Ms. Holmwood’s overall goal is to help the girls become self-sufficient, teaching them the life skills that aren’t found in a textbook. She hopes that they discover themselves by learning useful skills like how to do small repairs, sew and cook. In turn, the kids appreciate her constant encouragement and patience. The big class project done every year is based on student proposals, where she introduces them to volunteering and working outside of SMS. How excited the girls get definitely inspires her, and she says the energy they bring to the classroom is great motivation.
Ms. Holmwood is also an avid athlete. She plays and coaches soccer, as well as coaches the junior basketball teams. She likes that "the opportunities for the girls at the school are endless; how they can play any sport they want to try".
Why SMS? “The opportunities created by staff, students and the collaboration between the two, enrich the experience at St. Margaret's.”