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Graduate Profiles


Graduate Profiles

Our internationally-acclaimed curriculum in math, science, English, music, and languages cultivates curiosity and promotes mastery while encouraging students to ask big questions and make meaningful connections with the world outside the classroom. The academic program at Trafalgar Castle School allows each girl to discover her potential and find her unique path.

Our graduates continue to excel after they are accepted into their first-choice institution. Trafalgar alumnae can be found all over the world, working in film studios, financial institutions, research labs, emergency rooms, art galleries, and international aid centres. If you can imagine it, our Trafalgar grads are doing it!

Class of 2023: Meet a few of our Graduates

This year’s graduates highlight the diverse passions of our students and how the academic program at Trafalgar Castle School allows each girl to discover her potential and pursue her unique path.

Hamnah Farrukh, Middlesex University (Saudi Arabia) – Law

Hamnah joined Trafalgar in Grade 12 and shares her fondest memories include Beyond the Castle and the senior sleep-over in boarding. She fully embraced school life at the Castle joining the Volleyball Team and Basketball Team as well as the Muslim Students Alliance.

This year, she was selected as a scholarship recipient recognizing her academic excellence and commitment to her studies. Hamnah credits Trafalgar with broadening her cultural understanding studying in Canada which helped her gain a global perspective on academics. These lessons from Trafalgar will benefit her immensely as she starts her post-secondary studies in Law at Middlesex University (Saudi Arabia) this fall.

Lucy Matchette, University of Toronto – Engineering Sciences

A student at Trafalgar for three years, Lucy shares that the tight-knit community and the amazing teachers is what she loved most about the School. Throughout her time at the Castle Lucy was part of the String Ensemble and, during her last year at Trafalgar, she joined the Robotics Team and was a Senior Yearbook Editor.

On top of the co-curriculars Lucy participated in, she also achieved High Honours the last two years and participated in many of the arts programs offered by the School including the Festival of Banners and photography classes during Take Time.

Beyond the Castle, Dragon Run and exploring Florence with her friends on the March Break Trip were among the many highlights for Lucy during her Grade 12 year.

She believes by being surrounded by such amazing teachers, Trafalgar has helped her find confidence in herself and encouraged her to seize the opportunities that the School offered.  Lucy has graduated Trafalgar a more open person and is excited to begin her studies at the University of Toronto this fall.

Charlee Parker, York University – Theatre

During her four years at Trafalgar Charlee full embraced school life participating in everything from virtual plays and peer support groups, to joining the Photography Club and Badminton Team. Charlee was also a part of two school musicals, Matilda (2020) and Newsies (2023). Her favourite memory was travelling to Italy and Greece for the March Break Trip in her Grade 12 year.

The close community at Trafalgar allowed her to bond with other students which created a safe and welcoming environment that she will miss dearly. As she heads to York University to study Theatre this fall, Charlee believes Trafalgar has prepared her by giving her opportunities to grow and develop her time management and organizational strategies as well as teaching her the necessary social skills that can be applied to her post-secondary studies.

Isabella (Ella) Schoep, Western University – Media, Information and Technoculture (AEO Ivey)

Isabella (Ella) started at Trafalgar in Grade 10. During her time at the School Ella shares Trafalgar offered a wide range of opportunities to explore her interests, develop her leadership skills and contribute to her community. Beyond achieving High Honours throughout her three years, Ella also lead the Photography Club, received several arts and co-curricular pins and was a part of the Duke of Edinburgh program.

Her fondest memories include the time she spent with friends, skiing and snowboarding at Sir Sam’s and Beyond the Castle.

She feels that Trafalgar fostered an environment that encouraged personal growth and discovery and encouraged her to step outside her comfort zone and take on new challenges. As she starts her post-secondary journey at Western University this fall, Ella feels her time at the Castle has equipped her with the confidence, resilience and adaptability to navigate her future and she is ready to make a positive difference in the world.

Jiyeon (Ella) Seo, Boston University – Neuroscience

Jiyeon (Ella) started at Trafalgar in Grade 9 and spent four years at the Castle as a boarding student. Ella embraced all things boarding life and enjoyed spending time with her friends 24/7.

Ella involved herself heavily in school life and explored leadership opportunities whenever she had the opportunity. She was a member of the Yearbook Team, co-founder of the Newspaper Club, TASC Carter co-captain in Grade 11 and co-lead of the Peer Support Group during her Grade 12 year.

The small class sizes allowed Ella to easily interact with teachers who helped her immensely in her academic pursuits. She received the extra support she needed during the application process to post-secondary institutions in both Canada and the United States. This fall she will start at Boston University for Neuroscience.

Yifan (Kiki) Zhu, University of California, San Diego – Computer Science

Kiki spent two years in boarding at Trafalgar. When she first arrived at the School she was comforted by the inclusive, open and respectful community. The inclusive atmosphere encouraged Kiki to embrace school life wholeheartedly.

During her time at the School she joined the Archery Club and Math Club and was also a member of the 2023 production of Newsies. Rehearsing for the production and collaborating on stage was one of Kiki’s fondest memories from her time at the Castle.

As an international student, she shares that Trafalgar provided her with the opportunity to get used to a multicultural environment and helped her feel confident communicating with students from different places around the world. The School created an environment that inspired her creativity and encouraged empathy and self-exploration.

Kiki is excited to study Computer Science at the University of California, San Diego this fall.

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