The Head's Tales

The Head's Tales features stories and reflections from our Head of School, Cathy Thornicroft.

One of the most difficult challenges for any institution, as it strives for excellence, is the need to make decisions that focus on the well-being of the organization and at the same time balance the personal impact such change may have on an individual or a group—both within and outside of the... Read More
This past month, I have observed our Grade 12 students navigating the post-secondary admissions process and noticed an increasing level of anxiety that I believe is having a significant impact on their sense of self-worth.  Some of the girls’ attention is consumed with Grade Point Averages (GPA... Read More
I have written about this topic in previous posts— “Finding Your Voice” (May 2014), “Exercising Your Voice” (October 2016), and “Finding Your Narrative” (May 2017)—but wanted to revisit this topic considering recent events.  Having just read an article in the Harvard Review which talks about... Read More
Happy New Year! One of the things I love about being an educator is that we have the opportunity to celebrate a “new beginning” with our students twice a year—the start of the academic year in September, followed by the traditional start of a new calendar year in January. The beginning of the... Read More
It seems we are always in a constant state of doing, achieving, or being enticed with the theme of “bigger, better, more.” The challenge of this type of striving mindset is that the more we expect of ourselves and each other, the greater the likelihood we will feel increased stress and a feeling... Read More
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