Celebration Time!

by Donald MacPherson on June 7, 2013

What better way for our amazing Grade 6s to finish their time in the Lower School than today! Certificates, BBQ and general mayhem in the small gym with the one and only Mr. Dave.

I would like to thank all of the 6C parent community and students for the wonderful end-of-year gift. You are all very thoughtful. I would like to thank all the Grade 6 parents as well for supporting your children and what we are attempting to achieve here at CDNIS. I’ve been to many schools throughout my career and I can say beyond a doubt that what we do as a school community is very special.

Here is the video shown today:

Gr.6 PYP Celebration Video 2012-2013 from CDNIS Educational Technologies on Vimeo.

Below you will find summative assessments for Sharing the Planet: Prove the central idea, “The use of power has consequences that affect relationships and access to opportunities.

Book Clubs

The Transal Saga

King of the Wind


Brian’s Return


Chinese Cinderella

Sing Down the Moon

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A message from Mr. Breton:

– Two large 3-ring binders with dividers  (one binder for each “Day”)
– Pens (blue, black, and red), pencils and erasers
– Highlighter pens
– White-out
– One basic calculator (basic operations, square roots, percentage)
– A4 lined paper
– USB stick (2-8 GB recommended)
– External hard-drive for weekly computer back-up (500GB to 1TB)
– Headphones that they keep at school at all times.
– Ruler
– Set of coloured pencils (optional)
– Set of thin markers (optional)
– Scissors (optional)
– Glue stick (optional)


Message from Mr. Coates

by Donald MacPherson on June 3, 2013

Message to Parents (re. Upper School Uniforms)

At our Parent Information Night on May 28th, some parents asked for clarification on the Upper School uniform policy.  There are some differences between the Upper School and Lower School uniforms.

A couple of important points to note:

1.  The summer and winter golf shirts that are worn in the Lower School are not allowed in the Upper School.  Students must wear the white crested shirt or blouse that buttons up the middle.
2.  Shorts, although not commonly worn by Upper School students, are acceptable from August to October and again in May and June.

You will find all of the pertinent information relating to school uniforms on the Upper School website by going to the link listed here:


Please contact me directly if you require further clarification.

Christopher Coates
Upper School Vice-Principal


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