On October 18, Elmwood students, staff and alumnae gathered for the unveiling of the school’s new sundial. This special event was the culmination of a journey that began in our Centennial year. As we planned the initiatives that would be undertaken in celebration of this milestone, there was a request from the Old Girls’ to recreate the sundial that had mysteriously disappeared sometime in the 1980s.  

Sundial Unveiling

The sundial had a special significance to the “girls in green” at the time. As evidenced by dozens of yearbook photos, the sundial was a very special place at Elmwood. It was where girls gathered to celebrate the critical moments in their lives—graduations, sports successes, and friendships. And so the school endeavoured to recreate it.  

That Centennial year was a time of particular reflection on our history and those that came before us but, at Elmwood, the stories of our history have always been as important as the dreams of our future.  

That is why it was more than fitting that this unveiling coincided with Founder's Day--a tradition that began with our 100th-anniversary celebration. Each year, Founder’s Day is a time to remember the origin story of the school and our founder Theodora Philpot but, equally, it is about remembering all of the formidable women who have helped shape the school over the years, including the Old Girls’ Association whose donations made the sundial a reality.  

Elmwood Sundial

We want to thank Beechwood Cemetery, MCM Granite, Liz Heatherington (‘63) and the rest of the Old Girls’ Association for their ongoing support of this project. The entire Elmwood community thanks you for making sure this unique part of our past can also be part of our future.

For more information about the Elmwood Old Girls’ and Alumnae Association initiatives and volunteer opportunities, visit

None of this would have been possible without the generous support of the Elmwood community.