Introducing a recurring feature profiling the perspective of students from across the school on various topics. In this issue we spoke with a Junior, Middle and Senior School student about what the Signature of a BSS Girl means to them.
“I am equally proud of the work the Board has done as I am of the whole BSS community for its support and generosity,” says Cindy Tripp, outgoing Board Chair. “The Board is charged with ensuring the sustainability and longevity of BSS, and every member has enthusiastically taken on that responsibility. But nothing of substance happens without the gifts of time, expertise and money made by so many families and friends of the school. A board can only effectively lead when the whole community unites in a shared vision, which is exactly what I experienced.”
In an era when technology is all around us in the workplace, we run the risk of forgetting the ways we used to do things and losing valuable skills. Shorthand, once a must for any administrative worker, is one of the skills at risk of disappearing. But BSS is lucky enough to have a shorthand expert on staff. Executive Assistant to the Head Elda Scott has been using Pitman shorthand for over fifty years.
Chair of the BSS Board of Trustees and father of Sophie, Grade 8, Jonathan Hunter is unequivocal about the competitive advantage of gender diversity in the workplace. As Global Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities for RBC Capital Markets, Mr. Hunter is actively involved with RBC’s diversity efforts worldwide.
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.”
Since 2004, Barbara GRAYDON Priscus ’58 has volunteered with the BSS Museum & Archives. She’s a former student, a former French and German teacher, and a former vice-principal. Both of her daughters attended the school, as does her granddaughter, who is now in Grade 7.
From our founding, we have relied on faculty and staff to bring the BSS vision, mission and values to life. Our longstanding employees have a profound impact on students and our community. This year, we say farewell to five long-timers who, it is safe to say, have inspired thousands of students with their expertise and heart.
Jane King has been a phys-ed teacher, coach and athletic director for 29 years and now oversees all athletics in the BSS Junior, Middle and Senior School. Her department’s goal is simple –
to provide girls with the opportunity to develop skills outside of the curriculum and to create life-long athletes.
My six years at BSS fuelled all my little idiosyncrasies by providing many diverse experiences, ensuring as I grew up, my school grew with me. Seizing the opportunities that BSS provided was hugely gratifying, however, even more gratifying was creating my own opportunities by embracing the resources readily available.
As soon as she took up the new position of school Psychologist at BSS this past fall, Gail Sweeney got to work meeting with students. Some came into her office to say hello; boarders were treated to a gingerbread-making night – a treat for everyone involved, as Sweeney is a gourmet baker. Since she started, she’s talked to the girls about everything from their academic concerns to how to best manage stress.
Photographer and Old Girl Caitlin CRONENBERG ’02 spent some time on the BSS campus recently for a photo shoot. She was commissioned to create a portrait of Deryn Lavell that will take its place at the end of June along portraits of other former BSS Heads of School. Caitlin shared a few thoughts on the […]
Over the past 150 years, there have been many moments when BSS played a part in the unfolding narratives of world history. One such chapter came during the Second World War when BSS opened its doors to “war guests,” young women from England who escaped the danger and uncertainty at home by attending school in Canada.
Newcomer Lindsay Thierry is right at home at BSS A few weeks after starting his new job at BSS, Lindsay Thierry stopped a staff member to ask something that had been on his mind since arriving at the school. “I said to her, ‘Is everyone always this nice?’” he laughs. “BSS is very high-tech, very […]
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of BSS in my graduating year has given me the opportunity to reflect on the school’s history, as well as my own experiences and how the 13 years I have spent at BSS have shaped me into who I am today. For as long as I can remember, walking the halls of BSS has felt no different than walking around my own home. It is a place that is so familiar to me and where I feel comfortable enough to be myself.
When you look back on your time at BSS, either as Head or in any of the other roles you’ve had, how would you characterize your experience here? In a word, I’d have to say ‘powerful’. By powerful, I mean not a day goes by that I haven’t been completely consumed by BSS. It’s an […]
The Sybil Logier Prize, funded by Sybil’s family and The Bishop Strachan Class of 1952, was created to honour Sybil’s contribution to the academic and social fabric of the school. Sybil entered BSS in September 1949 in F orm VA. In 1950 she won the French prize and earned a General Proficiency Award. Active in […]
Distinguished Old Girl Award (DOGA) recipient Cindy GARDINER Blakely ’68 answers one of life’s most persistent and urgent questions. Have you ever stared into your closet with the alarming sensation that you have nothing to wear for an upcoming occasion? This is a vexing problem of abundance: with so much in there, how is it […]
As we look forward to the 150th anniversary celebrations, I am reminded of our 125th year. It is hard to believe that the 150th is already upon us. How time flies when you’re enjoying retirement! It is a chance to look back and assess where we’ve come from, to help us plan for the future. […]
Never underestimate the power of youth to make lasting change,” asserts Leen AL ZAIBAK ’03, a board member of the refugee support group Lifeline Syria. A passionate advocate for Syrian refugee resettlement, she is also a founder of Jusoor, an NGO that has raised the equivalent of $20 million in support of international educational opportunities […]
Head of their Class BRENDAN LEA Principal, Senior School With a degree in Fine Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Education, Brendan Lea entered the teaching profession in 1991 in Queensland, Australia. There, he took on successive leadership positions, and also completed a Masters of Education at the University of Southern Queensland. Mr. Lea always […]
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 […]
In U of T’s Translational Research Program where Hillary is doing her professional Masters, “the valley of death” is the chasm between medical discoveries in a lab and the living, breathing patients dependent on those epiphanies to improve their day-to-day realities. There are numerous steps from medical research to practical application: acquiring funding, replicating studies, […]
In celebrating diversity of thought in learning, we host compelling conferences and invite a wide range of speakers on campus throughout the year. These experiences help students and our whole community expand and explore their world view. Take a look at just some of the artists, authors, composers, journalists, politicians, scientists and experts in their […]
Balance isn’t something Andrew Federer has a hard time achieving, in spite of having a lot going on. This BSS dad is also a Vice Chair of the school’s Board of Governors, and divides his time between family, work – as Vice Chairman for RBC Capital Markets and volunteering, serving BSS and other not-for-profits, including […]
Photo: Emily giving her Academy Award acceptance speech. When Emily Kassie was 13, she sat in her Social Issues class at BSS watching the film Shake Hands With the Devil, the story of General Romeo Dallaire’s desperate attempt to stop the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Until that day, Emily had been blissfully unaware of both the […]
September marks the back-to-school season, a time far more meaningful than awards season and even more daunting than our winter season. A new school year means new teachers, new friends, new books and, if you’re a BSS student, probably a new crisp uniform. Last September was especially new for me. Instead of preparing for another […]
Claire JEPHCOTT McDerment ’56 is a mental health professional and stress management consultant whose leadership and commitment to children’s mental health gave rise to her nomination for the Distinguished Old Girl Award. But it was her vision, pioneering spirit and commitment to continual innovation that led to her selection as this year’s recipient. Her talent […]
My passion for technology began in my toddler years; my role in the house was to resuscitate every television, remote, computer or MP3 player that malfunctioned utilizing my most prized technique: push as many buttons as possible until the machine worked again! Alongside this passion for tech came a completely different hobby – creating artwork […]
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 […]
London Fashion Week is fast approaching, and Emma COX ’03 is hustling to get Grabble, a fashion app, ready in time. Grabble lets a user swipe through photos of clothes, grab ones she likes, and discard those she doesn’t. At her spacious East End office on London’s trendy Old Street, Emma’s team shares a workspace […]