Cav's Corner - All News Wentworth

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year. I hope that you had a memorable and restful holiday. As I write this email, I sit in a new office with an incredible view overlooking our beautiful city. Last year marked my first year at Collingwood School and it was a pleasure becoming a member of our school's community.

My position title and responsibilities have changed for this upcoming academic year, as I was named the the Interim Head of Wentworth. I am thrilled to become the Head of a Jr. School and most importantly lead a remarkable faculty, staff and student body.

I wanted to let you know how excited we are for our students to arrive at Wentworth in September. I am confident that your child will have a positive year at Collingwood and I look forward to seeing all of our students during the first week of school.

October 12, 2017


Just Do It! Take Nike's advice on goal-setting. 

The story of Phil Knight is a great American tale. A young, passionate entrepreneur defies his father’s advice and follows his own dream; a dream that will lead him to creating a cultural revolution across the world when he breathes life into the Nike brand. Today, Nike is worth an estimated $30 billion and Phil Knight has become known as one of North America’s most notorious philanthropists, even with the many controversies regarding Nike’s labour practices.

Knight’s first company, Blue Ribbon Sports, was the “sole” athletic American distributor of the Japanese shoemaker Onitsuka Tiger in the late 1960s. Along Blue Ribbon’s journey, Knight established short and long term goals for his company. His goals typically included expanding sales and territory, improving the quality of the product, and becoming a mainstream athletic brand in North America. As each year passed, Knight reflected on his company’s goals and asked the question: "Did we ultimately achieve our goals?" Moving forward, he would reassess the new economic landscape that surrounded his company and he began generating new goals for the following quarter or year.

Author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling stated: “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already, we have the power to imagine better.” We all have the power for greatness when we concentrate on achieving goals. Setting goals can make the insurmountable possible, provide focus to our lives and allow us to measure our overall progress in life. It is with these thoughts in mind that I strongly encourage you discuss goal setting with your child this fall. Regardless of your child’s age or how slight the goal may seem, setting goals can only help to propel students towards success and achievement. We aim for our students not to be perfect but to make incremental improvements that will make them whole.

Starting in early October, our grade 6 and 7 students will begin setting goals with their homeroom teacher. Our students will be using the SMART framework to develop their goals (please see the framework below). Once these goals are defined by each student, they will develop an action plan, which will include specific steps that will help them to achieve their goals. Throughout the year, students will reflect on their progress at the end of each term and reassess their plan.

After a legal struggle with the Onitsuka Tiger Shoe Company, Knight was left with the prospect of losing his life’s work, as another enterprise was awarded American distribution rights for their athletic wear. However, Knight was able to reinvent his company by way of his intellect, strong work ethic and passion for shoes. Along the way, Knight set goals that were specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely; in 1971 a new company called Nike was born and with it our (athletic) world transformed forever.

Knight, Phil. SHOE DOG. SIMON & SCHUSTER LTD, 2017. Print.


Guest Speaker Announcement:

Who: Spencer West

When: Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 1:25 pm - 2:10 pm. 

Where: Wentworth in the Katz-Telfer Gym

Imagine if you would, the biggest challenge you have ever faced. Think about the determination and perseverance you exerted to overcome that obstacle. Now, imagine accomplishing that task without the ability to use your legs.

For Me to We speaker, Spencer West, this is his life every day, having had his legs amputated from the pelvis down at the age of five. Author, documentary subject, and humanitarian, Spencer West will address our Middle Years Students on October 19th about overcoming obstacles to make a difference, something he has a great deal of experience with. He is a distinguished keynote speaker, having opened and headlined several WE Day events, as well as speaking alongside influential citizens such as Prince Harry, Prime Minister Trudeau and Martin Luther King III.

Through humour, humility, and tales of his accomplishments, Spencer aims to inspire hope and motivate his audience to find opportunities in challenges and to create positive change in and around themselves. We are so thrilled to have the opportunity for our Middle Years Students to hear from such an accomplished individual. Please see Spencer West's Biography for more information on our guest speaker.

From the Desk of Morgan McLaughlin


Photo Day:

This upcoming Tuesday (October 17th) we will be hosting our annual photo day. Please ensure that your child is appropriately attired in number 1 dress. 


Skilift Road Traffic Update

From Monday, October 16th to Friday, October 27th Skilift Rd will be closed eastbound. Parents won’t have trouble dropping their children off at Wentworth; however, as they head eastbound (to work or back home) they will encounter the road closure. Parents will have to use the Hwy 1 entrance off of Skilift Rd or use Chairlift Rd. to Chippendale Rd to avoid the road closure.

I would strongly recommend that you drop you child(ren) off at school prior to 8:00 am to avoid traffic congestion. Thank you in advance for your support and patience. 

Inclement Weather

In preparation for a cold winter, we would like to inform you in advance that in the event of snow and school closures, you will find information by 6:30 am posted to both the Students and Parents pages of our website.


Backpack Buddies Food Drive @ Wentworth:

Did you know that 1 in 5 B.C. Children live in food insecure households? "Food insecurity is defined as the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. This means that for example, sometimes there may be dinner, but not breakfast. This creates a sense of insecurity surrounding where one’s next meal might be coming from. B.C. has the highest child poverty rate of any province in the country, for 8 years in a row. B.C. is the only province in the country without a poverty reduction strategy in place” (Backpack Buddies, 2017).

In order to help our local children (on the North Shore and across the bridge to East Vancouver) Wentworth will be holding its first food drive of the 2017-2018 school year. It will take place the week of Tuesday, October 24th to Friday, October 27th. At this point of the year, we have ZERO food in our storage. It is time to replenish our food supply! We need meals for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, healthy snacks, fruit snack (e.g. applesauce, fruit cocktail), and juice boxes. Canned meals that contain protein are best (e.g. tuna snacks, Chef Boyardee, Chunky Soup, stews, etc.). Please NO spam.

We are proposing a friendly Wentworth house challenge. Each house (e.g. Grouse, Cypress, Hollyburn & Seymour) will have boxes set up in the main foyer. All food items can be dropped off anytime throughout the week. Our goal is to collect enough food to carry our packing commitment through to the spring when we will hold our second and final food drive of the year. In the spirit of this event, Wentworth will have a school-wide civvies day on Friday, October 27th.

Thank you for your support!

From the desk of Wentworth’s Young Round Square Group



Upcoming Key Dates:

Date(s) Event(s)
Monday, October 16 8:50am-9:20am - Wentworth Weekly Assembly, Katz Telfer Gymnasium, #1 Dress (House t-shirts on top of uniform)
Tuesday, October 17

8:00am-8:30am - Unishop Collection at Wentworth and Morven

8:45am-3:00pm - JK-Gr. 7 Class and Individual Photo Day, #1 Dress

Wednesday, October 18      

7:45am-3:30pm - Grade 6-7 WE Day @ Rogers Arena

8:45am-10:15am - Unishop Sale, Foundation Student Centre

12:00pm-5:30pm - Kindergarten Parent/Teacher Meetings, various locations


Wednesday, October 18 through Monday, October 23

Overnight Activity - YRS Service Learning Trip to Jasper

Thursday, October 19

9:00am-12:00pm - Grade 6 Immunization Clinic, FSC

1:25 pm-2:10pm - Grade 4-7 Spencer West Talk, Katz Teller Gym

Friday, October 20                              Province Wide Pro-D : School Closed



October 5, 2017


Giving Thanks - Life Lessons from Fr. Zinger

Most grade 11 Latin classes at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto sound very similar. English verb > Latin root of English verb > Latin verb conjugation.  “Gratitude comes from the Latin root word, Gratus, meaning pleasing or grateful. Gratus > Grati > Grato > Gratum > Grato > Grate.” At the front of the class, conjugating verbs on the chalkboard was Fr. Cecil Zinger. Impressively Fr. Zinger has educated young men for over 50 years, including my uncle, father and myself. Although this approach in the classroom is not the most dynamic way to learn a new language, it was the teacher that held our attention.

Fr. Zinger impressed upon us not just the importance of the Latin language but also the concept of spirituality, which included the lasting impact of key virtues, one being gratitude. At the end of most classes, Fr. Zinger would ask his students: “What are you grateful for?” We would not be able to exit his classroom until we answered this question, for an egocentric 16 year old boy this task can be most challenging.

Much time has passed and I have matured but Fr. Zinger’s voice still remains in my head. “John-Paul, what are you grateful for?”

I am grateful for my family’s health, first and foremost. I am thankful for my current job and the incredible community in which I work. I am grateful that I lead such a dynamic faculty that is creative, supportive and ultimately the strength of our school. Finally, I am grateful for the role models that have transformed my life.

As we approach Thanksgiving, I have asked our students at Wentworth that same question, “What are you thankful for?” I would encourage each member of our school community to reflect on this question during Thanksgiving weekend. When people express gratitude on a consistent basis they receive social, physical and psychological benefits that improve their overall health and wellness.  

A few weeks ago, I began a conversation with a Wentworth parent, Tamara Komuniecki. Throughout our conversation, Tamara expressed sincere gratitude to our school community for the positive influence it’s had on her son (Finn of 3N) and her family. I asked her if she would be willing to write a reflection about our school community and she instantly agreed (this reflection can be found below).

On behalf of our faculty, staff and the Collingwood community, I wanted to sincerely wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. We are all looking forward to spending time with our families this weekend and returning to school a few pounds heavier on Tuesday.


From Parent Corner - WE (ALL) BELONG:

by Tamara Komuniecki, mom of Finn (3N)

I will never forget what my son wore for his initial interview for the kindergarten intake at Collingwood School: blue jeans and sneakers, a white “business shirt” as he called it (with blue puppy dogs printed on it), and an orange and blue striped necktie. He had chosen his special outfit for the day, and added the tie so that he could show respect at a school where the children wore a smart looking daily uniform.

Though he was eager to go off and explore the school, as I waited in the foyer with the impressive tile work under my feet, I had what I think must be the same experience that my son, and all children (and maybe even all parents), have at the start of their tenure at the school. A mix of apprehension and excitement settled in my belly, and my head was full of questions. Will we fit in? Will we find like-minded people, a community, our place…our people?

We had heard nothing but positive reports about Collingwood, but as we know from parenting, what works for one family may not work for another. My husband and I both came from very different educational settings than that of a private school set up on a mountain overlooking an ocean, so we were also unsure of what to expect.

As parents our main wishes are that our son is healthy, fulfilled, working to his true potential, and has a sense of belonging, but these needs also extend and apply to us as parents and as individuals. So, our family approached our first few days and weeks of kindergarten with hopeful caution, and I’m happy to report that before long we became a Collingwood family.

The opportunities for participation – in helping to plan and be involved with special events in the classroom and for the school, social activities with the parents whose children our son shares a classroom with, and the chance to get to know everyone from Mr. Lake and Mr. Cavalluzzo, to Mrs. Stuart and our teachers, to the wonderful women at the front desk and the smiling men who direct traffic at drop off and pick up, contribute to the atmosphere of community at our school.

The sense of duty – to oneself, one’s community, and to the world, combined with the importance placed on academics, arts, athletics and service speaks to each of us. We have always been drawn to people who challenge us to live our best version of ourselves, who inspire us to dream big, and who help put the parts together to not just dream, but do.

In all honesty, sometimes the doing is difficult for our family. I’ve had active Rheumatoid Arthritis since age six, and during Finn’s pre-K (which was pre-Collingwood), I had to have a total right hip replacement. We had to hire a nanny to help with tasks around the house but mostly to get Finn to and from school. Then when Finn was in first grade, I needed a total right shoulder replacement. I wondered how we would manage with drop off and pick up, with my husband working near the airport. I needn’t have worried, as the mom of one of Finn’s besties had become my close friend, and she stepped right in to help. With another two surgeries since the shoulder (a left ankle fusion and right thumb reconstruction), my heart has been warmed by the inquiries and well wishes from staff and other parents.

Perhaps the most touching display of caring and kindness came after my father passed away, nearly two years ago. Timber Monteith, our wonderfully warm school counselor, made sure to have some quiet time with Finn to have him share about his beloved grandpa in a safe space. That Timber took the time to send me a note of condolence warms my heart to this day.

It is gestures like these that make me feel like our experience at Collingwood is so much more than an education for our son. Not only do we feel like our child and our family fits into the school but that the school fits into our family now, with our hopes, our goals for the future, and our unique situation.

Tonight Finn said to me, “Mama, have you ever noticed that the Collingwood crest goes right over my heart? And when we sing the national anthem at assembly, we put our hand right over our heart, and over our crest. Do you think that is a coincidence?” He traded his interview day puppy dog-print business shirt and striped tie for a smart looking uniform that he feels pride to wear every day, and so I told him I don’t think it’s a coincidence at all.


Surf and Service Trip:

This past September, twelve grade 7 students accompanied Mr. Jeff Stacey, Ms. Erin Button and myself to Tofino, BC for a ‘Surf and Service Trip’.  This trip was designed to use the ocean as a teaching tool to educate students on the importance and power of their relationship to the local aquatic environment. The trip took place over the course of four days and included two service initiatives and three surf sessions in the water.  The first initiative was a beach clean-up facilitated by the teachers in association with The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, where the students took part in clearing the local beaches of their garbage.  The second initiative was coordinated by the staff at the Catch and Release Aquarium in Ucluelet.  The students were responsible for cleaning the aquariums and filtration systems so the local marine life had safe, recreated habitats to live in before being released back into their local environment. These empowering service initiatives gave the students a base from which to connect to the area and understand true human impact both negative and positive and why it is important to protect the spaces in which we live.  The surfing portion of the trip allowed for the ultimate in enthusiasm, better known as “stoke”.  Their time spent in the ocean provided a foundation for the students to try a new sport or perfect a skill they may have already acquired through a custom run surf program via Surf Sisters Surf School.  The power of surfing and its connectivity to the ocean is unlike any other and this became quickly evident to the students.  They learned not only how difficult the sport can be, but also how it feels to fully ride a wave.  Team bonding and knowledge building amongst this group was the ultimate proof of what one can learn from the ocean and the reasons why we must protect it.  

-From the desk of Grant Harder


Photo: Grade 7 students learning how surf.

Photo: Team building in the cabin.

Photo: Wentworth students completing a beach shore cleanup.


Fall Farmers Market - Please come celebrate the harvest with us!

We will be hosting our first ever farmers market on Thursday, October 12th from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Over the past week, many of our students have been busy making garden crafts and harvesting garden veggies to sell next week. All proceeds from this event will be donated to local charities. There will also be a face painting station and musical performances by Collingwood students.

Please attend our garden next Thursday to celebrate the importance of environmental sustainability and our wonderful Wentworth community.

Photo: Grade 3 students cultivating this year's crops.


Upcoming Key Dates:

Date(s) Event(s)
Monday, October 9 Thanksgiving, School Closed
Tuesday, October 10 1:00pm-2:30pm - Parents’ Council Meeting, Rowntree Board Room
Tuesday, October 10 through Thursday, October 12 Grade 4 Language Arts FSA
Wednesday, October 11      9am, 10:30am and 4pm -                    Admissions, JK & K ONLY Open House
Wednesday, October 11 through Saturday, October 14

Overnight Activity - U13 CAIS Boys Soccer to Victoria

Thursday, October 12       

12:30pm-5:30pm - JKE Parent/Teacher Meetings, JKE Classroom

3:30pm-4:30pm - Fall Farmers Market, Wentworth Garden

Monday, October 16 8:50am-9:20am - Wentworth Weekly Assembly, Katz Telfer Gymnasium, #1 Dress
Tuesday, October 17

8:00am-8:30am - Unishop Collection at Wentworth and Morven

8:45am-3:00pm - JK-Gr. 7 Class and Individual Photo Day

Wednesday, October 18  

7:45am-3:30pm - Gr. 6/7 WE Day at Rogers Arena

8:45am-10:15am - Unishop Sale, Foundation Student Centre

12:00pm-5:30pm - Kindergarten Parent/Teacher Meetings

Wednesday, October 18 through Monday, October 23 Overnight Activity - Gr. 6/7 YRS Service Learning Trip to Jasper
Thursday, October 19 9:00am-12:00pm - Gr. 6 Immunization Clinic
Friday, October 20                           Province Wide Pro-D, School Closed  



September 28, 2017


Running with Hope - The Legacy of Terry Fox   

“That’s the thing about cancer…it happens all the time to people. I’m not special.” – Terry Fox

Three years ago, my father sat down with me to explain that he had been diagnosed with Stage IV ampullary cancer (the ampulla is created by the fusion of the pancreas and the bile duct). As one might imagine, this conversation is raw, emotional. For me, it felt like I was listening to this exchange from the ceiling of our family’s living room. It was an out of body experience.

 As I left my parents’ home and drove to my condo in downtown Toronto, the news continued to sink in. I’ll never forget that on this drive a bus with a Steve Jobs movie poster sped past me on Avenue Rd. Was this an omen? As the news began to settle, my mind began to race to the many scenarios that could play out. What if my father didn’t live past this year? What would life be like without his influence?

As soon as I got home I began to investigate the disease, treatment types, and the plethora of research on ampullary cancer. I quickly discovered that people who are diagnosed with Stage IV ampullary cancer have a 5-year survival rate of about 15% - 30%. This research was devastating and overwhelming to read.

“So you’re saying there’s a chance.” This is a line from the eternal optimist Lloyd Christmas, one of the main characters from the movie Dumb ‘n’ Dumber. My family would need to demonstrate this positivity each and every day. When given such a grave diagnosis, ultimately all that families can do is love their significant other, while providing support and positive energy, in an attempt to overcome this disease. Shortly after my father was diagnosed with cancer he began chemotherapy at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, under the care of outstanding doctors and nurses.

After a six-month period of chemotherapy and another six-month period of treatment my parents traveled to Princess Margaret for my father’s first body scan since he was diagnosed. The doctor found no cancer. All of the lesions on his organs and metastasized cancer had miraculously disappeared. My father had been given a small chance to survive and he was still standing. He continues to be a husband to my mother, father to my sister and I, and grandfather to my two nieces.

I cannot say that the money raised by the Terry Fox Foundation helped improve my father’s outcome; however, I can say that the commitment, determination and courage that Terry Fox and others diagnosed with cancer inspired my father to fight this disease with all of his heart. Along this journey he received the Order of Ontario and Order of Canada, which helped to motivate him throughout this challenging time. Most importantly, my mother and her care for him, and the birth of my two nieces during this period of time, only helped to further inspire his life.

This Thursday I will be running for my father and Terry Fox during our school's annual Terry Fox Run. Their lives and arduous journeys will continue to inspire me for the remainder of my time on this planet. Terry Fox was a Canadian hero, who exemplified the concepts of being selfless, resilient, and courageous. Terry was able to understand that all humans have untapped potential for greatness. He understood that humans could reach their potential when focused and committed to a cause, his Marathon of Hope. Terry's marathon continues today as countless people draw inspiration and hope from his life and legacy. 

If you feel inclined to donate to the Terry Fox Foundation please Click Here.

“To date, the Terry Fox Foundation has raised over $750 million worldwide for cancer research. Terry Fox understood that great accomplishments are achieved with dedication and commitment. Your ongoing support of Terry’s mission to advance critical research to end cancer is needed.”

“Terry Fox Foundation Home.” The Terry Fox Foundation,


Photos: Our Grade 6 students enjoying their Terry Fox Run.


Kindie Buddies Begins:

Last week our grade 12 students from Morven travelled to Wentworth to visit their Kindie Buddies. Each year our Graduates and Kindies form a special bond as they carve pumpkins, celebrate Santa’s breakfast, make Valentine’s Day cards and, most importantly, create lifelong relationships.

Photos: Our Kindies and Grads meeting for the first time.


Wentworth Traffic Update:

Parents, please review the following traffic reminders. These notes will help us continue to manage the flow of traffic at Wentworth.  

Here are a few helpful reminders:

1. The gravel lot is for faculty, staff and JK parents only. Please do not drop-off or pick-up in this area.

2. At drop-off and pick-up, please move as far forward as possible before stopping.

3. If using the traffic circle, please stay in your vehicle and ensure your children get out of the car on the curb side.

4. Do not park in the drop-off zone above the school.

5. If it works for your family, please carpool, take the school bus or walk to school.

6. Arrive at school before 8:20 am. I would recommend you drop off your son or daughter at 8:00 am.

At the end of the day, our children's safety is our # 1 priority. Please be mindful of other cars, students, and faculty members. If we are patient and smile, we will get through this together.  


Upcoming Key Dates:

Date(s) Event(s)
Monday, October 2 8:50am-9:20am - Wentworth Weekly Assembly, Katz Telfer Gymnasium, #1 Dress
Tuesday, October 3 through Thursday, October 5 Grade 7 Language Arts FSA
Tuesday, October 3 through Friday, October 6  Overnight Activity - Grade 6 Outdoor School at Camp Summit
Thursday, October 5      12:30-5:30pm - JKB Parent/Teacher Meetings, JKB Classroom
Friday October 6 8:50am-9:10am - JK-K Assembly, Wentworth Library
Monday, October 9  

Thanksgiving, School Closed

Tuesday, October 17 Photo Day, #1 Dress                    



John-Paul Cavalluzzo's Biography:

John-Paul, also commonly known as JP, hails from Toronto, Ontario. He has recently moved to Vancouver with his wife, Sofie. They are thrilled to be working and living in such a beautiful city.

Over the past 20 years John-Paul has been a product of Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) as a student, faculty member and administrator. Most recently, he was the Director of Intermediate-Middle School at Collingwood. Prior to his move to Vancouver, he taught (middle school English & History) and coached (football, basketball, track & field) at Upper Canada College in Toronto.

JP, who started his teaching career at Havergal College in Toronto, holds a Master's in Education from the University of Toronto and is close to completing his CAIS Leadership Diploma.

JP is an incredibly passionate educator that greatly values character education. He is committed to Collingwood becoming a CAIS leader in character education.




"The greatest glory in living lies not in ever falling, but in rising every time we fall."

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