Writings on the people, programs and philosophies behind BSS.
Building Community

The BSS Connection

Posted: December 20, 2018 at 12:01 am   /   Building Community

Hailey VASYLIW ’10 was in her second year of a commerce degree at the University of Toronto when she won a scholarship from HSBC, as well as two internship opportunities with the bank – one in commercial banking and the other on the trading floor. “I really was interested in finance but I didn’t know how to get into investment banking,” says Ms. Vasyliw. She reached out to the Advancement team at BSS and asked if she could be connected with any alumnae who’d worked in capital markets for some career advice. “That’s when I was connected with Heather.”

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Surrounded by Support

Posted: December 20, 2018 at 12:00 am   /   Building Community

Often when something important or interesting happens in Grade 12 student Chiara Picão’s life, one of her first thoughts is, ‘I can’t wait to bring this up at my TAG meeting.’ Together with her Teacher Advisory Group, she shares her ups and downs, seeks advice and escapes from the day-to-day demands of student life. “In the beginning, I underestimated its significance,” says Chiara, whose TAG advisor is Jan Sullivan, Vice Principal of Student Life. “But our group’s connection happened really quickly. Over the years we’ve created a bond that I never expected, but am so grateful for.”

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Nativity in its 90th Year

Posted: December 20, 2018 at 12:00 am   /   Building Community

A look back at the Nativity service at BSS, one of the school’s cornerstone traditions, as its 90th anniversary is celebrated this year. First performed in 1928, this Christmas event is still heralded by the arrival of large fragrant pines decorating the Chapel where it is held. The Nativity enacts the biblical story of Christmas from the Annunciation to the Flight to Egypt through the recitation of scripture, choral music and reverential acting.

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Behind the Name

Exploring the meaning behind a few of the newest BSS spaces

Posted: April 26, 2018 at 1:12 pm   /   Building Community

“I really loved sports as a student and benefitted so much from the activities,” says Ms. Hong. “It’s important to be healthy, and it’s great for brain development. So we think the new gym is a special place. We saw it during construction and were impressed by its size and quality. It made sense for our gift to be attached to it.”

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Why BSS?

Three new families reflect on the reasoning behind their choice

Posted: April 26, 2018 at 1:07 pm   /   Building Community

Sending a three-year-old to school can make any parent anxious, and Selina Meng was no exception. “I had a lot of concerns because she’s so young,” says Ms. Meng, whose daughter Angelina – a December baby – started Junior Kindergarten in September. “But now I have no worries. She’s happy – which is the most important thing.”

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BSS students holding 150 time capsule

Sending a Message to the Future

Posted: October 20, 2017 at 2:31 pm   /   Building Community

In the spring of 2017, students were joined by staff, parents and other community members for a ceremonial closing of a time capsule, curated by students, which included BSS ties, an iPhone and a specially-preserved shop cookie. It was placed in a wall in the Learning Commons, not to be opened until 2067.

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The Chroniclers

Posted: October 17, 2017 at 11:11 am   /   Building Community

The oblong watercolour painting is exquisite; showcasing detailed figures of BSS students in 1931, lacing on skates as they chat with each other before an outing on the school’s skating rink. “Their poses are so lifelike, their winter outfits reminiscent of a time gone by,” says Sue ALLEN Dutton ’79, Archivist of the BSS Museum & Archives. “Receiving this donation was a very lucky day for us.”

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Rising tides life all boats

Financial Assistance @ BSS

Posted: March 26, 2017 at 5:21 pm   /   Building Community

Valerie WHITTINGHAM Pringle ’71 is one of the most recognized faces in Canadian broadcasting, particularly since she spent almost a decade sitting in the co-anchor chair at CTV’s Canada AM morning show. She co-hosted coverage of the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics and was chosen as one of the Famous 50 Faces of 50 Years of […]

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Madame Justice Jane KELLY ’82 and her daughter

Where The Past Meets The Future

Posted: March 26, 2017 at 5:19 pm   /   Building Community

Madame Justice Jane KELLY ’82 is very familiar with the tensions and creative possibilities that arise when long-standing institutions adapt to the digital age. As a Superior Court Justice, her work in the heart of the ever-evolving legal system has given her a unique perspective on The Bishop Strachan School’s ability to innovate while respecting its traditions.

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What inspires philanthropy?

What inspires philanthropy?

Posted: November 2, 2016 at 11:01 am   /   Building Community

On the last day of school, in a sunlit classroom alive with the electric energy of the impending summer holidays, a group of Grade 6 girls came together to finish one last project. It was their leaving gift for the Junior School, a work of art featuring 48 strands – representing each member of the […]

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It’s up to youth

Posted: March 29, 2016 at 12:58 pm   /   Building Community

When BSS student Claire Vaughan heard about the chance to get involved in an event aimed at tackling the tough issues facing girls in Toronto, she knew she had to be part of it. When she learned that students would be planning and running the event, it was the icing on the cake. “The best […]

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Building a life – and a community – through education

Posted: March 14, 2016 at 2:02 pm   /   Building Community

When I first found out that I was going to a boarding school in Canada, I remember asking Shirley, our school director in Nepal, many questions about what my new school would be like. She told me that it looked like Hogwarts. I had eagerly read all the Harry Potter series and was overjoyed at […]

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Katy Kay

The Innovation Fund Brings the World to BSS

Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:00 am   /   Building Community

Jazz legend Billie Holiday once said, “I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That’s all I know.” Like a great jazz vocalist, a school committed to powerful learning rejects “straight singing” in favour of changing the tune of education. The Innovation Fund, one of the […]

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