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Message from Principal Paul Edwards  "Runnymede CI: Worth Studying"

Principal’s message – June 2016

Our 2015/16 yearbook showcases another successful school year in academics, school teams, clubs, events, activities, including all the people who define our Amazing school. It shows why Runnymede Collegiate Institute is indeed Worth Studying. A very special thanks to those who played very significant roles in our lives this year, including staff, our friends and our families.

Our teachers are simple amazing and we thank them for the incredible work that they do with our students every day. I would also like to thank our Assistant Heads of Curriculum for their support in the delivery of the curriculum. A special congratulatory note to Ms. Andrea Lambert, Assistant Head – The Arts Department, for successfully securing a $20,000.00 Best Buy Grant. RCI was one of fourteen recipients out of over 300 applicants, Canada wide. We are looking forward to experiencing the enlightening works by our Digital Media students in the coming years!

To our coaches, staff advisors and mentors, special thanks for the work that you have done with our students. Thanks to our Student Council – RUSTCO, our Athletic Council - RAC, our Arts Council – RAC.

As Principal of Runnymede CI, I am very proud of our students and teachers, and all the significant supports in place to ensure student success.

A special moment in our school’s life this year was marked by the passing of our student, Sharmarke Farah. He will be in our thoughts and I am sure that he would want us to move on living positive and productive lives. And we will.

At the very centre of our school, are the hearts of our students including those who started in September 2012, for they hold a very special place in my heart. This graduation class of June 2016, all 200+ of them, is the largest Graduation cohort of Runnymede CI within the last two decades. This group really exemplifies our school’s motto: VESTIGIA NULLA RETRORSUM. This group represents our collective hopes and dreams for the future. The future of Canada and the World. From the very first day of school in September 2012, they never looked back!

Our successes include: climbing the walls at Camps, learning to work and play together, extreme academic successes-culminating in the largest array of Awards and Scholarships this year, appearances at OFSAA, three consecutive appearances at the FRC World Robotics Championships held in St. Louis, USA. Way to go Team 1310!!!!

To our Graduates: we wish you well in the next stages of your lives and we look forward to celebrating this special occasion with you at our June Commencement. Life @RCI will never be the same without Mr. Frank Buffone, exemplary teacher, mentor to many, a coach to some, special technical advisor to our World Ranked Robotics Team 1310 and a special friend to us all. We will miss your daily 8:00AM special music for the soul coming from Room 112. All the best in your retirement. We will all miss you Sir!

Thanks to the Chair of our School Council, Shernette Brooks, along with our parents in helping us to guide this great school to a higher level. To our parents and guardians, I ask that you continue to take the time to review your child’s academic progress, and continue to work with your child on shaping future academic goals. This continues to be our highest priority.

On behalf of all 733 students and our staff, I extend a heartfelt personal congratulation to all of RCI’s student body. You are truly outstanding student leaders. I would also like to recognize and thank this year’s yearbook team including our Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Le and Staff Advisor Mr. Dan Marinelle for this year’s Magna Charta.

I would also like to recognize and honor the visionary leadership provided by our Vice-Principals Mrs. Julie Ardell and Mr. Joseph Pollice and our very own Superintendent of Education, Ms. Tracy Hayhurst. It is my hope that as you review this yearbook, that you will be reminded of all the positive relationships, experiences and successes that we have enjoyed together.

To our dear students, staff, parents, guardians and our special community members, we wish you well in all you do.

Paul Edwards,



Thank you to all parents/guardians for your support. We are working hard to ensure that your children have a positive year. Our #1 goal is to ensure each and every student receives the best academic support possible. Our teachers and support staff are committed to making this happen. In addition, our focus is on character development, with an emphasis on promoting respect within the school and the surrounding community. To meet these goals, we ask that you review the follow “student responsibilities” with your child. When we work together…the possibilities are endless!

• School starts at 8:45am promptly! Please be in the classroom BEFORE 8:45am.

• Full uniform is mandatory each day. The basic uniform includes black pants and a Runnymede crested top (no sweat pants, no hoodies, no hats, no jackets, no large gym bags).

• Each student is required to have his/her own locker. High security locks are recommended and can be purchased in the school office for $7.50.

• Do not bring any valuables to school.

• Attendance and punctuality in EACH class is required to achieve success.

• “Effort” is a 6-letter word for success!  ☺

Semester 2 is now underway and this is a great opportunity for students to set new goals for success. Should you have any questions about your child’s program, please email me at

I look forward to seeing many of you at parent/teacher interviews on October 25th. In the meantime, stay warm and well.

Julie Ardell

Vice Principal


Most of our graduating students have applied to university and college for next year. If you missed the Equal Consideration Deadlines (January 16 for university applicants and February 1 for college applicants), you may still apply, however, oversubscribed programs are most likely full.

For students returning to Runnymede, we will be hosting Course Option Assemblies the week of February 11. It is very important that students attend these sessions in order to make informed choices for their program of study for next year. Students will be choosing classes for 2013/2014 online at Parents are encouraged to go online with their sons/daughters in order to make the right choices for their future. Looking ahead to postsecondary, helpful websites to consult are for students planning on the university pathway and for students planning on the college pathway. These websites give valuable information on Grade 12 prerequisite courses for different programs at all of Ontario’s universities and colleges. From there, students can backtrack and decide which courses to choose for Grades 11 and/or 10.

Wilma Pidhany

Location of School

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