Pictured: Ursula (right), from Mexico, experienced the worst homesickness her first week of school that ended after a family dinner and a game of cards.
We wanted to share our goals for 2018/19 and invite you to consider joining our efforts.
Our primary goal this school year is to ensure that each of the 55 boarding students in Middle & Senior School enjoys one home-cooked meal or outing off school property with a host family this year.
The girls all wish to form a friendship with at least one day student (younger or older) at Balmoral Hall School during their time here. Last year, all 68 students were invited into your homes for a home-cooked meal. This was the first time that connections like these were ever made to this extent. The feelings of gratitude and the connections formed by these outings have been a true gift for these girls, and Bin Dong Jiang, Dean of Boarding, is ecstatic! We support the boarding staff's vision of connecting students and the school community and will continue to work to foster more of these outings.
So, we would like to invite you to join the many families who have already enjoyed making that connection and become hosts. Please sign up for one meal and show our boarding students a bit of Canadian hospitality! Other activities are encouraged, as well. Let us know if you are interested, and we will forward your contact info to Ms Jiang to make pick-up and drop-off arrangements.
You are wonderful families and just what these girls need so far from their own! Their parents' hearts will be full knowing families have welcomed them into their home and shown how much they care. We can attest to the fact that the personal rewards are immeasurable.
Jenny-Lou Ryan & Mirjana Janzen
BHPA Boarding Liaisons