Bluevale Collegiate Institute

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Bluevale Collegiate Institute
Crest of Bluevale Collegiate Institute, Waterloo.gif
80 Bluevale Street North
Waterloo, Ontario, N2J 3R5
Coordinates 43°28′30″N 80°30′00″W / 43.4751°N 80.5000°W / 43.4751; -80.5000Coordinates: 43°28′30″N 80°30′00″W / 43.4751°N 80.5000°W / 43.4751; -80.5000
School type Highschool
Motto Non Quis Sed Quid
(It's not who you are, but what you are.)
Founded 1972
School board Waterloo Region District School Board
Principal Deborah Tyrrell
Vice-Principals Bryce Macey
Carole Telford
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1 301 (November 2017)
Colour(s) Maroon, Light Blue and White             
Mascot Norm, the Knight
Team name The Knights
Bluevale Collegiate Institute, seen in 2009

Bluevale Collegiate Institute is a high school in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Run by the Waterloo Region District School Board, Bluevale is one of the larger high schools in Waterloo Region with approximately 1,300 students (2017-2018) and teaches academic, applied and open level courses for grades 9-12. The school opened in 1972 under the direction of principal Robert Chilton, initially with grades 9 through 11, adding grades 12, and then 13 in subsequent years. Bluevale's new territory took in students previously registered at Cameron Heights, KCI, and WCI. As of 2017, the principal is Deborah Tyrrell.

Motto and colours[edit]

The school colours are maroon, powder blue and white, and the school's motto is "Non Quis Sed Quid", meaning "It's not who you are, but what you are." Bluevale's mascot is a knight, named Norm.

Academic programs[edit]

  • University and college-level subject areas include Science, Mathematics, English, Languages, Business, Music, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Technology, History, Geography, Dramatic Arts, Dance and Home Economics
  • Pre-advanced placement courses are offered in various areas of study including English, French, Science and Mathematics. Pre-Advanced Placement has no set curriculum from the AP organization; rather, the pre-AP course is designed by the departments to prepare the students for the rigour of the AP courses.
  • Advanced Placement courses are offered in the senior grades at Bluevale Collegiate. Courses in Advanced Placement follow an approved curriculum that leads to the equivalent of a university credit from participating universities.
  • Bluevale's "Choose to Lead" program is offered to incoming Grade 9 students whose home school is in the Bluevale community and who successfully complete the application and screening processes.
  • OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program)
  • Co-op: students can choose from a variety of placements in many different employment settings
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Computer Science Programs
  • Photography
  • Arts programs such as Dance, Vocal and Instrumental Music
  • Geomatics (students use industry standard software such as ArcGIS 9)

Extracurricular programs[edit]


Bluevale provides opportunities for participation in athletics including intramurals, team sports and individual-based programs. These opportunities include rugby, football, basketball, volleyball, swimming, tennis, track and field, cross-country, curling, skiing, hockey, badminton and other teams. The school participates in WCSSAA (Waterloo County Secondary School Athletic Association).

Many BCI teams have won WCSSAA and CWOSSA (Central Western Ontario Secondary School Association) titles and have performed well at the Provincial level, including most recently the cross-country teams, swim team, basketball and volleyball squads. The Senior Boys and Girls Rugby teams both won WCCSSA championships in 2013. The Senior girls rugby team then placed in the top ten in all-Ontario competition. The BCI girls' field hockey team have won two consecutive OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) championships (2016 and 2017) while also medalling in the 2014 and 2015 campaigns.

Arts programs[edit]

The school's arts program offers Music, Dance, Drama and Visual Arts. In addition, there are three different choirs, three bands, and some small ensembles. The main choir (Bluevale Singers) had over 100 members in 2013. The music program features instrumental, vocal and guitar courses. In 2003, Bluevale hosted the first annual provincial "DanceFest", a competition and showcase for dance teams from schools across Ontario to celebrate student choreography and collaboration through workshops, performance and professional adjudication. In 2015, Ontario Secondary School DANCEFEST became a Not-for-Profit organization providing knowledge, creativity and educational development to more than 450 student dancers, teachers and dance professionals at their provincial event in Niagara Falls at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. Drama students perform at the Sears Drama Festival competitions each year and in course summatives that include An Evening of One Act Plays and other performing arts events. The Visual Arts program provides many opportunities for students to challenge their creativity though works of art using many mediums. Opportunities to showcase their work are provided in a variety of displays throughout the school year.

Other clubs[edit]

Like other schools in the region, Bluevale consistently has a high extracurricular participation rate, due to Students Council (also known as KRT - Knights of the Round Table) and the large number of clubs at the school. From business competitions (DECA - Distributive Education Clubs of America) to Fishing Club to the Environment Club, the school offers opportunities for personal growth through various staff and student-run activities. The school often partners with other high schools in the region for special events such as Relay for Life, an event that raises money for cancer research.

Notable alumni[edit]

List of championships won by BCI teams[edit]

  • Men's sports:
    • Jr. Football (8): 1974 (WCSSAA), 1981 (WCSSAA), 1992-93 (WCSSAA), 1998 (WCSSAA), 2003 (WCSSAA), 2004-06 (WCSSAA)
    • Sr. Football (3): 1991 (WCSSAA), 2004-05 (CWOSSAA)
    • Jr. Basketball (7): 1985 (WCSSAA), 1987-89 (WCSSAA), 1989 (CWOSSA), 1997 (WCSSAA), 2001 (WCSSAA), 2015 (WCSSAA)
    • Sr. Basketball (1): 2010 (CWOSSA)
    • Hockey (3): 2003 (CWOSSAA), 2007 (WCSSAA), 2009 (WCSSAA)
    • Slo-Pitch (2): 2011 (WCSSAA), 2016 (WCSSAA)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alpine Ontario Alpin Archived October 23, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
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  3. ^ Malleck, Bonnie (13 February 1999). "Entertainment". Kitchener Record. p. A16. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
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  5. ^ Steven Rice's profile at
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  7. ^ Rubinoff, Joel (10 December 2016). "Moana's hidden Canadian connection in co-director Chris Williams". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  8. ^[permanent dead link] Bluevale Collegiate profile (PDF)
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