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Student News

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  • Junior competitive debate students learned the style of impromptu debate at a local tournament. (January 2020)

    A LESSON IN IMPROMPTU DEBATE

    Carissa (Nikkel) Balcaen '02, Faculty

    On January 15, 2020, nine members of the junior competitive debate team competed at Acadia Junior High School in an impromptu tournament. This type of tournament challenges students to think creatively and critically on the spot as preparation for the rounds occurs 20 minutes prior to speaking. The topics debated included that we should all be vegetarians and that students should have the option to leave school at the end of Grade 10. Both rounds lead to some very interesting commentary with strong personal opinions. As in any debate, personal opinions must be set aside to argue the key issues for why the resolution must stand or fall, and our debaters successfully accomplished this task. What was wonderful about this tournament is that we had a variety of new first-time debaters as well as repeat challengers.

    In the novice category, Roshni and Raghed placed seventh as a team, and Roshni was the top novice debater from Balmoral Hall. This was the first competitive debate for this new team.

    In the open category, Sally competed in her first debate tournament with Asmara; welcome to the team, Sally! Individually, Janet and Lily tied for 6th place speaker, Katia was the 3rd place speaker, and Jozi was recognized as the top Balmoral Hall and 1st place speaker for the entire open category. As a team, Katia and Lily received awards as the 3rd place team overall, while Jozi and Janet argued their way to the top position and excelled as the 1st place team overall at the tournament.

    Special thanks to Alyamama who stepped into "Ironman" debating as a replacement debater for a team that did not arrive at the competition. She debated on her own, without a partner, giving six different speeches during the evening. As she stated, "That was fun, challenging, and really good learning."

    Congratulations to all members of the team for their outstanding preparation and cordial argumentation.

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Faculty & Staff News

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  • Mrs. West (left) and Mrs. Thomson

    MEET THE FACULTY: KINDERGARTEN

    Mrs. Thomson ‒

    My connection to Balmoral Hall School started as a parent 20 years ago. For the past 16 years, I have had the amazing opportunity to share my global view of education with Junior School families. I believe strongly in the importance of early years education with a science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) focus. If we want to see more women in the STEM fields, we need to teach girls to love learning these subjects at a young age. In 2019, I was honoured to receive Manitoba’s Teaching Excellence Award as well as a Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence in STEM, Certificate of Achievement. As a teacher, inspiring girls to become lifelong learners continues to be my passion. Guiding girls to become curious, resilient, and globally aware, I provide them with purposeful learning opportunities through dynamic programming that flows from and responds to their interests.

    Mrs. West ‒

    At age 17, I qualified for Atlanta’s Olympic Summer Games in 1996. Two years later, I accepted a full athletic scholarship to Arizona State University to further pursue my studies while swimming. I was captain of the women's swim team my junior and senior years and helped lead the team from being in the top 30 to a top-10 finish at NCAA Championships my senior year. Upon graduating, I spent five years living in Toronto, teaching and coaching, before our family decided to return to our roots in Winnipeg. When the opportunity arose a few years ago to teach Junior Kindergarten at Balmoral Hall School, I thought it would be a great fit, and it is! As our class sizes changed, I spent one year teaching Junior Kindergarten before transferring to Kindergarten. The confidence and self-esteem I experienced leading an all-girls swim team in college are like the feelings I experience here, and it gives me great pleasure to teach girls as they set out to become caring and confident young women.

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Alumnae News

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  • CAREER TALK WITH AINSLEY DONALD '98

    By Reegan, Grade 8

    In mid-December, the Grade 8 class was visited by Ainsley Donald, Class of 1998, who came to talk with us about her career. Ainsley has been a Chartered Professional Accountant for more than 15 years. She initially chose that path because her father was also an accountant. She realized at a young age that this job was the perfect job for her, too. Once Ainsley graduated from Asper School of Business at University of Manitoba in December 2003, she went off to pursue her dream job.

    Ainsley got a job at Deloitte LLP accounting firm. After working 10 years, Ainsley understood that because of her area of specialty working with private companies, she would benefit from taking her career elsewhere. Ainsley left Deloitte and went to work at a local accounting firm for a short time. It wasn't until she took four months off work that she had time to think about her decision. Ainsley left the local firm and started to work at Grant Thornton LLP in September 2015 and still works there today.

    She started teaching at the university level, teaching her first university class in 2016 at Asper School of Business. Ainsley is a board member at United Way of Winnipeg, Local Investment Toward Employment (LITE), and Deer Lodge Foundation, and she has volunteered for other charities including The YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Awards and The Winnipeg Foundation.

    We are very grateful that Ainsley shared her story with us and wish her good luck for years to come!

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Our mission at Balmoral Hall School is to inspire girls' imagination and the courage to excel, to reach, to lead, to care.

We are an independent day and boarding school, offering an exceptional all-girls education from child care, starting at age 2, to Grade 12.