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  • Student Peer Promoters invited their peers to write encouraging messages to post around campus.

    Keeping it Kind

    At Branksome Hall, we strive to create a community where the fundamental dignity of each person is respected and everyone feels included.
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  • There is no shortage of Branksome Babies on Family Fun Day!

    A Day of Alum Fun

    It’s hard to say who had more fun—the kids on the bouncy castles or the grown-ups who brought them.
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  • Ari (Grade 8) and Izzy (Grade 12)  thanked Vera Schiff for inspiring them with her story of resilience.

    Holocaust Survivor, Vera Schiff, Shares Her Story

    Each year, Branksome students participate in Holocaust Education Week as a way to meaningfully learn about the Holocaust.
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  • Tulip planting with Jorn Leeksma, Deputy Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

    Learning History With Our Heads and Our Hearts

    To learn history out of a textbook is one thing, but to learn it through stories and shared experiences is another thing entirely.
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  • Janice and Aiden, co-heads of the Gender Sexuality Alliance, with our Pride flag.

    A Place for Pride

    Pride Week at Branksome Hall was a fun-filled and important week, celebrating the personal expression and diversity that makes our community strong.
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  • Students shared how our school values shape their work in the classroom.

    Our Values in Action

    It was an evening of values, virtual reality and very genuine thanks. On Thursday, October 3, Branksome Hall hosted our annual Circle Reception, where we recognized those supporters who have generously given leadership contributions to the school over the past year.
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  • Emily B. (pictured second from left) playing on U18 Canada East team.

    Summer Sporting Success

    While our Athletics programs are kicking off on campus this fall, some students have been hard at work over the summer developing their skills and competing in national and international competitions.
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  • Zoe, Charlotte and Logan exploring the new iHUB.

    New Year, New Spaces

    Back-to-school at Branksome Hall has never felt more futuristic. Over the summer, a number of exciting upgrades were made across campus, including the development of innovative new spaces that will enable students to bring their creativity to the table in novel ways. These include the new iHUB in the Senior and Middle School and additional ‘classrooms of the future’ in the Junior School.
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  • Branksome Hall was the proud recipient of a Silver Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

    Branksome Receives Silver Award for Website

    This year, Branksome Hall was the proud recipient of a Silver Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in the category of Digital Communications: Websites. With more than 2,800 entries submitted from some of the top educational institutions around the world, the award is especially noteworthy.
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  • Congratulations to all of our Junior School students for another fantastic year.

    Junior School Changemakers

    “I congratulate everyone in the Junior School—students, staff and parents—on your daily contributions to making this year such a remarkable place to learn and grow every day,” said Amanda Kennedy, Head of the Junior School, at the joyful Junior School Closing Ceremony on June 12, 2019.
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  • Asmatullah (Asmat) Azizi Arab from Ridley College's Class of 2019, was the guest speaker for Green Carpet. Asmat, who was born in Afghanistan, spoke about his inspiring solo journey from California to Canada to seek refugee status in 2017.

    Creating a Better World

    “What an incredible year it has been!” exclaimed Principal Karen Jurjevich at Branksome’s annual year-end Green Carpet Celebration.
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  • Remarkable Reunion Weekend

    Walking through the ornate wooden doors of the porte-cochère at 10 Elm Avenue immediately transports alum back to their fondest Branksome days – regardless if they graduated 10 or 75 years ago.
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  • The campaign features images of girls participating in a sport or activity they love, captured mid-motion.

    Advertise (like a girl)

    Move over, Don Draper — there is a new advertising firm in town. Grade 6 students Scarlett, Ellen, Grace and Chloe have created a custom advertising campaign promoting girls in sports as part of their culminating IB Primary Years Program (PYP) exhibition.
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  • Congratulations to our 109 Graduating Year (GY) students.

    A Momentous Celebration

    With the striking and stirring sounds of a bagpipe radiating through St. Paul’s Bloor Street, 109 Graduating Year (GY) students proudly waved at family and friends as they took their seats at this spring’s graduation ceremony.
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  • The 47th MusicFest Canada Nationals in Ottawa were a marvelous victory for Branksome’s Grade 8 and Grade 9/10 Bands.

    Rhythmic Gold

    The 47th MusicFest Canada Nationals in Ottawa were a marvelous victory for Branksome’s Grade 8 and Grade 9/10 Bands, who both won gold!
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  • An amazing 98 per cent of Grade 12 students participated in the newly established Class of 2019 Endowed Bursary Fund.

    Keep Well the Road, Class of 2019

    Each year, our Grade 12 students are celebrated at an intimate GY Breakfast for students and their families. The annual gathering is a time to honour the achievements of the graduating class and to celebrate this important milestone.
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  • Students at Branksome Hall Asia performed RISE–The Story of a Woman for students in New York.

    Branksome Hall Asia students bring to life inspiring, historical Jeju Island woman

    Students at Branksome Hall Asia recently performed an incredible rendition of RISE–The Story of a Woman for students of the Marymount School of New York and the Nightingale-Bamford School.
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  • Bestselling author Dr. Lisa Damour (left) spoke to nearly 500 captivated audience members about her latest book.

    Girls Under Pressure: A Conversation with Dr. Lisa Damour

    “Without question, stress and anxiety are on the rise for all kids, and especially for girls,” said Dr. Lisa Damour, at a sold-out presentation at Branksome. “Here’s the good news—there’s a huge amount we can do to address this.”
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  • French Public Speaking

    Public speaking can be an intimidating skill to master, especially when it’s in your second language. That’s why our French public speakers deserve honourable mention for their tremendous hard work at various competitions this term.
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  • A Triumphant Worlds

    The 31st World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships (Worlds) was a resounding success. “It’s been absolutely amazing!” said competitor Tawongaishe Nhawu from South Africa.
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  • Branksome Hall is proud to host the 31st World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from April 11 to 17, 2019.

    World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships coming to Canada for first time

    Branksome Hall is proud to host the 31st World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships (Worlds 2019) from April 11-17. This is the first time a Canadian school has hosted this prestigious international event, which will draw more than 150 high school students and their coaches from Canada, Australia, Bermuda, China, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Lithuania, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States – all seeking the ultimate prize: the title of world champion.
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  • The Middle School cast and crew were led by Ms Helsby, Drama teacher, and by five Grade 9 students who formed the Artistic team.

    Salutations! A Spellbinding Charlotte’s Web

    “Terrific, radiant, humble” – not only are these three words woven by Charlotte the spider in her web, but they perfectly describe the beautiful Middle School Theatre Ensemble production of Charlotte’s Web.
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  • Spirit Week concluded with the popular Lip Sync.

    Snowstorm Couldn’t Bury Spirit Week

    A major winter snowstorm, which shut down most of Toronto last month, couldn’t put a damper on this year’s Spirit Week, as the Senior and Middle School grade-friendly competition showcased Service Learning initiatives, hilarious Grade Cheers and inspired Lip Syncs.
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  • The Afri-View Club meets on a regular basis and also hold joint meetings with other schools, including Havergal College, Bishop Strachan School and Upper Canada College.

    Celebrating Black History and Youth

    Across North America, February’s Black History Month is a time to honour and remember the legacy of the black community. “We celebrate Black History Month not only because of Canada’s diversity but because learning about a different culture helps expose all of us to different perspectives,” said Kendal, a Grade 11 student.
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  • Mental Health Matters Week, a school-wide initiative with age-appropriate activities in the Senior and Middle School, included open conversations and walks.

    Mental Health Matters

    Mental health matters at Branksome every day, but each year we designate a week for focused thinking, learning and discussion in an effort to increase our knowledge and reduce the stigma that so often accompanies mental illness.
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  • Dr. Wendy Craig (right) spoke to the parent community about how girls can build healthy relationships.

    Open Dialogues Help Navigate Online Relationships

    This month, the Junior School was pleased to welcome Dr. Wendy Craig to speak to the parent community about how girls can build healthy relationships.
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  • Senior Cross Country team (above) were crowned the CISAA overall champs.

    Fantastic Fall

    The 2018 fall Athletics season was another slam dunk, with all of our teams celebrating amazing achievements. Hundreds of students participated on our 19 teams, including Basketball, Soccer, Field Hockey, Cross Country Running, Swimming and Rowing.
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Branksome Hall

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