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2017-2018 School Year Calendar

Registration Day: September 9, 2017 (at main site)
First Class:
    Main site: Saturday, September 16, 2017
    Satellite Site: Monday
September 18, 2017
No classes:
    Main site: October, November 18 (PD day), December 23 and 30, 2017;  January 6, February 17,  March 17and 31, May 19, 2018

    Satellite site:
October 9, December 25 , 2017;  January 1, February 19,  March 12, April 2 May 21, 2018
Last Class:
    Main site: Elementary propram: June 16, 2018
                    Secondary program: June 23, 2018
    Satellite site:  
June 18, 2018

 


Grand River Chinese School is a non-profit Chinese school serving greater Kitchener-Waterloo (KW) region, Ontario, Canada. Beginning September 2009, most Chinese language courses have been converted to the international language courses managed and funded by the school board (WCDSB).
 
Grand River Chinese School offers a series of Chinese language courses for school age children, including CFL (Chinese as a Foreign Language) course for students from non-Chinese family backgrounds, 3-year-old Chinese language course, elementary Chinese language courses (JK through Grade 8), secondary Chinese language credit courses (Grades 9 though 12, including a beginnner level credit course). 
 
In addition to Chinese language programs, the school also provide a series of extracurricular interest classes, including
● Fine Arts for Kids ● Watercolor & Acrylic painting ● Sketching ● Chinese painting
● Chinese Folk Dance ● Erhu (a.k.a. Chinese violin)  ● Keyboard
● Music and Movement for kids ● Choir and Performing Arts for kids ●  Vocal
● Quick Chinese literacy ● English Writing (elementary, secondary, and advanced levels)  ● LEGO building
● Abacus and mental arithmetic ● Fun Math ● Olympic Math (in 5 levels) ● Programming
● “Go” ● Chess ● Chinese Kungfu sword routine

Chinese Camps in March Break and summer are another set of feature programs that attracted many students. The camps include courses of Chinese, Math for Fun, Fine Arts, Chinese History, Chinese Geography and Tradition, Craft, and Stories in Chinese, Chinese cooking for kids, etc. The camp also include a rich series of recreational activities such as Chinese Cartoons, games and sports. Students learn while they play.

 

Grand River Cup Chinese Essay Contest and 'The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art' Contest are organized annually. Many participants of these contests further won awards in Canadian Math Contests and World Chinese Student Essay Contest. Student clubs also provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills. Waterloo Math Club and Team also is supported by and colocated with our school. 

Excellent teachers, small class learning environments, teaching methodology that combines Chinese tradition and Canadian style, strict safety measures and rich student activities are among the reasons that attract more and more students.

 

Elizabeth Witmer, MPP, The Hon. Karen Redman, P.C., M.P., Brenda Halloran, Mayer of Waterloo, and The Hon. Andrew Telegdi, P.C., M.P. sent letters respectively in 2007 to congratulate the establishment of Grand River Chinese School. In 2009, Harold Albrecht, MP also sent letter to our school recognizing the service to the community.


GRCS celebrated 10th anniversary in September 2017. Canadian Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Consul General He Wei of the People’s Republic of China, MP Hon. Harold Albrecht, MP Hon. Bardish Chagger, MPP Hon. Catherine Fife, MPP Hon. Michael Harris, MPP Hon. Daiene Vernile, Mayor Dave Jaworsky, Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, WCDSB Director of Education Loretta Notten, Principal of St. Louis Cont. Edu. Centres Paul Cox sent greeting letters, respectively, to the GRCS Journal.


A Common Dream ©
 (Anthem of Grand River Chinese School)
Music by Meng Weidong
Lyric by teachers of Grand River Chinese School

(Play it: Solo Choir)

The warm spring breeze caresses the earth.
The Grand River flows quietly and nourishes everything in silence.
The maple leaves near and far colour the northland red.
The ringing sound of children reciting reverberates through the campus.
We will take the long journey in spite of numerous hills and streams ahead,
Our teachers' encouragement and their smiling faces will always live in our hearts.
On each sunny day of great joy,
Hand in hand we have a lot to say.
Our childhood is as merry as the snowflakes dancing in the sky,
The Grand River flows into our souls.
Our shared language brings us together,
And our shared heritage gives us a common dream.
The sunshine harmonizes all the languages.
The gentle breeze carries the stories of the Devine Land.
Our shared language brings us together,
And our shared heritage gives us a common dream…
A common dream.




  

Activities and Announcements



  • The 10th "Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art" Contest will be held on Nov. 25. Registration information can be found at NCC17 page. [2017/10/06]

  • School Journal today published a special issue to celebrate 10th anniversary of Grand River Chinese School. Canadian Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Consul General He Wei of the People’s Republic of China, MP Hon. Harold Albrecht, MP Hon. Bardish Chagger, MPP Hon. Catherine Fife, MPP Hon. Michael Harris, MPP Hon. Daiene Vernile, Mayor Dave Jaworsky, Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, WCDSB Director of Education Loretta Notten, Principal of St. Louis Cont. Edu. Centres Paul Cox sent greeting letters, respectively. [2017/09/17]


 

 

Students at satellite site celebrate 150th Canada Day!


  • Students, parents, teachers, WCDSB leaders and guests over 1500 people gathered today for Chinese New Year celebration at main site. MP Mr. Harold Albrecht, MPP Mrs. Daiene Vernile, Mr. Michael Harris, Mayor of Kitchener Mr. Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor of Waterloo Mr. Dave Jaworsky joined the event and sent greeting messages for the Year of Rooster. MP Ms. Bardish Chagger also visited during the event. Directors of Confucius Institute Prof. Yan Li and Dr. Min Zhou also came to the gala and award ceremoney of Grand River Cup Chinese Essay Contest and Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art Contest. [2017/2/04]





  • Mayor of Kitchener, Mr. Berry Vrbanovic, visited 3-year-old class and sent Lunar New Year greetings message to the Asian community [video]. [2017/01/21]

  • "The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art" Contest 2016 was successfully held on Nov. 19 at Grand River Chinese School. A total of 95  students wrote the contest. The contest questions have been published at the NCC16 page. NCC2016 is organized by Grand River Chinese School, co-organized and sponsored by Confucius Institute in Waterloo, and sponsored by Canadian Mathematical Society. [2016/11/19]


  • The 9th "Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art" Contest will be held on Nov. 19. Registration information can be found at NCC16 page. [2016/10/07]

  • Over 1500 students, family members, teachers and guests celebrated Chinese New Year with two gala sessions and children's games. Award ceremony of   "Grand River Cup Chinese Essay Contest" and "Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art Contest" was also held. MP Mr. Harold Albrecht, Mayor of Waterloo Mr. Dave Jaworsky, Councillor and Acting Mayor of Kitchener Mr. Zyg Janecki spoke to the audience with greetings for the year of Monkey. [2016/02/20]
  • "The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art" Contest 2015 was successfully held on Nov. 21 at Grand River Chinese School. A total of 105  students wrote the contest. The contest questions, solutions and results have been published at the NCC15 page. NCC2015 is organized by Grand River Chinese School, co-organized and sponsored by Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo, and sponsored by Canadian Mathematical Society. [2015/11/21, updated 2016/01/04]


  • "The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art" Contest 2015 will be held on Nov. 21. Registration information can be found at NCC15 page. [2015/10/05]

  • Congratulations to 6 students who wrote AP Chinese exam and they all achieved excellent scores, among them 5 achieved top score 5 (extremely well qualified) and 1 achieved score 4 (well qualified). It qualifies them to earn university credit. [2015/07/11]
  • Today a group of students of our school completed their AP Chinese Language and Culture exam. We wish they will receive good results soon.  [2015/05/05]
  • Over one thousand students and family members gather together to celebrate Chinese New Year with two gala sessions and children's games. Award ceremony of   "Grand River Cup Chinese Essay Contest" and "Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art Contest" was also held. [2015/02/28]

  • "The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art" Contest 2014 was successfully held on Nov. 22 at Grand River Chinese School. A total of 92 students wrote the contest. The contest questions, solutions and results have been published at the NCC14 page. NCC2014 is organized by Grand River Chinese School, co-organized and sponsored by Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo, and sponsored by Canadian Mathematical Society. [2014/11/22][2014/11/30][2014/12/31]
 


  • "The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art" Contest 2014 will be held on Nov. 22. Registration information can be found at NCC14 page. [2014/10/05]
  • Chinese New Year celebration for the year of horse 2014 and award ceremony for "Beijing Golden Bridge Painting Contest", "Grand River Cup Chinese Essay Contest", "Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art Contest" attracted over one thousand people.[2014/02/01]

  • WCDSB senior leaders met with parents and some senior students of GRCS to share information and exchange opinions. Mr. Larry Clifford, Director of Education, Mr. Gerry Clifford, Superintendent of Learning, Mr. Paul Cox, Principal of St. Louis Adult Learning and Cont. Education Centers, Mr. Lou Bellini, Vice Principal of St. Louis, and Mrs. Lilianna Sosnowski, Manager of International Language Programs attended the meeting. [2013/11/23]

  • "The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art" Contest 2013 was successfully held on Nov. 16 at Grand River Chinese School. A total of 97 students wrote the contest. The contest questions and awards have been published at the NCC13 page. NCC 2013 is organized by Grand River Chinese School, co-organized and sponsored by Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo, and sponsored by Canadian Mathematical Society. [2013/11/16][2013/11/24]


  • "The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art" Contest 2013 will be held on Nov. 16. This year, Canadian Mathematical Society starts to support and sponsor NCC. Registration information can be found at NCC13 page. [2013/10/15]


  • The satellite site at St. Nicholas School will extend the grade range up to grade 8, i.e., from JK to grade 8, beginning September 2013. Grades to be offered will be determined by the number of students registered in each grade. Same as the main site, the satellite site also teaches in small classes, smaller than the Ministry standard class size. [2013/05/16]

  • Chinese language summer camp starts to accept registration. Form can be downloaded here. [2013/05/01]

  • Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival celebration for the year of snake, 2013. [2013/02/23]
 



  
School Location:
Main site: Resurrection High School
(3-year-old, CFL, JK to grade 12, adult beginner)

Satellite site: St. Nicholas School
(JK to grade 8)
525 Laurelwood Drive, Waterloo

Class Time:
Main site: Saturdays
9:30 am - 12:00 pm (elementary)
9:30 am - 12:30 pm (secondary)

Satellite Site: Mondays
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Email:
 
Phone: 
519-208-2068  

Online Registration

 

St. Louis International Language Web Page

School Facility

 



  • Professor Edward Wang today gave a seminar entitled “Eureka! The Joy of Mathematics Problem Solving". Many students who are interested in mathematics attended, including some coming from other cities such as Hamilton. Dr. Wang has been teaching mathematics in universities for decades and has retired from Wilfrid Laurier University as Professor Emeritus in Mathematics. He has been a member of Canadian Math Olympiad Committee for many years and was the Chair from 1993 to 1995. Watch the video (1.5 hours).[2013/01/26]


  • "The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art" Contest 2012 was successfully held on Nov. 17 at Grand River Chinese School. A total of 90 students wrote the contest. The contest questions and results have been published at the NCC12 page. NCC 2012 is organized by Grand River Chinese School, co-organized by St. Louis Continuing Education Centers, and Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo. [2012/11/17] [2012/11/26]


  • In the KW area "5th Annual Learning and Sharing Workshop: Celebrating Success", Vice Chair of Student Council Rongzhao Li and Executive Member of Student Council Tinghan Hu presented in the success story session, on behalf of St. Louis Continuing Education Centres Grand River Chinese School. They are the only teenager delegates in the workshop. [2012/09/08]
  • Chinese New Year Gala was held today. With the increased student numbers, this year for the first time the gala had to be split into two sessions. Mayors of Kitchenr and Waterloo, Director of Confucios Institute at UW and leaders of WCDSB participated in the first session, and presented awards to the winners of the Grand River Cup Chinese Essay Contest and NCC'11 Math Contest. [2012/01/28]




  • In City of Waterloo New Year's Levee, "GRCS Student Band" and some other students and teachers of our school performed Chinese traditional music and folk dance. Mayor Halloran spoke highly about their performance, and took pictures with the dancer and students. [2012/01/08]

  • In the Open House event held on Dec. 10, senior administrators of WCDSB, Roger Lawler, Director of Education, Paul Cox, Principal of St. Louis, Lou Bellini, Vice-Principal of St. Louis, Vic Degutis, COO of Research & Development Office came to meet parents of Grand River Chinese School and answered their questions. [2011/12/10]

  • "The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art" Contest 2011 was successfully held today at Grand River Chinese School. A total of 83 students wrote the contest, including quite a few who traveled a long way to Waterloo from other cities. The contest questions, solution and results have been published. NCC 2011 is organized by Grand River Chinese School, co-organized by St. Louis Continuing Education Centers, and sponsored by Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo. [2011/11/19][2011/12/10][2012/01/26]

 

  • "Grand River Chinese School Journal" (in Chinese) has been published. You may download the electronic copy here. [2011/07/20]


  • Since Jan. 22, 2011, KW Counselling provided a Parenting Training Workshop to over 20 parents at Grand River Chinese School. This workshop is given in 6 sessions in Chinese language. [2011/03/05]

 

 

  • The Chinese New Year Gala of Grand River Chinese School is for the first time organized by the student council, and has been concluded with a great success. Mayors of Kitchener and Waterloo as well as other guests also presented awards to winners of Grand River Cup Chinese Essay Contest and "The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art" Contest. The event was reported on today's CTV News. [2011/02/05]
 

  • Waterloo Math Club and Math Contest Team welcomes students of grade 7 to grade 12 who are interested in math. The weekly training sessions take place 2:30 to 4:00pm on Saturdays at room 101. [2011/01/17]
  • 2010 "The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art" Contest (NCC10) successfully concluded today. A total of 59 students participated. Results, questions and solutions are posted on the NCC'10 page. [2010/11/20][2010/11/25][2010/11/27]

 

  • Grand River Chinese School Student Council has been founded (details) [2010/11/17]

  • The Year of Tiger Chinese New Year Celebration attracted nearly one thousand students, teachers, parents and guests. Mayors of KW, Principal of St. Louis, Assistant to Director of Confucius Institute at the UW, Problems Committee Chair of NCC10 also presented awards to the winners of Grand River Cup Chinese Essay Contest and NCC10. [2010/02/20]

Poster made by School Board

Recording broadcasted by Waterlooo Radio Chinese

  • 2009 "The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art" Contest (NCC09) was successfully held. A total of 56 students wrote the contest. Questions, answers and solutions was well as Student Honour Roll are posted on the NCC'09 page. [2009/11/14][2009/11/28]

 

  • Students and teachers perform at KW multicultural festival, and are well received. [2009/06/21]

 


 

  • The 2009 Chinese New Year Gala of Grand River Chinese School was held on Jan. 31. Over 500 students, teachers, parents and guests attended the event. Award presentation ceremony of KWCG Chinese Essay Contest in Support of Sichuan Earthquake Relief and “The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Arts” Contest was also held in the event. 

 

 


 

  • 2008 "The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art" Contest (NCC08) successfully concluded. Results, questions, answers and solutions are published at the NCC'08 page.