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12/17/19
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Greta Plans to Chill

Let’s first acknowledge the incredible recognition given to climate crisis activist, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg who was named Time’s Person of the Year for 2019. In just over one year, she has gone from standing alone outside the Swedish Parliament to protest the government’s lack of action on global warming to championing a worldwide movement supported […]

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11/29/19
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The Season of Giving

Next Tuesday is #GivingTuesday. As we approach the day dedicated to giving something of ourselves rather than receiving or purchasing something for ourselves, it’s important to reflect on what giving means to us. Giving, community support, shared goals, working toward or contributing to something bigger than ourselves, are values that we are instilling in each […]

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11/21/19
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Nurture her Heart

Recently, our Grade 9s participated in the first of six workshops designed to help them explore the important questions of adolescence: Who am I?  What is my value?  How can I make an impact?  Facilitated by leadership coach, Shauna Barnes, M.Ed., these workshops are the first part of a four-year journey of self-discovery that will […]

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10/29/19
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Are You Busy?

“Dr. Foster, are you busy?” This must be one of my favourite questions to hear when it’s posed by a student. It means that our girls feel comfortable enough to seek me out because they want to share an idea, a dilemma or some important news. And so it was last week when two students […]

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10/16/19
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The Things That Unite Us

Over the Thanksgiving weekend we welcomed a new generation into our family as my nephew and his wife gave birth to a beautiful little girl – Evelyn Weerin Foster-Duffy. It was a time of celebration, so we cancelled the planned turkey dinner in Whitby and congregated at the hospital instead. We brought food for the […]

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10/07/19
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Keeping Hope Alive

On Sunday, October 6, 2019 all across Canada, more than 80,000 people ran or walked in the CIBC Run for the Cure to raise money for breast cancer research. It was a particularly special day for me as I proudly watched our Trafalgar Castle students receive the Volunteer Award for their more than 10 years […]

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10/01/19
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Silent No More.

“Challenge her mind. Strengthen her voice. Nurture her heart.” This is our mission statement at Trafalgar Castle School. We introduced it last week to our community as part of our new Strategic Plan. Hearing how it resonated across our constituent groups of faculty and staff, parents, students and alumna reaffirmed our belief that what we […]

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09/23/19
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Feeling Lucky!

At this month’s Annual General Meeting of the School, our Chair of the Board of Directors shared a heartwarming and thoughtful list of the many reasons board work is both important and meaningful. I’d like to share it here, and to thank the volunteers who make it possible for our staff and faculty to do […]

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09/03/19
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Five Things Tennis Taught Me

I’m what you might call a vicarious athlete. I like to think that description sounds slightly better than “armchair athlete,” but it’s basically the same thing. While I try to stay fit and healthy, I’m not skilled in any particular sport so I compete vicariously through the prowess of others. In other words, I love […]

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07/22/19
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Five Suggestions. One Final Ask.

“Research1 shows that boys and girls are able to achieve equally well in math and science at the high school level, yet fewer girls pursue post-secondary studies in STEM subjects, and even fewer continue on to careers in STEM. What would you do to change this?” This was a question asked of every candidate who […]

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