Grade 5 and 6 Branksome students attended the 2017 Inviticus games and spent time with David Wiseman, the UK Team Captain who is competing in the swimming events, and got a close look at Prince Harry.
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Branksome’s Guidance Counselling Coordinator Cory Miller was awarded the Rising Star Award, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, for her work on Webinar Wednesdays, a professional development initiative for school counsellors.
Two Branksome students traveled to The World Space Summit for Young Explorers in Japan in October. Grade 8 Branksome students, Juliette and Cayden, joined 50 other international students from around the world at international conference in Sagamihara, Japan. Each participant researched a topic about the future of the planet. Juliette looked at how the earth could adapt when the world population exceeds 10 billion. Cayden researched the future of Artificial Intelligence.
Branksome Hall welcomed Gloria Steinem Toronto on October 23, 2017, as this year’s Rachel Phillips Belash Speaker Series. Ms Steinem answered over a dozen student questions on a wide range of topics, including politics, gender equity and feminism. In the evening, Branksome hosted a sold-out public conversation with Ms Steinem at the University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall, moderated by journalist Amanda Lang.
Math teacher Trevor Ritchie, received the Stanford University Teacher Tribute for exceptional teaching in October 2017. Mr. Ritchie was elected by Alexandra REEVES’17, now a Stanford student, for "instilling humour, enthusiasm, and passion into what can often be considered a dry subject.
Space exploration and innovation is skyrocketing at Branksome as students met with a NASA robotics flight controller Laura Lucier. She spoke to our Junior and Senior School students about her work at Mission Control in Houston, Texas.
Amanda Kennedy, Interim Head of the Junior School, and Heather Friesen, Head of Curriculum Innovation and Professional Learning, attended the Lapland International Forum on Education (LIFE2018) In January 2018.
At our Mental Health Awareness Week assembly on January 24, Grade 1 students suggested ways to stay active and healthy. The assembly concluded with an inspirational quote from a Grade 6: "Whatever makes you happy, you should love.”