Havergal Launches New Strategic Direction
Extended Closure of Campus – Message from the Principal
November is here! That means that there is only a month-and-a-half left until the Christmas holidays. As you know, we have the Mid-Term Break coming up from November 10 to 16. We have received most of the permission and flight details for the girls who are travelling. If you have not yet submitted your daughter’s holiday forms to the Boarding School, please do so soon as we need to know where she is headed for the break.
We have very exciting news: we have booked our surprise outing for January 7! It’s a mandatory outing for all Boarders. Parents who have been with us for a year or more will know that we generally have our surprise outing on the first Friday of September. However, this year we held the boat cruise on that night and had to bump the surprise to another date. As you can imagine, pleasing 55 girls can be difficult, so I took more time this year to think of an activity where all girls would enjoy themselves. I think we have found the one! Tickets have already been purchased, so you will see a charge at the end of January for our special outing. I believe that all of the girls will love the event. To give you a hint, last year we went to see the hit musical Wicked!
Flu shots are happening this week. This year, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is offering FluMist, a nasal spray that vaccinates four separate strains of the flu, to people aged 17 and under. The flu shot will also be available, but it is only effective against three strains. The Wellness Centre will be open all week for girls to receive their vaccinations.
As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact the Boarding team anytime.
All the best,
Assistant Head, Boarding
On Sunday, October 18, Upper Canada College (UCC) Boarders invited Havergal Boarders to the World Press Photo photography exhibition downtown. Although only a few of us attended, seeing the exhibition and exploring Eaton Centre, a large and well-known mall in Toronto, were worth it. First, we met up with the UCC Boarders and looked at the photography. The photos on display were taken by various photographers from around the world, showcasing issues that are happening today. We reflected on our world after looking at these photographs, which all had purpose and meaning. It caused me to think how privileged and lucky I am to be at an amazing school with great friends. After, we managed to make our way to the Eaton Centre. Ms. Davis took us there because some of the new Boarders had never been. On the way, we saw many restaurants and stores on some of the busiest streets of Toronto. We then walked around the mall and browsed the many stores. It was a great way to end the weekend and a good experience for new Boarders to get a sense of downtown.
Having the traditional Boarder Thanksgiving Dinner on Tuesday, October 13 was not only a great way to celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the past year, it was also an opportunity to have staff and Boarders enjoy time together. It was a delicious dinner to start our week after the Thanksgiving long weekend. Of course, the food was a-mazing! It was a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, stuffing, sauces, sides – and, my favourite, pumpkin pie! We also had apple pie for dessert. We cannot thank the Food Services team enough for the delicious food at this dinner and for all the other meals that they make for us. There is truly always something to be thankful for.
On Sunday, October 4, the Boarding community took a trip to Shaker Hill to go apple picking. On the day of the event, I didn’t really want to go apple picking because of the amount of school work that I needed to do. But apple picking was supposed to be a way of taking our minds off of all the work we had to do, at least for a couple of hours, so I went. When we arrived at the farm, I was in awe of my surroundings. In the middle of the farm was a nice house with owner Allen Hibben standing in front waiting to welcome our small group of 11 and our Don, Ms. Davis. Allen has a wonderful home with his wife and their dog, who was very excited about the guests. After a brief introduction to the farm, we were set loose to go pick apples from the 200+ different varieties grown there.
We split up into groups and went on an adventure to find the best apple. We were very surprised at how different each type tasted, felt and looked. Some apples were huge, red and extremely sour, then there were small, sweet ones that we just wanted to savour. After about an hour-and-a-half of wandering, tasting and picking six full bags of apples, we headed in for a very delicious lunch. There were meatballs, chicken balls, spring rolls, chicken fingers and more. During the meal, we took time to admire our surroundings. It’s not often that you go to an area where the next house is several kilometres away. Later we got back on the bus and made our way back to Havergal. The hour-and-a-half ride was filled with singing along to Taylor Swift and having fun with each other and Ms. Davis. I am very happy I went apple picking.
On Thursday, October 29, Boarders in the Class of 2016 haunted Havergal with the annual Boarders’ Halloween Haunted House. The Grads spent time creating ideas and plans for the event beforehand. They came up with a spooky scenario that took visitors through an organized course. Boarders from Grades 9 to 11 and non-Boarders alike challenged themselves to enter the spooky haunted house. The Grads enjoyed scaring everyone, some with original and creepy masks, and the challengers enjoyed being haunted by them throughout the attraction. The Halloween spirit and the efforts of the Grads made the Haunted House a success. It was the last opportunity for the Grads to celebrate Halloween at Havergal and we hope they had a great time spending time together creating their haunted house.
On Tuesday, October 27, a few Boarders gathered to do an annual Halloween activity: pumpkin carving! Each Boarder selected the pumpkin of her choice and got to work. After gathering our tools, stencils, knives, scissors and markers, we outlined the shape of the features we wanted our pumpkins to have. Some chose simple, welcoming looks; others attempted a more frightening appearance. It was certainly a challenge. I can personally say that I’m not artistically inclined, so I tried my best and it turned out, well, “okay-ish”. It was rated four out of 10. The pumpkins of the other Boarders were very cute – maybe not as frightening as they had originally planned, but nonetheless, it was a success and a lovely evening.
November 7: DIY Crafts Event
November 10: Boarding Closes for Mid-Term Break
November 16: Boarding Opens
November 21: Bowlerama with St. Andrew’s College
November 28: Cavalcade of Lights
Monday nights: Hip Hop
Tuesday nights: Kickboxing
Wednesday nights: Swimming
Thursday nights: Yoga
I wish I knew what made me scared.
Was it the dark, looming heights or the potential to be heard?
Was it those moments of self-doubt?
Could it be the possibility that I had taken the wrong route?
Whatever it was, it needed to stop.
Fear should have no hold over me,
On what I say, what I do, or even see.
Fear will not stop from being me.
Our spotlight this month is on Maja Barthelmess. Maja is a Grade 10 Boarder who comes to us from Hamburg, Germany. As we have seen over the past two months, Maja is a multi-talented young woman who is able to juggle her music, which she loves and is passionate about, with academics. Maja is one of the friendliest girls you will meet and her smile lights up the room. Some of us have had the opportunity to hear about Hamburg from Maja. She speaks with such enthusiasm and energy that I think she has possibly convinced some of us to visit sooner than later. We are very fortunate to have Maja here for the year and we can see she is already making the best of it!