Valedictorian 2015

valedictorian_cartoon_imageThe term Valedictorian comes from the Latin “to say farewell.” Each year, AYJ’s graduating class chooses a representative to say goodbye and sum up their graduating year’s high school experience in a speech at the graduation ceremony.  The Valedictorian should be a student who has been highly committed to both academics and extra-curricular activities during their time at AYJ.

Graduating students can nominate their choice for Valedictorian by writing their nominee’s name down on a piece of paper along with their own name and signature and drop this off in the “Valedictorian Box” in the main office by June 5.  The three graduating students with the greatest number of nominations will have their names on a final ballot.  The following week all graduating students will have the opportunity to vote for one of these three candidates for Valedictorian in the Pit at lunch on June 10 and 11.  AYJ’s Valedictorian for 2015 will be announced the following week at the Grad Breakfast.

Please see Mr. Barter if you have any questions.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 13:46
AYJ visits Korean Embassy

korean_embassy_spring_2015_foodAYJ's International Certificate Program students visited the Korean Embassy in May.  We had the opportunity to learn about the many connections between our countries and were provided with a full Korean buffet lunch.  The ambassador met with all the students and invited us to come visit Korea in the future.

The International Certificate Program is available to all students at AYJ.  Click here for more information. If you would like to join the program, see Mr. Barter in room 111 for an application.


Prom Tickets
prom_2015Prom tickets are on sale at lunch in the Pit until Friday, May 22nd.  Dinner and Post-Prom $170, Dinner only $130.
Addams Family nominated for 15 Cappies Awards
Addams_3AYJ's  The Addams Family was nominated for an unprecedented 15 Cappies Awards - the highest amount of nominations for any show in the city!!  The nominations were for:
MAKEUP (Monica MacFadyen, Jordyn Brown, Lianne Heath, Han
STAGE CREW (Kevin Anderson and the Ancestors)
MUSICIANSHIP (Megan Holzhuter and Naryan Shukle)
ENSEMBLE - Kevin Anderson and the Ancestors
MALE DANCER - Josh Alcantara
MALE VOCALIST - Brett Riddiford
COMIC ACTRESS - Paige Watsonaddams_2
LEAD ACTRESS - Mary Lisa Nefedova
SONG - Waiting - Oliva Westland

Exam Schedule - June 2015

All exams start at 9am.  All textbooks/course materials must be returned to teachers beforehand. Click here for a guide to the June 2015 exams.

keep-calm-and-study-for-exams-86Wednesday June 17 - Period 4 classes

Thursday June 18 - Period 1 classes

Friday June 19 - Period 3 classes

Monday June 22 - Period 2 classes

Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 13:56
Kayvon Mihan - OCDSB Student Trustee

KayvonKayvon Mihan (second from left), a grade 10 student, was elected as one of two Student Trustees at the election event held at Brookfield High School on April 28. Kayvon did a terrific job representing AY as he participated in a group scenario and made a speech to the audience of his six other candidates, Students' Council presidents from around the board, teacher advisors and school board officials.

Student Trustees represent the voice of all of the students of the OCDSB at the board level. Student Trustees are also responsible for linking the Board to its students: communicating events in the Board to the student body and gathering student input on issues the Board is facing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 12:06
Free Fitness Classes

spinning_classZumba, Kick Boxing, Fun Circuit, Spinning

Classes before school, at lunch and after school.  Click here for the schedule. Everyone is welcome.

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 April 2015 20:02
China Exchange 2016
china_2016Next year AYJ students have the opportunity to be a member of our biannual China Exchange.  This trip will run over Easter in 2016.  This is an excellent opportunity to explore a new part of the world.  Destinations include the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou.  If you are interested in traveling to China see Mr. Thickett in the Math office for more info.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 11:47
Ottawa Student Transportation Authority

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) has a NEW policy and procedure to deliver transportation services to students in a joint custody arrangement and having two homes.  Both homes must be within the attendance boundary and eligible for transportation.  A formal application process requires that both parents and/or guardians sign the application and schedule.  Weekly or bi-weekly access schedules may be limited to ensure student safety.  Other safety and operational risks will be assessed prior to approval or denial of each application. yellow_school_bus

The deadline for applications to ensure transportation as of the first day of school in September 2015 is JUNE 1, 2015.  All other requests will be processed after September 15 2015.

All documents (application, transportation schedule calendar, FAQ, policy and procedure)  are posted online here.

​Relay for Life 2015 - Another Resounding Success


Thank you so much to all the participants, committee organizers, teachers and volunteers involved with AYJ's 2015 Relay for Life on March 27-28. This was our 4th Relay for Life at our school. Students made teams of 8-12 people, dressed up, walked the track​  and stayed up all night in a fun and emotional fundraiser for cancer research! Thanks to everyone's hard work, together we raised over $14 000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.!!!

relay_for_life_2015_2Many thanks to the following generous sponsors of our event: Farm Boy (Hazeldean), Laura’s Your Independent Grocer, Mr. Shawarma, Starbucks (Eagleson), Starbucks (Hazeldean), Superstore (Kanata), Superstore (Westboro), Tim Hortons (Eagleson), Tim Hortons (Hazeldean), Willy's Pizza

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 20:28
24/7 Crisis Line


We’ve all had a crisis. Whether you’re stressed, depressed, or just can’t take it anymore—you are not alone. The Youth Services Bureau’s 24/7 Crisis Line is here for you. Whatever the problem, you can talk to someone who understands and who wants to help you. No one should ever suffer alone, which is why we’ve made it easy for you to get in touch with us. We’re just one call away.  Click here for more info.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 14:03
Peru Trip 2016 - Waiting List Info

peru_2016AYJ is going to Peru over Easter 2016. The trip is now full but there is a waiting list.  If you would like to go on this trip please contact EF Tours at 1-800-263-2806, as soon possible, and have your name put on the waiting list.  If we have enough students on the waiting list, another bus will be added to the trip.  Click here for the tour itinerary. Please see Mr. Barter for more information.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 11:54
AYJ Senior Band Awarded Gold Standard
Congratulations to the AYJ Sr. Band who was awarded the Gold Standard at the recent Capital Region MusicFest on Feb. 28.  The band put on an exceptional performance despite having their performance time changed to 8:30am. due to a small fire that closed the host school Woodroffe on Thursday Feb. 26.   Special thanks to the parents and guardians of the AYJ community who rallied to ensure band members would be present for this performance.
The band played three pieces.  The first was Marche Diabolique, an unusual march that features dissonant harmonies and an eerie melody.  Sierra Ward-Bond and Isobel Aubin were featured on the flute in this piece.  The second piece was Petty Harbour Bait Skiff, a beautiful Newfoundland folk song that featured Kenny Situ on the baritone and Donovan Bosnich on the trumpet.  The third piece was Ruckus which is just as its' title implies.  This piece features our multi-talented percussion section.
This marks the first time in the history of the school that an AYJ band has been awarded the Gold standard at Capital Region MusicFest.  Click here to listen to the AYJ Senior Concert Band's Gold Standard performance.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2015 12:50
Exchanges & Trips Plan 2014-2018

china_dragonAYJ is a school that travels.  We offer our students multiple opportunities to see the world and experience new cultures.  We have a long tradition of student exchanges with schools in both Spain and China.  As well, we offer city trips to the USA, inter-Canadian exchanges as well as international tours such as the Canadian Battlefields trip, Peru and Italy.   

Become part of an AYJ tradition and join one or more of our exchanges and trips during your four years at AYJ. 

macchu_picchuAYJ is one of only a select few high schools in Ottawa that offer the OCDSB International Certificate Program.  By participating in an international exchange or trip, you will have already completed some of the requirements for this certificate. 

Attached is our plan for the next four years.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 15:20
2014-15 Student Guide
See the attached 2014-2015 AYJ Student Guide.
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Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 16:38
AYJ KIVA Team #1 in Ontario, Top 8 Globally

KIVA is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people in developed countries through lending to alleviate poverty in developing countries. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Learn more about how it works. kiva_logo

AYJ’s KIVA team is a global leader in the schools category.  Since 2010 we have lent over $65,000 to entrepreneurs in over 100 countries worldwide.  We are the number one team in Ontario and are in 8th place globally out of over 1400 schools.  We are very proud of our accomplishments so far, but there is still much to do. We encourage new members to join AYJ’s KIVA Team.  Everyone is welcome.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 12:47
ZIPTHRU Card for Cafeteria

This September Chartwells introduced a NEW and CONVENIENT way to purchase food at the school cafeteria with our Zipthru DINE WITH US Reloadable Card.  Just like any gift card, a balance is loaded on a card and declines as purchases are made.  The online function of this program provides convenience for the parent to purchase, reload and monitor balance and spending as well as set up an account to protect the balance on the card.

See attached instructions for ordering the Zipthru Card.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 08:44