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  • May

    Grade 3 students at FortWhyte Alive (April 2019)


    By Elsebeth Kriening, BHPA Communications Chair

    On April 25, 2019, Balmoral Hall Parent Association (BHPA) was fortunate to listen to a presentation by Grade 3 Teacher Emily (Quinton) Mitchell '11. Emily shared how Balmoral Hall School's grades 3 to 5 educators have leveraged the resources available at FortWhyte Alive to create authentic learning experiences for their students.

    Emily began by showing attendees some photos of Grade 5 students from their fall experiential days, which focused on a weather unit, as well as photos from their recent spring experiential day. The focus of the latter changes from year to year, depending on the topic of May's Grade 5 Exhibition, and this year they explored environmental sustainability.

    As part of an energy unit, Grade 4 students created musical instruments out of items in the FortWhyte forest, with the goal of mimicking sounds heard in nature. Emily stated that she is consistently amazed by what our girls come up with. In the winter, the Grade 4s gain a practical understanding of different aspects of the rock cycle using water, snow, and ice. This helps them make several connections within a rocky landscape unit. By spring, they are studying the circle of life, a unit which focuses on birds. As FortWhyte is home to 160 different species, our Grade 4s make multiple visits. Their latest trips were particularly exciting. On the first day, the girls made nests for various biomes; small ones were placed in trees and larger ones on the ground. When they returned the next day, there were geese using one of their nests in the field!
    In Grade 3, our girls go to FortWhyte Alive five times: twice in the fall, and three times in the spring.

    The first visits focus on education within a home sweet home unit, with an emphasis on Indigenous perspectives. Students spend time in a teepee, listening to Indigenous stories, learning about the Seven Sacred Teachings, and playing Indigenous games. Emily shared how impactful it is for our girls to have this experience – how it deepens their understanding of how teepees are made, why different ones are built in various parts of Canada, and what the etiquette is for entering and walking inside them. They also go to see FortWhyte's bison, an animal that is sacred and respected by Indigenous peoples. Another highlight is free time in the forest, during which students can explore, play games, and pick up items that they have questions about.

    By April, the Grade 3s are immersed in a unit in which plants and soils figure prominently. During a trip to FortWhyte Alive in early April, our girls went on a nature walk to look for signs of insects, made insect homes, and went critter-dipping. They learned about various trees growing on the property and how they adapt to changing seasons. Aspens, for example, create a white powder that is a natural sunscreen. Students were also invited to try tree coring to see how old some of the specimens in the FortWhyte forest are.

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  • March

    Dr. S. Trepel at Balmoral Hall School, February 21, 2019


    By Elsebeth Kriening, BHPA Communications Chair

    February 21, 2019, Balmoral Hall Parent Association (BHPA) welcomed Dr. Simon Trepel, MD, FRCPC, to our school. Dr. Trepel is an expert on social media, smartphone, and video game addiction amongst children and teens.

    In the 1980s and 1990s, young people were outside for about 18 hours a week. Today, kids interact with nature less than seven hours per week. Many of them prefer being on a screen to any other activity. Some have three devices going at the same time! In 2005, the average age of exposure was 4 years old; by 2013, it was 4 months. A study conducted in 2016 determined that 92% of 1-year-olds had used a mobile device. Nowadays, 50–60% of 4-year-olds have a TV in their bedroom and own a tablet or a mobile device. Teens send 30–100 texts for at least one hour daily. The majority of North American youth spend more time on screens than sleeping, eating, going to school, or spending time with family and friends. Is there anything parents can do to reverse this trend? Or, is this "progress"?

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  • International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition, November 2019


    Carissa (Nikkel) Balcaen '02, Faculty

    After seven weeks of incredibly hard work on the part of Lindsay C., Carrington D., and Irina Z., the results are in following the lengthy and extremely challenging International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition (IISPSC) held in Boston, Mass. from October 31 to November 3, 2019.

    The trip included a significant amount of stressful competition, as well as many opportunities for learning and networking along the way.

    We explored art and history at the Museum of Fine Arts, visited the MIT Museum housing the original robots that continue to inspire others in the field of robotics today, viewed an art installation called "The Polaroid Project" at MIT, stood at the site of the Boston Massacre (March 5, 1770), received a history lesson at the church used for the meeting just prior to the Boston Tea Party public burning of all the tea in port, toured Harvard University, and even took in a Boston Bruins game.

    Congratulations to the Balmoral Hall team, placing 9th overall! Carrington received the Phil Hansen Award for the competitor who best embodied the spirit of the tournament. Lindsay was recognized as the 3rd-place individual speaker in the tournament and has been chosen to represent Canada at the World Individual Debate & Public Speaking Championships in Shanghai a few months from now.

    Congratulations, girls, and well done!

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  • Junior Competitive Debate Team, October 2019


    By Carissa (Nikkel) Balcaen '02, Faculty

    Once again, our debate team delivered phenomenal addresses at a junior debate tournament at St. Paul's on October 23, 2019. The team built debate cases for why e-cigarettes and vaping devices should or should not be banned in Canada. This current concern within our society was analyzed for both its harms and benefits from the perspectives of users, their families, sellers, producers, doctors, the environment, the government, the law, and historical decisions when legalizing or banning other potentially harmful substances. Together, the team worked to build assertions, explain their reasoning, locate evidence, and provide impact analysis for each of the arguments they created. With the inclusion of four competing teams and possible alternates, our debate team is growing in numbers.
    Congratulations to all the novice debaters, including Rana E., Elizabeth A., Alexa O., Cecilia D.C., Ayla N., Raghed R., Shireen M., Chloe C., and alternates Noor T., Zara M., and Emma H.

    In the open debate category, including students in grades 8 and 9, all our debaters were recognized with medals for both their individual and team performances.

    Individual Results:
    • Anna D., 5th
    • Asmara A.I., 3rd
    • Jozi O., 2nd
    • Katia D.W., 1st
    Team Results:
    • Anna D. & Janet V., 4th
    • Isra E. & Katia D.W., 2nd
    • Asmara A.I. & Jozi O., 1st
    Congratulations to all members of the Junior Competitive debate team!
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    From Joanne Kamins, Head of School
    Dear Parents,
    Since the spring months, we have been in regular contact with City of Winnipeg officials as well as Winnipeg Police Service to voice our concerns about the conditions of a homeless encampment located along the riverbank beyond the perimeter fence surrounding school grounds.
    The Balmoral Hall School Board of Governors met with Councillor Sherri Rollins on October 9, 2019, and we were assured that the City would make the site's cleanup a priority. Unfortunately, damage from the winter storm that occurred Thanksgiving weekend, including rising river levels, has delayed these efforts. We have been reassured by the City that cleanup remains a priority. These conversations are ongoing.
    Student safety is always our primary concern at Balmoral Hall School. Our security measures have been developed according to best practices with expert advice. Presently, 50 cameras monitor our campus 24/7, with professional security personnel monitoring these live feeds on-site. Foot patrols are conducted at intervals day and night. For some time now, the children have not been authorized to use the riverside campus areas until the encampment conditions have been addressed by the City. Whenever students are on school grounds outdoors, they are supervised by employees.
    We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.
    We hope that our efforts, combined with those of members of the public who voice their concerns, regarding such unsafe conditions will prompt the City to take immediate action.
    Joanne Kamins
    Head of School
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  • Ms Braun


    I have a deep connection with independent schools, having had the experience of attending an independent boarding school from grades 10 to 12. Living in boarding was an amazing part of my personal development, allowing me to develop independence and a great love for independent schools.

    When MCI, an independent religious school in rural Manitoba, sought boarding staff, I had the opportunity to support students in a boarding setting as they pursued their educational goals. After three years, I accepted the role of recruitment director, working together with community stakeholders to build the profile and possibilities of the school. A move to Winnipeg would be the catalyst that set me on my current path as I developed skills and gained experience in administration as a collaborative manager.

    After five years supporting the CEO and board chair of a mid-sized Canadian construction company, I was promoted to manage the administrative team. I developed a deep understanding of the importance of being a supportive manager, working with my team to accomplish individual and team goals. I enthusiastically advocated for and promoted administrators within and out of the administrative ranks. Completing my studies in communications, I took on the role of internal communications on behalf of the CEO and board and worked to develop social media and crisis communications planning.

    My biggest motivators are building collaborative teams, streamlining processes that support organizational goals, and communicating change. In 2017, while working for a local design-build company, I began to feel a calling to move back towards my roots. I began to wonder, “Would I still love helping families make the important decision of attending an independent school?”

    Well, as I discovered in my first weeks at Balmoral Hall in August 2017, yes, I would. A great decision for me personally and professionally, I linked all of my skills and loves into one role: Associate Director of Admissions. Whether through celebrating and promoting administrators in the construction industry or supporting the team at Balmoral Hall, I have been and continue to be a proud and passionate advocate of young women. The importance of all-girls education has never been greater as we continue to advocate for equality to level the playing field in education and career advancement. It is my great honour to work with a team that believes in the advantage of girls' schools in fostering academic engagement, self-confidence, and community involvement with a broad world view.
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  • Girls for the Cure (October 2019)


    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist
    Established in 2001, Girls for the Cure occurs annually during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, encouraging support for women living with cancer. Students, staff, and alumnae of Balmoral Hall School, along with their families, have committed to this cause wholeheartedly throughout its 19-year history, raising more than $440,000 for CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.

    On October 10, 2019, despite the incoming winter storm, participants dressed in pink convened in Richardson Hall Athletic Centre, departed on a brisk community walk to Armstrong's Point, and then returned to campus for hot chocolate before the cheque presentation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. We would like to thank Chemo Savvy, Mulvey School, Quintex Services, and Dana Hospitality for their continued support of Girls for the Cure year after year. Over the past two years, the school community has raised $30,000 in support of the annual Guardian Angel Benefit for Women’s Cancer, at which Balmoral Hall School received The Great-West Life Award of Distinction last year.

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  • Junior Debate Team, British Parliamentary Qualifiers (October 2019)


    By Carissa (Nikkel) Balcaen '02, Faculty

    Students have completed the first two debate tournaments of the school year, both in the British parliamentary style. Both our Senior and Junior teams performed well and were resilient while competing in this very challenging impromptu form of debate. In this style, there are two proposition and two opposition teams, all competing in the same room; however, each team prepares independently. Think of this as a coalition where two political parties support a policy, but refuse to work together on a permanent basis and form one political party.
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  • Ms Whiklo


    I graduated with a Bachelor of Education from University of Manitoba in 2011. Post-graduation, I worked as a substitute teacher in various schools in and around Winnipeg. It was during this time that I found myself gravitating towards the inspiring but challenging Junior School age group. An opportunity presented itself to teach in an international school in Shanghai, where I taught Grade 2 for three years to a multicultural group of international students. On my return to Winnipeg earlier this year, I was delighted to join the faculty at Balmoral Hall School, where I hope to continue my successful educational fostering of this particular age group.

    I grew up in Winnipeg but have enjoyed travelling widely around the world, gaining a varied experience and meeting people of many cultures. It is this global and inclusive perspective that I bring to my teaching in the classroom. I appreciate the value of introducing science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) concepts to girls at a young age.

    I am a motivated, enthusiastic, and involved educator who understands that all children are different, and I tailor my approach to each individual student to allow them to grow.

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  • Mr. Zimmerman


    My journey as an educator began at Assiniboine Park Zoo, presenting general public and school group programming for the education department. I continued my passion for wildlife education as an education manager at Kansas City Zoo, where I was responsible for all on-site programming. My zoology career lasted for almost 20 years before arriving at Balmoral Hall School in 2003, where I spent the next five years teaching Grade 4.

    I then moved to Middle School, where I taught grades 6 to 8 science, as well as Grade 10 digital photography. With the completion of our new Centre for Arts & Design, I have recently moved into the exciting role of Design & STEAM Coach, supporting Junior School faculty in their science programming and design thinking initiatives.
    In 2012, in addition to my time spent as a classroom teacher, I helped initiate what has become an annual Grade 9 experiential learning opportunity to study the polar bears in Churchill, Man. This trip, filled with unique northern experiences, deepens students' understanding of this fragile environment and appreciation for how people survive in such a harsh climate. My knowledge of photography and science has also allowed our students to become involved in whisker printing and body conditioning research programs, which use photographs to track and analyze the health of polar bears.
    I look forward to all the exciting opportunities that my new role will bring as I continue working with the incredible staff and students at Balmoral Hall School. No matter what I teach, watching students explore and solve problems that they never thought possible is why I became, and continue to be, a teacher.

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  • Kindergarten students' clay turtles, September 2019


    By Arda Thomson, Kindergarten Teacher

    This year in Junior School we aligned the International Baccalaureate (IB) attributes with the Seven Sacred Teachings. For the month of September, we learned about truth, represented by a turtle. We read several books about truth and discussed how it connects with the IB attribute, principled.

    On September 23, the Kindergarten classes had the fantastic opportunity to work with Stephanie Middagh, creative director and studio owner of Artful Owl. She showed the girls how to make clay turtles. Once the turtles are fired, the girls will decorate them and keep them as reminders to be truthful and to do the right thing, always. It was an amazing morning of fun and creativity! A big thank you to Ms Middagh for such a great opportunity.

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  • Minaki Yurt Adventures, September 2019


    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    Many thanks to Middle School faculty for mentoring their students throughout a truly exceptional week of experiential learning, September 16–20, 2019.

    Grade 6 began Experiential Learning Week with the exploration of Saint-Boniface Museum, touring the cathedral, cemetery, and other important landmarks nearby, later participating in activities based on "life in the settlement," such as washing clothes by hand, carrying water with a yoke, building a model of the Red River cart, and carding wool. Grade 6 spent the next two days visiting Manitoba's Legislative Building, with an emphasis on expanding their knowledge of Canada's system of government, followed by an excursion to Oak Hammock Marsh, which highlighted biodiversity.

    Grade 7, meanwhile, remained on-campus to start Experiential Learning Week, making the Centre for Arts & Design their base for workshops in 3-D modelling, dance, and the study of energy. They, like Grade 6, spent a day at Oak Hammock Marsh, although their itinerary included geocaching. They also learned about rock identification at Manitoba Museum, and they worked together on a design challenge at Art City.

    Grade 8 concentrated on community service for much of Experiential Learning Week, making 100 turkey sandwiches and delivering them to West Broadway Community Ministry, where they learned about homelessness and food insecurity issues in Winnipeg. Next, they made medicine pouches with an Indigenous art educator. After that, they made muffins and scarves for delivery to St. Luke’s in Osborne Village to help with the church’s hospitality program.

    Experiential Learning Week concluded with an emphasis on outdoor education as Middle School went camping: Grade 6 to Camp Arnes; Grade 7 to Minaki Yurt Adventures; and Grade 8 to Camp Brereton.

    Students deepened lasting friendships on these outings.

    Parents, view photos from Middle School’s Experiential Learning Week via Vidigami, noting that you will be required to sign in.

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  • BH Blazers visit Ruby, August 2019


    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    It is a rare and special occasion for female student-athletes to meet a trailblazing woman who broke barriers in her sport.

    A rarer still and even more special occasion is for the age difference between those generations to span 90 years.

    Last week, the Balmoral Hall Blazers took a break from pre-season training to visit a local long-term care centre. There, they met Ruby, who played on the first women's hockey team in Winnipeg in 1930. At age 107, Ruby has many stories to tell about what it was like to be a goaltender so long ago, with catalogues in place of padding. She recalled some of the challenges she faced on and off the ice. With laughter and a few tears, the girls expressed genuine admiration and respect. It was a deeply moving experience for all, shared Sarah Zacharias '08, Director of Hockey at Balmoral Hall School.

    Our mission is inspiring the imagination and courage to excel, to reach, to lead, to care.

    "While their academic and athletic abilities are evidence of how these student-athletes are excelling, reaching, and leading, moments like this one indicate their ability to care," says Head of School Joanne Kamins.

    "How proud am I to lead a school where girls have the opportunity to bring joy to an elder with true compassion and kinship."
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  • Most Likely to Succeed


    Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of
    conventional education methods in today's innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to
    transform learning as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about "school" will never be the same.

    Free for a limited time, add Most Likely to Succeed to your streaming playlist this summer via this link.
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  • Junior School Closing Exercises 2019


    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    The Mathematics Contest Centre prepares some of the top mathematics competitions in North America. Students at Balmoral Hall participate in these competitions annually. Congratulations to Celina Ghosh, who achieved the highest score in Manitoba in the Thales (Grade 3) contest! Celina accepted her medal at Junior School Closing Exercises on June 20, 2019. Additionally, she will receive a certificate and/or ribbon in the mail. Much credit is given to all BH students who demonstrated their learning in the form of a mathematics contest this past year. Well done, everyone!

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  • Junior School STEAM Festival 2019


    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    "All-girls learning environments champion the educational needs of girls as a group currently underrepresented in STEM majors and careers," reports National Coalition of Girls' Schools. Through the arts, students at Balmoral Hall School develop a lifelong love of learning built upon curiosity, creativity, resiliency, and innovation. Such was the experience of Kindergarten to Grade 5 students at a recent exposition of inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking: The STEAM Festival.

    Featuring a variety of stations from hands-on experiments to expert demonstrations, the event has become an annual tradition in Junior School. With the theme, "Rock The World," the 2019 festival highlighted earth science and geology. Thank you to the staff, students, parents, alumnae, and friends who volunteered their time and expertise on a sunny afternoon, June 14. Without support from our school community year after year, this spectacular event would not be possible. The Centre for Arts & Design has been built thanks to that support, as well.

    We simply can't express how excited we are to open the doors this fall!

    Students' passion for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) will bring this inspiring new facility to life in ways we have yet to imagine.

    Until then, have a wonderful summer break!

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  • Kendall & Lily at Junior Debate National Championships 2019


    By Lily Rich, Grade 8

    From May 23–26, 2019, Kendall Barnes and I attended Junior National Debate Championships in Montreal.

    It was our first time attending an event like this, and it was truly one of the coolest experiences we have ever had. On the first day, the tournament organizers planned an expedition around Old Montreal. From old churches to cobblestone streets, there is a certain kind of charm to the historic neighbourhood.

    That night, the debating began with the resolution: "This House believes that provincial governments in Canada should have full authority over environmental legislation." It went well with lots of passionate speaking and good critiques. On the second day, we faced four rounds of impromptu debate. The first two rounds were interesting; we could really tell that this was Nationals with how everyone spoke and articulated themselves. The third day was filled with three rounds of finals, and, although we were not in any of the rounds, this is where we saw the true cream of the crop of debate. The finals resolutions were very challenging, such as how to encourage women to complete courses in computer coding, how developed nations should respond to underpopulation, and giving pardons to individuals who have committed cannabis-related crimes prior to its legalization in Canada. It was incredible to see how quickly these debaters developed cohesive arguments.
    This national tournament was an incredible experience for Kendall and me. It was an amazing learning experience to debate against the best junior debaters in Canada. We would highly recommend that everyone step out of their comfort zones and try debating because you deserve to have the same phenomenal experience that we had at Junior National Debate Championships!

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  • The Blazers Middle & Senior School soccer teams both won championships in the 2019 season.


    By Jodi Hafenbrak, Middle & Senior School Principal
    Both Blazers soccer teams had very successful seasons this year!

    On May 22, 2019, our Middle School team played in the MCSAA tournament at the Grant Park fields. We went undefeated in round robin play and met up with St. Maurice School in the finals. It was a challenging game due to cold and windy conditions, but our players stood strong and came out on top with a win and the tournament banner.

    Our Senior School team also had a great season, as we were undefeated in Zone 12 league play. In the semifinals versus Faith Academy, we won by a score of 6-0, taking us to the finals. We were more evenly matched against Linden Christian School in the finals, but, after a well-played game, we brought home the Zone 12 championship banner.

    Congratulations to both teams, and many thanks to our dedicated coaches!

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  • Grade 12 computer science students, including Mia Battad (second from right), completed a 2019 cyberdefense challenge.


    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    Congratulations to Mia Battad, Class of 2019, who has been selected to receive an $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship to begin studies in Computer Science at University of Manitoba this fall.

    The Alumnae Prefect was nominated by Mrs. Jennifer McDonald, University Guidance Advisor, for her outstanding academic and co-curricular achievements.

    "Mia demonstrates the boundless capabilities of women leading the STEM fields," says Mrs. McDonald. "She has volunteered in Junior School classrooms to assist students as they explore physics and simple machines with confidence. With the Middle & Senior School robotics clubs, she has applied her knowledge and mentored teams as they develop their skills."

    "Mia empowers the younger girls to defy expectations and to feel as confident as she does in pursuing her passions and interests," adds Dr. Patricia Mitchler, who teaches physics.

    Mia, a Balmoral Hall School lifer, is the second Nominee to win a Schulich Leader Scholarship at Balmoral Hall School. Ella Thomson, Class of 2013, received a Schulich Leader Scholarship to study Electrical Engineering at University of Manitoba. Ella recently completed her Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where she continues to pursue her Ph.D. as a third-year doctoral student.

    "Schulich Leader Scholarships are the largest STEM scholarships in Canada. With 50 outstanding students selected in Canada each year it is all but guaranteed that this group represents the best and brightest Canada has to offer. These students will make great contributions to society, both on a national and global scale. With their university expenses covered, they can focus their time on their studies, research projects, extracurriculars, and entrepreneurial ventures. They are the next generation of technology innovators," says program founder Seymour Schulich.

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  • Megan & Katia, Junior Public Speaking Nationals, May 2019


    By Megan Burns & Katia Djomo Wongep, Grade 8

    Recently, we had the honour of representing Balmoral Hall School and Manitoba at Junior Public Speaking Nationals in Vancouver.
    The road to Nationals was challenging and quite a journey. It began with an in-school audition to become members of the Balmoral Hall team at the provincial public speaking tournament, where Megan went on to place fourth in persuasive speaking, while Katia placed sixth in persuasive speaking. Megan placed 10th overall at Manitoba's Junior Douglas Campbell Public Speaking Competition. Everyone supported one another, achieving personal successes, and it was a great disappointment that more students were unable to move on to the next level of competition, Nationals.

    We, along with eight other students from Manitoba, competed at Nationals in Vancouver from May 9–13, 2019.
    There was a wide variety of schools from Manitoba and the other provinces represented, giving us opportunities to create stronger bonds with people from across Canada. At Nationals there are four categories, including interpretive reading (i.e. solo acting), persuasive speaking, impromptu speaking, and debate. With each round of competition, we found ourselves becoming more confident, learning the differences in the types of pieces and styles used by other provinces, while also bonding with the other competitors who were all sharing the same feelings of nervousness.

    However, the whole experience was not only that of competition, as we were able to visit Vancouver Aquarium for a science lesson on sea lions, walruses, penguins, dolphins, and other marine life. We also loved visiting Granville Island, which reminded us of The Forks. Sadly, we did not place among the top students recognized with awards; however, those five days at Nationals were amazing, and we will never forget this challenging competition and the friends we made.
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  • Marina & Emma, Co-Leaders of Rainbow Club, organized Pride, May 2019


    By Emma Joyal & Marina Levit, Grade 12

    On May 23, 2019, Balmoral Hall School held our first-ever Pride Parade! This event, which was organized by Rainbow Club, celebrates the diversity of LGBTQ* identities and the freedoms the community currently holds. On this day, we honoured the accomplishments and progress the LGBTQ* community has made, as well as recognized what still needs to be done to achieve true equality.

    Just as Middle & Senior School students and staff were dressed in fun rainbow colours, the atrium was also decorated for the occasion. The celebration began with a powerful performance by three Grade 12 students, followed by the parade where each advisory and homeroom walked through the atrium with posters that symbolized the meaning of the colours on the rainbow flag. After the parade, the posters were hung in the atrium to display the wonderful work and spirit of each advisory and homeroom.
    It was great to witness the enthusiasm from students and staff throughout the day and the high energy of everyone who participated in the parade! We had hoped that this day would help bring a sense of belonging and acceptance to campus, and the impact exceeded our expectations. Based on the success of our inaugural Pride parade, we hope that Balmoral Hall will continue to make Pride an annual celebration!

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  • High School Day, Computer Science, University of Manitoba, May 2019


    By Barrett Arbour, Grade 12

    On May 24, 2019, I had the pleasure of attending my third and final High School Day with the Department of Computer Science at University of Manitoba.

    Every year, students from Manitoba high schools are invited to participate in a day of learning and spirited competitions in the form of a Programming Contest and Computer Science Fair. As high school students, we were able to experience a piece of the university's computer science curriculum, ask questions of current students, make connections with future students, and actively learn about the many facets of studying computer science.

    Balmoral Hall School entered both the Junior and Senior levels of competition. Mia Battad, Irina Znamirowski, Una Mayberry, Zoë Zaretzky, Yu "Evelyn" Yan, and I coded our way through challenging problem statements, competing with high school programmers across Winnipeg. Kaylee Nguyen presented her drawing program and Payton Klassen presented her version of a Tamagotchi toy to a panel of judges in the Junior Computer Science Fair. Competing at the Senior level of the Computer Science Fair, Mia Battad presented her Word Clouds program and placed second overall.

    Throughout the course of the day, we interacted with like-minded peers, listening to presentations on artificial intelligence, co-op programs, and more, all the while fostering our shared passion for computer science!

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  • Hon. Rochelle Squires visits Grade 5 class, April 2019.


    By Lauren Field, Grade 5

    For our Grade 5 Exhibition, my group was studying air pollution. In order to get the most current and in-depth information, I decided to ask Manitoba's Minister of Sustainable Development, Hon. Rochelle Squires. I sent an email asking if my group could ask her some questions.

    After lots of scheduling and corresponding back and forth, we hosted her in our class on April 23, 2019. The Honourable Minister even mentioned her visit to Balmoral Hall School on Twitter. With the help of our teachers, Mrs De Lande and Mrs McComb, we made it happen!

    My motto is if you don't ask, the answer is always no.

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  • Kindergarten students experiment with a wind tunnel, May 2019


    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    Mrs. Arda Thomson, who teaches Kindergarten, has been honoured with the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence in STEM, Certificate of Achievement, announced online earlier this week:
    "Bringing up the next generation of scientists and engineers, (Mrs. Thomson) introduces the scientific method and design process, focusing class work around tinkering and building; very young girls build structures and learn to use tools."
    Congratulations, Mrs. Thomson!
    She told Eva Wasney, Community Journalist for The Metro, "this is for all the people I work with.
    "We constantly collaborate."
    Mrs. Thomson has been an employee of Balmoral Hall School since September 2004.
    A few years ago, she invited me to spend a day in her classroom, inspiring me to write a blog post entitled "What I learned in Kindergarten."
    On behalf of all of us, adults and children alike, who have collaborated with and learned from you throughout the past 15 years, Mrs. Thomson, thank you!

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  • Grade 5 students at their Exhibition, May 2019


    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    Grade 5 students at Balmoral Hall School have spent weeks preparing their International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) Exhibition.

    They presented the results of their inquiry to their families as part of their student-led conferences, May 15, 2019. Their theme, "Planting a Sustainable Future," including the study of compost collection at Balmoral Hall, a demonstration in support of Fridays for Future, participation in International Day of Pink, experiential learning at FortWhyte Alive, and much more. They also completed a multimedia art project: "Portraits of Our Great Granddaughters."

    Click here to watch the 5-min. video.

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  • All five Grade 8 students received medals at Manitoba Schools Science Symposium 2019.


    By Hope Hinchey, Grade 8

    Since the beginning of January, Grade 8 students have been hard at work on our science fair projects. We spent hours researching, experimenting, writing out information, making backboards, and having a little fun here and there. When everything was finished, we presented our projects to judges, the class, families, and, of course, Mr. Zimmerman.

    Five Grade 8 students were chosen to attend Manitoba Schools Science Symposium, April 26–28, 2019. Opening ceremonies were held the morning of the 26th, followed by a day of fun science-related activities like making a bridge out of raw pasta, creating DNA, and designing landers. The next day was spent presenting our projects to judges, with a public viewing on the final day, which concluded with the awards ceremony. All in all, we had lots of fun going to the symposium and exploring University of Manitoba; it was an experience we will forever remember!

    Editor's note: Bronze medals were presented to Katia Djomo Wongep and Hope Hinchey. Silver medals were presented to Ryann Hafenbrak, Isra Elbarouni, and Inez Mayberry. Congratulations to all!

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  • Grade 2 Assembly, May 2, 2019


    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    Earlier this week, I had asked Ms Hanson's Grade 2 students why they enjoy performing:

    Exclaimed one, "I like having all eyes on me!"

    For many, in the spotlight is an uncomfortable place to be.

    Not so at Balmoral Hall School.

    Recently, Ms Hanson's and Ms Borodkin's Grade 2 classes entered the spotlight not once, not twice, not thrice, but on four occasions over a period of two weeks from late April to early May.

    First, they welcomed their parents to an intimate talent show, held in Dr. Doerksen's music classroom, on April 26. Joining them, I was awed by their powerful stage presence. Imagine a seven-year-old belting out Katy Perry's "Roar" from her seat behind the piano. Someone else performed "Reflection," from the Disney musical Mulan, unaccompanied. Others demonstrated their skills in dance, gymnastics, fencing, archery, and martial arts. Lego and playdough and paint, oh my!

    Most remarkable, however, was the excitement that they shared in learning more about each other.

    "Some of the talents, we didn't know that some of our friends actually had (those)," shared another Grade 2 student.

    Collaboration strengthened their highly anticipated assembly on May 2, presented to their Junior School peers, as well as Grade 2 families, in Sifton Family Theatre.

    "In an adaptation of Peter Reynold's The North Star, we explored the idea that we each have our own paths to discover and follow in life," explained Ms Hanson, "and so public speaking, movement, and drama all played a part in our assembly."

    Added Ms Borodkin: "Confidence and understanding the importance of practice resulted in a wonderful performance."

    Next, Grade 2 students performed for a full house on Grandparents' Day, May 3, both with the Mozart-Shield-winning grades 1 to 3 choir and later on their own as a dance troupe.

    Finally, they reprised their show-stopping performance of "The Pink Panther Theme" for the Junior School dance recital, May 10.

    "As classroom teachers, it is gratifying to see them shine in areas that we do not always observe in class," Ms Borodkin said.

    Concluded Ms Hanson: "In their learning, Grade 2 students demonstrate the ability to be risk takers and remain open-minded as they celebrate their strengths and discover new things."

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Balmoral Hall School

630 Westminster Ave. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  R3C 3S1
Tel: (204) 784-1600 | Fax: (204) 774-5534 |
Charitable Registration No. 12994 3932 RR0001
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.