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Extended Closure of Campus – Message from the Principal
March Break is quickly approaching. For those of you who have daughters going home, please make sure to send us their travel plans so we can keep track of their flight information. As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, we have had a busy month. Many of the girls are involved in co-curricular activities such as the musical, dance, math contests and sport teams. We have had a wonderful month with some notable performances and championship wins.
A few weeks ago, several Boarders participated in a provincial math contest where they competed against hundreds of students from Ontario. It was amazing to see so many of our Boarders stand up in Prayers to receive their certificates from Principal Helen-Kay Davy for their outstanding performances. Of note: Mia Xing, Selina Liu, Sherry Xie, Lexie Hu, Tina Tian, Jenny Bao, Michelle Lai, Helen Zhang, Keying Sun and Diane Bi had exceptional scores. I would also like to congratulate Helen Zhang for qualifying for the international DECA competition. DECA is “an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and marketing sales and service. The organization prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management and other business areas.”
Honours also go to Risa Iiyama and the rest of the dance team who participated in the Bedazzled Dance Competition on Thursday, February 23 in Richmond Hill. Their dance, “I am,” received an emerald standing in their category of pre-competitive lyrical and they also received first place overall. Coach Mme Bryant described it as “an awesome and powerful performance that brought many to tears!” I had the privilege of seeing the video of the dance and I would concur with Mme Bryant that it was a spectacular performance.
In the sports world, our Swim team took home big wins this month at CISAA, placing second overall. Boarders Keying Sun and Alex Couch were among the participants. In Badminton, Boarders Jessie Lui, Yuko Kurokawa and Elaine Wang collected gold medals last Saturday at the CISAA championships. We hope to see many girls participating in spring sports and wish them all a good season.
To add to our month of big wins and extraordinary achievements, Boarders were able to participate in family events and attend grade event dinners, the musical The Bodyguard and a lovely Valentine’s dinner, hosted by our Grade 11 Boarder Osuare Atafo. February was a short but busy month.
As we look to the March Break, students will be given the opportunity to apply for school-wide and Boarding leadership positions. Applications for school-wide positions are due on Friday, March 10. Applications for Boarding positions, including Junior Don, and Sports Captain will be due once the girls arrive back from the March Break. If your daughter will be in Grade 12 next year and is interested in a Prefect position, she will also have to hand in her application by Friday, March 10. We encourage all girls to consider and apply if they feel that any of these positions are right for them.
Lastly, please remember that we are closed for Easter break as well, which is from Thursday, April 14 to Monday, April 17.
On Valentine’s Day, several Boarders in Grade 9 and 11 went to see the amazing musical The Bodyguard at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. The musical, which featured both romance and thriller, was a great fit for the most romantic day of the year! The story it told was fascinating as it was about how Rachel Marron, an Oscar-nominated singer and superstar, fell for her bodyguard Frank Farmer. The girls were pleased to see how love blossomed between the protagonists even though they did not end up getting together in the end. Having romantic relationships can be painful, but love is something that is worth it. The message that the musical conveyed was powerful and positive and the girls fully immersed themselves in the story. Another thrilling thing about the play was the songs it incorporated from Whitney Houston’s albums. The song list included Houston’s classic songs, such as “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional” and one of the most popular songs of all time: “I Will Always Love You.” The voices of the singers were soulful and the girls loved the music, dancing and concert-style performances. At the end of the show, the girls along with the other audience all stood up and cheered for the actors and actresses in the musical and their great performances. Afterwards, some of the girls bought the souvenirs as tokens for the good memory of the musical. They are excited to see more plays or musicals with their friends in Boarding because it is always relaxing to spend time with the people they are closest to!
For the February long weekend, some Boarders went on a trip to New York City. The trip was filled with stops at iconic tourist spots, allowing us to experience a lot of what the city has to offer. On our first night, we went to Times Square to witness the famous landmark that we’ve seen in movies and TV shows in real life. The next day, we went to the Top of the Rock where we took in the New York City skyline from a 360° view. We saw the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and much more from up there. We also visited some famous places like the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Some of us went to see a fantastic musical that night. On top of all that, we went shopping in SoHo and at an outlet mall and ate some amazing New York food like pizza and cheesecake. Overall, this trip was a great bonding experience for us as we had the opportunity to spend time together and explore an amazing and fun city.
On Tuesday, February 14, Boarders partook in a Valentine’s Day dinner. A great amount of hard work and preparation went into the process of creating a dinner that was both fun and engaging. Some of the Junior Dons took on the challenge of organizing and decorating this event, which was enjoyed by everyone. On the day of the dinner, Helen Zhang and Katrina Yeung went to set up after school to ensure that everything was ready in time. They arranged the utensils, candles and decorations, transforming the cafeteria into a candle-lit restaurant. I was in charge of planning the games and activities that went on during the dinner, which included a Valentine’s Day themed quiz. It was great to see so much friendly competition. The Food Services team prepared a scrumptious meal including steak, garlic shrimp, mashed potatoes, olive bread, rice and citrus punch. After we ate, we went straight into a Kahoot quiz, which was made up of a variety questions that tested the girls’ knowledge on the origins of Valentine’s Day and the significance behind it. In conclusion, the night was great and I can’t wait to do it again next year.
March 11-26: March Break
March 27: Spring Athletic Registration Closes
March 30: Noir Dinner
March 31: Masquerade Ball
April 11: Student Election Day
April 14-17: Boarding School Closed for Easter
April 20: Founder’s Day