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 prepare for the 2016/17 school year.

Some of the staff highlights include:

  • Beautification of the school campus (most recently, the student designed garden outside of the Admin. building)
  • Student Council’s theme of FAMILY and the “Mugging” of staff (muggings involved suprising staff with gifts and impromtu dance parties)
  • Pro-D events particularly the FISA Conference in Vancouver where the staff were engaged in provocative discussions and presentations
  • Student activities – Spring Carnival, Outreach Benefit Concert, student-driven assemblies, Poetry in Voice, Science Fair, Clash of the Tartans, Explorations in FY …
  • Fine Arts performances – band, choir, drama productions, many taking place at community venues
  • Increased participation in all of our sporting activities
  • Program of Distinction presentations and increased Work Experience opportunities
  • Collaboration time for staff to engage in robust conversations about teaching and learning while the girls were engaged in Big Sister/Little Sister activities and wellness activities
  • Going out into the Community and Inviting the Community onto the Campus – speakers, university reps, STEM partnerships…
  • Launching of SMS new promo video

For next year, the School will be focusing on welcoming the Visiting CAIS Accreditation team in late November and working on our Girls’ Leadership Conference for April entitled: Heads and Hearts to Action in the Spring, plus all of the other events that have become tradition at SMS.

In conclusion, I want to thank the teachers for their dedication and for always trying to make the learning exciting and connected to the girls’ passions.  In addition, I want to thank the parents and the Parents Auxiliary for their commitment to the school and their willingness to create a sense of community through the planning of events, as well as their fundraising efforts to support our programs or Creating Special Places initiatives. Finally, to the girls – thank you for making every day fun and interesting and allowing all of us to share in your success stories.  I look forward to seeing everyone in September.  Have a wonderful summer full of new experiences, friends, and reconnecting with family.

“People are going to be most creative and productive when they’re doing something they’re really interested in. So having fun isn’t an outrageous idea at all.  It’s a very sensible one.”
J. Sculley