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  • Graduating Year students having a cup-stacking race.

    A Weekend to Remember: Grade 12 Students Embark on a New Bonding Trip

    Week Without Halls is an event that many students in the Senior & Middle School look forward to every year. Taking place in the fall, it is a trip that allows students to relax and take in nature while bonding as a grade. Grade 12 students usually stay back as their younger peers embark on fun adventures, but this year, many of our Graduating Year (GY) students were able to experience a brand-new bonding weekend.
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  • Hilary MacMILLAN'05

    Hilary MacMILLAN'05 Nominated for 2023 CAFA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award

    Congratulations to Hilary MacMILLAN'05, who was nominated for the 2023 CAFA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award.
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  • Kindness with Care presented their business venture, a soap company with charitable ties to SickKids, at the Noodle Jr. Trade Show, June 5. (l-r) Amelie, Lucy, Nayun, Sophia

    A Running Start for Tomorrow’s Women Entrepreneurs

    Summer lemonade stands are testament to children’s enduring entrepreneurial spirit. Usually, they wait until post-secondary programs for the opportunity to take their entrepreneurial aspirations to the next level—until now.
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  • Ready, Aye, Ready: A First-Hand Account of Principal Jurjevich’s Canadian Leaders at Sea (CLaS) Experience

    “Ready, Aye, Ready”: The sailors of the RCN stand always ready to defend Canada and proudly safeguard its interests and values whether at home or abroad. (RCN Dec 16, 2021)

    Last July, 230 Royal Canadian Navy sailors and officers welcomed 14 Canadian Leaders at Sea (CLaS’23) aboard the HMCS Winnipeg. Having participted in this rare and exciting opportunity to learn first-hand about life in the Navy, I am in awe of the commitment and talent of the women and men who serve our country.
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  • Martin Luther King III speaks at WAC 2023 as the closing keynote

    We Can All Effect Change: WAC 2023

    On Thursday, February 9, 2023, hundreds of secondary students, teachers and staff from across the GTA—as well as a global audience who joined virtually—attended the 40th annual World Affairs Conference (WAC), co-hosted by Branksome Hall and Upper Canada College. The theme of the conference was “Hybrid Thinking,” a call to strategize ways to work towards a better future.
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  • Raquel Urtasun Addresses Green Carpet 2023

    Be Bold, Aim High and Never Give Up: Raquel Urtasun Addresses Green Carpet 2023

    At Branksome Hall’s annual Green Carpet Celebration, Senior & Middle School students, parents/guardians and employees come together to celebrate the end of the school year with student performances, award presentations and addresses by community members. This year’s celebration featured guest speaker Professor Raquel Urtasun, who inspired the crowd of possible future engineers, technologists and entrepreneurs with her moving talk about her journey in the field of artificial intelligence and how she became a trailblazer in a male-dominated field.
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  • Ms. Mac

    Coaches’ Corner: Q&As with Ms. MacKenzie and Ms. Rotherham

    While the Highlanders dominate the fields and courts, Branksome Hall coaches work hard behind the scenes to train, condition and most importantly, support students to help them reach their goals. This season, Highlanders sat down with two beloved coaches, Ms. MacKenzie and Ms. Rotherham, to discuss their journeys as athletes and coaches, their approach to coaching at Branksome and highlights from a remarkable year of Athletics.
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  • Grace McCallum

    Branksome Hall Appoints Grace McCallum as 8th Principal

    Mona Malone, Chair of the Branksome Hall Board of Governors, has announced the appointment of Grace McCallum as the school’s 8th Principal.
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  • Congratulations to the Class of 2023!

    A Bright Future for the Class of 2023

    On May 25, 2023, the Branksome Hall community gathered at the Winter Garden Theatre to celebrate the Class of 2023 at their Graduation Ceremony. The event highlighted the many incredible achievements these grads have accomplished thus far and gave us a promising glimpse into their future. To everyone watching, one thing was clear: The Class of 2023 is an impressive group of young people. From keeping their energetic school spirit despite having several years of their high school experience impacted by a global pandemic, to inspiring younger peers through their thoughtful and empathetic leadership, we could not be more proud of this year’s graduates. The hard work and resilience of these students has been recognized by universities in Canada and around the globe, as seen by the impressive number of admission offers received this year.
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  • Chandaria Research Centre: New Technology-Enhanced Learning and Innovation Research Program

    As part of our strategic priority to challenge the status quo with an innovation mindset, Branksome Hall’s Chandaria Research Centre (CRC) initiates new research and explores educational excellence in teaching and learning, well-being and international mindedness within the school.
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  • Green Jewels: Ariana L., Jordin J., Apple M., Emma C.

    Noodle: Future-Proofing Tomorrow’s Problem Solvers and Entrepreneurs

    Since May 2020, the Noodle accelerator program has inspired and developed the business ideas of Branksome Hall’s young entrepreneurs. The 38-week accelerator program is the first of its kind in a Canadian school—and ever evolving! Noodle has grown from eight students to 36, and this year Branksome also launched Noodle Junior for students in Grades 5 and 6, with 32 students participating. Guided by niche experts and mentors, students work towards sustainable solutions to real-world problems. 
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  • Grade 9 squash player Zoe

    Rallying to Win: Grade 9 Student Champion of Ontario Junior Squash Open

    The Branksome Hall Highlanders give it their all in every sport they take part in, and for some Highlanders, their dedication to their sport extends far beyond Branksome. Grade 9 student and squash player Zoe’s efforts have paid off in a big way this year!
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  • The Boarding community went out for smoothie bowls

    A Glimpse into the Life of a Boarding Student at Branksome Hall

    Branksome is a home away from home for all of our students. On campus, teachers, advisors and coaches serve as inspiring role models, and co-curriculars allow students to grow, bond and connect by engaging in similar interests. But for Branksome Boarding students, the halls are more than just a place to spend the day. From weekend outings to baseball games and museums, to celebrating days of significance with incredible themed dinners, there is never a dull moment in this small but tight-knit community.
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  • The BH Highlanders Robotics Team

    Record-Setting Robotics: The Branksome Robotics Team Makes School History

    The Branksome community has always celebrated and encouraged women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Whether that is discussing the achievements of women in a science class, participating in a competition or joining a club, there is always a way for students to get involved. For the students in the Robotics Club, exploring their passion for STEM recently led them to making Branksome history.
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  • GarageCast host and Branksome’s Head, Innovation and Strategic Projects Michael Ianni-Palarchio

    Branksome Innovation Podcast Goes Global

    At Branksome Hall, three game-changing centres inform and advance our teaching, innovation and leadership. One of these is The Garage, an incubator that invites teachers and staff to ideate, experiment and prototype new ideas and initiatives, helping to spark new cross-functional and school-wide innovation.
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  • Carolyn Mak, Director of Well-Being and School Counselling

    Mental Health Matters: Branksome Hall Screens Angst

    Branksome Hall has always worked to destigmatize conversations surrounding mental health, which is crucial for effective learning and overall well-being. As part of Branksome’s Well-Being Speaker Series, and thanks to the Class of ’86 Mental Health Initiative–a fund that allocates resources towards the well-being of our community–the school was able to secure the rights to the award-winning documentary Angst.
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  • Anna, Fatima, Grace and Olivia

    The Road to Worlds in South Africa: Branksome and the GAP School

    Branksome Hall and the Get Ahead Project (GAP) School in Queenstown, South Africa have been in a close partnership for the past 20 years. From the exchange program that has fostered life-long friendships between students, to the fundraising support carried out by the Branksome community every year, our two schools have always been close. This year, the partnership grew even stronger as our students came together for one of the most important competitions in the world.
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  • Scholastic Art and Writing Award Recipients

    Record-Setting Creativity By Branksome Students at Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

    From painting a masterpiece in the art studio to running weekly clubs, creativity gives students the ability to do incredible things both inside and outside of the classroom. In January 2023, four Senior School students saw their creative efforts recognized for one of the most prestigious awards in North America. 
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  • Angie Tang conducting the Branksome Hall Concert Band

    Concert and Grades 9/10 Bands Strike Gold

    On Monday, February 13, 2023, the Branksome Hall Concert Band and the Grades 9/10 Class Band both won gold at the Ontario Band Association’s 21st annual Provincial Festival. Both groups are now invited to Nationals (MusicFest Canada) taking place from May 15-20, 2023. In addition, the Concert Band received the OBA Ensemble Award for “Brass Excellence.”
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  • 2022-25 Strategy Refresh

    2022–25 Strategy Refresh

    We are proud to share the refresh of Branksome Hall's current strategy, which was first released in 2014. Our updated school strategy builds on the strengths we have honed over our 120-year history, positioning us to thrive in today’s exciting and complex context. Grounded in our core values—sense of community, inclusiveness, creativity and making a difference—we are dedicated to developing a new generation of student and employee leaders with the skills, insight and commitment to shape a better future in an uncertain world. Explore the strategy here.
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  • Meet Justin Zuber, the Facilities Manager who oversees maintenance at Branksome Hall.

    Building up Branksome: Meet Facilities Manager Justin Zuber

    There are many characteristics that make Branksome Hall the institution that it is today, including its supportive teachers and staff, inclusive environment and the incredible facilities that the community enjoys every day. With such a big campus, it takes an incredible team of individuals to keep Branksome running smoothly. 
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We wish to acknowledge this land on which Branksome operates. For thousands of years, it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and go to school on this land.

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