Welcome to a New School Year, Gaels!
Our Preparatory and Diploma Programmes are off to another great start, despite the global pandemic in which we are living. We are proud of our students for jumping in and getting involved in their school! If you are interested in joining the IB programme, please check out our application page.
GCVI’s International Baccalaureate class of 2021 exceeds world average
Congratulations to ALL of our incredible DP graduates!
What a year it has been. Although this is not how any of us wanted the year to end, we are very proud of you, our graduating cohort. We were in limbo with DP examinations only to have them cancelled, in school, out of school, no prom, etc. and you managed it all with resilience and grace. Congratulations on getting into your universities and programs of choice! We know you will do well in your future.
GCVI Students receive exciting scholarship news- version 2021!
Congratulations to Leo Li for receiving the $42,000 President’s Scholarship from the University of Guelph! Also, he has been offered a $21,500 entrance scholarship for the “Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences” program at McMaster. 👏
“I was awarded a President’s Scholarship at the University of Guelph where I will be studying Biomedical Sciences. I haven’t accepted this offer yet, but I’m super psyched about all the opportunities this scholarship holds so I think that I most likely will.
In the future, I want to use my skills and knowledge to be of service to others. I hope to go into the medical field, either as a researcher or a practicing physician.
My experience in the IB program was definitely challenging, but worth it in so many ways. I am most grateful to the IB program for connecting me with amazing peers and incredible teachers who have supported me and helped me at every step of the way. Thank you!” -Leo
Congratulations to Maya Ali! She received the $20,000 Academic Leadership Scholarship from the University of Guelph. This scholarship is only awarded to 35 students yearly. 👏
“I’ll be going into Environmental Engineering at the University of Guelph this fall. I was lucky enough to receive the Academic Leadership scholarship. University expenses are quite hefty so this scholarship will really help me with my tuition and any other future academic endeavours.
I’m really proud of myself for getting this scholarship, it shows that all the work over the past two years of the IB has finally paid off and it only inspires me to work harder in the coming years. I am grateful for all the support and guidance I was provided throughout IB and I truly believe that the program is a big factor as to why I was able to receive such an amazing achievement. Thanks!” -Maya
Congratulations to Kavya Vurrabindi! She received the $20,000 Academic Leadership Scholarship from the University of Guelph. This scholarship is only offered to 35 students! She was also offered a $30,000 scholarship from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. 👏
“The Academic Leadership Scholarship was offered to me by the UofG faculty for my undergraduate degree. Specifically, a Bachelors of Commerce with a major in Government, Economics, and Management. Even though I haven’t accepted any offers from universities yet, I am definitely leaning towards UofG. My goal is to go to law school outside of the country after my undergrad so this scholarship will definitely help me to save money to put towards my graduate goals. I am extremely happy to have received this scholarship but I know that it would not have been possible without the support of my IB teachers and peers! IB compelled me to face new challenges outside of my comfort zone, take on new activities in school and the greater community which not only helped me to grow as a student but as a well-rounded individual. I have had ongoing active support from all of our amazing IB teachers which made the experience worthwhile! I hope that in the future I can apply these new skills and knowledge to make a difference in the lives of others :)” -Kavya
Congratulations to Alexandra Archer who has been awarded the Clara E. Elliott Scholarship which is a $10 000 scholarship awarded to only 2 students entering a Bachelor of Science Program at the University of Guelph. 🤩
“I am going to be attending the University of Guelph to study human nutrition! With the money I receive from the scholarship, I plan to put it towards school fees. I am so grateful to have been selected for this scholarship! It is an amazing feeling to be acknowledged for all the hard work I’ve put into my studies within these few years. Also, shoutout to my teachers, friends, and parents for supporting and encouraging me throughout this journey! I couldn’t have done it without them!✌🏽out GCVI!” -Alex
GCVI’s Chamber Choir is joined by Joseph Morales from Hamilton
GCVI’s Music Program Delivers an Incredible Pandemic Winter Concert
IB Information Night 2020
We hosted two successful virtual IB Information Nights for all prospective students and their parents/guardians. If you missed it, you can watch it here:
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Peer Tutoring Clubs to Support Students are Running
Year 2 (Gr 12) IB student, Joel, is running a peer tutoring club to support senior IB students. Year 1 (Gr 11) students Ava, Jerry, and Rachel are running a peer tutoring program that supports preparatory program students. These clubs both help students who are encountering academic challenges and/or to improve learning and study habits.
Here are some of our Year 1 IB (Gr 11) tutors virtually supporting our preparatory students.
Students adjusting to cohorts and masks. Here are some of our Year 1s working hard in Math SL.
2020 GCVI students receive exciting scholarship news!
We are so happy for Ashna Jain! CONGRATULATIONS on being awarded the University of Toronto National Scholarship AND the Dean’s Merit Award for Engineering!
The National Scholarship recognizes original and creative thinkers, community leaders, and high academic achievers. It is U of T’s most prestigious award for Canadian high school students entering the university; the National Scholarship covers tuition, incidental and residence fees for up to four years of study is valued at approximately $110,000. The $10,000 Dean’s Merit Award is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and extra-curricular involvement.
Ashna will be studying Industrial Engineering.
“My life goal is to make a positive difference in our world through the development of sustainable systems. I am studying industrial engineering to develop my problem-solving skills. The Center of Global Engineering at UofT is an opportunity for me to engage in impactful projects. I am grateful for the enriching learning opportunities and challenges that I have had in the IB Program at GCVI. I am surrounded by a strong community of friends and teachers. Thank you for an incredible high school experience!”
We want to say CONGRATULATIONS! to Omar Anany on being awarded the President’s Scholarship from the University of Guelph. This $42,000 scholarship is considered one of the most prestigious entrance awards at the University of Guelph. Selection is made on superior leadership ability and potential, as demonstrated through positions, held, extra-curricular activities, involvement in high school and communities.
Omar will be studying Biomedical Sciences at the University of Guelph.
“There’s no way I would’ve won this scholarship without the support I received during my years in the IB. I’m especially grateful to the IB coordinators for working so hard to make such an amazing program! IB pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me do things I never imagined myself doing. The teachers have always been there to support me and have pushed me to constantly get better. This scholarship is definitely a big step towards helping me have a career in medical research.” (Omar)
Congratulations to Andrew (Andy) Salgo! Not only did he get into his first choice university in the UK but he was awarded the $8,000 Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) Bursary! This award is only given to 5 recipients across Ontario and it provides minor hockey players recognition of their outstanding commitment to:
- Community service: assisting in building stronger and healthier communities
- Athletics: on-ice success/achievement, as well a passion for the game of hockey
- Academics: dedication to studies and attainment of high grades in the classroom
Andy will be studying law at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.
“The legal field has always been a source of great excitement for me. My dream is to be able to use my education and the passion I have in this field to be able to help people who find themselves in difficult situations while maintaining society’s safety. I chose to study law as it is the first tangible step I can take towards achieving this goal.”
“I think as a student at GCVI I was extremely lucky because I benefited from the IB program which was a perfect fit for me as it constantly challenged me and helped me stay engaged in my studies. But more important than this was the staff I was able to work with. The teachers I have worked with have been amazing, they are all extremely dedicated to the success of each student and creating a successful learning environment. Without the help of the many amazing staff at GCVI I know that I would not be in the same position I am in today.” (Andy)
Congratulations to Noorain Mamdani who received a $14,000 scholarship to UofG for academic achievement and an additional $3500 entrance scholarship, totalling $17500! Her quiet and kind leadership will be missed at GCVI! She is a volunteer extraordinaire, putting in over 500 hours helping in the school and in the community.
Noorain is going to UofG for Biomedical Sciences and hopes to go into the medical field one day.
“I hope to use my education to help individuals and families in the healthcare system. I am grateful to the teachers and staff at GCVI for their support and guidance for the past four years. The IB program provided me with many academic and extracurricular opportunities, as well as challenges along the way. GCVI and the IB program have allowed me to make lifelong memories and friends. Thank you!” (Noorain)
UGDSB’s IB program at GCVI continues to outperform worldwide results
For Immediate Release
July 9, 2019
GUELPH, Ontario – The students enrolled in Guelph CVI’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) continue to achieve outstanding results.
The IB DP is a two-year, academically challenging program that prepares students for success at university and beyond. The internationally recognized program prepares youth for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society. In the Upper Grand District School Board, the IB DP is offered at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute.
This spring, every GCVI student who entered the May 2019 exams attempting the IB Diploma earned it, 35 students in total.
GCVI’s class average was 35.8, compared to 29.62 worldwide. GCVI’s average rose from 35.2 in 2018.
Three GCVI students earned 44 points out of a possible 45 points and eight earned 40 points or more.
The school and board are very proud of the GCVI students and of the staff who supported the 2017-2019 cohort through the two-year program.
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Upper Grand’s inaugural cohort of International Baccalaureate graduates achieve outstanding results
For Immediate Release
August 14, 2018
GUELPH, Ontario – The inaugural class of the Upper Grand District School Board’s International Baccalaureate
Diploma Programme (IB DP) have graduated with outstanding results.The IB DP is a two-year, academically challenging program that prepares students for success at university and beyond. The internationally recognized program prepares youth for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society. This July, 51 students graduated from the IB DP, offered at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute.
One fifth of those students earned 40 points or more out of a possible 45 points. Student Shannon Carwana achieved a perfect score, an impressive accomplishment given that last year just 0.17% of all students who completed the IB worldwide earned a perfect score. GCVI’s class average was 35.25, compared to the worldwide average of 29.78 points. Graduates of GCVI’s IB program will now go on to study in a variety of post-secondary programs, including Engineering Sciences at the University of Toronto, Computer Sciences at the University of Waterloo, Fine Arts at the University of Ottawa and Law at the University of Oxford in England. GCVI will begin accepting applications from grade 8 students wishing to enter the 2019-20
The Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute
Proud of Our Past … Confident in Our Future
GCVI offers a breadth of co-curricular activities including award-winning music, art, and drama programmes, as well as a wide range of athletic and student leadership opportunities.
GCVI is located in a historic building in downtown Guelph, with complete WIFI accessibility to support learning in the digital age.