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Welcome to Havergal’s Excursion Blog! Join us as we follow the adventures of the Havergal community participating in the Global Experience Program excursions around the world.
Upcoming excursions for the summer of 2013 include Austria, the Czech Republic, Ghana, and Spain. Previous Excursions in 2012-2013 have included Quebec, Nicaragua, India, South Africa, Iceland, and Haida Gwaii (British Columbia).
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On Thursday, we toured our guests around Toronto again. We took the subway down to the Ontario legislature, where we had a guided visit and attended a very lively Question Period. We then headed to the Royal Ontario Museum for a guided tour where we encountered skeletons of dinosaurs and wild animals restored to life-like realism by taxidermists – not to mention a thousand other things. Following this, we returned to HC and watched our Middle School baseball team play a game in the warm sunshine.
Friday was our last morning together. Our friends from Sherbrooke joined us for Prayers before leaving to go back home by train. Tears were shed as girls hugged to say goodbye.
It was clear that deep friendships were forged during this formative SEVEC adventure, and that the two official language cultures of Canada were very close in friendship.
What a gorgeous day it was on Wednesday! First, we went to the CN Tower. The clear skies made for a spectacular panoramic view of the city. Then, we went to the Art Gallery of Ontario and, on our way, we walked through Canada’s Walk of Fame. At the AGO, students had some free time to explore the gallery before our workshop called Masterpeice Mashup. Each pair of twins collaborated to create a unique work of art, drawing inspiration from two different pieces they had seen in the gallery.Art teachers were present to guide the students in this endeavour.
After this, we walked through Chinatown to Kensington Market. The girls had an opportunity to explore the Market’s boutiques, bakeries and coffee shops and to walk down its vibrant streets.
Then, we returned to HC and had a lovely dinner with the girls and some of their family members, before attending the Middle School concert.
What a wonderful day we spent in Niagara Falls! Upon arrival this morning, the bus dropped us off right at the Falls. We admired the breathtaking sight and took many pictures. We then went on the Journey Behind the Falls and got to see the water thundering down from the back of the Falls. Then, we went to the Rainforest Café for a delicious lunch, in a tropical safari setting.
Students had the option of going up the Ferris wheel for a panoramic view of the Falls while others explored Clifton Hill or the arcade at the Rainforest Café. Afterwards, we embarked on a hike in the beautiful Niagara Glen Nature Reserve. This gave us the opportunity to digest our copious lunches before getting back on the bus to return to Havergal.
On Monday, April 15, our friends from the Collège Mont Notre-Dame spent the day at Havergal College! In the morning, they were given a guided tour of the school. They then accompanied their twins to their classes. In the afternoon, the girls all participated in a chocolate making workshop and then headed to the pool for a swim.
On the evening of Friday, April 12, our Havergal students participating in the SEVEC exchange waited with great excitement in the Ellen Knox library fortheir friends from the Collège Mont Notre-Dame in Sherbrooke, Québec to arrive! When they arrived, screams of excitement were barely contained. Each Havergal College girl handed a flower to her Collège Mont Notre-Dame twin as a welcoming gesture. Each pair will be spending the weekend with their family and the CMND girls will get a taste of what it’s like to live in Toronto.
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we headed to the Chateau Frontenac for a guided walking tour of vieux Québec. The heavy fog gave a mysterious and dreamy feel to the city.
The girls were then given a couple of hours to have lunch and explore in groups. Then, the bus drove us back to Sherbrooke and everyone headed back to their twins’ houses for their last night in Québec before heading back to Toronto.
This morning, the girls accompanied their twins to their classes at the College Mont Notre-Dame. After lunch, they were each given a T-shirt and sweatshirt with the school’s logo.
Then, we went on a guided walking tour of old Sherbrooke. Throughout the city, beautiful murals painted on buildings tell the history of Sherbrooke. The sun was shining brilliantly and we had the added benefit of exercising our legs, as Sherbrooke is quite hilly!
This morning, the group met up at a local restaurant called Mondo. The girls were excited to meet up as a big group again and shared their weekend adventures over a yummy breakfast.
Then, we travelled by school bus to a nearby village called Eastland and walked in a maple forest. At the cabane à sucre, we enjoyed a lovely lunch doused in local maple syrup! Then we headed back out to the maple forest for zip lining and obstacle courses in the trees.
Before heading back to Sherbrooke, we enjoyed some tire back in the cabane à sucre. Maple syrup was heated and poured onto snow so that it would make toffee-like candy when it cooled.
On Friday, March 22, we arrived safely and happily in Sherbrooke, QC. The girls were all great travellers on this long trek!
Upon arrival at the Collège Mont Notre-Dame, we were warmly welcomed by all of the twins and their families. The school’s grand library had been decorated with balloons and hand drawn posters citing the names of each girl from Toronto. After enjoying some cookies and juice, each girl went to her twin’s home to enjoy an evening of “family time.”
Later that afternoon, some of us met up at the Centre communautaire de loisir de Sherbrooke for bowling.