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Havergal College

  • Type: Liberal Arts
  • Grade (Gender): JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Tuition: $32,750 to 59,875/year
  • Class size: 18 to 22
  • Homestay: No
  • Founded: 1894
  • Uniform: Yes
  • Language: English
  • Enrolment: Day: 870 (Gr. JK - 12), Boarding: 50 (Gr. 9 - 12)

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Havergal College, one of Canada’s pre-eminent independent schools, empowers girls to develop into dynamic global leaders with inquiring minds, wisdom and self-knowledge. A Havergal girl is encouraged to investigate and explore the world around her while discovering her own unique capabilities. She is not afraid to ask questions and take risks. She balances a variety of opportunities while living her life with compassion and integrity, knowing she possesses the academic and life skills to make a difference.

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1451 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 2H9
460 Rosewell Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4R 2H5


Principal's Message


Helen-Kay Davy, Principal

For over 100 years, Havergal College has provided young women with an exceptional education in an environment that encourages both inquiry and curiosity, and celebrates community. In 1894, Havergal’s founding principal, Ellen Knox, defined the school’s mission with the question she posed to her students -- “What will you do?”

That question continues to guide Havergal and its students through the challenges that come from a constantly changing world. Its influence is evident in our students and graduates to this day: women making a difference for good in the world by living their lives with purpose and as involved citizens.

I encourage you to visit our beautiful 22-acre campus, to tour both our heritage and contemporary buildings and to speak with our faculty and students to see, first-hand, the benefits of a Havergal education.


Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.

What Havergal College says: Our liberal arts program meets and exceeds the expectations of the Ontario Ministry of Education. All courses are university preparatory and are at the advanced level. A credit is granted with the successful completion of a course for which a minimum of 110 has been scheduled. Many students elect to write Advanced Placement exams. Upon graduation, students receive the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. A Havergal education prepares students for a lifetime of learning, leadership and limitless possibilities. In a university preparatory school with rigorous academic standards, Havergal's students are challenged to reach their full academic potential. Learning is increasingly independent, fostering academic achievements while supporting students in their different interests and talents. Havergal students graduate as informed and responsive global citizens, ready to meet the challenges of university study in Canada and abroad.

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Havergal College says: The goal of the Mathematics Department is to help all students gain numeracy skills so they can appreciate the beauty of the mathematics they are studying in and of itself, as well as the relevance and importance it has in their lives. In addition, students should be able to write, explore and communicate their results logically. We endeavour to promote an atmosphere where students learn to work cooperatively and gain confidence in solving diverse problems.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Early Reading Balanced Literacy

      Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What Havergal College says: Our Primary teachers work with students individually on their reading and writing skills and adapt their teaching methods according to the learning style and needs of each student.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What Havergal College says: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What Havergal College says: Our Primary teachers work with students individually on their reading and writing skills and adapt their teaching methods according to the learning style and needs of each student.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: At Havergal, we are committed to developing young women with strong problem-solving skills and analytic abilities. We prepare our students for the rigors of post-secondary science education while nurturing a sense of wonder about the natural world around us. Our science programs not only encourage inquiry and exploration of ideas, but also provide challenging content in the areas of biology, chemistry and physics. Havergal students must be able to make informed decisions about the impact of science and technology as well as about environmental issues. These decisions can only be made with a solid understanding of the science involved.

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Havergal College says: Havergal's approach to teaching is based on extensive research on how girls learn best. In the Senior School classroom, emphasis is placed on synthesizing and evaluating information to gain a deeper understanding of each subject area. Students construct meaning and understanding as they consider conflicting interpretations, arrive at their own informed opinions and actively participate in cross-discipline learning.

    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What Havergal College says: In our Junior School programs, teachers work in teams to develop themes across subject areas. Teachers continually monitor each student's progress and encourage her individual potential as she engages in learning that is increasingly independent and interdisciplinary. Each girls develops the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for further learning.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Havergal College says: The Social Sciences Department at Havergal offers courses in modern and ancient history, physical and human geography, law, economics and philosophy. At all grade levels, the approach in our courses is to treat historical subjects and current events not as facts to be memorized but as issues to be examined and resolved. We view our subjects as a record of the human condition and its ability to adapt to changing environmental, political, economic and social forces. Our collective aim is to prepare students for continued success in post-secondary education and to remain informed and active citizens in their present and future communities.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Havergal College says: Havergal College teaches languages to young women so they will excel beyond mere linguistic competence and expression and begin to think about, imagine, participate in and understand the complex and diverse world beyond their own linguistic community. The learning of languages is not just central to establishing a more civil, just and equitable world; it is the essential golden key that will help prepare young women to make a difference.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   10
    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • German • Latin • Spanish

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Havergal College says: Throughout a student’s experience at Havergal, she is able to explore a broad range of the Arts including dance, drama, music and visual art. At all grades, instruction and direction is provided by specialist teachers or practicing artists who possess a depth of knowledge, a genuine desire to inspire a love the arts in others and continued practice in their field.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Havergal College says: Havergal offers e-Learning courses through the eLearning Consortium Canada (ELCC), providing our ELCC students with a high level of student monitoring and support. In the Upper School, students can choose from a range of multimedia and computer science courses. In both the Junior and Upper Schools, our faculty incorporates technology into learning when relevant.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Havergal College says: The Health and Physical Education program allows each Havergal student to develop an active and healthy lifestyle through participation in the various activities offered from Grades 7 to 12. Through their active involvement, students will have the opportunity to develop confidence, self-esteem and physical abilities that will enhance their personal growth. The Grade 7, 8 and 9 programs teach these elements through traditional sports, water activities, fitness activities and initiative and team-building tasks. The health units prepare students to make healthy choices. Topics include healthy eating, growth and development, healthy sexuality, personal safety and injury prevention and substance use and abuse. Health and Physical Education students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 explore and develop leadership skills through challenging individual and group activities. They practice self-assessment and goal setting and gain the knowledge, skills and understanding for healthy living.

    Religious Education 11 to 25% of curriculum

    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What Havergal College says: Religious education at Havergal is a compulsory, non-credit program for students in Grade 7 and 8. The Religious Education course seeks to examine the structures and paradigms of religions – using Christianity as our template – as an aspect of global capability. Students will understand the religion of people around the world and how it motivates them and forms them in community. The program is objective in its approach to religion, and students are encouraged to share their own background and experience of religion with each other in class. the opportunity to engage with age-appropriate stories from the Jewish and Christian traditions (broadening into other traditions in upper years) through a variety of storytelling methods and media. Students work hands-on with the stories in class discussions and in group work, exploring ideas, values and beliefs that are at the core of religious faith and providing a foundation for understanding much of Western culture and literature. More broadly, the Religious Education Program, in conjunction with the discussions that take place in Prayers, encourages students to develop an awareness of the religious diversity both in the world and within the school community itself, as students share in the stories of Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Hindu faith and all other traditions represented in the school as we mark some of these holidays and festivals.

    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Statistics
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP French Language

    Sex and health education Follows provincial curriculum

      The structure, pacing, focus, and tone of the sex education curriculum reflects that of the provincial one, taught in public schools.

    • Havergal College 's approach to sex-ed: This information is not currently available.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Reggio Emilia

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
    If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.

    What Havergal College says: Our Kindergarten program explores the principles of play-based learning in a Reggio Emilia-inspired setting. In our Primary (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3) programs, teachers work in teams to develop themes across subject areas. Teachers continually monitor each student's progress and encourage her individual potential as she engages in learning that is increasingly independent and interdisciplinary. Each girl develops the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for further learning.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    What Havergal College says: This information is not currently available.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Havergal College says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What Havergal College says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Social

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual

    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Social

    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."

    What Havergal College says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    Havergal College offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    Havergal College does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Havergal College students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Site Average5 mins7 mins16 mins17 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins52 mins57 mins68 mins79 mins95 mins108 mins

    This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesJK to 12


    What Havergal College says:
    • Havergal has a very strong music program and there are several groups that a student may join.
    • Havergal College offers an exemplary range of student-led clubs to cater to our diverse student body.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Cross-country skiing
      Downhill skiing
      Field Hockey
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day Boarding
    Boarding $59,875
    What Havergal College says: Fees are reviewed annually and set in January for the following year. Upon acceptance of admission to Havergal, parents or guardians must confirm registration by forwarding a completed registration form, together with the initial fee installment and the Registration Fee payment of $7,500.

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 7 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid7%
    Average aid package size$16,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid7%
    Total aid available$900,000

    Application Deadline:
    December 02, 2016 Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc for processing financial applications
    Contact Admissions at [email protected] for more information.

    Merit based Scholarships

    Colin Graham Scholarship
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: 12/04/2015
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 9—

    The Colin Graham Scholarship was established in the 1980s in honour of Colin Graham, Chair of the Board of Governors from 1980 to 1983. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming Grade 9 student and is based upon entrance test results as well as the girl’s overall character and achievements.

    Valued at $2,000 (for one year only).

    Application Details:

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    Ellen Knox House Scholarship
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: 12/04/2015
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 9—

    Established by the school in 2015, this entrance scholarship is presented to an academically talented student entering the Middle or Senior School who has contributed greatly to her previous school(s) and community, and who is expected to be an asset to her House throughout her time at Havergal.

    Application Details:

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    Donald F. Hunter Charitable Foundation Bursary: Boarding
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: 12/04/2015
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 9 to 12—

    Established in 1991 by Donald Hunter, father of former boarder Kate 1993, the Donald F. Hunter Charitable Foundation Bursary is used to support a Canadian citizen or resident who applies to Havergal’s boarding program and meets all other admission criteria. The student must have a strong academic record and is expected to make a positive contribution to the Boarding School. This award may be held by the student for as long as she remains at Havergal and maintains the appropriate academic standing.

    The monetary value of this award is determined by the financial need demonstrated by the candidate. Candidates for these awards must complete a Scholarship Application Form and a Bursary Application Form. Please contact the Admission Office for details.

    Valued at $5,000 (as a minimum)

    Application Details:

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    The Havergal Merit Scholarship
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: 12/04/2015
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 12—

    The Havergal Merit Scholarship is open to an incoming student and recognizes academic excellence. The winner must demonstrate intellectual curiosity and capacity, a love of learning and an interest in pursuing diverse learning experiences. This scholarship may be maintained for as long as the recipient is in attendance at Havergal and achieves an appropriate academic standing. The monetary value of this award is determined by the financial need demonstrated by the candidate. Candidates for these awards must complete a Scholarship Application Form and a Bursary Application Form. Please contact the Admission Office for details.

    Valued at $5,000 (as a minimum)

    Application Details:

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    The Principal's Scholarship
    Amount: 95%
    Deadline: 12/04/2015
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 9—

    Established in 2015, The Principal’s Scholarship is available to four new Grade 9 students of high academic standing who otherwise could not afford to attend the school.

    Designed to support the recipients throughout their academic journeys at Havergal’s Senior School (Grades 9 to 12), the scholarships will be awarded based on academic standing, demonstrated financial need, community engagement and exemplary character. Scholarships are valued at up to 95% of the cost of tuition for four years.

    Application Details:

    Ideal candidates are students from across the Greater Toronto Area who demonstrate a love of learning and a willingness to step up and make a difference in the community. Successful applicants are keen, engaged students who embody the school’s values of integrity, inquiry, compassion and courage.

    To apply for this scholarship, complete an an application form ( Applications must be submitted by December 4, 2015.

    Upon completion of the admission application, please submit the following material to [email protected]:

    • A personal profile/resume;
    • Two letters of reference; one which speaks to the candidate’s academic performance and aptitude, the other to her character; and
    • A statement of 800 words or less describing why it is important for a school and its students to embody the values of integrity, inquiry, compassion and courage.
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    Kate Leonard House Scholarship
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: 12/04/2015
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 9—

    Established by the school in 2015, this entrance scholarship is presented to an academically talented student entering the Middle or Senior School who has contributed greatly to her previous school(s) and community, and who is expected to be an asset to her House throughout her time at Havergal.

    Application Details:

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    Edith Nainby House Scholarship
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: 12/04/2015
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 12—

    Established by the school in 2015, this entrance scholarship is presented to an academically talented student entering the Middle or Senior School who has contributed greatly to her previous school(s) and community, and who is expected to be an asset to her House throughout her time at Havergal.

    Application Details:

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    Marcelle DeFreitas House Scholarship
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: 12/04/2015
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 9—

    Established by the school in 2015, this entrance scholarship is presented to an academically talented student entering the Middle or Senior School who has contributed greatly to her previous school(s) and community, and who is expected to be an asset to her House throughout her time at Havergal.

    Application Details:

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    Marian Wood House Scholarship
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: 12/04/2015
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 9—

    Established by the school in 2015, this entrance scholarship is presented to an academically talented student entering the Middle or Senior School who has contributed greatly to her previous school(s) and community, and who is expected to be an asset to her House throughout her time at Havergal.

    Application Details:

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    Catherine Steele House Scholarship
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: 12/04/2015
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 9—

    Established by the school in 2015, this entrance scholarship is presented to an academically talented student entering the Middle or Senior School who has contributed greatly to her previous school(s) and community, and who is expected to be an asset to her House throughout her time at Havergal.

    Application Details:

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    Margaret Taylor House Scholarship
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: 12/04/2015
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 9—

    Established by the school in 2015, this entrance scholarship is presented to an academically talented student entering the Middle or Senior School who has contributed greatly to her previous school(s) and community, and who is expected to be an asset to her House throughout her time at Havergal.

    Application Details:

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    Mary Dennys
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: 12/04/2015
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 9—

    Established by the school in 2015, this entrance scholarship is presented to an academically talented student entering the Middle or Senior School who has contributed greatly to her previous school(s) and community, and who is expected to be an asset to her House throughout her time at Havergal.

    Application Details:

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    Agnes Hansen House
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: 12/04/2015
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 9—

    Established by the school in 2015, this entrance scholarship is presented to an academically talented student entering the Middle or Senior School who has contributed greatly to her previous school(s) and community, and who is expected to be an asset to her House throughout her time at Havergal.

    Application Details:

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    Havergal College
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 12—

    Entrance scholarships are $2,000 to $5,000 each. Scholarships are a minimum $5,000 each, per year for each student. For more information about Havergal’s scholarships and bursaries, or to download an application form for financial assistance, please visit

    Application Details:

    Students must complete the application form for scholarships and bursaries. The Awards Committee reviews all scholarship applications. Bursary applications are assessed by an independent third-party and reviewed by the Student Assistance Committee. Recipients of scholarships may also apply for financial assistance through bursary support.

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    Frances Ridley House Scholarship
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: 12/04/2015
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 12—

    Established in 2001 by Margaret McCain 1951, Old Girl, past Board member and grandmother of several Havergal students, this entrance scholarship is presented to an academically talented student entering the Middle or Senior School who has contributed greatly to her previous school(s) and community, and who is expected to be an asset to Frances Ridley House.

    Application Details:

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    The Wendy J. Thompson 1967 Entrance Scholarships
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: 12/04/2015
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 12—

    Established in 2001 to recognize the leadership of Wendy Thompson, former Chair of the Board of Governors, the Wendy J. Thompson Entrance Scholarships are awarded to exceptional incoming students whom the Awards Committee feels will bring a depth of intelligence, enthusiasm and commitment to the school.

    Valued at $5,000 each (for one year only).

    Application Details:

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    The Havergal Canadian Boarding Scholarship
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: 12/04/2015
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 9 to 12—

    The Havergal Canadian Boarding Scholarship recognizes academic excellence and is awarded to a Canadian student who currently resides in Canada, outside the greater Toronto area. The recipient must demonstrate intellectual curiosity and capacity, a love of learning and an interest in pursuing diverse learning experiences. This scholarship contributes toward the boarding portion of Havergal tuition fees for as long as the recipient is in attendance at Havergal and maintains an appropriate academic standing. The monetary value of this award is determined by the financial need demonstrated by the candidate. Candidates for these awards must complete a Scholarship Application Form and a Bursary Application Form. Please contact the Admission Office for details.

    Valued at $5,000 (as a minimum)

    Application Details:

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    The Temerty Family Scholarship
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: 12/04/2015
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 12—

    Established in 2001 by James and Louise Temerty, parents of Leah 1998, this scholarship is intended to honour a student entering Havergal, preferably from the Ukraine or another Eastern European country. The scholarship may be made available to all other boarding and day students should there not be a qualifying student from the Ukraine or Eastern Europe. The scholarship may be extended to the same student each year until she graduates or leaves the school. The monetary value of this award is determined by the financial need demonstrated by the candidate. Candidates for these awards must complete a Scholarship Application Form and a Bursary Application Form. Please contact the Admission Office for details.

    Valued at $5,000 (as a minimum)


    Application Details:

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    Total enrollment 920
    Average enrollment per grade61
    Gender (grades)JK to 12 (Girls)
    Boarding offered Gr. 9 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)5%
    % in boarding (grade-eligible)9%

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment18183434384848488888113113113113
    Boarding Enrollment10111213



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewJK - 12
    SSAT7 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)9 - 12
    Entrance Exam(s)JK - 6
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    December 01, 2017

    Boarding students:

    What Havergal College says:

    Application fees ($200 CAD for applications completed prior to November 1, 2017; $250 CAD for applications completed after November 1, 2017); Confidential School Report Report cards (2 years); SSAT (Grades 7 to 12, includes Boarding); Assessments (Kindergarten to Grade 6) Interview


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Havergal College is looking for: A Havergal girl is a well-rounded individual who balances a wide variety of opportunities and feels connected to her community and experiences personal fulfillment and meaning in her individual choices. She is not afraid to ask questions and take risks. She is an excellent communicator who is adaptable and confident. She balances a variety of opportunities while living her life with compassion and integrity, knowing she possesses the academic and life skills to make a difference.

    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    18 (50%)016 (50%)04 (50%)10 (50%)0040 (50%)025 (50%)000
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    6 - 8 (50%)000

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size120
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements60
    **Ivy+ placements5

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University of Alberta or Dalhousie.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    What Havergal College says:

  • 14% of our 2015 Grads attending universities in the United States
  • 7% of our 2015 Grads are attending international universities
  • 99% of our 2015 Grads were Ontario Scholars
  • The Class of 2015 was offered in excess of $1.2 million in both renewable and non-renewable scholarships
  • 37% of the Class of 2015 are studying outside of Ontario for the undergraduate degrees

  • Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Alexandrine Gibb 1908 Professional female basketball player, manager of the Canadian Women’s Olympic team in 1928, sports reporter and assistant sports editor for the Toronto Daily Star.
    Nena Sedgwick Marsden 1943 Founder of the Georgina Historical Society, has worked to preserve historical icons in Georgina, Ontario for 40+ years. Nena received the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement.
    Marcia Lamont Scott 1943 The first woman graduate in civil engineering in the province of Ontario.
    Betty Jean Ingraham Bankes 1945 In Canada, Europe and the U.S., she has been involved in camp experiences for inner-city children, accessibility for disabled individuals in their communities and various United Nations initiatives.
    Elizabeth Mason 1945 Donated +23 acres of land on Chief’s Island to The Muskoka Conservancy to create the Campbell-Mason Nature Reserve, ensuring that the property will remain in its natural state forever.
    Teresa Woods Snelgrove 1964 Co-founder of Timothy’s World Coffee (1975), she changed the way in which people consume coffee. Her current company ProFitHR provides skills assessment tools for both employment and professional school admissions.
    Rosemarie Tovell 1965 The first woman curator of the Canadian Prints and Drawings Collection at the National Gallery of Canada. Also an author who received the Ewell L. Newman Book Award.
    Paula Cox 1976 Premier of Bermuda from 2010 to 2012.
    Carol Welsman 1978 An internationally acclaimed jazz singer and pianist and six-time Juno Award nominee (winning Best Female Vocalist at the 1996 National Jazz Awards).
    Linda Frum 1981 The Honourable Linda Frum is the first Havergal graduate to be appointed to the Senate of Canada. She is also a distinguished Canadian journalist, author and philanthropist.
    Pauline Chan 1983 Acclaimed reporter and anchor at CTV Toronto. Pauline was awarded a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her service to the community.
    Gillian Deacon 1984 Bestselling author and an award-winning broadcaster and journalist. She is also the host of Here and Now on CBC Radio ONE.
    Maryam Sanati 1988 Former editor-in-chief of Chatelaine magazine. For more than 18 years, she has held numerous senior editorial positions at The Globe and Mail and Report on Business Magazine.
    Gillian Apps 2001 Olympic Winter Games gold medal winner in 2006, 2010 and 2014 on the Canadian Women's Hockey Team.
    Gillian Hawker 1978 Physician-in-Chief of the Department of Medicine at Women's College Hospital
    Christine Lay 1981 One of Canada's only board-certified physicians in Headache Medicine and the Director of the Headache Clinic at Women’s College Hospital.
    Roslyn MacLeod McMann 1995 Member of the 2004 Canadian Olympic Rowing team
    Alexandra Orlando 2005 Member of the 2008 Canadian Women's Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics Team
    Sarah Pape 1990 Member of the 2004 Canadian Women's Olympic Rowing Team
    Jennifer Provan 1997 Member of the 2004 and 2008 Canadian Women's Olympic Sailing Team
    Sarah Richardson 1989 Designer and Media Personality
    Dr. Martha Jane Poulson 1970 Canada’s first blind physician
    Dora Mavor Moore 1899 Canadian actor, teacher and director and the pioneer of Canadian theatre. She was honoured with the Order of Canada in 1970 for her contributions to theatre in Canada.
    Suzanne Ma 2002 Author of "Meet Me in Venice" (2015)

    Stories & Testimonials


    Havergal Celebrates the Grand Opening of the Cohen Amphitheatre

    On October 2, the Junior School officially opened a new space for Havergal College—the Cohen Amphitheatre. Made possible by the Cohen family, this new outdoor learning area is shaped like a Roman amphitheatre and is nestled upon the banks of the Lisa Hardie Trail, surrounded by the abundant natural beauty of the Havergal campus. Available for use by both the Junior and Upper Schools as well as by staff and faculty, it is a space that can be enjoyed by the entire Havergal community.


    Celebrating 120 Years of Artistic Excellence

    On November 20, 2014, Havergal hosted the event Havergal at Koerner Hall, which highlighted the importance of the arts at Havergal throughout our 120-year history and showcased the outstanding talents of our faculty and students of all ages in band, strings and vocal music, the Dance Troupe and the Fine Art and Drama programs. It was an outstanding show!

    The evening's program included a set by special a guest artist: renowned jazz musician and Old Girl Carol Welsman 1978! Carol performed with recent alumna Ariel Shetzen 2013, who is currently studying jazz music performance at the University of Toronto. Accompanying these two singers were Ms. Welsman's band and some of our very own Havergal faculty: Paul McCulloch and Kevin Walsh.

    The opportunity to participate in so many art forms at Havergal has a significant and lasting impact on our students as well as on the lives of those who teach and learn here. We thank everyone who participated in, volunteered at and attended the event for supporting the arts at Havergal.


    Students Sign Up for Havergal Clubs at World Fair Event

    How can girls engage in the world?

    In addition to Havergal’s music, athletic and community partnership programs, the World Fair (Club Fest) offers additional opportunities for Upper School students to get involved in various co-curricular activities, ranging from Ping Pong to Model United Nations clubs.

    The annual World Fair (Club Fest) took place at lunch on Tuesday, October 1 in the Brenda Robson Hall, where there were more than 30 clubs and groups for students to choose from.
    Upper School clubs include:

    • Badminton Club
    • Dance Troupe
    • Debating Team
    • DECA
    • Environment Club
    • Film Club
    • Gay-Straight Alliance
    • Improv Club
    • Investment Club
    • Junior Achievement
    • Spanish Club
    • French Club
    • Math Club
    • Model UN
    • Netball
    • Ping Pong
    • Photography Club
    • Korean Club
    • Quidditch
    • And many more!

    Community Partnership Fest at Havergal

    Students came out at lunch on September 11 to learn more about the community partnerships they can get involved in at Havergal. The annual event, called “Community Partnerships Fest,” provides students with an opportunity to see displays, talk to student leaders and sign up for the community partnership of their choice.

    Facilitated by The Institute at Havergal, Upper School students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of local partnerships across Toronto, each with a different focus. All of our partnerships have our students working with diverse groups of people in our city toward a shared purpose.
    Upper School opportunities include:

    •    Accessible Media Inc.
    •    Appletree Farmers' Market
    •    ArtHeart Community Art Centre
    •    Best Buddies
    •    Start2Finish
    •    And many more!

    In the Junior School, students design initiatives during bi-weekly meetings of the Student Institute Council with the Institute and Junior School staff. Students pitch their ideas for engaging in the world and explore how to action them, with the support of the “Ready, Set, Dream: Thinking Your Ideas To Action” guidebook. ...

    A New Girl Tea Party at the Junior School

    Students new to the Junior School this year in Grades 1 to 6 were invited to a New Girl Tea Party with Head of Junior School Mrs. Dexter and Assitant Head of Junior School Ms. Grogan in the Learning Hub on Friday, September 13. It was a great opportunity for students to get to know each other and to share their experiences of being a new student at Havergal. They celebrated the planning of the New Girl Tree last year, drank “tea” (lemonade) and enjoyed one of Havergal’s famous Marguerite daisy cookies! Welcome to the Junior School to all of our newest students. ...

    Mother-Daughter Games Night at the Middle School

    It was Grade 7 and 8 students versus their mothers at the annual Middle School Mother-Daughter Games on Wednesday, September 18. Students and their mothers battled it out on the field as they played Ultimate Chicken and Soccer Baseball. Meanwhile, the mothers and daughters participating in the Scavenger Hunt collaborated in House teams to find all of the clues in the hunt that took them all over campus. Following the games was a delicious dinner, hosted by Havergal’s Food Services Team. ...

    Grad Mother-Daughter Luncheon

    September 20 marked the date of the annual Grad Mother-Daughter Luncheon for the Class of 2014. The event celebrates the final year of their daughters' time at Havergal. Mothers were greeted by their daughters at the front of the school and were honoured with Marguerite daisies, a symbol of the Havergal Old Girl. One mother made a toast in honour of the daughters and a student representative made a toast in honour of the mothers. It was a warm and heartfelt occasion as mothers and daughters look forward to a wonderful graduation year. ...

    Grade 6 Biodiversity eBook: Download a Free Copy

    Created by the 2012-2013 Grade 6 students and their STEM teacher Darryl Reiter, the Biodiversity ebook is available for download on iPads. You can download it for free on iTunes by searching “Havergal ebook.”

    As their graduation gift to the Junior School, the Grade 6 students and Mr. Reiter worked on the ebook as a part of their Grade 6 science unit. In this unit, students studied the human impact on biodiversity and our need to preserve it. With this goal in mind, students researched the historical land use at Havergal College and studied the human-made and natural areas of the school’s property using archival information both online and from Havergal College’s own archives. The articles in this ebook also discuss biodiversity beyond the school grounds.

    Since its launch, the ebook has been downloaded in Canada, the US and Australia. Get your copy today! ...

    Supporting Female Students in the Developing World with GirlsHelpingGirls Pins

    Upper School students have been showing their support for female students in the developing world by purchasing and wearing their GirlsHelpingGirls pin.

    GirlsHelpingGirls ( was founded by Havergal Grade 11 student Susanna Manziaris, who is selling the pins for $3 each to raise money to support her initiative.

    Susanna’s dream to help girls in the developing world was guided by the staff at the Institute at Havergal in the Forum for Change, where they worked together to put her idea into action.

    Students are encouraged to drop by the Forum for Change to talk to the Institute staff when they have an idea that they are interested in pursuing. The staff enables students to develop their ideas by helping them to understand their strengths and values and to build a team to put their ideas into action. The goal of the Institute is to help shape innovative minds to enable students to be effective problem solvers anywhere, anytime with anyone. ...

    The Junior School Raises $21,814 for Cancer Research

    On Friday, October 11, Junior School students, parents, faculty and staff participated in the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope. Participants were encouraged to run or walk the one-kilometer course as many times as possible during the 30-minute event.

    The Junior School participants raised a total of $21,814 for the Terry Fox Foundation! “Terry Fox challenged us to keep his Marathon of Hope alive!” said Grade 5 student Alex as she and her classmates Theo and Trinity made the announcement at Prayers on October 29. “I think that we can proudly say that WE DID IT,” Theo said. “We shared our inspirational stories, we ran for our family and friends, we captured the spirit of Terry and we raised awareness and money for cancer research!”

    In the seven years of participating in the Marathon of Hope, the Junior School has raised a grand total of $192,000 for cancer research. “To remind us of this wonderful accomplishment, we have brought in Terry Fox ribbons for each girl in the Junior School,” Trinity exclaimed. “Post it on your bulletin board at home or in your locker at school and let it serve as a reminder of the positive contribution that we have made in making this world a better place.” ...

    Funds Raised at Celebration Saturday Support our Community Partnerships

    On September 28, 2013, members of the Havergal community came together for the school’s annual Celebration Saturday. The generosity of our community members helped to raise $47,220 for our community partnerships!

    In the coming months, Havergal’s student leaders will work directly with our community partners to identify opportunities to support our partnerships. ...

    Open House 2013

    Havergal opened its doors on the morning of Tuesday, October 29, for prospective students and their parents to see the school in action. During Open House, students and staff took visitors on tours around the school and answered the many questions our guests had. Mid-morning, both the Upper and Junior Schools hosted special Prayers assemblies with student presentations. We thank our student, faculty, staff, parent, and Old Girl volunteers who were on hand to answer questions and give tours. It was great to see so many happy faces in the halls of Havergal! ...

    Havergal Celebrates the Festival of Lights

    In November, students in the Upper School celebrated Diwali with a student-led presentation about the holiday at Prayers. Known as the "festival of lights," Diwali is one of the most important Hindu and Sikh festivals of the year, which lasts for five days and falls between mid-October and mid-November. At Prayers, the students performed traditional songs, played a video about Diwali and performed a traditional Indian dance. At lunch, Food Services served a delicious curry meal while students handed out samosas and other traditional treats to their peers. ...

    Grade 4 Rocks

    As a part of the Grade 4 science curriculum, students are studying a collection of rocks and minerals found at the school dating back to 1910. The collection was donated to Havergal by the Geological Survey Department of Mines Canada more than 100 years ago.

    Each student has selected a rock or mineral from this collection to research its characteristics and origins. Once all of the students have collected the information, they will work collaboratively to place a virtual pin on a Google map. The end result will be an online map of Canada with the locations where the various rocks and minerals were originally mined. ...

    HCC Parent Luncheon 2013

    On Friday, November 15, parents gathered at the Donalda Club for the annual Havergal Community Committee (HCC) Parent Luncheon. Dr. Michael Simmonds, Head of Upper School, shared his insights about how to enable students to thrive and how to encourage girls to equate femaleness with opportunity. “As an all-girls’ school, Havergal is also a mirror,” said Dr. Simmonds to the crowd of parents. “Your daughter sees reflections of herself, her peers and the girls that came before her everywhere in her surroundings. It’s impossible to walk down the main hall of the Upper School and not notice the names and faces of Havergal graduates who came before. Women role models are everywhere throughout the school. One need only look up at the names of banners that hang from the rafters in the Brenda Robson Hall: Roberta Bondar, Karen Kain, Silken Laumen, Nellie McClung, Emily Carr and Havergal’s own Brenda Robson—the very person for whom the hall was named—and a person who continues to be actively involved in the life of the school. Your daughter has the opportunity to be inspired by the collective reflection of these (and other) women in the fields of politics, sport, the arts, science, law, engineering, architecture, government, social work, religion, education, business, medicine and philanthropy, to name but a few.”

    In addition to Dr. Simmonds' inspiring presentation, parents ate a delicious meal and had the opportunity to network with other parents in their daughters’ grade. The HCC looks forward to hosting another fun and informative luncheon next year! ...

    Pooja Handa Visits the Public Speaking Club

    On November 22, Junior School students in the Public Speaking Club were very excited to have lunch with special guest Pooja Handa from the CP24 Breakfast show! Not surprisingly, she wowed the students and inspired them to speak with conviction. Thank you to Pooja who took the time from her busy schedule to join us. ...

    The Upper School Community Raises 3,500 lbs of Food for Toronto's Needy

    On Friday, November 22, the Community Council and Havergal staff helped to load more than 3,500 lbs. of food donations to the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank as a part of the We Scare Hunger student initiative. ...

    Grade 5 AIM Sports Day with Grenoble Public School

    On Monday, November 25, the Grade 5 students from Grenoble Public School joined Havergal’s Grade 5 students for a fun and interactive Sports Day in the Upper School Gym. Led by Upper School Athletes in Motion (AIM) student leaders, the activities included a variety of unique sports-related games.

    This relationship-building event was made possible by the Institute at Havergal, which works with community partners to help enabling active student engagement in the world. ...

    The Junior School Community Raises $2552 in Support of the Philippines

    During the week of November 18th, Junior School students, families, faculty and staff donated money toward The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, which will be used in areas of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

    This money will certainly help to make a difference for those affected by the damage caused by the typhoon. ...

    Old Girl Stephanie Miller 2009 Shares Her Career Experiences with Grade 11 Enterpreneur Students

    On November 29, our Grade 11 Entrepreneur classes welcomed back Old Girl Stephanie Miller from the Class of 2009 as a special guest speaker. Stephanie returned to Havergal to share her experiences working in the marketing department at Elizabeth Arden in New York.

    Stephanie is one of many Old Girls who give back their time and energy to the school. The Havergal Old Girls Association (HOGA) works to engage Old Girls in a continuous cycle of learning, special events and networking opportunities. There are over than 8,400 Old Girls in more than 60 countries throughout the world, aged 17 to 106. Havergal Old Girls are passionate, dedicated and creative leaders who have helped shape the cultural, political, economic and academic landscapes of our country. ...

    Old Girls Return for Annual American Universities Panel

    On November 29, Old Girls who are currently at US universities are back in Toronto for their Thanksgiving long weekend, and some of them were able to return to Havergal to talk to Grade 12 students about their experiences at US schools. Students asked questions and learned from their insights, and were happy to see their former classmates again. It was great to see these Old Girls back on campus! ...

    Grade 2 Papier Maché Penguins

    This week, parents have been in to help the Grade 2 students with the laborious task of making life size penguins from papier maché. Once the paper maché has dried, the students will paint them and take them on a Penguin Parade!

    This project augments a larger science project that involves a number of teachers supporting student learning about life as a penguin. ...

    Fun for All at the Grand Opening of the Outdoor Learning PlaySpace

    Students enjoyed exploring the new Junior School landscape at the official grand opening of the new Outdoor Learning PlaySpace on Monday, November 18. Faculty, staff and members of the PlaySpace committee joined Junior School students around the new bridge over the Burke Brook for the official ribbon cutting ceremony.

    Before the ceremony, each student had selected, sanded and initialed a rock. These rocks will be incorporated throughout the landscape of the PlaySpace to give each student a personal connection to the project. Students were very excited to check out the new interactive features of the PlaySpace, including the labyrinth and natural log structures. ...

    Holiday Magic at Carol Service 2013

    It was a full house for this year’s Carol Service at St. Paul’s Bloor Street, the school’s original parish church, on December 17. Ms. Lynn Janes led the Chamber Choir, the Senior Choir and the Middle School Choir through a variety of beautiful Christmas carols while community members shared with the audience nine lesson readings.

    It was a lovely way to celebrate the holiday season. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the evening magical. ...

    Pink Shirt Day at Havergal

    On February 27, 2013, Junior School and Upper School students, faculty and staff wore pink shirts to raise awareness about bullying as a part of Pink Shirt Day.

    A part of Pink Shirt Day involves making noise to stand up against bullying. Havergal demonstrated this with a minute of noise at 11 am across the campus; students sang, clapped, yelled, played instruments and stomped their feet to raise awareness of bullying.

    The idea for Pink Shirt Day came from a story of a Nova Scotian high school boy in Grade 9 who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. Some other students took a stand against bullying by protesting the harassment of the new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school. This gesture showed a united front among the students with respect to their intolerance for bullying. ...

    The Race Continues: Race for Dignity 2013

    On April 4, a group of Senior School students participated in Race for Dignity at Crescent School. Twenty-one girls biked in teams of two and three for a total of two and a half hours in support of the work of Dignitas International, which is an organization that helps people affected by HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria in Africa. One of the Havergal teams placed first in the challenge by completing the furthest distance! Congratulations girls!

    Participation at this event is organized annually through the Institute at Havergal. The Race is symbolic to Dignitas because their health workers often travel by bicycle to remote villages in Malawi to deliver medication to those too sick to travel to the clinics. ...

    More than 70 Bikes Donated for Toronto Area Kids in Need

    Thanks to the support of the Havergal community, more than 70 bikes were generously donated to the bike donation event on Saturday, April 6. Grade 12 student Rebecca Hoffer organized the event with the support of the Institute at Havergal. The bikes brought in were fixed and cleaned to be as good as new by mechanics from the Trek Bicycle Store of Toronto on Yonge Street, who volunteered their time. These bikes will be distributed to kids through the organization My First Wheels (, led at Havergal by Rebecca Hoffer, as well as to our partnership schools Grenoble PS and Derrydown PS.

    Rebecca Hoffer and Ann Peel, Director of the Institute at Havergal, would like to thank everyone who came out with a donation, Suzanne Zelazo for setting up the partnership with Trek and the employees at Trek for donating their time to tune up 68 bikes in three hours! It will all be worth it when the kids get their bikes this spring. ...

    Senior School Students Participated in U of T's Global Ideas Institute

    On April 7, Havergal students Hannah Laird, Michelle Chen, Rebecca Stokes and Erica Harper in the Grade 11 Entrepreneurship: the Enterprising Person course participated in the Global Ideas Institute at the University of Toronto. The students took the challenge to create a strategy to scale up the delivery of Sprinkles – a tasteless, sprinkle-on, micronutrient supplement that dramatically improves lifetime health and learning outcomes when added to the diets of undernourished children during window of six months to two years of age.

    In preparation for the symposium, the students researched extensively and worked in cross-school groups with U of T mentors (undergraduate and graduate students) since October 2012. They also attended seminars by several of U of T’s top professors across a number of disciplines to explore the interconnectedness of this type of challenge. The girls decided on targeted end-users suffering from micronutrient deficiencies in Central America, most recently leveraging one student’s Global Experience trip to Nicaragua, which was run through the Institute at Havergal.

    In the end, the students came up with an innovative and incentivized, self-sustaining distribution system that meets very challenging criteria, including maintaining safety and efficacy of the product.

    All of this work culminated in the day-long symposium where the students presented their findings to Dr. Stanley Ziotkin, the inventor of Sprinkles, and other leading experts in the field. Dr. Ziotkin will bring back the students' ideas to UNICEF to help with the rollout of the health-enhancing product in underdeveloped nations.

    Congratulations to our students for doing an excellent job at the symposium. They learned a lot through this process and received valuable feedback that will help better shape their ideas for future projects. ...

    Building a House in Nicaragua

    Over the March break, a group of students and staff travelled to Nicaragua to build a house for a family in need, through a partnership between our own Institute at Havergal and the non-profit community development organization Bridges to Community. We followed the group's adventures as they happened on our Excursion Blog: Now that they're back, they've shared these additional photos from their trip with us - which include pictures of the completed house that they built! Our next excursions depart in June for a Senior Choir tour of Austria, the Czech Republic and Spain, followed by an excursion to Ghana in July, where students will be bringing the Athletes in Motion (AIM) sport for community camp to a Ghanian senior high school. ...

    Leading Professionals Talk Shop with Students at Career Connections

    At Career Connections on Monday, April 15, Jordan Banks, Managing Director of Facebook Canada, kicked off the event with an engaging speech about his personal career experiences and tips on how to succeed.

    In attendance at the event were Havergal students in Grades 11 and 12 and more than 100 guest professionals, including parents, Old Girls and friends of Havergal, who joined the event at mentors.

    Following Jordan Banks’ keynote speech, the students participated in speed networking sessions with the mentors. This allowed the students to speak face-to-face with professionals about career-related interests, learn about both traditional and new roles and how best to navigate their career passions.

    The final component of the event was a panel session, which gave students an opportunity to ask questions to leading professionals in a group setting.

    Thank you to all of the volunteers from the Havergal community for generously donating their time, and to the Guidance and Advancement & Community Relations departments for hosting the event. ...

    Blood Donation Day Success!

    The staff who run the Canadian Blood Services BloodMobile were floored by the amount of blood donated by the Havergal community on Monday, April 22, 2013: 32 units (approximately 14 liters) of blood in only five hours!

    The average amount of blood collected in a day on the BloodMobile is 18 units. Congratulations to everyone who came out to donate blood for this worthy cause, especially to the high number of first time donors! Blood transfusions are a critical element of organ transplants, cancer therapy, heart surgery, treatment for anaemia, treatment for blood disorders, resuscitation of trauma victims and caring for premature infants. ...

    Commemorating the Laying of the School's Cornerstone

    On April 23, 1926, Havergal first celebrated the laying of the corner stone of the present building. This began the tradition of Founders’ Day, when the school community gathers at St. Paul’s Bloor Street to remember Havergal’s history.

    This year’s service on April 23, 2013, included a welcome from Havergal’s Principal, Dr. Susan R. Groesbeck, a reading from the School Captain, Grace Woroch, a greeting from the Board Chair, Mrs. Ann Kerwin, and an address from Old Girl Joan Rudolph McKinney 1952.

    A part of this tradition includes singing the school hymn, Unto the Hills, and the school song, Vitai Lampada Tradens and listening to the beautiful singing from the Senior Choir, Middle School Choir and Junior Choir.

    The daisy boutonnieres worn by our Grads were a gift from the Havergal Old Girls Association (HOGA) to mark their passage from students to Old Girls, and to share with the Havergal community the significance of Founders’ Day. ...

    Dr. Bob Litterman Speaks on the Price of Climate Risk

    On April 24, the Havergal Old Girls Association (HOGA) was thrilled to welcome Dr. Bob Litterman, Senior Partner, Kepos, and Capital and Treasurer, World Wildlife Fund, as our speaker at this year’s Distinguished Speaker Event.

    Dr. Litterman spoke about the price of climate risk – the economic cost of climate change to our world. In his presentation, he discussed the damage we have had on the environment today and the impacts this will have on our future. He encouraged everyone to take on more financial accountability for their environmental impacts (i.e. their carbon footprints from air travel) and suggested that if we all do our part to pay the price of climate change, the end result of the damage may not be as dreadful as anticipated.

    Thank you to Dr. Litterman for your insight into our world and for being a part of the 2013 event. ...

    "Cobweb Dreams" a Smashing Hit!

    If you missed the Havergal Youth Theatre (HYT) presentation of Cobweb Dreams last week, you missed an outstanding show! Written for HYT by Canadian playwright Lindsay Price, the play is based on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and follows the humorous predicaments of Cobweb (one of Queen Titania’s fairies), as she is tempted to join King Oberon’s boisterous band of fairies. Ms. Price wrote the original play for HYT after being very impressed with the group’s performance of her play Agatha Rex in 2011.

    Directed by Social Science teacher Ina Székely and produced by Drama teacher Larry Tayler, the play was a fun and good-natured romp through Shakespeare’s fairyland. The design theme, as created by scenographer (and Old Girl from the Class of 1967) Frances Key, was phenomenally well done as a combination of Victorian Music Hall and steampunk.

    Congratulations to the entire cast and crew on an amazing production! ...

    Havergal Hosts Run4Change

    At lunch on Monday, May 13, students from Pauline Johnson Public School joined our students involved in the Start2Finish community partnership and together they ran the Run4Change. The Run4Change is a five-kilometer run that addresses the two most critical issues facing Canadian children and youth today – obesity/physical inactivity and child poverty. This is the first time that we've hosted the Run4Change at Havergal and it was an exciting day for all involved. Thanks to those who participated!

    Start2Finish is one of Havergal's community partnerships, which is brought to us by the Institute at Havergal. ...

    Good Food & Good Company

    Grade 12 students and recent Old Girls (from the classes of 2008 to 2012) met in the Brenda Robson Hall on Wednesday, May 15, for the annual Grad Brunch and University Transition Day. After a brief introduction by Old Girl Sarah Perry (Class of 1979) and Executive Director of Advancement & Community Relations Louise Yearwood, the Grads and Old Girls enjoyed a delicious brunch of eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit and baked goods. After lunch, the Old Girls participated in a panel discussion with the Grads on the topic of university. During the panel discussion, our Grads had the opportunity to ask questions about university life with our Old Girls.

    Later, the panel broke out into smaller groups to have less formal conversations about their specific programs and schools with the Grads.Thank you to Alumnae Officers Helena Follows and Christine Lawson for organizing this important event with the Guidance Department (Heather Johnstone, Marla Pinsler, Kelly Stenton and Shauna Barnes). This is the Grad’s first networking event with Havergal’s Old Girls Association (HOGA)  Later, the panel broke out into smaller groups to have less formal conversations about their specific programs and schools with the Grads.

    Thank you to Alumnae Officers Helena Follows and Christine Lawson for organizing this important event with the Guidance Department (Heather Johnstone, Marla Pinsler, Kelly Stenton and Shauna Barnes). This is the Grad’s first networking event with Havergal’s Old Girls Association (HOGA) and is a great introduction for the students on the value of networking. ...

    Students Earn $5,000 for Yellow Brick House Women's Shelter

    On May 28, Grade 10 Civics students received a cheque for $5,000 for the Yellow Brick House women's shelter as part of the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) program!

    To motivate young people to do good in their community, YPI encourages students in participating schools to choose a charity that they believe is a worthy cause to receive a donation. Students in our Civics classes took the challenge and were divided into small groups which each chose a charity they were most interested in. The groups visited their charity to get to know it and find the community need that it addresses, and then pitched it to their peers. Out of all the charities that were considered, Yellow Brick House was selected to receive the donation.

    Yellow Brick House is committed to rebuilding the lives of abused women and children in York Region. They work hard to ensure women and children have a safe place to turn to if they become victims of domestic abuse. Learn more at:

    Reflection from an Old Girl, Class of 1959

    "Miss Muckle was our English teacher, and she turned out to be a great inspiration in my life. One of our assignments was to write a short story, and I thought about it for a few days, and decided to use one of my father's many stories about the north as a base. When Miss Muckle gave it back, she said, "Where did you get this from?" So I told her the truth, the whole story, and she said, "You know, you should write a book about this." Years later, after I retired from Gulf Canada Resources, I did write that book. And I would have not had the nerve to write it if Miss Muckle had not encouraged me. I received the Order of Canada for setting a good example, as a role model for young women in the sciences, and part of the credit goes to the lifelong lessons I learned at Havergal."


    Reflection from an Old Girl, Class of 1965

    "It was 1965. I was in Grade 13 and I was the School Captain. Feminism was in the air and university was looming. One-half of my class was headed for marriage after university; one-half wondered about broader horizons in the world of work. I was the latter group. I wanted a family too, but I wanted to make a difference and wanted to contribute through working. My mother was a strong influence in my life. She came from a small town in Manitoba, was well educated and worked and advised me strongly to take steps to make sure that I was always independent. My experience at Havergal was also a strong influence. Being a student in this community of strong women students and strong women leaders reinforced for me the fact that there did not appear to be things that girls could not do."


    Reflection from a Parent

    "When we came to Havergal for the school's Open House two years ago with our daughter Elena, we went by the music room and met Paul McCulloch. Elena was immediately captivated by his energy, spirit and sense of adventure. She shared a common connection with Mr. McCulloch: they are both cellists and this spoke to her. Mr. McCulloch is passionate about what he does, as a musician and as a teacher. After the school tour, we asked each other, "if we had to describe the school in one word, what would it be?" We both said "excellence." Along with the exceptional music, academic, athletics (sports are critical for our daughter) and co-curricular programs that support the girl as a whole, the school's spirit and sense of community were a perfect fit for Elena. We can say for certainty that Mr. McCulloch was the "clincher" in our daughter's decision to come to Havergal last year."


    Reflection from an Old Girl, Class of 1991

    "One of the best parts of boarding was the very close friendships I made. I remain in close touch with many of my boarder friends and, even though I don't see some of them very often because of the geographical distance between us, whenever we do get together we really do pick up where we left off...No matter where your life takes you, whether you stay in Toronto, or whether your years at Havergal are the only time you live in Canada, you will never forget that this really was your home."


    Reflection from an Old Girl, Class of 1951

    "My mother encouraged me to come to Havergal in the belief that the experience would empower me through the discovery of my own voice, my sense of self and my inner strengths. That is exactly what happened: I can say with certainty that the foundations of my inner self-confidence were born here."


    Reflection from an Old Girl, Class of 2004

    "Havergal's energy inspired me. I received an exceptional academic education but also discovered new passions both in and out of school."


    Reflection from a Parent

    "I first met Larry Tayler when my daughter Shauna started Grade 7. I liked him immediately. A few months later, when another parent asked me why, I said, "Well, he's obviously a great teacher: he loves the girls and he knows how to play."  I remember the kids practicing for a drama class and they were having the time of their lives, laughing so much they could barely breathe, and Larry Tayler was there, right in the middle of it all."


    Learning New Athletic Skills at the Institute's AIM Jumpstart Sport for Community Camp

    Havergal said goodbye to our AIM Jumpstart Sport for Community campers on Friday, August 24, 2012, after two weeks of sports, games and fun. This year's camp hosted more than 80 campers, 17 volunteer sports professionals from Canada's National Teams and a large group of Leaders In Training (LITs) from a wide variety of GTA high schools.

    The campers learned a variety of athletic skills in swimming, volleyball, basketball, badminton, rugby, soccer and sports writing, coached by the athletes from Canada's National Teams and professional writers.

    In the Sports Writing Workshop, campers learned about sport vocabularies, inventing new sports and creative writing about sports. The professional writers used these activities to teach the campers about the connection of sport to other forms of cultures. "The Sports Writing Workshop is a favourite!" explained Institute Director (and Camp Director) Ann Peel.

    This year the campers were also introduced to Street Soccer -- soccer adapted for street involved people whose health is compromised. The game is played within a fenced, small field, about a quarter of the size of a regular soccer field to accommodate the health restrictions of players. "The campers love the intimacy, and we love that it requires skill to play!" says Peel.

    "The success of the camp continues to grow each year," sums up Peel of this year's camp. "We have more campers and more LITs this year than in previous years. Thank you to all of our LITs, athletes and volunteers. We look forward to more fun next year!"

    The camp is supported by Canadian Tire's Jumpstart Program.


    Implementing the One Laptop Per Child Program in South Africa

    A group of Havergal Senior School students, accompanied by Ms. Ina Szekely and Ms. Lois Rowe, went on an excursion to South Africa in August 2012 as a part of the Institute's Global Experience Program. They spent the first two weeks at two of the Nurturing Orphans with AIDS Humanity (NOAH) Arks, a place where children affected by the AIDS pandemic can find support. Founded by Havergal Old Girl Nicky Potter (class of 1991), NOAH's objective is to help the staggering number of children orphaned by AIDS in South Africa to mature into emotionally and psychologically stable adults. The goal is to help them learn to form lasting and loving relationships, grow to be nurturing parents to their own children and become responsible citizens of South Africa.

    At the Arks, the Havergal group was busy teaching English and games to the orphans, learning Zulu and implementing the One Child Per Laptop program, a project that began in August 2011. The group from Havergal worked with the children and their laptops on gaining new computer skills and learning to use the Scratch program.

    One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is a global program with the goal to provide each child in an underdeveloped country with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop. The OLPC group has designed hardware, content and software for collaborative, joyful and self-empowered learning. With access to this type of tool, children are engaged in their own education, and learn, share and create together. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future.

    After completing their OLPC program work at the Arks, the Havergal group spent the last week of their trip seeing the sights and animals of Cape Town and the region. "We had a wonderful, full and rich three weeks in South Africa!" exclaimed Lois Rowe of their Global Experience excursion.

    To read more about this and other Global Experience excursions, visit our Excursion Blog at


    A Wonder Wall at the Junior School

    As a kickoff to the school year, the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Coach, Mr. Darryl Reiter, created a Wonder Wall in the front foyer. "The Wonder Wall asks the girls to be WONDERful; be wonderful to others and full of wonder about the world around them," explains Mr. Reiter.

    His goal was to focus the students' attention on a puzzling scientific apparatus and to have the girls wonder what was happening in the display. "The technique I used was adapted from a thinking routine from Mark Church's book, Making Thinking Visible, from the 'Cultures of Thinking' professional development seminar I participated in at Havergal College this summer," says Mr. Reiter. As a part of the seminar, Mark Church outlined a thinking routine called "ZOOM IN," a technique normally used with photographs or interactive white boards. However, Mr. Reiter used this technique with a more tangible experience, hence the Wonder Wall.

    The display is mostly black with small openings that reveal only a portion of the object when viewed from a distance. The intent of the Wonder Wall is to capture the interest of the students and draw them in. "Once the viewer is close to the Wonder Wall and peers through the peep hole/magnifying glass, more information is revealed," explains Mr. Reiter.

    This week, every class from Grades 1 to 6 has been down for a 15-minute discussion with Mr. Reiter about the Wonder Wall.


    The Junior School Celebrates Thanksgiving at Harvest Festival

    On Friday, October 5, the Junior School and their families gathered in the Brenda Robson Hall for the annual Harvest Festival. Students carried non-perishable food donations to donate to the North York Harvest Food Bank, one of our community partners. This year, the Junior School donated a total of 1,370 lbs of food to the food bank, which will help make this weekend a little more special for some families in need.

    Students led prayers and sang songs. After the ceremonies were over, the Grade 6 students stayed behind to help load the Havergal truck with the food donations for the food bank.

    The event is a lovely way to kick-off the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a time for family, friends and thanks.


    Old Girls Annual Dinner 2012

    On the evening of Thursday, October 18, 2012, Old Girls gathered at Havergal for the Annual Dinner, an event that honours both of our Old Girls Award Recipients and thanks our dedicated Class Representatives.

    This year, Margie Zeidler 1976 is the recipient of the 2012 Havergal Old Girls Life Achievement Award for her work helping to develop Toronto into a thriving, forward-thinking city by creating affordable, attractive work spaces for artists and non-profit organizations. Click here to read more about Margie:

    Lyndsay Hayhurst 2000 received the 2012 Susan Ditchburn Young Alumna Award for her work integrating her passions for sport and social justice to make a difference in the lives of others both nationally and globally. Click here to read more about Lyndsay:

    Congratulations to both award recipients and to HOGA for hosting a wonderful evening.


    The Havergal Community Raises $54,755.55 at Celebration Saturday for Community Partnerships

    This year at Celebration Saturday, the Havergal Community raised $54,755.55 in support of our community partnerships. Havergal's student leaders work directly with our community partners to identify opportunities to support our partnerships. In the coming months, Havergal's Community Council student members will allocate all of the funds raised at Celebration Saturday among our community partnerships. For an understanding of how we strengthen our programs, in 2011, funds raised from Celebration Saturday:

    • provided marketing materials, costumes and equipment for Appletree Farmers Market.
    • enabled ArtHeart to run after-school programming two days per week by supporting a stipend for staff.
    • provided food and programming costs for five communal Best Buddies events, where our students shared friendships and life experiences with their buddies.
    • sent one child to Camp Kirk, a camp for children with disabilities, for 14 days.
    • purchased a class set of 12 iPads and provided professional development training for Derrydown teachers on applications and functionalities of iPads at Derrydown Public School.
    • provided supplies and resources for a shared project to explore Canadian citizenship for Grenoble Public School, which is located in Flemington Park, a community of new Canadians.
    • provided graphic novels to support the after school literacy program at Lawrence Heights Middle School, where our students volunteer and work with their buddies on reading and homework.
    • provided three shelves for the books used in the literacy program at Lotherton Pathway, a table for the ANC program space and three tents for community festivals.
    • supported Moorelands Baby Bundles Program by providing basic baby supplies and clothes to new mothers in Flemingdon Park.
    • provided a small salary and professional development for Siyawela Ark's "local One Laptop Per Child hero" Portia to develop the OLPC program, which we introduced at the Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity (NOAH) Arks.
    • provided 60 pairs of running shoes, T-shirts, books and school supplies for the Public School location where we volunteer at the Running and Reading Program as a part of Start2Finish.
    • provided spoken word workshops, art supplies, lunches and snacks for Trails Youth Initiatives participants in our shared programming.
    • provided new textbooks for our partner, the Whittlesea GAP school, as a part of the Triangle of Hope program that supports the rapidly changing curriculum in South Africa.



    Old Girl Dr. Shelly Dev Profiled in Our Kids Alumni Video

    Dr. Shelly Dev (Class of 1994) is featured on the Our Kids website in their Private School Alumni: from Student to Role Models feature for her innovative use of filmmaking to coach medical students.

    To learn more about Dr. Shelly Dev 1994, visit:

    Our Kids Private School Alumni: from Student to Role Models also featured Havergal Old Girl Carol Wiseman (Class of 1978) in 2011:



    Playwright Lindsay Price works with Middle School Actors

    Inspired by Havergal's Middle School Youth Theatre two years ago after seeing the group perform one of her plays, playwright Lindsay Price wrote an original play for this year's Middle School play.

    Price introduced the play, Cobweb Dreams, to the group the week of September 24 during after-school workshops. The Middle School will perform her play for Havergal audiences in May 2013.

    Lindsay Price is the resident playwright for Theatrefolk, an independent publisher of original and adapted scripts for High Schools.


    Travelling the World in the Learning Hub

    On October 23, 2012, Andrea Darvill, International Storyteller, took students in Grades 1 and 2 on a fantastical voyage across the globe in her interactive and fun story presentation.

    Once a secondary school teacher in Hong Kong, Andrea learned to incorporate stories into her classes as a means of learning English. She now lives in Byron Bay, Australia, where she teaches Storytelling-Drama classes when not on the road performing for children.


    Old Girl Triby Kent Receives TD Canadian Children's Literature Award

    The results are in! Havergal Old Girl Trilby Kent, Class of 2001, received this year's top prize at the TD Canadian Children's Literature Awards for her novel Stones for My Father. "Trilby Kent's powerful and thought-provoking novel is truly an award-worthy piece of literature. By describing the complexities of historical conflict in South Africa through the eyes of a child, she produces an emotionally engaging and inspiring story readers can relate to," said Tim Hockey, President and CEO, TD Canada Trust. Congrats, Trilby!



    Innovation Day: A Day of Creativity with Purpose

    On November 28, students, faculty and staff experienced the methods of Cirque du Soleil in a morning designed to stimulate their creativity. The morning workshop, entitled A Day of Creativity with Purpose (Innovation), was brought to us by Kris Burley, an Olympian and former Artistic Director at Cirque du Soleil.

    During the first part of the morning session, different artists performed and discussed innovation and improvisation as an art. Artists, including an opera singer, improv comedians and dancers, discussed how creativity is important in their professional and everyday lives.

    Kris Burley discussed his experience working with the Cirque du Soleil’s formation program, which is designed to break down the walls people build around themselves to bring out their inner authenticity and personal creativity. It does this by creating a dynamic—somewhat chaotic—environment to expose each of us to our own vulnerability and to allow us to discover our own unique perspectives while connecting to others. The idea is to work with this not “normal method,” to make new connections and come up with new ideas and approaches.

    In the second half of the morning session, students were broken into groups to apply their creativity to the shared purpose of addressing real-life problems and questions. Each group wrote down their ideas on a large piece of paper. Although only some groups presented their ideas, all of the ideas will be read and explored at the Forum for Change. These solutions will be further explored throughout the year as we put our minds to innovation in the world.


    Students, Faculty and Staff Support the Facebook Be Bold. Stop Bullying Campaign

    On Friday, November 30, 2012, Havergal students, faculty and staff united together to take action against bullying by signing the Facebook Be Bold. Stop Bullying petition (

    In addition to hearing Upper School teacher Ms. Denise Hartford speak about her reflections on the bullying experience in Prayers that morning, the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) challenged the Havergal community to sign the Be Bold. Stop Bullying Canada petition on Facebook, with the goal to increase the petition's number to 1,000 by the end of lunch.

    The GSA set up computers in the Temerty Commons for people to sign the petition and, by the end of lunch, the page had more than 1,000 signed pledges!

    The Be Bold. Stop Bullying campaign outlines the simple, yet powerful, actions we can all take to prevent bullying.

    By signing the petition, students vow to speak up when they see anyone being bullied, advocate for those in need of help (not only friends) and be a positive role model by treating others with respect.


    Aga Khan Foundation Sabrina Premji Hosts Prayers

    On Prayers on Monday, December 3, special guest Sabrina Premji, global health practitioner and published author, spoke about her experience with the Aga Khan Foundation Canada and its approach to international development work through working with a community to come up with sustainable solutions. The Network is dedicated to improving living conditions and opportunities for the poor, without regard to their faith, origin or gender.

    Ms. Premji encouraged the students to participate in the World Partnership Walk in Toronto this spring. This Aga Khan Foundation Canada event is a five-kilometer walk from Metro Hall, leading up to Queen’s Park along University Avenue before returning to Metro Hall.

    One hundred percent of funds raised by the World Partnership Walk go directly to fund international development projects – not one cent is spent on administration.

    Projects are identified and implemented by local communities, targeting areas of greatest need and providing long-term sustainable solutions – like revitalizing a rural economy, ensuring clean water and sanitation, strengthening community-based organizations and educating new generations of girls and women.


    Junior School Teachers Lead ECE Graduate Class for the Day

    On Monday, December 3, 2012, Junior School teachers Laura Logaridis, Leslie Siegrist, Britney Coleman and Katie Tranter presented at George Brown's School of Early Childhood in one of Kim Bezaire's ECE graduate classes titled Curriculum Leadership.

    The Havergal teachers began with a gallery walk of some of their pedagogical documentation, wherein interested faculty and students could pop in within the first hour, view the documentation and engage in a dialogue with the four of them.  

    Afterwards, the teachers presented to the graduate class outlining how Havergal's Kindergarten program embraces the philosophy of the schools of Reggio Emilia, a topic they are currently examining. "It really was a rich dialogue and we were so happy and inspired to be a part of this experience," says Katie Tranter.

    Recently, these four teachers have been leaders in early education in the GTA. This summer, Laura Logaridis, Leslie Siegrist, Britney Coleman and Katie Tranter led an early years best practices two-day seminar entitled Powerful Play for a large group of educators from the GTA. During this seminar, the teachers highlighted the inquiry-based learning model and how it was successfully implemented at Havergal. Laura Logaridis, Leslie Siegrist and Katie Tranter were also recently published in The Early Childhood Educator in the summer of 2012 for their article "Make it Meaningful! Emergent Literacy in the Kindergarten Years," which explores how a Reggio Emilia-inspired classroom environment and emergent curriculum fosters literacy development.


    Reflection from an Old Girl, Class of 1979

    "Havergal gave me two gifts that I have carried with me to this day. The first is music. Think about it: 13 years of singing at least one hymn a day, five days a week. You do the math! Not only did Liz Muir build a great choir, she also introduced us to the work of music. The other Havergal quality that I have retained took me almost 20 full years to acknowledge and appreciate. That quality? Community. When I graduated in 1979, my parents gave me as a graduation gift a lifetime membership in the Havergal Old Girls Association (HOGA). Well, as the years progressed and my mother dutifully passed on all the mail sent [from HOGA], I came to realize that I was part of a unique community. I know of no other school where faculty, staff, students, Old Girls and former faculty and staff blend and come together in so many ways."


    Reflection from an Old Girl, Class of 1985

    "I was fortunate enough to have been inspired by several teachers throughout my 15 years at Havergal. The means through which they inspired me were as diverse as their backgrounds, personalities and teaching approaches. Particular standouts for me were Miss Watson, Miss Holmes, Mrs. Revell, Miss Somerville, Miss Parisi, Mrs. Morris and Miss Fallis. It has been 25 years since I graduated from Havergal, yet the individual and collective impact of the above mentioned teachers remains with me. I myself am an educator, providing assessments and customized multidisciplinary programming for children with learning difficulties. In every single interaction with a student, I pray that I am applying even a fraction of the wisdom of Miss Watson, the loving warmth of Miss Holmes, the contagious enthusiasm of Mrs. Revell, the fun-spiritedness of Miss Somerville, the high standards of Miss Parisi, the easy going nature of Mrs. Morris and the generous-heartedness of Miss Fallis. I will be forever grateful to have been touched by the inspiring magic of so many exemplary teachers."



    Reflection from an Old Girl, Class of 1983

    "I remember, at seven years of age, entering my Grade 2 classroom for the first time. A young, dark haired woman approached me and held out her hand. Her warmth and exuberance completely enveloped me. I knew instantly that I liked Mrs. Menear -- a lot. Grade 2 passed in a flash and, although I didn't know it at the time, that year would prove to be the beginning of a lifelong friendship. Today, when I see Mrs. Menear at the Junior School, we embrace each other like mother and daughter. She knows how much she means to me, and now, to my own daughter who is at Havergal. Indeed, a significant factor in choosing to move my daughter to Havergal was the resonance of Mrs. Menear's legacy in my life. She played a seminal role in my childhood education. Her presence in my life, and now in my daughter's, is so important to me."


    Reflection from an Old Girl, Class of 1988

    "In the 1980s, I was a student at Havergal who loved to read and longed to write. I only loosely connected these pursuits to an ambition; I thought I'd take English at university and then, well, I'd do something involving writing. My goal was fuzzy around the edges, just as it should be for a teenager. What I knew for sure was that my attention never strayed when I read a powerful piece of writing. I wanted to pin down the reasons why. Phyllis Angel Greenberg taught me the joys of interpretation, quite a different thing than pinning down hard and absolute answers (English isn't math). She is one of two teachers -- the other is Rosemary Corbett -- who profoundly shaped my understanding of poetry and prose. After I graduated from Havergal, Phyllis and I built on our rapport. I came to know Phyllis the raconteur, the inspiring mother and the devoted fan of great artistic and creative work. She is the generous friend who will write you the perfect note when you need it most, give you her favourite New Yorker magazines and take the time to knit a hat and sweater for your baby. When I was young and she was the grown up, I couldn't foresee that Phyllis and I would spend hours together with coffee and conversation. But sometime in my twenties, this inevitable friendship caught me by marvelous surprise."


    Reflection from an Old Girl, Class of 1986

    "Havergal is such an experience, with all its traditional and unique parts, that everyone felt that it was something that we went through together. It is that intangible 'experience' that is what we thought strengthened the bonds of our friendships. The Candlelight Ceremony is the perfect example of something that is entirely unique to Havergal and really brings everyone closer together. It was such a memorable and incredible event, something shared entirely among us that we will never forget."


    Havergal Students Host First Farmers Market

    On December 12, 2012, the Havergal Appletree Student Group hosted its first farmers market in the Temerty Commons. Vendors had a variety of foods for purchase, including organic produce, bread, chocolate, cookies and soups. Appletree Market, run by Old Girl Lesley Stoyan (Class of 1990), is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a local community shopping experience. Students, faculty and staff had a great time tasting and shopping!

    Appletree Farmers Market is an Institute at Havergal community partnership, which enables active student engagement in the world. This student group will bring Havergal two more famers market events in 2013.


    Sunshine, Cupcakes and Snakes at the Annual Havergal Grandchildren's Party

    In May, Old Girls, their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and the school's youngest students, participated in the Annual Havergal Grandchildren's Party. Activities included pony rides, critters, games and treats. Older Havergal students helped out at the event, and the Havergator came out to enjoy the event too! The Grandchildren's Party is a special tradition started by Havergal's first Principal Ellen Knox in 1910. A wonderful time was had by all!


    Happy 20th Birthday Havergator!

    This year marks the 20th birthday of the Havergator, the green and gold alligator mascot for the school. The Prefects of 1991-1992 (the year of the zoo) created the Havergator because they wanted a mascot like the boys schools had (Crescent School has the coyote, Royal St. George's College has the Knight and Upper Canada College has the guy in the blue suit). The Prefects thought long and hard about what kind of animal should be the mascot - an alligator seemed the perfect animal because of its green and gold colouring. Hence, the Havergator was born! Havergal celebrated the Havergator's milestone birthday by sending it to the spa for a makeover. During lunch, the school surprised the Havergator with a birthday party, including parachute games, face painting, Gator-ade, pin the tie on the gator and giant birthday cakes (baked by the wonderful Food Services staff!). With a new look, the Havergator is ready to spend another 20 years cheering on the school at different events.


    A Discussion about Apartheid with Dr. Kofi Hope

    On May 8, the Institute welcomed Dr. Kofi Hope, Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University, who spoke about the history of apartheid in South Africa and Canada's involvement in the desegregation efforts. In addition, Sara Willoughby, Lucy Luo and Alexa Breininger (members of last year's South Africa excursion) spoke about two exciting micro-enterprises that they visited last summer: Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust ( near Durban and T-Bag Designs ( in Hout's Bay.

    Both of these organizations have received international attention for their innovative approaches to supporting those infected and affected by the HIV virus. At the conclusion of the presentations, attendees engaged in a stimulating discussion over cups of South African Rooibos tea and Romany Cream cookies.

    Thank you to Dr. Kofi Hope for sharing his time and ideas with the Havergal community.


    Students on the Institute's Costa Rica Excursion Paint Elementary School

    A fresh coat of paint can help make a place feel brand new. Students on the Institute's Costa Rica Global Experience excursion are helping brighten the hallways of an elementary school in Los Naragos. Students are now fully involved with their volunteer assignments and seem to be enjoying every minute of it. Apart from helping the community of Los Naragos freshen up the local school, students are also experiencing local culture first-hand. This past week they participated in a cooking class where they learned how to make a perfect tortilla and ventured out on a hike where they walked through trees of mangos, bananas, plantains and coffee. During the hike they also sampled sugar cane, admired a nest of poisonous frog eggs and crossed an ant highway! The hike eventually arrived at a waterfall, which proved a huge relief on a hot day. The students have also had the pleasure of visiting an Asomobi coffee grower's sustainable farm. The farmer's sustainability practices include interspersing his coffee trees with fruit trees like bananas, plantains, guanavana and oranges. He keeps bees, poultry, pigs and fish. The pig manure goes in a septic tank where it produces an odourless gas with which he uses to cook. A remarkable farm to witness indeed!


    Peter Buffett: An Inspiring Visit and Evening Performance!

    The Havergal community, faculty, staff and students would like to extend a huge thank you to Peter Buffett for his school visit and his engaging evening performance. Mr. Buffett's discussion during morning assembly inspired students, faculty and staff. Students actively engaged in conversation, asking Mr. Buffett interesting and thought-provoking questions. Mr. Buffett then toured the school, visiting classrooms, talking to students and enjoying a presentation at the Junior school. Read the Peter Buffett blog for more on his day at Havergal. During the evening concert, Mr. Buffett captivated the greater Havergal Community with his music and conservation. Mr. Buffett's word and thoughts on philanthropy rang true. Philanthropy is the act and desire to help others - an act, which is performed and promoted every day at the school. Thank you to Mr. Buffett for a very inspiring visit and evening concert. It was greatly enjoyed by all!


    Junior School Collects Christmas Gifts for Moorelands Partnership

    The Moorelands committee is comprised of grade 4, 5 and 6 students who signed up to take the lead in supporting our partnership with Moorelands this term. Moorelands is an organization that supports children and youth effected by poverty. This year each form was partnered with a Moorelands family. The Junior School forms have collected gifts to give to families for this holiday season. This year the Junior School has been hard at work constructing a Christmas tree, cutting out 300 paper ornaments and making announcements during prayers to create awareness and spread their excitement. When students bring in their gift they are given an ornament to design and hang on the Christmas tree. As the tree fills up, the support of the students is made more visible. The Moorelands Christmas tree is evidence that every student in the junior school has worked together to make this partnership a success. ...

    Havergal Old Girl Carol Welsman Returns to Her Roots

    This summer, Havergal Old Girl Carol Welsman (Class of 1978) returned to Havergal to be filmed for Our Kids' alumni video feature. Click here to learn more about Carol and her Havergal experience.

    Havergal Old Girl Carol Welsman (Class of 1978) is an extraordinarily talented musician and one of Canada's finest vocalists and pianists. She has sold over 60,000 CDs in Canada alone, something few jazz artists in Canada have experienced. Coming from a musical family (her grandfather was the founder and first conductor of the Toronto Symphony), she has studied in the U.S. (at Berklee College of Music) and Europe, and released seven albums since her first CD, Lucky To Be Me, in 1995. Her numerous achievements include the receipt of five Juno Award nominations and several Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards. She has become well-established as an international artist, touring the world, and performing in Italian, French, Portuguese and English. For more information, visit


    Senior Kindergartens Take Learning Outside for Forest Fridays

    On Friday mornings, the Senior Kindergarten girls take their learning outdoors to explore the beautiful Havergal campus. This is an opportunity for children to connect with nature and appreciate the beauty it brings. They listen to the sounds, observe our surroundings, look for changes, and explore the space. "Forest Fridays have proven to be a rich opportunity for the girls. Being surrounded in the forest inspires them to question, observe and develop theories. We feel that they are developing a deeper connection with nature and a sense of pride and care for their surroundings." say teachers Leslie Siegrist and Katie Tranter.

    Here's what some of the girls had to say about their outdoor space:

    What do you love about this space?

    • "I love it because we're inside a forest."
    • "You can see so many things."
    • "I love that the trees are around us."
    • "I love that EVERYONE is here."

    What can we learn from this space?

    • "We can learn from the trees."
    • "We can learn how to care for nature."
    • "We can see all the stuff in the sky because when you look up there is open space."

    Junior School Students Take Story Time Outside

    On a sunny fall day, the Grade 3 students walked over to the Junior School's new outdoor classroom for story time. The outdoor classroom was finished in the spring of 2011, and this year Junior School students are able to take full advantage of learning in a natural environment. Prior to story time, another group of students were out walking the Lisa Hardie Woodland Trail and making use of the new classroom. This outdoor room is certainly a wonderful addition to the Junior School.


    Teddy Bear Picnic

    Kindergarten and Grade 1 students gathered on the Ratcliffe Field with the Grade 12 students for the annual Teddy Bear Picnic. The girls were surprised with a visit from the Havergator, who brought popsicles to help everyone cool down on the hot day. Thanks to the Grade 12 students for organizing the event and taking the time to get to know the littlest girls at the school. They had a great time! ...

    One Laptop Per Child Program

    The Institute at Havergal is helping to implement the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program this August at the NOAH's Ark orphanage in Molweni (Durban), South Africa. This summer's participants in the Havergal South Africa Global Experience Program excursion are currently learning how to use the XO One Laptop Per Child software, which they will be taking with them when they visit the Ark in Molweni this summer. Using these laptops, we will be able to continue our conversations with the Nurturing Orphans of AIDS Humanity (NOAH) youth all year long. Thank you to Mark Battley and the Ntugi team for their time, knowledge, experience and connection to OLPC, as they coach and support us in this new aspect of our partnership with NOAH.


    Middle School Students Walk for Homeless Teens

    Every March, the Middle School participates in the fourth annual "Winter Walk for Homeless Youth" event. This one-of-a-kind collaborative community effort, where Middle School students participate in a 16-kilometre trek that begins at Sterling Hall School and makes its way to Eva's Phoenix (a homeless youth shelter) near the waterfront, has been embraced by Havergal and nine other Toronto independent schools. Proceeds from the walk go to Eva's Phoenix and Raising the Roof's Youthworks initiative; a special project designed to break the cycle of homelessness among young Canadians.


    Invest in Girls! Rosemary McCarney, CEO & President of Plan Canada, speaks at Havergal's 2011 Distinguishe Speaker Event

    Hosted by the Havergal Old Girls Association and the Institute at Havergal, members of the Havergal community including Old Girls, current and past parents, students, faculty, staff and guests had the opportunity to hear the 2011 Distinguished Speaker, Rosemary McCarney, CEO & President of Plan Canada, on February 10. Rosemary shared her insight on Plan Canada's Because I am a Girl campaign, which highlights the need to invest in girls as a key to eliminate poverty and to create a better world. This global campaign aims for a brighter, safer future for girls with the goal to engage one million girls to raise money for projects such as clean water and food security, health care and education and livelihood initiatives such as microfinance. The work of Plan Canada impacts more than 63 million people in more than 37,000 communities. Thank you to Rosemary for sharing her vast experience and knowledge with the Havergal community.


    The Bluestocking Receives Superior Ranking by NCTE

    Havergal's 2009-2010 edition of The Bluestocking, the school's annual student-produced literary magazine, received a superior ranking at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines competition. The Bluestocking was one of two Canadian student literary magazines to receive the superior ranking. The publication was ranked among 400 student magazines from Canada, the United States and US schools abroad. The issue featured 69 pages of student writing and art. Congratulations to Judy Wong, the editor for the 2009-2010 edition, Courtney Po and Katrina Lat, layout staff, all members of the 2009-2010 Blue Crew and all student contributors. A special thank you to supporting faculty members who made the publication a reality: Dr. Mark Reuter, Ms. Linda Goldspink, Ms. Jean Sheppard and Mr. Andrew McHaffie.


    Havergal College Examines the Impacts of Education at "The World: It's Our School" Conference

    On January 18, 2011, the Upper School participated in the annual Institute Day of Action "The World: It's Our School" event. Organized by the Institute at Havergal, the conference features the world's most innovative thinkers and activists in the field of education. "At Havergal, we believe education is about understanding ourselves in the context of the role we play in the world and the future we want to make," says Ann Peel, Director of the Institute at Havergal. "Our annual conference provides an interactive forum for social change where individuals and organizations can share their knowledge and inspire our students'our leaders of tomorrow." Conference leaders facilitated workshops to explore the ways in which education empowers individuals to lead a life of their choosing. Workshop formats included group discussions, experiments, debates, activities/games and multimedia presentations, as well as the creation of theatre and dramatic performances. The keynote speaker of the conference was Dr. Rohinton Medhora from the International Development Research Centre. He spoke about the current state of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. One of the 27 workshop facilitators was Ontario's Minister of Transportation, The Honourable Kathleen Wynne MPP, who explored the role of education from a government and personal perspective. The Centre of Social Innovation's Tonya Surman explored the constellation model using Athletes in Motion (a Havergal student-led initiative) as a case study. Other workshops included facilitators from Dignitas International, Plan Canada, Save the Children Canada, Trails Youth Initiatives, World Literacy of Canada, NOAH Canada, Appletree Market, Magicana and more! "Rohinton Medhora made an interesting point on the World's Millennium Development Goals," said one Grade 9 student about the event. "One of the goals that I found interesting is the need to promote gender equality and empower women. Honestly, I never knew exactly what the development goals were, I only knew of them. I never knew that what our school, Havergal, promotes every day about empowering women is actually what the world is also trying to accomplish." Inspired by the UN Millennium Development Goals, each year Havergal College focuses on a school-wide theme that is integrated in curricular and co-curricular programming. This year's theme, "The World: It's Our School," explores the second goal of achieving universal primary education. At the conference, more than 600 Havergal students and faculty continued to develop their shared knowledge of the world and learn how to turn ideas into action. The event concluded with a panel of student activists who discussed the causes they support and why they became involved in their causes. "When you have an idea, share it. Use your social connections to bring it to life and to take action," said Ann Peel at the event's closing. "Anything is possible and, when people share their passions, they share their resources, experiences and efforts."


    A Junior School Harvest Festival

    The Junior School and their families gathered for the annual Harvest Festival. Students in Senior Kindergarten to Grade 6 walked over to the Upper School with baskets and bags of non-perishable food donations in hand. All of the food donations were later loaded onto a truck by the Grade 6 class, which was transported to the Scott Mission to distribute to families in need. The Grade 6 class did a wonderful job of leading the prayers during the service and helping to load the donations onto the truck.


    NOAH's Helpers

    Eleven students and two teachers from Havergal spent two weeks in Durban with the Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity (NOAH) organization, which is based in Hillcrest, South Africa. Durban Girls' College has an exchange program with Havergal and several of the school's families hosted the Canadians during their stay. The Havergal girls assisted at the day centre, helping with homework, playing with and caring for the children. NOAH's Mission is to empower communities with the knowledge, skills, strategies and self-confidence to care for their own orphaned and vulnerable children. For more information, visit


    House Shout 2010

    Every year, Havergal's Houses compete in House Shout, an annual event where the school's ten different Houses compete against one another in cheer to see which House has the most spirit. The event is a favourite for many students, as they get to express themselves creatively in song and dance and dress in fun costumes according to their House colours and themes. Congratulations to all of the Houses for putting on a great show! The winning House is announced at the end of the school year.


    A Mural Project

    Havergal's Grade 6 students recently visited Derrydown Public School to interact with their Grade 1 students. As a joint project, the students painted a storage bunker at Derrydown that was built, in part, through the Celebration Saturday funds. Havergal's Grade 6 students spent two days at Derrydown. The first day the students from both schools got to know one another while they planned what they would paint as a mural on the bunker. The second day they painted the mural. As one teacher remarked, "Havergal's Grade 6 students did most of the facilitating, while the Grade 1 students did most of the thinking." Later this school year, the Grade 6 class plans on inviting the Derrydown Grade 1 students to Havergal for a picnic. Thanks to the Derrydown teachers and Havergal teachers Jennifer Wyatt and Melissa Jolicoeur from the Junior School for planning this joint project with the Community Programs Coordinator and the Institute through Havergal.


    Havergal Helps the Howard Hospital in Zimbabwe

    It was a long but worthwhile day when 50 Havergal students and their families sorted and packed medical supplies for one of its long-term partners, the Howard Hospital in Zimbabwe. The container was filled to capacity with an ultrasound machine, ECG machine, fetal monitor, crutches, cans, an electric scooter, toilet paper, scrubs, used clothing, educational supplies, 700 pairs of shoes and more than 3,000 boxes of medicine and medical supplies arrived at the hospital earlier in the year. Although the shipment took three months to arrive, the hospital workers were pleased to get the needed supplies. "It takes your generosity and commitment to make this a reality," wrote Bert and Michael, Havergal's main contacts for the Howard Hospital initiative. Thanks to Havergal, the Howard Hospital continues to be one of the only fully operational public hospitals in the country, providing medical services for 155,000 patient visits a year. This is the fifth year that Havergal and its partners (members of the Toronto medical community) have supported the Howard Hospital.


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