Planes, Trains and Citizenship

By October 24, 2008 Head's Blog

Dear Parents,

I wrote back in August that becoming a Head of a school is rather like boarding a moving train. Over the first few weeks, you must gradually make your way towards the locomotive’s engine, reaching the engineer’s seat to see where the train is going and to begin considering the route.

Last week my “train” took me to St John, New Brunswick where I met with other Canadian Association of Independent School (CAIS) Heads and Board Chairs.  It was a highly valuable experience, especially as it made me appreciate the role Elmwood School plays within a wider network of similar schools.

This week, Grades 3 and 5 Junior School students took a trip of their own to the Museum of Civilization, helping launch this year’s Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign with the symbolic Walk for Water. Events like this allow our students to become more globally aware and active citizens and help them to appreciate their own role in the wider community.

Speaking of citizenship, our Warm Clothing and Food Drive takes place Monday, October 27 through Friday, October 31. Items can be dropped off each morning in the Auditorium and Junior School lobby.

I would like to thank the Griffiths and the Bonnets for hosting the Grade 2/3 and Grade 4/5 parent coffee evenings. As always, I enjoy making connections with you in these informal settings. I look forward to the upcoming Grade 11 evening on October 30.

As always, I welcome your feedback so please do not hesitate to leave a comment or contact me at

About Cheryl Boughton

Cheryl has been leading Elmwood since August 2008, when she was chosen by the Board of Governors, after a global search, to be the eleventh Headmistress of the School. She has a rich and diverse background in independent education having held progressively senior roles managing independent schools in the United Kingdom.