The Senior School prepares students to be globally-minded, confident and resilient decision makers who are able to adapt and thrive in complex and changing environments.
Community & Global Partnerships
Providing opportunities to make the world a better place.
Building self-confidence, sportsmanship and commitment.
Develop skills for students to become leaders of tomorrow.
In the Senior School, each student assumes increasing responsibility for the decisions that shape their future. They are guided, mentored and inspired by experienced faculty and staff who ensure that all students are successful at Havergal. Mentoring relationships help Senior School students expand their network and to connect to opportunities close to home and across the globe. As a result, each student acquires the confidence and initiative to find their own way.
Post-secondary planning plays an integral part of our Senior School program, through our Guidance and Teacher Advisor programs. Havergal students graduate as informed and responsive global citizens, ready to take the next step whether that is studying at a university in Canada or abroad or taking a path less travelled. With the arrival of Boarding School students in Grade 9, the Senior School is enriched by different perspectives and worldviews.Our graduates (100%) study at the university of their choice, including prestigious institutions around the globe.
With the largest girls’ independent school campus in the city, Havergal’s 22-acre campus features a natural protected tree-lined ravine, green playing fields and a combination of heritage and modern architecture. Our new double-height Art Studio and outdoor sculpture area provide bright, light-filled spaces to spark creativity. New classrooms are positioned to foster greater collaboration between departments and encourage inspiration and imagination among students.
Meet the Faculty & Staff
Our exceptional faculty and staff are what sets Havergal apart from other schools. They keenly participate in the life of the school as coaches, advisors and mentors, and show our students every day that they care. Meet some of our team members:
Head of the Senior School
Director of Student Leadership, Social Sciences Teacher
English & Drama Teacher
Art & Design Teacher
Art & Design Teacher
Head of the Senior School
Before joining Havergal, Ms. Timusk held a variety of leadership roles at Upper Canada College including the Assistant Head of Operations and Strategic Projects, Director of Service and International Trips, Chair of Mathematics and Senior House Advisor. She brings extensive experience leading programs for Upper School students and faculty and a particular passion for leadership opportunities for women. Ms. Timusk’s positive attitude and ability to see both the big picture and the small details that allow students to find connections impressed the interview panel throughout the process.
As Head of the Senior School, Ms. Timusk is responsible for promoting wellbeing practices, ensuring that each student is known and has access to the diversity of experiences in the Senior School. She oversees the co-curricular programming including the support and mentoring of student leaders and the House program.
Ms. Timusk is keen to begin to learn about Havergal, the student body, faculty and staff who support them. During her tenure at Upper Canada College, she developed the insight that each school is unique and that culture and tradition can be successfully coupled with innovation that serves the school and the students well.
Mr. Caplan joined the HC-X team in September 2020 with eight years of experience in the independent school sector. In addition to being an educator for students in Grades 1 to 12, he also held the position of Technology & Teaching Coach at a local all-girls independent school. He embodies the notion of the professional learner in how he pursues knowledge, what he practises and how he networks. Mr. Caplan’s learning has focused recently on future-readiness, leading to his interest in earning formal certificates in Design Thinking and User-Design. He is currently working toward a Certificate of School Management & Leadership at Harvard and a Masters of Education at OISE/UT.
Through his work as Coaching Mentor for Cohort 21 and co-founder of the CIS Ontario Coaching Collaborative, Mr. Caplan has extensive experience working with faculty to navigate complex change. He believes in building strong relationships to enact positive shifts in culture and launching school-wide initiatives. He is passionate about Integrated Arts programs and is interested in how digital wisdom serves humanity. His thoughtful curiosity and professional coaching inspire many at Havergal.
Ms. Lu joins Havergal this year with over 20 years of teaching experience in China, United States and Canada. Her academic background includes a Master of Arts in Education from Beijing Language and Culture University, specializing in teaching Chinese as a second language, and a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature from Jilin University. Most recently, Ms. Lu taught Mandarin at Bronte College for 11 years; before that she taught at Tsinghua University, Eckerd College, Peak to Peak Charter School and The Bishop Strachan School.
Classroom experience and student performance can be greatly enhanced when students are motivated to learn. Ms. Lu’s classroom is interactive and activities are designed based on multiple intelligences. She believes that a teacher is not an authority of knowledge, but a facilitator who creates a supportive and positive environment. She is passionate about helping students become lifelong learners and reach their full potential.
Ms. Lu enjoys practicing Chinese calligraphy and her work has been published and exhibited in China. She believes that art and culture can build bridges of communication and connect people. In her class, Ms. Lu incorporates a variety of calligraphy practices and places language in its cultural contexts to boost student engagement and learning.
Director of Student Leadership, Social Sciences Teacher
Ms. Marshall arrived at Havergal this year from Upper Canada College (UCC), where she spent the last four years as Assistant Head of the Upper School, Student Affairs, focused on helping students become their best selves. Ms. Marshall transformed the culture around leadership in the Upper School and created many new inclusive leadership pathways. She feels blessed to be serving as Havergal’s Director of Student Leadership and thoroughly enjoys teaching Social Sciences to her wonderfully engaging Grade 7 students.
Ms. Marshall is a passionate historian and coach, who believes that knowing each student is at the cornerstone of supporting them in their journeys of growth and discovery. She believes in the importance of student mentorship and agency in schools and is deeply impressed by the formal and informal student leadership she sees everyday at Havergal. Her goal at the school is to have all students embrace and deploy their many strengths in order to leave the school confident and prepared to share their voices, values and passions with others.
With more than 20 years experience teaching and leading in independent schools, Ms. Marshall has served as Social Science Teacher and Department Head at UCC, Branksome Hall and The York School, the latter of which she was also honoured to launch Challenge Week in 2003. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s, a BEd from the University of Ottawa and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Toronto.
A parent of two active teenagers and an extremely cute dog, Ms. Marshall loves running, being in nature and volunteering in her free time.
English & Drama Teacher
Mr. O’Donoghue has been teaching English, Drama and Media Studies at Havergal since 2019. During that time, he has enjoyed working with all year groups and encouraged students to look in depth at aspects of the Arts. Together with the English and Drama departments, Mr. O’Donoghue endeavours to bring literature to life, with creative approaches and lots of collaborative learning.
As well as teaching, Mr. O’Donoghue is a committed member of Ellen Knox House and loves to get involved with all the activities in which they participate, as well as other clubs and societies. Mr. O’Donoghue earned a Master of Arts in English from Emmanuel College, Cambridge and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education in English and Drama teaching from New College, Oxford.
Remtulla joins Havergal this year with 18 years of teaching experience in Mathematics at The York School and Upper Canada College. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Science Honours in Mathematics and Biology from McMaster, a Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Senior) from Queen’s, as well as an Honours Specialist Mathematics and a Masters of Arts, Mathematics Education from OISE. So basically, she’s got a good math head on her shoulders.
School isn’t just the building, but what happens in and around it. Remtulla has served as a House Advisor, service trip leader, basketball coach and even found time to become a certified yoga instructor. Informal roles have included mentorship of colleagues, technology support, event planning and execution.
Remtulla definitely keeps busy in her life outside of work. You can find her cheering on the Raptors, working on her photography skills, DJing up some major tunes, listening to podcasts and audiobooks on double speed, traveling the world or searching for the best eats around the city (she has a serious French fry addiction).
One of the key factors that brought Remtulla to Havergal is the opportunity to engage with and encourage students in their transformation to becoming strong, independent and capable individuals.
Art & Design Teacher
Ms. Toor is an artist, educator and life-long (un)learner. She brings over 20 years of experience as an accomplished innovator, working in both traditional and non-traditional spheres of learning and employing an educational lens to design, lead and implement projects. Prior to teaching at Havergal, Ms. Toor was adjunct faculty at the School of Education, Trent University, and Lecturer in the Joint Visual Art and Art History program, Sheridan College and UTM.
In tandem with her teaching practice, Ms. Toor has consulted as an art educator and administrator at artist-run centres and major cultural institutions such as the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Canadian Art Foundation and the Aga Khan Museum. Having taught both in Canada and abroad, from elementary to post-secondary, Ms. Toor’s favourite place is the art studio, where she fosters a positive learning environment that advocates for authentic self-expression and offers opportunities for students to explore their unique artistic voices.
Ms. Toor is deeply passionate about learning and addressing the concerns, challenges and issues related to decolonizing arts education to elevate Indigenous and BIPOC perspectives in art. An active member of the Toronto art community, Ms. Toor has recently been appointed as a Board Member to the Arts Education Network of Ontario, where she will offer her expertise and collaboratively contribute to projects related to Research and Advocacy.
In addition to her teaching role in the Art and Design Department, Ms. Toor is a Middle School Form Advisor, an enthusiast for Ellen Knox House and a faculty advisor for both the Muslim Student Association and the Art City community partnership. She also loves to coach U14 Tennis (Go Gators!)
Ms. Toor holds a Bachelor of Arts (studio) from Waterloo University, an Art Education specialization diploma from Concordia University and an MA in Communication (Art, Culture and Technology) and Education from Columbia University in New York City. She completed her AP qualifications from The Art Institute of Chicago. She was recently appointed as a Fellow with the Global Action Research Collaborative on Girl’s Education for the 2023-24 cohort and is exploring the relationship between creativity, collaboration with artists and girl’s education.
When Ms. Toor has the opportunity to make art, her practice includes installation, photography (digital and non-digital) and textiles. She uses language and images to explore the complexities of personal/private space and the intersections of religion, language and beauty. Her art work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally and she has been the recipient of grants from the Ontario Arts Council.
Ms. Toor is an avid traveller and was adopted by a cat when she lived in Kuwait.
Art & Design Teacher
Ms. Ulbin joined Havergal College in 2018 as an Art and Design Teacher at the Upper School, bringing with her over 10 years of experience in Experiential Learning. She has worked as an arts educator at major institutions across the GTA, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Harbourfront Centre, Lakeshore Arts and with schools across the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Prior to discovering a passion for teaching, Ms. Ulbin was a freelance artist in the film and design industry working for companies such as IMAX, Tantrum VFX and DDB Public Relations.
Ms. Ulbin believes that creative thinking and expression are integral to student growth and is passionate about preparing students to be critical thinkers. Outside of the technical competencies acquired in her visual arts, media arts and communication technology classes, Ms. Ulbin believes that creative problem solving, collaboration and communication are crucial skills that help students succeed in any subject and future discipline. Ms. Ulbin feels strongly that each student holds within them a creative spark and she thus creates a safe and inclusive classroom in order for each student to exercise this vital voice. She values working with real-world artists and exposing students to the practice of professionals by planning workshops, trips and seminars.
In addition to her teaching role in the Art and Design Department, Ms. Ulbin is a House Advisor for Mary Dennys (Go Dragons!), The Photography Club, The Salon and has previously advised the Ludemus Yearbook club. She has also enjoyed coaching tennis, alpine skiing and joining students on a number of excursions. Ms. Ulbin earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University and a Bachelor of Education, Arts Specialist and Social Science teaching qualifications from OISE.
Ms. Ulbin is also an animal lover who is always happy to share photos of her furry babies—just ask!
Ms. Wang joins Havergal this year with 11 years of teaching experience in the sciences at Upper Canada College. She will be joining the HC-X team as the coordinator of the Grade 9 Transdisciplinary course. She is looking forward to working collaboratively with members of the faculty to further develop student agency, curiosity and future readiness in our students.
Outside the classroom, Ms. Wang has extensive experience coaching debate on the regional and national level. Ms. Wang believes in building an inclusive and safe environment for students to explore topics through curiosity-led investigations. She is excited to meet the Havergal teams and looks forward to case preparations and judging debate rounds.
Ms. Wang’s love for plants has bloomed during the pandemic. Known as a plant parent or plant enthusiast, you might just find her contemplating the species of the Philodendron genus and looking for variegated plants at the BioWall!
Built with intention, HC-X–Havergal’s innovation hub–is designed to support students and faculty through new contemporary programs and innovative future-ready learning experiences.
Students of all ages should have opportunities to develop their voice, and in doing so, discover and build capacity in their ability to be a leader. In the Senior School, students are given opportunities to build and develop their leadership skills with purposefully-created formal and informal opportunities.
A formal leadership title is not necessary in order to make a difference and lead and not all Senior School students are interested in holding a formal leadership role. These students are therefore encouraged to get involved with informal and community-based leadership opportunities such as becoming Spirit Week Grade Representatives; engaging in excursions and the Exchange Program; participating in public speaking opportunities; and organically volunteering and supporting other school programming and initiatives.
In the Senior School, students have an hour of dedicated wellbeing programming each day. That time may be spent in Prayers, athletics or arts activities, guidance sessions, advisory groups, clubs and many other opportunities. The aim is to provide balance in students’ lives, attending equally to their cognitive social, emotional, spiritual and physical health. Students explore individual wellness topics in depth, such as stress management, conflict resolution and mindfulness. Students develop self-awareness and a sophisticated wellbeing vocabulary. Knowing themselves and being able to express who they are equips them to become agents in their own lives, increasingly able to guide themselves in their academics, relationships and life goals. Grade 12s also focus on university pathways and applications.
Practising the skills of wellbeing helps our students to engage in a healthy way with present and future possibilities and be prepared for the unexpected. They gain the ability to be strategic–to assess patterns, shift perspectives, weigh options and calculate outcomes. With a reliable framework for making decisions, they are equipped to be proactive throughout life. For our students to thrive in life they need to understand and apply the skills that build health and wellness. With that preparation, they are ready to make a difference as individuals, citizens and leaders.
Senior School students are encouraged to share their perspectives and develop self-direction. Students make increasingly independent choices about their co-curricular clubs and activities, deciding what to pursue and how to balance their commitments. By Grade 11 and 12, their education plan is also largely self-directed, as they customize their course options to meet their personal goals. Students may also complete the Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone program, comprising one year of AP Seminar and one year of AP Research focused on a real-world issue of their choosing. Making responsible decisions increases student agency and is an important part of a Havergal education.
In Grade 9, the focus of Guidance classes is on building community, learning to consider other opinions and voicing opinions respectfully. In Grade 10, students continue to build strategies to add to their academic toolkits. Finally, in Grade 11 and 12, the program focuses on post-secondary investigation and planning. All of this is to ensure students are prepared for what lies before them outside of Havergal, while also feeling empowered to make choices about their futures.
When students graduate from Havergal, they will be ready not only to succeed, but also to make a difference as a leader in their chosen pursuits. Graduates have the academic credentials and the intellectual curiosity to excel at university and beyond, with 100% of them studying at the university of their choice. Our graduates are empowered to chart their own course for the future.
Located in the Upper School, the Boarding School provides unique experiences with opportunities for students to learn, grow and make lifelong friends.