Eastdale Collegiate and Vocational Institute

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Eastdale Collegiate and Vocational Institute
265 Harmony Road North
Oshawa, Ontario, L1G 6L4
Coordinates 43°54′42″N 78°50′10″W / 43.9118°N 78.8360°W / 43.9118; -78.8360Coordinates: 43°54′42″N 78°50′10″W / 43.9118°N 78.8360°W / 43.9118; -78.8360
School type Public, High school
Motto Industria et Integritas (in Latin)
(Industry and Integrity)
Founded 1966 (1966)
School board Durham District School Board
School number 906565[1]
Principal Bill Levine
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1582 (2009)
Language English
Colour(s)           Navy Blue, Gold
Mascot Eastdale Eagle

Eastdale Collegiate and Vocational Institute is located in Oshawa, Ontario within the Durham District School Board. The school has students in grades 9-12 and offers a wide range of academic and extracurricular activities. Eastdale is noted for having the largest technology program in the Durham District School Board[citation needed], featuring courses in construction, communications, and manufacturing technology, as well as technical design.

Eastdale Collegiate and Vocational Institute has a widely celebrated Performing Arts Program called the Eastdale School of Theatre, Music, and Dance. This program allows students from Grade 9 to 12 to focus on two areas of general arts study while completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

This Performing Arts program also allows students to expand their arts experience by linking to the Ministry of Education - Ontario's Specialist High Skills Major Pathway program in Arts and Culture. Created in 2008, this Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM - pronounced "Shazaam")[citation needed] is the first Arts and Culture SHSM in the Durham Region. It allows students to focus on applied or performing arts while experiencing "Reach Ahead" activities. These activities include individual clinics with artists, participation in provincial and national performing groups, certification in several first-aid and artistic programs and allow their Pathway Program focus to appear on their official OSSD transcript and diploma.[citation needed]

Eastdale CVI is home to the Eastdale Theatre Company, an organization that began in the late 1970s to produce musical productions. Recent performances have included FAME (2002), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (2003), Once Upon a Mattress (2004), Grease (2005), The Sound of Music (2006), The Wizard of Oz (2007), Footloose (2008), Crazy For You (2009), The Music Man (2010), Peter Pan (2011), Back to the 80s (2012), Little Shop of Horrors (2014), and Willy Wonka, The Musical (upcoming - May 2015). During the summer of 2005, the theatre company partnered with Summerstock Calgary to organize a performance of "Guys & Dolls", which performed at Parkwood and Yonge-Dundas Square. Summerstock was an arts infused cooperative education program in which students from across Durham learned the career-based details of putting on a Broadway show. The Summerstock production was directed by Jim Senft and produced by Joan Mansfield, with musical direction by James Klodnicki, Head of Arts at Eastdale CVI.[citation needed]

The Eastdale Theatre Company remained an extra-curricular from its beginning right to 2012's "Back to the 80s". In 2013, the E.T.C. took a brief intermission. The musicals begun their second act as an accredited course. The inaugural production of this brand-new theatre programme was 2014's "Little Shop of Horrors".

Eastdale CVI has been designated as one of the original eight sites in 2009-2010 for the Artist in Residence program, an "Arts Infused Learning" partnership program between the Durham District School Board and the Ontario Arts Council. Arts Infused Learning is the teaching of core curriculum subject expectations through an arts medium.[citation needed]

In September 2010, Eastdale CVI and Dr. F. J. Donevan Collegiate merged after lengthy public consultation by the ARC Committee of the Durham District School Board. The Elementary schools within Donevan's Family of Schools have now become part of Eastdale's Family of Schools and, as such, will participate in Eastdale's academic initiatives.[citation needed]

In 2011, the Eastdale Theatre underwent a refurbishment, including the creation of an orchestra-level control booth, additional accessible seating, creation of a workshop with access to the stage, and installation of an accessible ramp to the main stage area.[citation needed]

The alumni of Eastdale CVI include Canadian pair skater Barbara Underhill and Durham Regional Police Chief Michael Ewles.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Eastdale Collegiate and Vocational Institute (906565)". Secondary School Profile. Ontario Ministry of Education. 2016-01-13. Retrieved 2016-01-28. 

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