- What’s special about Boarding at Havergal?
- How does Havergal support the Boarders’ academic progress?
- How do you help prepare Boarders for life after Havergal?
- Who looks after a Boarder’s well-being?
- What sports, arts and other activities may a Boarder pursue?
- What can Boarders do on the weekends?
- May I stay at the school during the Christmas and March Break holidays?
- Are Boarders fully integrated into the school community?
- What are the accommodations or dorm rooms like?
- Will I have my own bathroom and shower?
- How can I do laundry at school? Will someone do it for me?
- Do I need to bring my own bedding?
- Do we have Internet in our rooms?
- Do I need to bring a computer or will there be a computer I can use at school?
- What kind of food will I be served?
What’s special about Boarding at Havergal?
Long after girls graduate, Boarders and their parents will tell you that the friendships and connections formed at Havergal are life long. They will also highlight the tremendous academic advantages of being able to live and attend school at Havergal. The Residence Dons, dynamic young women with teaching and coaching experience, live in Boarding with the girls. They are available day and night for advice, counsel and support. Havergal is very much a second home for our girls.
How does Havergal support the Boarders’ academic progress?
Life as a Havergal Boarder is a balance between study time and leisure time to pursue co-curricular and outside interests. Boarders have supervised study time each evening and enjoy extended access to the Reta Weston Resource Centre and computer labs. When girls need extra help, the Dons are a willing and very helpful resource. Boarding staff work closely with teachers, guidance counsellors, health care providers, parents and staff to ensure that each Boarder reaches her academic goals and potential. Parents are informed of their daughter’s progress on a regular basis.
How do you help prepare Boarders for life after Havergal?
Havergal’s Boarding School also hosts many educational and skill development events throughout each year such as the Canadian Culture Workshop, Study Skills and Time Management Workshops, Health and Wellness Seminars and more. Special opportunities are offered for student leaders including Leadership Training and Overnight Leadership Retreats. Opportunities to participate in our Life Skills Programming provide the opportunities by which students are able to build these skills, such as money-management, self-defence, laundry, cooking, sewing, kitchen safety, First Aid and emergency training. Through these seminars, students not only gain new skills, but also satisfy some of the skills component of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Who looks after a Boarder’s well-being?
At Havergal, you are never very far from friends, supporters or advisors. One of the most significant outcomes of attending school away from home is increased self-reliance and the development of social confidence to adapt to new situations. To help students develop these essential skills, each Boarder is a member of a family group headed by a Don and two Junior Dons (senior students). The Don is in regular contact with her ‘family members’, and acts as an advisor, mentor, role model and leader. The Junior Dons assist the Dons and help plan activities for Boarders throughout the year.
The School’s Guidance Counsellors establish links with each Boarder, helping and monitoring her progress. The Boarding staff maintains ongoing communications with parents and guardians to inform them of their daughter’s accomplishments.
The Boarding School maintains around-the-clock security, with Dons on duty all the time. Boarders have full access to healthcare through the onsite Wellness Centre (with our School Doctor and Registered Nurses). The food services staff is attuned to the nutritional needs of each girl, and laundry and room cleaning services facilitate each student’s comfort. Every night, after study time, a range of activities are offered, including aerobics, games and yoga.
As a multi-faith school with Anglican roots, Boarders from various cultural and religious backgrounds attend Havergal. Boarding staff will support Boarders’ religious practices and assist them in finding a place of worship that best suits them. The Upper School also has a Chapel, a quiet place for prayer and spiritual reflection.
What sports, arts and other activities may a Boarder pursue?
All activities offered by Havergal are available to Boarders; including a wide assortment of clubs, sports teams, music opportunities plus a vast array of co-curricular activities. Arrangements may also be made to pursue special interests outside of the school’s offerings, such as tennis or horseback riding lessons. All Havergal students are actively encouraged to participate in community initiatives at local partner schools and other Toronto organizations. In addition, the Dons organize various games, crafts and off-site excursions on a weekly basis.
What can Boarders do on the weekends?
We regularly organize activities on the weekends, although these are most often optional. These activities can include going to a movie, visiting a local cultural attraction, partaking in a shopping trip or other adventure.
Boarders may also organize outings themselves with their friends. Boarders must get permission from the Boarding staff and must sign-out and back in with the Don on duty in in the Boarding Office. We are certainly sensitive to students’ need for a good sleep-in and for rest and relaxation on the weekends.
May I stay at the school during the Christmas and March Break holidays?
The Boarding School is closed during the Christmas and March Break holidays and there are no organized trips. Parents and/or guardians will need to make arrangements for their daughters during these holidays.
Are Boarders fully integrated into the school community?
Havergal is committed to ensuring that Boarders feel they are important and fully engaged with the student body. Boarders and day students get to know one another during orientation and through their shared school days, in assemblies, House Teacher Advisor Groups, and on teams and clubs, and by participating in school and community events. Each year, student leaders within Boarding plan special events and dinners for all Havergal Upper School students.
What are the accommodations like?
Comfortable accommodation is provided in bright, airy rooms overlooking gardens and sports areas. In most cases, Boarders will have a roommate in their dorm room. Boarders also have access to a large, sunny common room, a favourite gathering place furnished with easy chairs, couches, a foosball table and a media centre. There is a separate study room, with desktop computers, and other common spaces for gatherings throughout both floors of Boarding.
Will I have my own bathroom and shower?
Bathrooms and showers are communal. Typically you will share a shower and toilet with two or three other students. You will only need to bring your own toiletries and towels. You may also want to bring a pair of flip-flops or plastic sandals for walking to and from the shower.
How can I do laundry at school? Will someone do it for me?
Laundry service is available Monday through Friday and is covered by your school fees. We have fantastic housekeeping staff who will do your laundry for you during the school day. You will also have access to a laundry room that you can use during your free time in the evenings and on weekends should you prefer to do your own laundry. We will provide a tutorial at the beginning of the year on how to use the machines.
Do I need to bring my own bedding?
You will need to supply your own bedding (fitted sheets and a blanket or duvet). If you prefer, you can purchase these items when you arrive; there are several stores near the school to purchase bedding. You will also need bath towels both for day-to-day purposes (showering, etc.) as well as for the swimming pool. We recommend that you bring only one set of bed sheets and two sets of towels. This is ample given the availability of laundry services and more practical given the space constraints within the Boarding School.
Do we have Internet in our rooms?
You will be using the school network. Wireless access is available in many areas of the Boarding School, and each student room is equipped with an access port.
Do I need to bring a computer or will there be a computer I can use at school?
Havergal has fully adopted a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or BYO Laptop/Tablet approach to the use of computer technology for Grades 9 to 12. The research and students themselves tell us, bringing a personal device to class is better for the learner. Teachers welcome personalized devices in the classroom; for students, BYOD is a more effective and efficient way of making use of technology.
What kind of food will I be served?
We have fantastic food service at Havergal. Each day, from Monday to Friday, you will be served three nutritious (and delicious) meals in the Hawkins Dining Room in the Upper School, along with morning, afternoon and after school snacks. Breakfast includes hot items such as bacon, eggs or porridge and bread for making toast, bagels and cereal. Lunch will include a choice of hot entrees, a salad bar, soup and sandwiches. Dinner will include “home-cooked” two hot entrees to choose from, a salad bar, soup and bread with spreads. Vegetarian options are always available and special dietary restrictions or allergies can be accommodated. International and cultural diverse cuisine are featured often, along with organic food and seasonal produce. Juice, milk and water are always available. On weekends you will be served a delicious brunch and dinner with a variety of choices. The Common Room is stocked with various snacks (such as fruit, bagels, soup, sandwich meat, bread, milk, veggies, yogurt, cheese and juice) and has a small kitchenette. For a sample menu, click here.