Archives for March 2017

Poetry in Voice: GTA Regionals… the results!

What a fabulous morning listening to 24 students from 8 schools across the GTA recite poems spanning the centuries from Shakespeare and Blake to some of Canada’s finest contemporary poets like Damian Rogers and Elizabeth Bachinsky.

Some truly exceptional performances, especially from 4 young ladies who are all heading to the National Finals in Vancouver in April.

The winning team was from the Toronto French School, while ESA’s team – Renee Withnell, Sama Konateh and Katie Beale – place a solid second.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the event a success… from our brilliant tech crew, to our great house band, to our delightful hosts, and everyone else who came out to cheer on the students.

Even though you can’t be in Vancouver to cheer ESA’s Katie Beale on in person, I want to remind everyone that the Poetry In Voice National Finals for individual competitors will be held on April 19th and 20th in Vancouver. They will be live streamed on Poetry In Voice’s YouTube channel, so be sure to tune in.  I will be sure to post again closer to the date with a link.

ESA STEM welcomes Mr. Gilad Shoham

ESA’s STEM Council (Science Technology Engineering and Math) is hosting a visit from Mr. Gilad Shoham today (Wednesday) at lunch (12:10 pm to 12:50 pm, due to late start) in Room S15. He is an inventor and practising Industrial Designer who currently develops medical devices in Toronto’s biomedical community and teaches this at OCAD. He attended Rhode Island School of Design for industrial design.

All are welcome. Students may eat their lunches during this informal discussion.

STEM is always looking for family or community volunteers who would be willing to discuss their STEM experiences with interested students at lunch. Please contact STEM student leader, Julia Jairath at [email protected]

The Big Screen Student Film Fest update

Tickets are going fast.  If you haven’t picked one up, they’re  available here and will be sold tomorrow in the foyer at Lunch.  The show will culminate in ESA Film’s first ever peer elected jury handing out awards in the categories of:

Best Traditional Film, Best Experimental Film, Best Sound Design, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, and Best Animation or Use of VFX

Both the show and the awards will be a tremendous celebration of the talent of our young filmmakers.

If you can’t wait for Wednesday at 4pm, then maybe this will help tide you over.  Check out Will Graham’s Searching for Schreiberman.  It’s about the journey we go on to find the answers that we need.



Culminating Calendar March 2017

Please review culminating calendars for grades 9 & 10 and 11 & 12 for important upcoming dates:

2017 Planning Calendar Gr 9 and 10 & 2017 Planning Calendar Gr 11 and 12


The Big Screen Film Fest is coming…

… and tickets are going fast.

To remind you, the event is happening at the Cineplex Queensway, on Wednesday, March 29th at 4pm.  The show is a cross-grade collection of some of the department’s best work so far this year.  Over 40 filmmakers will be showcasing their efforts as part of their screening.

Tickets are available here and will be sold on Monday in the foyer at Lunch.

To tide you over, check Petra Kim’s monumental achievement, Vincent.


Art Talk 7 Friday March 31 and Contemporary Art Events

ESA Contemporary Art invites you to a series of remarkable events

1. Art Talk 7 – March 31
Please join us for Art Talk 7 on Friday March 31st from 7-9pm in the first floor auditorium at OCADU. 15 of our amazing students will be speaking about their research, thinking, and investigations. All are invited. Event is free.

2. Contact Photography April 20
Join us for our annual Contact exhibition at Artscape Youngspace on April 20th from 7-9pm. Our grade 12 photography students will be exhibiting stunning work in the hallways of the second and third floors. All are invited. Event is free.

3. Sale and Exhibition May 25
We present our end of the year sale and exhibition on Thursday May 25th from 3.30 to 8pm. This is our largest fundraiser of the year. Great prices on more than 2000 art works. Sales are split 50/50 with students and tax receipts are issued for 50% of total sales. All are invited. Event is free. Hope to see you there!

Follow us on Instagram at esa_contemporary_art + esa_contemporary_photography

For additional information please contact Matthew Varey at [email protected]

SESAT Parent Fundraising Council Meeting – Monday April 3rd…7-9pm Mark your Calendars!

Your council will have lots to share – upcoming fundraiser and events details, a financial and council election update. 

We are only successful as a council because of the parents contribution to our planning and event management.  We depend on your support and ideas so should your schedule permit, please join us!



Your SESAT Team

THIS WEEK – SESAT will have Snack Shack and Pancake Breakfast!

On Tuesday March 28th and Thursday March 30th, drop by the main entrance and grab a snack at the Shack!

There will be lots of options and even a couple new choices.   See you there.



If an after school snack isn’t your thing, don’t worry – we will have Breakfast available too……a Pancake Breakfast that is!   Join us on Wednesday March 29th 8;30-9:45am in the main entrance



Save the Date! Great Soup Returns on Monday April 3rd

Great Returns on Monday April 3rd. Join us for a fabulous community luncheon.

  • Bring a bowl, a spoon and a mug…  Enjoy!

ESA’s SEEDS Me to We group has a tradition of serving community luncheons a couple of times a year.

  • Members of the ESA school community cook and bake – mostly vegetarian and vegan fare – and serve up a feast in the Library.
  • This is consistently one of the most anticipated fundraisers of the school year.

On average we serve over 100 people an all you can eat lunch of homemade salads, soups, breads and goodies.

  • For $6 per person, it’s hard to resist.
  • $5 per person with a donation to our Daily Bread Food Bank spring food drive.  Cooks eat for free!!

If you would like to contribute food to this luncheon, please fill out this Google Form.  We are always also welcome to have extra hands for help with set-up and clean up (washing dishes!!!).  You may indicate such on the Google Form.

You will be contacted by someone to go over the necessary details.

Thank you for interest and support.

Big Screen Film Fest Update

On Friday, we tested the films for this year BSSFF at the Queensway in their UltraAVX theatre and they look amazing.  Calling this show the Big Screen Student Film Fest is no lie.  The screen is huge.  You can’t miss out on this experience.

To remind you, the event is happening at the Cineplex Queensway, on Wednesday, March 29th at 4pm.  The show is a cross-grade collection of some of the department’s best work so far this year.

Tickets are available here and will be sold on Monday in the foyer at Lunch.

As you enjoy your Saturday, take a minute to watch current grade 9 student, Max Shoham’s Consumed.  It might just be the best minute of your day.


ESA Elementary Dance Workshops

Congratulations to Mrs. Michailidis’ grade 12 Ballet class on a week of highly successful elementary school dance workshops!

The grade 12s created and conducted dance workshops for 7 different elementary schools. They had the students engaged and excited to move. They were excellent ambassadors for not only the Dance department but all of ESA as they hosted James S. Bell, John English, Lambton-Kingsway, Indian Crescent Road, Annette Street, Norseman, and Karen Kain School of the Arts.

Congratulations to your success once again!

– Melissa Michailidis

Big Screen Film Fest Tix are on now sale

Tickets to this year’s Big Screen Student Film Festival are now on sale.  Happening at the Cineplex Queensway, on Wednesday, March 29th at 4pm, the show is a cross-grade collection of some of the department’s best work this year.

Tickets are available here and will be sold on Friday in the foyer at Lunch.

To get you in the mood, check out Elyse Robinson’s thought-provoking, To See Through Tainted Eyes.