Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute

Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute

Infobox Education in Canada
name= Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute

imagesize= 300px
streetaddress= 235 Frontenac Street
city= Kingston
province= Ontario
postalcode= K7L 3S7
schoolboard= Limestone District School Board
mascot= Blue bear
teamname= Blues
colours= Blue and white
founded= 1792

Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute (K.C.V.I.) is a secondary school in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Founded in 1792 by Reverend John Stewart based upon a grant for secondary education in the colony of Upper Canada, it moved to its present location in 1892. It is considered the oldest public secondary school in Ontario. Girls were first admitted as students in January, 1877 and the school has remained co-educational since. The oldest remaining wing of the school is the 1915 wing, which now houses science laboratories. The original wing was burned down in a fire and replaced.

K.C.V.I was Kingston's only secondary school until the opening of Queen Elizabeth Collegiate and Vocational Institute (Q.E.C.V.I.) in 1955 and Loyalist Collegiate and Vocational Institute (L.C.V.I.) in 1963.

Notable graduates include Peter Milliken, Helen Cooper, David Usher, Olympic Gold Medalist Simon Whitfield, Actor J. Adam Brown, biologist Dr. Paul Hebert who developed the DNA barcoding method of taxonomy Fact|date=July 2007, as well as members of The Tragically Hip.


The team colours are blue and white. The team name for all sports is "Blues" and the mascot is a blue bear. The school competes in various sports including, but not limited to: rowing, cross-country, track and field, football, rugby, hockey, basketball, volleyball, soccer, mountain biking, curling, tennis, badminton, baseball, golf, swimming, and skiing, along with various other sports.Notable athletic alumnus include Olympic gold medalist Simon Whitfield and St. Paul's School goalkeeper Victoria Willes.

Coat of arms

A new coat of arms was formally conferred on K.C.V.I. by Ramon A. Hnatyshyn, then Governor General of Canada, in 1992. It celebrated K.C.V.I.'s 200th anniversary.

The Latin motto, "maxima debetur pueris reverentia", can be roughly translated to "Youth are entitled to the greatest respect". Another more literal translation would be "The greatest respect is owed to youth".

IB Diploma Programme

KCVI is one of 83 schools in Canada which runs the International Baccalaureate program. The IB diploma program is offered at KCVI during the last two years of secondary school. However there is also the Pre-IB program to prepare the Gr. 9 and 10 students for the rigorous pace of the IB curriculum. Also, if students do not want to enroll in the complete IB diploma program, they may apply for IB certificates in the course of their choosing.

KCVI Clubs

KCVI has many different activities going on through out the school year, such as: the student run Leadership Conference, the Improv teams, Pizza & Power, Model UN, Respect Committee, Outdoors Club, DUCKS (Democratic Union of Concerned KCVI Students), Environment Club, South African Partnership, Drama Club, Robotics Club, Rock Climbing Club, Chess Club, Knitters Anonymous, and the now-defunct Debating Union. There is also an Athletics Association in charge of many sport-related school events. Newly formed in the 2006/07 year is the Arts Council, a compliment to the Athletic Association. As well, KCVI hosts CKVI (The Cave), a radio broadcasting focus program, which broadcasts at 91.9 FM in Downtown Kingston.


KCVI has a long and decorated history of competing in the [ Canadian Improv Games] and is well known nationally for its success and great performances. Since the [ Kingston Regional Tournament] was re-established in the 1996-97 school year, KCVI has won 9 gold regional gold medals (including 7 back-to-back regional titles from 1997-2003), 2 regional silver medals and 1 regional bronze medal. Nationally KCVImprov has finished 14th, 13th (twice), 11th, 9th, 5th (twice), 4th and 3rd. In 2006 KCVI became the first improv team from outside of Ottawa to compete in (and win) the Connors Cup hosted by the [ Ottawa Improv Games] .

treet Smart

Street Smart is a Community Education Centre of the Limestone District School Board where students can earn their high school diploma in a more relaxed environment. They provide on-site secondary education for students aged primarily 16-20 who require an alternative setting for earning high school credits. They are staffed with certified Secondary School Teachers.

Notable Students

* Robertson Davies, author
* Don Cherry, hockey commentator
* Members of rock group The Tragically Hip
* Peter Milliken, Speaker of the House of Commons
* Paul D. N. Hebert - noted biologist and and recognized "Father" of DNA bar coding in taxonomy

ee also

Module Vanier Elementary School

External links

* [ K.C.V.I. official site]
* [ K.C.V.I. student newspaper]
* [ CKVI radio focus program]
* [ Cherub focus program band]
* [ Canadian Improv Games official site]
* [ Kingston Improv Games official site]
* [ Ottawa Improv Games official site]

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