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Dr. Lisa Miller 2017
10/30/17
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We Honour Her Spirit

“Have you ever had a spiritual moment?” That was the simple question posed by Dr. Lisa Miller in a session with our Grade 5 and 6 girls.  Dr. Miller is a Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University where she researches the relationship between children’s spirituality and mental health.  She visited Trafalgar Castle last […]

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Twinkle Twinkle Fostering Community Blog
10/16/17
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The Twinkling Star Within

“Twinkle, twinkle little star.  How I wonder what you are.”  Those words, so familiar to my ears, bring to mind the wonderment of childhood, the magical time when the early question of “What is that?” slowly matures into the universal question, “Who am I?”  This exploration of one’s self and one’s connection to the world […]

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International Day of the Girl Child
10/10/17
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Girls Need More Than a Tweet

“What gets counted gets done.” That’s the thinking behind this year’s theme for International Day of the Girl Child, recognized on October 11th. The push to increase investment in “collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data” is seen as essential if the barriers girls face in realizing their potential are to be identified and […]

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10/02/17
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Three Questions to Ask

One day, a girl ran up to three friends and said, “You’ll never guess what I heard about Jane?” One of the friends held up her hand and said: “Wait.  Before you say another word, tell me, is it true?” “Well, I don’t know for certain,” the first girl said. “Is it a kind thing […]

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09/25/17
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Unconquered

Invictus. Latin for “unconquered.” Its meaning was on full display this weekend in Toronto as the 2017 Invictus were opened by His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales. Amidst the splendor of the ceremony came a procession of heroes –men and women from countries around the world, each having made great sacrifice in the service […]

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01/11/16
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Girls, Start Your Robots!

How one school is using fun competition to close the gender science gap As published in the February 2016 issue of Durham Parent   Despite more than a generation’s work to create a level playing field for the sexes, girls remain underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science according to Stats Canada. In these […]

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12/12/15
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The Christmas My Mother Cried

How childhood misadventure taught me the gift of receiving As published in the December 2015 issue of Durham Parent Growing up in our house, tradition dictated that my younger sister and I would awaken our parents on Christmas morning and go downstairs together to see the wondrous delights Santa Claus had left under the tree. […]

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11/04/15
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Getting to know Leanne

What was your favourite pastime as a child? As a child, I was a voracious reader. I enjoyed nothing more than curling up with a book for hours at a time. In grade 4, my favorite novel was “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeline L’Engle. It was the first book that made me realize how […]

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09/18/15
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Three Easy Routines to Help Little Learners Stay Organized

As published in the October 2015 issue of Durham Parent Every September, families begin the school year with a flourish of excitement and optimism. Perfectly sharpened pencils find their way into tidy cases, binders miraculously fill with pristine sheets of paper, and knapsacks never seem to go astray. But as surely as autumn leaves tumble […]

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