The Head's Tales

The Head's Tales features stories and reflections from our Head of School, Cathy Thornicroft.

A couple of weeks ago, there was an article in The Globe and Mail entitled "How a single-gender environment can lead girls to choose a STEM career" that totally resonated with me. One of the schools featured – St. Clements School – is our Eastern Canada "Red Blazer" counterpart. Much like us, their... Read More
How To Ignite Citizen Engagement? Over a year ago, I wrote a blog entitled Finding Your Voice (posted May 14, 2014).  At St. Margaret’s, there are three types of voices we try to develop—an authentic voice, a supportive voice, and, a voice of agency/advocacy. It is this latter voice that we are... Read More
Encouraging girls to face their fears, find their courage, and embrace adventure ...for life. For nearly three decades (and  7 000 girls later), the SMS girls in the senior grades have participated in activities such as guided hikes, high ropes, ocean canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, caving,... Read More
I have just returned from Finland where Darlene DeMerchant and I joined a group of educators from some of the other ISABC schools, exploring a school system that is revered by many other countries in regards to its commitment to academic excellence, access, and equity. In Finland, teachers are... Read More
One of the most favourite things that I will remember from Late Show with David Letterman was his Top 10, which he created to critique a myriad of topics ranging from the silly to pointed commentary.  Just last week, I received a lovely email from a parent, who provided me with her top 60 reasons (... Read More
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