Celebration Saturday

September 29, 2018: 9 am to 1 pm

Mark your calendar: Saturday, September 29 is Celebration Saturday, an event that raises funds to support Havergal’s Community Partners and brings together students, parents, Old Girls, faculty and staff for activities and games. For parents new to Havergal, this is a wonderful day to interact with members of the entire community. Feel free to bring your extended family and friends—everyone is welcome. The fun will begin at 9 am in the South Quad. Enjoy cookiegrams, a bake sale, inflatable activities, midway games, life-sized hamster balls, a haunted house, food carts, a BBQ, massage therapists, silent auction and our vendors’ and farmers’ market. We remind you to bring cash to the event so you can enjoy and partake in these fun activities!

Some exciting changes are afoot, and this year, the Silent Auction will be held online to allow you the comfort of bidding on those difficult to get items from anywhere you like. In addition, a new and exciting vendors’ market will take place in the Brenda Robson Hall, while a farmers’ market featuring locally sourced produce will be located in the North Quad.


How You Can Help Support Celebration Saturday

Online Auction

This year, our Celebration Saturday auction has gone online! It’s now open for bidding at https://www.accelevents.com/events/Havergal, with new items added every day. Be sure to place your bids before 11:30 am on Saturday, September 29 on the auction website or by texting “AUCTION” to 647-493-0382. Items can be picked up on Saturday starting at 12 pm in the Ellen Knox Library.

The Online Auction represents our biggest fundraising source and we are seeking donations of products and/or services in three price ranges:

  • $50 – $100 – Items such as gift cards, retail products, tickets to an activity, beauty products, jewelry, etc.
  • $100 – $300 – Electronics, retail or restaurant gift cards, sports or music tickets, spa or salon packages, fitness/wellness packages etc.
  • $300 and up – Weekend getaways to a cottage/vacation home, front row seats to a sports game or concert, other experiential gifts that are not available for purchase.

All proceeds from this day of celebration help to support Havergal’s Community Partners. Your generous donations have contributed to the ongoing success of these special relationships between the school and the broader Toronto community. Through our Online Auction and other activities on this day, you have helped us raise enough funds to provide support to 12 Community Partnerships. For example, this past year Grenoble Public School was able to purchase iPads for their literacy mentorship program and to support new Canadian students who are learning English as a second language, thanks to the funding they received from Havergal. Art City – another valued partner – was able to add an additional day of programming for students in the St. Jamestown Community, also due to our support.

Through our auctions and events of the day, our goal is to raise enough funds to continue providing support to these important Community Partners and to add new partnerships to our program. We hope we can count on your support again this year!

If you are able to offer a donation, please complete the online donor form by Friday, September 21. Items can be dropped off at the Upper School security desk any time between now and September 21.


Cookie Dough and Magazine Subscription Sales

This year we will be selling baked goods from Sweets from the Earth (a Havergal supplier of many treats and goodies) and magazine subscriptions through QSP. Flyers regarding these fundraising drives will be made available in September, however, if you wish, you can place your orders now using the following links:

Sweets from the Earth Junior School Sales

Sweets from the Earth Upper School Sales

Magazine Subscriptions QSP


Vintage Clothing Sale

Do you have clothes in your closet that you no longer wear, such as sweaters, shirts, ties, dresses? This year we will be having a vintage clothing sale for women and men’s clothing. Bring in your old clothes and perhaps buy some new ones! All clothing items that are not sold at Celebration Saturday will be donated to New Circles Community Services, a long-standing Community Partner.


Book, CD and DVD Drive

We welcome you to bring your new or gently used books, CDs and DVDs to the Upper School Rotunda or the Junior School Learning Hub in September.



Students will bake some of the ever-popular cookiegrams for Celebration Saturday.


Tips for Parents

Upper School (Grades 7 to 12)

  • Celebration Saturday is an important day for the school community and all Upper School students are expected to attend. Morning attendance will be taken at 8:40 am on Ratcliffe Field in House locations and then again at 1 pm, after which students will be dismissed. Students who have unavoidable conflicts may be excused for part or all of this day.
  • If your daughter has an unavoidable conflict and is unable to attend, please contact the Day School Office at dso@nullhavergal.on.ca.
  • Upper School students will be running a variety of activities organized by the Houses.


Junior School (JK to Grade 6)

  • Students from the Junior School assemble at 8:30 am in the Junior School Gym. They will make their way as a group to South Quad by 9 am.
  • Junior School students may dress in their House colours. Parents are encouraged to dress casually and comfortably.
  • Primary girls (JK to Grade 3) must be accompanied by their parents.

Credit cards are accepted for payment of items at the silent and live auctions; tickets for the Midway, food and most other stalls will be available throughout the grounds for $1.00 each or as bulk purchases by cash; others areas only accept cash.


Volunteer Today

There are many volunteer opportunities for parents at Celebration Saturday. Parents who wish to volunteer can sign up for shifts here.