A note to the BSS community was sent today to announce that, in July 2017, Deryn Lavell will be stepping down as Head of School after eight years of distinguished leadership. The BSS Board of Governors is commencing its search for a new Head of School while Deryn continues in her role over the coming academic year. “We have been fortunate to have such a visionary leader at the helm of this incredible school,” says Cindy Tripp, Chair of the BSS Board of Governors and a BSS alumna. After hearing the news in the BSS Chapel today from Deryn and Cindy, staff and faculty rose to their feet to give Deryn a long, emotional standing ovation. You can read the community update, our full press release and stay up to date as the search progresses on this page.
What do a visit with Ikea’s top designers and an investigation into the electromagnetic waves emitted by cell phones have in common? They’re both part of The Bishop Strachan School’s efforts to bring learning into the 21st century! We were thrilled to read The National Post’s recent article highlighting the many ways our school is transforming education and empowering students. From JK to Grade 12, BSS is widening the horizons of girls’ education in new and exciting ways.
BSS aluma Catherine WACHTER ‘96 and Nicola DOYLE, ’96 are currently working on a creative project, Warrior Within. The project centres around the creation of a student-driven fictional short film that uses metaphor and imagery to help engage students in their understanding of stress, anxiety and how to individually develop their own resilience. This creative project will also involve the student exploration of the film’s themes through artwork, music composition and photography created alongside the shoot and under the guidance of mentors in the field. This short film, and all its creative facets, will go on to inspire a student-driven curriculum aimed at filling the dearth of creative pedagogy regarding positive mental health for youth and will be celebrated at an exhibition/premiere next spring. The project is currently on Indiegogo, where you can learn more.
Our Class of 2016 is rounding down the year with some challenging exams, and then they’re off. At our graduation ceremonies of June 17, we celebrate their extraordinary achievements at BSS and the joy they’ve brought us – and will bring to their next adventures, whether that’s an inspiring gap year or attending one of the best post-secondary schools around the world. A recent edition of the Globe and Mail featured a front section ad praising our girls, and the universities that have offered them a place this September. Congratulations, Class of 2016!
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne got together with the girls behind the Influencers of Tomorrow (IOT) Summit, held April 16 at MaRS Discovery District. She spoke to 150 Toronto high school girls on the need for future politicians to “get involved and speak up”, telling the group that “every human being deserves a chance to succeed”. The girls from BSS and GEM did an outstanding job of planning this inaugural summit, which was built around empowering girls to create positive change in their communities and build a better future. Read more about the philosophy and process behind the IOT in The Link Magazine.
The newest issue of The Link has arrived! In this issue you’ll learn about a BSS student who took on toxic toys in Russia, discover the future of Toronto’s waterfront as envisioned by our Middle School students and meet some Old Girls who are changing the world! You can find hard copies of the magazine at BSS, or read it online at www.bss.on.ca/thelink
With BSS and Canada celebrating sesquicentennials in 2017, we are thrilled to announce a partnership with ONEFIVEOH and its Founder and Managing DirectorHilary DOYLE ’96, a proud graduate of BSS. We will be sponsoring a series of short videos of Canadians telling their personal stories. The first features another BSS alum – Veronica TENNANT ’64, filmmaker and former Prima Ballerina, National Ballet of Canada. Enjoy, and stay tuned for more!
ONEFIVEOH is asking people across the country to tell them a personal story… in 150 seconds or less. ONEFIVEOH is curating and producing these stories, working with artists — musicians, animators, editors, cinematographers, producers, and directors — to turn each story into a filmed work of art. In 2017, 150 of these stories will air on large and small screens across the country.
ONEFIVEOH is a celebration with a simple narrative – everyone has a story, and those stories have the lasting power to bring us together. What could be more Canadian than that? Got a ONEFIVEOH you’d like to share? Send Hilary an email email@example.com and check out the project at www.onefiveoh.ca.
We recently welcomed Canadian author Kim Thúy, CQ to the BSS campus as this year’s speaker supported by the Hill Canadian Authors fund. Ms. Thúy spoke to our Senior School students about her journey to Canada from Vietnam as a refugee, her debut novel Ru, which won the 2010 Governor General’s Award for French language fiction, and her experiences as an immigrant and a writer.
Chantal and Mackenzie (both BSS 2018) topped all other 18 junior teams at the Feb. 19th Fulford Debate held at Branksome Hall. They won both the Bryan Jones Trophy and individual citations. The senior team of Isabel de Verteuil and Mini Ruda (both 2016) also did well, finishing sixth and, by the end of a long evening of debating, Isabel had triumphed over a field of three dozen students as the best senior speaker of the debate. Congratulations!