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Lala and Zena at Courtice Rotary
11/05/18
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They’re Making a World of Difference

Lala arrived last year.  Nervous, excited, tentative, wide-eyed.  Zena arrived this year, equally nervous but able to benefit from Lala’s reassuring presence.  Lala comes from Tajikistan.  Zena comes from Syria.  Two very different girls from very different countries. But both girls are now part of the Trafalgar Castle sisterhood. We launched our World of Difference […]

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Haunted Castle 2018
10/27/18
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Better Yet….

They came by the hundreds, creating a long, snaking line of visitors – a line so long that it wrapped around the front of the Castle and edged towards the main gates.  Over 900 people waited in groups for more than an hour at a time, packed inside a hot, crowded dining hall, all to […]

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All Girls Advantage Quote Slider 2018
10/11/18
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Did she really?

Oh, yes she did! Last Sunday, Taylor Swift tweeted out her intention to vote democrat, urging her 112 million followers – yes, you read that number right – to register to vote in the upcoming U.S. midterm election. In the 24-hour period following that tweet, more than 65,000 young Americans (ages 18 to 29) had […]

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Head Girl poses for Turkey Trot
10/04/18
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Thanksgiving Reconsidered

This weekend, I will host my family and loved ones for a Thanksgiving meal. It will be a lively and loving affair, slightly dysfunctional by all normal family standards, and together, we will create another collective and cherished memory. Growing up in the Salvation Army, my introduction to Thanksgiving was as a Christian holiday. I […]

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Run for the Cure
10/02/18
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Why Should We Care?

“Love and compassion are necessities not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive” – Dali Lama The white T-shirts are for the supporters – family, friends, colleagues, anyone who feels a desire to help.  The pink T-shirts are for the survivors – those still in treatment, those finished treatment, those whose hope grows with every day […]

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Picture for Please Cut the Cord Blog
09/24/18
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Please Cut the Cord

The phone rang at 11:30 p.m.  I’m not exactly sure how my daughter, who was nine at the time, snuck out of the cabin, past the supposedly watchful eye of the camp counsellor.  Who knew she had the wherewithal to make a collect call.  But there she was, standing at a payphone, tearful, homesick, and […]

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Trafalgar Prefects 2018
09/08/18
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Dear Prefects

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” Those words by Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Office of Facebook, incapsulate what it means to be a Prefect at Trafalgar Castle School. It is not about “who’s in charge” or “who gives the orders”, […]

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Trafalgar Day at Trafalgar Castle School
06/17/18
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Dear Graduates of 2018

Dr. Leanne Foster’s Commencement Address to the Class of 2018 on Trafalgar Day: Dear Graduates of 2018, What an exciting time this is, as you prepare to say goodbye.  As you venture forth from these dear old Castle walls, you will take with you many memories – memories of Camp Kilcoo and air bands, of […]

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May Court Festival 2018 Image for blog
05/28/18
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Veritas, Virtus, Venustas: A Cure for my Post-Truth Blues

I listened to a political podcast on Saturday morning where the panelists discussed whether or not we had fully entered a post-truth era.  The concept isn’t new.  “Post-truth” was Oxford Dictionary’s international word of the year for 2016, meaning it was the word that most reflected “the passing year in language.”  I’m not sure things […]

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Girls sitting in front of Castle blog post
05/11/18
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Is Failure Really Okay?

Fail big.  Fail hard.  Fail bravely.  Isn’t that what we tell students?  We inspire with quotes from famous athletes, legendary inventors, and successful business leaders whose failures led to eventual success.  We tell our girls to take risks, be daring, step outside their comfort zone.  We encourage them to take a chance in spite of […]

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