A community of leaders and innovators
Our alumnae are women who think critically and creatively. They are women of authority, and generosity. They are women who are internationally minded and take initiative. They are women who are living out the promise of our school’s vision: Meliora Petens – Seeking Better Things.
Balmoral Hall is the great school and community it is today because of the women who have graced its halls since 1901. There are almost 7,000 women that Havergal College, Rupert’s Land College, Riverbend College, and Balmoral Hall School had the honour of shaping into young, vibrant women over the years, and we are honoured to have them as part of the BH Family.
The women of Balmoral Hall are forever connected to the school and one another, and share a unique affinity because we inspire girls to excel, to reach and to lead.
Whether she is just beginning university, or enjoying the company of granddaughters, she will always be a BH Girl.
The Balmoral Hall School Doll Assembly is a tradition unique to our school, dating back to the 1970s. Each year, the Grade 11 girls make a doll for one of the current year’s graduates. The dolls take a lot of work, largely done in the students’ free time, and are designed to have a lot of personal connection to the receiving graduate. The dolls are presented at the end of the year, at a special assembly, where the graduates are also welcomed into the Balmoral Hall Alumnae association.
This year’s assembly was a huge success and it meant a lot to the graduating class of 2013 to see so many people come out to join them on this special day. As part of the tradition, the outgoing Alumnae Prefect prepares a presentation for the assembly, celebrating some of the wonderful history of our school.
Kennedy Maidment, this year’s Alumnae Prefect, and who is going on to post-graduate studies in Fashion at Ryerson University, chose to research the history of the Balmoral Hall uniforms which were showcased in a fashion show at the assembly. Some of the photos from the event are below. You can also view more photos in our Picasa album here.
For anyone interested in learning more about the history of Balmoral Hall we welcome you to visit the schools archives located on the second floor of Aikins house.
Thank you very much to the Alumnae, parents and past teachers who were able to join us last Friday for the 2013 Doll Assembly.
Two former Balmoral Hall School Blazers, Bailey Bram of Ste. Anne, Man. and Jenelle Kohanchuk of Winnipeg, are among the 27 women, including Olympic veterans Hayley Wickenheiser, Jayna Hefford and Caroline Ouellette, recently named to Team Canada’s centralization roster leading up to the Olympic Winter Games.
Bram and Kohanchuk each played two seasons with the Blazers varsity prep team before graduating in 2008. Both went on to play Div. 1 collegiate hockey – Bram at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, and Kohanchuk at Boston University.
As for Team Canada, their preparation begins in late May with fitness testing, followed by additional conditioning, with full-time training to start in a few months. In December, Coach Dan Church will announce the final roster of 21-23 players who will travel to Sochi for the Olympics.
Congratulations to both of these remarkable young women, and all the best to them and their teammates as Canada strives to win Olympic gold in women’s hockey once again.