Head’s Tale – Creating a Community of Empowerment

This coming Thursday, October 11th, 2018, the Middle Years (MY) girls will be hosting their fourth annual Empowerment Day in honour of the UN…

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Head’s Tale—What Makes a Great School?

When you ask people what they are looking for in a school, they will first focus on academic excellence, opportunities for their child to be…

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The Head’s Tale – Closing Remarks

As the year draws to a close, we try to take the time to recognize the many achievements of our girls in the Foundation Years, Middle Years, and…

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Educated

I have just finished reading a book by Tara Westover entitled Educated: A Memoir.   The story is about a young woman who overcomes immense odds to…

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Peak Moments

I started thinking about those experiences that are at once meaningful, memorable, and short enough to be described as “defining moments.”  These are…

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The Head’s Tale – Leading Change

One of the most difficult challenges for any institution, as it strives for excellence, is the need to make decisions that focus on the well-being of…

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The Head’s Tale – Girls Thriving (or not)

This past month, I have observed our Grade 12 students navigating the post-secondary admissions process and noticed an increasing level of anxiety…

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Head’s Tale – Learning to Use Your Voice Wisely

I have written about this topic in previous posts— “Finding Your Voice” (May 2014), “Exercising Your Voice” (October 2016), and “Finding Your…

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The Head’s Tales: Finding Your Narrative

Everyone has a story. Or rather everyone has the capacity to create an engaging, compelling story that connects their personal journey to the journey…

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The Head’s Tales: Embracing Possibility

At St. Margaret’s, we try to leave space for new frameworks of possibility.  As a small school, we strive to be nimble and sensitive to the…

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The Head’s Tales: Honouring the Quiet Ambassadors

Many people believe that leadership is all about leading from the front: being in charge and creating a demanding presence that people are excited to…

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The Head’s Tales: Building Community

As St. Margaret’s continues to build upon its strengths, I have come to realize the importance of also growing our community by increasing the…

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The Head’s Tales: Who Are You?

At St. Margaret’s, we pride ourselves in helping each girl find her own voice and use it in a way that helps the collective good.  Last week was a…

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The Head’s Tales: World Read Aloud Day

Thinking about reading aloud conjures up many happy memories for me.  As a young child, I can remember being read to by my mom or dad just before…

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The Head’s Tale: Defining SUCCESS

This is the time of year, when I can see the stress levels of our Grade 12s go up exponentially as they focus on university admission, Grade Point…

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The Head’s Tales: Living in a World of Constant Connection

Technology provides us with the ubiquitous capacity to connect, interact, and exchange ideas at a speed that makes it difficult to navigate in a way…

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The Head’s Tales: A Year of Promise and Hope

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday full of joy, family fun, and wonder.  Rather than reflecting back on 2016 (which had lots to talk about,…

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The Head’s Tales: Travel and Adventure

When I think about this time of year, I realize that many folks use this time to travel home for the holidays or go on a trip. Some individuals will…

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The Head’s Tales: Service and Gratitude

Last week, SMS had the privilege of having Captain Cheryl C. Major, CD present to the girls at our Remembrance Day Assembly.  She is a great role…

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The Head’s Tales: Confidence and Vulnerability

The Head’s Tale    Confidence and Vulnerability On Monday, October 31st, I read an article in the Times Colonist entitled: “Leadership is ‘confidence…

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The Head’s Tales: Exercising your Voice

Head’s Tale – Exercising Your Voice The past two weeks have been very busy at St. Margaret’s. We celebrated the International Day of the Girl,…

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The Head’s Tales: Most Likely to Succeed

Written by Cathy Thornicroft Last week, St. Margaret’s hosted a screening of Greg Whitley’s feature-length film entitled “Most Likely to Succeed.”…

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The Head’s Tales: The Value of Experiential Learning

As the students in grades 6 –12 immerse themselves in the myriad of activities at  Strathcona, I am reminded of the importance of experiential…

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The Head’s Tales: Finding your Gold!

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016/17 school year.  As I watched the Summer Olympics in Rio, I came to realize that every athlete’s success…

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The Head’s Tales: Year in Review

Written by Cathy Thornicroft St. Margaret’s has just finished a very action-packed school year with lots to celebrate and to reflect upon as we…

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The Head’s Tales: Finding and Living Your Passion

How do we go about finding our passion?  Do we start with tiny steps of exploration, encouragement and early success?  Or are our passions created…

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The Head’s Tales: Technology and Social Development

ast Tuesday evening, St. Margaret’s hosted an Information Session entitled Disconnect and Reconnect.  The presenter, Cris Rowan – occupational…

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The Head’s Tales: Student Voice

Last week, four St. Margaret’s girls and I attended the ISABC Heads’ meeting at St. George’s School in Vancouver.  All of the ISABC Independent…

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The Head’s Tales: Focusing on What Matters Most

As many of you are aware, I am an avid reader.  I am often influenced by what I am reading, and always try to connect the lessons, experiences, or…

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The Head’s Tales: Spring Forward

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed a bit of a reprieve from school and work life, and found time to enjoy family and friends. Daylight savings is…

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