating how many more tables/tickets can be added to the evening.

Any additional tickets will be sold after exams (exact days TBA).

There will be a day (probably next week), where any issues such as meals, tables, ect. can be fixed. This is not an opportunity to buy tickets, only to fix problems.

Thank you so much for all the interest, it’s going to be a wonderful evening!

Semi-formal is at Atlantis on February 22nd from 18:30 – 23:00.

Tickets are $55 for Students and $57 for guests.

Tickets include Dinner. (Vegetarians & Dietary Restrictions will be accommodated, but must be identified at the time the ticket is purchased.)

Today is the day! The Inside Ride Comes to ESA

Did you know?

  • Over 10,000 Canadian children are living with some aspect of cancer or long-term effects.
  • Every year, another 1,700 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer in Canada.
  • Cancer is the leading cause of non-accidental death in children in Canada.
  • More children die of cancer each year than any other disease combined.

Please help us make a difference by supporting a rider or a team…or just making a donation. It’s easy and fast – See “Support this Event” on the left-hand side of the ESA Inside Ride page.The event has corporate sponsorship, so 100% of we raise will go to help the kids.

Thank you!

ESA Student Council


Inside Ride update, Late Start, & Semi Formal

Inside Ride is taking place tomorrow (Thursday, January 17th)!  If you are interested in supporting our event, or a specific team or person, please visit we really appreciate your help!

Today is a late start! and It is also the final day to buy Semi Tickets before exams. And Tickets are selling fast!

Tickets are $55 for Students ($57 for guests) – or a $30 deposit.

Tickets include Dinner. (Vegetarians & Dietary Restrictions will be accommodated, but must identified at the time the ticket is purchased.)

Semi is being held at Atlantis on February 22nd. It beings at 6:30 and ends at 11:00.

See you there!

Privacy, the Internet and You (from the office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)

Please find attached a link from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.  They have created a program called Social Smarts that may be useful for parents and students when considering privacy issues as they relate to Social Networking, Mobile Devices, Texting and Gaming.  I think that the audience is mainly for grades 7 – 10, but some ‘older folks’ may find it useful, too.

For your information:

“The mission of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is to protect and promote the privacy rights of Canadians.  To see all the tools the Office has designed to help teachers and parents talk to young people about their online privacy, visit”

RBC Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Prize

This notice is from Canada’s Walk of Fame:

Musicians may be interested in this opportunity to apply for the RBC Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Prize.

This new initiative aims to inspire and nurture highly gifted young Canadian talent to build a strong foundation for Canada’s role in the arts.  This opportunity allows your school to participate and support the next generation of up and coming Canadian musical artists.

Since 1998, Canada’s Walk of Fame has inducted over 140 extraordinary Canadians and established some wonderful relationships with successful artists and industry leaders. We now have the opportunity to introduce gifted young Canadians to them and give them a chance to work and be mentored by them. We would like you to help us find the next aspiring musical superstar. This is a remarkable opportunity for your school to showcase your students and help them achieve their dreams.
The Grand Prize Winner of the 2013 RBC Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Prize will receive:

  • A $25,000 Cash Prize
  • Introduction to agents, managers, music executives as well as entertainment lawyers
  • Performance opportunities at major venues and to be the opening act for an established artist
  • Twenty (20) hours of private studio time at Metalworks Studio with an appointed producer, periodically mentored by the talented Rik Emmett and Gil Moore from Triumph
  • Ten (10) hours of studio time in The Tragically Hip’s private studio mentored by Gord Sinclair


Six additional prizes will be awarded:

  • A Second Place cash prize of $5,000 CDN
  • Five additional finalist cash prizes of $1,000 CDN
  • Performance opportunities to play at Canada’s Walk of Fame events

The approximate value of the Prizing in total is $100,000.00 CDN.

Attached you will find a tool kit that includes all the program information. In order to qualify the candidate must be currently enrolled in an accredited school or institution and they must be nominated by a member of the faculty or an administrator of the school they attend. They must submit a 60-second video or audio file showcasing their musical talents.

The submission deadline is April 30th, 2013, and the winners will be announced in late Spring.

If you have any questions or require further information please go to for full rules and regulations. You may also contact us at [email protected] or stay connected with Canada’s Walk of Fame by signing up for our newsletter as well as follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, for updates on our programs and events.


Bill 115 and what it means to ESA – Tonight at 7:30 pm in the Library


The School Council will be joined by Trustee Pamela Gough to review the implications of imposing contracts to the teachers and students of the school.

All parents and students are welcome to join us for this discussion.

Agenda  – ESA School Council Agenda – January 15 2013

Some useful links for those who may wish for some background in the issue:


Bill 115 – the Act


Some commentary on the Act from People For Education


As of December 14 – discussion of the dispute and what will happen next


As of January 3 – announcing the imposition of contracts and discussing the possible consequences




We look forward to speaking with you.

The Inside Ride – Schedule for the Day

Did you know that one in every 330 kids gets cancer in Canada?  100% of receipted donations from this event at ESA will help kids cancer charities and the 10,000 kids living with cancer across Canada.

We are currently at 38% of our goal. Please help us by donating. You can sponsor a team or an individual. See  “Support this event” on the left-hand side of the page.

There is going to be an extended lunch on Thursday. Please see the attached schedule.

Thank you.
ESA Student Council


Student Voice – Minister’s Student Advisory Council

Students with a political bent may find this an exciting opportunity for next year.  Please click on the application form below for more information on the 2013-2014 Minister’s Student Advisory Council.
Deadline for applications: Friday, March 1, 2013

From the Ministry of Education:

Are you a student in Grades 7-12 with ideas and opinions about Ontario’s school system?
Apply for a chance to share your ideas and advice with the Minister of Education.

Download the application form and start your application today!
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0 or a later version.

More information can be found on the Ministry of Education website:


The Inside Ride…20+ Teams Participating

“The event was insane! It was like a massive dance party/super-charged bike contest. The energy level was immense…” Alex Walker

Here are the ESA teams that have signed up, thus far:

  • Team Remission Accomplished
  • Cream Of The Crop
  • Hannah Gang
  • Pirates Of The Cure-Ibbean
  • The Beans
  • The Beach Buddies
  • Sparkle Sparkle Candy Cane
  • The Avengers
  • The Consulting Cyclists
  • Sparkle Sparkle Candy Canes
  • Dumbledore’s Army
  • Team Awkward
  • Hosers
  • Afrodites
  • Splitz
  • Mystery Inc.
  • N’shape +One
  • The Penny-Farthing Girlz
  • Team Butthurt
  • The Tanks
  • Esa Cheer!
  • The Farm Gyals
  • The Warriors
  • Holiday Cheer
  • The Shooting Stars
  • Esaaaaa Riders
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Holly’s Heard
  • The Smash Brothers

If you can’t ride, please support a team by donating. Our goal is to raise $7,500 – right now we have raised $1,756, 23% of our goal.

Trying to figure out what an Inside Ride is? Click on the images to see the stories.

Photograph J. Dean/

Photograph J. Dean/

Photograph by Miriam King/Bradford Times

Photograph by Miriam King/Bradford Times

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Photograph by Alex Walker

Photograph by Alex Walker

Photograph by Alex Walker

Photograph by Alex Walker



Thank you!
ESA Student Council




Bill 115 and what it means to the ESA – ESA School Council – Jan 15 at 7:30 PM in the library

Last week, Education Minister Laurel Broten invoked Bill 115 to impose non-negotiated contracts on all public school teachers in Ontario. These contracts are based on those developed earlier in 2012 between the province and the English Catholic boards, and involve freezing wages as well as reducing sick leave and retirement benefits.  In the fall, after Bill 115 was passed, the provincial unions instructed their membership to carry out a number of sanctions, including withdrawal from providing voluntary activities.  The imposition of a contract renders some forms of protest (such as striking) illegal, but that does not extend to extra curricular activities.  Extra curricular activities are a key part of the way ESA works to contribute to the success of the students here.


This Tuesday, the School Council will be joined by Trustee Pamela Gough to review the implications of imposing contracts to the teachers and students of the school.


All parents and students are welcome to join us for this discussion.


If anyone has any questions or specific concerns they would like to be addressed by Trustee Gough, please send them to the School Council Chair, Simon Anderson by clicking here.


Our previously announced speaker will be rescheduled for another date.


We look forward to speaking with you.

Saatchi Gallery/ Sunday Telegraph Art Prize for Schools

There are only five days to go until the deadline for the Saatchi Competition. To view what ESA has entered to date please check:

You have until noon on Monday 14th January to enter your work.

Everyone who has submitted work – Please make sure that you have a written statement with each piece.

This year they have merged the Sculpture Prize For Schools with the Saatchi Gallery/Sunday Telegraph Art Prize For Schools, so please be sure to enter all of your installation and sculpture.

For information see Mr Varey.

Art Exhibition at York University!

Etobicoke School of the Arts Group Show of grade 12 students organised and curated by Stephanie Fleming

This is an exciting opportunity for ESA to share our work with the community at York University! We really hope that you are able to attend the opening reception on January 17th at 7pm

Samuel J. Zacks Art Gallery
@ York University 4700 Keel street
Located in Strong College Rm # 109

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday : 11:30am – 4:00pm

Reception Night: January 17th, 7pm

All are welcome!

Featured Students:

Annie Hansel
Abe Brath
Karly Caufield
Rachel Weldon
Sef Harlow
Jay Yoo
Kate Brownlie
Zoe Vant’ Hof
Kendra Yee
Carly Shiff
Mina Markovic
Brigita Gubins
Sophia Oppel
Lina Iacobelli
Hilary Riem

Student Curator: Stephanie Fleming