Vaughan Road Academy
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|Vaughan Road Academy|
|529 Vaughan Road
Toronto, Ontario, M6C 2P7
|School type||High school|
|Motto||In Medium Quaesita Reponunt
(They lay up in store for common use whatever they have gained)
|School board||Toronto District School Board|
|Colour(s)||Blue, Red, and Gold|
|Team name||Vaughan Road Vipers|
Vaughan Road Academy (VRA) is a Toronto District School Board International Baccalaureate high school. It is located in the Oakwood–Vaughan neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in the York district. The school is situated at the Vaughan Road and Winona Drive intersection, close to Oakwood Avenue. It works in partnership with the J.R. Wilcox and Cedarvale Community Schools, and also offers the IB Diploma Programme for students in grades 11 and 12. In addition to the International Baccalaureate, it also has Cooperative Education and INTERACT programs.
The school principal is Cynthia ("Cindy") Zwicker-Reston, and the vice principal is Janet Allen. The IB coordinator is Paul Corner and the INTERACT coordinator is Michael Alex.
- 1 History
- 2 School programs
- 3 School motto
- 4 School song
- 5 School architecture
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Vaughan Road Collegiate Institute (VRCI) was the first high school built in York Township, the forerunner of the Borough of York. Construction of VRCI began in July 1926 and the cornerstone was laid by Lieutenant-Governor Henry Cockshutt in September 1926. George Evans, the first principal, served from 1926 to 1957. In April 1927, the students moved into the school from temporary quarters in portables at Rawlinson Public School.
In 1988 the school was renamed Vaughan Road Academy, and began offering advanced academic, arts and athletic programs. It began offering the International Baccalaureate program in 1998.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) program allows students to earn an IB Diploma, while also earning the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (O.S.S.D.), which increases a student's chance of acceptance into universities worldwide.
The INTERACT program is for students in the school who are heavily involved in the arts or athletics program outside of school. These students have flexible schedules to accommodate their auditions, rehearsals, performances, competitions, etc. The program is mostly done in small group settings and whenever possible, the teachers can design assignments that incorporate the student's interest as well (such as a history assignment researching on the music of a certain historical era when the student is interested in music). Notable alumni of the INTERACT program include Drake, Ellen Page, Alison Pill, Mark Rendall, Tyler Nella, Matthew Ortved, and Julie and Gigi Rabnett.
Co-operative education, or Co-op is a structured method of combining academic education with practical work experience. It is a four credit semester program and at Vaughan Road, it is offered in: World of Work (3) and Business English (1). The program is open to all students who are 16 years old and have completed sixteen credits. This program offers youth a chance to "try out" a career while they can still afford the chance to explore, gain and develop good work habits and experience for the future, and test their skills and knowledge learnt at school in the work place.
Empowered Student Partnership
Empowered Student Partnership or ESP was launched in October 2002. Since then 110 greater Toronto area high schools have joined, including Vaughan Road Academy. It challenges schools citywide to make a difference in their community and tackles issues through student-driven initiatives. Students work along with the Toronto Police Service, the Canadian Safe School Network, ProAction, the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Catholic District School Board, Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest, and Conseil scolaire de district Catholique Centre-Sud to execute a safe schools initiative in their local schools and communities. Students take the steps to solve problems specific to their school with the option of utilizing programs or guest speakers, available to them through the Police Coordinator at Community Programs, Youth Services.
Vaughan Road Academy has interscholastic and intramural teams for badminton, ball hockey, baseball, basketball, cricket, cross country running, flag football, hockey, soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field and volleyball and knuckeballs.
Vaughan Road competes in TDSSAA and Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) as the Vaughan Road Vipers, which is not to be confused with a similarly named junior hockey team in Vaughan, Ontario.
In 2012, the Vaughan Road Vipers basketball team won the OFSAA 'AA' Provincial Championships. In 2004, the Vipers came second in the OFSAA 'AA' Provincial Championships.
Vaughan Road Academy has a school newspaper known as the "Vaughan Vox", sometimes simply called the "Vox". Typically released twice a year, it is usually eight pages long and covers a range of school activities and issues.
Vaughan Road Academy has a large and active Queer-Straight Alliance. Founded in 2006 as a Gay-Straight Alliance by a small group of grade 12 students, it was reactivated in 2010. The organization works to combat homophobia in the school and to create a safe environment for Queer students and those who support them. They have hosted guest speakers, including Farrah Khan and Brent Hawkes. In 2013 the group changed its name to the Queer-Straight Alliance.
Recognition for other activities
Vaughan Road students have participated in competitions such as the annual Sears Ontario Drama Festival, where several of the top awards for 2006 went to VRA students, and the International Olympiad in Informatics, where a VRA student received a gold medal in 2005 and silver medals in 2004 and 2006. In 2013, the short film "Homecoming," produced by grade twelve students in the Vaughan Road Academy film program, was shown in the TIFF Bell Lightbox "Jump Cuts" film festival. The following year, in 2014, Vaughan film students had another film in the "Jump Cuts" festival, "Nightlight."
The school motto is a quote from the fourth book of Vergil's Georgics which describes the behavior and society of bees: In Medium Quaesita Reponunt, which means "They lay up in store for common use whatever they have gained".
The motto suggests Vaughan Road students are in the school for the purpose of searching for and acquiring the knowledge and skills which may be used for the benefit of the community at large. The word "Quaesita" suggests effort sustained over a long period of time and also the application of the mind towards the attainment of a purpose. The words "In Medium" show that the purpose is not a selfish one, that students are aiming to prepare themselves for service to society.
Colours red and blue and gold
Vaughan Road Academy we hail
For your honour we uphold
The torch and we'll never fail
Raise your glorious banners high
And forever let them fly
Cheer, cheer all cheer
Shout for all your might V.R.A.!
(Originally, the words Vaughan Road Academy and V.R.A. were Vaughan Road C.I. and V.R.C.I., respectively. In 1960-1963, the words in the song were Vaughan Collegiate and V.C.I. respectively)
VRA, or Vaughan as it is affectionately known, from above appears as a near-isosceles right angle triangle with enclosed courtyard (in which a daycare for Vaughan students' children operates) of the same shape; the overall aerial view's reminiscence of The Pentagon lending the building the moniker "The Triagon". While the school letter is predictably "V" as chosen from the Latin alphabet, the lesser-known Greek school letter, Delta, is derived from the building's shape; as in the sciences Delta denotes change.
The first wing of the school was built in 1926, the second in 1931, and the third, which closed the "L" and turned it into a triangle, in 1967.
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- Cameron Ansell (1992-), voice actor for Arthur Read. Enrolled in INTERACT
- Gord Ash (1951-), general manager for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1995 to 2001.
- Neve Campbell (1973-), film and television actress.
- Drake (1986-), actor and musician
- Sidney J. Furie (1933-), film director
- Keir Gilchrist (1992-), Actor. Enrolled in INTERACT Degrassi: The Next Generation. Enrolled in INTERACT
- Stathis Kappos (1979-), professional soccer player.
- Don Harron (1924-2015), actor, author, and broadcaster.
- William Hutt (1920–2007), actor, director, Companion of the Order of Canada (1969), Order of Ontario (1992)
- Bob Kaplan (1936-), former MP who was Solicitor General of Canada from 1980 to 1984.
- Monte Kwinter (1931-), member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since 1985.
- Larry D. Mann (1922-2014), actor best known for voicing the character Yukon Cornelius in the animated Christmas classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
- Anne Michaels (1958-), author, winner of the Trillium Prize, the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award
- Charles Pachter (1942-), contemporary artist, Order of Canada recipient
- Ellen Page (1987-), best known for her role in the film Juno and played Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand.
- Marita Payne-Wiggins (1960-), former track and field athlete and two-time Olympic silver medallist; mother of Andrew Wiggins and wife of Mitchell Wiggins
- Alison Pill (1985-), actress who has appeared on TV in the drama The Book of Daniel, and nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in The Lieutenant of Inishmore. INTERACT
- Brandon Pirri (1991-), Drafted 2nd round to the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks in 2009. Enrolled in INTERACT
- Mark Rendall (1988-), actor who was Ellen Page's classmate in the Interact program
- Dr. Steven Renzetti (1960-2017), Professor of Economics, Brock University
- Siluck Saysanasy, (1974-), Laotian-Canadian television actor best known for playing Yick Yu, a character from the Degrassi series. INTERACT
- Dr. Arthur Leonard Schawlow (1921–1999), research scientist, educator, Nobel Laureate (1981), Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Stanford University
- Melinda Shankar (1992-), actress on the Canadian hit Degrassi: The Next Generation. Enrolled in INTERACT
- Robyn Urback (1988-), National Post columnist and editorial board member.
- Al Waxman (1935–2001), actor, broadcaster, author, philanthropist, Order of Ontario (1996), Order of Canada (1997).
- Samantha Weinstein (1995-), film and television actress
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- Sears Ontario Drama Festival, 2006 Showcase Awards
- Canada at the International Olympiad in Informatics
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- Arthur L. Schawlow: The Nobel Prize in Physics 1981, Nobelprize.org. Accessed August 7, 2007. "I attended public schools there, Winchester elementary school, the Normal Model School attached to the teacher's college, and Vaughan Road Collegiate Institute (high school)."
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