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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Académie St-Laurent Academy

    ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1867

     

    2007


     

    Enrolment

     

    938

     

    350


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, Boarding

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English, French


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive

     

    Progressive


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.
     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.
     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    18 to 20

     

    10 to 15


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning, Developmental


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Reggio Emilia
    Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
    If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.
     
    Academic
    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $32,860

     

    $13,000 to $17,000


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $59,530 to $62,250

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    7%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    7 to 12

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $15,000

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    63

     

    21


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    7%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    40%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Dec 03, 2019

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 11

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Académie St-Laurent Academy

    ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    The Bishop Strachan School has a long and impressive history of excellence, and has consistently provided leadership in education and beyond. This is a school that seeks to give girls confidence in their skills and abilities, and to have their ideas heard in what can be, at times, a very noisy world. There is a strong arts program, and the school emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math—professions in which women remain underrepresented. The school promotes the concept that girls need not choose between either arts or sciences, but can each find their own ways of excelling in both, based on the development of creative thinking, effective communication, and ethical leadership.
    Read The Our Kids Review of The Bishop Strachan School

    ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    "I am still in touch, twenty years later, with some of my teachers...This speaks to the dedication of the teaching staff I believe"
    Allison Smith - Alumnus   (Sep 19, 2018)
    I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at The Bishop Strachan School. BSS has a strong academic prog...
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    ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

    "he has done a 180, and we owe it to the school"
    Eric Purdy - Parent   (Feb 10, 2018)
    My son loves his experience so much that he is first in the car every morning. He has done a 180 in ...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    The school’s approach, largely, is based in an understanding that it’s a complicated world, one which requires a set of complex foundational skills: being able to think for yourself, working cooperatively, and engaging empathetically with others. That includes a grasp of the curricular content as well as an ability to write well, speak well, and appreciate the elegance in a well-crafted argument. The learning environment is varied, diverse and comprised of a community of true peers, those who share a sense of curiosity and, while not being bookish, are inclined to academics and respond well to a challenge while appreciating support. Once here, they find those interests and curiosities shared and rewarded. "There's very little pressure to conform at a girls' school,” says an alumnus. “Being unique and having deep interests is what's considered cool.” The academics are not only strong, they have long provided an example that other schools have sought to emulate. That said, there’s a belief in being able to relax too—that it’s a journey, not a race, and that it’s as valuable to look around as it is to look forward. In terms of skills, outlook, and confidence, girls leave the school ready to take on the world. And they do.

    ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

    St-Laurent is still fairly young, having been founded in 2005, though it certainly hit the ground running. Today it rightly has a strong reputation for the strength of its academic programs and the vibrancy of the school community. The program stretches from the early years through high school, and that’s a draw for families who would like to have a consistent school experience. There are two locations, one dedicated to augmenting the early years program. Neither location is smack dab in the centre of town, with a residential neighbourhood offering a welcome buffer and heightening the sense of place. There are of course very many resources on offer in the capital region, and instruction, rightly, reaches out to make good use of them. Also a draw is an active approach to emotional and social development, as is the attention to physical education and interpersonal and environmental empathy. The school was formed through a partnership with parents, and a very porous interface between faculty and families remains a strength of the school today.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Académie St-Laurent Academy

    ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    • Founded in 1867
    • Specializing in the learning needs of the 'whole girl'
    • Co-curricular programs and clubs
    • 100 per cent university placement
    • Extensive leadership opportunities
    • Teacher-advisor program
    • Advanced Placement programs
    • International exchange program
    • Scholarships available
    • Financial assistance available

    ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

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    Description

    Description

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    The Bishop Strachan School has been inspiring girls to be fearless and educating them to be leaders for over 150 years. Renowned for its expertise in the learning needs of girls and supported by an expert faculty, BSS is a university prep school with a rigorous, inquiry-based academic curriculum. BSS offers an integrative approach to learning, with STEAM-focused learning spaces, a Centre for Arts and Design and multimedia and film labs. Our 7.5 acres have outstanding athletics, arts, and technology facilities.

    ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

    Centrally located in Ottawa, we have everything in place to help each student discover their unique path from daycare, JK-Gr. 12. Our teachers offer diversified approaches to learning, incorporating a universal design tailored to students’ individualized academic pathway. Our award-winning programs feature strong academics, project-based science program, speciality programs (art, tech, music, dance), daily physical education with weekly specialty lessons (gymnastics, archery, golf etc). Ministry Inspected.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Académie St-Laurent Academy

    ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

    Message

    Angela Terpstra was principal of the Senior School for eleven years before becoming Head of School, and her goals for the girls of BSS reach beyond academic success. She places immense priority on cultivating compassionate, ethical citizens who exhibit kindness and generosity and value differences in religion, race, opinions, and ideas. She strives to engage girls with the outside world, and feels strongly that topical issues in the news have a very important place in the classrooms of BSS. Angela is inspired and activated by the idea of “private schools with public purpose,” and she strives to use the resources available in an independent school setting to lead the way in forward-thinking education for girls that teachers the world over can observe and learn from.

    St-Laurent Academy offers your child engaging and caring teachers, a small class size, and a safe secure learning environment where diversity is celebrated. Whether in our daycare, elementary or high school program, your child will benefit from close personal relationships with teachers, and a focus on their individual success. I invite you to visit our classrooms and experience first hand the difference a St-Laurent Academy education can make for your child.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      The Bishop Strachan School

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Académie St-Laurent Academy

      ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.

      ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Guided by the highest standards of academic excellence and vital character development at The Bishop Strachan School (BSS), we leverage the Signature of a BSS Girl to achieve our mission: to inspire girls to be fearless and educate them to be leaders. We know from 150 years of experience that having the confidence and courage to make a difference in the world begins with self-discovery. Encouraging exploration is our primary focus, because when students are curious they learn how to persist through difficulty, trust their judgment and find their voice as they reach their goals. With this, girls see firsthand that they hold within themselves everything they need to go anywhere and do anything in the world.

      ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

      Our youngest Daycare students (10 months - 3 years) follow the principles of How Does Learning Happen? - an Ontario Ministry of Education inquiry-based approach, which builds on children's interests and is directed by educators observations of their learning. Learning is documented and shared regularly with parents. Parents are an important part of the learning community and we invite them to extend learning at home. Parents are also invited to Open Houses regularly to participate in their child's learning. Our progressive Elementary & Secondary curriculum offers every student what they need to succeed; filled with hands on activities, regular field trips, and enriched projects, students are engaged and school becomes a challenging and fun part of life. With the Ontario Curriculum in mind, we differentiate our teaching and our assessment to meet the needs of each individual student. Multiple Intelligences are recognized, assessment is progress-oriented, and cross-curricular themes integrate subjects for learning connections. At St-Laurent Academy learners are active participants, problem solvers, and planners.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Académie St-Laurent Academy

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

        Math is taught with all learning modalities in mind, and differentiated for individual student success. We enjoy math conversations, visual math, hands-on activities as well as traditional math learning.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

        Jump Math, because of its scaffolded and spiral nature works for learners at both ends of the spectrum. Our students love the Smart Board integrated lessons. Students also have Mathletics accounts for online practice and international competition!


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

        Calculators are used regularly to support student learning.

      • Early Reading

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Académie St-Laurent Academy

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Whole Language


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Whole Language reading programs eschew sublexical (under the word-level) training, focusing instead on getting students to infer and guess at words based on their understanding of the larger meaning of the sentence (“context-clues”). Students are given ample opportunity to read actual literature (age-appropriate) along with strategies for using semantic-based clues to pronounce unrecognized words.

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Writing

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Académie St-Laurent Academy

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Process approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Académie St-Laurent Academy

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY


        Approach


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Physics

      • Literature

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Académie St-Laurent Academy

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Social Justice


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        In social justice- inspired programs, literature is not viewed as something to be merely decoded and “appreciated”: rather, it is viewed as a catalyst to social action. Choice of texts tends to favour contemporary works. If a classical text is used, it’s often in the context of social deconstruction: students are asked to critically examine possible prejudices and historical narratives inherent in the work. Like in traditional literature programs, students are often asked to engage in class discussion and critical essay writing, but more time might also be devoted to cooperative group projects and personal reflections. The goal is to teach students to think critically about what they read, while becoming intellectually and physically engaged in the social issues pertaining to their wider community.

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Social Studies

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Académie St-Laurent Academy

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Académie St-Laurent Academy

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Pragmatism


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

        These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Physical Education

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Académie St-Laurent Academy

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Our health and physical education curriculum is designed for students to build knowledge and skills and enable them to succeed in an ever-changing world by developing physical and health literacy. Our program helps students build capacity and commitment to promote healthy and active living. The Junior and Middle Schools offer intramural sports as part of the PE program which focusses on cooperation and participation.

        ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

        Beginning at 18 months of age, students at St-Laurent Academy have physical education EVERY day. We believe active bodies support active minds, and that creating the habit of daily fitness activities at an early age sets students up for a healthly and active lifestyle. Phys Ed is presented in our full-sized gymnasium 4 days a week, and once weekly we travel to the Ottawa Athletic Club for a number of non-traditional activities like tennis, squash, racketball, spinning, yoga, and swimming. Our Preschoolers also have a weekly swimming or skating sessions.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      The Bishop Strachan School

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Académie St-Laurent Academy

      ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY


      Approach

      Approach

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia


      Our Take

      Our Take

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
      If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.

      ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

      Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      A strong start means a better finish. It’s precisely what happens within the dynamic, inquiry-based learning approach you’ll find in our Junior School (JK to Grade 6). Children are treated as the intellectually powerful beings they are, and encouraged to express themselves as they learn, grow, collaborate and create. Learn more at bss.on.ca/junior-school.

      ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

      Our Kindergarten approach is academically oriented, with our teachers ensuring that students at this age receive time for direct-instruction every day! We also offer time every day for play-based learning and physical education daily. Our small classroom size allows for plenty of one-on-one attention, and close and secure relationships are built.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

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      Pace

      Pace

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

      ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

      Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

      Students are sometimes grouped to work with children at similar levels. At other times stronger students are given opportunities to "teach" with groups of lower performing students. In this sense students are learning with peers, but also learning about collaboration. Students are also grouped by learning style as well.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

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      Culture


      Our Take

      Our Take

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

      ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

      A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      We strongly believe in the power of the girls within these walls and their ability to change the world for the better. It’s not just a philosophy; it’s the basis of our curriculum and our approach. Our vision is this: we want BSS to be an inspirational force for women to reach their full potential as transformative leaders. We’re dedicated to facilitating powerful learning and encouraging inspirational leaders in the world – whatever that looks like for each girl.

      ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

      ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

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      Académie St-Laurent Academy

      ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

      ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

      ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

      Emotional
      The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      BSS strives to inspire girls to be fearless and educate girls to be leaders. For a full understanding of the set of personal attributes that are encouraged, nurtured and taught at BSS, read more about our Signature of a BSS Girl and Culture of Powerful Learning at https://www.bss.on.ca/learning-teaching.

      ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

      Information not available

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    The Bishop Strachan School

    Académie St-Laurent Academy

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

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    ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Information not available

    ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

    St-Laurent Academy is a school for all kinds of learners. Students who are successful at St-Laurent Academy are of Average to Superior Intelligence, are motivated and engaged learners, who enjoy and value the learning process. Some of these students may not have been able to demonstrate their knowledge or intelligence in a traditional school setting; however, with teachers who understand how they learn, school is once again engaging and challenging, and each success builds upon the last. The majority of our students with special needs are dyslexic, and we support them with a scaffolded Orton-Gillingham remediation program in one-on-one sessions. Students having gone through these programs at St-Laurent Academy go on to be very successful in University and College Programs - often on the Honour Role. Our approach at St-Laurent Academy has prepared them well - giving them the self-esteem and tools to continue learning throughout life.


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Information not available

    ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

    Our Resource Coordinator oversees the development of Individual Education Plans for both identified and non-identified students. Accommodations are suggested to ensure students are experiencing academic success, while leveling the playing field. We have Orton-Gilligham based dyslexia remediation options for students with language learning disabilities - 85% of our IEP's are for dyslexia, which often comes with very high intelligence, sometimes unevenly placed by subject. Average to gifted learners and dyslexic students are well supported by differentiation and Multiple Intelligences Theory to acheive to their best potential at St-Laurent Academy.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    The Bishop Strachan School

    Académie St-Laurent Academy

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

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    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Académie St-Laurent Academy

    ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    • Inclusive-policy in Grade 4-6. Development programs for Grade 7-12
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    40%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Dec 03, 2019

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 11

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades JK - 11

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    If you’re thinking about coming to BSS, you’re in good company. Every year we welcome more than a hundred girls who find themselves embraced by a warm, welcoming and lively community. Successful students at BSS thrive in a rigorous inquiry-based environment and enjoy strong verbal and conceptual learning styles.

    ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

    Well rounded, curious students, who enjoy a challenge, and thrive in a close school community environment.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    We welcome Day students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 11 and Boarding students from Grades 8 to 11 into our creative and challenging environment. Grade 12 applications are considered on a case-to-case basis.  The path to BSS is an exciting one! Take the first step now.

    STEP ONE - CONNECTION

    Contact us or visit the school website to arrange a campus visit or to learn more about the enrolment process. Email [email protected] or call 416-483-4325, ext. 1220

    STEP TWO

    Apply online.  Apply now. Applications are due by December 3, 2019.

    STEP THREE - 

    All the supplementary documents will be uploaded through our online application system: myBSS. This way you’ll be able to track your progress through the application process. Check our website for specific requirements for each grade.

    STEP FOUR - INTERVIEW

    We will arrange for an interview (1.5 hrs) so girls and parents applying can meet a member of our Student Recruiting Team and experience a personalized tour of the school with one of our Student Ambassadors.

    STEP FIVE - OFFER

    Independent schools in the Toronto area share a common offer date in February for day applicants. This is the day you will hear from BSS with an enrolment decision. If your daughter is offered a place, you will have 5 days to accept the place.  We encourage families to make the decision as quickly as possible, as we do keep an active waitpool and applicants may be considered for second-round offers.

    ACADéMIE ST-LAURENT ACADEMY

    Daycare families are invited to meet our Daycare Supervisor Virtually followed by a virtual tour.

    Kindergarten to Grade 12 prospective students are invited to meet with our admissions team virtually, allowing us both to get to know each other and determine if St-Laurent Academy is a good match.

    Previous report cards, recommendations, and any previous assessments are also taken into consideration.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Beatrice Helen Worsley (1939)
    First female computer scientist in Canada. MIT and Cambridge grad.
    Margaret Wente (1968)
    Popular columnist for The Globe and Mail. National Newspaper Award winner for column-writing.
    Ann Southam (1955)
    Canadian composer and philanthropist. Member of the Order of Canada.
    Valerie Pringle (1971)
    Canadian television host and journalist
    Marjorie Pickthall (1901)
    Celebrated Canadian writer and poet
    Emily Murphy (1886)
    Famous Canadian women's rights activist: member of "The Famous Five". The first female judge in the British Empire.
    Lin Chi-ling (1992)
    Taiwanese model and actress. Official spokesperson for China Airlines and Longines.
    Kai (Alessia De Gasperis Brigante) (2008)
    Singer and songwriter signed to Warner Music Canada, with her first EP expected to be released in 2015.
    Laurie Holden (1987)
    Actress, producer, and human rights activist. Best known for her roles in "The X-Files", "Silent Hill", and "The Walking Dead", amongst others.
    Marina Endicott (1976)
    Award winning novelist and short story writer. Won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award.
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