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2021

News Archive

  • May

    Katheleen Eva '11

    CAREER TALK WITH KATHELEEN EVA '11

    By Nira, Grade 8
       
    On April 26, 2021, the Grade 8 class had the pleasure of speaking with Balmoral Hall School graduate Katheleen Eva about her career path and the choices that led her to where she is today. Ms Eva graduated from Balmoral Hall in 2011 and enjoyed her time here, being involved in the arts and debate and developing a love for science in Grade 5. Because of this, she became interested in a neuroscience program at McMaster University, which she enrolled in after graduation.
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  • March

    Danielle Rice '90

    CAREER TALK WITH DANIELLE RICE '90

    By Rasleen, Grade 8

    On March 11, 2021, the Grade 8s had the pleasure of having a BH alumna, Danielle Rice, present to us about her career. In 1990, Ms Rice graduated from Balmoral Hall. During her time at the school, she was the Braemar House Head in grades 8, 10,  and 12. She was successful in debate and attended competitions across North America.
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  • Katheleen Eva '11

    CAREER TALK WITH KATHELEEN EVA '11

    By Nira, Grade 8
       
    On April 26, 2021, the Grade 8 class had the pleasure of speaking with Balmoral Hall School graduate Katheleen Eva about her career path and the choices that led her to where she is today. Ms Eva graduated from Balmoral Hall in 2011 and enjoyed her time here, being involved in the arts and debate and developing a love for science in Grade 5. Because of this, she became interested in a neuroscience program at McMaster University, which she enrolled in after graduation.
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  • Students competed in a number of debate and public speaking events in March 2021.

    CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DEBATE & PUBLIC SPEAKING TEAMS

    By Jennifer J. Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    Let’s congratulate Grade 10 students Kendall B., Makeda D., Katia D.W., Megan B., Lily R., and Yuntong “Sally” T. for their hard work at the Senior Provincial Debate Tournament on Sunday, March 7. There were some very challenging resolutions.
     
    Lily was the top competitor from Balmoral Hall School, placing in the top 25% overall. As a team, Lily and Sally placed 11th and will represent Balmoral Hall and Manitoba at Senior National Debate Championships in April. All the best!
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  • Danielle Rice '90

    CAREER TALK WITH DANIELLE RICE '90

    By Rasleen, Grade 8

    On March 11, 2021, the Grade 8s had the pleasure of having a BH alumna, Danielle Rice, present to us about her career. In 1990, Ms Rice graduated from Balmoral Hall. During her time at the school, she was the Braemar House Head in grades 8, 10,  and 12. She was successful in debate and attended competitions across North America.
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  • Grade 9 students created models to pitch their proposed designs to project mentors. (February 2021)

    GRADE 9 DESIGN PROJECT AN EXPLORATION OF SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE & URBAN PLANNING

    By Mia, Grade 9

    In mid-February, the Grade 9s were fortunate to spend a full week exploring the field of sustainable architecture and urban planning.
     
    We had the chance to learn from the experts at No.9, a Toronto-based arts orga­ni­zation that uses art and design to bring awareness to envi­ron­mental concerns, as we familiarized ourselves with our community and how many different possibilities there could be to redesign and improve our neighbourhood.
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  • MEET THE STAFF: RICHARD NDLOVU

    Chris Allinotte, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
       
    Having spent 
    more than 20 years as part of the maintenance team at Balmoral Hall School, Richard Ndlovu has had the opportunity to witness hundreds of BH girls enter the school, grow up, and graduate. For every one of them, he’s had time to take a minute or two to talk, to listen, and always to offer a friendly smile. He’s been like a cool uncle to our students, and his friendships within the entire Balmoral Hall community cannot be overstated. 
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  • Boarding students celebrating Lunar New Year 2021.

    HOW BOARDING STUDENTS & FAMILIES CELEBRATED THE NEW YEAR

    By Xi “Vivian” Zhu, Grade 10
     
    For most of my life, I have celebrated Chinese New Year in China, but this year has been very different. This year is special because instead of celebrating Chinese New Year with my family, I celebrated with my friends and boarding staff. There are many things that we did to celebrate the festival.
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  • Members of the 99th Winter Session of Youth Parliament of Manitoba. (December 2020)

    A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON POLITICS FROM VIRTUAL YOUTH PARLIAMENT

    By Breanna, Grade 11

    No matter your age, politics play a crucial role in your life. From the moment you wake up in the morning to the minute you go to bed, every action you take has political value and impacts our government, even when you don’t think it does. This is why education surrounding our government and also our potential roles in government are so important. The Youth Parliament of Manitoba is one of Canada’s longest continuously running youth parliaments and just celebrated its 99th anniversary this past winter session, which was held virtually from December 26–30, 2020.
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  • Snapshots from our Season of Giving. (December 2020)

    DELIVERING JOY & HOPE IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING

    By Jennifer J. Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    One of our most cherished seasonal traditions is Day of Giving, when BH girls spend hours volunteering throughout Winnipeg for hands-on experiences and combined efforts to make a difference. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to host or participate in any community events to mark the special day this year; nevertheless, the Balmoral Hall School community continues to embrace the spirit of giving.

    “To our community, Day of Giving is much more than a habitual gesture of goodwill,” says Head of School Joanne Kamins, “as the spirit of giving stays with us year-round.”

    Given a variety of opportunities this holiday season that may not have arisen in any other year — we’re delivering joy and hope in newfound ways, making them uniquely meaningful.
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  • Lindsay Ross-Stewart '99

    CAREER TALK WITH LINDSAY ROSS-STEWART '99

    By Chloe, Grade 8

    On November 26, 2021, Dr. Ross-Stewart taught us about the path she followed after she graduated from Balmoral Hall. Dr. Ross-Stewart began attending Balmoral Hall in Grade 7. Her whole life, she was very involved in sports. She loved rugby, soccer, curling, and running. When she was in Grade 8, she knew she wanted to do something related to sports. Her parents supported her but wanted her to do something on the side just to make sure she had something to fall back on. At Balmoral Hall, she decided, as an extra-curricular activity, to join the debating club. She became really involved in debating and placed fourth in the country at one of the competitions. When she was in Grade 11, she boarded at the school because her parents were away in Europe. When she graduated, she went to Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. She was the first alumna to go there. She advised us to always trust our gut and just go with it. She finished her degree at Mount Allison University after four years and then spent a year in Ottawa being a waitress.
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  • A NEW APPROACH TO EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING WEEK

    By Jodi Hafenbrak, Middle & Senior School Principal

    Last week, Middle School students had a great time participating in a variety of activities as part of our experiential learning program, which we have adapted this fall in alignment with public health guidelines for schools.

    Grade 6 students spent time practicing their French and learning about Franco-Manitoban culture and history with a virtual tour of St. Boniface Museum and a workshop with cartoonist Gerald Laroche. They also explored science outcomes during their trip to Oak Hammock Marsh, where they examined life cycles, adaptations, and food chains of various aquatic invertebrates. The end of the week was spent at Manitoba Museum. They participated in a gallery tour entitled “Canada: An Emerging Nation,” which highlighted historical events in Canada’s history such as the World Wars, the Great Depression and the Winnipeg General Strike. Finally, Grade 6 students watched a show at the Planetarium that addressed the big question: How did life on Earth begin? Students witnessed key episodes in the 13.7-billion-year history of the Universe that have made life on Earth possible, from the first stars to the formation of Earth’s atmosphere, leading up to the incredible diversity of life on Earth today.

    Meanwhile, Grade 7 students participated in three different activities to start the week. They worked with Minecraft Education to create electronic biomes. Students also walked to the Legislative Building to complete an “Agents of Discovery” mission, which focused on the sculptures outside the building. Lastly, they spent time outside studying photographic techniques with a focus on artist Andy Goldsworthy. Thursday and Friday were spent at FortWhyte, participating in canoeing, hiking, wilderness survival, and observing the diversity of ecosystems.

    Grade 8 students also participated in a variety of experiential learning activities. Small groups of students rotated to different stations where they completed heart dissections, worked with clay to create sculptures, and joined Indigenous educator Gloria Beckman to learn about creating art with birch bark and the importance of trees and the environment to the Indigenous community. Thursday and Friday were spent with the group Momenta, engaging in activities that focus on strengths and connections. Grade 8 spent their days cycling, trekking, creating art, and playing team-building games, all of which were enjoyed by both the students and staff!

    Thank you to Middle School faculty for planning and organizing these activities to allow us to continue with our very popular experiential learning program this year!
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  • Zoom participants during a virtual Grade 5 Exhibition. (June 2020)

    EXHIBITION 2020: GRADE 5 ROCKS THE DIGITAL PLATFORM

    By Chloë McComb & Cyndee De Lande, Faculty

    Every year, during Grade 5 students’ International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) Exhibition, we as their teachers are used to having new students, a new area of study with the theme “Sharing the Planet,” and new ways of presenting to our school community. This year, we had remote learning to accommodate. It was both a challenge and an opportunity, asking for more student initiative and independence while allowing more choice. We are so very proud of how they rose to this challenge and embraced this opportunity.
     
    In a “choose your own adventure” format, students selected a local and/or global issue, explored different perspectives and potential problems, and then formulated positive, actionable suggestions that our school community could act upon immediately.
     
    Students delivered multimedia presentations in the Ignite style using the Padlet app, conducted surveys and interviews, and created digital children’s books, posters, and flyers with QR codes for websites and petitions to spread the word on the important issues they had studied. They rocked the digital platform! Thank you to all the faculty and parents who supported them through this powerful and unique Grade 5 Exhibition.

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  • BALMORAL HALL SCHOOL SUPPORTS BLACK LIVES MATTER AND FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS

    Joanne Kamins, Head of School

    Dear Balmoral Hall School Community,

    Recent conversations between Balmoral Hall School faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumnae have inspired all of us to think deeply about what it means to be an antiracist ally. From acknowledging privilege to challenging bias, we have witnessed actions that speak louder than words alone. In the midst of a global pandemic, protestors have taken to the streets by the thousands to demand change of a greater magnitude than ever before. There are petitions to be signed and causes to be funded, and every one of us is being called on to do the work needed to make a difference. Though apart we may be, antiracist allies have come together everywhere through advocacy initiatives and charitable donations. We are listening. We stand in support of our Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) colleagues, students, parents, and alumnae.
     
    As Head of School, I have been reflecting on Balmoral Hall School’s values more often as of late.
    • We believe all-girls education must be balanced.
    • We believe globally minded citizens act with compassion and integrity.
    • We believe lifelong learning is built upon curiosity, creativity, resiliency, and innovation.
    Education is my life’s work. Empowering students to develop their voices as agents of change is a purpose that we all share at Balmoral Hall School. When alumnae raise their voices to call for action, we know we have fulfilled our purpose.
     
    To understand Balmoral Hall School’s support of Black Lives Matter and fundamental human rights, I encourage you to review Balmoral Hall School’s Respect for Human Diversity Policy. (Please contact communications@balmoralhall.ca to request a copy.) We have collected a list of resources to share with you so that together we can support antiracist learning. If there are more resources you recommend, please share them with communications@balmoralhall.ca. We are grateful for your continued partnership with Balmoral Hall School as together we inspire girls’ imagination and their courage to excel, to reach, to lead, and to care.

    Meliora Petens,

    Joanne Kamins
    Head of School

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  • Lily (top) and Katia prepare for Junior National Debate Championships with Mrs. Balcaen (inset) via Zoom. (May 2020)

    DESPITE ON-SCREEN DELIVERY, SPIRIT OF DEBATE CONTINUES

    By Lily & Katia, Grade 9

    From May 29–31, we competed in the 2020 Junior National Debate Championships via Zoom. Katia had already competed virtually in Junior Public Speaking Nationals; even with this prior competition, it was still a completely new experience to prepare in separate spaces for both the impromptu and prepared rounds of a national debate tournament. One of the main benefits of these new circumstances is that we can meet people from across Canada and the world with ease.

    Our prepared motion for the tournament was: This House, as Canada, would substantially increase its military and civilian presence in the Arctic. We had little knowledge on the topic, so Mrs. Balcaen contacted Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer of 17 Mission Support Squadron Amanda Aldous ’02 to give us some much-needed context on how foreign policy within the Arctic works and the current Arctic defence strategy. Some of the other resolutions we encountered were: This House would grant parents and legal guardians a vote for each of their children/wards under the age 18; This House believes that government funding for the arts should only be given to minority artists; This House, as Canada, would implement a system of journalism licences; and This House would require approval from legally binding local referenda for all major land development decisions that use any amount of government funding.
     
    To try and prepare separately, even if we were in the same Zoom breakout room, was difficult, especially, when attempting to deal with various technical difficulties. However, the fact that so many innovative people were able to create an event with the same level of intense debate regardless of location is something that must be commended. We, of course, would have preferred to be in Halifax for this competition, but the spirit of the tournament was not lost through the screen!
     
    Coach’s note: This tournament is based on the number of rounds that are lost or won, hence it is considered a win/loss tournament. Lily and Katia won four of their preliminary six rounds of debate. As a team, they placed 18th overall in Canada and as the top team from Manitoba! Congratulations to Katia and Lily! –Mrs. Balcaen

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  • Image Credit: VectorMine, Adobe Stock

    REMOTE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE ONLINE SYMPOSIUM FROM U OF T

    By Dr. Patricia Mitchler, Faculty

    With some of the challenges that have come along with remote learning, there have also been some opportunities.

    Three students were able to take part in an online Young Women in Engineering Symposium hosted by University of Toronto’s Faculty of Engineering. Lauren K., Juliana, and Kaylee attended the three-hour virtual event on the evening of May 26, 2020.

    They shared the following reflections.

    “This event was designed for young women to encourage them to study engineering at university. There were more than 400 women on this call from various parts of the world, including India, Europe, and Turkey, all receiving advice and tips from current students and alumnae of the engineering program at University of Toronto. Many of them shared their experiences of why they chose engineering, what they loved about it, and where it has taken them in life. Many of them shared that they really enjoyed hands-on projects that they were challenged with as part of their courses. They worked with partners of the university to help solve a problem that affects an industry. These partners are from around the world in all types of industries. Additionally, they outlined the course system and explained the different entry points and how they will each get you to your final goal. After all the presentations were complete, they answered any questions the viewers had. It was really inspiring to see how passionate all of these women are about engineering, as well as hearing about their journeys to get there, through university and in the working field.” –Lauren K.

    “I learned so much about engineering as a whole and the university itself. It seems like a very inclusive and inviting environment. I also learned how no one really knew what they wanted to do during their first year, but they really loved math and physics. They ended up just kind of running into engineering and really liked it and that’s why they choose it. I also never know how many fields of engineering there are. Every panellist who spoke was from a different field!” –Juliana

    “It was one of the best university information meetings I’ve ever seen. The speakers, who were all female, informed the attendees of their many accomplishments in various fields, primarily engineering. They were highly inspiring and acted as engaging orators, taking the time to personally answer attendee questions. The speakers all talked about their backgrounds and experiences at U of T. During the question period, the speakers answered questions such as, ‘Why engineering?’ and ‘What’s the Iron Ring?’ (The Iron Ring is the Canadian mark of an engineer.) I learned about many things such as the Professional Experience Years co-op program (PEYs), U of T’s growing female STEM population, and how different people integrated themselves into their university community. There are more than 800 clubs, including a Dungeons & Dragons club! From an engineering perspective, I learned that systems change is people change (i.e. to change a system, one must first change the people in and working behind that system). The experience of hearing the stories of so many strong and smart women was very enlightening and empowering.” –Kaylee

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  • Image Credit: Urupong, Adobe Stock

    AP EXAMS TAKEN AT HOME

    By Bonnie, Grade 12

    As an international student, I was lucky to be able to go back to China and be with my family during the pandemic.

    However, many challenges arose due to the 13-hour time difference between Winnipeg and China. At first, it was quite difficult to find the right study pace, having virtual classes late at night or even just by watching the recordings of classes. Fortunately, I formed small study groups with several other BH girls who had come back to China to help and support each other.

    It was a very fun and meaningful experience, as we met (via WeChat) regularly to not only learn from the textbooks and class recordings but also to learn from each other and online resources.

    This year’s Advanced Placement (AP) exams were moved online due to the coronavirus, so writing exams became another great challenge. Other than having to prepare myself for the exam, such as checking for the e-tickets and AP I.D., it was especially difficult for me to overcome the time difference since the exams started at 2 a.m. in China. Though it was hard to work after midnight, I decided to take a nap prior to my exams in order to stay energetic.

    The group of us who stayed in China all took the responsibility of reminding each other of the time and continued to support each other.

    Although preparing for and taking AP exams at home this year has been an extremely different experience than in past years, being in a new learning environment has pushed us to enhance independent learning skills, take advantage of online resources, and team up to support each other.

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  • Jozi and Katia competed virtually in Junior National Public Speaking Championships. (May 2020)

    ZOOMING INTO JUNIOR NATIONAL PUBLIC SPEAKING CHAMPIONSHIPS

    By Jennifer J. Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    For the first time in school history, Balmoral Hall students are competing in debate and public speaking virtually with their peers across Canada.

    For Canada’s Junior High Public Speaking Championships last weekend, Jozi, Grade 8, and Katia, Grade 9, filmed in advance their persuasive speech and interpretive reading, respectively. Impromptu speeches were delivered live via Zoom. The opportunity was one to be remembered!

    “Last weekend’s Junior National Public Speaking Championships were an interesting new experience,” shares Jozi. “As this was my first time at speech nationals, I was questioning how organized the whole tournament would be. A bit to my surprise, it was extremely well organized, fun, and a great learning experience. Competing virtually created a few opportunities that we wouldn’t have had in person, such as more detailed feedback and rerecording speeches until they were perfect. Coming in 1st in Manitoba and in the top 10 in the country made me realize that even though things aren’t the way we are used to right now, we can still do well and enjoy the things we love.

    “Though I would have loved to be in Vancouver for this, I was very thankful for the opportunity to compete anyways!”

    Jozi tied for 9th place overall, placing 8th in persuasive speaking and 11th in impromptu speaking, while Katia placed 15th in interpretative reading.

    “All around, this was a great demonstration of grit and resilience given the new format of the tournament in an online setting,” says Mrs. Balcaen.

    Well done, Jozi and Katia! You are to be commended for embracing this challenge to successfully compete in unique circumstances. We’re so proud of you!

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  • Grade 7 student Brooke B. & Senator Patricia Bovey interacted in a class Zoom discussion. (May 2020)

    CAREER TALK WITH HON. PATRICIA (GLOVER) BOVEY '66

    By Kristina Karlsson, Faculty

    Earlier this month, May 9, 2020, grades 7 and 8 and Senior School visual arts students had an incredibly inspiring virtual discussion with alumna Hon. Patricia (Glover) Bovey '66 via Zoom.

    Senator Bovey passionately wove together a reflection on her impressive 50 years of arts experience and community engagement while answering student questions.

    We learned how Senator Bovey’s early musical passions eventually led to her discovery of a passion for art history. She shared stories of the people who inspired her most over the years as she described her varied arts initiatives, which were a result of her diverse interests in health care, crime prevention, and reconciliation. Senator Bovey also worked to bring art laureates to Parliament. We heard her talk about her love of western Canadian, rural, and northern communities. Our discussion continued with topics such as gallery curation, the process of passing a bill in the Senate, book authorship, and the importance of tapping into networking opportunities with people who share our passions and taking advantage of opportunities that arise. Lastly, Senator Bovey emphasized the habit of always expressing gratitude to those who open doors for us (literally and figuratively).

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  • Coach Zacharias '08 surrounded by the Blazers.

    MEET THE STAFF: COACH ZACHARIAS '08

    This upcoming year, I’ll be entering my 7th season behind the bench of the Blazers prep hockey program, but I’ve been around since the program’s early days.

    I was lucky enough to play for the Blazers in 2007/08, and I know that coming to Balmoral Hall put my life on a different trajectory. After graduating in 2008, I was awarded a full scholarship to play NCAA Division I hockey for the Niagara University Purple Eagles (College Hockey America) in New York. I received a Bachelor of Science in Biology, minoring in Chemistry and French, and I achieved annual recognition with the CHA All-Academic Team.

    I hung up my skates and donned a whistle soon after graduating, and I’ve been privileged to work with both Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Canada since starting my coaching career. I’ve been behind the bench twice at National Women’s U18 Championships, including as silver medallists in 2015, and once at Canada Winter Games in 2019. Most recently, I became a Hockey Canada accredited coaching facilitator and the only female coach in Manitoba who is certified to facilitate coaching seminars!

    My role as Director of Hockey at Balmoral Hall School is much more than a job; this community truly is my second family. I am now colleagues with faculty who taught me. Mrs. Kamins was my Senior School Principal and now she is my boss! I work with fellow coaches who are also my closest friends. Most importantly, I coach a group of incredible young women who, every day, aspire to be better than they were the day before.

    My role is to help our girls see their perceived ceilings become new floors to stand on.

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  • Dr. Jill (Voth) Roberge '99 participated in a Zoom call with Senior School students. (April 2020)

    CAREER TALK WITH JILL (VOTH) ROBERGE '99

    By Adi & Leeza, Grade 11

    On April 9, 2020, students in grades 11 and 12 who are interested in medicine had the opportunity to speak to alumna Dr. Jill (Voth) Roberge ’99 in a one-hour Zoom call. Dr. Roberge, who is a resident physician in emergency medicine at McMaster University, spoke to us about her time at Balmoral Hall and her path to medicine and answered many of our questions!

    She also discussed the admission process for medical school and what universities typically look for in applicants. Highly weighted when applying to med school is a student’s GPA. Dr. Roberge gave us great advice to choose courses that you are passionate about and interested in because you will succeed in achieving high marks for those classes. This was very helpful for many of us as we are approaching university and will soon be selecting our first-year courses.

    Moreover, she discussed a balanced work and home life, how being a doctor doesn’t leave room for lots of things and that is something you have to accept. Listening to Dr. Roberge speak about her career, how passionate and devoted she is, was truly motivational and inspiring.
     
    In these crazy times, this was a great way to stay involved in the internship program offered to Senior School students. Going to class and learning about ionic bonds or the Pythagorean theorem is great, but it is difficult to explore a career from classes alone. The beautiful thing about Balmoral Hall is the BH family and having alumnae come and talk to us is wonderful as we hear about their transition into university and build connections with them.

    Having the opportunity to seek mentorship from professionals in our areas of interest is extremely beneficial as we are able to see what a typical day looks like in these fields, giving us better insights when it comes to ultimately deciding if this is the career we want to pursue.
     
    We all learned so much from Dr. Roberge and are very appreciative that she shared her time with us.

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  • Grade 10 students discuss fundraising for The Class of 2022 Fund. (March 2020)

    HOW WE'RE HELPING TO FUNDRAISE FOR STUDENT BURSARIES

    By Lucy, Grade 10

    On March 11, 2020, Grade 10 students held our very first Class of 2022 fund meeting. We are dedicated to both raising money for the fund as well as raising awareness for all class funds. Every class that graduates from Balmoral Hall has a class fund. When we graduate, a sum of money is invested forever and the interest is used every year to give bursaries to those who need them. The first class fund was The Class of 2018 Fund, which raised more than $50,000 by the time they graduated, and The Class of 2019 Fund was similarly successful.

    Earlier in the month, Joanne and I decided that we wanted to be involved with developing our class fund. We approached Ms Cloutier '03 in the Philanthropy and Alumnae Relations office to learn more about how we can help. We discovered that The Class of 2022 Fund already has $3,225 invested from donors! After a couple meetings with Ms Cloutier and Lauren Burns '20, who is a peer leader for The Class of 2020 Fund, we decided to involve our classmates to share the ideas we had for our class fund.

    Many great ideas were shared during that successful first meeting and we are eager to start our first fundraiser in support of The Class of 2022 Fund soon!

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  • Mrs. LaPage

    MEET THE FACULTY: MRS. LAPAGE


    Little did I know when I registered for computer science in high school as my “least bad” option that it would become a passion, leading me to decide to study computer science and math at University of Manitoba. As I am sure no one is surprised, I was one of a small number of women in all my technical classes, particularly after first year. Any field of study benefits from different voices and ideas, and so I wanted to take an active role in sparking interest in technology in young women. Becoming a teacher generally and more specifically a teacher at Balmoral Hall School has given me a path to do that.

    The biggest adventure for me has been starting a robotics program. We started with a club and now have a team that has competed and been successful in several tournaments! I have always wanted to offer as many avenues of computer science and engineering to the students here, and robotics is the first step to achieving that goal. I am very excited to see where the program goes next!
     
    After almost five years here at the school, I can say that I feel like a part of the community. Sure, it may be as the quirky yet well-meaning nerd who you could go to in order to start a Dungeons and Dragons club, but a part of the community nonetheless! When I’m not in the lab, I’m either coaching or playing ultimate. This past summer, I had the opportunity to play and compete with Firefly, a touring mixed masters team. I also enjoy reading and knitting. The students know me as an avid Office fan and may or may not have succeeded getting me off-topic with a Jim versus Dwight debate!
     
    I feel the most successful when a student finally solves a problem they have been having, whether it’s getting their Battleship program to work or having their robot successfully and consistently complete a challenge. I can honestly say that I cannot imagine doing anything else anywhere else. I have truly enjoyed my time teaching and learning with the young people and wonderful faculty and staff here at Balmoral Hall!
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  • Reuniting with a family in Guatemala thanks to an ongoing partnership with Open Windows Foundation (Spring 2018 and Winter 2020).

    SERVICE LEARNING WITH OPEN WINDOWS FOUNDATION CONTINUES IN GUATEMALA

    By Lois McGill, Director of Innovation & Technology

    Every year, Senior School students participate in a service-learning experience. We value the importance of building relationships with the communities we work with before, during, and long after the students return home.
     
    In February 2020, we returned for the fourth time to Open Windows Foundation in San Miguel Dueñas, Guatemala. This foundation fosters self-sufficiency in San Miguel Dueñas by supporting education through programs and scholarships at the learning centre. They also work to improve the living conditions of children and families who face considerable economic challenges by building homes and installing eco-stoves. Balmoral Hall has become very good friends with Open Windows Foundation.
     
    This year, in addition to our project of restoring a preschool building and playground for disadvantaged children, we visited the family who live in the house we helped build in 2018. The house we built is a one-room house (12'x12') for a family of five. What made this build so meaningful is that the family worked alongside all of us. So, accompanied by a translator and with gifts for the family, we made the steep climb back to the house. The mother of the family cried when she found out who we were and shared with us that the house has changed their lives. She couldn't believe that after two years we took the time to visit and that we thought they were important enough to remember. Although the students on the trip this year weren't the ones who helped build the house, they were able to see that the work done on service trips by BH students is having such an impact on the people we work with.

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  • Balmoral Hall School competitors and coaches at Junior Provincial Debating Championships, March 8, 2020.

    JUNIOR PROVINCIAL DEBATING CHAMPIONSHIPS A SUCCESS FOR SCHOOL COMMUNITY

    By Carissa (Nikkel) Balcaen '02, Faculty

    On March 8, 2020, Balmoral Hall School hosted Junior Provincial Debating Championships for Manitoba students in grades 8 and 9. The eight very bold debaters representing Balmoral Hall were Asmara, Katia, Kirsten, Jozi, Chloe, Alyamama, Lily, and Janet. These very knowledgeable individuals committed to practices in preparation for this challenging event, as well as maintaining a specialized knowledge in current events at a local, national, and international level.

    Topics explored in three rounds of impromptu debate included:
    • preferring a world where societal roles are assigned to its citizens;
    • preferring a world where parents choose the gender of their child;
    • regretting the implementation of airport-style security measures at Winnipeg's Millennium Library;
    • requiring major companies to implement recycling and product return/repurpose programs for all their products;
    • police immediately enforcing court orders in the event of future blockades by Indigenous groups over pipelines; and
    • implementing a travel ban during epidemics, like the current Covid-19 epidemic.
     
    Congratulations to all on their performances. We are very proud of you! Katia and Lily have qualified to compete at Junior National Debating Championships, tentatively scheduled to be hosted in Halifax in late May.

    A tournament of this magnitude, with 76 competitors, is successful only with the support of a school community like ours. Thank you to all volunteers!
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  • Girls for the World students invited Winnipeg's Kirby Cote at their International Women's Day celebration. (March 2020)

    BH GIRLS ARE GENERATION EQUALITY

    By Jennifer J. Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    On Friday, Mar. 6, the Balmoral Hall School community gathered in Richardson Hall Athletic Centre for a celebration of International Women’s Day planned entirely by students.

    March 8, International Women’s Day, “is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.” (Source: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/)

    This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is, “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.”

    “The Generation Equality campaign is bringing together people of every gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion and country, to drive actions that will create the gender-equal world we all deserve.

    Together, we want to mobilize to end gender-based violence; we are calling for economic justice and rights for all; bodily autonomy, sexual, and reproductive health and rights; and feminist action for climate justice. We want technology and innovation for gender equality; and feminist leadership.

    Small actions can have big impacts in making this vision a reality. On International Women’s Day, join #GenerationEquality and become part of the movement.” (Source: https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day)

    Grades 9 to 12 students involved in Girls for the World, a Senior School club dedicated to social justice and service learning, organized 2020’s International Women’s Day celebration from start to finish. They invited keynote speaker Kirby Cote to reflect on her experience as a Paralympic gold medallist in swimming. 
    With significant collaboration, Girls for the World coordinated programming along the lines of “unscripted and unstoppable” that involved Junior, Middle, and Senior School classes.

    Highlights included an opening performance from the Belles of Balmoral handbell ensemble, an original song performed by a group of Grade 7 students, a “Monday Motivators” report from Mrs. Thomson’s Kindergarten class, excerpts from Grade 9 students’ upcoming poetry slam, and performance art by Senior School dance students and Mrs. Chochinov’s Grade 3 class. To close, the Middle and Senior School choirs performed the song “Brave” by Sara Bareilles.
     
    To all who participated, whether as performers or engaged audience members, thank you for sharing in this heartfelt celebration of International Women’s Day at Balmoral Hall School.
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  • Grade 8 students with Fran Burr, who gave a career awareness presentation in February 2020.

    CAREER TALK WITH FRAN BURR

    By Jozi, Grade 8

    When I think of farming, I'd usually groan with boredom. I'd think of men wearing oversized overalls, picking tomatoes, and driving their big green tractors. A snooze fest of a job, if you ask someone like me. At least, that's what I thought before my experience with Fran Burr during a Grade 8 career awareness session.

    Fran Burr, an experienced worker in the agri-foods industry, grew up with the city life, without any real exposure to agriculture whatsoever. From a young age, Ms Burr always had a fascination with plants and where our food came from. After high school, she ventured on to University of Manitoba, where she acquired a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. In her work career, Ms Burr has worked in agriculture marketing, communications, agronomy, business leadership, and even started her own consulting business.

    In her presentation, she talked to us about the different sectors of working in agriculture and how it isn't all about the stereotypical farmer. Food production, business, communications, animal care, engineering, science, and finance are all important aspects of agriculture, vital for its survival. As for actual farming, she explained how technologically advanced most farming machines are from self-driving tractors to huge monitors inside grain elevators. You also don't need to have any interest at all in plants or crops in order to work in agriculture. Ms Burr told us that professions such as animal care and communications have nothing to do with plants at all! For animal care, the name pretty much sums itself up. Grain trading or merchandising is the area of agri-business where potential crop-buyers are put in contact with crop-sellers in order to find the best matches.

    Ms Burr's presentation was one that had me fascinated. Who knew that agriculture had such a vast range of jobs, each with a very important and specific role? I sure didn't. Hopefully, you now know something a little more about the agriculture business, as well!
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Balmoral Hall School

630 Westminster Ave. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  R3C 3S1
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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.