Colonel By Secondary School
|Colonel By Secondary School|
|2381 Ogilvie Road
Ottawa, Ontario, K1J 7N4
|Motto||"Quod Incepimus Conficiemus"
(What We Have Begun, We Shall Finish)
|Founded||1970 building inaugurated 1972|
|School board||Ottawa Carleton District School Board|
|Area trustee||Katie Holtzhauer|
|IB Coordinator||Lewis Harthun|
|Colour(s)||Royal Blue & Kelly Green|
|Mascot||Colby the Cougar|
|Last updated: June 2015|
Colonel By Secondary School is an Ottawa-Carleton District School Board high school. It is located in the Beacon Hill neighbourhood of Gloucester in the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is a non-semestered school, and is the only English public school in Ottawa that offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma programme. Colonel By is ranked the number one secondary school in Ottawa, and is ranked second in the province by the Fraser Institute.
Colonel By Secondary School was unveiled on March 10, 1972. The school was designed by Craig and Kohler architects with P.E. Brule Co. Ltd. contractors. The school was erected by the Carleton Board of Education. The school is dedicated to Lieutenant-Colonel John By. J.L. McDonald served as the first principal of Colonel By Secondary School.
Colonel By Secondary School was named for Lieutenant Colonel John By, the Royal Engineers officer who supervised the building of Ottawa's Rideau Canal and 1826-1832 and founded Bytown. A historical plaque located on the grounds of Colonel By Secondary School states, "Colonel John By (1779 - 1836) was born and educated in England and first came to Canada in 1802. As a member of the Royal Engineers, he worked on the first small locks on the St. Lawrence River as well as the fortifications of Quebec. He returned to England in 1811 and fought in the peninsular War, but came back to Canada in 1826 to spend five summers heading the construction of the Rideau Canal, the 200 km long waterway which now connects Ottawa and Kingston. This formidable task included the building of about 50 dams and 47 locks, without the aid of modern equipment. But the amazing feat was never recognized in Colonel By's own lifetime, and he died three years after its completion, never imagining that many thousands of Canadians would greatly admire and value his achievement in the centuries to come. Colonel By's attributes of courage, determination, and diligence, inspire us to emulate him, in the hopes that we too may somehow serve our country in a way which will benefit future generations."
In 2005, Maclean's Magazine named Colonel By Secondary School the #3 academic high school in the country. In 2007, the Fraser Institute, a libertarian think-tank, rated Colonel By as the top academic school in Ottawa in its Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools.
In both 2009 and 2010, the Fraser Institute rated Colonel By as the #1 public school in Ottawa. In its 2014-2015 Report Card on Ontario Secondary Schools, the Institute also ranked Colonel By Secondary School 4th in the province. Additionally, Colonel By has averaged 3rd in the province in the past five years.
In 2012, Colonel By retained its #1 ranking in Ottawa from the Fraser Institute, and in both the 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 report cards released by the Institute, it was ranked 3rd in the province of Ontario.
International Baccalaureate Programme
Colonel By Secondary School offers the IB Diploma Programme, a world-recognized educational program which is a rigorous pre-university course of studies offered to students over a two-year period from grade 11 to 12. Preparation for the challenge of the IB Diploma is begun in grade 9 and grade 10 through the enrichment and acceleration of various courses. Recognized around the world and offered at more than 1700 schools internationally, the IBDP has at its core the education of the whole student, challenging them to expand their horizons in the classroom, in their community, and the world. Noted Harvard University professor of educational psychology, Howard Gardner, has said that the IBDP curriculum allows students to "think critically, synthesize knowledge, reflect on their own thought processes and get their feet wet in interdisciplinary thinking."In recognition of the level of study demanded by the IBDP and the quality of the graduates that it turns out, universities will often grant advanced standing or university credit to students who have achieved the IB Diploma.
All successful recipients of the IB Diploma also receive their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Cougar Vision is an award-winning high school digital television station that provides coverage of school activities founded in 1999. It is Canada’s first all‐digital high school television station, commercial‐free educational programming through "Cable in the Classroom".
Colonel By has had a history of strong math students who have performed well on national math contests administered by the University of Waterloo, as well as other local and national mathematics contests. For instance, in the 2009 Grade 9 Pascal's Math Contest, Colonel By came first in the city and fifth in Canada. However, its prominence in Olympiad mathematics has been more limited, with few outstanding results on the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge that have warranted invitation to the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad.
This changed in the 2008-2009 school year with the arrival of freshman James Rickards. Despite his youth, he received an invitation to write the 2009 Canadian Mathematical Olympiad and scored in the 3rd division. His arrival coincided with the school registering for its first writing of the American Mathematics Competitions (a lobbying effort by the senior students at the time that was finally granted). Over half the students who wrote the AMC qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination. James Rickards was the sole participant who went on to receive an invitation to write the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad.
In the 2009-2010 school year, James Rickards continued to represent Colonel By on the national scale as a sophomore. He placed 2nd in the 2010 Canadian Mathematical Olympiad, outperforming returning members of the 2009 Canadian International Mathematical Olympiad team. Surprisingly, the Canadian Mathematical Society did not invite James Rickards to the 2010 Canadian IMO team, making him the first student in over a decade to have placed 2nd on the CMO, but not to have been announced a member of the IMO team. Nonetheless, in 2012, James Rickards was announced as a member of the Canadian IMO team, making him the first Colonel By student in history to have received said honour.
Music & Arts
Colonel By is also home to the "C-Flats", Colonel By's award-winning vocal jazz ensemble. The ensemble won the gold award as well as 1st place standing in the vocal jazz category of the New York City Heritage Festival in 2014, and were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall. The C-Flats were also given the opportunity to perform at the National Day of Honour on Parliament Hill on May 2014.
Colonel By also has many award-winning jazz and concert bands that have performed and won awards at a variety of music festivals including the National Capital Region MusicFest and MusicFest Canada.
Many students from Colonel By Secondary School participate in Canada's Capital Cappies, a theatrical club that involves putting together a play that is to be evaluated by several judges from across Ottawa. In 2012, Colonel By won the Cappies awards for Top Critic Team, Top Female Critic, Top Male Critic, and Featured Actor in a Play.
The 2005/2006 track season proved to be very successful for Colonel By. They sent several athletes to the East OFSAA and OFSAA track and field meet, which achieved provincial recognition. Another notable achievement came from the 2002/2003 senior boys soccer team who became the first Colonel By boys soccer team to compete at OFSAA in more than a decade. The Colonel By Boys soccer team has just qualified for AAAA OFSAA in Mississauga after 9 years of not doing so. Senior girls basketball is also a notable team at Colonel By, along with senior girls soccer. However, Colonel By is most mostly recognized in the city and province for its strong volleyball program. Colonel By has also competed at OFSAA for a few ski and snowboarding events in the 2006/2007 season. In addition, the Colonel By Badminton team has done well in Junior and Senior events.The Colonel By Nordic Ski team has also done well in the past finishing 4th last year in Junior Combined and now looking for the NCSSAA championships for the Senior Boys. The Varsity Girl's Waterpolo team is the two year running NCSSAA champions in 2007and 2008 and placed second in 2006. The Colonel By rugby teams are known throughout the city, with the Varsity Girls' Team winning the NCSSAA championship in the 2011 season and placing among the top teams in previous years.
Soccer for Colonel By proved tone successful once again in 2015, as both the senior and junior girls teams were seen winning the championship in their tiers, tier 1 and tier 2, respectively.
Track and Field
Colonel By is known for its recent surge of notable athletes in track and field. Four of Colonel By's athletes who competed in the 2007 OFSAA Track and Field Championships in Ottawa won medals (two gold, one silver and one bronze). Putting this into perspective, excluding this year, there has only been three athletes from eastern Ottawa from the past three years that have won medals in OFSAA.
One Colonel By's gold medalists in 2007, 15-year-old Oluwasegun Makinde, set a new junior provincial record in the men's 200m running a personal best of 21.74 seconds, demolishing the old record of 22.75. He attended the IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics in the Czech Republic that summer. Footage of the record-breaking 200m finals can be seen here In his final year, Oluwasegun set the senior provincial record in the men's 200m running a personal best of 20.99 seconds. Footage of the record-breaking 200m finals can be seen here. He opted to not take a victory lap and went off to studies in university. Since then, he has had continued success, including the opportunity to run in the same relay race against Usain Bolt.
The track and field team has continued to progress and in 2010, it sent an Ottawa school board best 19 athletes and 5 relay teams to OFSAA.
Clubs & Fundraising
The Colonel By Open Eyes club hosts the Community Pancake Breakfast, an annual fundraising event in the community.
Colonel By is one of the top school contributors for Relay for Life, a charity that raises money for cancer research, in Canada.
Reach for the Top and Quizbowl
The Colonel By Reach for the Top team won provincials in 2001, and has attended Reach for the Top and Quiz Bowl events consistently. The Reach for the Top team at Colonel By participated in provincials in 2014, coming in the top ten. Colonel By's Quiz Bowl team has also consistently achieved success, winning the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 Quiz Bowl Provincial Championships. The team also tied for 21st at the 2015 High School National Championship Tournament.
- Andy Wang, Politician, Conservative candidate for the riding of Nepean in the 2015 federal election
- Ryan Bell, Professional Basketball Player, former Carleton Raven basketball player
- Fedor Andreev, Figure skater, 2003 Canadian bronze medalist
- Amber MacArthur, Canadian television personality.
- Anne-Marie MacDonald, Author and television host.
- Parul Sharma, Miss India-Canada 2004, singer-songwriter
- Joel A. Sutherland, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Frozen Blood
- Vanessa Morgan, Actress
- Bryan Adams, Singer, musician, producer, actor, social activist, and photo
- Doug Guzman, Global Head of Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets
- Tom Green, Comedian, actor, talk-show host
- The current Vice Principal, Larry Ruch, was part of a rock band called the Syntones. They were featured on CBC music and their songs can be found here
- "Colonel John By memorial: Memorial 35061-035 Ottawa, ON". National Inventory of Canadian Military Memorials. Veterans Affairs Canada. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
- "Colonel By Secondary School: Memorial 35061-034 Ottawa, ON". National Inventory of Canadian Military Memorials. Veterans Affairs Canada. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
- Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools: 2007 Edition, p. 47
- "Colonel By trio turns in magical half hour at OFSAA Track and Field Championships" (Press release). Orleans Online. Retrieved 2007-06-11.
- Fedor Andreev
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