Havergal Launches New Strategic Direction
Extended Closure of Campus – Message from the Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
March Break is already upon us and the girls could not be more grateful or excited. It has been a snowy and grey winter and the girls have earned a well-deserved break as they have been working hard on their many assignments prior to their next report cards.
April will be dominated by student elections. The majority of leadership positions are open to students in Grades 11 and 12, with some available to Grade 10s as well. Initial conversations and meetings have been started both in the Day and Boarding Schools and we have asked the girls to give great thought to the positions they are applying for, because, as we know, Grades 11 and 12 are busy years academically. As the girls start to narrow down their choices, we want them to consider all the pieces of the puzzle, such as the requirements and commitments that athletics, tutoring, clubs, etc. will impose on their schedule. What we most want to instill in our students is that leadership positions come with a high degree of responsibility and should be looked as “real jobs” that require full commitment.
In the Boarding School we have a rigorous process for elections. Before March Break girls will receive an application that will need to be submitted upon their return. They will then need to interview for their desired position. After we’ve completed the interviews, we will narrow down the candidates to create a list that students will vote on. The Boarding positions on our Junior Don team are demanding roles that require time and energy. The Junior Don Leadership Team is a huge part in making this community great. We are looking for candidates that can really give their full commitment to the role and who are engaged in the community.
If you know your daughter is applying for a Junior Don or Prefect position in Boarding, please note that you should wait until after election results are announced on Friday, April 19 to buy return flights for the upcoming school year. Prefects and Junior Dons are expected to come back on the last week of August to help get ready for the year and to have their training. Junior Dons will need to be back by Thursday, August 29, which is a mandatory commitment.
In other news, registration has started for the spring athletic season and many of the tryouts will be held this week or right after March break. It is a good time for the girls to go outside and get some fresh air while trying a new or much-beloved sport. If your daughter is departing early and/or arriving back late for March Break, she should already be notifying her teachers and going through the approval process. This means that she will need to grab an extended leave form from Mrs. Danto’s office and have each teacher sign the form indicating they know of your daughter’s absence so they can communicate any work or assignments that she will be missing. The girls can always double-check on any of their assignments through Veracross while they are away. Please forward flight itinerary to firstname.lastname@example.org so Ms. Williamson can track everyone’s departure and arrival times in our system.
We hope that your daughter is able to get some rest while at home or on her travels. The girls have worked incredibly hard this year. Good food, sleep and lots of warm hugs go a long way!
Head of Boarding
As we enter the last few months before summer, it is safe to say that we have all experienced a challenging and fruitful year. Knowing all too well about how stressful moving to a new school or a new country can be, serving the community as the New Girls Junior Don this year has been a natural fit for me. I am Boarding from Hong Kong and though it is a 15-hour flight away, I am pleased to say that Havergal has become my second home. To reinforce the safe space we have here, Dons and Junior Dons have tried our best over the past few months. In particular, Tolu and I are responsible for welcoming the new girls and helping them adjust to the new environment. As part of the Buddy System that we have in Boarding, new girls have gone on trips to Ikea, explored the neighbourhood and will potentially visit the Toronto Islands later this year. Apart from taking care of the current newcomers, we have also begun working with Admission department and have given tours to prospective Boarders. As we count the days until the end of the school year, we hope that everyone, especially the new girls, have enjoyed their year here in Boarding. Seeing everyone grow so much closer to one another has definitely made it well worth the effort. On the other hand, we can’t wait for the election season to begin as we witness a new chapter unfold!
– Dorothy Poon, 2019
Hello! My name is Tolu and I live in Hamilton, but I am originally from Nigeria, where much of my family still lives. To tell you a little about myself, I play the guitar in my free time and the tuba for the Symphonic Band. Music has always been a part of my life and I love it because strumming my guitar as I sit next to the window is the perfect way to unwind after a long week at school. I also love the sciences, so I’m taking all three, while also being a part of Robotics, Pre-Med and HOSA clubs. As Dorothy mentioned, we are the New Girl Junior Don’s for this school year. It has been wonderful meeting all of the new students and helping them ease into their new environment. I look forward to getting to know them better through the remainder of the year!
– Tolu Ogunfowora, 2019
Spring is coming, though as I write this, there is still snow on the ground and a chill in the air! But back to the idea of spring—renewal, growth and longer days. Everyone seems to have a bit more pep and our Boarders start to spend more time outside. I, myself, have never been what you would call a “winter” person, but I make do with busying myself by reading a lot of books and catching up with friends. I grew up on Manitoulin Island and the winters there were always full of snow and… more snow. Growing up in a small town with a population of 900 has given me a great appreciation for community. That is what I truly enjoy most about Boarding: our community. We begin by living together as strangers and slowly grow into a family, a community that supports and respects each other.
The theme of the newsletter is “Arts and Science” and the performing arts have played a major role in creating the person I am today. From a young age, I loved public speaking and read voraciously. This led me to auditioning and attending a performing arts high school where I had the opportunity to major in Drama. The fact that I was able to take courses not only required of me, but ones that I was passionate about, made a big difference in my attitude toward school and pushed me to reach beyond good to excellence. My love of theatre influenced my post-secondary education, saw me acting professionally and finally took me back to the classroom—this time as a teacher of drama. Storytelling is an important part of drama and I am so lucky to be around so many girls with amazing tales. They truly inspire me everyday.
Grades 11 & 12 Semi at Havergal
Havergal held its annual sanctioned semi for Grades 11 and 12s on Friday, January 25! This was a fun night were Boarders could crash the party with friends and/or guests.
Lunar New Year Dinner
On Monday, February 4, our Boarding community celebrated the Lunar New Year, which is and important traditional holiday for many of our Boarders. They prepared typical Chinese dishes, such as dumplings, Cha Siu and Nian Gao and watched a presentation by Emerald Ngo about how her family celebrates the holiday in Vietnam!
On Thursday, February 14, Boarders had a special dinner—this time focusing on the theme of love—in celebration of Valentine’s Day.
March 8: Boarding School Closes for March Break
March 24: Boarding School Reopens
March 25: Self-Esteem Workshop
March 27: Election Form Due
March 30: Father Daughter Dance
April 1-3: Boarding Leadership Position Election Interviews
April 8: European Dinner & JD Speeches
April 10: Career Networking Reception for Grade 11 & 12s
April 15: Head JD & Prefect speeches
April 16-17: One Act Plays
April 19: Boarding School Closes for Easter
April 22: Boarding School Reopens
April 25: Founders’ Day
April 29: Japanese Dinner & Self-Esteem Workshop
May 3: Havergal 125 Event at Roy Thomson Hall
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