Queen Elizabeth Collegiate and Vocational Institute

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Queen Elizabeth Collegiate and Vocational Institute
QECVI logo 160x220.png
Veritas Liberat
The Truth Frees
145 Kirkpatrick Street
Kingston, Ontario, K7K 2P4
Coordinates 44°15′13″N 76°30′07″W / 44.25361°N 76.50194°W / 44.25361; -76.50194Coordinates: 44°15′13″N 76°30′07″W / 44.25361°N 76.50194°W / 44.25361; -76.50194
School type Secondary
Founded 1955
School board Limestone District School Board
Principal Anne Marie McDonald
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 695
Colour(s) Red and Black
Mascot Patches the Pirate
Team name Raiders

Queen Elizabeth Collegiate and Vocational Institute (QECVI), or "QE", is a High School in north Kingston, Ontario, Canada.


QECVI opened in 1955 and since that time has instituted a number of programs focusing on specific career paths. Thriving on the enrichment of the Focus Programs due in part to former principal, J.R. Mulville, the school remained opened after a long debate in 1989 that almost left the school merging with Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School. J.R. Mulville referred to the focus programs as "a prime example of new ways of delivering curricula in schools, as well as a better way of teaching math and English for kids that need a different approach to things."[1]

QE has won the K-Rock Partners in Mission Food Drive for the past six years.


QE offers grades 9 - 12 with a variety of Focus Programs that include Photography & Culture, Theatre Complete, Creative Arts, Cover-up and Upholstery, Culinary Arts and High Performance Athletics. QE now has a Holocaust Museum and educational centre within the school called, Treasures and Testimonies. The students learn about the Holocaust and are trained as docents for the museum.

Theatre Complete Productions[edit]

Recent Theatre Complete productions have included:

  • Little Boy Blue and the Snowflakes, Too: A Kids' Mis-Carol
  • Members of the Banned - 2012
  • T'was the Night Before Frosty the Red-Nosed Snow Deer Came to Town: A Kids' Mis-Carol - 2011
  • A Blanket Issue - 2011
  • Seven Stories - 2010
  • Twelve Angry People - 2009
  • Our Town - 2009
  • MacBeth - 2008


QECVI's sports teams are known as the "Raiders" and participate in a wide variety of sports. Its teams have had recent success in Basketball, Rugby, Girls Hockey and Baseball. QECVI, in recent years has seen success in the sport of Rugby having won three KASSAA rugby championships since 2004 and most recently being ranked #5 in OFSAA A/AA Rugby after winning their third EOSSAA championships. In 2009, Queen Elizabeth Collegiate did not field a football team and the first time in history that the high school did not have fall sports for boys. In the 2009-2010 rugby season,QECVI's senior boy's rugby team finished 3rd in KASSAA standings with a 4-2 record, with a 17-3 defeat over Holy Cross Crusaders in the quarterfinals and 14-7 win over 2nd placed Bayridge, the Raiders looked poised to win a second consecutive KASSAA Rugby Championship, but fell short 17-13 to the rival Napanee Golden Hawks, but went on to defeat South Grenville to win the EOSSAA A/AA Rugby Championship, they failed to win at OFSAA. QECVI's junior boys rugby won only one game failing to make the playoffs with a record of 1-5 . Girls' Rugby was introduced to the school after a failure to form a team after trying for the previous two years,although only in exhibition play.

Red Raiders[edit]

They were at one time known as the "Red Raiders" until the name was changed because of perceived racial overtones.

Uniform Colours[edit]

The original school colours were also changed from the traditional red, yellow and white to red and black, due to confusion created when QECVI played Sydenham High School in high school sports.

Notable Staff (Former and Current)[edit]

  • Mike Zannabi, Recipient of Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence; Roy C. Hill Teaching

Excellence Award

  • Donna Stoness – J.C. McLeod Award for teaching excellence;
  • Don Voteary – Queen’s Associate Teacher of the Year Award;
  • Lee McNaughton, Outstanding Service Awards, LDSB
  • Jack Aldridge, Outstanding Service Awards, LDSB, Rotary Canada Award
  • Alec Murphy – Outstanding Service Awards, LDSB

[2] Pamela Simon - Queen's Associate Teacher of the Year Award

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Shuttleworth, D (1993). "Enterprise Learning in Action: Education and Economic Renewal for the Twenty-First Century", Routledge, p.79.
  2. ^ "Education for All:Secondary School Success 21 August 200.[permanent dead link]

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