A publication for all members of the St. Clementâ€™s School community â€“ Fall/Winter 2010
editor’s note The Red Blazer a magazine for the students, parents, alumnae, staff, and friends of St. Clement’s School. Over the many years the Red Blazer has been in production, its format and appearance have continually evolved. Always consistent has been the glimpse we get within these pages at the enormity of spirit, strength, and energy of the SCS Community. Once again, the format of our magazine is undergoing changes. As our alumnae base continues to grow and our community expands, our print run and subsequent costs are also on the rise. Additionally, the environmental impacts of printing the magazine become greater. Although the mission of delivering news of the SCS community will remain the same, the way we deliver the message will change going forward. In the past, we have printed three magazines yearly, but will be moving to two issues per year beginning in 2011. The two issues will be as strong and as full of remarkable alumnae and student news as ever and will be available online as well as in print. The online format will allow you to browse, flip pages, and zoom in on articles as well as click on links. Anyone wishing to receive an electronic version of both issues may email her request to email@example.com. Otherwise, you will continue to receive your copy of the Red Blazer in the mail in both December and July. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Red Blazer. We will continue to share compelling stories of our students and our alumnae and their outstanding achievements. Do not hesitate to get in touch if you have suggestions, comments, or news to share. Enjoy this issue, as we celebrate our community in our strengths, our achievements, and our determination to make a difference in the world.
Perry Perspectives Martha Perry ’85’s foray into the world of blogging!
Advanced Placement The many advantages of the AP Program
Alumna Profiles Renuka Jeyapalan ’95 and Susanne Taylor ’55
The Spirit of Philanthropy at SCS Advancement Head, Marissa Krausz ’11 explores the tradition of giving back
Patricia D. Parisi Scholarship Fund An update on the fund in honour of PdP
Alumna Scholar Award
Head Girl’s Message
–Karyn Riekstins, Editor
Sydney Gray, Elizabeth Shannon, and Isabella Bordieri (all ’21)
PHOTOS BY SARAH DICKSON, GUSTAVO ESCOBEDO, AND MEAGAN THOMAS (ALL STAFF)
see and be scene
SCS Sports Desk
Do Unto Others
Powell Hall Presents
Where are they now? Ruth Smith on her retirement after her 31-year career at SCS
New on the Scene
Duke of Edinburgh Moose Factory, Ontario
SCS Board News
Alumnae Connection Reunion visits across the world!
Sarah Dickson, staff, Carol Kaifosh, Renny Grinshpan, Sophie Bertram, Katherine Moore, Robyn Cardy, Devon Montemurro, Paula Brent, and Lauren Chan (all ’08 House Heads)
Cathy (Fricker) DesBrisay ’79, Carolyn (Schmidt) Gossage ’51, Karen (Row) Armstrong ’75, Marion (Pope) Magee ’55, Martha Perry ’85, Marguerite (Moogk) Hunt ’51, Posy Legge ’11, and Sherry Boeckh ’55
Emily Culbert and Alessia Dzwigala, both ’15
Ashley Ross, Donelle Fraser, Hilary Stone, and Bronwen Ambridge (all ’12)
Lea McBride, Claire Chadwick, Julia Fast, and Emilie Morin (all ’16)
Sophie Frater, Neha Srivastava, and Jackie Caminiti (all ’20)
Ellie DeBienne and Juliet Fromson, both ’22, on their way to the Prefect Service
Silvia Stajer and Maddie Ringwood, both ’16
Erin Brown and Natalie Doyle, both ’13, cheering on the Senior Basketball Team
PHOTOS BY GUSTAVO ESCOBEDO AND DOMINIC YEUNG, BOTH STAFF
Claire Chadwick, Erika Domitrovic, Emily Steel, Lea McBride, and Lauren Farraro (all ’16)
House Heads Nadia Lisi, Annie Burt, and Carolyn Buszynski (all ’11) watch Christine Wong ’18 and Katie Marshall ’17 do the House Challenge on Windsor House Day
Hali Czosnek and Hannah Raymond, both ’13, in costume for Halloween
Danielle Bellamy, Megan French, and Julia Bickley (all ’14) on Pajama Day
Peter Hill, staff, and Audrey Sturino ’11 performing as part of a skit at this year’s Pajama Day Assembly
perry perspective In my first term as Principal, I have endeavoured to post a weekly blog called “The Perry Perspective” in which I reflect on a variety of topics relating to education and to St. Clement’s School in particular. Being a ‘blog rookie,’ I am learning as I go. The initial reason for me to blog was to provide an additional opportunity for regular communication with our constituents and, while the comments have been minimal, it has opened up discussion. Blogging allows others to find out what’s on our minds. When posting, it is always my hope to tie topics into items or issues that are top of mind for St. Clement’s School. In October, I met with a parent who reads my blog regularly. She inquired as to whether or not she should post comments or follow up with me in person. Her concern was that an ‘open response’ might broaden things, and she was not sure if that was my intention. I think one of the most important things these days is ensuring that we are communicating in a clear and transparent manner. To me, any response from the community – whether posted online, addressed in person or by phone – is an indicator that they are engaged. We owe it to our community to be open to two-way discussion in whatever form. I update my blog – “The Perry Perspective” – every Monday morning and I hope you will join in the discussion. The following are excerpts from “The Perry Perspective” from Term 1: The Importance of Civic Engagement
As I return from the SEAL (Standards of Excellence and Learning) Canada, Heads of School Conference in Victoria, British Columbia, I reflect on the many speakers and messages from which we benefited.
One speaker, Allison Loat, spoke poignantly about her concerns regarding the decreasing civic engagement amongst young people, and it struck a chord with me as I consider our students: intelligent young women poised
to make a difference in the future. Our girls are afforded tremendous opportunities to contribute to the betterment of society at all levels: locally, nationally, and internationally. Allison is the co-founder and executive director of Samara, an organization working to strengthen Canadian democracy. Amongst several projects, Allison and her partner at Samara worked on one that saw them conduct the first ever exit interviews of departing Members of Parliament. While these interviews gleaned many insights, I was particularly taken with two issues Allison addressed. The first is that, according to responses, many of the past Members of Parliament had not initially set out to take on political roles. In fact, quite the opposite had happened. A majority reported that they had been strongly encouraged, cajoled and often hounded to step into the political realm. While Allison recognizes that responses may be subjective, she points out that it is evident civic engagement is not typically something to which others aspire. Allison referred to the concept of reluctant leadership and I began to wonder. St. Clement’s School provides an incredible variety of leadership opportunities for our students, and the girls do, in fact, seize these with unbridled enthusiasm. Allison’s talk made me pause to reflect on the importance of continuing to ensure that our students are truly learning from their experiences during their school years such that they appreciate the lasting impact they can and will have outside of life at St. Clement’s and continue to seek opportunities for leadership. The second insight is the fact that our young people today are even more reticent to become involved politically. This, Allison laments, is a huge concern. We work hard to teach our girls the importance of effecting change and of speaking their minds, and we afford them opportunities to get involved in a variety of clubs and community service activities. However, I wonder whether we are highlighting enough the importance for them to consider their capa-
bilities and capacity to contribute to local issues and policy development and thus become civically engaged. It has been reported recently in an article from the Independent School Magazine that further to Allison’s suggestion that young people generally are not engaging civically, women represent a significant minority in Canada’s government; higher representation is found in countries such as Rwanda and Afghanistan, where it might have been thought that gender equality was problematic within the political realm. Going forward, it will be vital to be increasingly explicit with our students with respect to the imperative not only of involvement in community service and leadership, but also of engagement civically such that our talented, intelligent girls are effecting meaningful change for the future. Open Houses
Representing St. Clement’s School on a panel for Advanced Placement (AP) Administrators this weekend offered me an opportunity to feel enormous pride as I talked about the 20 AP courses our school offers, providing a large variety from which our girls can choose. I am a huge proponent of providing the best education for our girls, regardless of the discipline. There has been great research with respect to the importance of girls’ being encouraged to seek out programs known as STEM programs: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and it is with tremendous pride that we graduate girls to these programs each year. I also believe that our girls should be encouraged in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, should they desire. The key to all of this is that we provide the best program and are open to guiding our girls to pursue their passions. We have celebrated alumnae who are passionate about their areas of expertise, and I think it is important to learn from their experiences and to glean their perspectives. Many of our alum are setting the pace in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We also
have alumnae who have set the pace and will continue to do so in the Social Sciences. I was struck as I listened to The Sunday Edition this morning. Margaret McMillan, a professor at Oxford University and Warden of St. Antony’s College and also a graduate of the class of ’61 at St. Clement’s School, was being interviewed by Michael Enright following the Prime Minister of England David Cameron’s announcement regarding cuts to university teaching allowances and a freeze on research. Ms McMillan commented that the cuts are not being directed to the STEM programs, but rather, the area of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Discussion ensued regarding the need to ensure that we are still celebrating the disciplines that are able to consider how society has changed and what impacts that will have. Our society has changed quickly in the last 30-40 years and while there is no doubt that there is a need for innovation and technological creativity, it is also important that we continue to encourage studies that encourage writing about important topics, learning from our past and posing ethical questions. In Support of Single Gender Schools
PHOTO BY GUSTAVO ESCOBEDO, STAFF
If you have been following the news over the last few weeks, you’ve likely heard reports of the apparent decline in boys’ engagement in education both in secondary and post-secondary institutions. Last week, I attended a Coalition of Single Sex Schools of Toronto meeting. It is a wonderful opportunity to dialogue with peers regarding the issues that arise in our schools. As you might imagine, the question arose amongst our schools as to how we felt recent media attention in this area was affecting our schools. It was unanimous: we all feel that our single-gender environments allow us to celebrate the engagement of our students, whether we are all-boys’ or all-girls’ schools, and thus the media was an aid, bringing people to our schools to investigate.
In support of our all-girls environment, the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) comments, “Girls’ school classrooms are places where education is prized, where teachers feel empowered, where girls are excited about being in school.” You need only stand on the steps at St. Clement’s in the morning to see the faces of our girls as they arrive. Yes, they may not be bubbling with excitement in the early hours of the morning, but the girls are happy, confident, and eager to come to school. Modelling Skills for the 21st Century
The idea of integrated thinking, introduced by Roger Martin, Dean of The Rotman School of Business, was identified through his research of several successful leaders in the business world. What became clear to Martin was that leaders who were able to hold two opposing ideas at the same time in order to work to identify the valuable aspects of both, were most often able to work towards superior results or models without compromise or tradeoffs. While this approach can cause some discomfort as people work through issues or problems, the payoff appears to be worth it. Martin takes his readers through his learning and through the process of approaching issues in an integrative way in his book The Opposable Mind.
This approach is one that we want to also encourage at our school and thus took the opportunity this past Friday to bring in Ellie Avishai, the Director of i-Think, and Nouman Ashraf, Research Fellow from the Rotman School of Business, who work out of the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking. Working with our full staff, they pointed out to everyone that we have a great opportunity and an obligation as educators to tackle some of the conflicting challenges with which most schools are faced in today’s fast-paced world: balance versus high expectations, time for logistical planning versus time for collaboration, and so on. These are areas where we do not want trade-offs or compromise, so we instead seek a superior approach for dealing with them. To read more or to subscribe to “The Perry Perspective,” please visit www.scs.on.ca/welcome.
Advanced Placement courses offer students the opportunity to study university-level content while still in high school. The enriched courses examine content in greater depth and at a more advanced level. Mastering university-level content not only allows students to feel more comfortable and confident with post secondary education materials, but may also allow students equivalent credits at university. In turn, this head start allows students the opportunity to study an area of interest in more depth, take on a double major, or in some cases graduate early. Some students can afford to take a half year/semester to travel and/or do
Recognized internationally, Advanced Placement is a reliable indicator for admissions committees at universities worldwide for future success at the university level. volunteer work. Audrey Anderson ’09 found that AP facilitated a seamless transition from high school to her post-secondary education at Harvard. “While the advanced curriculum was beneficial in terms of material familiarity and foundational knowledge, the real advantage was the educational tools and training the courses provided. The demanding course load and exams served as a perfect introduction to university essays, assignments, and finals.”
Recognized internationally, AP is a reliable indicator for admissions committees at universities worldwide for future success at the university level. Post secondary institutions in more than 55 countries recognize AP in their admissions process (including 90% of North American colleges and universities). Regardless of whether a university accepts AP as credit replacement or supplement, it proves to the university the ability of the student to manage high-level content. AP exams are administered by the American College Board and are graded by over 10,000 university professors and experienced AP teachers. What sets the Advanced Placement program apart from other advanced study programs is its flexibility and the ability to tailor each program to meet the specific needs of the individual student. Students choose which courses they would like to take at the AP level. Both breadth and specialization are possible with AP, as girls are neither restricted in the number of AP courses that can be accumulated, nor required through compulsory subjects to take courses that are not of interest or value to them. “We feel strongly that allowing girls a say in the creation of their academic program is essential to their development as independent, self-aware, and selfempowered young women,” says Dr.
PHOTOS BY GUSTAVO ESCOBEDO, STAFF, AND ART PROVIDED BY POSEY LEGGE ‘11
St. Clement’s School has a strong reputation for academic excellence. Dating back to the school’s inception, SCS has graduated young women with scholastic vigour and a thirst for knowledge. In 2000, St. Clement’s School formally added a new dimension to its academic offerings with the Advanced Placement Program. The decision came after the school considered several internationally-recognized advanced study programming options. Pat Parisi, past principal, the Board of Governors and the staff of SCS agreed that Advanced Placement best met the needs of the school and would be a good fit for SCS. The AP program at SCS has been breaking records ever since!
Leanne Foster, Director of LINCWell. “Allowing for choice is also an important component of helping to reduce anxiety and fostering balance.”
What sets the AP program apart ...is its flexibility and the ability to tailor each program to meet the specific needs of the individual student. Once recognized as the fastest growing AP program in Canada, SCS now has the most extensive AP program of any girls’ school in the country. The Advanced Placement program has grown from a couple of courses in its inaugural year to the 20 courses now being offered in 13 areas of study. In recent years, SCS has also received recognition for top AP standings in English Language and English Literature, as well as in Micro and Macroeconomics.
Last year, four SCS students were awarded the prestigious AP National Scholar Award. AP National Scholars are students who earn an average grade of at least 4 on all AP exams, each of which is graded on a five-point scale. Christine Lam ’11 is one of the SCS students to receive the AP National Scholar Distinction. “Through AP courses, I find that I have maximized my potential as a high school student. Though they are challenging, it is also rewarding both for my own knowledge as well as for university applications,” observes Christine. Celine Allen ’11 – also an AP National Scholar – feels that AP has made her education much more comprehensive, “I’ve found that the added challenge of AP courses is negligible when compared to the benefits received: learning to take university-style lecture notes; studying for standardized exams; and being able to skip entry level classes next year at university.” In addition to having AP accolades being awarded to its students, SCS prides itself on its leadership in AP instruction. Each year the AP Summer Institute is hosted at St. Clement’s, where new and experienced AP teachers gain training and share best practices. Each year, SCS teachers and over 125 teachers from across the world, gather at SCS for the four day workshop. “The St. Clement’s AP Summer
The St. Clement’s AP Summer Institute is recognized worldwide as one of the foremost training sites for AP teachers. Institute is recognized worldwide as one of the foremost training sites for AP teachers,” says Lynda Robinson, Director, Advanced Placement Summer Institute. “During the Summer Institute, the halls of SCS continue to ring with the passion for learning that AP stimulates.” The Advanced Placement program and the dedicated teachers at SCS prepare our students for success in a way that supports the highest of standards, while reflecting the individuality of our girls. One size does not fit all, and Advanced Placement at SCS allows us to celebrate that! by Karyn Riekstins, staff
On October 30, the Midget Soccer Team made history by winning the first CISAA soccer championship in recent
history. This talented group of grade 7 to 9 girls combined well-cultivated skills with good awareness of the game to go through the season without a tie or defeat. They played an entertaining, creative brand of soccer that showcased individual skills and effective teamwork. Their first-place finish in the regular season earned them the right to host the fourth-place team in the semi-finals. SCS defeated SMLS and found themselves moving on to host the championship game. SCS played in a closely contested game against CDS, with the score remaining nil-nil until early in the second half. The girls turned up the heat and scored two well deserved goals to bring home the gold. The key to their success was a resolute defence that allowed only four goals all year and helped to keep our playoff opposition off the scoresheet entirely. They have set an inspiring precedent for next yearâ€™s Senior and Midget teams. by Peggy Donohue and Eric McGeer, both staff
scs sports desk SCS Fall Sports Update 2010 The Senior Basketball Team played some difficult opponents at the beginning of the season. The Team grew together and fought their way to the playoffs. They played their quarter-final game in front of a large and excited SCS crowd and narrowly missed a spot in the final four.
Soccer Tournament at the Country Day School in October. The girls played some of the best soccer of their season at that tournament and finished in the top tier. The U12 Soccer Team was once again large in numbers and even larger in spirit. The girls remained positive throughout every game and finished off their season with a fantastic day of soccer at the final tournament, where they had their most exciting game of the season against Hillfield Strathallan College.
PHOTOS BY SARAH DICKSON, GUSTAVO ESCOBEDO, AND BITA SARABI-KHOSRAVI (ALL STAFF)
The Junior (2) Team did a lot of travelling this season and bonded on their long trips to Lakefield and Albert College. The team ended their season with an exhibition game in which team manager Jessica Chapman took to the floor and dazzled her teammates. The U13, U14, and Junior (1) Teams all saw great success this season. The U13 Team finished the regular season in fourth place and moved on to the final four. The girls played some great basketball and finished the season in third place. The U14 Team ended the regular season in first place in the east with a 4-0 record. SCS hosted the championship tournament and was the only representative from the east to make it that far. SCS lost by one basket in overtime in the semi-final game. The girls are looking forward to reuniting as they travel to Montreal in January. The Junior (1) Team finished their season in first place and went on to beat Trinity College School by 5 points in the semi-final game. The girls played a very close final game, with the teams trading leads throughout the entire game. I think Coach Guarasci’s heart rate finally returned to normal after the team received their silver medals! The Senior Soccer Team played many strong opponents during the regular season. They missed a spot in the playoffs but showed the nation what they were made of at the SEAL National
The Field Hockey Team enjoyed their early mornings at Eglinton Park this fall where they often scrimmaged against the team from North Toronto. The girls worked well together as a team and enjoyed their time together on the field.
Our fine group of Tad and U14 swimmers was a pleasure to coach this season. After a late start this fall, the girls picked up momentum and finished the season strongly. The Junior/Senior Swim Team continued the tradition of early mornings at Deer Park this season. The coaches would like to congratulate the team for their sportsmanship and determination. We are always known as
the team with the most spirit It was a fantastic season for the Senior Cross Country Team. After a little hiccup at the final meet that had the Midget Team running the course twice, we qualified the largest number of runners for OFSAA in SCS history. Congratulations to Hillary Stone, Emma Jones, Eva Bain , Erica Bird , Donelle Fraser (all) ’12, and Celine Allen ’11 for qualifying as a team for the OFSAA championships. The girls all ran exceptionally well at OFSAA and made their coaches and teammates very proud. The Junior Cross Country Team was a larger team this season, with students from grade 4, grade 5, grade 7, and even one grade 8! We managed to stay dry and warm throughout most of the season; however, we encountered a few trails of mud along the way. Congratulations to all runners for an exceptional season. The girls all ran exceptionally well at the championship meet in Port Hope. We are looking forward to a new bunch of grade 4s joining us next year. by Beth Will, staff
Erratus: Photographed on page 17 of the Summer 2010 Red Blazer was the Senior Softball Team with their championship medals, not the Junior (1) Softball Team.
alumna profiles After U of T, Renuka enrolled in film school at Ryerson University and got into the Canadian Film Centre (CFC), which she claims “changed her life.” The CFC opened many doors, which led Renuka to make a short film titled Big Girl; a story about a bittersweet battle of wills that develops between nine-year-old Josephine and her mother’s new boyfriend. It’s a moving tale of modern family politics. In 2005, Big Girl premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to critical acclaim. The film was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Live Action Short and won the ShortCuts Best Short Film Award. Since then, Big Girl has screened at over thirty-five film festivals around the world, including the Berlin International Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Renuka finds her work most satisfying when people react and ask questions about her movie. Big Girl has prompted people from all over the world to write Renuka asking her questions about the film. “It is extremely rewarding to know that these people have paid to see something that came out of my head and want to know more about it.”
Renuka Jeyapalan ’95 When people visit SCS, they often comment on the tightly-knit community that makes us unique. When our students graduate, it is nice to know that those close relationships often stand the test of time. Renuka Jeyapalan ’95 attributes a lot of her success as a screenwriter and director to her best friends from St. Clement’s School. “The arts is a very tough field, full of rejection and frustrations. It has some very high ‘highs’ and some very low ‘lows.’ My St. Clement’s friends have always been there to support me no matter what. Whether it’s throwing surprise celebrations for my small victories or just checking in with me when I’m struggling with a screenplay, they never fail to keep me grounded, focused, and make me believe in myself, even in the toughest of times.”
For Renuka, the transition from SCS to the University of Toronto was not an easy one. As a biochemistry student at U of T with class sizes over a thousand people, it was a big adjustment coming from SCS where her largest class was under 20 students. That was until she took a film class in second year and found her calling. Renuka was planning on becoming a doctor. She thought being a director was something people dreamt of doing, and did not necessarily consider in reality. A film class at U of T helped Renuka to realize that the film industry was the direction she needed to take. Sticking to her original commitment, Renuka diligently finished her biochemistry degree with honours, while minoring in film and English as well.
Renuka is currently working as a writer/director on a feature film titled How to go to a Wedding Alone, a romantic comedy similar to Four Weddings and a Funeral, but set in Toronto. The film is about a woman in her thirties who learns some important love and life lessons when she attends a wedding without a date. The film has been picked up by Toronto-based producers, Gearshift Films, and they hope to start shooting next year. Renuka enjoys the challenge of telling a good story in a long format, compared to short films, and collaborating with all the people involved in filmmaking: actors, production designers, photographers, producers. “It’s a crazy and hectic atmosphere, but at the end of the day, I enjoy my work because it is exactly who I am.” In August, Renuka received the Kodak New Vision Mentorship Award. This award is presented by Women in Film and Television in Toronto (WIFT-T) to continue to develop Canadian female directors and to play a role in their ongoing success. This award gave Renuka the opportunity to work with two mentors: Laurie May (Co-President of Maple Pictures) and Catherine Hardwicke (Director of Twilight, Thirteen). Laurie helped Renuka to meet international distributors and talent agents at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. In October, Renuka flew to Los Angeles to meet Catherine Hardwicke who mentored her on her upcoming film, How to go to a Wedding Alone. Catherine offered Renuka invaluable, honest feedback, and Renuka states that “the experience helped me aim high and to push myself to make my work better.” From a quiet 12-year-old at SCS, Renuka has become a confident and talented film writer and director today. Her network of friends and teachers from St. Clement’s provided her with the support to take risks and follow her dreams. “We are so supportive and encouraging of one another. We continue to inspire each other, and I don’t think I would have lasted so long in my pursuit of film if I didn’t have my best friends from St. Clement’s.” by Carolynne Bull, staff
Community Chaplain, working up to 70 hours a week, doing emergency and crisis response, pastoral care and developing a strong sense of community in order to improve social conditions and promote justice. In preparation for retirement, Sue took a palliative care course at Algonquin College and did her field placement at the Ottawa Mission Hospice. She enjoyed it so much that she continued to volunteer there for seven years. Sue found palliative care a great mix of both her nursing and ministry interests.
Susanne Taylor ’55 Susanne (Sue) Taylor ’55 has dedicated her life to her community and to social justice. She is a humanitarian of great distinction, and she recognizes that St. Clement’s School played a significant part in this. “We were encouraged to be involved in the community in some way, we were encouraged to learn what was going on in the world.” Sue believes SCS had a lot to do with the career and volunteering paths she has taken.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF RENUKA JEYAPALAN ’95 AND PHOTO TAKEN BY MARTHA PERRY ’85, PRINCIPAL
Sue’s involvement with aid organizations began in high school when she spent her summers as a camp counselor at the Woodeden Easter Seals Camp for children with physical disabilities near London, Ontario, first as a volunteer in her teen years and later as a staff member. Sue also volunteered with the Junior Red Cross in the café serving at the Sunnybrook Hospital when it was a veteran’s hospital. Sue’s passion for giving back and making a difference has led her down many interesting paths. From working with the mentally and physically disabled to finding affordable housing for the homeless to being one of the only ministers in Ottawa marrying same-sex couples, Sue has worked to improve the quality of life for others, and her community as a whole has benefitted from her generosity. After graduating from St. Clement’s School, Sue entered the Wellesley School of Nursing, feeling very confident that it was the right choice for her. Sue has always had a desire to help people in some capacity. She graduated from nursing in 1958, and, after raising a family of four children, she worked for eleven years with Toronto’s Victorian Order of Nurses (VON). Sue attributes entering the ministry to her work as a nurse with people who have disabilities, “I felt a strong urge to minister with people in the gaps. I always felt the church was missing the gifts these people offer us and that we all need to be working together.” Sue graduated from Theology in 1985 and spent two years at the First St. Andrews Church in London, Ontario. In 1987 she responded to a posting for a community chaplaincy in Carlington, Ottawa, with a specific focus on, and responsibility for, those living in social housing. She spent 15 years as the Carlington
Sue’s experience with helping those in need led her to become involved in the Multifaith Housing Initiative (MHI). The MHI strives to help people to achieve greater stability and financial consistency through safe, affordable, and secure rental housing. Sue knew this initiative would also help people’s well-being overall. Sue sold her condo to buy a unit in the same building that houses a number of MHI units, and she acts as a tenant relations worker for MHI tenants and sits on the Board of Directors. Sue was pleased to join the staff at the First United Church in Ottawa in 2002 because the principles of this affirming congregation fit with hers. The congregation is a mix of all ages, families, singles, different sexual orientations, religious backgrounds, and cultures. When the ban on same-sex marriage was lifted in Ontario, Sue found herself being the only minister at the time marrying same-sex couples in Ottawa. Sue currently volunteers at the Community Laundry Co-operative in Ottawa. The co-op was started in response to the Poverty Hearings to assist those in rooming houses, social housing, on the street or struggling with poverty to have affordable laundry facilities. “It makes such a difference in their sense of self esteem and confidence to be able to wear clean clothes,” says Sue. She is also a part of a presbytery and local congregation group called Living Into Right Relations, who assemble information and contacts so that they, as a community of the United Church of Canada, can seek to know and restore right relations with their Aboriginal neighbours. Sue finds herself learning through workshops, most recently at the conference Covenant Chain Links: Building Bridges of Understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Peoples. Sue’s most recent service, to honour the December 6th Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, focused on the participation of young women in the commitment to ending violence against women. “I think we are called to participate as fully as possible in life in all its dimensions. My particular dimension has been working with those struggling with poverty and particularly in the housing field and the battle against homelessness,” says Sue. Although Sue did not anticipate working with all of these organizations, throughout her life she has always followed her heart. Sue’s choices have made her an exceptional role model; her commitment to giving back, helping those in need, and making a difference in her community is indeed admirable. by Carolynne Bull, staff
do unto others Support the Community; Support Each Other. “Support the community; support each other.” This is St. Clement’s School’s charity theme for the 2010-2011 school year, conveying our goal to increase the caring attitude for which SCS is known. In September, we were looking for new ideas to introduce to St. Clement’s, but did not have any ideas ready for immediate implementation. While considering ways to involve the whole school in a meaningful initiative, we were approached with a terrific opportunity. Within a week of getting back to school, Mrs. Gleeson introduced us to Rowan Steadman, a grade 5 Clementine with a big idea. Rowan and her family had been introduced to the program “Because I Am A Girl,” and she agreed with the mission of the organization: “It is time for us to really listen to the voices of girls – they are the key to change.” In true SCS fashion, Rowan was not satisfied to stand by and wait for someone else to cause change; she wanted to create a campaign to raise funds and awareness in our community. With the help of the entire grade 5 class, we made hundreds of unique bracelets to be sold to the entire school. After two days of sales, almost every student or staff member was wearing a pink ribbon with a special bead design. Ms Perry even bought an extra 20 bracelets which she handed out to SCS alumnae at a Halifax reunion that evening. Through amazing enthusiasm and creativity, the grade 5 braceletmaking team, led by Rowan, made and sold their creations to the community and had everyone talking about “Because I Am A Girl.” We are very proud of the hard work and leadership shown by Rowan and her classmates. Thank you to the school for supporting their fundraiser and to the girls for showing their passion for helping others. Good job, girls! by Annie Hollis and Hayley Boothe, both ’11
14 Rowan Steadman and Alexa Hawkes-Sackman, both ’18
The Spirit of Philanthropy At St. Clement’s philanthropy and the spirit of giving back is a healthy tradition passed down through many generations of staff, students, and families who have been a part of our community. Beginning in grade 1, SCS students are used to bringing in toonies for house days, spare change for coin wars – all in support of a variety of worthy causes. “Philanthropy means showing that you are grateful for what you have by trying to improve the lives of others,” explains Annie Hollis ’11. Annie is one of our school’s Charity Heads this year, along with Hayley Boothe ’11. As Charity Heads, their goal is to keep our school involved with the community and charities, and make our students aware of the impact they can have on the world around us both locally and globally.
Hayley Boothe and Annie Hollis, both ’11, presenting Yishey Choden of the United Way with a cheque for the funds raised through Charity Week activities.
PHOTOS BY GUSTAVO ESCOBEDO AND KARYN RIEKSTINS, BOTH STAFF, AND MARTHA PERRY ’85, PRINCIPAL
range from guessing jars to joker poker and so much more! This year, we successfully raised $2,600 for the United Way from students and staff at the school.
One of the largest fundraisers in which our school is involved is the Run for the Cure. This year, Mrs. Adamson from our Student Services department worked with Annie and Hayley to organize and prepare for the run. Students, staff, families, and friends always get very enthusiastic about donating to this charity and recruiting people to join our school team. This year, we raised $34,633! This placed our school team in first for fundraising, a title we have been honoured to receive for the past six years in a row! Another great fundraising tradition at SCS is our Charity Week. Students in every homeform from grades 7 to 12 come up with activities for students and staff to participate in during lunch time throughout the week. Activities
In addition to our enthusiastic participation in fundraising, our school still carries out the tradition of charity drives. Our many charity drives include our Thanksgiving food drive, our book drive, toiletry drive, and clothing drives. Our students and staff never fail to fill the charity boxes until they are overflowing with heartfelt donations to these various charities.
Junior School students spent three mornings carolling and collecting money for the Salvation Army.
SCS students are always looking for new and creative ways to give back to the community and make a difference. For the first time, our school is supporting the Dignitas
International charity through their Race for Dignity: a spin bike relay. This charity raises money for AIDS education and treatment for people who live in Africa. Students from a variety of independent and public schools create teams to participate in the race. Teams donate money and effectively contribute enough to save the lives of at least two people who suffer from AIDS. Aside from student-led initiatives, our greater community is continually demonstrating the spirit of philanthropy through their support of the Annual Fund. Each year, parents, alumnae, staff, grandparents, and friends come together to raise money to enhance the programs at our school. We, the students, benefit from these individuals’ generosity every day! Perhaps it is the “pay-it-forward” mentality that is instilled from day one that makes this community so special. St. Clement’s School will continue the tradition of giving back; it is an integral part of who we are. Our school is truly special because of our unconditional and unlimited spirit and desire to help others who are in need. by Marissa Krausz ’11
Round Square Honour David MacLellan, past staff, attended the Round Square Conference in Thailand in October where he was presented with an Honourary Membership of Round Square. The award was presented by King Constantine, President of Round Square “In recognition for outstanding service to Round Square beyond expectation.” Congratulations, David! Fall Fulford Debate On November 20, Margaret Irwin, Allison Braithwaite, both ’13, Charlotte Butler ’12, and Posy Legge ’11 competed in the Fall Fulford Debate at Royal St. George’s College. While all four students spoke with vigour and conviction, Margaret and Allison’s team placed second in the junior division. Margaret then received a further distinction, winning second place among individual junior debaters. Way to go! by Beth Boyden, staff
Sophie Frater, Jackie Caminiti, Grace Rasmussen, Hannah Shapiro, Olivia Cesari, Samantha Douherty (all ’20), Alexa Hawkes-Sackman, Michaela Hill, Jessica Dougherty (all ’18), and Jaiden Terner ’20
Pippa Gouinlock, Lauren Chu, Meredith Daly, and Joan Graham (all ’12) Hilary Adamson, staff, and Martha Perry ’85, Principal
Susan MacDonald, parent, and Marjorie MacDonald ’13
Run for the Cure Thank you to all of the students, staff, families, and friends of SCS who helped us by participating in the run or by sponsoring our amazing team! You all made it possible to raise over $34,633 for breast cancer research and to win the School Team Challenge for the sixth consecutive! The team was amazing, coming out with their dogs, their pink hair, their families, and their true SCS spirit. When our team was announced as the winner of the School Team Challenge, the girls broke into a rousing rendition of our school cheer, which was later recorded and played on 98.1 CHFI radiog. Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement, your fundraising, your competitive spirit and enthusiasm, and your generosity. by Hilary Adamson, staff
16 Charlotte Butler ’12, Posy Legge ’11, Allison Braithwaite and Margaret Irwin, both ’13
reader’s choice Animal Farm by George Orwell This book is about a group of farm animals that rebel against their human masters’ oppression. They try to establish some kind of utopian political regime where all are equal; however, it quickly deteriorates into a totalitarian dictatorship. Their slogan changes from “All animals are equal” to “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” This book is a poignant read about the corruption that accompanies power, which captures and engages the attention of everyone who reads it. I would definitely recommend it. It is fast paced and generally an easy read, and the political commentary is intriguing and relevant to our society. It is a very impactful book and will definitely get you thinking! by Gemma Devir ’11 Good To A Fault by Marina Endicott Endicott prefaces her powerful novel with words from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer: You that are in love and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead a new life. When we enter Clara Purdy’s life, she is in her early forties and drifting. She wants a change; she wants to help. As Clara prepares to make a left-hand turn, her car collides with another. The lives of Clara and the injured family intersect and change directions, too. At the hospital, it turns out that the mother, while not hurt, is critically ill. Clara assumes care of Lorraine’s family: her husband, three children, and irascible mother-in-law. As Clara’s emotional investment grows, the suspense becomes almost unbearable. We find ourselves cheering for Clara but realize that this is not her family. What will happen if Lorraine dies? What will happen if she lives? What about the children? The suspense is rendered all the more powerful because Endicott has created such rich, complicated characters. In fact, there are no two-dimensional characters in this novel. We care about what happens to all of them. And the answers are not clear. Endicott asks us to examine our preconceptions and misconceptions about ourselves and other people. Can one be good to a fault? Do we sometimes do good things for selfish reasons? Good To A Fault was a Giller finalist in 2008 and a 2010 Canada Reads selection, but I was moved to read it by word of mouth when my daughter and a friend each recommended it within the space of a few months. I share it with you in the same spirit. This is a book that resonates. by Brenda Halliday, staff
PHOTOS BY BETH BOYDEN, SARAH DICKSON, AND GUSTAVO ESCOBEDO (ALL STAFF)
Becoming Human by Jean Vanier Jean Vanier is the founder of L’ARCHE, which is an international network of communities for people with intellectual disabilities. In Vanier’s book Becoming Human, he shares his beliefs and vision for a society where we are open and accept people for who they are and understand that we have much to learn from everyone. While Vanier acknowledges that the concept of ‘becoming human’ may seem odd, as we are in fact all human, he states that “becoming human implies two realities. It means to be someone, to have cultivated our gifts, and also to be open to others, to look at them not with a feeling of superiority but with eyes of respect.” Vanier’s message is one that resonated with me, as I believe strongly that we are all responsible for contributing to an environment that encourages a true sense of belonging, where everyone is accepted and included. Our School’s focus on the three pillars of consideration, mutual respect, and trust is a guide to fostering such an environment at our wonderful school. by Martha Perry ’85, Principal
powell hall presents: THE
In November, the Middle School drama production of The Twits took to the Powell Hall stage. After many rehearsals, the cast and crew were ready to share this wild and hilarious tale of two disgruntled old “twits,” a bright group of birds, and a family of monkeys with the St. Clement’s community. Alessia Dzwigala and Emily Culbert, both ’15, starring as Mr. and Mrs. Twit, brought these malicious and trick-playing characters to life with energetic performances. Ella Raiman, as the narrator, guided the audience through the many important audience participation moments. The birds and the monkeys kept us laughing with their quick and witty banter. The costume and technical crews did an outstanding job creating costumes and set from recycled materials. Many thanks to everyone who joined us for this wonderful evening of theatre! by Nora Scott, staff
irreverent fantasy in the style of The Princess Bride becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children. For tickets, please visit www.scs.on.ca/ performances.
Lumina Fashion Design Show January 21 and 22, 2011 The Lumina Fashion Design Show showcases clothing that students have designed and fabricated entirely in their spare time over the past six months and will feature over eight different scenes. This uniquely student-produced event employs both the talent of the School’s budding designers and the expertise of over 60 students working behind the scenes. The show includes music, choreography, lighting, and impressive designs from young women in grades 10-12. For tickets, please visit www.scs.on.ca/ performances.
Recital Evening February 3, 2011 A celebration of music featuring solo and small ensemble performances by our musicians.
PHOTOS BY GUSTAVO ESCOBEDO, STAFF
Into The Woods March 3, 4, and 5, 2011 This year, the Upper School, along with boys from St. Michael’s Choir School, present the musical Into the Woods.
SEARS Ontario Drama Festival February 10 and 16, 2011 St. Clement’s is entering the SEARS Ontario Drama Festival for the fourth time. This year a senior student will be directing a short comedy for entrance in the festival. The performance will take place on Thursday, February 10 at St. Clement’s, and then the show will travel to another school for entrance in the festival.
An ambivalent Cinderella? A bloodthirsty Little Red Riding Hood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch...who raps? They’re all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale. When a Baker and his Wife learn they’ve been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel, and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk). Everyone’s wish is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, with disastrous results. What begins in a lively
Sights and Sounds of Spring April 20, 2011 The concert will feature all of our musicians in grades 1 through 12: bands, choirs, orchestra, soloists, and combos. Come and enjoy an evening of music and an art show to celebrate the coming of Spring!
Shakespearean Festival, A Junior School Production May 5 and 6, 2011 All things Shakespeare. From the finest of the Bards plays to raunchy Shakespeare insults. The Junior School Shakespearian Festival will have it all!
A Triple Threat Evening May 24, 2011 A grade 12 dramatic performance incorporating the grade 12 visual art work.
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2010-2011 Annual Fund:
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Double or Triple Your Gift Did you know that many companies offer a matching gift program and will match an employee’s gift to not-for profit organizations? To find out if your company has a matching gift program and what you need to do to take part in it, visit www.matchinggifts.com/canada/scs/. Thank You Principal’s Circle Breakfast – Donors of $1,000+ are invited to join us for breakfast in the Lassonde Library and a school assembly. Founders’ Circle Dinner – Donors of $5,000+ are invited to dine with Martha Perry ’85, Principal, and the Heads of School for a special evening in Powell Hall.
Come join with other members of the SCS Community to enhance all programs, support our technology vision, and support our girls in finding their passions by donating to the 2010-2011 Annual Fund.
416 483 4414 x2257.
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PHOTO BY GUSTAVO ESCOBEDO, STAFF
Each year, members of the SCS community come together to show their support by donating to our yearly fundraising campaign, the Annual Fund. Their commitment is a testament to how important it is to provide experiences and opportunities to our girls that support and enrich our academic and co-curricular programs.
patricia d. parisi scholarship We are excited to announce that as of December 10, 2010, we have raised just over $177,000 for the Patricia D. Parisi Scholarship Fund. This endowed fund was established to provide needs-based student assistance to an incoming girl who demonstrates academic excellence and embodies the St. Clement’s School spirit of community service. The first scholarship will be awarded for September 2011 to an incoming Upper School student with a keen interest in community service; a student who will be an outstanding Clementine not only in her years at St. Clement’s School but long afterward by serving the community. This girl will be the first of many who, given support from the Patricia D. Parisi Scholarship Fund and the opportunity to attend St. Clement’s School, will emerge as tomorrow’s leaders. Dear SCS Family, St. Clement’s School has the great honour of receiving a generous gift of $50,000 to the Patricia D. Parisi Scholarship Fund from an anonymous donor. This gift shows a deep commitment to the vision of St. Clement’s School to build its endowment program and to honour Pat Parisi for her 15 years as Principal of St. Clement’s School. A heartfelt thank you to this anonymous donor! We asked this family to share a few words on why they gave to the Patricia D. Parisi Scholarship Fund: Q: How does your charitable giving to SCS represent what is important to you and your family? A: It is important to be generous about giving back to what has helped to make you successful. St. Clement’s School has provided an environment where my children have been able to excel in anything, whether it be sports, academics or extracurricular activities. Financial support for St. Clement’s School, so that they can do an even better job than they already do, is the least I can do. Q: What message would you like to share with the SCS community on the importance of supporting scholarships? A: If you and your daughters(s) have loved SCS as much as we have, then you have the opportunity to extend your experience to other girls by providing financial assistance to someone else by supporting scholarships. Q: What is your family’s most fond memory of Pat Parisi? A: When each of my girls started school at St. Clement’s, Pat shared lunch with “the new girls.” Her warm, gracious manner put everyone at ease while giving them a sense of what they could all aspire to be a woman who is intelligent, ambitious, kind, and approachable. Q: Why are you encouraging the SCS community to join you in supporting the Patricia D. Parisi Scholarship Fund? A: Having this endowed fund gives the school a permanent long-term program of financial assistance. Help a deserving girl have a Clementine experience.
How can I adequately thank you for supporting this new and important scholarship initiative? Your generosity has been truly gratifying! As a result of your generous contributions, SCS will be able to take the necessary steps to attract motivated and talented students with ever-greater diversity who are prepared in SCS fashion to be the leaders of tomorrow, and your gift has helped us come closer to achieving that vision. Please know that, through your gift, you are supporting girls with bold dreams who long for an education that teaches them to be independent thinkers, to have a purpose in life and to make meaningful contributions to society. These girls want to make a difference but they need our assistance to realize their potential. How blessed I was to have been at SCS for 15 wonderful years! I know these future “PdP Scholarship” girls will be equally grateful to you for the formative educational experiences that your generous gift made possible. Know that you will have significantly impacted their young lives. Thank you for taking on this critical responsibility. By empowering these young women, you are transforming the world, one “Clementine” at a time. With love and gratitude,
A special thank you to the committee members of the Patricia D. Parisi Scholarship Fund who, under the leadership of Nancy Hilliker, Chair, volunteered their time and energy to help create awareness and raise funds for this important initiative. Thank you! Doug Buchanan Robin Campbell Tory Gossage ’03 Deborah Harris
Nancy Hilliker, Chair George James Patricia D. Parisi Grace Wong
alumnae connection Gol�
Ottawa Alumnae Reunion Sunday, January 16, 2011 From 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information, email email@example.com
Help Us To Recognize Outstanding Alumnae St. Clement’s School is proud to recognize the significant achievements of our alumnae. Presented every five years, the Gold Award celebrates alumnae who are accomplished, balanced, principled, and committed to making the world a better place. Since 1901, St. Clement’s School has been developing women of character by encouraging academic excellence, self-confidence, leadership, and independent thinking in an enriching, supportive environment. The Gold Award was established in 1986 to honour alumnae who continue to embody the qualities and values of a true “Clementine,” either through their professional accomplishments and/or service to the community. Past recipients include: Dr. Lynne Margesson ’64 Dr. Ruth (Cooper) Bell ’38 Joan (Walwyn) Randall ’45 Carolyn (Schmidt) Gossage ’51 Martha Tory ’72 Julia (Ruby) Foster ’65 We are currently accepting nominations for the 2011 Gold Award. If you know of an alumna who exemplifies the School’s values of excellence and leadership, and stands out as a role model, please consider nominating her. The recipient will be profiled in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of the Red Blazer and her achievements will be recognized and celebrated by the SCS community at the St. Clement’s Day Service on November 23, 2011. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 30, 2011. Recipients and nominators will be contacted in early June, 2011. The nomination form and additional information are available at www.scs.on.ca/goldaward or by contacting Meagan Thomas at 416-483-4414 x2231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessica Chant ’97, Wendy Hurlburt ’85, Monica (Idol) LaFlair ’61, and Cathie Hurlburt ’82
Winter Cheer February 3, 2011 Come in from the cold and warm yourselves from the inside out at our next “Twelve Strangers to Dinner!” Dinner in Toronto is confirmed for Thursday, February 3 at 6:30 p.m. As always, if there are volunteers to host elsewhere, we will help you out! For those of you who have not yet been able to participate, groups of Clementines are hosted for dinner in fellow alumnae’s homes. The dinners are pot-luck style, and the host need merely open the door of her home. To date we have held dinners in Toronto, Boston, and Vancouver, and the reports are consistently of fun-filled evenings full of laughter and camaraderie. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to email@example.com, including a contact number and any food allergies. If you would be willing to host the dinner, please indicate that as well. Those of you who would like to attend but prefer to come with a fellow alumna, let us know, and we will be sure to put you at the same dinner. Once we hear from you, we will confirm the location of the dinners and your contribution towards the meal! So bring a friend and join us! by Cathy (Fricker) DesBrisay ’79
4 Strangers to Dinner On Saturday, October 16, four ‘West Coast Clementines’ met for dinner at Cathie Hurlburt ’82’s house in North Vancouver. Over delicious food and wine, the four SCS grads, Jessica Chant ’97, Wendy Hurlburt ’85, Monica (Idol) LaFlair ’61, and Cathie Hurlburt ’82, found that although they had all attended SCS at different times, graduated in different years and come to the West Coast for different reasons, there were still things they had in common ... tunics, blazers, hymn books, stories, and even some family friends! Thank you, Cathie, for hosting. We hope to do it again sometime soon with more Clementines on the west/best coast. by Jessica Chant ’97
Attention, Alumnae Knitters! A Junior School student, Arlyne James ’19, has started the SCS Junior School Knitting Club! The club is looking for any alumnae volunteers who are interested in spending one lunch hour per week helping these keen young knitters learn how to knit. If you are interested, please contact Meagan Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-4834414 x2231.
Sari Pandy ’10 and Pam Royce, staff
PHOTOS COURTESY OF DAVID MACLELLAN, PAST STAFF, AND JESSICA CHANT ’97; PHOTOS BY GUSTAVO ESCOBEDO, KARYN RIEKSTINS, BOTH STAFF
Career Day Danielle Charbin ’02 was the keynote speaker at this year’s Career Day assembly. Danielle spoke about her experience working for CTV at the Vancouver Olympics. Other alumnae participants including, Julie Lassonde-Gray ’90, Renuka Jeyapalan ’95, Nikki (Haddrick) Nitti ’91, and Pinta Maguire ’96.
Katherine Lloyd, Kalyna Miletic, Kate Fox, Camille Pylypczak (all ’10)
Roz McLean ’10, Sarah Dickson, staff, and Rachel Jewett ’10
Taylor Robertson, Kara Laudi, and Melanie Simon (all ’10)
Martha McGinnis ’88, Mary (Welsman) Hughes ’61, Martha Perry ’85, Principal, Jeanette Gevikoglu ’94, Heather MacPhail ’08, Carol McGinnis, past parent, Joan Farlinger ’55, Joan (Boyce) Greig ’53, Joan (Painter) Sefton ’46, and Jenna Reed-Cote ’08
Remembrance Day SCS welcomed alumnus Robert Dale ’38 to this year’s Remembrance Day Assembly. Robert shared his experiences as a navigator for the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. Many members of Robert’s family, including his wife Mary (Babcock) Dale ’40, were also in attendance at the assembly. Robert’s great-niece Pippa Gouinlock ’11 introduced him.
Joe Agostino, past parent, Maggie Lee ’02, Bridget Higgins ’05, David MacLellan, past staff, Juliana Agostino ’02, and Phyllis Agostino, past parent
While visiting Hong Kong with a Round Square delegation (see page 16), David MacLellan, past staff, visited with some SCS alumnae. Maggie Lee, Juliana Agostino, both ’02, and Bridget Higgins ’05 gathered for dinner at SEVVA in Hong Kong Central District. On the top floor of the Prince’s Building, the venue offered a spectacular view of the city, harbour, and Kowloon. Juliana’s parents (and favourite SCS caterer!) Phyllis and Joe Agostino were visiting Juliana and met up with the group prior to dinner.
alumnae connection Halifax
Julie Sadler ’07, Dr. Joanne Thompson, staff, Beth Cowan, and Sarah Vinette, both ’07
Alexa Higginbotham, Nora Whelan, and Emma Mew (all ’10)
Beth Legge, Ellie Greer, both ’07, and Georgia Nevison ’08
Emily Whelan, Lucia Gutierrez, both ’08, Lyndsay Schock ’07, and Lisa Callaghan ’08
Alexa Higginbotham, Nora Whelan, and Emma Mew (all ’10)
Julia Harbell and Fiona Warde, both ’09
PHOTOS BY MEAGAN THOMAS, STAFF
Martha Perry ’85, Principal, Dr. Margaret (Macdonald) Casey, and Jean (French) Thurston Bell, both ’55
24 Michelle Hanbidge, Zahra Jamani, both ’07, and Dr. Joanne Thompson, staff
Janet Mackinnon, staff, Elya Korylak, and Samantha Erlich, both ’10
Martha Perry ’85, Principal and Caroline Field ’84
Stephanie Lapinsky ’08, Janet Mackinnon, staff, Taylor Dickenson, Katherine Alexopoulus, and Stephanie Maitland ’08
Carolyn Johnson ’07, Dr. Joanne Thompson, staff, and Madison White ’07
Sarah Gleeson, staff, Taylor Dickinson, Stephanie Maitland, Meagan Webb, Kelly Quinn, Shaine Currie (all ’08), Martha Perry ’85, Principal, and Claire Sigurdson ’08
Samantha Erlich, Tiffany Lau, Maura Mohan, Tara Firchuk (all ’10) and Wendy Girvan, staff
Cara Fletcher ’10, Trilby Goouch ’09, Taylor Robertson, Katie Houston, both ’10
Maura Mohan, Clara Laws, both ’10, and Dr. Joanne Thompson, staff
25 (Back row) Ally Palmer, Roz McLean, Alley Estey (all ’10). (Front row) Victoria Wyprysky, Kate Fox, Danielle Vangou (all ’10)
Martha Perry ’85, Principal, and Rachel Jeavons ’08
Nikki Nevison, Anna Peirce, both ’09, Claire Pacaud, staff, and Mary Wong ’09
where are they now? Farewell On October 7, alumnae, parents, staff, past staff, family, and friends gathered for a farewell celebration in honour of Glenn Domina. After 32 years at SCS, Glenn has moved on to the role of Principal at Northmount School.
Ruth Smith “Being a teacher is a lot like being a parent in that your goal is to make your students, or your children, independent of you and able to go further than you can lead them.” After retiring from her 31-year teaching career at St. Clement’s in 1999, Ruth Smith can rest assured that she achieved her goal. She takes joy in hearing of the many successes of her former students, many of whom are pursuing careers in the science – particularly medical – fields. Ruth Smith taught biology at SCS from 1968 to 1999, and her former students fondly remember her warmth and her engaging science classes. After her retirement, Ruth remained busy as an educator, volunteering her time with a literacy class for adults in addition to nurturing her hobbies of gardening, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren. “I enjoy volunteering doing something that involves teaching and people contact,” says Ruth, who recently moved and is looking forward to exploring volunteer opportunities at her neighbourhood school. Ruth is an avid reader and spoke highly of a book she enjoyed recently – Anthill by Pulitzer Prize–winning nonfiction author and Harvard entomology professor, Edward O. Wilson. She also enjoys a good “whodunnit” mystery! When asked about her favourite memories at SCS, Ruth replied, “Getting to know the girls as they went from ‘unfinished’ girls in grade 9 to poised mature young ladies when they graduated.” She particularly enjoyed seeing her former senior biology students go on to become doctors. “I always wanted to become a doctor myself and I feel that the number of students who I have taught who are now in medicine makes up for me not being there.” “The greatest joy I have experienced as a teacher is to hear from former students that the time they spend in my classes was not wasted and may even have been of some help to them as they pursued their academic or professional careers.”
by Martha Perry ’85, Principal
Speakers at the event, including Pat Parisi, past Principal, Glenn’s daughter Ashley, alumna Hilary de Veber ’89, and Martha Perry ’85, Principal, shared their favourite Mr. Domina stories. Martha presented Glenn with a guitar signed by everyone in attendance. The Administrative Team wrote and performed a tribute song and had the whole crowd singing along. The following are the lyrics to the chorus sung to the tune of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. The day our Glenn, he came to teach, and all the bells were ringing The day our Glenn began to preach, and all the liberals were singing They went, ra, ra, ra, ra, ra, ra, ra, ra, ra, ra, ra, ra
PHOTOS BY GUSTAVO ESCOBEDO, STAFF, COMPLEMENTS OF SCS ARCHIVES, AND NIKOLA NOVAK; PHOTOS COURTESY OF CLAIRE HAZZARD, MEGAN BORISS, AND PETER
Welcome New Staff Hailey Adams has assumed the position of School Office Administrative Assistant. Hailey graduated from the University of Western Ontario and holds her Bachelor of Arts in English. With her familiarity with independent schools, as a graduate of Trafalgar Castle School, together with her skills and experience, Hailey has risen to the excitement of SCS with ease. Andrea Dinsmore is our grade 6 homeform teacher and is also teaching grade 5 social science. Prior to coming to SCS, Andrea was at Montcrest School, where she taught grade 6. Prior to that, she spent three years as a 5th Form teacher at UCC. Along with her experience in the independent school system, Andrea has taught overseas, in Germany and Turkey. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and an Master of Arts in Art History from McMaster and the University of Toronto, respectively, as well as her Bachelor of Education from OISE. Peggy Donohue is a member of the Physical Education Department. In addition to teaching physical education in all three schools, Peggy is teaching grade 7 science, as well as taking on coaching responsibilities. She has many years of experience as a member of the physical education and coaching staff in the Senior School at De La Salle College. Peggy completed her 5-year education degree at McGill University, and is currently working towards a Master of Education in teaching and learning at OISE.
Brenda Halliday has replaced Claire Hazzard as Head of Library and Information Services while Claire is on maternity leave. Brenda has many years of experience as a librarian in independent schools, most recently at UCC. Previously, she spent many years as librarian at Balmoral Hall School in Winnipeg. Brenda holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Library Science, both from the University of Toronto. Natalie LaForest has joined the Arts Department, as a visual arts teacher. In her past positions, Natalie has been an Arts Department Head at Metro Preparatory School and Crestwood Preparatory College. In addition, she is an active artist, having exhibited her work at the AlbrightKnox Gallery in Buffalo. Nancy has a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts and French from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Education from Queenâ€™s University. Nancy Taylor has joined the LINCWell team as our Junior School resource teacher. Nancy comes to us from The Brighton School, where she worked as the Junior Division Special Education Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator. As one of the schoolâ€™s founding teachers, Nancy developed a comprehensive program for both learning support and gifted education, and worked to implement a school-wide character education initiative. Nancy graduated with her Bachelor of Education from OISE (Primary/Junior) and has a Bachelor of
Arts in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario. Births
Claire Hazzard, staff, and Jim Hazzard welcomed their first child, Elliott Graham Hazzard on December 2, 2010.
Megan Boriss, staff, and Jon Mackey welcomed Louise Lyla Mackey on September 16, 2010. Marriages
On August 21, 2010 at Grace Church on-the-Hill Peter McGrath, staff, married Robyn Anderson. Their reception was held at the Boulevard Club.
new onfund the scene annual
Leadership and Peer Support Course This course prepares and motivates students to provide leadership and assistance to others in their schools and communities. Students develop skills in communication, interpersonal relations, leadership, teamwork, and conflict management. These skills are applied in tutoring, mentoring, and leadership roles. Students also learn the value and complexity of social diversity, while acquiring an appreciation of the importance of contributing to their communities and helping others throughout their lives. During term two and three, the students have the opportunity to go to Driftwood Public School twice a cycle. During these visits, they help the grade 1 students with literacy and play games with them. This experience teaches the students how important literacy is for young students. It is rewarding to see the improvement of the grade 1s as the tutoring sessions continue. Out students also helped grade 1 students put on puppet shows of children’s fairy tales. Helping the grade 1 students is a fantastic experience, and SCS students learn how much they can contribute to Driftwood’s students. by Kaitlyn Leewing and Lauren Abramsky, both ’12
Curling Set Funded by the Annual Fund Curling is growing in popularity across Canada. It is a challenging sport that helps with target practice, team work, and development of strategies applicable to many other sports. This year, with help from the Annual Fund, the P.E. department purchased two curling sets. The equipment can be used at any age level and with students of all skill levels. The department is very excited about the curling equipment, and now SCS students can learn more about Canada’s “other” winter sport. by Julie Guarasci, staff
New Dance Course Offered for Grade 9 Students We are offering a new dance credit course for our grade 9 students this year. The course includes the ballet, jazz, modern, and hip hop dance forms, and the girls develop the techniques and style associated with each form. The students also study the theory and history of dance, focussing on composition, dance critique, and kinesiology. During the second term, various cultural dances such as flamenco, salsa, and step dancing will be introduced. At the end of the course, the students will showcase their work in a final performance scheduled for May. by Susan Layard and Nora Scott, both staff
A Week-long Tribute to Canada’s World War I Dead For seven days, from November 4 until November 11, St. Clement’s School participated in a unique remembrance project. In coordination with 150 other schools, from the Yukon to Newfoundland and in the EU, students and staff at SCS projected the names of the 68,000 Canadians soldiers, sailors, airmen, nurses, doctors, and merchant seamen who died in the World War I. A project of this kind had never been created before. The vigil also took place simultaneously in Ieper (Ypres), Belgium, where 500,000 were killed in World War I. The names of 6,940 Canadians whose bodies were never found or who could not be identified are engraved in the stone of the Menin Gate in Ypres. In addition to the visual projection of Canada’s World War I war dead, the centre-piece of the National Schools Vigil, students from the Junior, Middle, and Senior Schools prepared a variety of textual, audio, and visual pieces to be exhibited in the corridor running parallel to Powell Hall. Examples of this student work included docudramas based on letters home from the Western Front, choral pieces, and poetry. The exhibition ran concurrently with the visual projection, and SCS parents and alumnae were welcomed to take a moment to witness the projection and to enjoy the fine work produced by SCS students. by David Mizener, staff
volunteer profiles annual fund volunteer profiles St. Clement’s School is fortunate to have a large group of volunteers who are enthusiastic and committed. The School appreciates all that the volunteers do and is pleased to profile individuals who give their time to make a difference for our community.
Anh Do, a mother of two Clementines Yu-Lin ’18 and My-Linh ’16, is a valued SCS volunteer. Anh has devoted her time convening the Grade 7 Mother and Daughter Tea, convening the school-wide magazine sale, and being a class parent for the grade 7 class this school year. Anh has also welcomed new families at the Parents’ Association Welcome BBQ, participated as a parent ambassador at the Take Another Look evening for Junior School prospective families, and acted as a Class Captain for the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 Annual Fund.
I like to volunteer to be involved and engaged with the girls and their friends. It’s also an opportunity to set an example for my daughters on how to be engaging, caring, and compassionate.
Carol Mercer has been a parent volunteer since her daughter Victoria ’14 joined SCS.
Carol was a co-grade parent for Victoria’s grade 5 year and has been an ongoing contributor to the safe foods list, sourcing and verifying that the list is accurate and up–to-date. Carol was the convenor for the grade 7 social this school year, a member of the food committee, and has been the Goodie Bag convenor for the past eight years. Most recently, Carol helped make all the delicious Holiday Fare bark and helped to make the Fare run smoothly.
I believe that through our volunteering and support, my family partners with SCS, its wonderful staff and the Parents’ Association, to help shape our daughter’s future. Learning to give back is a huge part of the SCS mantra; we believe the same. Victoria spends more than half of her waking hours at SCS. I believe in the “three-legged stool” approach, in that the school, the student, and the parents work together to create a learning environment that develops all aspects of her character. I am very grateful to SCS and pleased to have the opportunity to volunteer. Over the past nine years, I have been blessed to be able to volunteer whenever and wherever I can. The personal upside to volunteering are the many long-lasting friendships that I have made with other SCS parents and staff.
Nancy Hilliker, mother of Bailey Johnson ’15, is an active volunteer at SCS. Nancy
PHOTOS BY GUSTAVO ESCOBEDO, STAFF MCGRATH (ALL STAFF)
has sold Gelato and served hot lunches to students, and has been a class parent, a member of the Technology Committee, an Open House convenor, and a parent ambassador for prospective families during the admission season. Currently, Nancy serves marché lunches, chairs of the Patricia D. Parisi Scholarship Fund, volunteers at the Penguin’s Nest (school store), and enjoys helping out with the Parents’ Association Welcome BBQ and Holiday Fare.
‘Whatever I give in volunteering to St. Clement’s, I get so much more in return. As a volunteer at St. Clement’s I can see and feel how I can make a difference and help the school to be successful. One of St. Clement’s core values is community service, and I like to try to uphold this value with my volunteer work at the school.
alumnafund scholar annual volunteer profiles Defining “Clementine”
by Posy Legge ’11
I am not an apple, peach, pear or plum. I am a Clementine. An apple has one section, so do peaches, pears, and plums. I know that if I went to another school I would have been one of these: an art kid, a debating nerd, a band dork, a swim jock. I feel like I would have to chose, to fit a label or stereotype. I would be an apple, a fruit that once you cut it open is the same to its core. Being a Clementine means that you do not have to have just one section, you can have as many as you want. On the surface, a clementine is shiny and orange and simple; a happy looking fruit. Once you peel it though, all of these different sections are revealed. I am not suggesting that we peel apart any students, but once you get past the surface of a Clementine, you can see that she is not limited to one thing, she does it all, and most importantly, is not afraid to do it all. The fact that I can go to school where I am not afraid to be in sports, arts, and academics without being labelled as anything I do not wish to be labelled as is the gift of being a Clementine. A Clementine is given the opportunity to have as many sections of herself as she wishes. Attending St. Clement’s School for eleven years of my seventeen means that I have seen many extraordinary Clementines pass through the halls of 21 St. Clements Ave. I have seen what having the ability to do a variety of different activities and interests can accomplish. I have classmates who can be in a Fashion Show and excel at math contests, a classmate who can ski competitively, be great at science, and have time to volunteer, classmates who listen to hard rock and go to Ontario Model Parliament. These girls are Clementines because they have all these different sections of themselves, and their identities are never determined by just one section, but the sum of their sections.
Within these halls of 21 St. Clements Ave., the culture that Clementines create and that creates these Clementines is extraordinary. The amount of confidence and joy and laughter is beautiful. For instance, I can sing whatever song I choose at the top of my lungs in front of people I barely see outside school, and they will likely join in. Now, as my father would say, there was only one thing keeping me from becoming a famous singer: a good voice. Even so, if I belt out a song with my terrible voice, I will not be judged. In fact, if people saw me as a passionate yet terrible singer, they would probably ask me why I am not in the Choir. The community will find that spark of joy or passion in students, and foster that in an environment that will let you make
as many mistakes as you need to before you grow talented in whatever section you pursue. Clementines are people that will always help and support other Clementines to discover new interests and talents. Knowing that I will not be judged for my actions and co-curricular pursuits is probably the only reason why I could continue to debate, or take Latin. If I went to another school I think that I probably would have been afraid of the stigma attached to some of my sections. I would have become an apple, peach, pear, or plum; I would have never explored these sections of myself, for fear of embarrassment. At St. Clement’s, I am never really embarrassed; I am proud to try it all.
head girl’s message
Chelsea Hill, Alex Boersma, Molly Scott, and Audrey Sturino (all ’11)
Community. It’s a nine letter word that sums up life at SCS. At the beginning
of November, the “Big Four” – Alex, Chelsea, Molly, and I – were inspired to make a video for the SCS community. The purpose of the video [available on Clemnet] was to help people understand and experience the true feeling of everyday life as a Clementine. We were proud to showcase our masterpiece at Open House. Although the staff and students seemed to love the video, for us it wasn’t about the audience’s reaction, it was about the fun that came from creating the video.
PHOTOS BY GUSTAVO ESCOBEDO AND DOMINIC YEUNG, BOTH STAFF
We explored different facets of our school. We visited the grades 1s, a grade 7 yoga workshop, and a grade 12 biology class. We asked staff and students what their favourite part of SCS was, and their answers varied from an emphatic “everything!” to “the teachers” to “my friends” and, finally, “being a House Head!” If you’ve been to St. Clement’s, you truly understand the spirit and liveliness our community embodies. We did our best to capture this in a two and a half minute video (which is a difficult thing to do!). There are parts of the school that are signature features, such as our carpeted gym and the tunic and red blazer. However, what I truly believe to be our school’s greatest assets are the people in it. Whether it is the student body, our teachers, alumnae, parents or friends of SCS, they all make up our vibrant, caring, extraordinary community. On occasion I’ve been out with friends and find myself talking about SCS. In fact, some Grads have been known to break into the school cheer while out on a Saturday night. I learned a great deal from making this video. I gained more of an appreciation for what our school stands for just by hearing it from other people. We’ve had an amazing first term, full of hard work, fun, and laughter. From House Days to exams, from Ms Perry pulling out her old SCS uniform to PJ Day, it’s been a great way to close 2010. As we head into 2011, I wish all members of our community a happy and healthy New Year! by Audrey Sturino ’11
class notes Members of the class of ’55 celebrated the 55th anniversary of their graduation at a gettogether in Toronto in June. Jean (French) Thurston Bell, Ann McKenzie, Joan (Simpson) Gordon, Sherry Boeckh, Patricia (Sankey) Stuebing, Mary (Paradine) Britnell, Marilyn (Howard) Fennell, Marilyn (Irwin) Boynton, Joan Farlinger, Marion (Pope) Magee (all ’55). Your humble and grateful class rep, Nancy (Dewar) Birtch ’59 reports: What a group! What a party! What a weekend! Members of the class of ’59 got together for an event called “Celebrating the 70th” (birthday), to party and frolic instead of taking a “just do nothing, sit back and take it” kind of attitude. That is not the SCS style, right? On September 11, we met at Valerie (Cane) Armstrong ’59’s country home, and thus began our fun, frolic, friendships, “hootenanny!” We marked this event with a special song, written for the occasion. We practised it a few times, and then phoned classmates (who lived at distances) and with great voice, entertained them with our song! We had great feasts at Valerie’s, and Sally (Johnson) Tuck’s homes, in the Collingwood area, wonderfully organized by Dawn (Magwood) Jamieson, Sally (Johnson) Tuck, Valerie (Cane) Armstrong, and Pat (Towers) Ireland (all ’59). Thank you, girls, and thanks for the memories! Time may pass, but the heart just grows fonder. St. Clement’s: the school with spirit... well the spirit sure lives! Olive (Krause) Ridler ’69 writes: After virtually no reunions, thirteen members of the class of ’69 got together and made up for lost time! Hosted (and catered) by Susan (Angus) Kelly ’69, they assembled for a delicious lunch and an afternoon of reminiscing and catching up on the last few decades. One of the participants observed that it was as if we were on lunch hour at St. Clement’s - although the food and wine were a great improvement over brown bag sandwiches washed down with small cartons of warm milk! Each of us spoke of our life happenings during the last four decades. The years silently slipped away, and this group of women, who at first appeared rather unfamiliar, seemed to revert in speech, humour, and mannerisms to those eager, optimistic young girls poised on the cusp of life so long ago. Many of us felt that the warmth and encouragement experienced at St. Clement’s gave us the strength and resourcefulness to overcome the challenges, both professional and personal, which lay ahead of us. As Miss Thompson (Intra Muros ’69) said, “Your teachers and your parents hope that in these years of relative quiet, you are putting down such roots of integrity, concern, and conviction that you can and will stand firm in all the stress of life.” The class of ’69 wishes no less for the SCS students of today.
In November, Mary Alice (Hunter) Downie ’51 published her most recent book Early Voices: Portraits of Canada by Women Writers, 1639-1914. Her book A Pioneer ABC (2005) was reissued last year as A Pioneer Alphabet. “I enjoy writing for all different agelevels.” Marney (Bowden) Underhill ’73 has recently moved to beautiful Buckhorn, Ontario. She retired from her work supporting Investment Dealers with Information Technology solutions six years ago, returned to full time school at George Brown for two years and obtained her Diploma in Gerontology. She also attended night school at Seneca College for training as a fitness coach. Life long learning! Starting her new career, she has been working as a trip co-ordinator for seniors while being a fitness trainer at a senior centre for the past four years. She is now retired a second time and looking forward to enjoying life in the Kawarthas! Natalie Wilson ’04 just graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design. Her animation, Float, was one of 25 international semi-finalists in the prestigious Adobe® Design Achievement Awards, which honours the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers, and computer artists from the world’s top institutions of higher education.
Vicki Wang, Tory Dickinson, and Emma Jeavons (all ’05) met up at the Ontario Medical Students Weekend in London, Ontario during the weekend of October 15-17. “We all go to different medical schools in Ontario – Vicki (University of Toronto, first year), Tory (UWO, second year) and Emma (McMaster, first year). It was a great chance to catch up and compare notes on our post-SCS years in undergrad as well as medical school. Stephanie Leung ’05, now McMaster University Medical School, second year, was also there for part of the weekend.” Sarah Burns ’07 has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the David and Ruth Hubel Undergraduate Neuroscience Award, given to a 4th year honours student at Dalhousie who shows outstanding potential as a researcher in Neuroscience. “The motivation SCS instilled in me is still going strong!”
Annie Ewing ’08 is spending this year studying in Angers, France, at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest as part of St. Francis Xavier University’s study abroad program. She is hoping to improve her French, which is also her minor. “It’s been a spectacular experience so far, and I’ve been meeting students from all over the world! I hope all is well at SCS! I miss it!”
Brooke Hunter ’86 and her husband Mark Gaynor welcomed their second daughter Aubrey Bell on October 7, 2010. Older sister Ailish has been utterly gracious as the picture illustrates!
PHOTOS COURTESY OF NANCY (DEWAR) BIRTCH ’59, LAURA DENISON ’89, ANNE EWING ’08, BROOKE HUNTER ’86, LINDSAY OSBORNE ’03, OLIVE (KRAUSE) RIDLER ’69, AND VICKI WANG ‘05
Laura Denison’89 and her husband James Stebbing welcomed twin daughters Kaitlin Grace and Chloe Elise on July 8, 2010.
Sydney (Cumberland) Loveless ’45 passed away on August 31, 2010. Lindsay Osborne ’03 married Michael Ranger on August 21, 2010, in Kingston, Ontario. Lindsay met Mike while studying Civil Engineering at Queen’s University. They are currently living in Ottawa, where Lindsay is finishing her Master’s at Carleton University in Fire Safety Engineering.
Mary Ellen (Glass) Flett ’53 passed away on September 28, 2010. Mary Jane (Young) Rodgers ’46, Class Rep, passed away on September 29, 2010. Eleanor (Cartwright) Hunt ’54 passed away on October 22, 2010. Catherine (Coleman) Percival ’39 passed away on November 30, 2010.
duke of edinburgh
Moose Factory, Ontario
Eight hundred and forty-five kilometres to Northern Ontario. Dense prickly bush a formidable wall. Water trickling over bars of gravel, seeping into cracks, rushing and spreading across the land like an invading army. To see the hallmark Canadian wilderness in a picture could never compare to seeing it laid out before your eyes. In the same way, hearing about something and seeing it for yourself are two completely different things.
It is simply assumed that I will finish high school and go off to an amazing university. Growing up with those expectations, it wouldn’t even occur to me to do otherwise. Like a mouse crawling down a one-way tunnel, it’s easy to know where to go; just follow the light. A mouse scurrying through a maze, however, has a much greater journey ahead of him, one he will have to face with no light to guide him. How well would I fare stuck in a maze?
By mid-August I was beginning to get excited for this final phase of my summer, a Native Studies trip that would combine so many of the things I love: being out of the city, canoeing, and spending time with my friends. Visiting the Moose Cree First Nation community of Moose Factory for a little less than a week afterwards was simply a fringe benefit in my mind. Now we’ve been here for six days; we leave tomorrow. It has turned into much more than just a fringe benefit.
Thinking about this past week, a flood of memories springs to mind, snippets of scenes, hard to piece together. I recall sitting at the campfire talking to Fred, one of the canoeing guides who stayed with us during our time in Moose Factory, a Cree man of almost 80 years. Fred was taken to a residential school at a very young age, not seeing his parents again for seven years. By the time he left the school at age 15, he had lost two of his brothers, as well as his ability to speak his native language. Straining to hear Fred’s quiet voice, I only caught parts of his story, enough to move me to tears. Holding hands in a circle, Fred on one side, Celine on the other, our feet pounding the soil echo the beat of the drum, rain drizzle falling in time. Pulling weeds determinedly out of the earth, piling them up, green beds spotting the community garden. Coming across a potato, covered in mud but fully-grown and golden.
Our first day here we were all split up between the daycare, elementary school, and high school. Being among the oldest in the group, I was assigned to the high school. I wasn’t quite sure what we were going to be doing there. It took me about five minutes in Principal Ron Pate’s office to figure it out: we were going to talk. I talked to everyone. Ron the principal, Tiffany the supply teacher, Dave the science, business, and gym teacher, Rebecca in grade 7, Dylan in grade 12. It wasn’t easy. I’m not particularly outgoing; talking to strangers doesn’t come naturally. Especially not to students who look at you like you’re an alien when you come and sit down next to them and ask them what comic book they’re reading. It’s interesting how a couple of statistics that were mentioned to me only once are embedded in my brain. Only 57% of eligible high school students on the Moose Cree First Nation reserve are actually enrolled in the high school, which, for on-reserve schools, is an achievement in itself, as the average is somewhere around 18%. No one expects these kids to go to university, or even finish high school. As a result, students who want to finish high school and who want to graduate, have to be extremely self-motivated and driven to push through the numerous walls standing between them and their goals.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF ERIN PEHAR AND DAVID MACLELLAN, PAST STAFF
Journal Entry, September 5th, 2010, 5:37 p.m. – Moose Factory, Ontario
Sitting in a classroom watching graduation videos with the students, a motivational tool employed by the teachers to inspire the students. One of the girls, Demi, starts crying, seeing on the screen her older brother, who took his own life the year before. Demi understandably left the classroom, only to return fifteen minutes later, chatting with her friends as loudly as she had been before the video. Their resilience strikes me. They push through all the muck, the weeds, and come out golden. The first thing Ron said to me when we met was simply, “Don’t forget us.” I was a little confused at the time. I had only just arrived. I didn’t even know what it was I would be forgetting. But now, about to leave, as I sit here documenting the last week, this phrase rings in my ears. I don’t know what this all means to me, but I know it means something. And I don’t want to forget. Eight hundred and forty-five kilometres. Toronto to Moose Factory. Eight hundred and forty-five kilometres and a world of difference. by Alex Boersma ’11
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Caroline Cusinanto ’14 was the winner of the 2009 Red Reads contest where the students set out in search of The Greatest Fictional Female Character in Literature.
Hi, Caroline. I heard from your teacher, Ms Scott, that you did some extraordinary work last year featuring Parvana, from The Breadwinner. I’m writing to thank you for reading the book, and for going on to write your thoughts about the character and what happened to her. It’s exciting to know that there are young women out in the world such as yourself, curious about others and compassionate about the difficulties they are going through. I wish you all success in your future studies and work. All the best, Deborah Ellis author of The Breadwinner
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tech talk IT: A Fundamental Part of the SCS Experience St. Clement’s offers the unique opportunity for our girls to experience varied and evolving technology platforms while at school. Interactive white boards, mounted projectors, computer labs, student computer carts and teacher laptops all contribute to a dynamic and relevant learning environment where technology enhances our learning. We support both PC and Mac environments, and we are experimenting with mobile technology (iPads, netbooks, and remote response devices) in our classrooms. SCS has not committed to one type of laptop or one platform; our ongoing research allows us to learn the benefits of the different technologies and determine what tasks on which platforms are engaging (or not?) our students. With this flexibility, we are able to evolve as technology advances, engage in participatory media, and provide unique and differentiated opportunities for our girls to communicate, collaborate, create, and – most importantly – to learn. Our innovation is driven by the goal of “authentic learning with technology” and it is powered by the principle of our teachers’ integration of technology into the classroom. We are communicating: Our first term welcomed Mr. Will’s US History class to an international conversation with an online Round Square Global Affairs forum. Our grade 12 English Literature class is experimenting with 21st Century media. Students have created a course Wiki and have analyzed poems using jing/digital recorders. Our girls of all ages are using iMovie for digital storytelling and creating podcasts using GarageBand. Skype is used to interview prospective students living overseas and to conduct current student–teacher meetings. Ethical leadership training and phys. ed. students can simultaneously answer questions using wireless remotes and receive instant feedback using our interactive response system. The girls love it! Teachers and students continue to use Clemnet – the School’s intranet – to post class materials, conduct online discussions, and provide a forum for picture and video sharing.
We are collaborating: Grade 10 math students are collaborating with a mathwiki to share exam prep problems, post parabola photographs and quadratic regressions using math software. The Computers in Society class collaborates on a wikipage about IT issues such as ethics, security, privacy, and environmental stewardship. Google Docs are being used by teachers and students alike to create, to contribute, and share online. http://typewith.me/ is an online collaborative writing tool that the students are using for exam review. They are asking each other questions and sharing solutions. This is worth checking out from home!
We are creating: Computer science students are learning to program with ALICE technology in 3D. They are creating animation for storytelling or playing a game. Students of all ages are creating presentations, videos, and experimenting with audio recordings. The grade 8 geography class is using multimedia such as Google Maps, flow-charting, pictures, videos, and graphing. Mandarin students will be using iPads to practise full-screen hand writing. Our World War I vigil (see page 28) was an excellent cross-discipline project using audio and video media to present student-read poems, music, and docudramas.
We are learning: Grade 1 students are using iPads in the classroom for math drills and netbooks for literacy skills. Biology classes are viewing cells from the tip of an onion root online. A webcam was setup for demonstrations in the science lab. Grade 5 students are getting excited about science and technology with LEGO robotics as part of the curriculum. With grade 7-10 student mentors, the grade 5s researched and built their own robots. Competing in the First LEGO League, our grade 5 team – 1169 Penguin Squad – brought home a trophy and won the Inspiration Award. Our own Rachel Murai ’13 won the young adult mentor award as well. Our music classes are using interactive technology to learn music. Computer skills such as word processing, spreadsheeting, and researching are used throughout our curriculum allowing our students to compile and examine data. Library classes starting in grade 1 teach our students to find, source, extract, critically evaluate, and organize material.
38 This list is by no means exhaustive. These technology-supported “learning moments” are happening every day in our classrooms. Stay tuned for more!
by Kelsey Edmunds, staff
redblazer is published twice yearly by the Advancement Office for all members of the St. Clement’s School community.
Thank you to retiring Board members Mary (Lombard) Richardson ’83 and Michael Duffy for their contribution and commitment during their tenure on the Board. Mary was instrumental in the development of the strategic plan for the Advancement Department and LINCWell. Michael played a key role in the Bigger Blazer Campaign.
st. clement’s school 21 St. Clements Ave. Toronto, ON M4R 1G8 Canada Tel: 416 483 4835 www.scs.on.ca principal Martha Perry ’85 our mission is to develop women of character by encouraging academic excellence, self-confidence, leadership, and independent thinking in an enriching, supportive environment.
The SCS Board of Governors welcomes Melissa Arruda ’03. Melissa is an Articling Student at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Toronto. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Ethics, Society & Law (with distinction) from Trinity College at the University of Toronto in 2007. In 2010, she graduated from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. While in law school, Melissa was an editor of the student newspaper, Inter Pares, and a member of the International Negotiation Moot team.
editor Karyn Riekstins Communications Manager associate editor Carolynne Bull, staff copy editor Joanne Thompson, staff Wendy Girvan, staff Julia Knapp ’88, staff graphic design Vani Rouse cover page Photo by Gustavo Escobedo, staff contributing photographers in alphabetical order: Melissa Arruda ’03 Nancy (Dewar) Birtch ’59 Megan Boriss, staff Beth Boyden, staff Jessica Chant ’97 Laura Denison ’89 Sarah Dickson, staff Gustavo Escobedo, staff Anne Ewing ’08 Claire Hazzard, staff Brooke Hunter ’86 Renuka Jeyapalan ’95 Art provided by Posey Legge ’11 David MacLellan, past staff
Melissa was Head Girl in her graduating year and was a Prefect in her penultimate year. Melissa was a St. Clement’s School Board member from 2004 to 2006; a member of the 2007 SCS Strategic Plan Steering Committee; and a member of the SCS Search Committee for the School’s new principal in 2009.
Peter McGrath, staff Nikola Novak Lindsay Osborne ’03 Erin Pehar Martha Perry ’85, Principal Olive (Krause) Ridler ’69 Karyn Riekstins, staff Bita Sarabi-Khosravi, staff Shelly-Ann Scott ’85 SCS Archives Meagan Thomas, staff Vicki Wang ’05 Dominic Yeung, staff
to everyone who contributed stories, photographs, opinions, and personal expertise in creating this magazine. your input is encouraged contact the editor at 416 483 4414 x2230 email@example.com alumnae contact Meagan Thomas Manager, Alumnae Engagement 416 483 4414 x2231 firstname.lastname@example.org available online This issue of the Red Blazer will be available online at www.scs.on.ca/redblazer. Look forward to the next issue in July 2011!
PHOTOS BY KARYN RIEKSTINS, STAFF; PHOTO COURTESY OF MELISSA ARRUDA ’03 AND SHELLY-ANN SCOTT ‘85
Shelly-Ann Scott ’85 joins the Board of Governors. Shelly-Ann is a Group Account Director at Juniper Park Marketing and Advertising in Toronto. Prior to joining Juniper Park, Shelly-Ann was a Vice President at Grey Canada; a Board Account Director at JWT London; and an Account Executive at Leo Burnett. She is a board member of Pelletier Homes for Youth, a charity which provides longterm group and foster care residential programming. Her interest in cuisine and travel led to a 3-month sabbatical in 2004 in Paris. While in Paris, she attended Le Cordon Bleu Paris cooking school and took the basic cuisine certificate (the first step to the Cuisine diploma). Shelly-Ann received her undergraduate degree (HBA) from the University of Western Ontario in 1989.
calendar january 3 16 21 & 22 27 28
Beginning of Winter Term Ottawa Reunion Lumina Fashion Design Show (7:00 p.m.) Commemoration Day Church Service at the Church of St. Clement (11:45 a.m.) University Reunion - Toronto
february 18 21
Half-Term Break (student holiday) Family Day (school holiday)
march 3 4&5 4 10 11 28
Into the Woods (10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.) Into the Woods (7:00 p.m.) Alumnae Speaker Assembly Lenten Day Service at the Church of St. Clement (11:45 a.m.) End of Winter Term (3:35 p.m. dismissal) Beginning of Spring Term
april 20 22 25 28
Sights and Sounds of Spring (2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) Good Friday (school holiday) Easter Monday (school holiday) Easter Church Service at the Church of St. Clement (11:45 a.m.)
may 5 13â€“16 20 23
A Shakespearean Festival by the Junior School Alumnae Reunion Weekend May Day Festivities Victoria Day (school holiday)
june 16 20
No Classes - End of Spring Term Closing Ceremonies at Massey Hall (7:00 p.m.) Summer School Begins
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