University Visits at CIC

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University Visits

CIC was honored to have an array of Universities visit the campus this past month.  The Universities had the opportunity to meet potential students, and share important information about their campuses and student life.

On behalf of Columbia International College, we would like to share our deepest thanks and gratitude to the Universities below: Click on the name of your preferred University for additional information!

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Students Took The Stage At Cedar Talent Show

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Columbia’s Cedar Campus held its annual Talent Show on Nov 29th. ESL and Junior Middle School performers took the stage and showcased great singing, dancing and instrumental performance skills.

The event drew a full house to the auditorium which was decorated with Christmas ornaments and gift boxes.  Even “Santa Claus” was invited to watch the show and hand out treats to the audience!

We’re impressed with the abundance of talents that we have at CIC. Thumbs up!  Keep up the great job.

Here’s the Talent Show program list and photo album:

  • Piano by Adina
  • Singing (Chinese) by Barry
  • Guitar by Tomas
  • Sing (Russian) by Aidana
  • Dance Solo by Maria
  • Singing (English) by Jasmine
  • Singing (Cantonese) by Arron
  • Dance by JMS boys
  • Singing (French) by Noe
  • Singing & Guitar by Arron (JMS)
  • Singing (English) by Aidana & Noe
  • Group Dance by Latin group



Our team building outing at Bark Lake

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On November 2nd, The Bark Lake Programs Team created a full day schedule suited to our objective and the group size of the operations team at CIC . The team was encouraged to work outside of our comfort zone when collaborating in smaller groups. We had the opportunity to have some friendly competition when we took part in the Bark Lake Scavenger Hunt. Teams needed to strategize in order to earn the most points before time was up.

It was a great way to use each other’s strengths and reconnect with colleagues whom we don’t normally have the chance to work so closely with. As a Manager, it was an eye opening experience to see so many paths we can take, which all bring us to reach the common target. The team building event helped to create an awareness that all members in all roles are important and required to accomplish our goals. Having visited Bark Lake numerous times in the past, this was a great way to come together and see Bark Lake’s site in a different light.

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Mount Allison University Visits CIC

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Special Welcome to Mount Allison University!

CIC would like to share a warm welcome to Mount Allison University, who visited our campus this afternoon (November 10).  The visit was a great opportunity for students to ask the University about their programs, classrooms experience, student life, etc.

Mount Allison has been ranked #1 in the primarily undergraduate category in the 2018 Maclean’s magazine University Rankings.  This is the 19th time they have earned such recognition since the rankings were established in 1991.  The University is known for its personalized small classes, a student faculty ratio of 17:1, student engagement, flexible degree programs, and interdisciplinary education.

Kim Meade, Vice-President of International and Student Affairs represented Mount Allison University, expressed her opinions of CIC by complimenting the top-notch facilities, the staff providing total care to all students, and the diverse and engaged students who always share a kind smile.

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ESL Students Awarded for Hard Work and Character

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At Columbia, we honor students who excel in both academics and character building. At the ESL award ceremony held today (November 8), over ten students were recognized for earning top marks in ESL courses and showing positive character traits.

The award recipients were:

  • Kovaleva Dariia for achieving 1st place in ESLEO
  • An Yuting for achieving 1st place in ESLCO
  • Cheng Zixuan for achieving 1st place in ESLDO
  • Kuanysh Sultan for achieving 1st place in ESLDO
  • Wu Qiutong for displaying responsibility
  • Zhang Zehong  for displaying care
  • Lyu Yingwei, Tan Xinyi and Zhu Mini for displaying perseverance
  • Kuanysh Sultan, Dai Yu, Gui Luofei, Haisoa Hsu-Ching and Tan Wenxu for displaying caring

Columbia Principal Steve Saunders, Vice Principal Nancy Baker and ESL Department Head Jeremy Galea handed out certificates to the recipients and encouraged them achieve greater achievements.

Congratulations to all the award winners! Well done and keep up the great work!

Elite Pathway Partnership Program

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New Partnership Program with the University of Toronto

The University of Toronto (U of T), officially welcomed the partnership between Columbia International College (CIC) this past Thursday evening. The Elite Pathway Partnership Program (EPPP) is the only official partnership recognized by the University.

What is the Elite Pathway Program?

The EPPP program is designed for high academic achievers at CIC.  The students are given specific workshops, such as English essay writing, time management, etc,  provided by the Academic and Guidance office.  This program also offers experiential learning provided by Student Development, which exclusively offers the Duke of Ed Gold Award for these Elite Students and the opportunity to be part of the Model UN team.

All of the components in the program are designed to have these elite students accepted into the number 1 University in Canada.  With all of these components added together, this gives students the tools to be successful both in and outside the classroom.   All the skills acquired in this program are designed to prepare these elite students, not only for university and future employment, but for life.

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Happy Halloween CIC!

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Halloween Costume Contest

CIC staff and students embraced the Halloween spirit by dressing in costumes for the day!  Students were not afraid to show off their creativity with their costumes, as they bravely competed in the Halloween Contest.  Results will be posted by the student council next week.

Take a look at the pictures below to judge for yourself!  What was your favorite costume CIC?

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Model United Nations Conference

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A note from Steve Saunders (Principal, Columbia International College):

This past weekend (October 28), we hosted the first ever Columbia International College Model United Nations Conference.  We were very honoured to have The United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC) organize this conference exclusively for Columbia International College students.  This conference was an great opportunity for the Model United Nations Team to experience hands on learning and to further develop their situational skills.

The conference was very successful, the UNAC members had only positive words to say about Columbia International College and our students.
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Halloween Dance Photos!

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Halloween Dance: October 27

The annual CIC Halloween Dance hosted by Student Development, took place on Friday October 27th in the Ainsliewood Gym.  Students showed up in full costume to dance the night away!  This was a great opportunity for students to get in the Halloween spirit and make new friends in a fun environment.

Halloween Pictures from the Photo Booth are now Available!

CIC students proved to be extremely photogenic, taking full advantage of the free pictures and props provided by Mardi Gras Photo Booth.  Students are encouraged to find themselves in the pictures below!

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Pumpkin Carving Contest

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Pumpkins have arrived and are ready for pick up!

Pumpkins are now available for the homeroom classrooms interested in participating the pumpkin carving competition!  Pick up your pumpkin today at the main office.  Pumpkins are to be carved and ready for display at the Student Development office by Friday October 27th.   The top 3 homeroom classes will receive a prize for the best carved pumpkin!

Carving Creativity

Every year the Student Development department hosts the annual CIC Pumpkin Carving Contest.  It is completed school wide and is always labelled as a huge success from both staff and students alike.  Staff and students take this great opportunity to creatively come together and showcase their talents and cultures, as well as showing their appreciation for the fall season and Halloween.