Havergal Launches New Strategic Direction
Extended Closure of Campus – Message from the Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
There are a few things I want to point out for the upcoming final weeks of the school year. I want to start with our recent Junior Don elections. Congratulations to our new team for 2018-19. They will be led by our new Boarding Prefect Sheena McKeever and Head Junior Don Emma Gurney. A further congratulations to Rita Yang, Emily Vella, Keying Sun, Dorothy Poon, Abi Zewdu, Tolu Ogunfowora, Juliana Zhang and Catherine Feng. It was an impressive year all-around, with 19 girls in our Boarding School receiving positions within the school. Hopefully by now the incoming Junior Dons have notified you about their return date to Havergal in August. As a reminder, they will need to be back by 9 am on Thursday, August 30.
A reminder that we are open during the May long weekend, which is May 18 to 21. We are planning a trip to Niagara Falls with girls from Bishop Strachan School and Branksome Hall. We will head out at 8 am and return by 6 pm. The group will also stop off at the Niagara Outlet Mall on the way back. On Sunday, girls will be headed to Canada’s Wonderland for a day of fun and rides. Finally, on Monday we have some of the girls from Bishop Strachan School coming back for a pool party and movie night.
Prom is on the horizon for our Grads on Friday, May 25. Grads have their curfew extended to 1 am for the occasion. I know most girls have their dresses and are making last minute alterations. I always enjoy seeing the sisterly relationships in Boarding and this year has been so wonderful and exceptional. A few of our Grads will be taking their Boarding Grade 11 sisters to Prom as their dates, which speaks to the magic of Boarding and the friendships that occur.
Our final Farewell Dinner will be on Monday, May 28. This is a wonderful and emotional time for our Boarding community, as we say farewell to our Grads, seven other departing girls and two Dons, Ms. Den Elzen and Ms. Muralidhar. We look forward to this dinner and the food involved. Yuko, our Special Dinners Junior Don, will be creating our menu for that evening.
Now that exam schedules are out, I have reminded the girls to carefully look over them to make sure that there are no conflicts. Should they have a conflict, they will need to see Dr. Simmonds to sort out their schedule. This must be done sooner than later. Students in Grade 9 and 10s are encouraged to start to move out right after their last exams as the 11 and 12s usually end later and need the quiet time to study. Grade 11s can remain in Boarding until Candlelight Ceremony which is Tuesday, June 19. We will be sending out an invite to parents of the Boarder Grads for our year-end Grad/Parent Tea reception on Wednesday, June 20 at 3:30 pm. Please mark this event and date in your calendar as we would like to see as many Grad parents there as possible. Finally, the big day will follow on Thursday, June 21 at 1 pm: Graduation! Please come early to get your seats, especially if you are bringing a few family members with you. It is a large Grad class and the seating is limited. Move-out for all Grads will be 6 pm that evening. You are welcome to come early that day or during that week to help pack up your daughter’s belongings to make it easier to depart after Graduation.
I want to thank the Boarding Dons and our current Junior Don team for an exceptional year. They have all gone over and above to make this year great and a home away from home for our Boarders. I would also like to thank you, the parents and guardians, for your unwavering support of our Boarding community.
Best wishes and happy summer to all!
Head of Boarding
As this year in Boarding comes to a close, I would have to say that I am so proud of each and every one of our Boarders. From going on exciting trips, to getting into their dream universities, to excelling in sports, to wowing the audience in dance and theatre shows, this year has been nothing short of awesome! As Dons, it has been so heartwarming to watch our girls get up and try their best every day, learn important life lessons and allow us to share in their academic, emotional and social journeys. Shout out to the Fraser Family, who have been so great and inclusive of learning more about each other, building relationships with their Boarding sisters and making our home so welcoming and kind for all those who live here. Love to you all!
I’m Karinya Linford and I’m in Grade 11. I grew up in the Cayman Islands and came to Havergal in September 2016. As someone who has been a Boarder at Havergal for almost three years now, I can safely say that this past year has been my most cherished due to my time as a Junior Don (JD). My roles as both the Special Outings JD and Fraser Family JD allowed me to have a unique look at how Boarding is run, which is something that made me appreciate my time here even more. The highlight of my year as JD would have to be planning and participating in the Amazing Race, an event on the first weekend of school to help familiarize new girls with the city. The Amazing Race was really memorable for me because I got to use my “special outing” skills to plan the event while participating in it with my family – encompassing all aspects of my JD role. All in all, this past year in Boarding was unforgettable and an experience I’d recommend to any girl here at Havergal.
Wow, it’s bittersweet to think that the year is coming to a close. But this school year will close just as it opened, with excitement and anticipation. We started with wondering what the year would bring. For some, it was a new school, where they had to make new friends, adjust to a new time zone or try new foods. That same few became closely acquainted with the word “new.” Although they might have faced challenges and obstacles initially, I have seen many of the girls mature significantly because of them. They surely brought some light into our community this year. For others, this year brought about excitement to start a new grade and the opportunity to grow and learn things about themselves that they never knew before or to meet new people. Throughout the year I have had the amazing privilege to be reminded of the wonderfully talented, intelligent and supportive women that have made themselves a home in Boarding. I am sure others can attest to this, but they inspire me to be the best version of myself everyday.
As we count the final days until the end of the school year, we all feel the excitement and anticipation for the summer and the great things that we have planned, but we may also feel the bitter tinge of sadness as we have to say adieu to some of our fellow Boarders. I wish everyone good luck next year and I’ve made a vow to not say goodbye, because this is not the final chapter of our story together. Rather, I choose to say “see you later,” as I am sure that the sisterhood that we built together this year will be able to withstand the distance. I wish everyone an amazing summer and although Boarding will seem a bit different next year, what may feel like emptiness now will surely be filled with love, support and, of course, some new members in our community. Take care everyone and have a restful, happy and safe summer.
I am a first-year Grade 9 Boarder at Havergal and I can say that it has been the best experience of my life. When I started looking for Boarding Schools last year, I had a picture of what I wanted my new home to be like. Somewhere with lots of sports, great facilities, many opportunities and awesome community. Havergal exceeded all of my expectations—coming here was the best decision I ever made. Of course, leaving home wasn’t easy, but from the moment I arrived at Canada everyone was extremely welcoming and I felt overwhelmed with love and care. Boarding is a very welcoming place. The Junior Don team was really helpful with helping all of the new girls settle in and showing us around the school. You would think it is an easy job, but helping more than 15 extremely confused girls know their way around such a big school must have been a pretty challenging task. Not only did they show us the school, but they made us feel at home, which is one of the things that made my transition into this school much easier. Kate Lunau, the New Girls Junior Don, gave us a whole tour on the first day and explained everything to us. Before that, I had no idea where to go or what to do; she was super helpful and patient with all of our doubts and questions. I am very grateful to all of my friends for being so nice and open to the new Boarders. I can say that they have all become my sisters now.
As the year comes to a close, there are many people to thank for how smoothly it has flowed. There are leaders, formally and informally, who add to our community each day who deserve much recognition. I can’t stress enough the fact that each girl in our community, whether new this year or in the Graduating class, is a key part of how we appreciate one another and how we all grow together.
I’d like to thank every member of the community that I’ve had the honour of working with and getting to know this year. I especially wish our Grads and departing Boarders a successful year and all the best on your future paths. I’d also like to thank all of our families for their ongoing support and confidence in Havergal Boarding. To all of the girls on outbound flights after the year wraps up, have a safe flight and a restful summer vacation.
May 19: Tie-Dye Day
May 28: Farewell Boarder Dinner
June 19: Candlelight Ceremony
June 21: Graduation