Signature of a BSS Girl

The Signature of a BSS Girl is a set of personal attributes that are encouraged, nurtured and taught at The Bishop Strachan School.
To us, the seven attributes of the Signature - a growth mindset, ethical citizenship, curiosity, self-awareness, grit, voice and leadership - are critical to the development of character and set the stage for success. We believe working towards these attributes helps each student realize her full potential and make a difference in the world. Everything that happens at the school, from academics to co-curricular activities, is designed to help students develop these important attributes.

The Signature is the product of intensive research on contemporary girls’ psychology, wellness, character development and leadership models. Click here to read the research behind the Signature of a BSS Girl and our Culture of Powerful Learning, or explore the attributes below.
    • Two students laughing

      Embracing a Growth Mindset, I cultivate the attributes of the Signature of a BSS Girl to prepare for life’s opportunities and challenges. As an Ethical Citizen, I help others do the same.

    • Four students sit at a table with laptops


      What? Who? Why? When? How? How come?
      I have an open, curious mind. I like to explore, investigate and uncover. The more I learn, the more my world opens up.

    • Three Junior students smiling at one another


      I am more than what you see.
      You are more than what I see.
      I use my thoughts, feelings and actions to know myself.
      And express what I stand for.
      The more honest I am with myself, the more compassionate I become.

    • Student runs with relay baton


      Even when it’s difficult, I strive to achieve my goals.
      I have a keen focus.
      My passion pushes me to achieve something meaningful.
      Even if I fail, I tell myself I have grown.

    • Student smiles at teacher in library


      I hear a voice in my head, my heart, my gut. I decide when and how to use it, for myself, and those with no voice.
      It’s sometimes strong, sometimes soft.
      But it’s always there. And always worthy.

    • Student smiles and gestures at another student outside


      The more I find ways to reach my own goals and face my own challenges head on, the more I can help others do the same.
      As a leader, a follower or something in between.