Writings on the people, programs and philosophies behind BSS.
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The Link Spring 2018

Posted: April 26, 2018 at 1:00 pm   /   The Magazine

Strong and creative connections flourish within our community at every level. Between teachers, students and parents; between the school and our city; and between colleagues within the school. With so many subjects to cover, challenges to solve and initiatives to launch, what is the common experience that ties these diverse groups together?

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The Link Fall 2017

Posted: October 17, 2017 at 11:09 am   /   The Magazine

Hello, BSS. It has certainly been a whirlwind few months leading up to my arrival in Canada and at BSS, and I am so grateful for the warmth of your welcome. I continue to be struck by the energy and innovation of the school, with its 150 years of pioneering education of girls and young women. BSS is, without question, a leader in education and leadership is central to our vision and mission: To inspire girls to be fearless. To educate girls to be leaders.

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The Link Spring 2017

Posted: March 20, 2017 at 7:03 pm   /   The Magazine

I had the honour of speaking at the Empire Club recently, a fitting moment as its members were celebrating Canada’s 150th. I spoke about the history of BSS in the context of the birth and growth of our country, a journey we’ve travelled in tandem, and especially about the strides women have made thanks, in part, to the existence of a place like BSS. We have carried the message of empowerment, justice and equality since our founding, and the impact we’ve had throughout our history has been profound.

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The Link Fall 2016

Posted: September 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm   /   The Magazine

Looking at the amazing material our archivists have unearthed in the lead up to launching our 150th anniversary, I couldn’t help but be struck by the prescience of our founders. Could they have known what a lasting legacy they were creating or was it just a happy accident? While we can never know precisely what the conversations were at the time, we can look back on their vision for BSS and know what they were trying to accomplish. The nobility and courage of that vision is awe-inspiring.

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The Link Spring 2016

Posted: March 20, 2016 at 8:19 pm   /   The Magazine

Remember when we used the causal distinctions of ‘book smart’ versus ‘street smart’? Each had its virtues and, of course, drawbacks and no one was thought to possess them simultaneously. Today, success actually hinges on the ability to marshal many kinds of ‘smart’ to solve complex problems and invent new ideas. We have finally dispensed with outdated and inadequate notions of what it means to be ‘academic’ and have invited ‘street smart’ into the curriculum. In doing so, we are creating a Culture of Powerful Learning and a new definition of ‘academic’.

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The Link Fall 2015

Posted: September 20, 2015 at 8:31 pm   /   The Magazine

I have a friend who is happiest when she is completely immersed in a fascinating work project that absorbs her time and intellectual energy and gives her a deep sense of fulfillment. Another friend, equally ambitious and professionally accomplished, preserves her weekends as sacred family time and avoids projects requiring extensive travel that would take her away from her kids for long stretches. Two similarly talented and successful women; two very different ideas of work/life balance.

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The Link Spring 2015

Posted: March 20, 2015 at 8:49 pm   /   The Magazine

The Signature of a BSS Girl: You might have heard the phrase bubbling up in the hallways of BSS over the past couple of years. Several members of our community, with the guidance of management consultants from McKinsey (thanks to a generous donor) and in conjunction with teachers, staff, students and parents, have worked hard to develop a document that answers the question: ‘What should a BSS graduate look like, from the inside out, when she emerges from this unique education?’

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The Link Fall 2014

Posted: September 20, 2014 at 8:54 pm   /   The Magazine

Throughout life we are faced with situations where a calculation must be made. It goes something like, ‘If I do this, the downside could be bad, but the upside could be so much greater than if I played it safe.’ We calculate risk with the corresponding benefit and weigh the odds. If we decide that the benefits outweigh the risk, the choice becomes pretty clear.

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The Link Spring 2014

Posted: March 20, 2014 at 9:10 pm   /   The Magazine

This issue of The Link focuses on what will become a central initiative in the evolution of our Culture of Powerful Learning, and a lasting legacy of our community’s commitment to future sustainability at BSS. We’re getting ready to launch a fundraising campaign this fall to take our renowned 21st century approach to integrated, inquiry-based learning to a whole new level as we further align our facilities to meet the challenges of the modern classroom. In the meantime, we wanted to give our community a sneak peek into the building that starts with a shovel in the ground this summer, and a fresh look at the BSS programs and philosophies that are driving this initiative.

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The Link Fall 2013

Posted: September 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm   /   The Magazine

Oh yes, I’ve heard the comments since the day we first introduced our now very familiar, Girls Can Do Anything tagline. Reaction has ranged from ‘I absolutely love the message of empowerment’ to ‘Are you kidding me?’ For some, it goes without saying anymore; for others, the message is far from outdated. Whatever your view, from a strict marketing point of view, that tagline has met and exceeded the mark for recall, memorability and generating spirited debate…and that’s all to the good of the School.

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The Link Spring 2013

Posted: March 21, 2013 at 9:26 am   /   The Magazine

Yes, it has become a clichéd phrase, but it is no less true. When it comes to educating a child, whether here or halfway around the world, entire communities must play a role. We rely on teachers, the backbone of our School, to lead our pursuit of academic excellence. But as we all know, BSS does not settle for academics alone, because the distinction of being a BSS graduate is to possess superior academic mastery alongside practical life skills, confidence, integrity and a healthy approach to balancing life’s many demands – in other words, to be women who are transformational leaders.

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The Link Fall 2012

Posted: September 21, 2012 at 10:10 am   /   The Magazine

Everyone I know in Toronto has been breathlessly following the unfolding of the Eurozone crisis. This crisis was threatening the entire world’s economic stability with the potential for dire consequences on our own markets and our own pocketbooks. I’m not an economist but you don’t have to be a world banker to understand that economies across the planet are so intertwined that there is no such thing as an isolated incident.

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The Link Fall 2011

Posted: September 21, 2011 at 10:36 am   /   The Magazine

The term ‘role model’ is so common it’s easy to forget that the notion is a fairly recent one and came about from a great deal of research. The term first appeared in 1957 when distinguished sociologist Robert K. Merton hypothesized that individuals compare themselves with ‘reference groups’ of people who occupy a role aspired to by the individual. Dr. Merton determined that by the time a student arrived at medical school, those who made that career choice earliest, were likely to have been influenced by a role model. He described role models as, “persons who serve as an example, whose behavior is emulated by others.”

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