Cold weather—warm spirit

By December 5, 2008 Head's Blog

Dear Parents,

I have just torn myself away from a very exciting Grade 6 pajama party to write my weekly email. As you can imagine, the girls are in high spirits, thoroughly enjoying the party organized for them by Prefects and House Council. It’s delightful to see how much fun they are having—it made me wish that I had worn my PJs today!

Earlier today I watched the snow come down hard and fast and realized that the Holiday season really is just around the corner. Elmwood has been helping our local community prepare for the upcoming season in a variety of ways. We have been busy collecting snowsuits for the Snowsuit Drive, to help children who do not have adequate winter clothing. We’ve also been busy putting together our Christmas hampers to distribute to families who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Also on a festive ‘note’, our Junior School choir entertained the Rockcliffe Park neighbourhood at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday evening. This morning our Senior School Choir entertained viewers of A-Morning with their renditions of ‘Snow Begins To Fall’ and ‘Carol of the Bells’. Both experiences, although at opposite ends of the school, highlight the importance of giving our students the opportunity to perform in a wide variety of settings. These experiences are vital to developing the self-confidence for which Elmwood School students are so well known.

Self confidence was certainly on display as our Senior School volleyball teamed stormed to victory against Rideau High School. I’m so pleased that the season has got off to such a great start and I look forward to future games! Go Eagles!

At the start of the week, girls from Grade 8 to Grade 12 were given a special treat; the McMaster University Fireball show came to Elmwood. Through a combination of multimedia presentations and live experiments, the show highlighted the wonder and relevance of careers in engineering. As more than half of our graduates typically go on to study Math, Science, Engineering or Health Sciences, this show was perfect for our students and certainly inspired them.

Speaking of our graduates, it was the turn of Grade 12 parents to have a coffee evening. The Corks were wonderful hosts and I truly appreciate their hospitality. It’s wonderful to speak to Grade 12 parents and hear firsthand the benefits of an Elmwood education. Their daughters’ eyes are firmly fixed on the future and it’s tremendous to learn about the role that this school played in preparing girls for the next stage in their educational careers.

And speaking of our graduates, I have just heard from some ‘Old Girls’ whom I invited to attend our upcoming Holiday Concert and I was touched by the many emails that I received thanking me for thinking of them. I was particularly impressed by one response I received from a graduate who is studying Economics at Dalhousie University. “Elmwood has a fantastic community—something you have no doubt learned—a warm spirit and a strong support system. Elmwood was a significant influence on my life, instilling a love of learning and a desire to succeed.” She goes on to outline the many outstanding ways that she is contributing to her university community, while still remaining strongly committed to her academic program. I am very proud to be Head of a school that produces such fine young women who go on to succeed in so many different spheres. Our school motto Summa Summarum Highest of the High really does sum up the outcome of an Elmwood School education; young women fully prepared to take on the challenges of the world.

I hope you and your family have an enjoyable weekend and, as always, I welcome your comments.


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.