By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

We had a special guest visit us April 23, all thanks to Celina, a Grade 3 student at Balmoral Hall School.

Earlier this spring, Celina wrote a letter to Olivia Lunny, a Winnipeg musician and songwriter who successfully competed on the television show The Launch recently. Ms Lunny received Celina's letter, and she was so moved that she reached out to us about arranging a surprise visit. Well, that happened last week!

The grades 3 to 5 classes gathered in the music room last Thursday morning, not knowing what (or who) to expect. As soon as I started talking about a letter sent to a special guest who was here to visit us, out of the corner of my eye I saw Celina's eyes light up, and, when I introduced Ms Lunny, she happily stepped down from the risers to join her by the piano. Ms Lunny then told the students about her personal and professional journey as a musician, leading into a performance of "I Got You" accompanied by Tyler Wagar. Many students recognized the song from hearing it played by local radio stations.

Students had the opportunity to ask her questions afterwards, as well. Ms Lunny spoke honestly about her love of music, the hard work that led to her success, and making mistakes and learning from them. She also credited others, her family, friends, and fellow artists, for supporting and inspiring her. Most importantly, Ms Lunny encouraged them to dream big and never stop trying to do what they love.

We are grateful to Ms Lunny for taking the time to arrange such a wonderful school visit.

On behalf of Celina, her peers, and her teachers, thank you!

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Balmoral Hall School

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

We are a day and boarding school, offering an exceptional educational experience to girls aged 2 through Grade 12.