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2024

  • 2022–23 Donor and Giving Report

    Branksome Wins Awards for Innovation in Marketing, Advancement and Magazines

    Branksome Hall’s Advancement and Community Engagement (ACE) team has won three awards recognizing innovation in the school’s marketing, advancement and magazines.
     
    The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) awarded a silver Prix d’Excellence award for Best Report to Donors for Branksome’s 2022–23 Donor and Giving Report. Branksome and Upper Canada College were the only independent schools to win an award, alongside postsecondary institutions across the country.
     
    The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awarded Branksome two awards through its Circle of Excellence program for universities, colleges and independent schools around the world.
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  • Kalista Clement, Director of Boarding

    Meet Kalista Clement: Branksome’s New Boarding Director

    Branksome Hall is pleased to share that Ms. Kalista Clement has been appointed the school’s new Director of Boarding. She officially began her role this week, on July 1, 2024.

    A longstanding colleague at Branksome, Kalista previously served in the role of Middle School Guidance Counsellor and International Languages Program Coordinator. She comes to this role with significant previous experience in Boarding, having been both a Boarding Advisor and Interim Senior Boarding Advisor at Branksome Hall.
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  • Having fun at Canada's Wonderland

    Middle School Rocks! Celebrating a Remarkable Year for Our Grades 7 and 8 Students

    Although time spent in the Middle School is brief, the amount of growth and transformation students undergo is immense. The final week of school this year served as a celebration of the achievements of our Middle School students, giving them a well-deserved send-off for the summer as our Grade 7s prepare to take on the role of Middle School leaders and our Grade 8s move on to the Senior School.
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  • Karen at the Farewell Gala

    Keep Well the Road, Principal Jurjevich!

    After 26 years of dedicated service and a year filled with joyous celebration and tearful goodbyes, Principal Karen L. Jurjevich is bidding a fond farewell to Branksome Hall. Today, as she finished packing her boxes in preparation for her move out of the Principal’s residence, she remarked, “I wanted to express a final thank you to each member of the BH community for making my time here so incredibly special. The numerous farewell events and tributes have made my last few months and weeks so meaningful—thank you!”
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  • Sara (far right) returned from university and volunteered her time to help coach our ultimate frisbee teams.

    Sara ETTEHADIEH'20 Gives Branksome Athletes the Ultimate Experience

    Sara ETTEHADIEH'20 returned from university and volunteered her time to help coach our ultimate teams this spring. Sara played ultimate frisbee for McMaster University, where they won the university championships—and she started playing when she was at Branksome! Sara shared some of her wisdom around sport, participation and her experience at Branksome:
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  • Kevin Goodridge, Chief Innovation Officer

    Kevin Goodridge Appointed Chief Innovation Officer

    Branksome Hall is delighted to welcome Kevin Goodridge as the school’s new Chief Innovation Officer (CIO). Kevin’s first day was June 10, 2024.
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  • Grade 6 Students Showcase Open Minds, Curiosity and Creativity at 2024 Primary Years Exhibition

    The annual Branksome Hall PYP Exhibition (PYPX) is the culminating collaborative experience in the final year of the IB Primary Years Programme

    On Friday, May 3, this year’s Grade 6 students shared their incredible work with their families, teachers and guests from around the school. The girls worked in teams to research important issues based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. They then came up with creative ideas to share their learning and to take action, such as organizing service drives, writing songs and designing apps.
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  • Valedictorian and Student Government Prefect Anna

    A Powerful and Poignant Send-Off for Branksome’s Class of 2024

    Toronto’s historic Winter Garden Theatre was the picturesque setting for Branksome Hall's Grade 12 Graduation Ceremony, which took place on Thursday, May 23. Known for its lush, botanical-themed auditorium, the theatre served as a fitting and vibrant backdrop in which to honour the Class of 2024, with a ceremony filled with music, remarks, awards, and much joy and pride as families, friends, faculty, staff and special guests gathered to celebrate the graduates.
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  • Grade 10 students in

    Theatre Students Take the Lead: Student Visions 2024

    On May 8 and 9, 2024, our students’ creativity and imagination came to life at Student Visions, performances directed by our Grade 11 students and performed by our Grade 10s. The scenes and one-act plays ranged from classics such as Anne of Green Gables, to a play written and directed by Grade 11 student Hao Ming. 
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  • Go Pi-Landers! Branksome Mathematics Club Wins Canadian Team Math Contest

    A love of math has been fostered in Branksome students for generations. From the classroom to college, the foundations students learn at Branksome Hall take them to new heights in all aspects of their lives. For our math-loving Grades 9–12 students, the cleverly named Pi-Landers Math Club is the perfect place to develop skills and even flex them in competitions. This spring, six club members competed in the Canadian Team Mathematics Contest (CTMC) at Pickering College, where they proudly came in first.
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  • Branksome Receives Historic $5-Million Gift: iCAST Building to Be Named for Karen Jurjevich

    On Sunday, May 5, 2024, Branksome Hall Board Chair Mona Malone announced to the school community that it has received a record-breaking $5-million gift. This is the largest donation in the history of the school and among the largest ever to a Canadian girls' school. This anonymous gift is in addition to $1.5 million raised through a tribute campaign in honour of Karen Jurjevich, who is retiring in June after more than two decades as the school’s seventh Principal.
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  • Anna Gage, Grade 12

    Branksome Hall’s Anna Gage Crowned World Champion at 37th Worlds

    When 117 of the best speakers in the world come together, there’s really no disputing what will happen: a world-class debate. This year’s World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships (WIDPSC), hosted by Canberra Girls Grammar School in Canberra, Australia from April 14-19, was no exception. The 37th annual international English language debating and public speaking competition saw high school students from 12 countries skillfully delivering speeches and arguments across four events—Debating, Impromptu Speaking, Interpretive Reading and a Prepared Speech (either Persuasive Speaking or After-Dinner Speaking).
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  • Touchdown! Branksome Hosts Flag Football Skills and Drills Workshop

    On April 6, 2024, more than 60 students gathered at Branksome Hall for the school’s very first Flag Football Skills and Drills Workshop. This hands-on weekend workshop brought students from across the city together to develop techniques and skills that would give them an edge in their upcoming games.
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  • Unlocking Potential: Branksome Hall’s 2023-24 Strategy Report

    We are delighted to release Branksome Hall’s 2023–24 Strategy Report, outlining the school’s progress across our six strategic priorities over this past year. Principal Karen Jurjevich shared the report with the community, saying, “I hope you share my sense of pride as we reflect on the impact metrics and stories that show in tangible ways how Branksome Hall is a catalyst – keeping students at the centre through increased personalization of academic pathways, investment in employee growth, deepened well-being and university counselling support, an ambitious innovation agenda, intentional action to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion, and thriving local and global partnerships.”
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  • CIS Dance Festival: Celebrating the Art of Dance

    On February 22, Senior & Middle School dancers had the opportunity to take part in CIS Ontario’s Dance Fest at York University. Open to Grades 6 to 12 students, the Festival is a place where students can try out multiple dance styles while working with top dancers and choreographers in a professional setting. Both preparatory and senior Dance Companies attended in addition to Grades 9–12 classes. In total, more than 60 Branksome Hall dancers were able to participate.
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  • Senior Badminton Team

    Branksome Hall Hosts Junior Volleyball and Senior Badminton CISAA Championships

    It was an action-packed day for Branksome Hall’s Junior D1 Volleyball and Senior Badminton teams on Wednesday, February 28, as they wrapped up an exciting winter season at their championship tournaments. Held concurrently at Branksome Hall, these tournaments filled the halls with talented athletes from across the city, all eager to see who would be crowned 2024 CISAA champions.
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  • Nora and Jade at the University of Toronto Schools’ Blues Hackathon.

    Breaking Barriers at the Blues Hackathon

    Students Nora and Jade showed off their creativity, problem-solving skills and innovation at the University of Toronto Schools’ Blues Hackathon, which took place from January 19–21, 2024. The Blues Hackathon is a competition for students aged 13–18 with a passion for using code and technology to come up with solutions to the issues affecting our world today. Equipped only with their coding knowledge and determination, Branksome’s two student participants entered the competition determined to use their creativity to shape a better world.
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  • Branksome Hall’s Master Chef Competition: A Sizzling Success

    Lunchtime is a favourite time of day for many Branksome students, and who can blame them when there is so much to choose from? From fun Fish Fridays to creative pizza options and the much-loved pierogi day, there is never a dull menu in the Athletics and Wellness Centre Dining Hall. Led by Ms. Denise Smith each year, young chefs and creative cooks in Grades 7–12 look forward to Branksome’s Master Chef competition—an exciting contest where students submit their favourite recipe to Chef Peter Domaradzki, Head of Culinary, and the Branksome Aramark team with the hopes of winning the title of Master Chef.
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  • Technology-Enhanced Learning Pilot Study in the Junior School

    The integration of technology in education has become a transformative shift in how learning is facilitated and experienced. This digital integration extends beyond tools for instruction; it has reshaped educational environments, teaching methodologies and student interactions. To better prepare for this shift, the Chandaria Research Centre has conducted a pilot study to understand the impact of technology-enhanced learning, specifically in the Junior School. 
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  • Branksome Hall Wins International Marketing Awards for Make Way Campaign

    Branksome Hall is delighted to share that its Advancement and Community Engagement team has won three InspirED School Marketers Brilliance Awards – the only international competition that recognizes excellence in private and independent school marketing and communications. 
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LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT
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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