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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The Head’s Tales: The “Personal” Matters

With increased attention on the Ministry’s redesigned curriculum and its focus on competencies rather than content, including the importance of…

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The Head’s Tales: Off-the-Wall Communication

Every day, I learn something new about communication and the various ways you can connect with people.  Technology has definitely influenced the way…

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The Head’s Tales: Celebrating and Learning Together

On February 4th and 5th, the majority of the SMS staff are heading over to participate in the FISA Conference (The Federation of Independent Schools…

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The Head’s Tales: Change Creates Opportunities

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 Tales – Exercising a Creative Mindset!

New Year’s allows us to reflect on the past, assess the present, and make plans for the future. It is also a time when we begin to dream about new…

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The Head’s Tales – Finding Joy

As the holiday season approaches with its frenzied pace, I wonder about what is meant when we talk about the “Holiday Spirit.”  It is often not easy…

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The Head’s Tales – Leadership Requires Fellowship

At St. Margaret's, one of our strategic goals is to help our students develop leadership skills by creating opportunities for our girls to build…

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The Head’s Tales: Creating Meaningful Youth-Adult Connections

St. Margaret’s provides many experiential learning opportunities for girls to participate in meaningful activities with adults both in the school and…

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The Head’s Tales: A Voice for STEM

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"…

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The Head’s Tales: How To Ignite Citizen Engagement?

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…

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The Head’s Tales: Challenge by Choice

Encouraging girls to face their fears, find their courage, and embrace adventure ...for life. For nearly three decades (and  7 000 girls later), the…

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The Head’s Tales: The Finnish Way!

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…

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The Head’s Tales: Head’s Top 10 for 2014/15

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…

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The Head’s Tales: Passion fuels entrepreneurial spirit

Last week I was given the opportunity to attend the Entrepreneur of the Year Recognition Gala at the Empress Hotel. This event is sponsored by the…

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The Head’s Tales: Searching for the Right Metric

During the past several months I have been observing the stress level among our most senior students rise to a frenzied level.  While the girls are…

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The Head’s Tales: Focused Attention

I constantly hear people lament that they could get more things done IF they only had more time!  Well let’s be honest, no one can extend time beyond…

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The Head’s Tales: Hugging the Monster

A number of weeks ago Dr. JoAnn Deak, international speaker, educator, and school psychologist spoke to both students and parents about the…

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The Head’s Tales – Who owns the future – the learned or the learner?

Welcome back. I am hopeful that everyone had an exciting and restful Spring Break, and is now ready for the final stretch to June when exams will…

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The Head’s Tales – Feeling PINK!

Last week, the school celebrated Pink Day and the importance of standing together to combat bullying.  This is an ongoing issue that goes beyond just…

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The Head’s Tales – Soaring With STEM

I am thrilled to acknowledge St. Margaret’s commitment to STEM education from JK – grade 12. Although the acronym stands for…

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The Head’s Tales – The Importance of Talking AND Listening

As a girls’ school, St. Margaret’s is passionate about meeting the unique needs of the whole girl: her intellectual, social, and emotional needs.…

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The Head’s Tales: Confidence or Competence

This month our theme is perseverance which is defined as the ability to stick to a purpose or an aim; never giving up what one has set out to do;…

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New Year’s Resolution: Don’t Procrastinate Happiness

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday full of joy, family, and wonder.  Starting off 2015, I began thinking about my New Year’s Resolutions.  I…

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The Head’s Tales: The Spirit of Giving

With Christmas just around the corner, there is an air of celebration and love, of anticipation, and a sense of hope that distances us from those…

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The Head’s Tales: Knowing how to say “no” and “yes!”

Last week, I attended the Black Press Women in Business gala at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort.  Four women were recognized for their…

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The Head’s Tales: Learning to Play and Playing to Learn

Early Childhood Educators have always believed that through play, children learn many skills. This includes how to interact with other people, while…

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The Head’s Tales: Finding One’s Passion

Everyone has the opportunity to make an impact on the world no matter where she goes, no matter what she chooses to pursue.  Unfortunately, in our…

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The Head’s Tales: Finding Your Real Beauty

Last week, the SMS community had the opportunity to hear Brie Mathers share her story and showcase her campaign entitled “Love the Skin You’re In”…

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