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WIC students attend the Montreal Regional Science and Technology Fair – March 2019

The 2019 Hydro-Quebec sponsored Montreal Regional Science and Technology Fair was held in March at Concordia University.  Attending this event were WIC’s Expo Sciences gold, silver and bronze medal winners.  Two of our students, Axel C. and Coby B. won an engineering award and a silver medal. They were also part of the top 15 projects out of 127 to attend four days of competition at the Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec at Collège Charles-Lemoyne (campus Longueuil – Saint-Lambert), in April.

Arsenic and Old Lace School Production – March 20 and 21, 2019

This year’s high school production, Arsenic and Old Lace, was a smashing success and very entertaining. A Joseph Kesselring dark comedy, the play featured some of the sweetest serial killers you’ve ever met!  Show dates were Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21. It was a directorial debut by Ms. Alessia Fasanella and all were impressed by the high caliber of the show and the talented cast on stage. Everyone concurred unanimously that every detail from sets, costumes, accents and comedic timing was carried off beautifully. Many thanks as well to Ms. Elizabeth Roy, crew director and Mr. Fequet for set design. From the leadership team and everyone at WIC, your devotion, passion and hard work have made us all proud.

All profits from this production are going to “Dans La Rue”, a Montreal based organization that helps homeless and at-risk youth. Guests were also asked to bring a non-perishable food item or personal care products.

La Soirée des Girls and Frères Fest ’19

Two fabulous events of empowerment and inspiration, La Soirée des Girls and Frères Fest recently took place at WIC and have set the stage for many years to come.  

La Soirée des Girls was held on February 22, and focused on the need for positive female friendships, setting goals and self-love. Just a few days prior to this event and to set the tone, female students were also invited to attend the screening of “Finding Kind” with their mothers at WIC.  Some of the highlights of the Soiree des Girls included guest speakers who shared their success stories (radio host, Natasha Gargiulo from Virgin Radio & Maddy K entrepreneur and event planner). The evening also included a pizza party, photo booths, self-defence, Dove video viewing and a stay real girls’ activity plus so much more!

Also a first at WIC, the boys had their own night at the Frères Fest ’19 on Friday, March 15. 7’ 2” former Harlem Globetrotter and guest speaker, Pascal Fleury, shared his personal story on the journey in life, his sports career and making choices. “Choosing wisely leads to wisdom”, he reminded our young male audience.  The boys also enjoyed a school-wide amazing race, bubble soccer, cooking class with chef Mike, escape room, casino, video games, 3D printing, board games, trivia, and lots of fun.

A well-deserved thank you goes to Ms. Alexandra Santamaria (girls night) and Mr. Anthony Suppa (boys night) for organizing the events.  Also, a shout out to all the volunteers who lent a helping hand leading up to and during the event.

Arsenic and Old Lace

The cast and crew from this year’s play production, Arsenic and Old Lace, would like to cordially invite you to come and see Joseph Kesselring’s dark comedy that features some of the sweetest serial killers you’ve ever met!

Show dates are:
Wednesday, March 20th or Thursday, March 21st.
The show starts at 7:00 pm, and doors open at 6:30 pm.

Tickets are on sale the week of March 11th at all junior and senior lunches in the main hall. The cost is $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Hurry and get your tickets soon because they’re selling out fast!

Our profits are going to “Dans La Rue” this year, a Montreal based organization that helps homeless and at-risk youth. We also ask that our guests bring a non-perishable food item or personal care product if they can (shampoo, conditioner, gloves, tampons/pads, toothpaste, tooth brushes, and deodorant are amongst the items that are currently most needed.

We hope we can count on your support! You may not live to regret it. 💀

Future Engineers and Innovators in the Making at CRC Robotics Competition – February 2019

WIC’s Robotics Club competed for three days (February 21, 22 and 23) with and against most of the private and public English and French high schools and cégeps, including Rosemount Technology Centre and Centennial Regional High School in the Greenfield Park borough of Longueuil. The categories of competition were robot performance and ranking, kiosk design and production, website and video (though we did not participate in the latter category). WIC’s robot team worked tirelessly all three days and until 11:30 p.m. on Friday, February 22, competing and troubleshooting. Although they did not make it to the finals, the robot this year had by far the best robot design and construction out of all of the past years of the robotics club at WIC. In the end, WIC won second place for kiosk design and production, beating out Dawson, Vanier and John Abbott College in their division:

1st place: Royal West Academy

2nd place: West Island College

3rd place: Collège Montmorency

Congratulations to all the participants and volunteers. Special mention is in order for Mr. Al Hilli for his leadership and mentorship leading up to and throughout the CRC event.

Career Fair January 2019 – Success is Not Linear

The WIC Foundation hosted a Career Fair at WIC for students on Thursday, January 31st.

Five distinguished alumni were invited to come to campus to talk about their careers. The theme was “Success is not Linear”. 

Students in Secondary IV and V had the honour of listening to some incredible words of wisdom. On behalf of the entire WIC community, we wish to thank our alumni for their time and for sharing their inspiring stories. 

Thank you to our guest speakers:

Marc-Anthony Palacios-Castellana, 2014, Digital Marketer & Millennial Entrepreneur

Gabby Musacchio, 2010, MA Journalism (Harvard ), Advisor at the Mirella & Lino Saputo Foundation

Greg Amiel, 2009, Coordinator, Community Events, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group

Marlee Rabin, 2007, Founder & CEO of OCU/RENT

Chris Vienneau, 1990, Director of Media and Entertainment at Autodesk

Junior and Senior Debate Teams at McGill and QSDA Provincial Championships – February 2019

February has been a busy month for WIC’s Junior and Senior Debate Teams. On February 1st-2nd both teams participated in the McGill Winter Bonanza tournament hosted by the McGill Debate Union. For our junior team, composed of Secondary 1 students, Alexandra and Serena, this event marked their first experience with Canadian parliamentary style debate. Although the motions were quite sophisticated, the students rose to the challenge and walked away having gained invaluable experience. Their coach, Ms. Hastings, was impressed with their efforts.

On February 15th-16th junior team, Amanda and Alexa and senior team, Adrien and Jonathan, took part in the QSDA Junior and Senior Provincial Championships held at Vincent Massey Collegiate. Both teams participated in 6 rounds of rigorous debate and demonstrated skill, perseverance and teamwork throughout the tournament. As always, they made their respective coaches, Ms. Hastings and Mr. Stevens, extremely proud. 

La Soirée des Girls – Friday, February 22, 2019

La Soirée des Girls will be taking place on Friday, February 22, from 5:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. This event is for all of our girls at WIC! Highlights include guest speakers Natasha Gargiulo and Maddy K, pizza dinner, goal setting, photo booths, self-defence and so much more! We are also encouraging our female students to attend the screening of “Finding Kind” with a parent on Wednesday, February 20, at 7 pm. We hope to see our WIC girls there as this will be an enriching experience for all.  RSVP by February 18, 2019.
For more information, check out the website:  http://bit.ly/2LSDGirls 

WIC Cinderella Project

Fées Marraines is a Montreal based non-profit organization that provides prom dresses and accessories to girls who could not otherwise afford to attend prom. They arrange for a day where 400 girls get to shop like Cinderella for free. 

On February 11th, 2019, a group of more than 40 parent, student, alumni and staff volunteers came together to host the WIC Cinderella Project.

We are proud to report that over 260 prom dresses, 60 pairs of shoes, dozens of purses, boxes of jewelry and makeup were donated to help this great charity.

Thank you all so much for your support. It was a heartwarming experience. Here are a few photos from the day.

 A big thank you to all of our wonderful parent, alumni, student and staff volunteers, as well as our corporate partners.

Annual Winter Concert was a Musical Treat for the Ears – December 18, 2018

Headmaster M. Lafrance put his tuxedo attire on and displayed his musical talent with a triangle note or two at the annual music concert on
Tuesday, December 18, 2018. The Winter Concert was a holiday treat for the ears!  The program made of original compositions, popular songs, jazz, and holiday music charmed both the audience and the musicians. 
Students from Secondary I, II, III, and the WIC band members had practiced and worked hard to prepare for this musical evening.  By the response of the audience, the show lived up to everyone’s expectations! A special thank you to Mme Ruffiange the director of the concert band.

Flashback WIC Show – December 14, 2018

Student producers Jenny C., Maya C., Noa I., Taylor L.S., Serina P., Andrea R.F., Taylor S., and Raquel S. worked extremely hard and were very proud of the talent displayed on center stage. Congratulations to all of the grads and everyone who participated in the show including Mme Alves, Ms. Roy and Mrs. Verdieu for their on-going support and advice.

On Friday, December 14, 2018, the annual WIC Show, Flashback 2018, was an amazing success thanks to the hard work and dedication of the producers and our talented WIC students! From the decor to the costumes, the choreography, the organization and the sheer talent on display, it was an amazing show and one to be proud of.

Secondary 4 Students Visit the Montreal Holocaust Museum – November 6, 2018 

On Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, the entire Secondary 4 class visited the Montreal Holocaust Museum.  The tour consisted of a self-guided visit of the museum space, which exhibits artifacts from before, during and after the war, with a particular focus on Montreal’s history. Students also had the privilege of meeting with one of the two Holocaust survivors. This first-hand account of the atrocities of the war gave our students the opportunity to reflect on the destruction caused by prejudice, racism and antisemitism. Special thanks to Fishel Goldig and Elie Dawang, for sharing their moving testimonies.

Canadian Armed Forces Captain at Remembrance Day Ceremony – November 9, 2018

At the school assembly on Friday, November 9, 2018, students listened to Captain Fitz-Gerald, husband of Mme Vien, who entered the Canadian Armed Forces at the age of 18.  A helicopter mechanic by trade, he has more than 33 years of service. He was deployed to Egypt (a multinational mission) as a peacekeeper, to Bosnia (UN mission) as a peacemaker and Afghanistan (ISAF: International Security and Assistance Force) as an active fighter in a war zone. He is presently using his extensive experience to revamp the aircraft technician trade for the Royal Canadian Air Force.  Faculty and students learned firsthand from Captain Fitz-Gerald’s stories about the importance of why we remember and honour our veterans. The luxury of our freedom is thanks to the sacrifices of those who served and serve in times of war, military conflict and peace.  Following his inspiring presentation to the entire school body, Mme Rufiange then introduced a moment of silence with the Last Post / The Rouse bugle tribute in memory of all Heroes for this year’s Remembrance Day on November 11th.




Senior Debating Team at McGill’s High School BP Championships – Oct. 19 and 20, 2018

On the 19th and 20th of October, our Senior Debating Team took part in the McGill High School British Parliamentary Championships, organized by the McGill Debating Union. They were accompanied by their coach, Mr. Stevens and competed against students from across Canada and the United States. Students Alexa, Amanda, Jonathan and Adrien were frequently up against opponents from older age groups. Of the six rounds in which they competed, each team came away with two firsts. Congratulations to all for demonstrating the ability to think on their feet and remain calm under pressure. Special recognition goes to Alexa, for placing 13th out of 41 junior debaters. 

WIC’s 18th Annual Walkathon to Benefit JDRF – October 18, 2018

All for a good cause, students, teachers and staff were happy to get a break from school on Thursday, October 18, 2018, to raise awareness at WIC’s 18th annual 5 km walk to benefit JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).

A cheque was presented to Jessica Carter and Cindy Merritt from JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).

The final total from our walkathon, which took place on October 18th, was a total of $42,035 this year! That brings our dollars raised over 18 years to $451,081.

Much appreciation goes out to all teachers and faculty for their inspiration, encouragement and leadership for this year’s JDRF Walkathon. Also, special mention to our parent volunteers, Mrs. Bloom, Mrs. Byrne, Mrs. Ghanem, Mrs. Levy,   Mrs. Sarin, Mrs. Sonenberg and Mrs. Costa who helped out with the registration. Finally, a big thank you to the entire  WIC community who worked hard to raise funds for this great cause.  Donations will continue to be accepted at reception and online until December. We will keep you posted on the funds raised in the upcoming weeks.












Annual Grandparents Day / Special Adult Day with Secondary 1 Students – October 10, 2018

WIC hosted its 3rd annual Grandparents / Special Adult Day with Secondary 1 students on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. This event has become a new tradition and one of the most anticipated events for staff, students and grandparents alike. The special moments shared between young and old sets this day apart from all others in the calendar year. Refreshments were served, family pictures were taken and tours were offered by the students. It was a memorable morning and all beamed with pride as they enjoyed their time together.