Head of School

The Christmas concert this year had a lovely authentic presence about the importance of Christ this time of the year. In one of my favourite Christmas specials, Linus Van Pelt states: "for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." HNMCS wishes you all the Love, Peace & Happiness that the true meaning of Christmas brings.

As I take time to reflect on the year that has passed, I think it is fair to say that 2020 was not what any of us expected. I do believe that there have been many silver linings for us at HNMCS. We have the opportunity to be back together this school year, we have had the opportunities to build the community in strength and numbers, we had more time with our children than we would normally have, and we have learned what resilience truly looks like. As I speak to the girls and hear what they are saying, even through the challenges they are excited by learning, enjoying the schedule and appreciate the opportunities to connect.

I would ask you all to be a part of the team and promote the school when you are able - I know so many of you already do this. Invite families to come to our website, to call the school and get to know a little bit more about us. For a small school, we have a lot to offer. Share our vision: Building a Connected Community dedicated to developing Curious, Courageous and Compassionate young women, and help us get our message out to those who may not know this hidden gem exists - let’s help HNMCS become more known. Thank you for your continued support.

We have made a slight adjustment to the senior school calendar for quads 3 and 4. As the December to Remember was such a huge success, we were asked by the girls if we could have another one or two of these days throughout the year. In order to accomplish this, we need to add a day onto both quads 3 and 4, now ending quad 3 on Friday, April 16th and Quad 4 ending on Thursday, June 17th. Graduation will remain on June 22nd and reports will be issued by the end of the day on the 25th. Thank you for your understanding and support to allow the girls to have a day each quad to build community and spirit! We look forward to welcoming the girls back on Tuesday, January 5th.

We know that Christmas is about family and being together; however, this year we ask that you help us keep the entire community safe. We want to be back together in January and hope that we can all do our part to help ensure that this happens.

The true joy of Christmas is the love of Christ, shared with family and friends. May you find His peace, love and joy in the coming New Year. Merry Christmas.

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Carrie Hughes-Grant
Head of School


Welcome to the Head of School blog - enCOURAGE. The name comes from the core values and our vision statement that aspire to support our girls to stand up for their convictions. By examining four themes - faith, teachers, the head of school position, and our girls, enCOURAGE communicates how we at HNMCS help our girls live our values.

Dec. 1, 2020: A Culture of Learning

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Nov. 12, 2020: WHY A VALUES BASED EDUCATION MATTERS

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OCT. 26, 2020: Transformation

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Oct. 8, 2020: Changing Properties of the Rock

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Sep. 24, 2020: What Rock?

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Sep. 17, 2020: Moving the Rock

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