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How we see Balmoral Hall School
Balmoral Hall is one of those schools that perhaps doesn’t command as significant a profile in the world of private education in Canada, but it should. Established in 1901, it’s seen a few changes along the way, including moves and name changes—it was founded as Havergal College, then later known as Rupert's Land College—as well as amalgamation with the Riverbend School. It’s long been an expression of the civic community, demonstrated by the endowments it’s received through the years. The current campus reflects that; the site was bequeathed to the school by Sir James Aitken, and Aitken house remains in use there today. More recently, through a significant capital campaign, the school opened Benidickson Centre for Arts & Design. Throughout its life, Balmoral Hall has offered a window onto a wider world, offering innovative programs, and developing its own set of best practices, all of which are in ample evidence today. The boarding program, too, offers an added layer to the student experience, both for day students and those living on site. Instruction is student-centred, hands-on, including a robust internship program to provide real-world experience tailored to students’ interests. Indeed, a primary goal is to allow girls to follow and capitalize on their interests, and the list of alumnae hints at that, given its breadth. Included is senator Patricia Bovey, journalist Ashleigh Banfield, and hockey player Taylor Woods (who, as a member of the Balmoral Hall Blazers, set a number of team records that still stand today). The arts are represented, too, most obviously in Loreena McKennitt and Chantal Kreviazuk, both of whom are alumnae. In so many ways, the school has been doing great work for more than a century.
How Balmoral Hall School sees itself
"Balmoral Hall School (est.1901) is an independent girls' day and boarding school located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Our student-centred curriculum begins with Junior Nursery and continues on through Grade 12. Parents trust us to personalize the educational experience of each girl, to care for each girl, to challenge her to grow, to build a supportive community around her, and, most importantly, to prepare her for the future. As an unlimited learning community, we make sure every BH girl graduates with purpose."
"It’s a fast-changing world, and for many girls the path ahead will take them into uncharted territory. Balmoral Hall School’s unlimited learning community fully prepares girls for that future by offering the most innovative educational experience. Every member of the community supports our girls on their individual learning journeys by contributing to their success. Every girl receives an education that is personalized to her strengths, interests, and passions."
"Girls, you want a school that can help you realize your fullest potential. You want options. You want the freedom to pursue post-secondary plans that are uniquely yours. Parents, your daughter will one day take her place as a strong, confident woman in a world that wants to listen to her. You've helped her grow, and you've been amazed by her abilities.
You want the best, always. Alumnae and parents of graduates know that we are the best choice for girls' education. We want your best, too."
"At Balmoral Hall School, our goal is not simply to teach an enriched curriculum. Our programs are designed to build confidence, competence, and what experts call "connectedness," which refers to being a meaningful part of something other than oneself. We help girls build well-balanced foundations for personal and professional success in a fast-changing world."
"Balmoral Hall School's signature Capstone education model in Middle & Senior School is reflective of our vision, mission, and values and allows us to provide a personalized program that is rigorous, relevant, and research-based. Capstone programming empowers our students to be prepared for their future academic and professional pursuits. Students are involved in authentic, meaningful learning with continuous formative assessment and relevant, timely feedback."
"Nestled in the heart of Winnipeg, our secure campus is located along the Assiniboine River
Our school motto is Meliora Petens – Seeking Better Things
To enhance our commitment to sustainability and decrease our collective environmental footprint, we launched a new Sustainability Fund in Fall 2021
Every student belongs to one of four Houses: Glen Gairn, Craig Gowan, Braemar, and Ballater
All boarding students are members of Winnipeg Winter Club, a nearby premiere fitness facility"
One of the highlights of our Benidickson Centre for Arts & Design is our recording booth! It was designed and built with the guidance of industry professionals.
Our visual art studio takes up most of the first floor of our Centre for Arts & Design. It features pottery wheels, two kilns, and a green-screen photography studio.
In a typical year, both Middle School and Senior School put on a musical. This is from our Senior School production of "High School Musical".
Aikins House was a gift to the United Church of Canada from Sir James Aikins upon his death in 1929. He stipulated in his will that it be used as a school for girls, and bequeathed a further amount for its upkeep.
The brand new (2019) Benidickson Centre for Arts & Design has three floors, and is equipped with maker spaces, performance and music rooms, and a huge art room that is second to none.
Balmoral Hall School is located in the heart of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
(2018) Most of our classrooms are collaborative spaces with Harkness-style tables.
Grade 1 in their classroom overlooking the Assiniboine River.
All grades get the opportunity to use the Design Lab, and learn to use tools safely in making their ideas become reality.
How people from the school’s community see Balmoral Hall School
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Joanne Kamins, Head of School
B.A., B.Ed., P.B.C.E., Certificate of Administration
Most big schools provide your extroverted child with plenty of social opportunities and the ability to interact with different peer groups with a wide range of personalities, interests, values, etc. A larger student population and more extracurriculars—including activities like team sports, arts programs, and debate—will give them a broader scope of opportunities to participate in events that scratch their interpersonal itch. “This may also give them the opportunity to hone certain skills,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “For instance, they might run for student council to develop leadership and public speaking skills and learn to be a voice for other students.”
Throughout the continuum—from the Primary Years Programme (PYP) to the Diploma Programme (DP)—the IB offers plenty of group work, projects, and activities, which can be great for extroverts who often enjoy social and collaborative learning. Also, “Since IB schools have a strong emphasis on community service and activism, your child will have great opportunities to harness their outgoing and collaborative personality,” says Stacey Jacobs, Director of Clear Path Educational Consulting. These schools will also give your child the chance to interact and spend time with a bright, motivated, and ambitious group of kids who may have interests similar to them.
However, given the challenging curriculum and heavy workload of the IB, it can sometimes leave less time for socializing. This makes it especially important to ask about social opportunities at the school, including the ability to interact with different peer groups, both in class and out.
At a boarding school, your extroverted child will likely enjoy seeking out and interacting with peer groups from different backgrounds, away from home. In fact, studying and living with other kids for an extended period of time, as many alumni tell us, provides the unique opportunity to form close relationships that can last well beyond the school years. Many boarding schools also have large student populations and more extracurriculars—including activities like student council, team sports, and arts programs—which will give your outgoing child a broader scope of opportunities to feed off the energy of others, and possibly even become a leader, in a dynamic environment.
Keep in mind, though, “Being an extrovert can be a catalyst for getting involved in lots of activities, which can sometimes be hard to manage,” says Joanne Foster, Toronto-based education consultant and author of ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids. “For instance, a particularly extroverted child may try to end up juggling too many people and activities. While they still may thrive at a boarding school, it helps to know your child and how much social interaction they can handle comfortably.”
Make sure any prospective school, no matter what size, provides the right social environment to help your child feel at home, make friends, and develop confidence. This is especially important at big schools, which are sometimes more socially overwhelming and challenging for an introvert to find their bearings in. Of course, “Because larger schools usually have a more diverse student population, introverted kids are more likely to find a small group of people like them, a peer group they can relate to and find acceptance from,” says Dona Matthews, Toronto-based education consultant and co-author (with Joanne Foster) of Beyond Intelligence.
Bigger schools often have a broader scope of extracurricular activities, which is another way to help your child meet the right group of friends. “This may also give them the opportunity to develop certain skills,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “For instance, they might run for student council to develop leadership and public speaking skills and learn to be a voice for other students. Remember, though, each child is different—so what works for one may not work for another.”
IB schools give your child the opportunity to interact and spend time with a bright, motivated, and ambitious group of kids who may have interests similar to them. Due to the IB’s heavy focus on group work, the programme offers a social and collaborative learning environment, which can help your introverted child overcome their shyness and get to know their peers well. This can relieve some of the pressure associated with having to take the initiative outside of class to make friends.
Just make sure any school you're considering offers enough independent work time for your introverted child—something which can vary widely between IB schools.
At a boarding school, your introverted child will be more motivated (and virtually compelled) to seek out and interact with different peer groups. Away from home and in a new environment, they’re more likely to take the initiative to form close friendships, which can boost their independence and confidence, and help them develop critical social skills.
"Consider, though, whether your child will be comfortable and confident while living away from home, and while having to navigate the various, and sometimes unforeseen social-emotional experiences, alongside the academic challenges,” says Joanne Foster, education expert and author of ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids. Finally, ensure support systems are in place to promote their social and emotional development, and that your child is willing and prepared to take advantage of them. Your child will often need to advocate for themselves at a boarding school, and they’ll need confidence and perseverance to do so.
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