Nightingales in November

By November 6, 2008 Head's Blog

Dear Parents,

Being a short week for the girls, I can hardly believe I’m writing my weekly email. It seems as though the week has just begun!

It has been another fantastic week at school. You will recall last week I mentioned the role Grade 8s had at the opening ceremonies for the Vigil: 1914-1918 at the war memorial. The girls certainly rose to the occasion, singing ‘O Canada’ and Mr Gummeson’s original composition ‘How to Remember.’ One student remarked, ‘it was a once in a lifetime opportunity’ and I’m glad we were able to participate as a school.

Also on Tuesday, Mario and Danielle Cuconato hosted our Grade 10 coffee evening. I am very grateful to the Cuconatos for their hospitality and appreciated the opportunity to meet parents.

Our Middle School soccer team played in the finals against MacDonald Cartier Academy yesterday in quite balmy conditions. The girls played well, but unfortunately were defeated 2-0. A valiant effort but disappointing for those girls who played all season with only one goal scored against them!

Today Nightingale held its annual breakfast in support of the Canadian Landmine Foundation. Guests enjoyed a delicious breakfast while listening to speaker Paul Faucette speak about the difference Nightingale House has made to the lives of those living in Bosnia. He reminded us that ‘Vision without action is only dreaming, action without vision is only passing time, vision with action can change the world.’ What a great message for a Thursday morning!

I’ve just returned from a luncheon and panel discussion honouring the recipients of the Person’s Award to be presented tomorrow by the Governor General.  I brought our Head Girl, Sophia Dhalla, and Senior Prefect, Ally Brown to the event.  They were fascinated by the panel’s comments on the variety of issues facing women today and suggested that we try to get some of the award recipients in to address our school.

Just a reminder that mid-term report cards will be sent home with the girls this afternoon.

As always, I welcome your comments.

Enjoy the long weekend,


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.