On Tuesday, February 5th, North Toronto Students attended our annual assembly to honor those whose lives were affected by the Holocaust, as well as share survivors’ stories to educate our students on the devastating effects of segregation.
With deep sadness, our school gathered to honor the passing of William Glied, a holocaust survivor who shared his personal stories of distraught, recovery and hope with our school for years. His courage, kindness and wisdom will be remembered by all NT students and staff who had the opportunity to hear about his journey.
This year, our school was fortunate enough to hear from Elly Gotz, a 91 year-old holocaust survivor who’s journey of anguish and revival certainly touched the hearts of all who attended. Gotz was born in Lithuania, a small country bordered by Poland and Belarus. At only sixteen, his family (moved to an isolated Jewish Ghetto) had locked themselves in a bunker, forsaking death due to the tortuous conditions of war. After surrendering, he and his father were transported to the Dachau concentration camp in Germany as laborers, being sparingly fed a meal of one bowl of soup and a slice of bread. Throughout the several months in the camp, Gotz and the other prisoners were not able to bathe and treated terribly, causing many of his friends to fall ill. By the end of the war, Gotz and his father were liberated by Russia and reunited with their family members. They endured months in the hospital to recover.
Gotz had left the hospital with hate, but taught himself to forgive and channel the energy into his education, passions and profession. Gaining an electrical engineering degree, creating several enterprises and even becoming a pilot, he now shares his inspiring story of retrieval. Gotz has donated a copy of his novel, ‘Flights of Spirit’ to our library and we encourage NT students to learn more about his experiences
This year's holocaust assembly was wonderfully organized and certainly gave our students and staff a transformative insight on the dangers of hatred, and the importance of hope and kindness in dreadful times.
Charity Week has started out with a bang! Homeforms have students lined up to try delicious treats and play awesome games. Haven't had a chance to check it out? No worries! Charity week is only halfway through, and all booths will run until Friday. Come support Forests Ontario and donate your money to a worthy cause! Great job and see you there NT!
Daphne Oriotis, Olivia Gottschalk
With only a week left of school until the winter break, we've composed a list of the top items on our winter wishlist.
Suzy Leinster and Olivia Muyal
The Christmas season has officially started with the annual Santa Claus Parade creating a day full of fun and cheer. Families and friends, elves and deer, all bundled up last Sunday to watch the amazing floats go by. It was amazing to see all the beautiful families spending the day with their loved ones to celebrate all together. One couldn’t help but have fun because there were so many things to see this year.
Camryn Martins and Jill Douglas
Our grande pumpkin spice latte dreams were crushed when we saw that the Starbucks on Yonge Street beside Pizza Pizza was closing earlier this year. But then we saw a new restaurant open in its place. Could healthy and fresh protein-rich salads replace gourmet and delicious muffins? That’s what we wanted to find out.
As soon as we walked into Mad Radish, we were impressed. The bright lights, cute succulents, and polished wooden tables contributed to an aesthetically pleasing and clean environment.
The employees were extremely welcoming and kind, greeting us with big smiles and quick to answer questions and make suggestions.
We got our food pretty fast, as the line was not nearly as long as Starbucks. Unfortunately, Mad Radish only accepts debit and credit, which is a little inconvenient for some. The restaurant started to get busier later into lunch. It is clearly popular in the Yonge and Eglinton area!