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11th FIRST LEGO Robotics Tournament takes over Trafalgar Castle
11th FIRST LEGO Robotics Tournament takes over Trafalgar Castle
Posted: December 7

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The mission of First Robotics Canada is to inspire young people to pursue further studies and careers in the field of science, technology and engineering. To do this, they run robotics competitions for school-aged students from elementary to high school, like the FIRST LEGO Robotics Tournament held at Trafalgar Castle School on December 3rd.

The gymnasium at Trafalgar was a bustle of activity as students on robotics teams from schools throughout Durham Region and the GTA gathered to compete in the 11th annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Durham Regional Tournament. Every year, FLL releases a three-part challenge including the robot game, the project and the core values, based on a real-world scientific topic.

The 2016 topic was all about furry, feathered and finned friends as students participated in the Animal Allies challenge. Students were challenged to identify a problem where people and animals interact, design a solution that makes interaction better for animals and/or people, and share their problem and solution with others.

Chris Huxter, math and physics teacher, shares one of the compliments he received over the weekend, “One of the coaches stopped me in the afternoon to tell me they’ve been to a few different tournaments and that this was their second year coming to ours. He told me how impressed they were once again; saying that we host the best tournament.”

Since 2004 when Trafalgar Castle School entered ‘Team 1547, Where’s Waldo’ (the first all-girls’ team within the FIRST organization) Trafalgar girls have been promoting the field of science and technology to women and have been challenging girls to strive beyond their comfort levels.

A special congratulations to TRAF Grade 5s Team #1818, The Trafalgar Bees, that won the core values award.

Trafalgar would like to extend our gratitude to past parents, Donna Flowers and Melissa Douglas and to David Shaw for their commitment to organizing the LEGO tournament at the School. Special thanks is also extended to current parent Dr. Lombardi for his active participation at the event and for his mentorship of our FLL teams leading up to the tournament and to all our volunteers, teachers and students who help make the event such a success.

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NEWS

Upcoming events at the Castle
Upcoming events at the Castle
Posted: November 30

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Many upcoming events to look forward to at the Castle:

LEGO ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT - Saturday, December 3 -- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

An amazing day of science and technology, innovation and teamwork as students showcase their research and design prowess through LEGO robotics.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA - Saturday, December 10 -- 9 to 11 a.m.

Experience the magic of the season as you enjoy a delicious buffet, crafts, entertainment and a special visit from Santa.  Tickets to this event are SOLD OUT!  Please contact Sarah Harries-Taylor to have your name added to the wait list. 

NEWS

Trafalgar Castle School commits to making A World of Difference with exciting new community initiative
Trafalgar Castle School commits to making A World of Difference with exciting new community initiative
Posted: November 30

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In an open-invitation event following Trafalgar Castle School’s Annual donor reception, Head of School Dr. Leanne Foster was joined by Chair of Trafalgar Castle School’s Board of Directors, Bob Koziol, board members, donors, parents, alumnae, staff and friends to share details of A World of Difference, a new initiative, which aligns with the School’s continued efforts toward active citizenship and engagement on a global scale.

With more than 62 million girls worldwide prevented from attending primary or secondary school (UNESCO Institute for Statistics), Trafalgar is committing to the sponsorship of one girl from a developing country for her Grade 11 and 12 years through A World of Difference fundraising campaign. This young woman will be identified as a future female leader who has a passion for making a difference; demonstrates academic promise; and is faced with educational prospects threatened by political and social turmoil and/or systemic prejudice.

“Empowering young women who demonstrate exceptional academic and leadership potential, particularly those from countries in turmoil, has the ability to lift entire families out of poverty and strengthen whole communities by igniting a spark of hope”, said Foster.

At the end of her time at Trafalgar, this new graduate will go on to a top-ranked university that partners with the Spark of Hope Foundation, an organization which supports young women with their university education, and make her own difference in the world.

Trafalgar was honoured to be presented with a generous $40,000 leadership gift from the Morgan Family to kick off the initiative. Kevin and Karen have two girls at Trafalgar, Mollie in Grade 8 and their eldest Keady, Head Girl in Grade 12. Their generous gift will go a long way in helping the School achieve its overall goal.

Trafalgar hopes to also engage the local community of Whitby and Durham Region in extending their caring spirit beyond its local borders to touch the life of a young girl in need and to join them in this exciting new initiative. “Knowing the generosity of our community, we hope to exceed our initial fundraising goals,” said Foster. “In fact, we’d love nothing more than to be able to grow A World of Difference to support more girls in future years. We are looking forward to welcoming our newest Trafalgar Castle School student, future Trafalgar alumnae, and first recipient of A World of Difference this September.”

December 10

Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast with Santa
December 10

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Tickets to this very popular event are SOLD OUT! To have your name added to the wait list for tickets please contact Sarah Harries-Taylor.

Tickets include:

Delicious breakfast buffet, Fabulous entertainment by children's entertainers Terri & Rick, Santa's Candy Shop, cookie decorating, crafts, Letter to Santa - have your child bring their letter with them to mail or have them do their letter at the Breakfast, loot bag for each child

Photos with Santa available for purchase

Purchase your ticket(s) for a chance to win a Tiffany necklace or one week at Trafalgar Castle School Co-ed Summer Camp for the 2017 season (Tickets are one for $5 or five for $20)  CASH ONLY PLEASE

New this year! - For each new unwrapped toy for the Durham Regional Police Toy Drive and receive a chance to win a FAMILY PASS for Breakfast with Santa 2017! Help us help others!

Guests will be assigned a time to see Santa, which they will receive upon registration at the event.

New this year! We will be sending your photo(s) to you via email soon after the event! These high resolution digital images will give you the freedom for unlimited printing, posting online, and making cards or gifts.

Reminder of our cancellation policy: No refunds will be issued for ticket or photo prices on or after December 1, 2016.

December 15

Middle School Christmas Dinner
Middle School Christmas Dinner
December 15

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Trafalgar Castle School's Middle School Carol Service and Christmas Dinner at the Castle on Thursday, December 15 at 5:30 pm.

The Carol Service will begin at 5:30 pm in the Chapel, and the dinner will follow in the Dining Hall.

CLICK HERE for more information and to reserve your tickets. 

December 20

Senior School Christmas Dinner
Senior School Christmas Dinner
December 20

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Trafalgar Castle School's Senior School Carol Service and Christmas Dinner at the Castle on Tuesday, December 20 at 5:30 pm.

The Carol Service will begin at 5:30 pm in the Chapel, and the dinner will follow in the Dining Hall.

CLICK HERE for additional information and to reserve your tickets.