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2020

News Archive

  • April

    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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  • March

    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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  • February

    Mrs. Bedford Beesley

    MEET THE FACULTY: MRS. BEDFORD BEESLEY

    I cannot believe I am already in my third year of teaching at Balmoral Hall School. During this time, I have had the most wonderful experiences teaching Middle School voice, Senior School choir, and vocal jazz. Over the past three years, our choirs have enjoyed many performance opportunities, including participating in pop-up concerts, festivals, Arts & Design Exhibitions, and school assemblies and events. I am also the music director for Middle & Senior School musical productions. Together with my colleagues and students, we have produced six shows in three years! I am very proud of our students' commitment and dedication to Balmoral Hall School's performing arts department!

    As I grew up studying voice and piano, I was encouraged by amazing teachers who inspired me to become a music educator. Teaching music has been a passion of mine since I graduated from University of Regina with a Bachelor of Music Education. Over the years, I have continued my studies in music education through University of Regina and University of Manitoba. For 16 years, I taught high school band, jazz band, choir, vocal jazz, musical theatre, and drama in Moose Jaw, Sask. During this time, I also volunteered on music festival committees, mentored music education student-teachers, and continued to perform in choirs and as a vocal soloist.

    In 2015, my family and I moved to Winnipeg from Moose Jaw, and we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of this vibrant community. When I began teaching at Balmoral Hall in 2017, I was very excited to be a part of this incredible school that supports and fosters arts programming and education. I believe that music education is an essential part of a student's learning journey. The lifelong lessons that music education provides are invaluable to our students' growth. I feel inspired and grateful to teach in Benidickson Centre for Arts & Design, where learning opportunities for collaborating, creating, producing, and performing are encouraged and celebrated.

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  • Ms Pawluk

    MEET THE STAFF: MS PAWLUK

    A lifelong passion for storytelling inspired me to build a career telling true stories for social good.

    In addition to a Bachelor of Journalism from University of King's College, I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English from University of Winnipeg. Upon my convocation from University of King's College, I returned to my roots in rural Manitoba to become a community news reporter, photographer, and editor. Pivoting from journalism to public relations, stories are my through line.

    Stories are an expression of values. We tell stories to share our values with others. Shared values inspire us to build relationships, to form communities, and to effect change.

    Education is a cause I support wholeheartedly. As a feminist, girls' education is especially important to me. Balmoral Hall School not only encourages but expects girls to speak their minds. I am here to listen. In the role of Communications Specialist, I collaborate with students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumnae to model a culture of storytelling.

    Meaningful conversations engage a mission-driven community like ours. As I curate content for various means of communication, including Balmoral Hall School's website, It's Thursday, our weekly school e-newsletter, and The Portal, our annual alumnae magazine, I consider how we inspire girls' imagination and the courage to excel, to reach, to lead, to care. As organizational listening is the cornerstone of public relations strategy, I do my best to foster authentic collaboration by actively listening to you, the Balmoral Hall School community. "Seek first to understand, then to be understood." Timeless advice from Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

    I welcome opportunities to create understanding, trust, and support by empowering you to tell your stories.

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  • Mr. Paterson

    MEET THE FACULTY: MR. PATERSON

    Currently, I teach Grade 4 at Balmoral Hall School. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from University of Manitoba, worked with children with autism through St. Amant Centre, then pursued my Bachelor of Education at University of British Columbia in The Kootenays. I am currently pursuing my Master of Education through University of Calgary.
     
    After teaching a multi-age Kindergarten to Grade 3 class in Meadow Creek, B.C., I ventured overseas to teach at an offshore British Columbian school in Shanghai, China. While spending six years teaching various elementary grades and gaining valuable administration experience through Shanghai United International School, I discovered my passion for inquiry-based education. I spent last year teaching Grade 4 in West Vancouver at Mulgrave International School before finally returning to my hometown of Winnipeg. I feel fortunate to be teaching in Junior School at Balmoral Hall and am inspired to motivate students to meet their goals and fulfil their potential.
     
    I am excited about the enhancements made to International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme that focus on student agency (voice, choice, and ownership). Tapping into a student's interests and providing open-ended assignments help students to develop a love of learning. I am a certified Philosophy for Children facilitator and run philosophical discussions in my classroom that are guided by student inquiry.
     
    We expanded our family on July 4, 2019, with our first born, Mack, who can be seen frequenting Ms Whiklo's Grade 3 classroom as their Roots of Empathy baby. I am an avid Blue Bombers and Jets fan who enjoys hockey, fishing, skiing, cooking, travelling, and eating cheese.
     
    I look forward to meeting you!

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  • January

    Ms Osborne (January 2020)

    MEET THE FACULTY: MS OSBORNE

    They say variety is the spice of life, and this is what I have enjoyed most about my time at Balmoral Hall! Through my 15 years working at the school, I have worked as a classroom teacher in several different Junior School grades, then moved into Middle School as their information and communications technology (ICT) teacher while maintaining my Junior School connections as their technology integration coach. A couple of years ago, we added Grade 9 Venture Development to my portfolio, along with professional learning group (PLG) leadership.

    Last fall, I moved into Benidickson Centre for Arts & Design and am now incorporating all the fabulous new technology in the design lab into my classes. It is amazing to see the girls embrace the new tools they have to work with and to watch them create! I love to learn and so have enjoyed all the new challenges I have been able to undertake.

    Inquiry-based learning and design thinking have always been the golden thread of my teaching career, and I have enjoyed intertwining these in every area I have worked in.

    I followed my heart to Winnipeg from Scotland in 2003, having gained my Master of Arts at University of St Andrews and then teaching English in Japan, where I met my Winnipegger husband. I completed my Bachelor of Education at University of Manitoba and began teaching at Balmoral Hall School soon after. In 2018, I completed my Master's in Social Foundations of Education. Now, we are joyfully watching our daughter thrive in Kindergarten here at Balmoral Hall. I am looking forward to continuing to watch her grow as I welcome new challenges ahead.

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  • Ms Zhang

    MEET THE STAFF: MS ZHANG


    Luck knocked on my door in 2018 as Balmoral Hall School gave me the opportunity to work first as an advancement administrative assistant and then as a philanthropy & admissions specialist.

    I am grateful that I can work in a caring learning environment here in Canada. I graduated from a Chinese university with a Bachelor of Arts and became a high school teacher in my hometown. There, I found my passion for education, and so I decided to further study it. In Australia, I obtained my Master of Education from University of New South Wales. I also lived in France for two years to learn French and discovered more about different cultures. As an administrative employee, student advisor, and teacher at a Chinese university, I learned more about the concerns of students and parents. Now, at Balmoral Hall School, I help parents and also students when they want to know more about philanthropy and admissions.
     
    I believe in all-girls education. Every day, the girls waving their hands and smiling at me make me feel so happy to be here. I see girls having more opportunities here, and they are educated to be bold here.

    I am looking forward to when my daughter will begin her learning journey here at Balmoral Hall School this September!
     
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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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  • 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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  • Image Credit: Cienpiesnf, Adobe Stock

    EMBRACING THE EXTRAORDINARY

    By Jennifer J. Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    One month ago, on April 6, 2020, we resumed classes following spring break, but we didn't return to school as expected. The past four weeks have seen Balmoral Hall School pivot to a fully remote learning environment thanks to a variety of online educational experiences with Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Seesaw, YouTube, and other distance education tools. To paraphrase an unexpectedly apt Balmoral Hall slogan, we see ourselves like never before!
     
    We keep surprising ourselves and each other with curiosity, creativity, innovation, resilience, and grit. On April 8, we celebrated International Day of Pink virtually, as students shared their photos via social media. On April 18, we broadcasted the first episode of our employee-produced podcast, What Makes You Say That? On April 20, we invited our school community and friends to find inspiration in our all-new remote learning hub. On April 22, we celebrated Earth Day virtually with a variety of outdoor learning activities worldwide. On April 23, we launched a community business directory to support small business owners with connections to Balmoral Hall School. On April 29, we asked the BH family to support our efforts to protect frontline workers by making reusable face shields right here in Benidickson Centre for Arts & Design.
     
    We also began hosting a series of virtual events with topics ranging from yoga to haircuts so far. School tours and interviews with prospective families are happening exclusively online. With applications for financial aid reaching an all-time high, a generous family has offered to match all donations made to a new emergency relief fund up to $50,000. 
     
    And all this is just happening behind the scenes while teachers and students engage in the process of remote learning day by day! Those of us who are not directly involved in our virtual classrooms are continually awestruck by your enthusiasm, your dedication, and your inventiveness. You all surely deserve a restful long weekend in a week's time.
     
    I cannot wait to see what the next month brings, however unusual it may be, because I get the impression that it will be as amazing as ever.

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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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  • Alice, Simrat, Kerry, and Matheson, finalists in CBC Manitoba's

    STUDENTS SPEAK UP FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE AS FINALISTS IN VIDEO CONTEST

    By Chloë McComb, Faculty

    Presented with an opportunity from CBC Manitoba to create a video to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change on human rights, our globally minded, empowered BH girls were keen to participate.

    Alice, Simrit, Kerry, and Matheson teamed up to represent Balmoral Hall School and submitted a three-minute video {click here to watch} to CBC Manitoba's "Take 3 for Climate Justice" challenge; we were thrilled when CBC Manitoba announced that our video was selected as one of three grand prize winners with entries from 66 schools across the province.

    Our team will represent Balmoral Hall at an upcoming climate change event at Canadian Museum for Human Rights, where they will connect with other youth activists and meet Bill Nye The Science Guy.

    As contest winners, our team's video will be shown at the event, and we will have the opportunity to work with Bill Nye and learn more about environmental advocacy.
     
    "Many small acts when multiplied by thousands, millions, 7.7 billion and counting can transform the world. Please act now! Let's work together to make that transformation a positive one."
     
    That's the message our young environmentalists wholeheartedly shared in their video {click here to watch} and on CBC Manitoba's Information Radio with Host Marcy Markusa, February 27, 2020.

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  • Mrs. Bedford Beesley

    MEET THE FACULTY: MRS. BEDFORD BEESLEY

    I cannot believe I am already in my third year of teaching at Balmoral Hall School. During this time, I have had the most wonderful experiences teaching Middle School voice, Senior School choir, and vocal jazz. Over the past three years, our choirs have enjoyed many performance opportunities, including participating in pop-up concerts, festivals, Arts & Design Exhibitions, and school assemblies and events. I am also the music director for Middle & Senior School musical productions. Together with my colleagues and students, we have produced six shows in three years! I am very proud of our students' commitment and dedication to Balmoral Hall School's performing arts department!

    As I grew up studying voice and piano, I was encouraged by amazing teachers who inspired me to become a music educator. Teaching music has been a passion of mine since I graduated from University of Regina with a Bachelor of Music Education. Over the years, I have continued my studies in music education through University of Regina and University of Manitoba. For 16 years, I taught high school band, jazz band, choir, vocal jazz, musical theatre, and drama in Moose Jaw, Sask. During this time, I also volunteered on music festival committees, mentored music education student-teachers, and continued to perform in choirs and as a vocal soloist.

    In 2015, my family and I moved to Winnipeg from Moose Jaw, and we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of this vibrant community. When I began teaching at Balmoral Hall in 2017, I was very excited to be a part of this incredible school that supports and fosters arts programming and education. I believe that music education is an essential part of a student's learning journey. The lifelong lessons that music education provides are invaluable to our students' growth. I feel inspired and grateful to teach in Benidickson Centre for Arts & Design, where learning opportunities for collaborating, creating, producing, and performing are encouraged and celebrated.

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  • Junior Douglas Campbell Public Speaking competitors from Balmoral Hall School. (February 2020)

    CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL JUNIOR DOUGLAS CAMPBELL PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITORS

    By Carissa (Nikkel) Balcaen '02, Faculty

    What do the triangle of death, "I Know All" epidemic, death of reading, "sharenting," circuses, death of orcas due to a pipeline, education in Equatorial Guinea, and child and family services all have in common? These were the topics for persuasive speeches presented by Balmoral Hall students in Sunday's Junior Douglas Campbell Public Speaking Competition at Gray Academy. Our students employed the persuasive techniques of ethos, pathos, and logos in combination with detailed research and creative writing to convince the audience that there is a problem to be solved with an inventive plausible solution to reduce the impact of growing concern. Next, the challengers switched directions and displayed their ability to craft a five-minute speech, with only two minutes of preparation time, about topics including random words, phrases, and ideas in the impromptu speaking category. After four rounds of incredibly challenging competition, our students should be congratulated for their willingness to engage in speaking wittily, creatively, and critically in a public forum; an act that causes a particular type of anxiety called glossophobia in 73% of the population, according to Institute of Mental Health. Next time you are challenged to step out of your comfort zone, look to the junior public speaking team from Balmoral Hall School for advice!
     
    Our competitors were Asmara, Megan, Katia, Anneliese, Emma, Raghed, and Janet, along with top competitor for Balmoral Hall School, Jozi, who will represent Manitoba at Junior High Speech Nationals in Vancouver, B.C.
     
    Special thanks to the parents of our competitors, Debate Prefect Lindsay Cogan, and Head Girl Lauren Burns for volunteering as judges on February 23, 2020.

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  • Middle School students received an award at the the FIRST LEGO League robotics tournament. (January 2020)

    JOIN OUR AWARD-WINNING MIDDLE SCHOOL ROBOTICS PROGRAM

    By Janet & Claire, Grade 8

    A few weeks ago, a Middle School robotics team consisting of Janet, Jozi, Grace, Claire, Asmara, and Reagan had the opportunity to participate in the FIRST LEGO League robotics tournament in Edmonton, Alta. On January 30, 2020, the day before the competition, we all hopped on a plane and travelled to Edmonton. We spent the day preparing and unpacking, and everyone was feeling a little nervous. When it was time to compete the next day, we were ready with our black pants and super cool team shirts for a day full of robots!

    We gave three technical presentations before the actual robotics competition, including our research innovation project. We had a lot of fun presenting a skit we had prepared for this project, and, with guidance from our coach Mrs. LaPage, we were quite successful in this category. The next thing we knew, we were heading to the gym for the robot games. The room was crowded, and there were strobe lights and pop music and many cheering fans! We competed against several teams and had three successful rounds of robot games. In these rounds, our robot had to complete an assortment of challenges while avoiding many obstacles. We were challenged with having to properly code our robots to perform various tasks, and, while we ended up running into some challenges along the way, we still placed well in this portion of the tournament and learned a lot during the process. Thanks to Reagan and Grace, our pit crew, we ended up in the top half of all competitors! As if our day wasn't great enough, we received an award for our research innovation project!
     
    During the weekend, we also had the opportunity to visit an escape room as a team, and, of course, do some shopping at the mall. We had a wonderful few days learning a lot while creating memories. We gained a lot of experience in public speaking, problem-solving, designing and programming robots, and team building. We really want to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. LaPage for her dedication to our team, giving up many of her weekends to help us! 
     
    While the competition is over, robotics hasn't ended! There is a club for students in Middle School who are interested in learning more about designing and programming their own robots. This club runs on Mondays from 3:25 – 5 p.m. until the Victoria Day weekend. Interested students can speak to Coach Elizabeth LaPage to learn more about participating.

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  • Ms Pawluk

    MEET THE STAFF: MS PAWLUK

    A lifelong passion for storytelling inspired me to build a career telling true stories for social good.

    In addition to a Bachelor of Journalism from University of King's College, I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English from University of Winnipeg. Upon my convocation from University of King's College, I returned to my roots in rural Manitoba to become a community news reporter, photographer, and editor. Pivoting from journalism to public relations, stories are my through line.

    Stories are an expression of values. We tell stories to share our values with others. Shared values inspire us to build relationships, to form communities, and to effect change.

    Education is a cause I support wholeheartedly. As a feminist, girls' education is especially important to me. Balmoral Hall School not only encourages but expects girls to speak their minds. I am here to listen. In the role of Communications Specialist, I collaborate with students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumnae to model a culture of storytelling.

    Meaningful conversations engage a mission-driven community like ours. As I curate content for various means of communication, including Balmoral Hall School's website, It's Thursday, our weekly school e-newsletter, and The Portal, our annual alumnae magazine, I consider how we inspire girls' imagination and the courage to excel, to reach, to lead, to care. As organizational listening is the cornerstone of public relations strategy, I do my best to foster authentic collaboration by actively listening to you, the Balmoral Hall School community. "Seek first to understand, then to be understood." Timeless advice from Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

    I welcome opportunities to create understanding, trust, and support by empowering you to tell your stories.

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  • Lauren & Breanna at Angus Reid Cross-Examination Tournament (February 2020)

    A TEST OF CROSS-EXAMINATION SKILLS

    By Breanna, Grade 10

    On February 12, 2020, Lauren and I participated in the Angus Reid cross-examination tournament at St. Paul's High School. We have both attended Balmoral Hall since Junior School, and we have learned many debate techniques and styles during our journey through the debate and public speaking program. After learning about cross-examination style in term one, we identified this tournament as a great opportunity to put our skills to the test and gain experience in our first formal debate tournament.
     
    The topic of the tournament was: "Be it resolved that Canada should invest in nuclear energy." We began preparing for this tournament the same way we had for Canadian parliamentary debates in the past; we defined the resolution, established our points, and decided our positions. We had approximately two weeks to build our constructive case and develop a full understanding of what investing in nuclear energy meant for the people, communities, and government of Canada. The main difference between cross-examination and Canadian parliamentary style is that at the end of every constructive speech, you are questioned for three minutes by an opposing team member. It sounds intimidating, and it was challenging; however, our classes with Mrs. Balcaen in term one fully prepared us for this experience.
     
    For our first formal tournament, I am very proud of how Lauren and I debated. We gained an extensive amount of experience that requires you to extend your knowledge beyond that gained in class. I encourage anyone interested in public speaking or debate to give it a try. There are so many styles and opportunities in the program that can provide you with fundamental presentation skills, and it's all available right here at Balmoral Hall.
     
    Coach's note: Congratulations to Lauren and Breanna for embracing the opportunity to compete in this niche style of debate. Lauren was also the recipient of the award for 9th overall individual speaker.

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  • Mr. Paterson

    MEET THE FACULTY: MR. PATERSON

    Currently, I teach Grade 4 at Balmoral Hall School. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from University of Manitoba, worked with children with autism through St. Amant Centre, then pursued my Bachelor of Education at University of British Columbia in The Kootenays. I am currently pursuing my Master of Education through University of Calgary.
     
    After teaching a multi-age Kindergarten to Grade 3 class in Meadow Creek, B.C., I ventured overseas to teach at an offshore British Columbian school in Shanghai, China. While spending six years teaching various elementary grades and gaining valuable administration experience through Shanghai United International School, I discovered my passion for inquiry-based education. I spent last year teaching Grade 4 in West Vancouver at Mulgrave International School before finally returning to my hometown of Winnipeg. I feel fortunate to be teaching in Junior School at Balmoral Hall and am inspired to motivate students to meet their goals and fulfil their potential.
     
    I am excited about the enhancements made to International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme that focus on student agency (voice, choice, and ownership). Tapping into a student's interests and providing open-ended assignments help students to develop a love of learning. I am a certified Philosophy for Children facilitator and run philosophical discussions in my classroom that are guided by student inquiry.
     
    We expanded our family on July 4, 2019, with our first born, Mack, who can be seen frequenting Ms Whiklo's Grade 3 classroom as their Roots of Empathy baby. I am an avid Blue Bombers and Jets fan who enjoys hockey, fishing, skiing, cooking, travelling, and eating cheese.
     
    I look forward to meeting you!

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  • Balmoral Hall School's 2020 CLS Research Team (from left): Cassy, Amanda, Bonnie, Alice, Irina, Alyssa, Dr. Mitchler, Mr. Gelley, and Sue.

    SCIENCE RESEARCH TEAM VISITS CANADIAN LIGHT SOURCE

    By Irina, Grade 12

    In late January, Bonnie, Alyssa, Alice, Dr. Mitchler, Mr. Gelley, and I visited Saskatoon, Sask. to use the synchrotron at Canadian Light Source (CLS). With Munroop Bhandal, the five of us have been researching and testing for the bioaccumulation of various elements in flax plants over the past two years as a part of the Students on the Beamline projects. In September 2018, toxic amounts of lead and zinc had been detected in soils in St. Boniface. As our community is very close St. Boniface, we decided to investigate phytoremediation, which is the ability of plants to take toxins out of their surrounding environment using flax as it is both a primary crop and can absorb high amounts of lead and zinc. After years of Skyping, we finally met our CLS contact, Amanda Pfeiffer, and our mentors Cassy Appelt and Sue Koziel in real life!
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  • Ms Osborne (January 2020)

    MEET THE FACULTY: MS OSBORNE

    They say variety is the spice of life, and this is what I have enjoyed most about my time at Balmoral Hall! Through my 15 years working at the school, I have worked as a classroom teacher in several different Junior School grades, then moved into Middle School as their information and communications technology (ICT) teacher while maintaining my Junior School connections as their technology integration coach. A couple of years ago, we added Grade 9 Venture Development to my portfolio, along with professional learning group (PLG) leadership.

    Last fall, I moved into Benidickson Centre for Arts & Design and am now incorporating all the fabulous new technology in the design lab into my classes. It is amazing to see the girls embrace the new tools they have to work with and to watch them create! I love to learn and so have enjoyed all the new challenges I have been able to undertake.

    Inquiry-based learning and design thinking have always been the golden thread of my teaching career, and I have enjoyed intertwining these in every area I have worked in.

    I followed my heart to Winnipeg from Scotland in 2003, having gained my Master of Arts at University of St Andrews and then teaching English in Japan, where I met my Winnipegger husband. I completed my Bachelor of Education at University of Manitoba and began teaching at Balmoral Hall School soon after. In 2018, I completed my Master's in Social Foundations of Education. Now, we are joyfully watching our daughter thrive in Kindergarten here at Balmoral Hall. I am looking forward to continuing to watch her grow as I welcome new challenges ahead.

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Balmoral Hall School

630 Westminster Ave. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  R3C 3S1
Tel: (204) 784-1600 | Fax: (204) 774-5534 | info@balmoralhall.ca
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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.