On October 2, the Junior School officially opened a new space for Havergal College—the Cohen Amphitheatre. Made possible by the Cohen family, this new outdoor learning area is shaped like a Roman amphitheatre and is nestled upon the banks of the Lisa Hardie Trail, surrounded by the abundant natural beauty of the Havergal campus. Available for use by both the Junior and Upper Schools as well as by staff and faculty, it is a space that can be enjoyed by the entire Havergal community.
For Geoff and Andrea Cohen, a project with a whole-school focus was a major factor in their decision to support the Amphitheatre project. “We talked about wanting to provide an enhanced learning environment for the whole Havergal community,” Geoff says. “We believe deeply in the education that Havergal provides for our girls, and we wanted to give back in a way that would benefit everyone at the school.”
The Cohen's discussed their decision with their daughters—Finley and Isla—who cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony. “We wanted our children to actively participate in our decision,” Andrea says. “For them to be able to see and touch the gift that our family has given to Havergal makes it so special—we feel lucky to be able to show our appreciation for the school and its wonderful faculty and staff, and at the same time help our children to understand the true meaning of giving.”
The school would like to express its gratitude to the Cohens and to all its generous donors for their ongoing support and commitment to Havergal College.