– Dr. Mary Pipher, Psychologist and author of Reviving Ophelia: Saving The Selves of Adolescent Girls
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.
“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