Head of School
From the Head
In looking back on the 2015/2016 school year, St. Margaret’s School has much to be proud of as we continue to be a leader in girls’ education. Our day enrolment has increased significantly (32 new families) allowing us to double grade cohorts in the Middle Years. Our Creating Special Places initiative saw the transformation of our Middle Years Courtyard with additional enhancements around the campus in terms of new classroom furniture, landscaping, and enhancement of our residence facilities.
With the introduction of the Ministry’s redesigned curriculum, SMS is well positioned to implement the changes to help prepare our girls for the future. Our commitment to STEM education stems from our belief in experiential and inquiry-based learning, and the opportunities for women that abound in innovative fields. This commitment will culminate in our upcoming STEM Leadership Conference—Heads and Hearts to Action—to be hosted at SMS in April 2017.
As I write this, our staff is looking forward to hosting a team of educators and leaders from across Canada to complete our CAIS Accreditation. The two cornerstones of accreditation are "celebrating strengths" and "determining next steps" to ensure our school’s journey continues forward successfully. The accreditation team is with us for four days to evaluate our school based on the 12 CAIS National Standards of Excellence, and their suggestions and recommendations will be embedded into our 10-year Strategic Plan—which is nearly half-way through its implementation—to ensure we are continuing to meet our goals in advancing girls’ learning, leadership, and empowerment.
I believe SMS welcomes a culture of continuous renewal and improvement in evidence-based teaching practice. How we nurture our girls today influences the scope of their dreams, the belief that anything is possible, and the resolve to pursue their goals with integrity. This imperative, and the knowledge that "little girls with dreams become women of vision," is the foundation of our approach and referenced in all our messaging, including this year’s successful video campaign. Going forward, I am confident in the initiatives we are working on this year to enhance learning opportunities for girls. With your support of the Annual Fund, we can build the school’s Endowment Fund and begin preparations for Campus Renewal. Everyone’s contributions, big or small, truly make a difference!
Our school’s success story is a never-ending one, including many people from the past, the present, and welcoming many more in the future. Our ability to leverage the talents of our staff, the commitment of our community, and the passion of our girls reaffirms my belief that all girls would benefit from and thrive in this environment. Thank you for joining us on this journey of creating tomorrow’s leaders today.