Head of School

Happy Spring!

As we head into our new Spring Break, and with Holy week just around the corner I want to celebrate the season, “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

The sound of the girls outside and the sun shining in the windows of the school has created laughter and the ability to once again learn together outside. Traditionally Spring is the busiest time of year at HNMCS with athletics and year end festivities, and although things have looked differently this year, I am truly proud of what the faculty and staff have been able to achieve this year with co-curriculars, how many girls are involved, and in creating the events that we have come to know and love in our school. As we have been chatting in the Parent Association events, perhaps we can plan for a parent and daughter yoga class in our field or class bike rides in the park to get us all outside and continuing to build on that sense of community.

Every two years the Ministry of Education does an inspection on Independent Schools. On March 10th we did our first virtual inspection and were not only in compliance with the Ministry’s directives, but we were also told by our inspector that it was a great inspection and that the school is moving in very positive directions. Congratulations to all the faculty and staff.

Just a few reminders: Please fill out the Quad 4 form regarding your daughter’s preference to be online or hybrid. Also, let us know if there are any busing changes. Please be very aware as you drive in our parking lot - ensure there are no girls walking between cars and do not drive between the buses and the school - please go to the outside lane around the buses for the safety of our entire community. Also, it is very important to remain committed to no travel during our upcoming break. We have been asked to remind all faculty and families to stay inside of Ontario, as the 14 day quarantine can come into play even with travel outside of the province. Play safe and stay safe - thank you - there is a light at the end of the tunnel - “We Got This”.

We are hopeful that we can have a prom, mass, and graduation that the girls will be proud of and allow them to celebrate with each other and their families. As no one really knows yet what the specifics will be about gatherings in June, the girls are planning with Ms. Ciraco and Ms. Anderson for the best possibilities. I know they are excited and nervous about what they do not yet know, but no matter what is able to take place this spring, we are so proud to be celebrating the achievements of the resilient and determined class that is the Class of 2021.

Although we are awaiting for the official Ministry of Education document on the return to school plans for September 2021, we have been told to start planning for a full return to in school classes. Again, we are awaiting specifics about what this will look like including large gatherings, cohorting, athletics and camps, etc; however, we are really hopeful that all girls will be back in classes. We understand that for some families this may not be possible, so we will be looking at what an online programme for our girls can also look like running alongside our in school programme. As we are already planning for the 2021-2022 school year, we are excited about what the fall can bring.

Wishing you a meaningful Holy Week and a blessed Easter from all of us at HNMCS to all of you.

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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.

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