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!
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.
Maham A., Royal College of Surgeons – Ireland, Medicine
Maham came to Trafalgar in 2014 as a Grade 6 student. Since becoming a part of the Trafalgar fabric she’s been actively involved in school life from the Debate and Badminton teams to the Art with Heart and Active Citizenship clubs. Maham also performed in several House Plays winning Best Supporting Actress for her role as “mom” in Grade 11.
Giving back to the community has been a top priority for Maham. She has volunteered in various capacities for the Lakeridge Hospital Foundation, Alzheimer Society of Durham Region and Whitby Public Library. Her confidence in these positions stemmed from four years on the Student Council where she developed many valuable skills speaking to people of diverse backgrounds and professional positions.
Maham will attend the Royal College of Surgeons – Ireland to study Medicine in hopes of becoming a doctor. “I took the sciences all throughout my time at Trafalgar and really enjoyed it, it’s a big part of the reason I chose the path I did,” she shares.
Tess C., Nipissing University, Concurrent Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education
Tess joined the Trafalgar community in Grade 10 and from the very start pushed herself to join clubs, sports teams and seek leadership roles. She played on the school’s basketball, volleyball and soccer teams and also participated in various clubs including DancePac, Art with Heart, the school musical and Yearbook. She developed a love for co-curriculars which led to becoming a Prefect during her Grade 12 year. This leadership role was important to Tess as it enabled her to make a difference in the Trafalgar community; helping to establish a sense of family and togetherness, especially through distance learning.
“I truly feel that my time at Trafalgar changed my life,” Tess shares. “It’s where I met my closest friends, fell in love with learning and learned the importance of living your most authentic life.” Tess will attend Nipissing University to study Primary Concurrent Education with a Bachelor of Arts this fall. She hopes to become a primary teacher.
Andrea I., McMaster University, Engineering
Andrea joined the Trafalgar community in 2013. During her seven years at the school Andrea participated in an array of athletics including basketball, volleyball and tennis while also embracing her love for the arts performing with the Clarinet Ensemble, School Band and Choir. Outside of school, Andrea played clarinet with the Durham Youth Orchestra and was a competitive figure skater. Her love for figure skating inspired Andrea to start Trafalgar’s first Skating Club in Grade 10. Throughout her Grade 12 year Andrea continued to develop her leadership skills becoming a Prefect which, she shares, was one of her greatest achievements while at Trafalgar.
For the past three years Andrea has volunteered at a Canadian nonprofit organization called Artificial Intelligence Geeks (AI Geeks) which aims to connect individuals using AI to work on and develop meaningful projects that have a positive impact on humanity. Her involvement with AI Geeks, along with her active involvement on Trafalgar’s Robotics team, has led Andrea to McMaster University where she will study Engineering this fall.
Zena Khadour, York University, Integrated Science
In 2018, during her Grade 11 year, Zena joined the Trafalgar community as the school’s second World of Difference recipient. The World of Difference initiative sponsors a student from a developing country in her Grade 11 and 12 year to prepare her for post-secondary studies in North America.
Since arriving at the Castle, Zena has embraced Trafalgar life. She was a member of the school’s Math Club, Indigenous Studies Club, Dragon Fit, Archery and the Robotics Team. She was also a peer tutor for Math and French in Grade 11 before becoming head of Trafalgar’s Peer Tutoring Club in Grade 12. In her spare time Zena is a volunteer translator for TED international, translating videos from English to Arabic to ensure they can reach a wider audience.
Zena received the 2020 York Science Scholar Award Scholarship, and was 1 of 40 students accepted into York University’s Integrated Science Program. “My interest and passion for science were sharpened at Trafalgar,” Zena shares. “The education I received at Trafalgar gave me the confidence and determination to pursue what I love.” While Zena’s career goals are still fluid, she is committed to using science to make the world a better place to live in.
Alex (Alexandra) Leeder, Acadia University, Kinesiology
In 2016 Alex came to Trafalgar to start her Grade 9 year. A reserved student, Alex quickly learned that at Trafalgar it was encouraged to get outside of your comfort zone. She played on several sports teams including basketball, volleyball and soccer before getting involved with Student Council and the Yearbook Team in Grade 11. “I always thought a leader had to be bold and outgoing, but by the end of my [Grade 11] year I discovered I could be a quiet leader.”
This discovery led Alex to take on the roles of Yearbook Editor and Grade 12 representative on the Student Council during her final year at Trafalgar. She was also a table head for Lower School, joined the Art with Heart Club, acted in House Plays and was a crew member for the school musical.
“Over the past four years Trafalgar has helped me find my voice,” Alex shares. She is heading to Acadia University to study Kinesiology this fall with the hopes of continuing her studies to become a chiropractor or dentist.
Sarah S., Queen’s University, Nursing
Sarah joined the Trafalgar community in 2016. A Trafalgar girl for four years, Sarah immersed herself in school life playing on the Volleyball Team and participating in Dance Pac, Art with Heart, Trafalgar’s Activity and Spirit Council and Houseplays. She volunteered her time at the school store assisting new students with uniform fittings and also gave back to her community volunteering at elementary schools and public libraries.
During her Grade 12 year Sarah and fellow graduate Grace brought a vision for an unused space in the school to life with the creation of ‘Cafe 1874’ (a dream the pair had since Grade 9). After months of planning, budgeting, design and a fundraising campaign there is now a beautiful addition to the Castle that is used by students, staff and visitors. Sarah takes great pride in the Cafe 1874 initiative as well as her leadership role in Trafalgar’s Arts Fest 2020 where she built a website to showcase student work and led discussions for her peers.
Trafalgar taught Sarah that no idea was too elaborate and that her goals, both academic and outside the classroom, were supported and encouraged. “It was the best four years of my life!” Sarah shares. “I am so proud to say that I am a Trafalgar girl.” Sarah is attending Queen’s University for Nursing this fall and has her sights set on becoming a neonatal nurse practitioner.
Grace W., University of Guelph, Business Management
A student at the school since Grade 5, Grace has made a positive impact on the Trafalgar community for the past eight years. She’s been on the volleyball, rowing, tennis and basketball teams, and also shared her artistic talents as a member of the Flute Choir, Orchestra and School Shows.
Throughout her time at Trafalgar Grace embraced several leadership roles including captain of the Volleyball Team in her Junior and Senior year, Farewell House Co-Captain in 2018-2019, Co-Leader of the Indigenous Studies Club and was one of two students responsible for transforming the loggia into Cafe 1874. “The extracurricular leadership positions I had throughout my time at Trafalgar showed me my interpersonal strengths and is what made me interested in learning how I can combine business management with my passions,” Grace shares. “The support of my peers and teachers has allowed me to grow as an individual, as a member of my school community and as a global citizen. Being a Trafalgar girl has taught me to live authentically, always striving for my personal best.”
Grace is taking Business Management at the University of Guelph this fall. She hopes to one day create a professional space with a view of caring for society’s overall health by combining her sources of daily inspiration: cultivating mental and physical well-being and environmental sustainability.