Parkdale News


On Monday, September 16, 2019, school photos will be taken in the small gym during Periods 1, 2, lunch and only during Period 3 if necessary.  Students should have their money ready if they are purchasing a colour package.  Only exact cash or cheques made out to Edge Imaging will be accepted. 

These photos will appear in our Yearbook. We look forward to seeing all of our students for Photo Day.

Commencement 2019

On June 27th, Parkdale C.I. celebrated its 130th Commencement!  Bagpipes and drum led our graduate processional out into the neighbourhood, before entering an expectant Auditorium full of family and friends.  Guests participated, as over 120 graduates crossed the stage, celebrating a great milestone.  Simon Cotter ('80) delivered a memorable Keynote Address, and students enjoyed a traditional celebration of their accomplishments.  The Valedictorian, Head Girl, and Head Boy addressed the assembled group as well.  Many thanks to all involved, particularly the generous and active PCI Alumni Association.  A wonderful end to a great academic year.  Happy summer, Parkdalians!

Graduates marshal in the Library for Commencement 2019

New Voices writing scholarship winners 

Six Shooter Records, Weber Shandwick and the West End Phoenix presented the second edition of the New Voices Scholarship for young music writers in May 2019. Individuals 18 and under living in Toronto submitted a short personal essay on the question, "What song lyric most closely mirrors your life, and why?" Winners received between $50 and $100 and will have their story published in an upcoming issue of of the West End Phoenix community newspaper. Entrants were invited read at a special open mic event at the Gladstone Hotel on May 27th, where winners were announced. We are proud that all six winners are PCI students! Please congratulate: Nausheen, Ismail, Kiki , Amelia, Simone, and Madison (who also acted as MC for the event).

photo of New Voices winners


Arts Night - Wednesday May 29th

Please join us on Wednesday May 29th for an evening that celebrates the work of Parkdale CI students in the visual and performing arts. The evening begins with a welcoming ceremony in the Library at 6:00 PM, followed by a Visual Art Gallery tour, and then a performance of student Drama, Music and Film at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium. Please join us - admission is free and all are welcome!   

Arts Night poster yellow


Parkdale WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) Program

Applications for the new student leadership initiative called WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) are due to the main office by

Wednesday, May 22nd. We are encouraging all students interested in this mentor/leader program to get involved!  

Please open the link below for the form:


Parkdale Application form for WEB Program 


Students Published in West End Phoenix Newspaper, Interviewed on Metro Morning 

Two of our top poets:  Madison Zacharias and Odessa Hewitt-Burhard were interviewed on Metro Morning. Congratulations Madison and Odessa ! 

Here is the link to listen. (You will need to fast track to about half way the clip to get to their interview.)


High School National Ultimate Tournament

Parkdale CI participated in the High School Nationals Ultimate Tournament in Ottawa.

Please check out our highlight reel.


Poetry in Motion 

Poetry in Voice is a national contest for recitation in English and French.  Here at PCI, students in all grades have been busy learning how to choose classic or contemporary poems from the PiV anthology, learn the works deeply, commit them to memory, and hone their recitation skills.

In October, many of the students had the opportunity to visit our own Library and attend an excellent workshop run by local poet, Phoebe Wang. There, they practiced creative thinking and recitation skills.


Our school contest will be held in the Auditorium on Wednesday, December 19th, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  You are warmly invited to come and enjoy a special afternoon of performance. We look forward to welcoming you!



Poetry in Voice participants, 2017


Poetry in Voice DEC 2018

Poetry in Voice participants 2018, supported by:

L. Prosser, M. Pichelli, J.Ardell, T. Maguire, E. Mitten, N. Garber


A Tradition of Academic Excellence Continues

Parkdale Collegiate Institute is proud to “Let knowledge grow from more to more…”  We celebrate all of our students’ accomplishments and take this opportunity to congratulate 2018 graduate Frances Mangina for her stellar results.

student photo of Frances Mangina, Class of 2018

Frances tied for the highest average of all TDSB graduates.  With a 99.7% average Frances has been awarded the title of TDSB 2018 Top Scholar.  All the while, she has been active in Parkdale’s vibrant student life of teams and clubs.

In addition to this honour, Frances is also one a very rare few who has achieved a perfect score on her IB Diploma!  Congratulations are in order for this outstanding result in the academically rigorous International Baccalaureate programme.  Frances is continuing her studies at Princeton University.


Student photo of Tony Chen

PCI is thrilled to see a perfect score of 45 two times in the past few years!  Tony Chen also achieved a perfect score upon graudating from our I.B. Diploma Programme. Tony has since completed his Bachelor of Health Sciences at McMaster University, and continues his studies at the same university.  He is pursuing a combined MD/PhD in Biochemistry.


Tony echoes the sentiments of many Parkdale IB grads when he states, “It was an experience which challenged my resilience, intellect, and creativity, teaching me the confidence to confront obstacles and rise to the occasion. It gave me an opportunity to learn from an engaged cohort of classmates and a passionate team of teachers, both incredible sources of inspiration and support….Thanks for the great memories Parkdale!” 



Important Message For Parents of I.B. Students

Please read the following letter with regard to important changes about the Extended Essay. 

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