Meet Our Students
Southern Ontario Division (SOD) Ski Team
Del has taught me the very valuable life lesson of having a proper balance between work and leisure. The amount of work assigned and the time I miss for skiing forces me to prioritize getting my work done efficiently and allows me to spend more time doing the things that I enjoy.
- 6:30 am My alarm rings to signal the start of a new day. After eating breakfast and packing my books, I’m ready to go. I leave the house just before 7:30 with my brother in grade 8 and my sister in grade 6. Once we get to our subway station, it takes about 30 minutes to get to Del.
- 8:00 am I arrive just after 8 and head up to my locker on the third floor where I get my books and stop to catch up with friends. From there it’s on to my homeroom class to drop off my books before making my way down to the auditorium for morning assembly. I remember that it’s the grade elevens’ turn to play O Canada this morning and so I quickly run to the music hall and grab my saxophone and make it back just in time for assembly. After playing O Canada, we go through a reflection and prayer led by a teacher as well as hearing the morning announcements ranging from recent wins from our sports teams to upcoming tryouts or events going on around the school.
- 8:45 am Pretty soon I’m settled back down in physics class. We are learning about sound waves and our lesson consists mostly of notes, examples, and questions. The class size of most of our classes is quite small which is nice because it makes it easier to ask questions and get clarification with concepts.
- 10:00 am I head into the biology classroom, admiring the pet snakes and turtles, when I remember that today is our dissection day! After getting geared up in goggles, an apron, and gloves, we receive a fetal pig to dissect.
- 11:15 am One dissection later, I head into religion class and talk to Mr. Gomes about the work I have missed recently. I miss a lot of school for ski racing, something I do as an extracurricular outside of school at a very high level and something I am quite committed to. In grade 11, the religion program focuses on church history as grade 10 focuses on moral theology and grade 12 focuses on philosophy. Today’s lecture is about the relationship between church and state during the Middle Ages.
- 12:35 pm Finally we're done class and I head to the cafeteria for lunch. I have late lunch today so I'm pretty hungry.
- 1:15 pm I head to music class, which is my last period of the day. I play the tenor saxophone, one of just ten different band instruments in our class. It is amazing to see the progress we have made from grade seven, when I first came to DEL, up until now, as we are finally starting to sound like a band. This class we are practicing our songs that we will be playing at the 2016 World Strides Heritage Festival in Orlando in almost a month! In grades eleven and twelve, we combine the band so that we have the numbers (almost fifty) to make up a full band.
- 4:00 pm After taking the subway home with my friends (and sister, of course), I decide to get my math and chemistry homework out of the way that is due tomorrow. After finishing the last of my advanced functions problems, I head downstairs and sit down for dinner.
- 5:15 pm Once a week in the winter, I head up to Mount St. Louis near Barrie to get in some slalom skiing night training. On weekends, we have a place near Collingwood that we go to, but tonight I am just heading up to train and returning to school for tomorrow. These nights can be quite busy (and exhausting!), but they are worth it.
Music, Phys Ed and Math
Soccer, Choir, Badminton, Ping Pong Club
Starting Grade 5 at Del was a big step for me. It turned out to be the best decision my parents and I could have made. I'm surrounded by amazing new friends and dedicated, caring teachers. My days are full of fun and learning. I'm so happy to be part of the Del Family!
- 7:00 am My day starts! I like things very organized, so I pack my books and whatever else I need the night before. My big decision is whether to wear my kilt or pants, depending on the weather. Today is sunny and pretty warm, so I choose my kilt. In the winter on really cold days, a few times I’ve even worn my skiing base layers under my uniform!
- 8:05 am I like to get to school a bit early so that I’m always on time for assembly. Plus, starting the day at Del and seeing my friends is my favourite part of the day!
- 8:30 am I like that the entire school gets together every morning during assembly to start the school day at Del. It makes the school feel united. After prayers, I listen very carefully to announcements to make sure I know when there are practices or meetings for the extra-curricular activities I participate in. I keep a tiny notebook and pen in the inside pocket of my jacket to make notes. I really like school, but I am very excited about the after-school activities that I have selected this school year: soccer, Spanish, ping pong, cooking and badminton. Next year, I’d like to get involved with Student Council, too. In November during our Athletic Assembly, I was listening to the presentation and was completely surprised to hear them call out my name as the MVP winner for the U12 Girls Soccer Team! I’m just a little grade 5, but I got to walk up on stage in front of the entire school to receive a trophy…wow! (It’s the nicest trophy I have ever won, too.)
- 10:20 am We’re studying The Underground to Canada in English with Mr. Connors. I am shocked how people were treated as slaves not that long ago.
- 11:15 am The Junior School has lunch on our own in the cafeteria. On Thursdays I get the special healthy lunch that Del arranges…it’s super yummy and packed with vegetables and chicken, plus a delicious square for dessert. One other day (usually Tuesdays), I get my lunch from the caf. The other days I bring my lunch from home (but my mom sometimes lets me buy a cookie.)
- 11:45 am I have a test next week for scales on my flute, so my music teacher, Mr. Thompson, is holding a tutorial at lunch today. We ate our lunch together (it’s fun to talk to him outside of class), then I practiced my scales. I am working on making the notes a smooth transition and not having “spider fingers.” I played piano for four years, but the flute is new to me and very different. I really want to get an A on my test, so it’s awesome that Mr. Thompson is willing to give extra help.
- 12:50 pm I wasn’t a very good skater before I came to Del. But because Del has an indoor skating rink, we have two arena units in Phys Ed. I love skating now and can even skate backwards! I can’t wait until we start playing shinny hockey.
- 2:45 pm School ends, but I stay at Del until 4:00 pm on most days. On Tuesdays, we have choir. A few times a week I have a practice or meeting for my extra-curricular activities. The other days I either do a tutorial or go to the library to finish my homework. My teachers are really great to offer after-school tutorials. Ms. Suddaby, my science and social studies teacher, is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Today, I want to get my homework done because I have soccer practice for my Rep team at 7:00 pm.
- 3:50 pm I’ve finished almost all of my homework. There is a boys’ hockey game being played in the arena. A few of my friends and I are going to check out the score. Go Del! For a treat, I’ll buy some popcorn to share with the girls.
- 4:00 pm My mom picks me up from school and I head home to complete the last of my religion homework (it’s pretty cool to learn about guardian angels.) I also review conjugation for my French quiz tomorrow with Mr. Lue Tam.
- 7:00 pm Soccer practice! I play Rep soccer for the North Toronto Nitros. Soccer is my passion. I have a giant life-sized poster of Lionel Messi on my bedroom wall. I like to play forward, either striker or winger. Lately, my coach has been playing me left wing, so I am working on shooting with my left foot. We start practice with a rondo, which is always fun (it’s like “monkey-in-the-middle.”)
- 8:30 pm Time to pack my books for tomorrow and then read some Harry Potter. Good night!
Science and French
Jazz Band, Greek School
De La Salle is a school that has had a very large impact on my life in different ways. It has taught me the importance of time management, adaptability, and balance, which are life skills that I will definitely keep with me in the future. As I continue to go through high school, I wish to learn more of these very important lessons and apply them in all aspects of my life.
- 7:00 am Normally on Tuesday mornings I have Jazz Band rehearsal. In Jazz Band we rehearse fun, contemporary pieces for the school concerts. I play the flute, and I love the arrangements that I get to play on this instrument. Mr. Thompson makes learning and playing the music really enjoyable, so I don’t mind waking up an hour earlier. This is also a great way for me to spend time with my friends!
- 8:10 am Before I go to my home form class to head down for assembly, I pack my bag. I also spend time talking and laughing with my friends before the day of learning begins. If I have any questions about school work, I may see a teacher and ask for their help.
- 8:25 am Every day the whole school heads to the auditorium for assembly. There we sing the national anthem while the school’s own music students play. Afterwards, a teacher will say a reflection and we all say a prayer together. Then, we hear morning announcements and head to our first period class.
- 8:45 am First period begins! On Day 1’s I have Geography right after assembly. In Geography, we’ve been learning all about weather and climate. Mr. Neto teachers us all about the factors that affect climate, climate graphs and the different types of precipitation. We have a huge Geography project to do that includes building a 3-D model of any landform region in the world. My group is creating the Danxia Mountains in China.
- 10:00 am Gym is my second period of the day. We get to play really fun sports such as ice hockey and ultimate Frisbee. We even got to learn about self-defense! Mrs. Williams teaches us how to play sports, but also how to live a healthy lifestyle. We learn about the importance of mental, physical, spiritual and social health. This class is a great way to expend our energy, but also a great way to learn how to be the healthiest and happiest versions of ourselves.
- 11:15 am Maintenant, c’est la classe du Francais! I love learning French because it’s really interesting to be able to know and speak a different language. Mme. Francis teaches us how to listen, speak, read and write French. We always challenge ourselves by learning new verb conjugations and vocabulary. C’est fantastique!
- 12:35 pm Lunch time! We get to sit with our friends, talk about our day and share our lunches. Afterwards, we usually head over to the Oaklands Shoppe and buy a bag of candy.
- 1:15 pm Science is my last period of the day. Right now we’re learning about the solar system, the Big Bang Theory and galaxies. Ms. Lamonaca-Bada makes Science really fun. One class, instead of copying notes from the board, we went on a solar system scavenger hunt. The team in first place even won a prize –my team came in third!
- 2:45 pm Today I have mandatory band practice after school. We rehearse pieces for the school concerts and even the Ontario Band Association’s Music Festival. The pieces challenge our musical literacy and playing skills, but we always succeed in the end.
- 5:45 pm After eating dinner and finishing some homework, I head off to Greek School where I learn another language. My teacher assesses our homework every week, which includes reading a passage, writing a paragraph upon its meaning, learning the definitions of any unknown words, and of course, grammar. All of these activities help us to build upon our language skills and improve our Greek tremendously.
- 9:00 pm I complete any remaining homework and study for any upcoming tests and then head to bed around 10:00 pm.
Math and Phys Ed
De La Salle Cadets Corps, Karate
What I love most about being at De La Salle is that it feels like a family. Everyone is connected in some sort of way and at my other school I didn’t feel that. Because it feels like such a family here at Del, I’m looking forward to moving to the Senior School next year with my friends as we all mark it as a kind of checkpoint in our lives at Del.
- 8:00 am This is usually when I arrive to school. If I’m early, I talk to my friends around the lockers, and if I’m later I just head to my classroom as soon as I am packed.
- 8:10 am On my cadet days (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) I go to inspection and on Tuesdays, I raise the flags. Once that is over, I head to homeroom. Mr. Iantosca usually gets us settled for the day and then we read until about 8:25; that’s when we go to assembly for daily reflection with the whole school.
- 8:45 am Most of the time we get our books out for first period: Math. We work on algebra, geometry, fractions, number relations and angles. My personal favourite unit in math is when we learn about Pi, which is about the area and diameter of a circle.
- 9:35 am In period two we have Mr. Scharfe, who teaches us Religion. He makes a joke every…maybe two minutes! We learn about the bishops and priests, and we perform the rosary every Thursday.
- 10:25 am This is period three where we have English with Mr. Luchka. He’s teaching us about the Holocaust and the survivors, and sometimes we even watch documentaries or short clips on the books we’re currently reading. We also read poems and books by Edgar Allen Poe and Charles Dickens.
- 11:15 am Everybody’s favourite subject…lunch! I bring my own food even though there’s a cafeteria because I have an allergy to peanuts and nuts. Just in case I don’t bring one, I always have lunch money, and the cafeteria is relatively safe for me.
- 11:55 am On Day 1’s we have French, taught by Mr. Rouselle, where we’re currently learning about irregular verbs. We’re also studying for exams right now. On Day 2’s we have Social Studies, soon to be replaced with Geography after exams. These two subjects are also being taught by Mr. Scharfe.
- 12:35 pm We have career studies with Ms. Pellegrino on Day 1’s, and if we complete and pass this subject, we get half a credit towards high-school. We get the other half credit if we pass civics next year in Grade 8. On Day 2’s we have art with Ms. Domingues. We are starting to learn how to draw the components of a face, as well as using different drawing techniques to enhance the quality of everything we draw.
- 1:15 pm Day 1: we have music with Mr. Thompson, I play percussion. We perform songs such as Dansbury Run, Scorpion!, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Anasazi. Day 2: We have Phys Ed. on the court, on the field or sometimes in a classroom for our health units. Mr. Devonish goes through units with us such as volleyball, basketball, hockey and soccer. In health, which we don’t have all the time, we learn how to meditate and find our happy spots, both of which help us in tough situations.
- 1:58 pm On Day 1’s we have science with Mr. Rouselle. We just finished learning about ecosystems and the environment like food webs, food chains, the water matter and carbon cycles. On Day 2’s we have a longer Phys Ed. period, which takes us to the end of the day.
- 2:45 pm After school I either have Cadets or basketball. Major Nonanto, Captain Rouselle and Lieutenant Ghabbour run the Cadets program. During Cadets we lower the flags, perfect our drills, uniform and general team building skills. While we are marching, on the field, on camping trips or even playing airsoft, we are always taught that we are a family, brothers and sisters. In basketball, which is one of my favourite sports, we practice layups, ball handling and our shots with Coach De Sanctis.
- 4:30 pm After Cadets or Basketball I head home to finish any homework I may have. If I'm done my homework, I'll watch some TV or go outside and play basketball until it's time for Karate.
- 6:00 pm I’m a yellow belt, but we only have belt testing once a year. Right now I’m practicing my reverse-rainbow kick, spinning side kick, obviously normal punches, and on my own, jumping-spinning side kicks…but I really can’t get that one down!
- 7:30 pm When I get home from Karate I eat dinner right away. Once dinner is finished, I get all my things ready for the next day and then head to bed around 9:30.