Support Through The Middle Years

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“Adolescence is when girls experience social pressure to put aside their authentic selves and to display only a small portion of their gifts.”

Who am I?
Who do I want to be?

These are fundamental questions during the important middle years, when girls begin to try on a variety of roles and explore different ways of being as they develop a personal identity.  It’s a time of exploration and discovery.  It’s also a time of social, emotional, physical and intellectual change.  It’s during these important middle years that many of the values, beliefs and attitudes they will carry for life take hold.

Teaching girls in the middle years means recognizing their need for caring relationships with teachers, for authentic curriculum that tackles topics relevant to their place in the world, and for opportunities to find their voice.  But above all, it means providing a community to nurture, challenge, embolden and inspire each girl to envision a future that holds personal meaning.

Attention to the social and emotional needs of the girls is embedded in our Grade 7/8 program to ensure that learning and life skills extend beyond the classroom.  Strengthening friendships, developing healthy living habits, navigating the world of social media, and nurturing overall wellbeing through mindfulness are supported through a strong program delivered by our caring and skilled Grade 7/8 team.

Girls and Friendship

Rachel Simmons, author, co-founder of Girls Leadership, and Leadership Development Specialist at Smith College is a friend of Trafalgar Castle School – our girls’ guru who works with us to create excellence in student programming.  Her understanding of the challenges that today’s girls face and her approach to developing the capacity of girls, parents and teachers to work together in a spirit of mutual respect guides the work we undertake in our own school community.  Like Rachel, we want every girl to find her voice and fearlessly forge a meaningful life path that leads to wellbeing, fulfillment and success.

EXCERPT FROM RACHEL’S TED TALK ON GIRLS MY DAUGHTER’S FRIEND IS TOXIC – HELP!

 
“Just because girls have lots of relationships they must have intuitive abilities to manage them. It’s simply not true. Girls need help in this area.” Rachel Simmons, Author and Consultant to Trafalgar Castle School
 
“Just because girls have lots of relationships they must have intuitive abilities to manage them. It’s simply not true. Girls need help in this area.” Rachel Simmons, Author and Consultant to Trafalgar Castle School

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