A Day in the Life of a Boarder

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Every day brings a new adventure for the girls who call the Castle their home away from home.

Here’s a sample of two days to give you a sense of what’s in store.

Maria – Grade 9

7:15 a.m. – It’s early but I’m heading to band practice. We’re starting to sound really good – and just in time. The Winter Concert is just around the corner. I love learning to play the flute and am taking private music lessons once a week along with my regular music class. Music is truly my passion!

8 a.m. – Science class should be fun today. We’re learning how to use the electronic microscopes. Our science teacher is amazing. She makes science fun and relates it to our day-to-day lives.

9:20 a.m. – Every Tuesday and Friday we have Advisor in the morning. It’s a good time to check in. We stay with the same advisor group from Grade 9 to 12, so you really feel known. No matter what’s going on, I find there’s always someone to support me.

9:50 a.m. – Morning recess and snack – Strawberry smoothie sounds pretty yummy (and healthy)! I like having a break in the morning. It gives me a chance to catch up with friends.

10:10 a.m. – I love drama class! Who knew I’d feel so brave on stage. Everyone is so supportive. We all have a good laugh when one of us mixes up our lines during rehearsal. But we always seem to get it right on opening night!

11:20 a.m. – Chicken stir-fry for lunch with homemade oatmeal cookies for dessert. It’s a happy day!

12 noon – I’m going outside to be a Recess Helper now. It’s really fun organizing games for the Lower School girls. They’re so sweet!

12:15 p.m. – We’re doing basketball drills in gym class today. I better work hard if I want to make the Junior Team! It doesn’t matter if you haven’t played a sport before. If you’re prepared to work hard and learn new skills, there’s always room for you on a team.

1:30 p.m. – English class has never been so much fun. We’re writing our own poems and spoken word. Next week we’re holding a Coffee House and everyone will be presenting their original works.

3:30 p.m. – Robotics club is after school today. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned designing our robot to go underwater. The senior girls are so encouraging – they really make me feel a part of the team!

5:30 p.m. – It’s roast beef and Yorkshire pudding for dinner tonight. Delicious!

6:30 p.m. – The Grade 8 and 9 boarders having a special Study Hall together this evening. We’re going to learn about time management and organizational skills to help us prepare for our exams. I thought I’d feel overwhelmed by everything being so new. But there’s so much support in place, I already feel like a pro!

Susan – Grade 12

8 a.m. – First period is starting and I’m heading off to Chemistry. I especially like the hands-on labs and know I’ll be well prepared for university if I decide to study science. I’ve learned that I can’t just memorize notes but have to really think about what I’m learning and apply it in class.

9:20 a.m. – If it’s Monday, it must be Chapel. It’s not a religious time but more a chance for the whole school to come together. Sometimes there’s a presentation, sometimes we learn about upcoming events or trips, and we usually sing O Canada. (It took a while, but I finally learned the words!)

9:50 a.m. – Morning recess and snack – freshly baked banana bread! It’s a nice break between classes.

10:10 a.m. – Time for second period. I wonder what we’re playing in music class?

11:20 a.m. – Lunchtime is in the dining hall and we eat together family style. There’s always a great selection to choose from – salad bar, sandwich bar and two different soups. Today’s hot entree is spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread!

12 noon – It’s beautiful on campus and I really enjoy the opportunity to head outside after lunch. It’s a nice way to clear my head before afternoon classes start.

12:15 p.m. – Economics is definitely one of my favourite courses. I’m not sure what I plan to study at university, so I’m making sure to keep my options open with a broad selection of courses.

1:30 p.m. – I’m taking AP English Literature this year. It’s a challenging course but it’s worth the hard work. My writing has already improved so much, and I can tell that it’s helping me in my other courses.

3 p.m. – Monday to Thursday we end the day with Tutorial. It’s a good opportunity to check-in with teachers.

3:30 p.m. – Time to grab a quick snack before I’m off to badminton practice. We’re preparing for the play offs! There’s always something to do after school – arts, music, sports, debating, robotics, community service – something for everyone!

5:30 p.m. – Dinner is served! There’s always a choice of soup and salad, along with a hot entrée. Dessert and fresh fruit, too!

6:30 p.m. – I’m off to Study Hall. I enjoy the opportunity to get my homework done in a quiet space. Normally, we have supervised study but sometimes the senior girls can work in their rooms. It’s a good way to learn the self-discipline I know I’ll need at university.

8:30 p.m. – Tonight, there’s a yoga class for the boarders! It’ll be a nice way to relax after a busy day. Every night the dons make sure there’s something to do. Sometimes the pool or gym will be open; other nights we’ll do organized activities with a special guest instructor.

9:15 p.m. – I usually grab an evening snack in the dining hall then hang out in the Boarding Lounge. It’s a cozy place to spend time with friends. You’ll often find boarders there watching a movie, playing a fierce game of ping-pong, or celebrating someone’s birthday! It’s nice we have a place to call our own.

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