GCVI students receive exciting scholarship news!

We are SO HAPPY for Tara Ferguson on being awarded the Schulich Leader Scholarship! 
A Schulich Leader is one of 100 students across Canada who are selected each year by partner universities to receive $100,000 or $80,000 to pursue an undergraduate degree in STEM.
Tara will be pursuing Environmental Science at Waterloo in order to “be able to take part in finding ways to conserve and protect our environment, and reverse some of the effects humans have had”. 
“I am grateful for the amazing opportunities IB has caused me to be part of, by getting me to take on more leadership positions and challenging myself academically. I don’t think I would’ve accomplished so much and gotten this scholarship, which will help me so much financially in university, had it not been for the program, so thank you for putting so much time into making GCVI’s IB program so incredible.” (Tara)

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. We are so happy for you!

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)


We 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!”


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 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.”

We will miss you, Andy!​


Congratulations to Noorain Mamdani who received a received a $14,000 scholarship to U of G for academic achievement and an additional $3500 entrance scholarship, totalling $17500! Your 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 U of G 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!”​

May 2020 examinations cancelled

March 23, 2020

To our IB Students and Families,

The International Baccalaureate Organization, IBO, has announced that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

As an organization, it is critical for the IB to ensure that the options it provides its global community of IB World Schools are based on compassion and fairness for the difficult circumstances that its students and educators are experiencing. As a result, based on considerable advice from stakeholders across the globe, including schools, students, universities and official bodies, the IB has determined what it believes to be the most responsible and ethical way forward.

The May 2020 examinations scheduled for Diploma Programme candidates will no longer be held.  

Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on the student’s coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programme.   

We know students, parents and guardians will have many questions. The IB will share full details and FAQs with us, and on their website, by March 27, 2020.

Guelph CVI will share and communicate details from the IB as they become available.

Please take care and we hope that everyone stays healthy as we work through this difficult and quickly changing time.


Bob Scott

Grade 9 IB Preparatory Program Orientation Wednesday, August 28th from 9:30am – 2:30pm

The ONE DAY August orientation will take place on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm at GCVI. During this day we will get to know the inside of the school, reconnect, go over classes and ease first day nerves.

On the following day, Thursday, August 29th, the students will attend the WHOLE COHORT (all incoming Gr. 9 students) orientation, pay their school registration fees, and receive their timetables.

UGDSB’s IB program at GCVI continues to outperform worldwide results

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.

IB Awards Lunch 2019

Congratulations to our IB at GCVI award winners and our 2019 Graduating Class!

Learner Profile Award

The learner profile award is awarded to students of the IB DP graduating class who, on a daily basis, demonstrate the characteristics of the profile. In all of their interactions they are open-minded, caring and principled. They are lifelong learners who strive to be knowledgeable, they are critical thinkers who ask questions and reflect and they willingly share their learning with others.

What is most impressive about this year’s award winners is that they behave this way even when they think nobody is watching. The Learner Profile attributes come naturally to them and the school is grateful for the modelling they have provided for others at GCVI.

Congratulations Ayman Ul Haq, Jackie Ve, Riddhi Chabrotra

IB Service Award

The IB Service Award is presented to a student deserving of being recognized for their commitment to serving others locally and globally. This student embraced CAS and when you look at the student’s CAS account on managebac, the majority of their experiences are associated with volunteering and helping others. This student completed 4 CAS projects, all of which focused on service. In addition to serving others in a formal setting- that is at an event or through a project that is organized- this individual has often been witnessed at school offering help to her peers and teachers- always with a smile and always with humility.

Congratulations to Sandrine Jacquot



GCVI staff start GAELS Foundation to help school community

GUELPH, Ontario – A group of staff members at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute have started a foundation to help support members of the GCVI community.

The goal of the GAELS Foundation is to “provide financial support for members of our local, national and global communities in need and to create a model of generosity, compassion and caring for students and to generate awareness of issues of need from a local to global level.”

The foundation committee is made of four teachers and one administrator; their responsibilities include the collection and distribution of the funds received.

According to the GAELS Foundation committee, funds for the foundation “have been primarily collected in the first few weeks of the school year leading up to the Thanksgiving (or GaelsGiving) weekend.” In the inaugural year, more than 35 staff members at the school donated over $6,500 for the foundation.

Of the funds given to date, half of the money has been used to support students, staff and initiatives that students have brought forth that are in need of financial support.

Gaels Foundation Logo