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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.
The Signature is the product of intensive research on contemporary girls psychology, well-being, character development and leadership models. To us, the seven attributes of the Signature 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.

List of 2 items.

  • Growth Mindset

    I am committed to hard work, persistence, and a desire to learn. I cultivate the attributes of the Signature of a BSS Girl to prepare for life’s opportunities and challenges.
  • Ethical Citizenship

    I am committed to being an ethical citizen, valuing multiple perspectives, inclusivity and empathy.

List of 6 items.

  • Curiosity

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

    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.
  • Grit

    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.
  • Voice

    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.
  • Leadership

    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.
  • Learn More

    Explore the research behind the Signature of a BSS Girl and our Culture of Powerful Learning.