A Week of Reflection

By June 9, 2017 Head's Blog


This has been a week of reflection as the school year draws to a close.  Yesterday, during our Graduate Appreciation Day, our school community had a chance to express how proud we are of the Class of 2017 and how much we will miss them.  During yesterday’s celebrations, several girls read letters that they had written to their Grade 12 selves when they were in Grade 5. It was amazing to see the reactions of these young women as they were reminded of their younger selves and all they have accomplished in the past seven years. Each graduate also received her grad ring—a beloved Elmwood tradition. These rings—designed, created and donated by Joanna Rozanski ’03 of Goldart Jewellery Studios—serve as a reminder that this year’s graduates join a sisterhood of alumnae connected together for life.

The Class of 2017 has had a particular impact on Elmwood Theatre.  Under the exceptional direction of Ms. Angela Boychuk, Elmwood Theatre won the Cappie Award for Best Play for the third year in a row for Blue Stockings. This is an extraordinary achievement made possible by an inspiring leader and a very talented and creative group of young women. In addition to Best Play, Elmwood Theatre was awarded Cappies in the following categories: Claudia Finak-Fournier ’17 won Best Supporting Actress; Bronte Assadzadeh, Alexa Bothwell, Claudia Finak-Fournier ’17 and Cynthia Sedlezky ’17 won Best Ensemble in a Play; Emily Bangsboll ’17, Caroline Capehart, Sheetza McGarry ’17, and Pooja Moorti ’17 won Best Hair and Makeup; Diya Dadlani, Carine Ladki, Myriam Rostom ’17, and Qinchen Wang ’17 won for Best Costumes; and Sijyl Fasih ’17, Sydney Greenley ’17, Jagnoor Saran, and Sophia Swettenham ’17 won Best Marketing/Publicity. Other Grade 12 members of Elmwood Theatre include Eleanor Duffley, Maya Mainland-Gratton, Lucy Whichelo, Erica Giustiniani, Madeleine Klebanoff O’Brien and Julia Crystal. Congratulations to everyone in Elmwood Theatre on an incredible accomplishment.

As we approach the end of our year, I couldn’t be more proud of our school and, in particular, our Elmwood girls. While it is bittersweet saying farewell to this year’s graduates, I am filled with excitement for what next year holds.

See you next week at our Closing Ceremonies!

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.