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SBA Students Participate in the Model UN

Author & Photo Credits: Byron Luk

Last week, the SBA Model United Nations (Model UN) club traveled to the University of Toronto to participate in the SOMA (Southern Ontario Model United Nations Assembly) conference hosted by University of Toronto Schools. Delegates learned more about International Relations within the wider community and experienced the inner workings of the United Nations by assuming the roles of UN representatives and members of other international bodies.
This national conference attracted students from all over Canada and created an opportunity for SBA students to network and connect. Our SBA students were divided into committees that focused on different issues within the global community, such as human rights (UNHCR), national defense, world health, economics (ECOSOC), and social sustainability (UNICEF), to name a few. Representing the countries El Salvador, Israel, Guinea and Denmark, the students did intensive research in order to portray each country’s views accurately. Delegates exercised their ability to problem-solve and work with others who may have different opinions on certain issues of global concern.​​ Special honorable mentions within each committee include: Miguel Soriano- Best Dressed Delegate, Aidan Aird and Sebastian Melano- Funniest Delegate(s). It was a fun experience for the SBA Model UN club and they look forward to doing the conference again next year! Special thanks to Mr. Evans for supervising SBA’s Model UN and Mr. Pivato, as they made this all possible.

Sacred Heart Invitational Cross Country Meet

SBA Cross Country Team at Boyd Park

SBA Cross Country Team at Boyd Park

It was a beautiful day in Vaughan, as the St. Brother Andre Cross Country team took part in the Sacred Heart Invitational on Wednesday, October 12th at Boyd Park. The meet consisted of 77 schools, and a total of 1770 runners; 18 of them representing SBA. The races ranged in length from 3000m and 5000m for the midget girls and boys, 4000m and 6000m for the junior girls and boys, as well as the 5000m and 7000m for the senior boys and girls. There were plenty of nerves and excitement from the runners as they readied themselves for the very challenging Boyd Park course that lied ahead.

The team arrived at the park early in the morning to set up their equipment, scout the course, and warm up for their race. Plenty of butterflies filled the runners stomach’s, as they looked to proudly represent their school. The hills and slopes of Boyd Park proved to be very tricky, but no match for SBA, as we finished in an impressive 12th out of 77 schools. Our very own, Sean Wu finished in an outstanding 20th place out of 275 runners in the Senior Boys 7000m, which helped guide SBA to it’s impressive finish, led by Ms. Salvino and Mr. Kelly. The coaches are incredibly proud of their runners and encourage them to keep practicing.

A big congrats and good luck to the coaches and team, as SBA look to build on their cross country success when they return to Boyd Park on Tuesday, October 18th to take part in the YRAA meet.

SBA Walks in Support of B-Strong


On Friday, April 22, SBA students participated in the B-Strong Walk in support of brain tumor research.  Students and staff walked a 5 km route around the neighbourhood to raise awareness for this worthy cause, which was started by Lindsey Bolger, a former SBA student who died of brain cancer.

In the weeks leading up to the walk, SBA students sold B-Strong merchandise and raised money. In addition, some of our students, as well as Mr. Pivato and Mr. Bolger, visited Lindsay’s former doctor at Princess Margaret Hospital.  Our students were incredibly dedicated and raised a total of $8,000 in support of B-Strong.

To celebrate our school’s dedication to the cause, we will have a civvies day on Thursday, May 5.

The 11th annual B-Strong walk in Markham was held on Sunday, April 24.  For more information about B-Strong, visit



BandAid Raises Money and Showcases Student Talent

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On Thursday, April 7, SBA’s annual fundraiser for Ayni, BandAid, showcased our students’ awesome talents, and raised much needed funds for a great cause.

BandAid was brought to you by Luke 4:18 in order to support Ayni, a charity founded by one of our teachers, Ms. Orsi.  This is what Ms. Orsi had to say about the night:

“With the funds raised, we will be able to buy school supplies for 450 students at elementary, high school, and post secondary level, and we will be able to cover the associated high school fees for 100 high school kids, and still have about $1200 left to put towards our post secondary scholarships students.
This has and continues to make the biggest change in the community in Peru because, for the first time, we are seeing students actually graduate high school and become professionals from pursuing post secondary education.  This is new for the people in the village.  Instead of getting pregnant at 14, girls are now in their 20’s, working in a career and earning their own money, which means they also have more rights!
This phenomenon is taking place in this one small village because of our support which SBA has been a part of for 15 years.
This is no small feat!  Back in 2001, 95% of the kids stopped schooling at grade 6….. now 95% actually go on to high school, so we have come a long way.”
Thank you to all of the talented artists who participated in BandAid, as well as everyone who came out to support such an important cause!


Mock Trial Team Competes at York Region Judge’s Cup

On February 22, SBA’s Mock Trial Team competed in the York Region Judge’s Cup competition.  This year’s competition featured 19 high school teams from around York Region.  The competition involves teams arguing, in front of judges from the Ontario Court of Justice, a case both as Defence and Crown. Our team , lead by Esther Law, won the second of their two trials.  Although our team did not advance to the finals, one of the team’s members, Tanya Raveebdran, did receive an award for outstanding witness!  

mock trial picMembers of the Mock Trial Team include:  Esther Law, Anthony Kwan, Gabriel Tjong; Victor Stankovski, Stone Liao and Tanya Raveendran.  Congratulations, team!!

(For more information about this competition, please visit

OSAID Students Attend POWER Conference

imageOn Thursday, February 11 our OSAID executive team attended the annual POWER Conference at the Catholic Education Centre. Our OSAID execs, in collaboration with other YCDSB OSAID groups, participated in a number of activities focused on raising awareness about the dangers of impaired driving.  OSAID treasurer, Byron Luk said, “I feel more empowered and ready to bring the information I learned today back to the St. Brother Andre community.”


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