BSS parents Aline Nalbandian and Erin Galante each have three girls in the school and share a unified perspective: as their children have grown and evolved over the years, so has their school. The time they’ve spent as members of the BSS community has only sharpened that perspective.
Girls who are going to change the world need new ways to see it. That’s why BSS asks its students to think, invent and test beyond traditional lines of inquiry. To break through limits of understanding. To discover novel solutions to baffling problems. To create blueprints for a better future.
BSS brings Blockchain, an innovative tech program, to BSS that demonstrates the school’s commitment to push the envelope, offering its students the opportunity to learn novel technologies that will ultimately help them make a difference in society.
“So much comes together in the lives of girls when they participate in sports,” explains Angela Terpstra. “They gain confidence within a supportive team environment, while at the same time experiencing the inevitable sting of making a mistake or losing a game. Very rarely will teams only experience
success on the field, ice or court. And this is a good thing. The goal is for our girls to develop habits: the habit of trying something new, of learning from failure, of adapting to change.
“I had very high expectations of the school when I arrived. And I have not been disappointed. In fact my expectations have been exceeded on every level. We have some of the most well-educated educators I’ve seen in my career. And we have an extraordinary level of talent and commitment to students across the school.”
When Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs won the competition this past fall to turn 12 acres of Toronto waterfront into a smart, sustainable neighbourhood, it helped reinforce the sense that the city could become a model for innovative living in the future. As it happens, months earlier a group of BSS girls from a Grade 8 class were surveying an as-yet-undeveloped part of the Port Lands…
This past September, BSS launched its unique version of Ryerson’s zone approach: Signature Learning. Currently a Junior School initiative with the potential to grow in the future, Signature Learning immerses BSS girls in a dynamic and collaborative “doing” environment scaled to their age and interests.
“We know our school is progressive and pioneering,” says Mary Anne Van Acker, Assistant Head, Innovation Development and Technology. At the same time, she says, “we recognize and value how important it is to be aware of ‘disruptors,’ not only within education, but in the wider world, that might impact how we educate our girls over the next five to 10 years.”
Honouring former Head Natalie Little Walk into the BSS Junior School and you’ll instantly recognize it as a space that was designed with the experience of students and teachers in mind. A bright and open building, it has a contagious energy that is inspiring, both to the young learners who know every cranny and those […]
Bright, airy, and as flexible as it is functional, the new BSS building, known as the Transformation Project, respects both the longstanding educational traditions and architectural heritage of BSS. At the same time, it embraces the innovative educational thinking and modern view of the world that distinguishes BSS today. Developed in phases dating back to […]
Strategy meets technology meets innovation In today’s world where technological change is ever increasing the ability for innovation and disruption, where vast arrays of digital choices and devices are rapid-fire, adding the word sustainable alongside is not so typical. At BSS, sustainability has become an important concept as it relates to technology and innovation. It […]
Periodically every organization from schools to banks must check in with its strategic direction and ask the fundamental questions. Are we on track with our goals? Are we aligned with the needs of our stakeholders? Are we in tune with the changes in our sector? Without this review it’s easy to get stuck in a […]
Bukky Boyo immigrated to Canada from Nigeria with her husband and three daughters in the spring of 2001. “We came to Canada because of the girls – we wanted them to have a good Canadian education,” Mrs. Boyo says. She soon began looking for a school for her eldest daughter, Alero. The application deadline for […]
Our Senior Leadership team identifies top three trends in education. Flipped Classrooms Harvard professor Eric Mazur experimented in the mid-1990s with moving his traditional lectures out of the classroom and reserving classroom time for questions, problem-solving and practice. “Flipping” is championed by many mathematics and science high school teachers who video themselves teaching short lessons […]
When you’re a student, working hard and earning top marks is something to be proud of. But it isn’t everything, notes Douglas Watt, Director of Industry and Business Strategy Research at the Conference Board of Canada. Mr. Watt recalls what happened at Nortel Networks Corp. during the late 1990s. The company had recruited students with […]
Our Senior Leadership team identifies top three trends in education. Faculty/Staff Collaboration As teaching and learning paradigms change for students the world over, the way in which teachers work must, of necessity, also change. Once the sage on the stage, abundance of information in a globally connected world means teachers are no longer the transmitters of […]
It’s no secret that BSS staff want their students to succeed. From the moment a girl enters Junior Kindergarten to the day she graduates, the adults around her (from teachers to counsellors) make it their business to support her in every way possible – academically, physically, spiritually, emotionally and socially. “The philosophy of our school […]
“Draw a scientist.” These three words, a seemingly straightforward prompt, formed the basis of a projective test on primary schoolchildren conceived by David Wade Chambers in 1983. You can probably guess how most of them – nearly 5,000 students from Canada, Australia and the United States – interpreted the question: they drew a man. The […]
In the world of ever-changing and fast-paced technological development, the IT team at BSS is poised to meet the diverse needs of students, faculty and staff through research, exploration, collaboration and best practice implementation. Our IT staff took some time to compile a list of 10 powerful apps for powerful learning that are trending now […]
The Culture of Powerful Learning at BSS translates into students who strive for their own enrichment. It also means that teachers and administration are researching, developing and implementing the most forward-thinking ways to inspire girls to thrive. Here are snapshots of three trends in education identified by the BSS Senior Leadership Team that will keep […]
No matter how in touch with kids and culture adults are, there are still things that go on so unlike our own upbringings that they somehow feel wrong. I witnessed an argument between a 50-year-old man and his 17-year-old daughter recently – pretty typical of the heated discussions on this topic that many of us […]